Do you have a senior citizen in your household that speaks only Spanish and feels isolated? The Anchorage Senior Activities Center has tentatively scheduled an opportunity for Spanish-speaking peoples to get together, on May 25th, 2 o’clock to 4 o’clock in the afternoon. It’s a potluck style get together, which means people can bring whatever they want to share. The reason this event is been selected for this month is because that in many Latin speaking nations, just like in America, Mother’s Day is celebrated in May. Honoring mothers is very important in Latin culture, and this event is great opportunity to get out and share stories about the love that these people experienced in their families. There is no transportation provided for this event. If you have any questions please call The Anchorage Senior Activities Center, at 770-2000.
Every time a plate of Cuban sandwiches was brought out to a table, people happily shared it with those around them. Today’s grand opening of the restaurant, Cuban Bred, is all about sharing good food, and being with family and friends. A Cuban style sandwich and “hamburger” made with ham, chorizo and other delicious ingredients, served with banana chips. Handmade desserts are available and unique sodas brought from Cuba. Cuban Bred is one of the 6 local chefs that have joined a program with Anchorage re:MADE, a local recycling hub. Not only do they beautifully remake donated items with volunteer, expert care, but with their newest class, Guest Chef, people’s lives can be remade to follow their dreams. For more information about their offerings, go to www.anchorageREMADE.com. Come meet the Brown family at Cuban Bred, open every Wednesday from 11 to 5, at the Gathering AK Café, 13500 Old Seward Hwy., south of Huffman.
If you’re interested in learning more about Japanese culture, or if you want to learn how to speak Japanese, today was the 16th annual Nihongo contest. The University of Alaska Anchorage was host to an exhibition of the cultural diversity of a “welcoming community”. The centerpiece for today’s event were scheduled competitions between students in the areas of skit presentation, songs, poetry, all presentations in Japanese. Some of the final trophies presented at the closing ceremonies, were gifts from the three sister cities to Anchorage.
If you’re interested in attending next year, Nihongo contest is held annually, at the end of March.
To learn more about Japanese language programs, check out the website for the Consular Office of Japan, http://www.anchorage.us.emb-japan.go.jp or find them on Facebook- JapanConsAk.
Drive-through coffee is an Alaskan innovation that has rocked the US nation. Bringing new heights of coffee enjoyment, by introducing cold brew and many other great espresso drinks, while providing great customer service, has definitely earned Caffé D’arte the honor of being one of the top businesses in the country in 2018. Owned and operated by Lori Brewer and Bob Brewer.
Now, Caffe D’arte has opened a shop in the “N” concourse at the Seattle-Tacoma, Washington airport. So, after you get off the red-eye flight from Anchorage to Seattle, you can stop in at a local coffee shop with a reputation for providing very good coffee, and, support a good Alaskan business. Caffé D’arte in Washington is a opportunity to show the many world travelers just what Alaskan entrepreneurship can deliver. Right now, Caffé D’arte is having a contest on Facebook. If you take a selfie in front of the Caffé D’arte stand there in Seattle, and post it on the Facebook page, you could be eligible to win one of a number of gift cards, totaling $200.
Another new item that Caffé D’arte is offering, white coffee. It is a more intense coffee experience with a different flavor, and a free workshop about white coffee is available on March 29th. To reserve a space, call 907-333-3626.
