2015 August Calendar of events

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Aug. 5
Alaska Dirt Divas ride
7 p.m., Abbott Loop Park Trailhead
Join the Alaska Dirt Divas, an all-female mountain biking group, for a ride at Far North Bicentennial Park/Campbell Tract. This will be a ride on a mix of wider gravel trails and singletrack. Don’t forget your bear bells. Dirt Divas welcomes new riders to join for a ride or two to see if they are the right group for you. Other, nonpublicized members-only rides also are scheduled. Helmets required. (alaskadirtdivas.blogspot.com)

Aug. 5
Fabulous Frogs
7 p.m., Campbell Creek Science Center
Anchorage is home to a deep-freeze hibernation champion, the wood  frog. Mari Reeves, a biologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, will share her knowledge of Alaska frogs and their mysterious limb deformities. Join the Midsummer Night’s Science Series to learn about the hardy history of frogs in Alaska, where to find them, and the threats these amphibians face. You’ll also meet some live frogs! The event is free.

Aug. 6-9
Tour of Anchorage
Beginning 7 p.m., Goldenview
Join the Arctic Bike Club for one of its biggest race events of the season, the Tour of Anchorage stage race. Stage 1 begins with a prologue hill climb, and the races end with a circuit race on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Details and registration information available at www.arcticbike.org.

Aug. 8
Kenai Backroads Randonneurs
These long-distance, unsupported, noncompetitive, endurance cycling events are held throughout the summer. The Kenai Backroads event is a 100K or 200K ride. New members welcome. Visit alaskarandonneurs.org/schedule2015-schedule/.

Aug. 9
Preserving our Wild Harvest
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Learn how to preserve your fall harvest by drying, freezing or canning. Join Ute Olsson and Laura Kruger for a look at equipment, tips and demonstrations. Following the indoor portion, there will be an optional short walk around the Rodak Trail to identify berry plants. Free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Aug.11
Wildlife Diaries
7 p.m., Alaska Zoo
The Alaska Zoo hosts Wildlife Diaries every Tuesday in August, with different topics each week. The presentations are free with paid admission to the zoo, and they begin at 7 p.m. on the coffee shop lawn. This week’s subject is “Prickly Porcupines,” by Alaska Zoo educator DeAnna Thoma. (www.alaskazoo.org)

Aug. 12
Guided Walk for Families
11 a.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Join us for a short (less than 1 mile) walk to explore nature at the pace of a preschooler. Please, no school-aged siblings. No more than two children per adult. No preregistration needed, and the event is free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Aug. 12
Alaska Dirt Divas ride
7 p.m., Kincaid Park, stadium parking lot
Join the Alaska Dirt Divas, an all-female mountain biking group, for a ride at Kincaid Park. Ride a variety of flowy singletracks through the park. Dirt Divas welcomes new riders to join for a ride or two to see if they are the right group for you. Other, nonpublicized members-only rides also are scheduled. Helmets required. (alaskadirtdivas.blogspot.com)

Aug. 13
Jeff Dusenbury Hill Climb
7 p.m., Glen Alps
Join Arctic Bike Club for a hill climb race in honor of cyclist Jeff Dusenbury, who was killed by a teenage drunken driver last year. Categories for cyclists of all abilities. (www.arcticbike.org)

Aug. 15
Eagle River Challenge
10 a.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Compete in a 5K or 10K trail race along the Dew Mound and Crow Pass trails. Registration is $30. Bib pick-up starts at 9 a.m. Online registration and payment is at www.ernc.org. For more details or to volunteer at the race, call 694-2108.

Aug. 16
Crazy About Quills
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Do you know what a baby porcupine is called? Can porcupines really throw their quills? Join experts to discover the answers to these questions and many more, as Eagle River Nature Center volunteer Ginamaria Smith explores this amazing and often misunderstood animal. Free event but parking is $5 for nonmembers.

