August Calendar

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Aug. 2
Alaska Zoo 45th Anniversary Party
Noon-8 p.m., Alaska Zoo, O’Malley Road
Help The Alaska Zoo celebrate its 45th anniversary with a day of activities, live music, and games for kids, door prizes and more. The event is free with regular admission and includes plenty of activities for all. (alaskazoo.org)

Aug. 2
Introduction to Backcountry Cooking
10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Kincaid Park
In this hands-on field course, REI instructors will teach how to build a camp kitchen, design a menu and prepare tasty, nutritious meals. All stoves, kitchen materials and food are provided. The cost is $45 for members, $65 for nonmembers. (www.rei.com/stores/anchorage.html#classesAndEvents)

Aug. 3
How to Stay Safe in Bear Country
2 p.m., Anchorage
Author Bill Sherwonit presents a program about the biology and behavior of Alaska black and brown bears, and how to stay safe recreating and camping in bear country. Free program, but $5 parking for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Aug. 6
GPS Navigation Basics Class
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Join us to learn basics of handheld GPS navigation. Learn how to pinpoint your location, mark waypoints and navigate to distant points. If you own a GPS unit, bring it to class. The cost is $20 for members, $40 for nonmembers. (www.rei.com/stores/anchorage.html#classesAndEvents)

Aug. 6
Capturing Alaska in Digital
7 p.m., BLM Campbell Creek Science Center
Learn how to capture the beauty of Alaska through photography. BLM specialist Karen Laubenstein will demonstrate and share her tips on photo composition, adjusting settings, capturing the aurora, night sky photography, wildlife photography, and landscapes and scenic photography. This is part of the Midsummer Night’s Science Series.

Aug. 7
Camping Basics
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Have you wanted to try camping but don’t know how to get started? We will cover the basics: how to be comfortable camping, gear and equipment, fun activities; and great local areas to give it a try. The class is free. (www.rei.com/stores/anchorage.html#classesAndEvents)

Aug. 9
Birds, Bees & Wine!
8-10 p.m., Alaska Zoo, O’Malley Road
Join us at the Alaska Zoo to discover the unique, and sometimes even ferocious, mating strategies of our furred, finned and feathered friends – and don’t forget about the wine tasting. Alaska Denali Winery will be providing a tantalizing array of red, white and dessert wines for you to enjoy along your zoo tour. This event is sure to delight your taste buds as well as your adult sense of humor. The event includes an untamed, adult guided tour on the wild side of animal reproduction. You must have a valid ID to be admitted. Tickets are $45. (alaskazoo.org)

Aug. 9
Family Friendly Guided Hike
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Join us on a leisurely-paced, stroller-friendly hike along the Iditarod Trail for approximately three miles. Bring water, snack, rain gear and mosquito repellant. Limited to the first 12 participants who register at 694-2108. Free, but $5 parking for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Aug. 10
Insects in Alaska’s Forests
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Jessie Moan of the Cooperative Extension Service will talk about interesting Alaska insects – the good, the bad and what’s trending this year. Bring your insect questions. Free, but $5 parking for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Aug. 12
Bear and Moose Aware
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Learn about living and recreating responsibly and how to stay safe in bear and moose country. The class is free. (www.rei.com/stores/anchorage.html#classesAndEvents)

Aug. 12
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 class is free. (www.rei.com/stores/anchorage.html#classesAndEvents)

Aug. 13
Bird Banding 101
7 p.m., BLM Campbell Creek Science Center
Join BLM wildlife biologist Bruce Seppi for an evening of bird banding. Learn why and how scientists band migrant songbirds. Then visit a bird banding net to see the art and science of bird banding in the field. This is part of the Midsummer Night’s Science Series.

Aug. 16
Eagle River Challenge 5K and 10K races
10 a.m., Eagle River Nature Center
This foot race is held on the Dew Mound and Crow Pass trails. Bib pick-up starts at 9 a.m. For more information, contact 694-2108. Online registration and payment available at www.ernc.org. $30 entry. (ernc.org)

Aug. 16
Welcome Back Salmon
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Salmon are back after their long migration. Come and see them in their spawning grounds, and learn how these anadromous fish are born in freshwater but spend most of their life at sea. Free, but $5 for parking. (ernc.org)

Aug. 17
Berries and Wildflowers with Verna Pratt
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Wildflower expert Verna Pratt will show you wildflowers and berries along a 1-2 mile walk on Nature Center trails. Verna Pratt is the author of “Alaskan Wildflowers” and founder of the Alaska Native Plant Society (www.aknps.org). Free, but  registration is required and there is a $5 parking fee for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Aug. 20
Bike Maintenance Basics for Women
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 for women designed to help you take care of your bike. The class is free. (www.rei.com/stores/anchorage.html#classesAndEvents)

Aug. 23
Backcountry Navigation With a Map and Compass
10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
This class will teach you how to translate what is on your map to the surrounding area. How to use your compass effectively to find your location, putting the map and compass together to plan a route. The cost is $60 for members and $80 for nonmembers. (www.rei.com/stores/anchorage.html#classesAndEvents)

Aug. 24
Wild Teas
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Come and try some delicious teas made from rosehips and such “weeds” as pineapple weed, yarrow and even stinging nettles. Naturalist Ute Olsson introduces you to tea-making and identifying edible plants on a short walk around the Rodak Trail. Free program, but $5 parking for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Aug. 26
Kayaking Basics
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
There are few better ways to spend a day than in a kayak moving over water. An experienced Instructor will share information about kayaking and recreational kayaks. You will leave knowing the type of kayak, paddle and PFD that best fits your needs and the skinny on local paddling destinations. The class is free. (www.rei.com/stores/anchorage.html#classesAndEvents)

Aug. 28
Getting to Know Your GoPro
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Looking to get a GoPro, or you have one and would like some insight into best practices for capturing your life’s most exciting moments? Join our GoPro experts for this class and Get to Know Your GoPro. We will focus on the camera’s user interface, video capture, image settings, and accessories. The class is free. (www.rei.com/stores/anchorage.html#classesAndEvents)

Aug. 31
Fall Mushrooms
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Mushroom experts Diane Pleninger and Chris Maack will present a program about local fall mushrooms. Feel free to bring in mushrooms to identify. Free program, but $5 parking for nonmembers. After the program, there will be a two- to three-mile walk in which you can hone your mushroom identification skills. Limited to the first 20 people who call and register. (ernc.org)

Sept. 2
Three Years on the Pacific Crest Trail
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Sterling Collins-Hill worked as a trail crew leader for three seasons on the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail before taking the summer of 2012 to hike all 2,700 miles from Mexico to Canada. Hear all about the adventure. Free. (www.rei.com/stores/anchorage.html#classesAndEvents)

Sept. 3
Emergency Beacons and Backcountry Rescue
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Come and learn from a military Search and Rescue professional about emergency beacons and rescue in the backcountry of Alaska. Free. (www.rei.com/stores/anchorage.html#classesAndEvents)

Intro to Cyclocross Racing
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Get the basic techniques and skills you’ll need to enjoy cyclocross racing this fall. The program is free. (www.rei.com/stores/anchorage.html#classesAndEvents)

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