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Posted: Thursday, October 18, 2012 1:50 pm | Updated: 11:39 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

Oct. 18

Surviving The Outdoors With Your Kids, Explore Alaska Lecture Series, 7 p.m., Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center.

You’re a person who loves to get out in the Alaska wilderness, doing stuff like the Wilderness Classic. While minding your own business, you suddenly have a kid (or two). Is your outdoor life over? Not by a long shot.

Alaska adventurer, author and father Ned Rozell will talk about how to scratch the itch of getting out in the wild with your family. He’ll take people on a canoe trip down the Yukon River from Eagle to Circle with a 3-year old as an example of a trip that delivered something for everyone.

Midnight Sun Fly Casters monthly meeting, 6-9 p.m., Pike’s Waterfront Lodge.

Cecilia “Pudge” Kleinkauf, Alaska’s leading woman fly-fishing instructor, fly tier and guide, will be the guest speaker. Kleinkauf will present her new book, “Pacific Salmon Flies: New Ties & Old Standbys.” A dinner buffet ($10 adults/$5 children) will be served at 6 p.m., and the presentation will begin at 7 p.m.

Oct. 19

Ladies Night at Big Ray’s Fly Shop, 5-9 p.m., Big Ray’s Fly Shop.

Cecilia “Pudge” Kleinkauf, Alaska’s leading woman fly-fishing instructor, fly tier and guide, will be the guest of honor at a ladies’ night sponsored by Big Ray’s Fly Shop and Hoodoo Brewery. Kleinkauf will be in the fly shop signing books and talking gear and beer. Hoodoo Brewery will be providing giveaways.

Oct. 20

Fairbanks Snow Travelers annual swap meet, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sportsman’s Warehouse parking lot.

Whether you’re looking for a good deal on a snowmachine helmet or an actual snowmachine, be sure to check out the Fairbanks Snow Travelers’ annual swap meet.

There are no restrictions on what can be sold and the club does not charge a fee or commission; the seller pockets all the proceeds. At past swap meets there has been everything from snowmachines to snowmachine parts to clothing and accessories, according to FST board member Paul Renschen.

“Anything having to do with outdoor winter activities is welcome,” he wrote in an email. “It is a good place to sell any unneeded winter gear.”

West Valley High Ski Swap, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., West Valley High School.

Looking for a good deal on a pair of new or used cross-country or downhill skis, boots or poles for you or your kids? Check out the annual West Valley High ski swap, where there are always a plethora of good deals to be had on quality equipment.

Be advised, though, you’ll want to get there early. The line starts forming when doors open at 8 a.m. and the early birds get first dibs on the best deals.

If you’re looking to sell gear, you can drop it off the night before the swap from 6-9 p.m. or the morning of before the swap begins from 8-9:30. The ski club takes a 10 percent cut of all sales.

Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks Junior Nordics and adult lesson sign ups, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., West Valley High School.

Sign up your child up for Junior Nordics or yourself up for cross-country ski lessons when the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks holds registration during the West Valley High Ski Swap.

Oct. 25

Denali National Park and Preserve in winter, 6 p.m., Beaver Sports

While Denali National Park and Preserve is teeming with tourists all summer, in the winter it is a quiet oasis for non-motorized sports. Hear what Jessica Toubman, assistant manager at the Denali National Park Sled Dog Kennels, has to say about it as she presents a 45-minute slideshow about the different skiing, mushing, snowshoeing and ski-joring opportunities in the park this winter. She will also address the trail conditions she has observed the last 5 winters and give an update on the where the Denali sled dogs are expected to be breaking trail this year.

Walking My Dog, Jane, Explore Alaska Lecture Series, 7 p.m., Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center.

Alaska adventurer and author Ned Rozell will retrace his — and his chocolate Labrador Jane’s — steps from their epic 800-mile hike along the trans-Alaska oil pipeline in 1997. They are the only human and canine to hike the length of the pipeline. Rozell will be selling and signing books after the talk.

Oct. 26

Fairbanks Retriever Club annual fall potluck and membership meeting, 6:30 p.m., Pioneer Hall in Pioneer Park.

Join the Fairbanks Retriever Club for some good food and lots of dog talk when it holds its annual membership meeting. There will be election of officers and board members for 2012-13, a recap of 2012, a discussion of what’s in the works for 2013 as far as training classes, hunt tests, field trials, etc., and a slide show/video of photographs from this year’s activities.

Bring a main or side dish, salad or dessert to share. Call Karen Wilson at 479-4325 for more information.

Nov. 2

Fairbanks Paddlers annual meeting and gear swap, 6:30-9 p.m., Unitarian Fellowship Hall, Pikes Landing Road , across from the Princess Hotel.

The gear swap begins at 6:30 p.m. Bring your old stuff to sell or get good deals other peoples’ old stuff. There will be a potluck starting at 7 p.m. so bring a dish to share. A short meeting will be held at 7:30, during which nominations for new board members will be encouraged and accepted.

Following the meeting, Wendy Loya will be presenting “Packrafting through the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge,” a slide show that illustrates a hiking and floating trip she and two others took starting near the Continental Divide in the Brooks Range to the Beaufort Sea.

Nov. 3

Snowmobile and Avalanche Training Class, 12-2 p.m., Compeau’s.

The North American Outdoor Institute will be in town presenting a free snowmobile and avalanche training for outdoor recreation enthusiasts at Compeau’s.

This free, fun, interactive training presentation is designed to help recreationalists have more fun, go further and return safely. The course covers hazard assessment, trip planning, general snowmobile safety, route selection in avalanche prone areas, river and glacier travel, safety equipment and emergency response procedures.

Everyone that attends will also earn a chance to win a 2013 Ski-Doo Renegade Sport, an ABS airbag backpack system with shovel, snow saw and probe, or a BCA beacon, shovel and probe.

To learn more or sign up for the class, go to Contact Debra McGhan for more info at (907) 376-2898 or (907) 982-0332.

Alaska Outdoor Council, 29th annual dinner and auction fundraiser, doors open at 5 p.m., buffet at 6:30, Westmark Hotel.

This event always sells out so get your tickets early. There are absolutely no tickets sold at the door. There will be hundreds of auction and raffle items, along with a grand door prize of $500 cash. Photos of some auction items can be found at

Tickets are $60 each after Oct 15. Call 456-4447 to purchase a ticket, to donate new or like-new items, or to volunteer.

Nov. 10

UAF Ski Fest, 1-4 p.m., Birch Hill Recreation Area.

Join the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nordic ski team for a spaghetti feed and an afternoon of fun on the snow to kick off the cross-country ski season.

The event is free to Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks members and Alaskan Nanooks Ski Team booster club members. There will be kids ski games, raffles, and door prizes.

Please bring a dessert to pass.

Nov. 17

Top rope climbing competition, 10 a.m.-noon, University of Alaska Fairbanks Student Recreation Center.

This is a free competition open to all climbers, assuming they are certified on the SRC climbing wall. There will be male and female categories, with the top three announced at the end of the competition.

For more information contact Sam Braband, outdoor facilities manager, at 474-6306 or at

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