Outdoors calendar

Veronica Pope holds a sign as runners pass by. About 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Marc Lester
Forty-three hats were available to bidders at the Hats for Huts silent auction fundraiser to benefit the Alaska Mountain and Wilderness Huts Association was held Friday evening, May 10, 2013 at the ZJ Loussac Library. The group seeks to establish a hut-to-hut trail system in Alaska based loosely on the Scandinavian and European huts tradition. Forty-three hats were offered up for sale, though when the idea came up two weeks ago "We were hoping for 20!," said Carol Hazeltine.
Erik Hill
Joshua Borough /Anchorage Daily News- 13 May 2006. Kayaks lie next to University Lake Saturday afternoon at the annual Alaska Sea Kayak Symposium.
pickup paddling


Knik Canoers and Kayakers Annual Paddling Safety Meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Loussac Library, Wilda Martson Theatre, 3600 Denali St. The meeting will consist of presentations on personal equipment, river hazards and dynamics, sea kayak safety, and trip planning. This provides shared insight into paddle sport safety for beginners as well as experienced paddlers. Sign-ups classes will be 5:30-6:20 p.m. Arrive early, classes are limited and fill quickly. Door prizes. Free. (kck.org)

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30-8 p.m., Potter Trailhead, Turnagain Arm Trail, Old Seward Highway and Potter Valley Road. 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. $1 for nonmembers. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)


Hats for Huts Annual ParTAY, 6 p.m., Loussac Library, 3600 Denali St. The Alaska Huts Association annual party. Events include a silent auction of homemade, Alaskan crafted hats and other items, and a special presentation by professional photographers, Matt and Agnes Hage. They will present stories and pictures of their trekking adventures in Patagonia, New Zealand, and the Himalayas. Refreshments will be included from CRUSH Wine Bistro and Ninkasi Brewing. Donations encouraged at the door.


25th Annual Spring Fever Shoot and Easter Egg Hunt, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Carol Moench Archery Park, 19205 Kerbow Lane. Twenty-five 3-D targets will be set up in realistic hunting conditions. Free hot lunch included in price. All kids 12 and under shoot free. Prizes awarded in all categories. Members: Adult $20, Youth $15. Non-members: Adult $25, Youth $20. (354-8589, www.cookinletarchers.com)


ABG Workshop: Pruning Fruit Trees, 6 p.m., Alaska Botanical Garden, 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road. Dan Elliott of the Pioneer Fruit Growers will present a fruit tree pruning workshop. Learn about timing and techniques of how to properly prune fruit trees and have a hands-on pruning demonstration in ABG's Lile's Garden. Call with questions or to register. $15-20. (770-3692)

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

The Latest AK Topo/Satellite Maps and Cold Water Emergencies Video, 7 p.m., Loussac Library, Wilda Marston Theatre, 3600 Denali St. Becci Anderson will talk about the latest topo maps from USGS and Anne Johnson from UAF will discuss GINA (Geographic Information Network of Alaska) satellite image maps of Alaska. Jon Hunt with Frontier Safety and Supply will discuss Wilderness First Aid, including a video on cold water immersion emergencies. Free and open to the public. (www.kck.org)


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)

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Alaska Heart Run, 9:30 a.m. April 26, UAA Fine Arts Building, 3640 Alumni Drive. Choose between the 5K timed/untimed event or 3K event. For 36 years the Heart Run has inspired Alaskans to stay on a heart-healthy path by staying physically active. Proceeds benefit the local American Heart Association. Presenting sponsor: Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute. $5-$25. (865-5300, www.AlaskaHeartRun.org)

45th Annual Walk & Roll for Hope, 8:30 a.m. May 3, Delaney Park Strip. Many people who grew up in Anchorage still remember the 31-mile course from one end of Anchorage to the other. The route may have changed, but the spirit of supporting friends and neighbors who experience a disability lives on. This event raises funds and awareness for Alaskans who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities and is a benefit for Hope Community Resources. (433-4914, www.hopealaska.org)

Walk to Cure Diabetes, 9 a.m. May 10, Centennial Rose Garden on Delaney Park Strip. More than 200 walkers representing local businesses, families, schools and other organizations are expected to participate. Onsite registration begins at 9 a.m. at 10th Ave. and N St. on the Delaney Park Strip. The walk is 2.5 miles long, starting and ending at the same point. Register online at walk.jdrf.org.

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