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Outdoor hotline (11/18/13)

TUESDAY

Challenge Alaska information meeting, 5:30-7 p.m., Round Table Pizza, Dimond Center Mall, 800 E. Dimond Blvd. Challenge Alaska ski school is looking for volunteer instructors to help people with disabilities get on the slopes. You don't have to be an expert skier or rider to make a difference. Applications are accepted throughout the season. (783-2925, www.challengealaska.org)

WEDNESDAY

Alaska Nordic Racing Anchorage Masters XC Ski Program, 6:30-8 p.m., Kincaid Park, Raspberry Road. Small group instruction and training for skiers of all abilities. Our experienced coaching staff will help you learn to ski, improve your technique, and enhance your performance; in both skate and classic. Anchorage Masters meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at Kincaid and Hillside Parks. Private lessons available upon request. (www.alaskanordicracing.org/masters.html)

Anchorage Snowmobile Club, 7 p.m., IBEW Local 1547 Meeting Hall, 3333 Denali St. The club will discuss upcoming rides, snow conditions, and all things sleds. The Club sponsors rides through out the winter; family, intermediate, and advanced skill, day and multi-day rides. They also put on technical workshops and survival training classes. Everyone is welcome. (AnchorageSnowMobileClub.Com)

Thursday

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

FRIDAY

Alaska Nordic Racing Anchorage Masters XC Ski Program, noon-1:30 p.m., Kincaid Park, Raspberry Road. Small group instruction and training for skiers of all abilities. Our experienced coaching staff will help you learn to ski, improve your technique, and enhance your performance; in both skate and classic. Anchorage Masters meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at Kincaid and Hillside Parks. Private lessons available upon request. (www.alaskanordicracing.org/masters.html)

SATURDAY

Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation Fall Safety Seminar, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., UAA Aviation Technology Center, 2811 Merrill Field Drive. The topic for this seminar is "Doing the Right Things to Stay Alive," and will feature speakers with experience in making safe decisions. Attendees will have opportunities to challenge their own decision-making skills. Registration is from 8:00-8:30, lunch provided by UAA Aviation Fraternity for small charge. Lots of great door prizes. Free. (243-7237, www.aasfonline.org)

Archery 101, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Kincaid Park Annex Bunker, Raspberry Road. Have fun learning to shoot target archery for free. Youth/adult instruction with emphasis on safety. Open to anyone who is interested. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Come to the wax bunker near the chalet at Kincaid Park. All equipment is supplied by NWA. (343-6397, northwestarchers.com)

Get your skis waxed, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Service High School, 5577 Abbott Road. The Service XC Ski Team will get you ready for snow with an expert wax job. Waxing demonstration at 1 p.m. in the Cafeteria. Chili and cornbread served. Donations welcome.

MONDAY

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Kincaid Park Chalet, 9401 Raspberry Roa. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Thursday outings are more challenging. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for non-members. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

Beginner Adult Classic Ski Lesson, 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Students learn to diagonal stride, stop, turn, use poles, climb hills and move over varied terrain. Other topics include proper clothing and equipment and waxing for conditions. This is taught as a 4 lesson series for those who would like more practice with an instructor. $80.

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