Outdoor calendar

February 11, 2014 

WEDNESDAY

Alaska Nordic Racing Anchorage Masters XC Ski Program, 6:30- 8 p.m., Kincaid Park, Raspberry Road. Small group instruction and training for skiers of all abilities. Experienced coaching staff will help you learn to ski, improve your technique and enhance your performance -- in both skate and classic. Anchorage Masters meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Kincaid and Hillside Parks. Private lessons available upon request. (www.alaskanordicracing.org/masters.html, anrmasters@gmail.com)

Wildlife Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Alaska Zoo Gateway Building, 4731 O'Malley Road. Stay scientifically enriched this winter on the second Wednesday of each month. Lectures cover a different topic on wildlife research in Alaska and are aimed toward an older audience, adults with an interest in science. Series partners include USFWS, ADFG, Alaska Geographic, USGS and the Alaska Zoo. Programs are free to the public and coffee and tea are available. (341-6463, alaskazoo.org/wildlife-wednesdays)

THURSDAY

Boating Skills and Seamanship, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays through April 17, BP Energy Center, 900 E. Benson. The course is designed to teach the basic skills needed to safely handle and operate a boat. Topics include Trailering, Navigation, Lines and Knots, Weather, Emergencies, Rules of the Road and Communications. It is presented by the Whittier Flotilla of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. Classes are on Location is the BP Energy Center at 900 East Benson. Cost is $50. Call 240-3370 or 952-1240 to register.

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30-8 p.m., Upper Huffman Trailhead, Sultana Drive. Join a challenging hike with other outdoor enthusiasts. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for nonmembers. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

Intermediate Adult Skate Ski, 6:30 p.m., Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Intermediate skate lessons teach marathon skating, V-1, V-2, and blending various techniques to move efficiently over a variety of terrain. Previous skate experience or beginning skate ski lessons are required for this program. $25. (www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/ActivityGuide.aspx)

FRIDAY

Inaugural Winter Bike To Work Day, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Westchester Lagoon, U St. and W. 15th Ave. Register anytime before the 14th at winterbiketoworkday.org/commit/ and travel by bike on Friday. Celebrate at Westchester Lagoon from 4:30-6 p.m. (www.bicycleanchorage.org)

2014 JNYO Games, 12:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Begich Middle School, 7440 Creekside Center Drive. More than 600 elementary school students from across Alaska will gather to compete in traditional Alaska Native contests, such as the Eskimo Stick Pull, Seal Hop and the One- and Two-foot High Kicks. The event is free and open to the public. (793-3183, citci.org/event-programs/nyo-games)

Beginning Adult Skate Ski, 6:30 p.m., Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Learn how to glide, stop, climb hills, poling, v-skating and diagonal skating techniques. Waxing, equipment and appropriate clothing will also be covered. $25. (343-4217, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/ActivityGuide.aspx)

SATURDAY

Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor Training, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pioneers of Alaska Igloo, 621 First St. Participants will receive hands-on training with emergency equipment that should be onboard any commercial fishing vessel, such as PFDs, life rafts, immersion suits, EPIRBs, fire extinguishers. Participants will practice emergency procedures like man overboard, abandon ship, firefighting and flooding control. The course is US Coast Guard-accepted and meets the training requirements for commercial fishermen operating on documented vessels beyond the federal boundary line. Free to commercial fishermen, $175 for others. (747-3287, www.amsea.org)

Beginning Adult Classic Ski Lessons, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Selkregg Chalet/Russian Jack Springs Park, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane. Learn to diagonal stride, stop, turn, use poles, climb and ski down hills and move over varied terrain. Other topics include proper clothing, equipment and waxing for conditions. Taught as a two lesson series. $40. (343-4217, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/ActivityGuide.aspx)

