Feburary Calendar

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Feb. 1
Miniature Birch Baskets craft program
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Learn how to sew small baskets or canoes – all materials provided. Limited to 10 adults registered at 694-2108. The program is free but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Feb. 3
Avalanche Awareness and Turnagain Pass Conditions
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Avalanche season is back; see what the winter has brought so far and learn how to be safe in avalanche zones. The event is free. Register at rei.com or in store.

Feb. 5
Emergency Beacons and Backcountry Rescue
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Come and learn from a military Search and Rescue professional from the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center at JBER about emergency beacons and rescue in the backcountry of Alaska. Free, but registration is at rei.com.

Feb. 6
Astronomy series:  Ten Years at Saturn
7 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
The evening’s presenter is Debbie Soltis, retired Chugiak High science teacher. The Astronomy series meets monthly on the first Friday evening. An astronomer presents a special topic and answers your questions. If the skies are clear, be ready to go outside to view the night sky. You may bring your own binoculars or telescope, or share the ones set up by the astronomers. Free, but $5 parking for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Feb. 7
Icy River Rampage
11 a.m., Eagle River Nature Center
This 10/20-mile winter bike race is a fundraiser for the Nature Center. The race will start and end at the center, with some riding on the frozen Eagle River. Awards and bonfire after the race. More details and registration at www.ernc.org. The race is part of the Chain Reaction Cycles Abominable Snow Series. Entry fee is $30.

Feb. 7
Introduction to Snowshoeing
10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Kincaid Park, Anchorage
Discover the freedom of snowshoeing during a field outing at Kincaid Park with REI experts. Learn snowshoeing techniques, proper use of equipment and how to make every trip a success. The cost is $70 for members and $90 for nonmembers. Register in store or at rei.com.

Feb. 8
Tracks and Traps
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Volunteer Sandy Halstaed will talk about animal tracking as well as trapping. If you’re a dog owner, you’ll want to know where you might encounter traps in Chugach State Park, and how to release a dog from a trap if it should get caught. Weather permiting, particpants will take a short walk to look for tracks. The event is free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Feb. 8
AMH Cup Beach Lake Freestyle Flyer
Noon, Chugiak High School
The AMH Anchorage Cup Citizen Races are seven ski races sponsored by the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage. Skiers of all ages and abilities are welcome. The goal is to have fun, ski on well-groomed trails, test your ability, meet new friends and see old ones. The Beach Lake race is a freestyle style ski race at the Beach Lake trails (Chugiak).  Choose between 7.5K, 15K, or kids 3.1K distances. (anchoragenordicski.com)

Feb. 9
Route Planning and Navigation Using Google Earth and Phone Apps
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
This hands-on workshop will cover the process of creating routes in Google Earth and importing them into the Gaia GPS app on a smart phone. Free, but register at rei.com or in store.

Feb. 10
NSAA Beginner Ski Lessons
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
This is a four-lesson series for adults new to skiing. The series will guide you through equipment decisions, local trail information, ski events in our community and beyond. See details at rei.com.

Feb. 11
Training With Fitness Technology: Garmin Vivofit and Fitbit Flex
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Want to maximize the use of fitness technology in your workouts? Whether you are just starting or are looking to have more fun with your fitness routine, this class will help you get the most out of your Garmin Vivofit or Fitbit Flex. The event is free, but register at rei.com or in store.

Feb. 11
Wildlife Wednesdays: Discovering Bats
7-8 p.m., The Alaska Zoo Gateway Hall, Anchorage
“Discovering Bats: Unraveling the Secrets of One of Alaska’s Least-known Mammals,” is the topic of this month’s Wildlife Wednesdays talks at The Alaska Zoo. The ecology of bats in Alaska is a mystery, but biologists are  beginning to shed light on the behaviors of this unique flying mammal. Join Marian Snively, Wildlife Diversity Program biologist at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, to learn how new research and acoustic monitoring, combined with a decade of Citizen Science participation, are filling information gaps on bat
distributions, roosting, migration and hibernation activities. The event is free. (www.alaskazoo.org)

Feb. 12
Cross-country Skiing Basics Class
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Free your heel and your mind will follow. Join REI as we share information and tips for getting into cross-country skiing. The event is free, but register at rei.com or in store.

