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2012 Mount Marathon Race applications. The Seward Chamber of Commerce, Conference and Visitors Bureau announced that applications for the 85th Annual Mount Marathon Race are due by March 31. Applications can be completed online at www.seward.com. Application fees are $65 for adults and $25 for junior runners. Race veterans and 2011 finishers have priority, with the remaining slots filled through a lottery system. Lottery results will be announced in mid-April.

Buckwheat Ski Classic registration. The race will be March 24 and includes 50-kilometer, 25-K, 10-K and kids' 5-K divisions. It is a traditional classic cross-country ski race. It will not be tracked for skating. Competitors of all ages and abilities are welcome. To register, go to BuckwheatSkiClassic.com and click on the "Race Entry" tab.

Chugach Open registration. The March 22-25 event includes three days of competition, open to alpine, snowboard and telemark skiers. Athletes must be at least 18 years of age and of advanced or better ability to compete. There will also be a juniors' division for those aged 13-17 for all disciplines. There are three levels of registration: $110 includes entry to competition only, $230 includes entry plus three-day lift tickets, and $310 includes entry plus five-day lift tickets. Register online at www.alyeskaresort.com/chugachopenregistration.


Denali winter hiking: 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Murie Science and Learning Center, Mile 1.3 Parks Road, Denali National Park and Preserve. Park rangers invite the public to join them in exploring the park on weekend hikes this winter. The hikes will be on snowshoes when snow conditions are favorable. A limited number of snowshoes are available but it's best to bring your own. The hikes will last two-to-three hours. Bring lunch or snacks. Hikes cancelled if temperatures are lower than 10 below. $10 per person, good for seven days. Ages 15 or younger free. (nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/winter-activities.htm, 907-683-9532)


Spring Break Farm Camp at The Learning Farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., The Learning Farm, 11601 Gander St. Ride horses, feed the pigs, sheep and chickens, walk the goats, bottle feed the baby calf and pet the pony. Learn to ride on a dog sled as it is pulled by a four wheeler. Make goat milk cheese and do wool projects from our sheep's wool. Sing songs and roast marshmallows around a camp fire. $60-$100 per day. (229-0359, www.TheLearningFarm.net)

Kincaid Spring Break Camp, 9 a.m., Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Enjoy making cardboard sleds, play games, build habitats, go swimming and more. Bring a bag lunch, swim suit towel, and clothes for outdoor winter activities. $160 full day, $80 half day. Before and after care for $25 an hour. (343-4217, www.muni.org/parks)


Wildlife Wednesday: Careers in Wildlife Management and Research, 7-8 p.m., Alaska Zoo Gateway Building, 4731 O'Malley Road. Mike Harrington, a research technician with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, will talk about his dream job assisting researchers with work on furbearers and big game species. Learn what wildlife biologists do and the kind of training required in this special career-focused program. Youths of all ages encouraged to attend. Free. (346-2858, www.alaskazoo.org/lectures-and-talks-0)


Alaska outdoors weekly hiking, 6:30 p.m., Turnagain Arm McHugh Trailhead, Seward Highway. Join other outdoor enthusiasts for a challenging hike. Meeting location changes each week. $1 for non-members. (770-0440, Alaska-Outdoors.org)


Cardboard Sled Derby, 1 p.m., Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Grab your family, some friends, some cardboard and duct tape and join the derby. Prizes will be awarded for distance. Divisions are 6-12 years old; 13-17, 18 and older, and families. $5 per sled for preregistrants, $10 day of event. (343-4217, www.muni.org/parks)

Mars Rover Astronomy Program, 7 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Learn about the Mars Rover effort. Scott Girard will present the program and answer your questions. If the skies are clear, be ready to go outside and view the night sky, using your own binoculars or telescope, or share the ones set up by astronomers. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)


End of Days Fun Run series, 8:08 a.m., UAA, Professional Studies Building, 3211 Providence Drive. One-half marathon and 5-K races celebrating the end of the Mayan Calendar. Marathons will start at sunrise and the 5-Ks will start one hour later. T-shirts with the End of Days Fun Run logo will be available for the first 200 runners. Register online. $25-$30. (786-4914, 748-2551; AEclubUAA.com)

Shamrock Shuffle 5-K, 9 a.m., Bear Tooth Theatre Pub, 1230 W. 27th Ave. A Bear Tooth-Skinny Raven Sports race that starts and finishes at the Bear Tooth. Post-race awards and festivities to be held in the Bear Tooth Theatre. A portion of proceeds for event will go to support UAA's Marko Cheseto medical fund. Register at register.bazumedia.com/reg/form?eventID=669. $35. (274-7222)

Guided Luck of the Irish Hike, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Prospect Heights trailhead. The 8.5-mile round-trip hike gains 1,200 feet in one three-mile segment. Be in good shape with hikes of a similar nature. Bring a daypack with lunch, snacks, water, wind-snow clothing and warm layers. Limited to the first 12 people, 18 or older, who register. Free; $5 parking fee at the trailhead. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)

Guided family friendly hike, noon, Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Join Jaydee Hernandez and Gus Gustafson for a leisurely paced hike for all ages. Call to register. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)

Meet a Great-Horned Owl, 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Volunteer Ginamaria Smith of Bird TLC will share facts and stories about this amazing hunter of the night. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)


Shamrock Shoot, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Carol Moench Archery Park, Chugiak. Twenty 3-D animal targets will be set in realistic hunting conditions. Free hot lunch provided. $15-$25, youths 12 and under shoot free. (354-8589, www.cookinletarchers.com)


Alaska outdoors weekly hiking, 6:30 p.m., Bicentennial Park Campbell Airstrip, Mile 1.1 Campbell Airstrip Road. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Meeting location changes each week. $1 for non-members. (770-0440, Alaska-Outdoors.org)


Beginning beekeeping, 7 p.m. March 24, First Presbyterian Church, 616 W. Tenth Ave. Learn what and what not to do, what to use and how to use it, what kind of bees to buy and where. Pre-register online or come to class 30 minutes early. $35 plus $10 for each additional family member. (272-7736, 602-7863; www.alaskabeewrangler.com)

ADFG bow tuning clinic, 6-10 p.m. April 11-12, Rabbit Creek Shooting Park, 15222 Seward Highway. Learn how to properly tune your bow to get maximum performance. Pre-registration is required. $20. (267-2534, 267-2187, www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=huntered.hitcalendar)

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Homer's Winter King Salmon Tournament is Saturday, with lines in at 9 a.m. and out at 4 p.m. Because of unusual ice conditions in the harbor, the tournament committee will be checking the weather forecast and harbor ice and make an announcement by Tuesday if the tournament will be postponed. The makeup date would probably be March 24. Go to www. homeralaska.org/winter KingSalmonDerby for rules and to register, or call 235-7740. You don't need to have your fishing license number when you call, but you absolutely need a license and King stamp to go fishing. You must know the name of your fishing boat when you register. For those needing assistance finding a boat, the Homer Chamber of Commerce can help you, but be sure to call as soon as possible. The event costs $100 and includes food and beer at the post-tournament party, a one-day launch pass, a lucky salmon bead necklace, plus entry into a prize giveaway every five minutes over VHF radio. Coal Point Seafoods at the harbor will serve as tournament headquarters and host the post-tourney party. Last year's winner, Mike Walls, took home more than $30,000. For more information, contact Jim Lavrakas of Skookum Charters: www.AkSkookumCharters.com Homer King Salmon tourney set for Saturday, maybe