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Comedy: Red Green's "How to Do Everything Tour"

Star of "The Red Green Show" and noted duct-tape aficionado Red Green will come to Anchorage with "all-new jokes and stories and advice and BS." 7 p.m. Thursday, Atwood Concert Hall. $48.50. (centertix.net) safety

Women-only beginning handgun class

This class is designed to be a safe place focused on questions that women may have. The class covers how to handle a gun safely, the parts of a gun and how it operates, how to choose a gun, how to load and unload safely, proper stance, trigger control and other skills. 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Birchwood Recreation and Shooting Park, 20269 Birchwood Spur Road. $99. (441-2415, gunstart.com) outdoors

Raised gardens and composting 101

Can't wait to get your hands dirty in the garden this summer? There are a few classes this week to help you get the most out of Anchorage's brief, prolific growing season.

Raised beds are a useful tool for gardeners with limited space in their yards, and they can be built at a level to help reduce the aches and pains produced by kneeling or bending. This class will include information on building raised beds, including instruction on soil-warming techniques. Parents must accompany children. 6 p.m. Monday, Selkregg Chalet, Russian Jack Springs Park, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane. $5. (343-4217)

Composting 101 -- the how, what and why of composting in Alaska. Learn how to enrich your soil using items that would otherwise be sent to the landfill. Vermiculture will also be presented, and attendees will learn how to use red wiggler worms to eat kitchen scraps and enrich garden plots, containers and house plants. Instructor: Donna Mears. 6 p.m. Wednesday, Selkregg Chalet, Russian Jack Springs Park, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane. (343-4217) market

Anchorage Market and Festival

Temperatures are rising, leaves are budding and the outdoor market season has begun. The Anchorage Market and Festival will cover seven acres of downtown with fresh produce, clothes, crafts and souvenirs from more than 300 vendors. There's free entertainment and food and it's sure to be a lively atmosphere. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Third Avenue and E Street. Free. (272-5634, anchoragemarkets.com) business

Lemonade Day Workshop

Lemonade Day is an annual event that encourages entrepreneurial skills in youth. Bring your child to learn how to sign up for Lemonade Day, manage the finances and even build a stand. 2 p.m. Saturday, Loussac Library Innovation Lab, Level 4, 3600 Denali St. Free. (343-2841, anchoragelibrary.org)



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