Miners and Trappers Prelude in Spenard
Billed as a night dedicated to the "old times and old timers" of Alaska, this party will benefit the annual Miners and Trappers Charity Ball. Dinner theater cabaret from 5-7 p.m. featuring Van Horn Ely, Orion Donicht, The Main Squeeze and others ($10). Between 7 and 9 p.m. there will be beard, mustache and costume contests judged by the South Central Alaska Beard & Mustache Club. From 9 p.m.-1 a.m. there will be music by Rebel Blues. ($20 for contests and after party). Visit taprootalaska.com for tickets and details. outdoors
Is anticipation of setting a new personal record not doing it anymore? Sign up for this 5-K costume run and add the thrill of the chase to your fun run. Participants will dress up like Red Riding Hood, one of the three little pigs or a wolf. The Red Riding Hoods and pigs get a head start. The wolves try to catch them to remove their "life flags" (provided). There will be prizes for wolves who collect the most flags and for the fastest Red Riding Hoods and three little pigs. Everyone dresses up. The costume race begins at 11 a.m Saturday. A half-marathon, non-costume run starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. See teamfrostbite.uaa.alaska.edu for details. UAA Social Sciences Building, 3211 Providence Drive. $25-$30. food & drink
Chateau Ste. Michelle Estate Wine Dinner
Chef John O'Neill has created a five-course menu paired with Washington wines, featuring Chateau Ste. Michelle. Alaska's Agents of Karma will entertain. Call to reserve. 7 p.m. Friday, O'Malley's on the Green, 3651 O'Malley Road. $75 or $55 without wine (does not include gratuity). (522-3325, anchoragegolfcourse.com) pets
The Alaska and Kenai Kennel Clubs will hold dog show competitions with nearly 100 breeds of purebred dogs competing. Individual breed judging will start at 9 a.m. followed by group and then best-in-show judging. Visitors can talk to owners and exhibitors about their breed(s) of dogs and most are glad to answer questions. Un-entered dogs are not permitted on the premises. 9 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Egan Civic And Convention Center, 555 W. Fifth Ave. $3-$7. (alaskakennelclub.org) film
Open Projector Night
See our Alaska on the big screen. Local filmmakers will showcase their movies and shorts at the Bear Tooth Theatrepub in Anchorage. Films aren't screened in advance and you never know what you'll see, but with a sellout crowd and a fun venue, it's always a good time. 10:30 p.m. Thursday. $5.