Have you read the Old Testament of the Bible and ever got your brain stuck on trying to visualize the dimensions of the temples that are described in the Old Testament? Downtown on the Delaney Park Strip (E Street & 10th) for the past week and continuing for the next two days, there is Messiah’s Mansion. A life-size replica of one of the temples, along with some of its items, for people to see and experience the information in the Holy Bible Pastor Jim John, of the Northside Seventh Day Adventist Church in Anchorage, sponsor of the Messiah‘s Mansion being here in Anchorage for the first time ever, looks at it as a way of helping people connect with stories of the Bible. And ultimately help them draw closer and faith. “As a sponsoring church,“ Pastor Johnson smiles happily, “it has been a joy, to see Anchorage come together. As a community of believers, and, even those who have no faith, or nonbelievers, who are coming in to look at this. “
Today’s the day to see runners racing in Anchorage RunFest 2019. Runners had a cold and blustery send off in downtown Anchorage this morning. The Anchorage Police Department blocked off 6th, around F and G, where the start of the races begin. People were jogging to keep warmed up, others stood in groups, while yet others were inside the Flattop pool and dining bar, where race bibs were being passed out. Anchorage Downtown Partnership tents dotted the Town Square, for volunteers in support of the runners. Helping them receive medical attention and keep track of necessary equipment that gets checked.
This year’s race is dedicated to Tom Coolidge. A long time member of the Anchorage running community, being recognized for the level of commitment and dedication.
To go out and watch the runners along the race routes go to www.anchoragrunfest.org.
Championship quality running festival is happening downtown, this weekend, in Anchorage. Today, runners arrived at the race expo at the Dena’ina Center, to check in and get their bibs and shirts for the races. Anchorage RunFest 2019 is 2 days of races with courses snaking around the city. The Kids race, on the Delaney Park Strip, starts Saturday morning at 9:30. The Anchorage Mile, at 11am. The Military Mile is at 11:40. On Sunday, downtown, 6 races will start in a one hour 15 minute period. The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail will be heavily traveled.
While at the Anchorage RunFest Expo, the public was invited to see vendors and their products that catered to the needs and interests of the running community. One of them was Kat Hubble of Kat’s Epic Trail Bites. A delicious gluten-free option for snacking.
Mitchel Garner, President of the Road Runners Club of America, headquarters is in Arlington, Virginia rates thousands of races across America, and RRCA considers the Anchorage RunFest as championship quality events.
To be a spectator go to the runner information tab at www.anchoragerunfest.org.
Happy people cheered the start of the 21st annual Alaska Walk For Down Syndrome, as they swarmed the West End of Delaney park strip today in their bright yellow shirts. Also know as The Buddy Walk, it is a time for families, friends, and fans, of people that live in Anchorage, that were born with Down syndrome, to enjoy the beautiful weather together and walk around the end of the Delaney park strip between P and N streets, and ninth and 10th Ave. Many people smiled and shared. The idea is to show others that their’s is not a community of “disable” people, but of wonderful joy in knowing these people. Some carrying signs that expressed their love and appreciation, the group was made up largely by those who are a part of the Alaska Down Syndrome Network. Among the walkers was, Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Commissioner, Adam Crum, who walked with his family, including the dog, to enjoy the weather and the smiles.
One of the most unique aspects of the condition – all the people that have Down syndrome have certain facial similarities. Like what family shares. This type of quality, I think, is what helps people who support people with Down syndrome be able to pull together and relate to each other and have a really good sense of comraderie. Events like this, gives these people a chance to share with the larger Anchorage community, the kind of joy and love and appreciation that they have in this extended family feeling, and that the larger community of Anchorage could be able to embrace the kind of love and joy a long with them.
This is an annual event in Anchorage. To learn more, go to their website Alaska Down Syndrome Network
People flowed into the room with happy faces, enthusiastic to play Bingo and win a chance to dress up like a Drag Queen, then strut their stuff to collect money for charity. Want to have fun playing BINGO and dress up, to support a cause to keep young gay people safe from predatory situations? Then Drag Queen Bingo is just what you need. It’s not in Anchorage, it’s in Palmer but, the host of the event is Anchorage’s own drag queen Daphne DoAll Lachores. The first Drag Queen Bingo was held June 17th. One more there shceduled, free BINGO game night on Monday, July 1st, 2019, at the Palmer Deli, in downtown Palmer, Alaska. North of Anchorage, on the business frontage road just off the Glenn Hwy. in Palmer.
