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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)


Mountaineering Club of Alaska, 6:30-9 p.m., BP Energy Center, 900 E. Benson Blvd. Local legend Dick Griffith, who has trekked more than 6,000 miles across Alaska and the Canadian Arctic, and participated 17 times in the Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic, even at the age of 81, will tell stories of his adventures and be available to sign a copy of his biography, "Canyons and Ice: The Wilderness Travels of Dick Griffith," written by Kaylene Johnson. Free. (www.mtnclubak.org)


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

Flotilla 3-2, US Coast Guard Auxiliary meeting, 7-9 p.m., Anchorage Public Transportation People Mover Office, 3600 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Learn how you can contribute to recreational boating safety through public education, on-the-water safety patrols, boat examinations or a host of other volunteer opportunities. (248-1427, www.cgauxanchorage.org)


Tryck Garden Tour, 7-8:30 p.m., Tryck Nursery, 2625 Rabbit Creek Road. The tour is a leisurely, one and a half-hour walk through the different gardens. Nonperishable food items for the food bank accepted. (345-2507)


Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will host a Wild Berry Family Fun Day from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy tasty snacks while participating in activities and crafts at the Refuge Environmental Education Center in Soldotna. All activities are free to the public. You might even win a door prize. Guided berry identification walks will be held throughout the event. Walks cover 1/4 mile and last 30 minutes. Pre-registration for walks is required. (260-2807, caandace_wardd@fws.gov)

Chugiak/Talkeetna/Chugiak ACP 300-K Brevet, 5 a.m., Chugiak High School, 16525 Birchwood Loop Road. Randonneuring is long-distance, non-competitive, unsupported cycling, emphasizing camaraderie and the determination to get the ride done. Open to all type of riders from those wanting to explore new roads at their own pace to athletes training for their next big event. (317-6030, www. alaskarandonneurs.org)

Junior Naturalist Seed Program, 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Learn how plants produce and distribute seeds in this hands-on program followed by an exploration along the Rodak Trail. Berry-picking is not allowed. Free program; $5 parking for nonmembers. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)


Youth Shotgun League Coaches Needed, 6 a.m., Rabbit Creek Shooting Park, 15222 Seward Highway. Would you like to help introduce youth to shotgun sports? Leagues are 10 weeks in the fall and 10 weeks in the spring for boys and girls ages 10-16. (748-3358, www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=huntered.rcyouth)

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Bicentennial Park: Smoke Jumper Trail Head, Elmore Road. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for nonmembers.


Writing Down the Wild: A Nature Writing Workshop, Aug. 31-Sept. 3, Stillpoint Lodge, Halibut Cove. Anchorage essayist and author Bill Sherwonit will teach a workshop through readings, writing exercises, discussions and quiet time spent in the company of nature. Participants will discover and rediscover approaches to writing about relationships with nature. $495, includes round-trip transportation from Homer, three nights lodging, gourmet meals, tuition for the workshop, outdoor activities and more. Call or go online to register. (907-296-2283, www.stillpointlodge.com/workshops/8-31.htm)

The Milk Run 5-K, 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 26, North Russian Jack Springs Park, East Sixth Avenue and Pine Street. A family fun run to raise funds and awareness for Owen's Milk Money, a memorial fund that supports breast feeding women in need at the Providence Lactation Clinic. Ice cream, door prizes and a jogging-stroller friendly course. Register on-line at www.signemup.com/85273. $15-$40. (333-2422)

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