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Bob Hallinen

WEDNESDAY

Off the Chain Volunteer Orientation, 7 p.m., Off The Chain Bicycle Collective, 814 W. Northern Lights Blvd. The low-cost, volunteer-run bicycle collective open to the Anchorage community. They welcome volunteers of any skill level. 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)

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. Call 240-3370 or 952-1240 to register. $50.

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30-8 p.m., Jodhpur Trailhead, Kincaid Park, 8300 Jodhpur St. Alaska Outdoors hosts year-round outing events every Monday and Thursday throughout the Anchorage area. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Thursday outings are more challenging. Meeting location changes every week. Please check location often. $1 for nonmembers. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

FRIDAY

Can you make a great hat?, 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 their 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. (345-7533, www.alaskahuts.org/manitoba/reservations.html)

SATURDAY

AK Skimeister, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Alyeska Resort, 1000 Arlberg Ave. AK Skimeister is a continuous alpine, Nordic, and fat bike race benefiting Challenge Alaska Adaptive Ski and Snowboard School and Alyeska Ski Club. Register individually or as team of three to compete for cat skiing seats and Alaska Airlines tickets. There will be a silent auction, food and an after party. (783-2925, www.akskimeister.com)

Alaska Pacific University Outdoor Gear Swap, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Alaska Pacific University Moseley Center, 4400 University Drive. There will be kayaks, pack rafts, bikes, skis, backpacks, climbing gear and more. Gear drop-off from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 4 and 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday. APU will take a 10 percent commission to benefit APU Outdoor Programs. (952-7592)

Alaska SeaLife Center Indoor Miniature Golf Tournament, 5:30-11 p.m., Alaska SeaLife Center, 301 Railway Ave., Seward. Up to 24 teams of four, along with their caddies and guests, will play their way through a 12-hole course that stretches throughout the Center. The playing field is leveled throughout the night by enterprising caddies who can be persuaded to "adjust" golfer's scores in exchange for additional donations. Registration fees include beer, wine, soda and snacks served throughout the evening, making this an 21-and-older event. All proceeds benefit the Center's Wildlife Response Program. $250/team. (888-378-2525, alaskasealife.ejoinme.org/minigolf2014)

MONDAY

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

Alaska Native Plant Society, 7 p.m., BLM Campbell Creek Science Center, 5600 Science Center Drive. Monthly meeting. Margie MacNeille will speak on "The Red Riddle: Fall leaf reddening in bearberry, fireweed, and Cornus cadensis." Anjanette Steer will present the Mini-Botany on wintergreen leaves, perennial vs. annual/biennial. Beth Baker will present the Plant Family on Scirpus. Free. (333-2399, www.aknps.org)

TUESDAY

Valley Women's Running Team, 6 p.m., Colony High School, Colony School Drive. A running club for women only to focus on your personal fitness and health. The group meets every Tuesday at the Colony High running track. The fee is $140 for the season, April 1-August 12. (sites.google.com/site/valleywomensrunningteam)

coming up

Wilderness First Responder Re-certification Class, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. April 12, Seward Windsong Lodge, Exit Glacier/Herman Leirer Road. $275. (406-980-0762, www.kayakak.com)

Avalanche rescue workshop at Arctic Man 2014

The CNFAIC is teaming up with the Alaska Avalanche School to host a free avalanche rescue workshop at Arctic Man. The workshop is geared for anyone interested in learning or improving avalanche rescue techniques as well as talking about new and improved rescue gear.

WHERE: Meet at the CNFAIC trailer, near the trooper headquarters, at Arctic Man.

WHEN: From noon-2 p.m. April 10.

What: A focus on companion rescue. Topics include beacon searching, probing, strategic shoveling and airbag packs.

This is a great opportunity to hone your skills and get coaching from experts in the industry. Space is limited. Send a short email to wendy@chugachavalanche.org to guarantee a spot. For more information visit www.Cnfaic.Org, or arcticman.com.