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Outdoor hotline (3/20/12)

Jim Lavrakas


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 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 Saturday 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 and click on the "race entry" tab.


Mountaineering Club of Alaska, 6:30-9 p.m., BP Energy Center, 900 E. Benson Blvd. Ralph Tingey, local climber and recipient of the Valor Award from the Department of the Interior for a rescue on the North Face of the Grand Teton, will present "Winter Desert Climbing." (

Anchorage Snowmobile Club, 7 p.m., IBEW Local 1547 Meeting Hall, 3333 Denali St. The family oriented club sponsors rides to locations through out Alaska. Meetings are open to the public and are free. (


Alaska Aviation Hall of Fame, 5:30 p.m., Coast International Inn, 3333 W. International Airport Road. Lowell Thomas Jr, Eva and Wilfred Ryan and A. A. Bennett will be inducted this year with a presentation, dinner and auction. Reservations are required. $60. (248-5325,

Alaska outdoors weekly hiking, 6:30 p.m., Stuckagain Heights, Basher Drive. Join other outdoor enthusiasts for a challenging hike. Meeting location changes each week. $1 for non-members. (770-0440,


SKAN 24; ski Kincaid all night, 10 a.m.-10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Kincaid Park, Raspberry Road. Alaska's only 24-hour Nordic ski race. Visit the race blog for full details. (440-9990,

Winter survival skills, 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Twelve registered junior naturalists will learn winter survival skills, such as dressing appropriately, finding shelter, and learning how to start a fire. Call to register. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108,

Bird TLC's "For the Birds" fundraiser, 6-10 p.m., Sheraton Anchorage Hotel, 401 E. Sixth Ave. Visit with Live Education Birds while enjoying hors d'oeuvres, a live and silent auction, and a no host bar. $60. (562-4852,

Beginning beekeeping, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 616 W. Tenth Ave. Beginning Beekeeping Class. Learn what to do, what not to do, what to use, and what kind of bees to buy. Preregister online or come to class 30 minutes before. $35 plus 10 for each family member. (272-7736, 602-7863;


The Water Ouzel: American Dipper, 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Naturalist Doris Ivory will introduce this amazing bird that spends the winters in and along Alaska's icy streams. A short indoor presentation will be followed by a one-mile walk exploring along the stream bed, conditions permitting. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108,


Alaska outdoors weekly hiking, 6:30 p.m., The Bunker at Kincaid Park, 9041 Raspberry Road. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Meeting location changes each week. $1 for non-members. (770-0440,

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