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Outdoor hotline (12/3/13)

TUESDAY

Beginning Adult Classic Ski Lessons, 6:30-8 p.m., Selkregg Chalet, Russian Jack Springs Park, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane. Learn to classic stride, stop, turn, use poles, climb hills, ski down hills and move over varied terrain with an instructor in a small group setting. Taught as 4 lesson series. Call to register. (343-6992, 343-4217)

Begin Adult Classic Ski, 6:30 p.m., Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Learn to diagonal stride, stop, turn, use poles, climb hills and move over varied terrain, proper clothing and equipment and waxing for conditions. This is taught as a 2 lesson series. $40. Call to register. (343-6992, 343-4217)

Chugiak/Eagle River Masters and Adult Nordic Ski Program, 6:30-8 p.m., Beach Lake Ski Chalet, 17300 S. Birchwood Loop. Skiers of all abilities are invited. Learn how to ski, improve your technique, become a faster racer, get in better condition or any combination of the above. We work on both Nordic ski techniques, classical and skating. 5 coaches means small same skill groups. 12/3-2/27, $260; 1/2-2/27, $180; 10 punch card, $120. (376-2169, www.alaskanordicracing.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)

Off the Chain Bicycle Collective Monthly Meeting, 7 p.m., 814 W. Northern Lights Blvd. The low cost, volunteer run, bicycle collective is open to the Anchorage community. They welcome volunteers of any skill level. (www.offthechainak.org)

THURSDAY

Zoo Lights, 5-8 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays through January 5, Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road. Visit the lighted parade of animals that take over the zoo each winter. From front to back, the zoo is decorated with lighted animal displays colorful, whimsical and even animated. You can walk under canopies of light and check out the animals. $5-$7.

Off the Chain Volunteer Orientation, 6 p.m., 814 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Your role as a volunteer will be defined by your specific skills and interest, and they regularly have volunteer tasks that require no mechanical experience. (258-6822, www.offthechainak.org)

Weather for the Backcountry Traveler Lecture, 6-9 p.m., Alaska Avalanche School, 1025 Orca St. This lecture series is meant to give anyone who is affected by the weather a better understanding of the concepts that drive the complex weather patterns in the mountains of Alaska. This lecture series is intended for backcountry travelers and enthusiasts including skiers, snowboarders, snowmachiners, snowshoers, and climbers. $25 (345-0878, alaskaavalanche.com)

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30-8 p.m., Bicentennial Park: North Bivouac, Basher Drive. Join a challenging hike with other outdoor enthusiasts. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for non-members. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

Intermediate Adult Skate Ski, 6:30 p.m., Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Learn marathon skating, V-1, V-2, and blending various techniques to move efficiently over a variety of terrain. Previous skate experience or beginning skate ski lessons are required. $25. Call to register. (343-6992, 343-4217)

FRIDAY

Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt, 6 p.m., Lidia Selkregg Chalet, Lidia Selkregg Lane. Santa has hidden candy canes all around the park. Bring your flashlight and find them. You may even find a special candy cane with a prize winning ribbon. Enjoy hot cocoa after the hunt. $5 per child. (343-4495, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/FlashlightCandyCaneHunt.aspx)

Begin Adult Skate Ski, 6:30 p.m., Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Rd. Description Beginning skate ski lessons teach you how to glide, stop, climb hills, poling, v-skating and diagonal skating techniques. Waxing, equipment and appropriate clothing will also be covered. Activity Begin Adult Skate Ski #43.83.31 Price Standard charge: $25. Call to register. (343-6992, 343-4217)

SATURDAY

Begin Adult Classic Ski, 10:30 a.m., Selkregg Chalet/Russian Jack Springs park, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane. Learn to diagonal stride, stop, turn, use poles, climb hills and move over varied terrain, proper clothing and equipment and waxing for conditions. 4 lessond for $80. Call to register. (343-6992, 343-4217)

Childrens Cross Country Ski Lessons, 2-3 p.m., Selkregg Chalet/Russian Jack Springs park, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane. Learn to classic stride, glide, turn, climb hills, stop, ski down hills, and move over varied terrian with an instructor in a small group setting. Take one class or several. $7.50 or $10 with equipment. For ages 9-12. Call to register. (343-6992, 343-4217)

Childrens Classic Ski, 2 p.m., Selkregg Chalet/Russian Jack Springs park, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane. Learn to walk, glide, climb hills, turn classic stride, and use your ski poles. Proper equipment care and clothing are also covered. $7.50, $10 with ski rental. For ages 9-12. Call to register. (343-6992, 343-4217)

Workshop: Wreathmaking with Recycled Materials, 2-4 p.m., Alaska Botanical Garden, 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road. Learn how to make wreaths using local greenery and materials found in your own backyard. During this hands-on workshop, you will be able to take home your own wreath. $20-$25 non-members. (770-3692)

SUNDAY

Christmas Bird Count for Kids, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Alaska Zoo Gateway Building, 4731 O'Malley Road. Kids will explore the outdoors with experienced birders to practice their observational skills and discover how local birds tough out winter. There are bird-related freebies, food and drinks. Call to reserve a spot. For ages 6 and older. $3. (341-6463, alaskazoo.org/christmas-bird-count-kids)

MONDAY

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

Begining Adult Classic Ski lessons, 6:30-8 p.m., Selkregg Chalet/Russian Jack Springs park, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane. Learn to classic stride, stop, turn, use poles, climb hills, ski down hills and move over varied terrain with an instructor in a small group setting. $80 for 4 lessons. Call to register. (343-6992, 343-4217)

COMING UP

Two-Day AMSEA Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor Training Course, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 14-15. 707 A St. #205. UAA Continuing Education course meets the U.S. Coast Guard drill conductor requirements for fishing vessels and has an in-water practicum. The course instructor is Joe Chaszar. $189. Register online at www.uaa.alaska.edu/continuinged or call 786-6790.

Winter Snowshoe Tour, noon Dec. 14, Alaska Botanical Garden, 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road. Join Stephen Nickel and Jason Moan from the Division of Forestry and ABG's Patrick Ryan for a snowshoe tour through ABG's beautiful trails. Learn about winter tree identification, forest pests and more. Perfect for the whole family. $3-$5, ABG members free. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-snowshoe-tour-tickets-9466180601 or call 770-3692.

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