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Weekly Run or Walk with Friends
At 6 p.m. every Wednesday through the winter, meet at The Dome in Anchorage. Free for Anchorage Running Club members.

Led Zeppelin
Gaze upon computer-generated imagery inspired by Zeppelin’s biggest hits, including “Whole Lotta Love,” “Immigrant Song” and “Ramble On.” If you thought laser shows were cool you’ll love this. Saturdays at 5 p.m., Anchorage Museum Planetarium, $10, plus admission to museum. (Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” is Sundays at 5 p.m.)

Earth, Moon and Sun
Through the eyes of a character called Coyote explore the solar system according to American Indian legends. 11:30 a.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, $6, plus admission to Anchorage Museum Planetarium.


February 1

Astronomy Series – The Voyager Mission
7 p.m. Eagle River Nature Center
The Center’s bi-weekly indoor-outdoor Astronomy Series features Terry Drake. If the skies are clear, be ready to go outside and view the night sky, using your own binoculars or telescope, or share the ones set up by our astronomers. $5 parking for nonmembers. (


February 2

Classic Cross-country Skiing lessons
Noon-1 p.m., Anchorage REI
Learn how to cross-country ski with Warren Souther from Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage. The first meeting is indoors at REI, followed by outdoor lessons. Sign up for the classes at At the first class, participants will watch stills and video of different techniques utilized while skiing as well as go through indoor exercises to prepare for the three on-snow lessons to follow. Instructors and REI staff will be on hand to help answer questions about equipment selection. (


February 3

Alaska Ski for Women
10:30 a.m., Kincaid Park
The 17th annual Ski for Women kicks off on Super bowl Sunday, with costumed skiers covering a roughly 4K course for classic and skate skiers. There also is a 8K duathlon course for those who want to tackle both. The first timed waves start off at 10:30 a.m. The Party Wave, which isn’t timed, begins just after noon. Bring your friends, dress up (there will be awards for costumes!) and help raise money for organizations that help women in crisis in Anchorage. (


February 3

2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Chickadees are among the most widely recognized birds at Alaska birdfeeders and forests. But how much do you know about them? How does such a small bird survive the long, cold winters? What winter survival techniques do they employ to survive? Come learn the fascinating natural history of these little birds at an indoor presentation by volunteer naturalist Beth Baker, while watching them at the feeders right outside the Nature Center. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. (


February 9

Special Event: Second annual Ice River Rampage
10 a.m., Eagle River Nature Center
This 20-mile winter bike race is a fund raiser for the Nature Center. The race will start and end at the center, with some riding on the frozen Eagle River. Awards, bonfire and beverages after the race. This is also race No. 5 in the Chain Reaction Cycles Abominable Snow Series. Preregistration is $30; race-day entry is $35. (


February 10

Author Visit: Bill Streever, “Heat”
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
It’s cold out there, but bestselling author Bill Streever, whom you might remember from his book “Cold,” is back to warm us up. His brand-new book “Heat” starts where “Cold” left off and marches up the thermometer to 7 trillion degrees Fahrenheit. Join Bill as he shares tales of fever, the first fires on earth and the (much later) first use of fire by humans, his own attempts to start fires without matches along the banks of Eagle River, the burning of peat and coal and oil, volcanoes, thermonuclear weapons, and the surprising temperatures that prevailed in the first moments after the big bang. Bill will stay to autograph copies of his book (a limited number of copies will be for sale today). Free program; $5 parking for nonmembers. (


February 14

Celestial Navigation
7 p.m., Campbell Creek Science Center
The center’s Astronomy Series focuses on finding your way. You’re lost at sea and the batteries to your favorite GPS unit have just failed. What do you do? Let the sun, moon, and stars come to your rescue! Come explore the basic techniques of celestial navigation from the days of yore with Dr. Katherine Rawlins of UAA’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. (Sextants not required, but if you have one and are willing to let people look at it, bring it along.) Free. (


February 15

Astronomy Series – Mars Curiosity Rover
7 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
The Center’s bi-weekly indoor-outdoor Astronomy Series features Scott Girard. If the skies are clear, be ready to go outside and view the night sky, using your own binoculars or telescope, or share the ones set up by our astronomers. $5 parking for nonmembers. (


February 16

Guided Hike
Noon-3 p.m., Prospect Heights Trailhead
Join Eagle River Nature Center volunteers Bob and Ann Fisher for a 6.5-mile round-trip hike on the Prospect trails, starting from the Prospect Heights trailhead in Anchorage. The hike involves a 900-foot elevation gain. Bring a daypack with snacks, water, wind/snow clothing; snowshoes and/or ice cleats may be needed. The hike is limited to the first 12 people (at least 18 years old) who register by calling 694-2108. Hikers may be beginners, but should be in good shape. Free, but parking is $5 for those without Alaska State Park day-use passes. (


February 17

Hot on the Trail of Animal Tracks
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Crime-scene tracking specialists Jim Wolfe and Chris Beheim (both retired from the Alaska State Crime Lab) will present techniques they use for preserving tracks outdoors, including in snow. Free program; $5 parking for nonmembers. (


February 24

Do-it-yourself pulk sled designs
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Backcountry winter travel with gear (and children) is much easier with a sled. Author and outdoor enthusiast Jen Aist will demonstrate several DIY designs for pulk sled to pull children or gear while snowshoeing or skiing into the backcountry. In addition to a demonstration and discussion of pros and cons of different designs, Jen will have handouts with instructions and a list of materials needed to assemble your own at home. Free program; $5 parking for nonmembers. (


February 20

Dall’s sheep: What their DNA Tells Us
7 p.m., Campbell Creek Science Center
Fireside Chat series focuses on Dall’s sheep, which live throughout Alaska and northwestern Canada. By looking at Dall’s sheep DNA, scientists have discovered a lot of information about the animals themselves, where they’ve lived through time, and whether or not a particular group is a distinct population from other groups. Join Gretchen Roffler, wildlife biologist with the USGS Alaska Science Center, to learn more about Dall’s sheep, including what scientists have learned about them from studying their DNA. Free. (


February 20

Mountaineering Club of Alaska monthly meeting
6:30 p.m., BP Energy Center, 900 East Benson Blvd.
Joe Stock, a local and full-certified mountain guide, will present on “The Alaska Factor: Backcountry Skiing Southcentral Alaska.” He will show photos and tell stories from skiing traverses, chutes, tours and powder in the mountains around Anchorage. General announcements will precede the event from 6:30 to 7:15. The presentation will begin at 7:30. Free. (

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