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Parent and Me Walks, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Moms, dads and children are invited to learn the trail systems in the park and meet other families with similar interests. Strollers and backpacks welcome. For all ages. $5. (343-4217, 343-6397, www.muni.org/parks)

Flattop Mountain Shuttle, 1-4:30 p.m. daily, Downtown Bicycle Rental, 333 W. Fourth Ave. A 3 1/2-hour afternoon excursion for tourists without rental cars who want to hike Flattop, or locals with bikes needing a one-way shuttle into the mountains. $22 round-trip. $15 one way with your bike on back of the van. $35 Hike-Bike Combo with rental bike. (279-3334, www.hike-anchorage-alaska.com)

Dog Mushing 101, 2 p.m., Anchorage Alaska Public Lands Information Center, 605 W. Fourth Ave. Meet an Alaska husky, stand on the runners of a dog sled, meet a real musher and more. Join Erin McLarnon and her sled dog for this demonstration at the visitors center. Free. (644-3661, www.alaskacenters.gov/dog-mushing-101.cfm)


Mushroom Fair, 7 p.m., BLM Campbell Creek Science Center, 5600 Science Center Drive. Local mushroom enthusiasts will share their knowledge about mushrooms through posters, discussion, and specimens from all over southcentral Alaska. Bring specimens from your own backyard to identify.


Rowdy Rangers, 1:30-3 p.m., Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Adventurous play dates offer an opportunity for youths to play and learn. Activities vary on weekly basis and include Dino Digs, Beach Day, Scavenger and Treasure Hunts. For ages 5-12. $10. (343-6397, 343-4217, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/ActivityGuide.aspx)

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Turnagain Arm Rainbow Trailhead, Seward Highway. Join other outdoor enthusiasts for a challenging hike. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for nonmembers. (770-0440,www.alaska-outdoors.org)


Yoga Retreat, Friday-Sunday, Northern Susitna Institute, 22510 Talkeetna Spur Road. Ten hours of yoga, two gourmet meals and free camping next to Fish Lake. $180 for entire workshop, $55 for three-hour sessions, $45 for two-hour sessions. Call or go online to register. (243-9642, www.laughinglotusanchorage.com)


Kids fishing derby, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Montana Creek Campground, Milepost 96.5, Parks Highway. The Big Lake Aurora Lions Club will hold its annual children's fishing derby to raise funds for the Lions Camp Abilities program. All participants will win a prize. $15. (892-7691, 232-0222)

Junior Naturalists Welcome Back Salmon, 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Salmon are back after their long migration. Come and see them in their spawning grounds, and learn about the life cycle of these fish that are born in freshwater and spend most of their life at sea until they return to spawn. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)


Wildflowers and Berry Hike with Verna Pratt, 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Verna Pratt is the author of "Alaska Wildflowers" and founder of the Alaska Native Plant Society. After an introduction by Verna, the group may be divided depending on size: the longer walk will be the three-mile Albert Loop, while the shorter walk will be around one-to-two miles. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108, www.ernc.org, www.aknps.org)


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

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Blueberry festival Alyeska Resort celebrates summer and the Alaskan blueberry season with family fun, live music and cooking demonstrations during its Fifth Annual Blueberry Festival. Set for Saturday and Sunday, the festival will run noon-6 p.m. each day, with free admission. A variety of activities and events are featured, plus many local food vendors and an eclectic mix of arts and crafts booths, culinary creations and kids activities too. Festival goers will be allowed to pick wild blueberries in the Chair 7 area both days. The chair will run from 3-6 p.m. to give families easy access to blueberry patches. The Hotel Alyeska will feature a beer garden and will serve blueberry-infused wines and liquors as well as blueberry-themed cocktails. The resort will also offer special Blueberry Festival packages starting at $299, which include one night's accommodation, breakfast and a scenic tram ride for two adults. (754-2111, AlyeskaResort.com).