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Bob Hallinen

WEDNESDAY

Ring Road Ride: Iceland, 6-8 p.m., BP Energy Center, 900 E. Benson Blvd. To wrap up Winter Bike Fest's month full of great events, BCA will host a slide show by Sage Cohen of her bike travels through Iceland. The Ring Road Ride is a multi-modal adventure; 18 days in search of the Icelandic sun in the summer of 2013. (bicycleanchorage.org)

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. 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, anrmasters@gmail.com)

THURSDAY

Boating Skills and Seamanship, 6-9 p.m., BP Energy Center, 900 E. Benson This course is designed to teach the basic skills needed to safely handle and operate a boat. Topics include Trailering, Navigation, Lines and Knots, Weather, Emergencies, Rules of the Road and Communications. It is presented by the Whittier Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. $50. Call 240-3370 or 952-1240 to register.

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30-8 p.m., Prospect Heights Trailhead, Sidorof Lane. Join a challenging hike with other outdoor enthusiasts. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for nonmembers. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

Intermediate Adult Skate Ski, 6:30 p.m., Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Lessons teach 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. (343-4217, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/ActivityGuide.aspx)

Wolves, Musk Ox and Bears -- OH My! And Sea Kayaking Whittier to Valdez, 7 p.m., Wilda Marston Theatre, 3600 Denali St. See video footage of life from a bear's line of sight. Elizabeth Manning, Fish & Game education specialist, will show a video from cameras attached to bears' collars and will also discuss how to handle wolf, musk ox, bear and moose encounters in the wilds. Then Zack Fields will show slides of his sea kayaking trip from Whitter to Valdez and provide valuable information on how you can do this trip yourself. Free and open to the public. (www.kck.org)

FRIDAY

Beginning Adult Skate Ski, 6:30 p.m., Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Learn how to glide, stop, climb hills, poling, v-skating and diagonal skating techniques. Waxing, equipment and appropriate clothing will also be covered. $25. (343-4217, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/ActivityGuide.aspx)

SATURDAY

Snowmachiners Module 3: Decision Making; Traveling Through Terrain at Hatcher Pass, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Alaska Avalanche School, 1025 Orca St. Module 3 focuses on decision making tools and route finding in avalanche terrain. $155. (345-0878, alaskaavalanche.com)

Fur Rondy Volkswalk, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Westmark Anchorage Hotel, 720 W. Fifth Ave. Choose a 5-K (3.1 miles) or 10-K (6.2 miles) untimed walk through downtown Anchorage. The route includes historical sites and Fur Rondy venues, including snow sculptures. Start between 10 a.m. and noon and finish by 2 p.m. Map and route instructions will be provided. Warming station at Ramada Inn. Free, or $3 if you want AVA/IVV credit. (887-3200, www.ava.org)

Petting Zoo, 1-2 p.m., The Learning Farm, 11601 Gander St. Kids of all ages are welcome. Feed the animals snacks and slop the pigs. $10 per child, accompanying adult is free. Reserve a spot today. (229-0359, thelearningfarm.net)

Beginning Adult Skate Ski Lessons, 1:30 p.m., Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road or Selkregg Chalet/Russian Jack Springs Park, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane. Learn to ski with Anchorage Parks and Recreation Instructors. Learn all the basic skills so you can head out on the trails with confidence. Preregister by calling Kincaid Outdoor Center at 343-6397. $25.

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 terrain with an instructor in a small group setting. Take one class or several. $7.50 or $10 with equipment. For ages 9-12. Preregister now. (343-6992, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Documents/2013FallGuide.pdf)

Try Hockey for Free Day, 4 p.m., Harry McDonald Ice Arena, 13701 Harry McDonald Road. A completely free opportunity for kids to get on the ice and experience youth hockey. Certified coaches will be on hand to teach your child the basics of hockey with equipment provided.

MONDAY

Boating Skills and Seamanship Course, 6:30-9:30 p.m., UAA Chugiak-Eagle River College Center, Eagle River This is a comprehensive course for recreational boaters, offered through UAA Continuing Education by Flotilla 33, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Classes will run on Monday nights through April 28. The cost includes the text/workbook. Topics range from weather, navigation rules, and boat handling, to marine radios. Students can register at www.uaa.alaska.edu/continuinged, or by phone at 786-6790. The course number is CES 005. $69.

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 nonmembers. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

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. $80. (343-6992, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Documents/2013FallGuide.pdf)

Alaska Huts Association -- Hats for Huts, 7 p.m., Loussac Library, 2600 Denali St. Help the Alaska Huts Association create an accessible backcountry hut-to-hut system for public use by donating your handmade hat for the hat sale and silent auction fundraising party on April 18. Contact Carol at 345-7533 if you are interested in donating your handmade hat. Prizes for the award winning hats. (www.alaskahuts.org/manitoba/reservations.html)

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. Preregister now by calling 343-6992 or 343-4217. $80. (343-6992, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/ActivityGuide.aspx)

Archery 101, 6-8 p.m., Kincaid Park Annex Bunker, Raspberry Road. Have fun learning to shoot target archery for free. Youth/adult instruction with emphasis on safety first. Open to anyone who is interested in learning to shoot a bow. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Come to the wax bunker near the chalet. All equipment is supplied by NWA. Free. (343-6397, 240-6533)

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