Outdoor Briefs

Posted: Friday, January 23, 2004

"Critter Tales" to open Jan. 30

Snuggle up with some familiar furry friends as UAA Theatre for Young People presents "Critter Tales: Songs and Stories About Our Animal Friends."

"Critter Tales" is the third production for the UAA Theatre for Young People, a new educational theater program for children of all ages. Upcoming productions include "The Three Billy Goats Gruff," "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," and "100 Years of Broadway." Every event is designed to foster the imagination, creativity and thinking skills of each child who attends.

"Critter Tales," recommended for children of all ages and their stuffed animals run from Jan. 30 through Feb. 1. Show times are 7 p.m. Jan. 30 and 31 and 3 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at UAA's Williamson Auditorium. Tickets are available at the door and are $7 for adults and $5 for students, military and seniors.

Thursday and Friday matinees with question and answer sessions are available for schools and large groups. For reservations and information, call 786-6883.

Ski and skijor races rescheduled for Sunday

The Polar Bear Jump ski and skijor races have been rescheduled for Sunday on Exit Glacier Road in Seward.

Races include a 1-kilometer kids' freestyle sprint race at 1 p.m., a 3-kilometer fun race at 1:30 p.m. and a 6-kilometer one- or two-dog skijor race at 2:15 p.m.

Anyone interested in participating can register at Helly Hansen in Seward or before the race.

Volunteers needed for Tustumena 200

Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race organizers will hold a volunteer orientation at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Tustumena Lodge, Mile 111.5 of the Sterling Highway in Kasilof.

Anyone interested is invited to enjoy a taco dinner, with the orientation to follow. No experience is necessary and there are opportunities to help throughout the race weekend, both inside and outside. The 200-mile race through the Caribou Hills is scheduled for Jan. 31-Feb. 2.

For more information, contact race board president Roy Hoekema at 260-6490 or go to the race Web site at www.tustumena200.com.

Homer winter king tourney March 20

The Homer Chamber of Commerce's 11th annual Winter King Salmon Tournament will be March 20.

More information on the event, which takes place on Kachemak Bay, is available by calling the chamber or commerce at (907) 235-7740 or by visiting the Web site at www.homeralaska.org. Registration will begin in February.

Last year's tournament, in which 588 anglers participated, paid out over $47,000 in cash prizes as well as additional fishing merchandise. Anglers caught 261 fish, with Soldotna's Greg Lindhartsen hooking the winner, a 28.58-pounder.

Kayak fest to return to Homer

The third annual Kachemak Kayak Fest will return to Homer for a 10-day run, from May 28 through June 6.

The festival features a broad range of activities and events for paddlers of all ages and abilities. For more information, visit www.kachemakkayakfest.com on the Web of contact the Homer Chamber of Commerce at (907) 235-7740.

Refuge to host Winter Fun Day

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will host a Winter Fun Day on Feb. 7. Events are scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon at the visitors center on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna.

Activities will include family winter crafts and a guided snowshoe walk. The refuge will provide snowshoes for the walk, but participants need to dress appropriately with warm clothes and boots. All activities are free of charge.

For more information, call the refuge at 262-7021.

Mt. Marathon race applications available

Applications for the 2004 Mt. Marathon race are available from the Seward Chamber of Commerce. Call the Seward chamber at (907) 224-8051 or apply online at www.active.com. The application deadline is March 12.

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