Outdoor hotline (9/30/13)


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)


Off the Chain Bicycle Collective Monthly 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. The 100% volunteer-run organization depends on the generous efforts of volunteers. (www.offthechainak.org)


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


K9 Athlete Symposium, 9 a.m., Willow Community Center, Mile 69 Parks Highway. Willow Dog Mushers Association hosts this event, which includes a vendor fair, gear swap, meals, interactive seminars and demonstrations. Learn more about GPS, extreme weather gear, alternative gang lines and harnesses, sled fixes on the trail and mushing Denali. Also planned is the parade of dogs, which are life-sized wooden dogs painted by local artists. Afternoon sessions include a panel discussion on responsible kennel ownership, stage racing and a Yukon Quest panel. Registration forms and a schedule are online. $10 for members, $40 for non-members; dinner, $10. (willowdogmushers.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)


Brian Hill Memorial 5 stand shoot, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Rabbit Creek Shooting Park, 15222 Seward Highway. 5 stand fundraiser shoot to benefit the Rabbit Creek Youth Shotgun Program. Entry fee covers 50 target shoot, lunch, ammo and awards.Call ahead to schedule a shoot time or just show up and shoot. $50. (748-3358)


Alaska Native Plant Society, 6 p.m., Campbell Creek Science Center, 6881 Creekview Loop. Alaska Native Plant Society annual winter kickoff potluck and slideshow. Bring some food to share and up to 10 slides of summer activities. Plates and cups will be provided. Free. (333-2399, www.aknps.org/)

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


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)

Wilderness First Aid for Disaster Relief, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 14, NAOI Headquarters, 281 N. Main Street Suite 101B. This course is designed to teach medical assessment and treatment skills in a setting where standardized care is not available. Whether you live remote or you want to be prepared in case of a natural disaster, this course is for you. $250. (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)

Avalanche & Snowmobile Safety, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 18, Alaska Mining and Diving, 3222 Commercial Drive. A free training session for mountain travel. Fun games and activities for all riders and mountain travelers from novice to veteran. Space is limited. Register online. (376-2898, www.naoiak.org)

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