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Boom Town Derby Dames vs. North Pole Babes in Toyland

For the first time, the Valley's own Boom Town Derby Dames will publicly battle the North Pole Babes in Toyland. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase with valid ID. Doors open at 6 p.m.; wheels roll at 7 p.m. Saturday, Curtis Menard Memorial Sports Center, 1001 S. Mack Drive, Wasilla. $5-$12. VIP floor seating available for $18 per person or $100 to reserve a table for six. Contact boomtownderbydames@yahoo.com for table reservations. (982-0566)

Shakespeare's sonnets

Celebrate the Bard's birthday. Sonnets will be read and there will be cake. Cosplay encouraged. 2 p.m. Saturday, Ann Stevens Room, Loussac Public Library, 3600 Denali St. Free. (343-2909)

Alaska Heart Run

The Alaska Heart Run is one of the most popular footraces in the state, with serious and casual runners and walkers turning out. Choose between the 5-K timed or untimed event or the 3-K event. Proceeds benefit the local American Heart Association. 9:30 a.m. Saturday, University of Alaska Anchorage Fine Arts Building, 3640 Alumni Drive. Untimed, $20 adults and $5 under 18; timed, $25 adults and $10 for those younger than 18. (865-5300, AlaskaHeartRun.org)

Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt is known for roles including Spencer on "The King of Queens" and for voicing the culinary rat Remy in "Ratatouille." He's been in over 20 films and his TV work includes roles in "United States of Tara," "Flight of the Conchords" and Comedy Central's "The Sarah Silverman Program." He'll perform at the Williamson Auditorium 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25.

Beer Brunch

If you love both beer and brunch -- like, a lot -- then this event will be for you. Tap Root, Midnight Sun Brewing and Specialty Imports present a multi-course brunch with food and beer pairings. Examples: chocolate-covered bourbon bacon with Arctic Rhino; chicken-fried steak smothered with homemade gravy and scrambled eggs with Kodiak Brown Ale; and zesty cream cheese-stuffed French toast with Unite Pale Ale. Bring an empty stomach. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Tap Root Public House, 3300 Spenard Road. $30 per person. Tickets available on the Tap Root website. (taprootalaska.com)



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