Outdoor hotline (9/10/13)

September 9, 2013 

Denali Artist-in-Residence Applications due by Sept. 30

Denali National Park and Preserve is seeking applications from visual artists and writers for the 2014 Artist-in-Residence Program. This program provides the opportunity for established artists and writers to use an historic roadside cabin as a base to explore and seek inspiration from the park. Many of the works created by previous artists-in-residence are displayed in the Denali Visitor Center and the Eielson Visitor Center.

Selected artists reside in the East Fork cabin, located at Mile 43 on the park road, for a ten day period between June and mid-September. In return for their residency, each artist donates a piece of artwork or written piece inspired by their time in the park to the park's collection. Artists also offer a public presentation at the end of their residency.

A link to the online application and more information about the program is available at www.nps.gov/dena/historyculture/arts-program.htm. Application must be submitted by Sept. 30. Notification letters will be sent out by Dec. 15. (www.nps.gov)

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.

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)

Bonny Sosa Tuesday Night Running Race Series, 5:30 p.m., Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Be prepared for chills, thrills and spills. Meet at 5:30 p.m., races begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Distances up to 10-K. Register online at activenet.active.com. For in-depth information, visit www.muni.org/parks. All ages and abilities welcome. Pets need to stay at home. (343-6397)

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)

Thursday

William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery Building Tour, 5-5:45 p.m., 941 N. Reeve Blvd. Join SMPS Alaska for a tour of the Fish Hatchery. The hatchery is the largest indoor sport fish hatchery in North America and houses more than 100 fish rearing tanks for salmon, trout, char and grayling. The tour will be led by Andrea Tesch of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Paul Witt of HDR, and Garrett Burtner of McCool Carlson Green. Immediately after, SMPS Alaska will host a happy hour at SubZero, with door prizes and appetizers. $15-$25 non-members. (563-3835, events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e82tz5ee88124ef2)

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

FRIDAY

Senior Golf Clinics, 11 a.m. to 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

Alyeska Climbathon, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., The Hotel Alyeska, Olympic Mountain Loop. Let Every Woman Know -- Alaska is partnering with the Alyeska Climbathon to host 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 registration fee. (830-2492, www.alyeskaclimbathon.com)

University Trails Walk, 10:15 a.m. to 3 p.m., Anchorage Animal Care & Control Center, 4711 Elmore Road. Trail is mostly flat with some slight grades. Part of route is on dirt trails and part on paved bike path and city sidewalks and is on mostly wooded trails with fantastic scenery. Route heads out and back on the Campbell Creek paved bike path between Tudor Road and Lake Otis Pkwy., circumnavigates University Lake, and then visits part of the campus of Alaska Pacific University and the University of Alaska Anchorage Commons. Event is free except $3 to receive event and KM credit stamps. (522-0219)

Twirl in the Park, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Newcomb Park, Wasilla Lake, E. Parks Highway. Come see the Alaskanette Baton Corps for a fun, free introduction to baton twirling. USTA certified coaches will lead free, one hour workshops for beginning twirlers, ages 5-18. Batons will be available to try. Free. (349-5222, www.AlaskaBaton.com)

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)

Bodegafest, 2-8 p.m., Cuddy Family Mid Town Park, E. 40th Ave. A premier tasting event featuring beer, mead and cider from Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond. Live music throughout the event and delicious food from local Alaskan vendors. $25, includes entrance, 15 tasting tickets and commemorative glass. Additional tasting tickets will be available for purchase at the event. All profits from the sale of alcohol go to benefit AK Public Media. (569-3800, www.bodegafest.com)

SUNDAY

Run Rover Run, 11:30 a.m., Kincaid Park: Little Campbell Trailhead, Raspberry Road. Run with your dog on a leash around Little Campbell Lake, 2.5 miles on a hilly loop. Dogs should have vaccines and licenses. $15-$20. (243-5234, 349-woof, www.skijoring.org)

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.

coming up

Boating Skills and Seamanship, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 17-Nov. 12. BP Energy Center, 900 E. Benson Blvd. This course will teach the basic skills needed to safely handle and operate a boat. Topics include Trailering, Navigation, Lines and Knots, Weather, Safety Emergencies, Rules of the Road and Radio Communications. Presented by the Whittier Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. $50. To register, call Sara at 240-3370 or Joan at 952-1240.

Nature and Travel Writing Class, 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 25 and running 12 weeks. Sierra Club Office, 750 W. Second Ave., Suite 100. The workshop-style class will explore and refine their own writing styles, with an emphasis on the personal essay form. Taught by essayist/author Bill Sherwonit, the class will also read and discuss works by some of America's finest nature and travel writers, past and present. $240. (245-0283, akgriz@hotmail.com)

Kenai River Marathon, 9 a.m. Sept. 29, Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center, 11471 Kenai Spur Highway. The Kenai River Marathon's mission is to raise awareness of outdoor recreational activities and to raise funds to further improve the parks of the City of Kenai.

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