Welcome, November, welcome, snow!

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November is a busy month, and if the snow cooperates, it will be even busier — and better! Here are a few choice outdoor-fun activities to anticipate:

Nov. 6-7
NSAA Ski Swap, Annual Celebration, Winter Activities Expo
All weekend, Kincaid Chalet
Find a good deal on skis, listen to live music, bring food to share and learn about races and other events sponsored by the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage. Bring cash and ID for beverages. Be sure to purchase an Ellen Toll Quilt raffle ticket. This year’s event also features live entertainment, an auction, adult beverages and an activities expo with local recreational opportunities. The program concludes with a potluck feast (please bring a dish), door prizes and presentations from many of NSAA’s unique programs. Also new this year, classic NSAA rocks glasses, for your après ski beverage of choice, will be given to the first 100 top organization supporters and quilts donated by Ellen Toll’s quilting club will be raffled to help raise funds for NSAA. More info at anchoragenordicski.com.

Nov. 6
Astronomy Series: New Horizon at Pluto and Space Exploration
7 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
“New Horizon at Pluto and Space Exploration” is the topic of this month’s astronomy series program at the Eagle River Nature Center. Terry Drake will present. The astronomy series meets on the first Friday evening of each month through March. An astronomer presents a special topic (approximately 1 to 1.5 hours) and answers your questions. If 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 the astronomers. Free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Nov. 7
Skijoring: Winter Fun With Your Dogs
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Kiersten Lippman and Bill Cole, volunteers with the Anchorage Skijor Club, will cover many topics including choosing equipment, training and feeding your dog, good places to skijor recreationally, and competition opportunities from local races to the World Skijor Championships. Free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Nov. 8
Gifts From the Wild Kitchen Workshop
1-4 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Homemade items from wild-gathered plants are something special to include in holiday gifts. Here’s your chance to go beyond blueberry jam and make your own natural salves, cordials/bitters and teas. Naturalist Ute Olsson will share her recipes and guide you through making a variety of items, incorporating cottonwood buds, spruce tips, rosehips and herbs gathered last summer. The workshop is limited to the first 10 people (ages 16 and older) who register and pay the $25 material fee at 694-2108. Parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Nov. 11
Wildlife Wednesdays at the Zoo
7-8 p.m., Gateway Hall, Alaska Zoo
“Coping with the Cold: Wintering Rock Sandpipers of Cook Inlet,” is the topic of this month’s Wildlife Wednesday Lecture Series. Alaska in the summer is home to millions of breeding shorebirds, but nearly all of these birds migrate long distances to warmer climates to spend the winter. A unique exception is the Rock Sandpiper. Dan Ruthrauff, a research biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Science Center, will describe the many amazing environmental, behavioral and physiological characteristics that enable Rock Sandpipers to make their winter home along the frozen shores of Cook Inlet. Free with Zoo admission. (alaskazoo.org)

Nov. 14
Junior Naturalist Program (K-6th)
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
“Survival Skills for Kids” is the topic of this week’s Junior Naturalist program. Gus Gustafson knows how to stay warm when left out in the cold. Learn how to dress for winter and build a fire. Limited to 12 children registered at 694-2108. Note: This program is not meant for organized groups such as Scouts; please contact naturalist@ernc.org to schedule a separate program. Free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Nov. 15
Armchair Travel Series: Public-Use Cabins in Alaska
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
What’s your favorite getaway cabin in Alaska? Join us as we share pictures, stories and practical details. We’ll start with the Nature Center’s own cabins and yurts before opening the floor for you to share about your favorites. The Armchair series continues through the winter: Each month will focus on a different destination. Contact naturalist@ernc.org if you’re interested in making a presentation of your travel experience. If you want to share about your favorite Alaska cabin, you will need to pre-submit up to 10 photos by Nov. 8, and be there on the 15th to narrate your section. Free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Nov. 17
Mountaineering Club of Alaska meeting
6:30-8:45 p.m., BP Energy Center, 900 East Benson Blvd. The monthly meeting of the Mountaineering Club of Alaska usually features a guest speaker, as well as some club member news. The event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite nonmembers.

Nov. 21
Search and Rescue Dogs
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Alaska Search & Rescue Dogs is a nonprofit, volunteer emergency service unit whose primary purpose is to assist in search and rescue operations using teams of highly trained search dogs and searcher-handlers. Eeva Latosuo of ASARD will present about their work with dogs, as well as teaching children what to do if they get lost. Free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Nov. 22
Avalanche Safety
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
Join AAA-certified avalanche instructor Blaine Smith for an introduction to avalanche awareness, covering weather, terrain, snow pack, and decision-making. Free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Nov. 27
Zoo Lights
5 p.m., The Alaska Zoo
Zoo Lights are coming soon. Advance ticket sales begin Nov. 1. Visit the lighted parade of animals that take over the zoo each winter. They are big, bright and beautiful. From front to back, the zoo is decorated with lighted animal displays – colorful, whimsical and even animated. You can walk under canopies of light and check out the animals. Zoo Lights rates are: annual pass holders, $6 per person and nonpass holders, $8 per person.

Nov. 28
Live Bird Thanksgiving Celebration
2-4 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
The Bird Treatment and Learning Center is bringing several live educational birds for you to meet in an informal setting. Bring your leftover cranberries and turkey necks for the birds. Free (donations to Bird TLC suggested), but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Nov. 29
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center
How does a bird weighing as little as a pencil survive Alaska’s winter? Naturalist Beth Baker will talk about the natural history of these little birds. Free, parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

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