WHEN: March 4, 6-7:30 p.m.; March 5, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Kenai Central High
WHAT: Interactive avalanche training sponsored by the Department of Public Safety, Division of State Troopers and H2O Guides -- and presented by North America Outdoor Institute. Learn how to navigate in avalanche terrain. Field classes offer an introduction to companion rescue.
Galapagos, Ecuador birds
WHEN: Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.
WHERE: BP Energy Center
WHAT: Jules and Peg Tileston will discuss and show images of birding in the Galapagos Islands as well as the area around Quito, Ecuador. Cookies will be available.
Free boating course
WHEN: Feb. 26, March 26, April 16, May 21
WHERE: Atwood Building in Anchorage
WHAT: Alaska Office of Boating Safety is offering Alaska Water Wise, a boating course designed for Alaskans. The eight-hour course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard. The course satisfies most states boating safety education requirements and may qualify boaters for insurance discounts. Segments include pre-departure preparation, boating operations, boating emergencies, cold-water survival, navigation/rules of the road and legal requirements. Students who attend all sessions and pass the written exam will be issued a course completion certificate. This course has also been approved for eight hours of Continuing Medical Education training by the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services.
CONTACT: Joe McCullough at (907) 269-8704 or email@example.com or Megan Piersma at (907) 269-6042.
Project Healing Waters
WHEN: 4-5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays
WHERE: Elmendorf Hospital
WHAT: Fly-tying classes for wounded soldiers and veterans as part of the Project Healing Waters program that continues with fishing outings during the spring and summer.
CONTACT: Staff Sgt. Michael Henrie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 552-7666
44th Palmer gun show
WHEN: March 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
WHERE: Raven Hall, Alaska State Fairgrounds
WHAT: More than 300 tables of guns, knives and outdoor gear. Free chance to win fishing charter. Door prizes and rifle raffle. Come look, swap, talk, trade and shop. Food and beverages sold by Winner Circle 4-H Club. Free parking at purple gate with free shuttle to Raven Hall. All proceeds benefit Palmer Lions Club community projects.
COST: Adults $5; kids go free.
Frosty February frolic
WHEN: Saturday, 1-4 p.m.
WHERE: Eagle River Nature Center
WHAT: Join volunteers Bob and Ann Fisher for a 6 1/2-mile round trip hike to Dew Lake. Hikers should be in good shape but may be beginners. The trail is fairly level with an elevation gain of about 800 feet. Hikers are advised to bring a daypack with snacks and water. Snowshoes or ice cleats may be needed. Limited to the first 12 people who sign up. Must be 18 or older.
Turkey federation banquet
WHEN: Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Anchorage Hilton Hotel
WHAT: Event hosted by the National Wild Turkey Federation-Alaska Tundra Toms chapter, includes a buffet, live and silent auctions, general and special raffles, gun raffles and door prizes.
CONTACT: Dean at 947-5920 or Jim at 344-3914
Hunting expo and banquet
WHEN: Feb. 24-26, 10 a.m. each day
WHERE: Dena'ina Center
WHAT: Largest taxidermy display in Alaska will be featured. There's an outdoor photo contest and a chance to visit with outfitters from around the world. There will be a live and silent auction as well as a raffle. Classes will be available on topics ranging from an introduction to hunting to specifics on bear or sheep hunting. Feb. 25 is military appreciation night and is open to the public.
Outdoors women workshop
WHEN: March 11-13
WHERE: Victory Bible Camp near Palmer
WHAT: Program introduces women to hunting, fishing and related outdoors activities. More than 48 hands-on sessions are planned, including firearms safety, bear safety, shotgun clinics, field dressing of fish and game, ice fishing, spin fishing, fly tying, dog mushing, snowmachining, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, GPS operation, fish smoking, rod building, outdoors photography and winter survival.
COST: $250 for applications postmarked before Feb. 15; $300 afterward
SKIING AND BOARDING
Winter Trails Day
WHEN: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: BLM Campbell Creek Science Center
WHAT: Try out skate and classical cross-country skis. Go snowshoeing and geocaching. Sample a winter bike and watch sled dog racing. Learn to use an avalanche transceiver, wax skis, and build a snow shelter. Dress warmly and come for an hour or bring lunch and stay all day. Hot beverages will be provided; refreshments throughout the day.
Cross-country skiing basics
WHEN: Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Eagle River Nature Center
WHAT: Twelve registered participants can learn the basics of cross-country skiing. Bring your own equipment and dress in non-cotton layers. Limited to the first 12 people, ages 10 and older.
Town League ski races
WHEN: Thursday nights through Feb. 24; registration 6 p.m.
WHERE: Alyeska Resort, Sitzmark
WHAT: Alpine skiers and boarders of at least intermediate skill compete in a series of night races. Racers compete in a head-to-head slalom format. Each racer makes two runs with the best time counting. Practice 3-5 p.m. Course reset at 5 p.m. for race start an hour later. Competition open to snowboarders, alpine and telemark skiers ages 21 and up. Race as a team member or as an individual and compile points over the seven-week race series. Top three individuals and teams in each division will earn awards.
COST: $80 per person includes entry, weekly prize drawings, T-shirt and admission to awards party.
CONTACT: 754-2258 or 754-7669 for race information and cancellation announcements.
Challenge Alyeska's steepest runs
WHEN: March 17-20
WHERE: Alyeska Resort
WHAT: A new competition called the Chugach Open is designed to lure the best skiers, boarders and telemarkers to Alyeska's double-black-diamond terrain, featuring steep cliffs, chutes and 2,500 feet of vertical. Envisioned as a grass-roots competition in contrast to the national and international freeskiing events the resort has hosted in the past. "Our plan is to open up in-bounds terrain that is indicative of the big heli-lines in the Chugach Mountains," Alyeska general manager Di Hiibner said in press release. A panel of experts will judge the athletes based on line choice, fluidity, control and aggressiveness. The timing of the Chugach Open is intended to complement late spring competitions in Valdez.
Iron Dog safety expo
WHEN: Saturday , 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
WHERE: Menard Sports Center in Wasilla
WHAT: Annual safety expo in conjunction with the Iron Dog. North America Outdoor Institute will be on hand with training programs and helmets provided by the Division of Parks. Students who complete the course will be eligible to purchase a SNELL/DOT helmet for $30.
AMMC Vintage series
WHEN: Sunday , noon
WHERE: Houston Lodge
WHAT: Alaska Motor Mushers Club hosts closed-course races on lake or cross-country format. Door prizes, warming areas and food available.
COST: $25 per class and $5 racer fee each day.
Wildlife by the numbers
WHEN: Wednesday , 7-8 p.m.
WHERE: Alaska Zoo Gateway Education Building
WHAT: Earl Becker, a biometrician and research coordinator with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, describes how biologists come up with population estimates upon which wildlife management is based.
Iditarod Invitational party
WHEN: Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Speedway Bike Shop in Anchorage
WHAT: Pre-race party for Iditarod Trail Invitational racers who travel 350 miles to McGrath or 1,000 miles to Nome.
Susitna 100 spots open
WHEN: Feb. 17 at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Wilda Marston Theater at Loussac Library
WHAT: Gear check, final briefing and last chance to register for the Susitna 100 human-powered race that begins Feb. 19 at Point Mackenzie General Store. Note: the Little Su 50-K field is full.
CONTACT: email@example.com; Brooks or Rita Wade at 345.2282