Aug.18
Wildlife Diaries
7 p.m., Alaska Zoo
The Alaska Zoo hosts Wildlife Diaries every Tuesday in August, with different topics each week. The presentations are free with paid admission to the zoo, and they begin at 7 p.m. on the coffee shop lawn. This week’s subject is “Up the Creek With an Easier Paddle,” by Patrick Lampi. (www.alaskazoo.org)

Aug. 19
Mushroom Fair
7 p.m., Campbell Creek Science Center
Come have fun learning about fungi. Local mushroom enthusiasts will share their knowledge about mushrooms through posters, discussion, and specimens from all over southcentral Alaska. Bring specimens from your own backyard to identify. The event is part of the free Midsummer Night’s Science Series.

Aug. 19
Alaska Dirt Divas ride
7 p.m., Hillside Trailhead
Join the Alaska Dirt Divas, an all-female mountain biking group, for a ride at the Hillside trails. Ride Hillside trails and the STA singletracks. Prepare to climb! Don’t forget your bear bells! Dirt Divas welcomes new riders to join for a ride or two to see if they are the right group for you. Other, nonpublicized members-only rides also are scheduled. Helmets required. (alaskadirtdivas.blogspot.com)

Aug. 22
Fall Mushrooms
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Mushroom experts Diane Pleninger and Chris Maack present a program about local fall mushrooms. Feel free to bring in mushrooms to identify. After the program, join them for a 2- to 3-mile walk to hone your mushroom identification skills. Limited to 20 people registered at 694-2108 (for the walk only).

Aug. 22
Eagle River Randonneurs event
These long-distance, unsupported, noncompetitive, endurance cycling events are held throughout the summer. The Eagle River event is a 100K or 200K ride. New members welcome. Visit alaskarandonneurs.org/schedule2015-schedule/.

Aug. 23
Guided Wildflower/Berry  Walk
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Wildflower expert and author Verna Pratt will show you what’s blooming or fruiting at this time of the year. Limited to the first 20 people who register at 694-2108.  Parking is $5 for nonmembers.

Aug.25
Wildlife Diaries
7 p.m., Alaska Zoo
The Alaska Zoo hosts Wildlife Diaries every Tuesday in August, with different topics each week. The presentations are free with paid admission to the zoo, and they begin at 7 p.m. on the coffee shop lawn. This week’s subject is “Majesty in Nature: A Photo and Video Exploration of the McNeil River.” (www.alaskazoo.org)
Aug. 26
Guided Walk for Families
11 a.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Join us for a short (less than 1 mile) walk to explore nature at the pace of a preschooler. Please, no school-aged siblings. No more than two children per adult. No preregistration needed, and the event is free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Aug. 26
Alaska Dirt Divas ride
7 p.m., Kincaid Park, Stadium Parking lot
Join the Alaska Dirt Divas, an all-female mountain biking group, for a ride at the Kincaid Park. Ride a variety of flowy singletracks through the park. Dirt Divas welcomes new riders to join for a ride or two to see if they are the right group for you. Other, nonpublicized members-only rides also are scheduled. Helmets required. (alaskadirtdivas.blogspot.com)

Aug. 29
Earthworms
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
How did earthworms get here, and how do they impact our forests? Invasive Plants instructor Gino Graziano of the UAF Cooperative Extension Service will discuss how earthworms interact with the environment and demonstrate how to count them by using mustard to extract them from soil. The event is free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)
Aug. 29
Medicinal Plants workshop
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Herbalist Nancy Lee-Evans of Homer AnamCara will lead participants in an exploration of the exceptional nutritional and therapeutic value of wild Alaskan plants. In this hands-on class, you will make several herbal products to take home. Cost is $75. Limited to 20 people registered at 694-2108 (minimum of six participants needed to be held).
Aug. 30
Wild Teas
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Try delicious teas brewed from rosehips, berries and such “weeds” as pineapple weed, yarrow and stinging nettles. Naturalist Ute Olsson introduces you to tea-making and identifying edible plants on a short walk. The event is free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

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