Inside the gym at East High School Team Ketchikan is challenging Team May-Su at floor hockey, sponsored by ESPN. People who lined the balconies over the Dimond Center ice-skating rink cheered on the skaters as they finish their performances. If you love the joys of the Olympics, you will enjoy the Special Olympic events that are in Anchorage this weekend. Sunday is the final day to check out the sporting events of the Special Olympics that honors the special people and the joy that they receive, and give, as they participate in their sports. These Olympians work hard to train for these events, and they are supported by talented people who give up themselves like certified Special Olympics coach Anna Durham,. To see the sports that remain and their times, and the time for the closing ceremonies on Sunday the 10th, tomorrow, go to http://www.specialolympicsalaska.org
White lacy wedding gowns weren’t the only thing to be seen at the Arctic Rec Center today, during the 3rd annual Wedding Expo, in midtown Anchorage. Vendors filled half the room, The other half arranged to view a fashion show of beautiful wedding gowns for that special moment. Vendors had products and services from essential oils for a better happier you, to providing wedding reception decoration and entertainment. One of the vendors, Lacey Brooke’s and her housecleaning service, The Inside-Out Shop, has fun participating .The Expo creator Bethanee Frank puts on this event through her company Kreative Mind Events, which cane be found on Instagram and Facebook, to support people as they embark on the journey of celebrating being in a family.
Beautiful handmade artistic bowls, many smiles, the taste of good soup, all of those (and more) were the experience today at the Dena’Ina Center in downtown Anchorage Alaska. Bean’s Cafe hosted the 25th annual “Empty Bowl Project”. The ground floor of the Dena’Ina Center was filled with people at tables around the room, some sat eating corn bread and homemade soup. Others in the room surrounded the several tables of brightly colored handmade bowls. There were also several rows of items for silent auction placed around the room. Volunteers waited tables providing soup cornbread and beverages drinks. Volunteers varied from anybody‘s next-door neighbor, to Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer. “ it’s good that we have groups and organizations like this helping all citizens in the community.” The Lt. Gov. served soup today. “We don’t want anybody to go hungry. Whether you’re a small kid, or your elderly.” Funds raised from this event benefit Bean’s Cafe Dena’Ina Center and The Children’s Lunchbox, to feed the homeless and raise awareness of local poverty needs. Opportunity to buy an artfully crafted bowl will have to wait until next year, but if anyone is interested in supporting Bean’s Cafe and The Children’s Lunchbox programs, locally handmade dry soup is available for purchase. Conoco Phillips was the presenting sponsor at today’s event. To see the other sponsors and learn more go to http://beanscafe.org.
The Arctic Recreation Center was host to the third annual Black Business Expo, which focuses on African-American business, while promoting diversity of small business ownership, and gaining support in that community. Keynote speakers have come from other cities and countries, like Dante Lee, who came from Mexico, to encourage support for business in a city with an incredible amount of diversity. To promote the American dream of success beyond being a wage earner in a larger corporate environment. Many people come to America specifically to experience that success and the business expo is geared to showcase and provide help to people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, who are looking to enjoy the American dream.
Today’s the day we have set aside to honor Martin Luther King, and others, who lived and promoted a dream, where people can get along in an equal and loving society. Yesterday, as reported by Anchorage Good News, West High school was the location for the commemoration of Dr. King. The video presented here, is the speech of Rev. Dr. Alonzo B Patterson, Jr.,. Pastor Emeritus, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, here in Anchorage. He is the Past-President of the MLK foundation of Alaska, and Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance. His speech is such a compelling call to Anchorage, to think about being a part of a community that we love and get along with each other. Also, that we can be a community example to the rest of the world.
“Let it ring.” That is how the people of Anchorage commemorated the life of Martin Luther King Jr. at the auditorium at West high school today. The ceremony, organized by the MLK Foundation of Alaska, was filled with joy, enthusiasm, exhilaration for goals already achieved, and for the hope that even more advancements in greater American race relations, will be achieved in the near future. Heart-lifting songs performed by the MLK Community -Wide choir, peppered the calls to action to celebrate the day, celebrate the ideas, and the person who inspires us even now to continue to promote the idea of equality, with love and peace. Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz was among the speakers to reminded people its about doing too. “Trying, try to do what Dr. King encouraged us to do.”
Alaska State Senator Elvi Gray-Jackson was invited to the podium to celebrate and and encouraged others to believe in their dreams. Also in attendance, another recently elected Alaska State Senator, Scott Kawasaki from Fairbanks.
The way to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on the 21st, according to Pastor Leon D. May of the River in the Desert Community Church, is to get out be of good service to others.