April Calendar

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April 8
Bike maintenance basics
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Routine maintenance on your bike can keep you riding smooth and prolong the life of your bike. Join an introductory class designed to help you take care of your bike. The event is free. (rei.com)

April 9
Be Wilderness Smart
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Do you love to recreate in the Alaska backcountry? Do you know what to do if something goes wrong? Come learn how to be smart in the wilderness, no matter what happens. The event is free. (rei.com)

April 11
Arctic Bike Club Bike Swap
Noon-3 p.m., AT&T Sports Pavilion
Buy a used bike or cycling gear or come to sell your own. There is no commission and no check-in. You buy and sell your stuff swap-meet style. Plan to use cash, because there is no ATM on site. Cycling or cross-sport clothing is OK, as are bikes, tricycles, gear, bike parts, tools, trainers, etc. Other outdoor gear, such as ski gear, camping gear, firearms, etc., are allowed. This is a bikes-only event. Visit arcticbikeclub.org for more details.

April 11
Talkeetna 100K Randonneurs
9 a.m., Talkeetna Roadhouse
The season opening ride in Talkeetna, with a 6.5-hour time limit. The Talkeetna Roadhouse will open early for a hefty breakfast, and then let the long, comfortably paced riding begin. To learn more about the Alaska Randonneurs, visit their web site at alaskarandonneurs.org.

April 11
The Art of Fire
10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Kincaid Chalet, Anchorage
Fire can be a lifeline for any survival situation, not to mention the keystone for your camping trip. Fire building and tending is part science and part art form. Anyone can light a fire under the right conditions, but we are here to help you go beyond that in mastering this primitive skill. The event is $30 for REI members, $50 for nonmembers. Register at rei.com.

April 12
Aurora: The Northern Lights at Play
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Veteran aurora photographer Dave Parkhurst has chased Alaska’s finest auroral displays since 1980. Come see his powerful images and hear about aurora history, science, myth, and cold fingers. The event is free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

April 15
Hands-on bike maintenance: The basics
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
In this class, one step up from the April 8 event, an REI expert mechanic will teach you how to lube a chain, fix a flat in record time and make other minor adjustments to your bike. Bring your own bike. Seats are limited, and the cost is $30 for REI members, $50 for nonmembers. Register at rei.com.

April 18
Introduction to backcountry skills
10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Kincaid Chalet, Anchorage
Getting ready to head into the wilderness for the first time and not sure what you need to know? During this outing REI experts will discuss planning, equipment and fundamental backcountry skills. The cost is $60 for REI members and $80 for nonmembers. Register at rei.com.

April 18
Guided family-friendly hike
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Join guides for an approximately 1- to 2-mile hike on nature center trails. The outing  is limited to the first 12 people who register at 694-2108. Note: The Nature Center will close at 3 p.m. on April 18 to prepare for its annual Spring Auction in Anchorage. The hike is free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

April 18
Eagle River Nature Center Spring Auction and Dinner
5:30 p.m., The Bridge Restaurant, Anchorage
Join Nature Center supporters in this annual fundraiser for the center. Tables of four and eight are available at $50 per person. There will be heavy hors d’oeuvres, music and a cash bar at this casual event. Tickets can be purchased at ernc.org.

April 19
Living in Bear Country
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Do you worry about hiking, running or camping in bear country? Are you considering keeping chickens or other livestock in your back yard? Tony Carnahan of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will discuss ways to stay safe and how to avoid attracting bears. No registration required, and the program is free. However, parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

April 21
Composition for outdoor photographers
6-8 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Learn how to make your photographic story more compelling using the rule of thirds, leading lines, when to choose vertical or horizontal and the elements of image composition. Capture powerful photographs of landscapes, animals, people or any subject and keep the viewer’s eye engaged and active. Space is limited, and is $30 for REI members, $50 for nonmembers. Register at rei.com.

April 22
Rubber Boot Run
6:30 p.m., Russian Jack Park, Anchorage
This fun slush run to celebrate spring. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., Fee is $10 for families, $5 per adult and $2 for youth. Register at www.muni.org/active.

April 22
Alaska backpacking basics
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
REI experts will take the mystery out of Alaska backpacking with an overview of planning, preparation and gear. Along with local information, learn how to choose a pack, select proper clothing and footwear. The program is free; register at rei.com.

April 25
Palmer Spring Classic Randonneurs
9 a.m., Vagabond Blues, Palmer
The fourth annual event can be ridden in 50K, 100K or 200K distances. Ride in groups, or alone. The cost is $30 to register. Learn more about the Alaska Randonneurs at alaskarandonneurs.org. To register, go to backcountrybikeandski.com.

April 25
Alaska Heart Run
9:30 a.m., Alaska Airlines Center, Anchorage
This annual 3K and 5K event kicks off the running season. Watch racers and walkers run for a cause. Entry fees vary. Go to alaskaheartrun.org for details.

April 25-26
Wilderness First Aid With WMI & REI
10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
REI is collaborating with the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS to offer a two-day class that will teach you the wilderness medicine skills needed to recreate with confidence in the backcountry. The class is $225 for REI members and $255 for nonmembers. Register at rei.com.

April 26
Worm Composting
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Interested in turning your kitchen waste into compost for your garden? Learn the basics of keeping a worm box with Sandy Christenson of wormsandstuff.com. She will also have red wiggler worms and bins for sale. No registration required, and the program is free. However, parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

April 28
Sea Turtles: Our Allies in Trouble
6:30-8 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Join wildlife biologist Nancy Tankersley for a fascinating voyage into the world of sea turtles. The program is free; registration is at rei.com.

April 29
Backpacking by bike: Bikepacking basics
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Bikepacking (backpacking by mountain bike) is an increasingly popular way to enjoy the outdoors. Join us to learn about a fun choice for cyclists, couples or even families who like to ride together. The program is free; registration is at rei.com.

May 6
Bicycle commuting basics
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Bike commuting means different things to everyone, and before you start, it’s important to understand why you ride. This will impact where you ride, how frequently you ride and what gear you may need. The program is free; registration is at rei.com.

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