Snowshoe Hikes with Eric, noon-2 p.m., Abbott Loop Community Park, 8101 Elmore Road. Join Anchorage Parks and Recreation instructor Eric Menck for a guided snowshoe tour at Campbell Creek Estuary. Learn a bit of the history of the park, experience the outdoors and wildlife in a group 2 hour hike for ages 10 and up. Leave your pets at home, but remember to bring a fanny pack, sunglasses, water or other drinks, and dress in layers. Preregistration is required. $15. (343-4217, 343-6992; www.muni.org/departments/parks/pages/default.aspx)

Come visit the farm and feed the animals, 1-2 p.m., The Learning Farm, 11601 Gander St. For kids of all ages. Feed the animals snacks and slop the pigs. Cost is $10 per child and the accompanying adult is free. Reserve a spot today. Meet the trick horses, miniature horses, chickens, bunnies, sheep, and goats. (310-1971, thelearningfarm.net)

Beginning Adult Skate Ski Lessons, 1:30 p.m., Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Learn to ski with Anchorage Parks and Recreation Instructors. Learn all the basic skills so you can head out on the trails with confidence. Preregister by calling Kincaid Outdoor Center at 343-6397. $25.

SUNDAY

25th Annual Frostbite Shoot, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Carol Moench Archery Park, 19205 Kerbow Lane. Twenty 3-D animal targets will be set in realistic hunting conditions. $15-$25. All kids 12 and under shoot free. Hot lunch included with fee. Prizes awarded by score in all categories with 2 or more contestants. All kids receive a prize regardless of category or score. (354-8589, www.cookinletarchers.com)

MONDAY

BCA's Winter "Bike Shorts" Film Night, 6-8 p.m., BP Energy Center, 900 E. Benson Blvd. View short bike films; a fundraiser for BCA. $10 donation or free with annual BCA donation. (www.bicycleanchorage.org)

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Hillside Park, Abbott Road. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for nonmembers. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

tuesDAY

Beginning Adult Classic Ski Lessons, 6:30-8 p.m., Selkregg Chalet/Russian Jack Springs Park, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane or Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Learn to classic stride, stop, turn, use poles, climb hills, ski down hills and move over varied terrain with an instructor in a small group setting. Taught as 4 lesson series. Call to preregister. $80. (343-6992, 343-4217; www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/ActivityGuide.aspx)

Archery 101, 6-8 p.m., Kincaid Park Annex Bunker, Raspberry Road. Have fun learning to shoot target archery for free. Youth/adult instruction with emphasis on safety first. Open to anyone who is interested in learning to shoot a bow. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Come to the wax bunker near the chalet. All equipment is supplied by NWA. Free. (343-6397, 240-6533)

Flotilla 33, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary meeting, 7 p.m., UAA Chugiak-Eagle River College Center, Room 238. Open to the public. Coast Guard Auxiliarists are volunteers who assist the Coast Guard in all of its varied missions except law enforcement. (694-3570, wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=170-03-03)

coming up

Snowmachiners Module 1: Avalanche Basics, Rescue, and Human Factor at Hatcher Pass, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 22, Alaska Avalanche School, 1025 Orca St. Module 1: Avalanche Basics, Rescue, and Human Factor introduces riders to terrain, snow pack, and weather. It also teaches companion rescue. $155. (345-0878, alaskaavalanche.com/newpage/wordpress/overview/snow-machine-education)

Snowmachiners Module 2: Terrain and Observations at Hatcher Pass, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 23, Alaska Avalanche School, 1025 Orca St. Module 2: Terrain and Observations focuses on recognition of avalanche terrain and judging stability of the snowpack. $155. (345-0878, alaskaavalanche.com/newpage/wordpress/overview/snow-machine-education)

Snowmachiners Module 3: Decision Making; Traveling Through Terrain at Hatcher Pass, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 1, Alaska Avalanche School, 1025 Orca St. Module 3: Decision Making; Traveling through Terrain focuses on decision making tools and route finding in avalanche terrain. $155. (345-0878, alaskaavalanche.com/newpage/wordpress/overview/snow-machine-education)

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