Feb. 14
Armchair Travel Series: New Zealand
7 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Enjoy a presentation by ColinTyler Bogucki and Billy Herbst. Sit back and relax by the woodstove while vicariously visiting faraway lands: Each session will focus on a different travel destination. If you’re interested in making a presentation of your travel experience, contact naturalist@ernc.org. The event is free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Feb. 15
AMH Cup Sven Johansson Freestyle Ski Race
Noon, Kincaid Park
The AMH Anchorage Cup Citizen Races are seven ski races sponsored by the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage. Skiers of all ages and abilities are welcome. The goal is to have fun, ski on well-groomed trails, test your ability, meet new friends and see old ones. The Sven Johansson race is a 10K or 30K freestyle ski race. The 30K race is the famous “Tour of Kincaid.” There will also be a 2.5K timed fun race for youth (14 and younger) around the first half of the Mize Loop. (anchoragenordicski.com)

Feb. 15
The World of Cats
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Why are cats so different from dogs? What does it mean when they purr, or when their tail is straight up? How harmful are outdoor cats to bird populations? Join naturalist Ute Olsson for a discussion of the natural history of domestic cats and its wild cousins. The program is free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Feb. 17
Snowshoeing Basics
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Join experienced REI staff for a class on the basics of snowshoeing. They will focus on the appropriate selection of gear as well as the basics on what you need and where to go to get started. The program is free, but register at rei.com or in store.

Feb. 17
MCA Monthly meeting
6:30 p.m, BP Energy Center, Anchorage
Join members of the Mountaineering Club of Alaska for their monthly meeting, which usually includes a guest speaker or presentation. The event is free and guests are welcome. (www.mtnclubak.org)

Feb. 18
Refresh Your Run
6-7:30 p.m., REI, Anchorage
So, you want to be a runner? Whether you are just starting or are getting “back on track,” this class will help you get in the groove and provide training and technique insights to get you back in shape and/or prepare for your upcoming 5-10K or more. The program is free, but register at rei.com or in store.

Feb. 18
Fireside Chat: Science on the North Slope
7 p.m., Campbell Creek Science Center
The North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI) provides a unique platform for federal, state, and local agencies to coordinate research activities on the North Slope of Alaska. The NSSI Scenarios project will help agencies coordinate future research efforts using scenarios of resource development on the North Slope and in adjacent seas. Join Olivia Lee, research associate at the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks, to learn more about the NSSI Scenarios project. The free talk is part of the Campbell Creek Science Center’s monthly science talks.

Feb. 21
Night With the Stars Fundraiser
5-9 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Guest Speaker Travis Rector, University of Alaska Anchorage professor of physics, will present “The Search for Life Beyond the Earth.” Two Sisters Catering, Naomi Everett and Alayna Cuddy will cater the event. Hors d’oevres and drinks will be served from 5-6:30 p.m., followed by dinner, dessert and presentation. The cost is $100 per seat at tables for eight. Many thanks to sponsors: Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., Specialty Imports and Broken Tooth Brewing. Go to ernc.org to purchase tickets online.

Feb. 21
Introduction to Backcountry Skills
10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Kincaid Park
Getting ready to head into the wilderness for the first time and not sure what you need to know? During this outing we will discuss planning, equipment, and fundamental backcountry skills. The program is $60 for members and $80 for nonmembers. Register at rei.com or in store.

Feb. 21
Kids Summer Camp Fair
Noon-4 p.m., REI, Anchorage
Mingle with staffers from local camps from 12-4pm and get the beta on great summer camps for your children and teens (ages 5-16). No registration required – just stop by.

Feb. 21
Healthier You Avalanche Skills
Valdez
Attend this day clinic on avalanche awareness and recognition skills. For details, go to alaskasnow.org.

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