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Bob Hallinen

Fees for state park public use cabins to increase

Effective May 15, the fee for reserved use of state park public use cabins will increase by between $5 and $10 per night, depending on the location and demand. The fees for reserved use of state park cabins have not changed since 2005 while Alaska State Park operational costs during that period have increased by over 20 percent. Reservations for state park cabins made prior to May 15 will not be affected by this fee increase. A complete list of the new fees for state park public use cabins can be found dnr.alaska.gov/parks/asp/directorsorders.htm. For more information call the Department of Natural Resources Public Information Center in Anchorage at 269-8400.

WEDNESDAY

Local Wildflower Class, 10 a.m. or 6 p.m., Alaska Botanical Garden, 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road. A five-week long field botany class with Verna Pratt and Dr. Marilyn Barker, about local plants, their identification, and uses. The class meets every Wednesday in May and the first Wednesday in June. Registrants can attend either morning or evening sessions, not both. Limited to 15 people per morning or evening. The first two classes will take place at the Cooperative Extension Service office in Anchorage, 1675 C St., No. 100. The remaining three classes will be out in the field. Class fee does not include field trip transport or optional books and supplies. $110. $20 cancellation charge. (770-3692)

Storytime Program, 10:30 a.m., Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road. Join zoo staff and volunteers for a storybook reading session with a particular animal species focus, followed by an encounter with the zoo animal species from the books. Included in admission.

Alaska Dirt Divas Wednesday Ride, 6 p.m., Elderberry Park, 1297 W. Fifth Ave. This is their annual spring formal ride. A dress-up parade on the Coastal Trail will be followed by a get-together at the Snow Goose. What to wear? Be sure it's bike-compatible and you can still wear your helmet. After that, anything goes, from feather boas to taffeta and pearls The Divas are a mountain biking group for women dedicated to teaching mountain biking skills to women; building and sustaining local trails, fostering friendships, and a love of the outdoors.

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. Register online or call 343-6992. For ages 10 and older. (www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/ActivityGuide.aspx)

Off the Chain Volunteer Orientation, 7 p.m., Off The Chain Bicycle Collective, 814 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Off the Chain is a 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

Early Monring Bird Walks, 6:30- 8:30 a.m., BLM Campbell Creek Science Center, 5600 Science Center Drive. Develop and fine-tune your birding skills and witness the progression of songbird migration through the Campbell Tract this spring. Join BLM staff and Anchorage Audubon Society members for a series of early morning outdoor bird walks in May. Meet in the Science Center parking lot. Dress appropriately for the weather and for walking on uneven terrain. Hot cocoa and coffee will be available at the Science Center afterward. Free. (267-1241, www.blm.gov/ak/sciencecenter)

SATURDAY

Clean Air Challenge, 7 a.m., Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, 23601 S. Talkeetna Spur. A one-day, looped-course of up to 100 miles with breathtaking views of Denali, this event benefits the American Lung Association. This year offers new kid-friendly ride options. Support lung health in Alaska and earn prizes including a private suite at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge and two unrestricted tickets on Alaska Airlines. $50 registration fee. (644-6411, www.CleanAirChallengeAK.org)

Family Golf Clinic, 9-11 a.m., Moose Run Golf Course, Arctic Valley Road. Golf instructor, Frank Wilson offers a two hour clinic introducing families to the basic fundamentals of the game. Must be six years old or older. (428-0056, www.mooserungolfcourse.com)

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

Free boat safety checks, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., VFW Post 9785 Eagle River, 10527 VFW Road. U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 33 is giving free boat safety checks. Any boater interested in knowing more about their vessel's condition before launching can bring the boat by for a check of its systems and safety gear. The checks are completely voluntary; there's no penalty for not passing. Serviceable used life jackets will be accepted for donation to the Kids Don't Float life jacket loaner program. (229-5079, wow.uscgaux.info/?unit=170-03-03)

Trailside Elementary PTA K-6 Kid Triathlon, 11 a.m., 5151 Abbott Road. Registration is now open to all Anchorage School District students K-6. Kids are allowed to wear life jackets and distances are age appropriate. If you don't have a kid that can participate but you want to support the school, you can also donate at the same link. $20. (742-5500, https://runsignup.com/Race/AK/Anchorage/TrailsideTriathlon)

SUNDAY

Bear Aware, noon to 4 p.m., Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road. Join the Alaska Zoo and Anchorage Bear Committee for a family-friendly event to refresh bear and moose facts and safety information in a fun, outdoor setting. Enjoy bear-resistant trash can demonstrations, hands-on bear related activities, craft station and more. Discover bear attractants to homes and camp sites, and how to minimize your risks in bear country. It's Mother's Day, moms are free! (341-6463, alaskazoo.org/bear-aware-event)

MONDAY

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30-8 p.m., Hillside Park, Abbott Road. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for nonmembers. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

TUESDAY

Get Golf Ready, 2:30-4 p.m., Moose Run Golf Course, Arctic Valley Road. The five-week series is designed to teach individuals the basic skills they need to play golf in just five lessons. Each of the weekly classes will focus on the various golf skills individuals use while playing. This includes putting, chipping, half swing and full swing instruction, tips for playing with groups, a rule review, general golf lingo and even what to wear. Lessons provided by Frank Wilson. (428-0056, www.mooserungolfcourse.com)

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)

coming up

Amblin for Alzheimer's, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17, Kincaid Park Chalet, 9401 Raspberry Road. To register go to www.alzalaska.org. Join a team, set a goal, and begin raising money in support of the cause. You can also donate or search for other participants. $15-$25. (561-3313, www.alzalaska.org)

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