Drag Queen Bingo is also being played tomorrow June 27th, at 7pm, in Anchorage at Williwaw, downtown Anchorage at 6th and F Street. Tickets are $35 at http://eventbrite.com, and $40 at the door. See http://anchoragepride.org for more information.
I can tell you for sure, Liz Anaya is a very good dancer. I danced with her in a class, several years ago. That was before she married Cuban-born dancer, Ciro Anaya. Their company, Anaya Dance, located in Anchorage, holds classes in Anchorage and in Wasilla. They also host social dances with Latin music including, Salsa In The Park. The Town Square, downtown Anchorage, between Fifth and Sixth, at the Center for the Performing Arts, is the venue for this summer event. They work in cooperation with The Anchorage Downtown Partnership, whose goal is To support Anchorage events that allow people to enjoy the Town Square.. Liz DJs Latin music from 1 o’clock until 3 o’clock in the afternoon on Sundays, as long as the weather is good for dancing. It’s free and open to anybody who wants to listen to Latin Music, dance to Latin music, or simply watch people who like to dance to Latin music. I suggest you bring water. To learn more about them, go to Anaya Latin Dance
You know the Scottish Highland Games are close at hand, when the sound of bagpipes can be heard around the city. Anchorage Good News heard Ian white, Jim Bohannon, and Bob White, members of the Crow Creek Pipes & Drums bagpipe band, practicing around the Rosegarden at the Delaney park strip. Ian explained that the reason they were together, was to practice for a competition being held this Friday, the 28th, at the Loussac library starting at noon. The Trio event, is one of the events that will be kicking off the 38th annual Alaska Scottish Highland Games, that are being held in the Palmer fairgrounds on Saturday, June 29th. To learn more about all this weekend’s events go to Alaska Scottish Highland Games
Love one another, the idea for the day at the citywide Juneteenth celebration on the park strip. Many speakers of different races from the Anchorage community, encouraged attendees to love each other and celebrate the freedom that is alive in America, because of the courage of people, right now in particular the black African-American people, to make a stand for freedom and equality. The day’s emcee was Eddie P. Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, and Alaska State Senator Elvi Gray Jackson were on hand. Anchorage residents lined up to sing, dance, and even show their beauty, to celebrate the value of the person.
Think of what a Special Olympian is. Enthusiastic and easy to love fellowship, between people playing sports. Just inside of the front door at Special Olympics facility in Mountain View, a big sign reads, “Changing the world is a contact sport”. Today, Special Olympics Alaska is celebrating 50 years of creating an environment where being special means, you’re included. Winning is a huge part of sports, but the Special Olympics oath of participating players reminds all that winning is a goal, but having fun is more important. Being accepted, encouraged, and supported is important and Special Olympics dedicated volunteers do a good job of providing that environment to people with disabilities.
The 2019 Summer Games are being held at Dimond High School, in the several gymnasiums. While checking out the basketball, powerlifting, swimming, and field and track, a young lady with a pretty pink sash and a tiara came in to Anchorage Good News view. Her name is Daiquiri Wright, and she is the 2019 Teen Alaska Miss Amazing. It is a title offered up two ladies with disabilities between the ages of 8 and 36. It is not a part of the Special Olympics program, but Daiquiri was there in her role as Miss Amazing, to provide community support for the Olympians. She herself is a special Olympian, but did not participate so that she happily fulfill her Amazing duties. Check out her interview on Anchorage Good News Facebook.
See the interview with Geoff Lundfeld, CEO of Alaska USA, and board member of Special Olympics Alaska, on this author’s LinkedIn page
Special Olympics Alaska summer games got off to an exuberant start as usual. Special Olympians around the state of Alaska, from Juneau to Fairbanks, to the Central Peninsula and Anchorage, streamed in to the auditorium at East high school tonight to party before the challenge. Special Olympics in Alaska is also celebrating its 50th year of providing Olympic opportunities to special people of this state. This evening’s special guest speaker was Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy, who said he was “impressed” by the level of commitment these athletes show. The majority of the weekend events is at Dimond High School. To see the schedule for the Special Olympics this weekend go to their website Alaska Special Olympics