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.
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.
Putting up Christmas decorations and looking at Christmas lights is part of the joy of the tradition of Christmas. And, a way of making Christmas fun while living in Anchorage. Anchorage Good News would like to thank the families all over Anchorage for being so good to your community. Merry Christmas!
Colorfully dressed runners make their way around the west side of downtown every week, for exercise, friendship, and beer. From December 11th to the 18th, runners are getting out to give to others.
According to Aimee Chauvot Project Manager for Skinny Raven Sports,
“Skinny Raven Sports hosts a weekly pub run, starting at our downtown store and ending at a local bar and restaurant nearly every Tuesday of the year. This month we’re focusing on helping our community have a happy holiday by hosting a Toy and Towel Drive to benefit Catholic Social Services Alaska. Aimee Chauvot Project Manager for Skinny Raven Sports
“Anyone can support the Toy and Towel Drive – community members are encouraged to bring unwrapped toys and towels for collection to our downtown store by 6:30 PM on Tuesday December 18.”
People love to get together and enjoy food with each other, that’s the best part of Thanksgiving, and The University of Alaska Anchorage wants to share this with you! If you need a place to be with other people for Thanksgiving, you are welcome to go over to Gorsuch Commons at the UAA campus between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm, Thursday, November 22, 2018. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TODAY, on Wednesday the 21st,in the morning into the afternoon to help set up the event. To volunteer, see Facebook Anchorage Good News, and Twitter, @AlaskaJuls for the interview on exact information on how to sign up. Facebook event
If you want to share a thanksgiving meal tonight, the Anchorage Baptist Temple, on Northern Lights, is open for dinner, Wednesday the 21st, at 6:30 pm.
There’s a good reason for every season, and dressing up in a costume and scavenging for candy brings out the child in every one. Originally starting as a Celtic Druid religious holiday over 2000 years ago, most Americans use the holiday as a time to party, and eat sugar. This year, the observed day for Halloween, October 31st, falls in the middle of the week, and many community events were scheduled the weekend before. Nightly parties at local bars and daytime trick or treating. Today’s event, Trick Or Treat Street, from noon until 4pm, gave Anchorage residents and visitors a chance to parade around downtown in a colorful costumes, play games, share candy and smile. The Town square was host to games and delightful performances, including the Underground Hip Hop Dance Company, to give happiness to the Anchorage community.