The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), Divisions of Habitat and Wildlife Conservation, invite the public to attend a public scoping meeting from 6:30-9 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Loussac Public Library Conference Room, 3600 Denali St. Share information and concerns about the Susitna Flats State Game Refuge. These meetings are the first step in ADF&G's effort to revise the Susitna Flats SGR's management plan, which was originally written in 1988. ADF&G's planning staff would like to know how members of the public use the Susitna Flats SGR and its resources and are seeking your input on how to best manage activities and public uses in the SGR. Harvest regulations are under the authority of the Boards of Fish and Game and cannot be changed via this planning process. The Susitna Flats SGR, was established in 1976 to protect the area's fish and wildlife populations and habitat, particularly waterfowl nesting and staging areas, as well as public uses of the area, such as hunting, viewing and general public recreation in a high-quality environment. This area encompasses most of the Susitna River delta between Beluga and Point Mackenzie, and includes the Little Susitna Public Use Facility to the northeast.
Hilltop Alpine Race Team, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Hilltop Chalet at Hilltop Ski Area, 7014 Abbott Road. 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, hilltopskiarea.org)
The November meeting of the Mountaineering Club of Alaska features a video presentation by local mountaineer Ross Noffsinger. Ross will show an ascent of Baleful Peak and two classic California rock climbs: Charlotte Dome and Mt. Conness. Having climbed over 140 peaks in southcentral Alaska, Ross considers Baleful the most challenging Peak in Chugach State Park. For a sample, search Baleful 2012 YouTube HD. The meeting will be held Wednesday, November 21, 6:30 p.m. at the BP Energy Center located at 1014 Energy Court. Presentations typically start around 7:15 p.m. Admission is free and open to everyone.
Recognition of Avalanche Hazard Lecture, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Alaska Avalanche School, 1025 Orca St. This lecture is intended for backcountry travelers and enthusiasts ranging from skiers, snowboarders, snowmachiners, and more. Learn about avalanche behavior, terrain, snow instability and decision making in this one day classroom seminar. Walk-ins welcome the day of the lecture. $50. (345-0878, alaskaavalanche.com/newpage/wordpress)
Alaska Dogs Gone Wild -- Great Alaska Barkout Flyball Tourney, 10 a.m. 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Alyeska Canine Trainers, 549 W. International Airport Road. Flyball is a fast-paced and exciting sport with teams of four dogs competing in head-to-head relay races. Each dog jumps over four hurdles, catches a ball from a spring-loaded box, and carries the ball back over the hurdles to get a fun reward! Dogs of a variety of sizes and types will be competing. Free (flyballdogs.com/alaska)
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. Free classes by Northwest Archers Association. (240-6533, northwestarchers.com)
Live Bird Thanksgiving Celebration, 2-4 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Bird TLC, the Bird Treatment and Learning Center, brings several live educational birds for you to meet. Fun food-related activities for the whole family to enjoy. Free program; donations suggested. $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)
Avalanche Rescue Workshop, 9:30 a.m., Hatcher Pass, Palmer Fishook Road/Gold Mint Trail. The purpose of this hands-on outdoor workshop is to provide students an opportunity to refresh their skills and build a foundation to safely and effectively locate and rescue backcountry travelers who have been caught in an avalanche. The full range of skills will be reviewed with beacon practice on single and multiple burials, probing and digging and recovery techniques. $110. (345-0878)
Alaska's squirrels, 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Volunteer naturalist Beth Baker presents a program about Alaska's tree and ground squirrels: the red squirrel, northern flying squirrel, arctic ground squirrel, hoary marmot, Alaska marmot and woodchuck. Learn about their different adaptations for surviving winter. Free indoor program; $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)
Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Airport Park, Northern Lights. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for non-members. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)
Muni Masters Early Season, 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays to Dec. 10. Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. This ski program is for adults who wish to improve their physical condition, meet new ski partners, and improve their skate skiing skills. The program will cover skating techniques, training, personal goals and introduction to ski racing and tours. Space is limited. For ages 18 and older. $45. (343-4217, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/OutdoorAdventures.aspx)