Hot picks: Land's End Regatta, Scottish games, Alaska Fashion Week and more

Kim Anderson drums with a group from Crow Creek Pipes and Drums at the Alaskan Scottish Highland Games in Eagle River on June 30, 2007.
Marc Lester
Runners scale a wall into one of several mud pits during the 2009 World Famous Mud Run at Camp Pendleton, California, Saturday, June 13, 2009.
Mindy Schauer
Dave Wheeler's 1928 Model A Pickup is reflected in the hub cap of KB Bettisworth's 1954 GMC Pickup at the Midnight Sun Street Rod Association's McDonald's Pre Show & Shine car show on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at the McDonald's at Jewel Lake and Dimond Blvd.
Robert Hallinen
Sailboats in the Homer Yacht Clubs Land's End Regatta make a turn at Gull Island in 2008 race.
"Maggie" Model: Magdalena Martynowicz Makeup: La Toya Avila Hair: Kirstin Forbes Wardrobe: Lulu E. Bebe
Thuy Vo

Riding the wind

The annual Land's End Regatta takes place this weekend on Kachemak Bay, a fundraiser for the Homer Yacht Club. Registration for boat owners is 6 p.m. today. Viewers can watch from the beach on the Homer Spit when the races take place starting at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There'll be informational events during the competition and an awards banquet and auction at 6 p.m. on Sunday. (

Celebrating Celtdom

The 32nd annual Alaska Scottish Highland Games take place on Saturday at Eagle River Lions Park. There'll be competitions in piping, dancing and strenuous Scottish sports, along with live music by Celtica. There's also a Scotch tasting, with a sample of five fine single malts. Overflow parking is available at Gruening Middle School and the Eagle River Road Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Shuttle buses will run from Eagle River High School and Eagle River Wal-Mart. The gates open at 8 a.m. and activities will go on until the midnight sun sets. Tickets at the gate are $15 for adults and $5 for wee 'uns. Or you can do the Scottish thing and save money by getting them in advance ($12.50 and $4) at The Bookshelf in Eagle River, 11401 Old Glenn Highway, Suite 110. (

Motor magic

It was postponed by the late snow last month, but the rescheduled 17th Annual KOOL Kruz auto show will start at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Mall at Sears. Admire the classics, muscle cars, motorcycles, hot rods and other sweet rides from local car clubs in the mall parking lot until noon. After that, the vehicles will form a cavalcade to Alaska Raceway Park, off the Old Glenn Highway north of the Knik River Bridge, where they'll be judged and some will test their engines for races on the drag course. Free hot dogs while they last.

Mud run

The Race for Recovery, a fund-raiser for Anchorage Community Mental Health Services, will get underway at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Chuck Albrecht Ball Fields, on Elmore just south of Tudor Road. What makes this 5-K different? Thirteen obstacles including conditions that can only be described as sloppy. You WILL get dirty, but it's fun for hard-core backcountry runners and casual strollers alike. Professional timing will be supplied by Skinny Raven Sports. The cost is $25, but there's a free mini-muddy run, 2-K, for children ages 7-13. 261-5395.

On the runway

Models showcase innovative styles by imaginative designers during Alaska Fashion Week. The action happens at the Lucy Cuddy Center on the campus of UAA at 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. General admission tickets are $30.