Outdoor hotline 5/20/13


Alaska Trails Training; Trail Design and Layout, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., BP Energy Center, 900 E. Benson Blvd. These interactive advanced modules are a continuing education lesson for natural resource professionals and technicians who have been through Alaska Trails' "Introduction to Sustainable Trails 101" training. These advanced classes are designed to acquaint the trainee with a rational process for establishing the design standards for any given trail. Half of the day will be in class and half in the field. Come dressed to spend part of each day in the field. $250-$500. (334-8049, www.alaska-trails.org)

Captain Cook Walking Tour, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily, Alaska Public Lands Information Center, 605 W. Fourth Ave. Join National Park Rangers as they tell the stories of early explorers who came Alaska. As you walk the streets of downtown Anchorage, you will learn about the lives of early Alaska Natives, discuss symbols used in totem poles, touch a sea otter pelt, and visit the Captain Cook statue at Resolution Park. This is an easy walk with several stops suitable for all visitors. The tour is given twice daily during the summer season, rain or shine. Umbrellas are provided. For more information, visit alaskacenters.gov. (644-3661)

Container Gardening, 7 p.m., Lidia Selkregg Chalet, Lidia Selkregg Lane. Apartment and condo dwellers take heart! You too can enjoy growing and eating fresh vegetables. Learn how your balcony or patio can be turned into an urban garden. Have a salad at your doorstep. Parents must accompany children. For ages 6 and older. $5. (343-4217, www.muni.org/departments/parks/pages/default.aspx)


Alaska Dirt Divas weekly women's mountain bike ride, 6:30 p.m., Kasuun Elementary School, E. 68th Ave. First dirt ride of the season, conditions permitting. If trails are too wet, this will be a pavement ride north on Elmore Road path. Easy with a mix of flat and hilly terrain; wide trail with few obstacles. Cardio challenge: mild to moderate. Bring a working mountain bike, a helmet and a teacup for post ride treats. Free, $30 a year if you decide to join. (Alaskadirtdivas.blogspot.com)

Off the Chain Bicycle Collective Weekly Meeting, 7 p.m., 814 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Off the Chain is a low cost, volunteer run, 501(c)3 bicycle collective open to the Anchorage community. They welcome volunteers of any skill level. Off the Chain is a 100% volunteer-run organization. (www.offthechainak.org)


Early Morning Bird Walks, 6:30-8:30 a.m., BLM Campbell Creek Science Center, 5600 Science Center Drive. Join BLM staff and Anchorage Audubon Society members for a series of early morning outdoor bird walks every Thursday in May. Develop and fine-tune your birding skills and witness the progression of songbird migration through the Campbell Tract. Meet in the Campbell Creek Science Center parking lot. Dress appropriately for the weather and for walking on uneven terrain. Bring binoculars. Hot cocoa and coffee will be available at the center afterward. Free. (267-1241, www.blm.gov/ak/sciencecenter)

Raised Bed Gardening, 6-7:30 p.m., Lidia Selkregg Chalet, Lidia Selkregg Lane. Raised beds are especially useful for gardeners with limited space in their yards and can be built at an appropriate level to help reduce the aches and pains produced by kneeling or bending over a garden plot. Information on soil warming techniques will also be included. For ages 6 and older. Parents must accompany children. $5. (343-4217, www.muni.org/departments/parks/pages/default.aspx)

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


Powered Fishing Derby, Friday-Sunday. All vessels must depart from and return to the Seldovia harbor. All human powered craft, no motors, are welcome to participate. Entry is $35 per fishing rod. Anglers weighing in a salmon, halibut, cod or black rock fish will be eligible for the grand prize drawing for a 17' Easy Rider Kayak CRX 2G, valued at $3,300.00. Call Tim Dillon at 299-3710 for more information and to register. Award ceremony and fish fry to take place on the Seldovia harbor waterfront at 4 p.m. May 26.


Archery 101, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Kincaid Park Annex Bunker and Archery Range, Raspberry Road. Free archery instruction for youth and adults. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All equipment is supplied. Free. (343-6397, 240-6533; www.northwestarchers.com)\


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.fishcharity.org)

Sea Kayaking Symposium, June 1, Eklutna Lake. A full day of on-water sea kayaking instruction and a lecture series. Lunch, an evening barbecue and all the boating equipment are included. Lecture Series: Wind, Weather and Waves, Cold Water Immersion, Trip Planning and Safety, and more. American Canoe Association Certification with wet exit practice-Only ten spots. You can secure your own campsite and stay for a Sunday morning paddle and the Eklutna Challenge the next day. No experience necessary. Families are welcome. $100 for adults, $50 for kids 16 and under. Space is limited so register now. (www.aksks.org)

Great Strides Fundraising Walk for Cystic Fibrosis, noon June 2, West End of the Delaney Park Strip, 9th Ave and P St. Fun-filled event where you can walk with family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to support the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. Register online or day of walk. Walk is approximately 3 miles with a picnic afterward. (800-647-7774, www.cff.org/greatstrides)

American Diabetes Association TourDeCure Anchorage, 7 a.m. June 9, Mountain View Lions Club Park, Peck Field, 408 N. Pine St. A day full of fun and excitement where riders of all levels join forces in the fight to stop diabetes and raise funds for research, education and advocacy. $150. (272-1424, main.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure/A2ALK-AlaskaArea?pg=entryandfr_id=8663)

MSSCA's Annual Golf Tournament, 7 a.m. June 14, Fishhook Golf Course, 2 N. Palmer-Fishhook Road. The fundraiser is a four person scramble with a shotgun start. Fees include greens fee, golf cart, goodie bag, door prizes, small bucket of balls, 9 hole golf pass and a barbecue after the tournament. $55 by June 6, $60 after. (352-1200 or email mssca@mssca.org, mssca.org)

The Color Run, 9 a.m.-noon June 15, Sullivan Arena, 1600 Gambell St. The Color Run paint race event is a unique experience focused less on speed and more on crazy color fun with friends and family. Whether you are a casual morning mall walker or an Olympic athlete, the 3 miles of The Color Run course will be the most memorable and colorful run of your life! (1-855-662-6567), thecolorrun.com/anchorage)


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