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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 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)


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)


Junior Naturalist Scoop on the Poop Program, 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Join an exploration of nature's yuckies and then make some yummy "scat" cookies, and hike the trail looking for scat. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)


The Milk Run 5-K, 10 a.m.-noon, North Russian Jack Springs Park, E. Sixth Ave. and Pine St. 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. $15 individual, $40 family. Register online at www.signemup.com/85273. (333-2422)


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)


Becoming an Outdoors Woman

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game conducts hands-on workshops that teach adult women outdoor skills while building their confidence in their ability to get out and safely enjoy all that Alaska has to offer. No experience is necessary and BOW is for women of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. The workshops are designed primarily for women, but anyone 18 years of age or older may participate. Men can and do attend the workshops too. BOW workshops are held year round in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kodiak, and Southeast Alaska. Classes vary according to season but focus on three areas: shooting and hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities.

The workshops span a weekend, beginning at noon on Friday and ending around 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Participants choose from a variety of classes such as the basics of big game hunting, field dressing, spin and fly fishing, snow machining, archery, dog mushing, kayaking, skijoring, cross-country skiing, canoeing, canning and smoking fish, wild edible plants, survival, map and compass, tracking and trapping, and outdoor cooking. On average, $250 covers room, board, instruction, and instructional materials for the weekend workshop. Some classes, such as fur sewing and field dressing big game, have additional fees because of supplies. For more information, visit www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=outdooreducation.bow..

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