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Hilltop Alpine Race Team, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Hilltop Chalet at Hilltop Ski Area, 7014 Abbott Roadd. Hilltop is now offering an Alpine Race program. This is a competitive ski team that will be racing in the Youth Ski League against other youth ski teams from the Anchorage area. The program is for ages 7-13, who are intermediate to advanced skiers. Program includes: professional coaching by experienced racers, pre-season dryland training, running gates, video analysis of students skiing, and 3 hour practices twice a week. Races are held on Saturdays. Program includes a Hilltop season pass. (346-1446, www.hilltopskiarea.org)

Bonny Sosa Tuesday Night Running Race Series, 5:30 p.m., Kincaid Park. Hosted by Anchorage Parks and Recreation;, locations change each week. Choose the Munchkin League for youths under 12 or those young at heart; Farm League for recreational runners; or the Lightning League for competitive runners. Register online at active.com by 12:30 p.m. race day. Fees increase the day of the event: $2 kids, $5 adults, $10 families, $30 adult season pass, $60 family season pass. (343-4217, www.muni.org/departments/parks/pages/tuesdaynightraces.aspx)


Knee-High Naturalist Program, 11 a.m. to noon, Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Ten pre-registered pre-schoolers and parents can join the program, which offers guided nature exploration. Dress for outdoors, and bring a snack or lunch. Crafts and toys are available for the half-hour before the program starts. No walk-ins allowed. Not open to school-aged children. Call to register. $30 for four sessions. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Alpenglow at Arctic Valley, Arctic Valley Road. Join other outdoor enthusiasts for a challenging hike. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for nonmembers. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)


UAA Outdoor Gear Swap, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., UAA Student Union cafeteria, Spirit Drive. The Student Union is having its bi-annual outdoor gear swap. Bring gear for climbing, skiing, kayaking, backpacking, fishing; pretty much any gear is fine to bring with the exception of motorized stuff and weapons. Tables for sellers will be provided. If you cannot stay, you can drop your gear off to be sold. (786-1204, www.uaa.alaska.edu/studentunionandcommuterstudentservices)

Archery 101, 10:30-12:30 p.m., Kincaid Park Annex Bunker and Archery Range, Raspberry Road. Learn to shoot target archery. All ages welcome. Certified instructors, all equipment supplied. . Classes are free and are offered by Northwest Archers Association. (240-6533, www.northwestarchers.com)

Knee-High Naturalists Program, 11 a.m.-noon, Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Ten pre-registered pre-schoolers ages 3-5 and parents can join the Knee-High Naturalist Program, which offers guided nature exploration. Dress for the outdoors, and bring a snack/lunch to join fellow Kneehighs afterwards. Crafts and toys are available for the half-hour before the program starts. Limited to 10 children (minimum of 5; no walk-ins allowed). Younger siblings must register and pay to participate (2 years or older). Not open to school-aged children. Call 694-2108 to register. $30 for 4 sessions. ((907) 694-2108, www.ernc.org)

Animals Prepare for Winter, 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Junior naturalists will learn about different ways that animals deal with winter in Alaska, and then go on a 3/4 mile walk to look for signs. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)


Ask the Naturalist, 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Ask the naturalist questions at the Eagle River Nature Center. Stop by and chat with a naturalist stationed at the large viewing deck and learn about Alaska animals, plants, and more. A telescope will be set up and loaner binoculars are available for viewing. Free; $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)


Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Ruth Arcand Park, 3900 Abbott Road. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for non-members. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)


USATF-Alaska Association Cross-Country Championships, 4-6:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Anchorage Christian Schools, 6401 E. Northern Lights Blvd. Cross Country event open to all ages. USA Track & Field Alaska Championships for ages 18 and under and 30 and older. 3K course for ages 12 and under, 5K for all others. Bib pickup opens at 4 p.m., races begin at 5 p.m. $7. (529-0704, www.usatf.org/assoc/ak)

Brian Hill Memorial 5 Stand Shoot, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 Rabbit Creek Shooting Park, 15222 Seward Highway. Help raise funds for the Outdoor Heritage Youth Shotgun league. $50 entry fee for 50 targets, ammo and lunch and entry into event raffle. Youth and adult divisions. For more info or to register, call and ask for William. (748-3358, www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=anchoragerange.main)

Revolutionary War Veterans Association Appleseed Event, Oct. 20-21, Birchwood Recreation and Shooting Center. The event will include safe rifle handling techniques, six steps of firing the shot, natural point of aim, sling use, common 'field' positions, and more. Certified instructors will teach and guide each student in the fundamental techniques of Rifle Marksmanship. Pre-registration cost: $70 per weekend. One day events and other special events may differ. Women, under 21, active duty military, law enforcement officers, elected officials, and revolutionary war re-enactors are free. Range fees are not included Information, including directions, start times and what to bring can be found at www.appleseedinfo.org.

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