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WEDNESDAY

Walk/Hike for Fun and 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)

Dirt Divas Wednesday Ride, 6:30- 8:30 p.m., Kasuun Elementary School, E. 68th Ave. First dirt ride of the season, conditions permitting. If trails are too wet, this will be a pavement ride north on Elmore Road path. If trails are dry, cross Elmore and ride on Campbell Tract's dirt/gravel trails. Helmet required. (alaskadirtdivas. blogspot.com)

THURSDAY

Early Morning 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)

Get Back On Your Bike, 6-7:30 p.m., Selkregg Chalet/Russian Jack Springs park, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane. Bike to Work cycling instructors will help you rediscover the joy and health benefits of riding your bike. You will gain the skills to feel comfortable and confident on trails. Register online or call 343-6992. For ages 18 and older $5. (343-4217, www.muni.org/Departments/parks)

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30-8 p.m., Prospect Heights Trailhead, Sidorof Lane. 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 non-members. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

SATURDAY

FISH Charity Golf Tournament, 9 a.m., Settlers Bay Golf Course, Knik Goose Bay Road. It is a Scramble format/Best Ball tournament with shot gun start at 9 a.m. Teams and individuals, all ages welcome. $130 entrance fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart, welcome snacks, lunch, thank you gifts and fun. On line registration going on now. FISH has been delivering emergency food supplies to hungry Anchorage families since 1967. $130 per player. (www.fishcharity.org)

Family Golf Clinic, 9-11 a.m., Moose Run Golf Course, Arctic Valley Road. Learn the basics of golf while having fun. Golf instructor, Frank Wilson offers a two hour clinic introducing families to the basic fundamentals of the game. Must be six years or older. Parents must stay with child. Give advanced notice if you are bringing your child, so instructor can provide appropriate golf clubs. (602-3622, www.mooserungolfcourse.com)

Ranger-led Walks to Exit Glacier, 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Kenai Fjords National Park, 1304 Fourth Ave. Walks are offered at daily through Sept. 5. The walks will follow the trail to the edge of the glacier, and usually lasts 1.5 hours. The first part of the program will follow the trail to the glacier view, and is wheel chair accessible. Meet the ranger or park volunteer just outside the Exit Glacier Nature Center. No reservations are required.

Great Alaska Swap Meet, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Curtis Menard Memorial Sports Center, 1001 S. Mack Drive, Wasilla. Buy, sell, and trade your sports and camping gear, household items, tools ... you name it. It's like having a 60 family garage sale. Reserve your own space now for $20. (357-9100, www.cityofwasilla.com)

Archery, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Kincaid Park Annex Bunker and Archery Range, Raspberry Road. Want to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow? Instructors from the Northwest Archers club will offer their expertise. All instructors are NASP certified. Northwest Archers will supply equipment for use. All skill levels welcome. Parents must accompany children. For ages 6 and older. Register online or call 343-6397. Free. (www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/ActivityGuide.aspx)

Take a Hike!, noon to 4 p.m., 247 S. Alaska St. Valley Mountain Bikers & Hikers Summer hike series; Challenge to hike 10 trails this summer. Hikes in June: Talkeetna Lakes Park & Gold Mint. Hikes in July: Reeds Lakes & Craigie Creek. Hikes in Aug: Lazy Moose & April Bowl. Hike in Sep: Matanuska Peak. Party and prizes for all participants. Annual Membership : $25/Individual $50/Family. (www.vmbah.org)

SUNDAY

Summer Hiking Series, 3-6 p.m., Castle Mountain Coalition. Free hiking tours located in the Palmer, Sutton, and Chickaloon areas. Come explore interesting topics like Plant Identification, Cultural History, Geocaching, and more. Also learn about coal mine proposals in the area and why we work so hard to protect these special places for future generations. Visit the website for more details. Free. (982-6828, www.castlemountain.org)

MONDAY

Docent Tours, 1 p.m. Mondays and 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Alaska Botanical Garden, 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road. Learn about the flowers in bloom, northern horticulture, gardening and more from Alaska Master Gardeners and experienced horticulturalists. Free with Garden admission. (770-3692, www.alaskabg.org)

Monday Night Nine and Dine, 5:30 p.m., Moose Run Golf Course, Arctic Valley Road. Every Monday night enjoy a light meal, meet new friends, and have a fun time playing 9-holes of golf. Prizes each week. Beginners welcome. Space is limited, so sign up early. (428-0056, mooserungolfcourse.com/golfshop.htm)

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

Tuesday Talks Glen Alps Chugach State Park, 6-6:45 p.m., Glen Alps Trailhead, Glen Alps Road. A variety of speakers will be at the overlook above Glen Alps parking area of Chugach State Park every Tuesday through Sept. 16, rain or shine. Kid friendly presentations are scheduled. Free. (www.facebook.com/pages/Chugach-State-Park/182283444190)

coming up

Kachemak Bay Water Trail Ribbon-Cutting, The official inauguration of the 125 mile Kachemak Bay Water Trail takes place June 6, with ribbon-cutting events and water trail dedication in Seldovia from noon-2 p.m. and in Homer from 5-8 p.m. Both events will host state and federal officials, which includes unveiling of safety and map panels, and official plaques and trailhead markers at both sites. The Seldovia event takes place at the boat ramp on the northeast corner of the boat harbor. Lunch there features a taco feed. Homer's ribbon-cutting starts at the launch site/trail head behind Pier 1 Theatre on the Homer Spit. Local vendors will provide food and water, and local non-profits will lead the activities for children and paddling-related events. Sea chantey sing-alongs for both ribbon-cuttings will be provided by Lindianne and Bumppo, and Dave Seaman and the Bootleggers. Free and open to the public.

Alaska Paddle Fun Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 14, Goose Lake Park, 2811 UAA Drive. Join Alaska Boating Safety, American Canoe Association, Knik, Canoers and Kayakers, Alaska Pacific University, Lifetime Adventures and the Alaska Sea Kayaking Symposium for this fun, free and informative event. Local venders will have sea kayaks for participants to try out on the water. Informative presentations on Cold Water Immersion, Decision Making in the Outdoors, Trip Planning and Safety. Free for all ages and abilities. (269-8704, www.alaskaboatingsafety.org)

Jim Crockett Memorial Golf Classic, 6 a.m.-2 p.m. June 26, Anchorage Golf Course, 3651 O'Malley Road. Join Bean's Cafe for their 19th annual golf scramble. The shotgun sounds at 7 a.m. Registration includes greens fees, cart, driving range, 2 drink vouchers, prizes, and awards luncheon. Singles pay $250, teams of four pay $900. Space is limited. (433-8603, beanscafe.org/news-events/bean-s-cafe-golf-tournament)

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