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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)


Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., O'Malley Trailhead, Stroganof Drive. Join other outdoor enthusiasts for a challenging hike. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for non-members. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

Connecting With Nature In A Virtual Age, 6:30 p.m., Wendy Williamson Auditorium, Lake Otis Parkway and Providence Drive. A free presentation by best selling author, Richard Louv. Afterward, visit with local agencies and organizations dedicated to getting kids outdoors. Alaska Geographic will be sponsoring a book signing. Free parking on the west side of the auditorium. (786-3351, www.GetOutdoorsAlaska.org)


Zone 12 Hunter/Jumper Horse Show Finals, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, William Clark Chamberlin Equestrian Center, 3900 Abbott Road. The last show of the 2012 show season. Free. (350-3430, USHJA.org)

Guided Hike on Ship Pass Trail, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Chugach State Park, Glen Alps Road. Eight registered hikers, 18 or older, can join volunteers Bob and Ann Fisher for a 13 mile round trip hike with an elevation gain of 2100 feet. Meet at Glen Alps parking lot. Be in good shape with completion of a similar hike. Bring daypack with lunch, snacks, water, and appropriate clothing. $5 parking. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)

Big 8 Pre-Region Cross Country Running Race, 10 a.m.-12:10 p.m., Kincaid Park, Raspberry Road. A high school race including all of the Region IV schools in the Cook Inlet Conference. Open Girls start at 10 a.m.; Open Boys start at 10:40 a.m.; Varsity Girls start at 11:20 a.m.; Varsity Boys start at 11:50 a.m.

Junior Naturalists Celebrate Grandparents Day, 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Bring grandma and grandpa to a hike down to the Rodak Trail, 3/4 mile roundtrip, to visit "Grandma and Grandpa Cottonwood" and look for spawning salmon at the beaver pond. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)


Making Wild Teas, 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Learn how to identify edible plants on a short walk around the Rodak Trail and make and try some delicious teas made from rosehips, pineapple weed, yarrow and even stinging nettles. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)


ADFG Youth Shotgun League, 5:30 p.m., Rabbit Creek Shooting Park, 15222 Seward Highway. For ages 10-15, this is a ten week league starting the week of Sept. 10 through Nov. 12. Participants meet once a week and shoot 50 rounds per week. $300, includeds guns, ammunition, clays, and instruction. (748-3358, www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=huntered.rcyouth)


Dog Dash and Dawdle, 11 a.m., Sept. 15 Chugiak Benefit Association building, 18606 Old Glenn Highway. A 10K and 5K run and 1 mile walk benefiting the Roscoe Fund, which assists pets or rescue animals in need of emergency medical treatment. Come run or walk with your leashed, canine friend along the new paved trail that offers mountain and inlet views. $25 includes a race T-shirt and dog tag finisher medal. (696-3025, www.otccalaska.co)

Tunnel to Towers Run, 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 16, Delaney Park Strip, P St. and W. Ninth Ave. The run raises money for the Building for America's Bravest Program, a partnership between the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and Gary Sinise Foundation. These groups are building completely accessible 'smart homes' for those service men and women most severely injured, such as triple and quadruple amputees. $40. (274-7222, t2trun.org/site/displaySite.do?siteIdCode=22RWFG5C)

Oktoberfest Run For Beans, 7:30 a.m. Sept. 29, Snow Goose Restaurant and Pub, 717 W. Third Ave. A benefit for Bean's Cafe and the Brother Francis Shelter. It's a 5-K and 10-K out and back course on the Coastal Trail. There is a 1/4 mile children's race. Runners in costume get a one minute head start. Registration is online and bib pickup will be at Skinny Raven Sports on Sept. 25 and Sept. 27 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. (www.anchoragerunningclub.org/events.html)

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