October happenings: Mark your calendars

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Oct. 6
Bonny Sosa Tuesday Night Race Series: 6:30 p.m., East High School
The Bonny Sosa Tuesday Night Race Series is a fall family tradition, featuring fun runs in all conditions. There are three separate courses for varying abilities, from beginner to advanced (competitive). The Munchkin (1-3K) and Farm Leagues (3-10K) usually stay on heavily used trails, and the Lightning League (4-12K) courses can follow narrow game trails, cross streams, or slog through swamps. Register online at www.muni.org/Active. Fees range from $4 per child to $20 per family. (343-4355)

Oct. 10
Wolf Day: Noon-4 p.m., Alaska Zoo
Join educators at The Alaska Zoo for a howling good time on Wolf Day. Activities will be happening throughout the zoo all day to celebrate the mysterious wolf, including a scavenger hunt, wolf pack and family game station, wolf enrichment table, wolf diet station, canine critter touch table, wolf-themed storytime, kids craft and coloring area and a howling contest, among other things. Free with zoo admission. (alaskazoo.org)

Oct. 10
Worm Bin Composting: 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Are you interested in turning your green kitchen waste into compost for next year’s garden instead of sending it to the landfill? Learn the basics of keeping an indoor worm box, as well as pointers on building a low-cost system. Sandy Christenson (www.wormsandstuff.com) will have red wigglers and worm bin supplies for sale. The event is free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Oct. 11
Archery Instruction: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Kincaid Chalet Annex
Join Northwest Archers to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow in this free course offered through the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department. All instructors are NASP-certified, and there is limited equipment available. Parents must accompany children; for ages 6 and older. (Margaret Timmerman, 343-4217)

Oct. 11
Wolverines: Special Author Visit: 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Join “Animal Stories” author Bill Sherwonit as he talks about wolverines, their presence in Chugach State Park, and shares stories of encounters with wolverines. The event is free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Oct. 17
Meet a Sandhill Crane: 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Alaska WildBird Rehab Center shares the biology and conservation status of sandhill cranes, and get a close look at this amazing long-distance traveller. The all-ages event is free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Oct. 13
Bonny Sosa Tuesday Night Race: Series: 6:30 p.m., Kincaid Park
The Bonny Sosa Tuesday Night Race Series is a fall family tradition, featuring fun runs in all conditions. There are three separate courses for varying abilities, from beginner to advanced (competitive). The Munchkin (1-3K) and Farm Leagues (3-10K) usually stay on heavily used trails, and the Lightning League (4-12K) courses can follow narrow game trails, cross streams, or slog through swamps. Register online at www.muni.org/Active. Fees range from $4 per child to $20 per family. (343-4355)

Oct. 18
Earthwatch: Armchair Travel Series: 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Ruth Fitzpatrick will talk about volunteering with Earthwatch, a nonprofit organization that connects people with scientists to help conduct research for a sustainable planet. Fitzpatrick will present her trip to an archaeological dig in the Canary Islands. Each session will focus on a different travel destination. Interested in making a presentation? Email naturalist@ernc.org. Free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Oct. 18
Archery Instruction: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Kincaid Chalet Annex
Join Northwest Archers to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow in this free course offered through the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department. All instructors are NASP-certified, and there is limited equipment available. Parents must accompany children; for ages 6 and older. For questions contact Margaret Timmerman at 343-4217.

Oct. 20
Mountaineering Club of Alaska monthly meeting: 6:30-8:45 p.m., BP Energy Center, 900 E. Benson Blvd.
Join  Aaron Thrasher, who grew up climbing in the Chugach and Talkeetnas, who will present on a traverse of the Mint Peaks; a traverse of Diamond Peak the Pinnacle and Fairangel; and a climb of the West Ridge of Yukla. The event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite non-members. (www.mtnclubak.org)

Oct. 20
Bonny Sosa Tuesday Night Race Series: 6:30 p.m., Service High
The Bonny Sosa Tuesday Night Race Series is a fall family tradition, featuring fun runs in all conditions. The Munchkin (1-3K) and Farm Leagues (3-10K) usually stay on heavily used trails, and the Lightning League (4-12K) courses can follow narrow game trails, cross streams, or slog through swamps. Register online at www.muni.org/Active. Fees range from $4 per child to $20 per family. (343-4355)

Oct. 24
2015 Winter Gear & Sports Swap: Noon-5 p.m., Alaska Airlines Center
The 2015 Fundraiser Winter Gear & Ski Swap includes everything you might need to have a grand outdoor winter adventure. Come for skis, sleds, snow bikes, clothing and more. Dropoff of gear is Oct. 23, and the sale is on the 24th. For details, go to akskiswap.com.

Oct. 25
All About Bats: 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Discover which bats are found in Alaska and other facts about these often-misunderstood creatures of the night. Alaska Fish and Game biologist Marian Snively will also discuss current research and white-nose syndrome. Free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Oct. 25
Archery Instruction: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Kincaid Chalet Annex
Join Northwest Archers to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow in this free course offered through the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department. All instructors are NASP-certified, and there is limited equipment available. Parents must accompany children; for ages 6 and older. (Margaret Timmerman, 343-4217)

Oct. 27
Bonny Sosa Tuesday Night Race Series: 6:30 p.m., Kincaid Park
The Bonny Sosa Tuesday Night Race Series is a fall family tradition, featuring fun runs in all conditions. Courses range from beginner to advanced (competitive). The Munchkin (1-3K) and Farm Leagues (3-10K) usually stay on heavily used trails, and the Lightning League (4-12K) courses can follow narrow game trails, cross streams, or slog through swamps. Register online at www.muni.org/Active. Fees range from $4 per child to $20 per family. (343-4355)

Oct. 31
Halloween Nature Walk: 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Visit a series of fun and educational Halloween-themed stations set up along the Rodak Nature Trail (3/4 mile round-trip). Dress for the weather – and in costume – for this free event. Parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Nov. 1
The Witch and Her Owl: 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Why are owls associated with Halloween? Find out all about owls from volunteer Ginamaria Smith, who will bring her live great-horned owl to the Nature Center for a fun and educational program. The event is free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

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