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
It’s a whole new season of getting into that down dog position. The Studio, brought to you by the Alaska Club, has opened another free season of yoga downtown at the Delaney Park strip. Wednesday nights from. Ow until August, 6 o’clock until 7 o’clock crowds of people gather together to do yoga, between ninth and 10th at I Street. There are are dogs that come to do yoga on the park strip. Yoga is an exercise that involves the mind and the body, to be able to move in a way that allows you to reduce stress, and stretch to increase the good feelings of your body. The yoga event downtown has been going on for I don’t know how many years, and offers a free yoga experience for all who are willing to come downtown and see if yoga fits into your lifestyle. With everything that is going on in the community, yoga is a very good thing for people to try and engage with. With Yoga in the Park, you will be able to hook into an exercise that’s not stressful, that will help you grow as a person, and blossom, by moves that stretch the body and confidence. Bring a mat, you can get some water, and a chance to enter a free drawing for more yoga. A regular sponsor of this event is radio Magic 98.9. This week’s event was supported by a local company called, Fossil Fuel, a healthy donut, for a healthier choice.
Today was Anchorage’s Relay For Life with the American Cancer Society. A chance for people to get out and support other people in the community that are surviving in their challenges with cancer. This year the event was held at Begich Middle School, in East Anchorage. Sponsored by Providence Hospital, the local Fred Meyer stores, Home Depot, and other local businesses, this is the chance to get out, enjoy the day being with other people, and fundraising to help the American Cancer Society meet the needs of the community. The local Cancer Society is located at Providence Hospital. The Director of the Cancer Center at Providence, Betsy Baldwin, has been in the administration side of hospitals for more than 30 years. Her own personal experience surviving cancer here in Alaska, she confidently chose to stay in Anchorage to receive her care at Providence, instead of going to someplace like Seattle. Continuing on in her work, Betsy says that she is confident that Providence Hospital has provided good care to cancer patients, and her personal experience has helped her become more sensitive to the needs of Providence cancer patients.
Bicyclists toured the “stations” along C Street this morning as part of Bike To Work Day. Local businesses, ASRC Engineering , Dowl Engineering, CRW Engineering, Alaska Sand & Gravel, and the local Dish Network provider, among others, put out tables, with snacks & water for bicyclists to stop and refresh themselves. And GCI, replaced its local marketing on their electronic marquee, to wish bicyclists a happy day of biking. To see more “stations”, see Anchorage Good News on Facebook. To see an interview with Andrea Perezgao with Dish Network, see this author’s LinkedIn page.
Please give these local bicyclists a brake this evening during rush hour. They have to bike home also.
The Anchorage Chapter of & Alaska Affiliate of the National Federation For The Blind had a “A Chili Night In February “ fundraiser at the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church. Attendees paid $20 to enjoy a delicious house made chili, choice of onions and other fixings, served with sweet cornbread and a peach crisp. Also, to make the evening fun, more exotic chili was made by three entrants into a taste contest. For $1 a token, put as many tokens into the collection cup to vote for your favorite chili. There was also a guessing contest and a silent auction table. Alaska President For The National Federation of the Blind, Bonnie Lucas, encouraged other blind people to live life with full enjoyment of normal human activities. To explore subjects of the blind see the
Website for the National Federation of the Blind.
Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other age related memory problems can be improved with exercise, music, and mindfulness. That’s this year’s message at the 2019 Brain Olympics at the Anchorage Senior Activities Center. ASAC is a membership activity center, geared for seniors, but offers events for the larger Anchorage community as well. Tim Chinn, massage therapist for the center presented attendees with research information about the power of fitness on the brain, and offered practical application. The study Tim referred to can be found here, UCLA memory research. The event focused on Senior health and interest, but we all age, and societal experience has shown us that preventive medicine, earlier in life, has its rewards. The Wellness and Programs Director, Patrick Curtis, arranged for “mind-games”, with prizes, to be played in between the speakers. The event was free for members of ASAC, and suggested $5 donation for non-members. Brain healthy food was provided by food company. With the exception of last year, this has been an annual event at ASAC, hopefully you can attend next year.
ASAC also offers on a monthly basis, the Brain Cafe. A place to exercise the mind and connect with other people in the community. To learn more about this event, check out anchoragesenioractiviescenter.org.
Correction: ASAC offers the Memory Cafe on a monthly basis.
It’s a cold sunny Sunday morning, at the corner of 10th and M Street a group of people have gathered. All are dressed as Santa, or elf, even the dog. The turn and begin to run down the street but stop to talk to Anchorage Good News.
The existence of domestic violence and sexual abuse doesn’t have to plague our families and society.
Alaska Cares, a service of The Children’s Hospital at Providence in Anchorage, is having a screening of their movie “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & Science of Hope” on Monday, November 5th, at 5:30 pm. The screening is at Bear Tooth TheatrePub, at the corner of Spenard and W. 27th.
Order delicious pizza and other foods, buy a drink and make your self at home while you learn more about how Anchorage and Anchorage families can heal from the trauma we’ve experienced. Alaska Cares provides service to children who have experienced trauma from abuse.
This is not the first time Resilience has been shown. The first screening of Resilience was August 10, 2017 at the 49th State Brewing Company. Subsequent screenings have been at the Bear Tooth TheatrePub.
Though the movie contains a lot of good information about how to change the power of fear and isolation, the panel discussion that takes place afterward is very valuable to our community. One of the panelists is Hillary Walker, a Masters Level Mental Health Therapist at Alaska Cares. The movie is open to the community, $4 is very affordable for many people, and it always sells out. All are welcome, and according to a spokesperson for Providence, especially teachers. Because of the the nature of the job, frequent contact and trusting relationship, to arm teachers with this knowledge could help more families receive healing.
NOTE: Anchorage Good News reporter is traveling outside of Alaska.
There are many reasons to party at the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, sponsored, in part by the American Cancer Society. The Delaney Park Strip comes to life to celebrate the many survivors who stand firm to declare victory over a powerful illness. The color pink has long been associated with the female, so the Making Strides Walk is a sea of pink, embracing the power of women and science to save lives. Although predominantly a women’s illness, men have been facing Mestatic Cancer in recent years. Events like this one in Anchorage are good opportunity for community support, fundraising and raising of awareness. Being able to diagnose the symptoms of cancer and treat it early have been successful to save lives, which is what The American Cancer Society is all about.
Anchorage photos and video: courtesy of FP Canha
Anchorage has an annual event starting on the Delaney park strip, near the corner of 10th and P Street, that promotes a good heart. The Anchorage Heart Walk Sponsored by the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association and other local sponsors, encourages people of the community to get out walk for a healthy heart. Participants signup and have opportunity to go tent to tent, gathering up free items like bags and caps, before the walk starts. Survivors of a heart attack or stroke are given red hats. Walkers wind their way on a 5k course, around the downtown area and onto the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, enjoying the day and fun with other people. This year, Aliy Zerkle, winner of the Yukon Quest sled dog race in 2000, and a participant in the Iditarod, helped kickoff the start. This event is also an opportunity to raise awareness of prevention of heart related conditions and to raise funds in support of the AHA and ASA. If you are interested in walking, or sponsoring next year’s event, check out this website.
To learn more about Aliy Zerkle and the Iditarod, here is this website.
Anchorage photo and footage courtesy of FP Canha