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
Today was the day that the Anchorage Senior Activities Center, in conjunction with, Ninetta Regalado, a local resident who makes parties for seniors in Anchorage who feel isolated because they only speak Spanish. There were about two dozen Hispanic rooted peoples in the room. Mexico was predominant, but there was a woman from Peru, and another woman from Chile. As a way of introducing people to each other, they played a game to say you name, where they came from, what they like to do. When it came to answering the question of what people like to do, the most common thing was, to dance. It is the word, Bailar.
May is the international month of Mother’s Day, and was part of the reason for the gathering. To be able to celebrate a holiday with peoples of shared culture.
There were children dancers who came to entertain the group. They are called, Team Uatzi. Uatzi In Mexico, means “niños”. The moms of the group teach their children to appreciate the roots of the country that they came from prior to moving to the United States. Some of the children are first and second generation Americans, and they love learning about the culture of their family.
There are plans to do this again.
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