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Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 11:12 pm | Updated: 11:52 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

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 also will address the trail conditions she has observed last five winters and give an update on the where the Denali sled dogs are expected to be breaking trail this year.

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, from which Rozell wrote a book titled “Walking My Dog Jane.” 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. 1

Trout Unlimited meeting, 7:30 p.m., Room 234 Sophie Station Suites.

The Fairbanks chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold a meeting to discuss the king salmon situation in the Yukon River drainage. Fairbanks representatives on the state’s king salmon working group will be leading the discussion, which will include a review of what happened during a two-day symposium concerning Yukon River king salmon that took place in Anchorage on Oct. 22-23.

For more information, call Ken Alt at 457-4124.

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 present “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

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. 9-11

Fly fishing seminars/classes, Sophie Stations Suites and Big Ray’s Fly Shop, Friday 6-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday,

12-4 p.m.

Alaska fly fishing guides Lee Kuepper and Paul Tornow from Alaska’s Angling Addiction will be at Big Ray’s Fly Shop in Fairbanks to offer a weekend’s worth of presentations and classes. They operate fly fishing schools on the Kenai Peninsula or Prince of Wales Island and in the Bahamas, but their day-to-day fishing is done on the Kenai River. They pride themselves in always learning and innovating new ways to catch more fish. Both are certified fly casting instructors and spey casting fanatics.

On Friday night at Sophie Station Suites, Kuepper and Tornow will talk about their Prince of Wales steelhead camp and their bone fish school in the Bahamas. The presentation starts at 7 p.m.

On Saturday at Big Ray’s, they will teach a spey casting class and offer a presentation on Kenai king salmon and winter fishing on the Kenai Peninsula. The spey casting class costs $25.

On Sunday, Kuepper and Tornow will hold a fly tying class at $25 a person. The class is limited to 10 people.

Nov. 10

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.

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, outoor facilities manager, at 474-6306 or at

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