Outdoors calendar

Denali road lottery entry period begins Thursday

The 2014 annual road lottery in Denali National Park and Preserve will take place on September 12-15, weather permitting. Each day 400 vehicles may use their day-long permits, obtained through the lottery system, to travel the Denali Park Road. If weather permits, the road may be open for its entire 92-mile length, offering exceptional opportunities for experiencing the heart of the park. Entries may be made online at www.recreation.gov beginning at 12:01 a.m. on May 1 until midnight, May 31. Entries can also be done by phone at 877-444-6777 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Entries are no longer accepted by regular mail.

The non-refundable entry fee payment of $10 is charged to a credit or debit card during the online or phone application process. Winners will be charged the $25 Road Lottery Fee to the same card at the time of the drawing in June. The $25 fee will not be refunded if the Park Road does not open on the day of the permit due to weather or road conditions.

Everyone who submitted an entry will be notified about their entry status. By June 15, the names of individuals drawn for permits will also be posted on the park website at www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/road-lottery.htm. All permit holders must pay the park entrance fee of $10 per person on the day of their permit unless they have a federal recreation pass or the free U.S. Military annual pass. Go to www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/feesandreservations.htm for more information. Permits are transferable.

Application period for Denali National Park 2015 Artist-in- Residence Program opens Thursday

Denali National Park and Preserve is seeking applications from visual artists and writers for the 2015 Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program. Applicants can specify whether they want to be considered for the winter or summer program, or both. Summer participants reside in the East Fork cabin, located at Mile 43 on the park road, for a ten day period between June and mid-September. The winter residency is also for ten days, split between housing at park headquarters, and conditions permitting, one of the historic ranger patrol cabins along the first 23 miles of the park road.

In return for their residency, each artist donates a piece of artwork or written piece inspired by their time in the park to the park's collection. Artists also offer a public presentation for visitors at the end of their residency. By the end of 2014, a total of 53 artists, writers, and invited composers will have participated in Denali's AIR program.

A link to the online application and more information about the program is available at www.nps.gov/dena/historyculture/arts-program.htm. Applications must be submitted by September 30. Notification letters will be sent out by December 15.


Alaska Dirt Divas Wednesday Ride, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Chugiak High School, 16525 Birchwood Loop Road. Pre-ride the Bike for Women course. This ride is on paved roads with limited shoulders. Wear bright colors and expect windy conditions, plenty of hills. Helmet and teacup required. The Alaska Dirt Divas is a mountain biking group for women dedicated to teaching mountain biking skills to women; building and sustaining local trails, fostering friendships, and foster a love of the outdoors. (alaskadirtdivas.blogspot.com)


Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30-8 p.m., Glen Alps Trailhead, Glen Alps 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)


45th Annual Walk & Roll for Hope, 8:30 a.m., Delaney Park Strip, P Street. 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)

Alaska Airmen's Association Great Alaska Aviation Gathering, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday, FedEx Maintenance Hangar, 5800 Lockheed Ave. Nearly 300 exhibitors as well as indoor and outdoor static displays will showcase state-of-the-art aviation technology, product and innovations complemented by a comprehensive list of expert speakers on aviation advocacy, search and rescue, safety and more. A special kids' section and many interactive displays will guarantee even the youngest members of the family will enjoy this aircraft extravaganza. Free. (800-464-7030, www.greatalaskaaviationgathering.org)

The 16th Annual Alaska Atlatl Fun and Throw, noon to 5 p.m., Alaska Native Heritage Center, 8800 Heritage Center Drive. A free, fun-filled afternoon of traditional hunting with the atlatl and dart (spearthrower and spear). Try your hand hunting seal from a kayak, or hunt bison, rhino, or mammoth. For hunters ages 8 and older. Sponsored by the Alaska Office of History and Archaeology and the Alaska Native Heritage Center. (269-8728)


Rabbit Creek Shooting Park Clean up day., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rabbit Creek Shooting Park, 15222 Old Seward Highway. RCSP will be closed Sunday, May 4th for their annual range clean up. If you are a patron of the range and would like to come out and help with the clean up they would love to have you there. Lunch will be provided to all who come out to volunteer. Dress accordingly. Free. (345-7831)

Race Judicata, 10 a.m., Westchester Lagoon, U Street and W. 15th Avenue. Race Judicata is an annual 5-K run-walk fundraiser for Anchorage Youth Court. Runners, joggers, walkers, and dogs are welcome. Register online for $20 and receive a performance fabric race shirt featuring custom artwork by Hulin AK. You can even register your dog in the special dog division for $20. There will be prizes for top dog. (www.active.com/anchorage-ak/running/races/race-judicata-2014)

Mat Su Rotary 5-K; formerly the Menard Run, 3 p.m., Colony High Theatre, E. Colony Schools Drive. Prizes for the largest family, the largest corporate team, the best bling baby stroller and the most colorful.


Walk/Hike for Fun & Fitness, 6-7:30 p.m., Selkregg Chalet/Russian Jack Springs park, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane. This program is a combination of Nordic walking and striding combined with hiking and exploring on Anchorage Municipal trails. Wear running or hiking clothes, bring a water bottle and classic ski poles. $5 per meeting or $25 per month. May 5-21 meetings will be held at Russian Jack Springs Park. The class will be led by Instructor Eric Menck. Register online or call Selkregg Chalet at 343-6992. (www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/ActivityGuide.aspx)

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30-8 p.m., Point Woronzof, Northern Lights Blvd. and Point Woronzof 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. Forest Baldwin will present the main topic "Some Far Northern Plants of Alaska: Barrow and Atqasuk," chasing plants in a strange and often challenging environment. Greg Kalal will present the Mini-Botany on compensation for poor soil; and Joan Tovsen will present the plant family on Eriophorum. Free. (333-2399, www.aknps.org)


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

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