Outdoor hotline (9/17/13)


Historic District Walking Tours, 9, 10 and 11 a.m. and 2 and 3 p.m. daily, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Skagway. One-hour ranger-led walking tours of the Skagway Historic District. Free.

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)

Bonny Sosa Tuesday Night Running Race Series, 5:30 p.m., Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Be prepared for chills, thrills and spills. Meet at 5:30 p.m., races begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Distances up to 10-K. Register online at activenet.active.com. For in-depth information, visit www.muni.org/parks. All ages and abilities welcome. Pets need to stay at home. (343-6397)

Boating Skills and Seamanship, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 12. BP Energy Center, 900 E. Benson Blvd. This course will teach the basic skills needed to safely handle and operate a boat. Topics include Trailering, Navigation, Lines and Knots, Weather, Safety Emergencies, Rules of the Road and Radio Communications. Presented by the Whittier Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. $50. To register, call Sara at 240-3370 or Joan at 952-1240.


Women's Summer-of-Fun Swing Clinics, 5:30-8:15 p.m., Anchorage Golf Course, 3651 O'Malley Road. LPGA professional Peggy Gustafson will systematically introduce and reinforce fundamental techniques and assist each individual to fine-tune a specific part of her game. $25, pre-purchase 5 clinics for $100. (www.anchoragegolfcourse.com/clinics)


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


Dash for Organ and Tissue Donation, 10 a.m., West End of the Delaney Park Strip, 9th Ave and P Street. Join the Alaska Kidney Patients Association Inaugural 5K run/walk to promote organ and tissue donation, living organ donation, highlight the success of transplantation, encourage Alaskans to join the Alaska Donor Registry and give the "Gift of Life" or consider becoming a living organ donor. The Dash also honors the lives of deceased organ and tissue donors and their family members. $20. (240-2562, alaskakidney.org)

Feed and Care for farm animals, 1-2:30 p.m., The Learning Farm, 11601 Gander St. Learn what it takes to care for animals. Kids ages 5-14 feed, water, clean pens, bottle feed calves and slop the pigs. Mentorship Leaders Brittany and Shyanne of the Rebel Riders Trick Team work and show proper handling and care. This opportunity allows the trick riders to earn money for trick lessons. $10. Free horse ride after 6 sessions. (310-1971, www.thelearningfarm.net)


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)


Nature and Travel Writing Class, 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 25 and running 12 weeks. Sierra Club Office, 750 W. Second Ave., Suite 100. The workshop-style class will explore and refine their own writing styles, with an emphasis on the personal essay form. Taught by essayist/author Bill Sherwonit, the class will also read and discuss works by some of America's finest nature and travel writers, past and present. $240. (245-0283, akgriz@hotmail.com)

Kenai River Marathon, 9 a.m. Sept. 29, Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center, 11471 Kenai Spur Highway. The Kenai River Marathon's mission is to raise awareness of outdoor recreational activities and to raise funds to further improve the parks of the City of Kenai.

Wilderness First Aid/WFR Recertification Course, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 11, APU's Spring Creek Farm, Lossing Road. Injuries can happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. Learn Wilderness First Aid Skills and get CPR certified. This is also a WFR recertification course. Certification through SOLO. Register online $225. (376-2898, www.naoiak.org)

Mat-Su Ski Club Annual General Membership Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11, Palmer Train Depot. Pizza, salad and door prizes provided. Parents can sign their kids up for the Junior Nordic Ski Program. Find out about the improvements at the Government Peak Recreation Area and skiing in the Mat-Su Valley.Eric Strabel, APU Ski Coach and winner and course record holder for Mount Marathon, will give a presentation on the APU Nordic Ski Program and the "Early Honors Program" where high school seniors can earn college credits while completing their high school education. (www.matsuski.org)

Outdoor Equipment Swap, noon-2 Oct. 12, Colony High School, 9550 E Colony Schools Dr., Palmer. The Colony High School Ski Team will host the gear swap. Any outdoor recreation gear can be sold; from Alpine Skis to Xtra tuffs. 15% of profits go to CHS Ski Team. Equipment check-in is from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Profits and unsold items can be picked up from 2-3 p.m. (861-5571)

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