Outdoor hotline

September 2, 2013 

“First Snowfall” will be one of the paintings of Alaska wilderness featured in a show by Girdwood artist Dawn Gerety from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the Girdwood Center for Visual Arts.

PHOTO COURTESY OF GIRDWOOD CENTER FOR VISUAL ARTS

TUESDAY

Historic District Walking Tours, 9, 10 and 11 a.m. and 2 and 3 p.m. daily, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Skagway. One-hour ranger-led walking tours of the Skagway Historic District. Free.

Ranger-Led Walk, 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. daily, Kenai Fjords National Park, 1304 Fourth Ave., Seward. Ranger-led walks to Exit Glacier, approximately 1-2 hours in length. No reservations are required. Meet outside the Exit Glacier Nature Center. Free.

Captain Cook Walking Tour, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily, Alaska Public Lands Information Center, 605 W. Fourth Ave. Join National Park rangers as they tell the stories of early explorers who came Alaska. As you walk the streets of downtown Anchorage, you will learn about the lives of early Alaska Natives, discuss symbols used in totem poles, touch a sea otter pelt, and visit the Captain Cook statue at Resolution Park. This is an easy walk with several stops suitable for all visitors. The tour is given twice daily during the summer season, rain or shine. Umbrellas are provided. For more information, visit alaskacenters.gov. (644-3661)

wednesday

Women's Summer-of-Fun Swing Clinics, 5:30-8:15 p.m., Anchorage Golf Course, 3651 O'Malley Road. LPGA professional Peggy Gustafson will systematically introduce and reinforce fundamental techniques and assist each individual to fine-tune a specific part of her game. $25, pre-purchase 5 clinics for $100. (www.anchoragegolfcourse.com/clinics)

Alaska Dirt Divas weekly ride, 6:30 p.m., Abbott Loop Community Park, 8101 Elmore Road. Moderate mix of level, rolling terrain and some steep hills; mix of wider trails and singletrack; some obstacles on the trail; some technical sections. Cardio challenge: moderate to strenuous. Bring mountain bike, helmet and a teacup for post ride treats. Free, $30 annually if you decide to join. (Alaskadirtdivas.blogspot.com)

Off the Chain Monthly Meeting, 7 p.m., Off The Chain Bicycle Collective, 814 W. Northern Lights Blvd. A low cost, volunteer run, bicycle collective that welcomes volunteers of any skill level. The 100% volunteer-run organization depends on the generous efforts of volunteers. (www.offthechainak.org)

Thursday

Alaska Zoo Live Animal Visit, 2 p.m., Anchorage Alaska Public Lands Information Center, 605 W. Fourth Ave. Want an up close and personal encounter with a porcupine? How about a moose, dall sheep or a fox? Then join a weekly live animal presentation. (644-3661, alaskacenters.gov)

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Basher Trailhead, Basher Drive. Join other outdoor enthusiasts for a challenging hike. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for non-members. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

FRIDAY

Beginning Senior Clinics, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Anchorage Golf Course, 3651 O'Malley Road. For anyone 55 and older who would love to improve their game. This class is for beginning or novice golfers. Taught by Class A LPGA professional Peggy Gustafson. Pre-register in the Pro Shop $25, 5 session for $100. (522-3363, www.anchoragegolfcourse.com)

Senior Golf Clinics, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Anchorage Golf Course, 3651 O'Malley Road. For anyone 55 and older who would love to improve their game. Taught by Class A LPGA Professional, Peggy Gustafson. Pre-register in the Pro Shop, $25, five sessions for $100. (522-3363, www.anchoragegolfcourse.com)

SATURDAY

Fall Boat Show, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sailing, Inc., 1602 Seward Highway. Boats will be open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Pick up your boarding pass at 3rd and Port Ave. then get on board over 20 sail and power vessels in one afternoon as you leisurely walk the docks. Reception and music to follow. Free. (224-3160, www.sailinginc.com)

Twirl in the Park, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Delaney Park Strip, G St. and W. Ninth Ave. A fun, free introduction to baton twirling. Come see the Alaskanette Baton Corps. Their USTA certified coaches will lead free, one hour workshops for beginning twirlers, ages 5-18. Free. (349-5222, www.AlaskaBaton.com)

Moose Madness, noon-4 p.m., Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road. Explore the world of moose. Event activities include hands-on moose and deer-related critter items, moose facts scavenger hunt, kids craft and coloring sheets, story time, deer family enrichment, and more. Sponsored by the University of Alaska College Savings Plan. (341-6463, alaskazoo.org/moose-madness)

Feed and Care for farm animals, 1-2:30 p.m., The Learning Farm, 11601 Gander St. Learn what it takes to care for animals. Kids ages 5-14 feed, water, clean pens, bottle feed calves and slop the pigs. Mentorship Leaders Brittany and Shyanne of the Rebel Riders Trick Team work and show proper handling and care. This opportunity allows the trick riders to earn money for trick lessons. $10. Free horse ride after 6 sessions. (310-1971, www.thelearningfarm.net)

Alaska Outdoors In Art, 6-8 p.m. Sept. 7, Girdwood Center for Visual Arts, Olympic Mountain Loop (next to the Bake Shop). See the beauty of Alaska's wilderness through the eyes and artistry of Dawn Gerety in a showing of her paintings. Free. (783-3209, gcvaonline.org)

SUNDAY

Castle Mountain Hiking Tours, 3-6 p.m., Castle Mountain Coalition. Free guided hiking tours to promote increased awareness of the communities and recreational sites in which major coal mines are proposed in the Mat-Su. Hikes will have various themes including Wild food, Cultural History, Fossil Fun, Birding, and more. Hikes are scheduled for every other Sunday at various locations. For a full schedule and more information, go to www.castlemountain.org or call Jamey Duhamel at 982-6828.

Wine, Cheese & Putting, 4-6 p.m., Anchorage Golf Course, 3651 O'Malley Road. Putting clinic with LPGA Professional, Peggy Gustafson with a wine and cheese tasting after at O'Malley's on the Green. Price includes putting lesson and 3 pours of wine with cheese for tasting. $45. ((522-3363, www.anchoragegolfcourse.com)

coming up

Alyeska Climbathon, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.Sept. 14, The Hotel Alyeska, Olympic Mountain Loop. A gynecologic cancer awareness event and fundraiser as part of the Globeathon, a movement with over 80 countries coming together during the month of September, Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. Participants will climb North Face Trail, ascending 2.5 miles gaining 2,000 vertical feet from the Hotel to the top of the mountain, and take the tram down as many times as they can in a 10 hour period. $50. (830-2492, www.alyeskaclimbathon.com)

To submit an event, go to events.adn.com and click on "add to our listings." To view a full listing of all available events, go to events.adn.com.

Anchorage Parks and Recreation Fall Activity Guide

The Anchorage Parks and Recreation Fall Activity Guide is now available online. Join in a variety of activities for people of all ages. Opportunities include special events, education and special interest classes, fitness and health classes, preschool/toddler programs, outdoor recreation classes, swimming programs and schedules and more. Free. (343-6992, www.muni.org/departments/parks/pages/default.aspx)

 

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