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.
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.
This year’s Small Business Administration Veteran-Owned Business of the Year, Bill Dishon, President of Orion Construction Inc. spells it out for people thinking about starting and growing a business of their own. Orion is based in Wasilla, but many of their projects are in Anchorage.
Schedules allowed for Bill, and Sec./Treasurer, Jeff Whaley, to talk to AGN by phone. It’s a first.
Aside from the Small Business Administration logo, provided by the local SBA office, the images for this audio/video article came from the Orion Construction website, including the screenshot of their website.:
Anchorage Federal Building/ US Courthouse Replacement on (6) Penthouse Roofs-Removed and replaced the roofs on (6) penthouses at the Anchorage Federal Building/US Courthouse in Anchorage, Alaska.
Wasilla Pool Improvements-Renovate the existing Wasilla Pool facilities
Bartlett HS Cafeteria and Kitchen Renovation-
Cafeteria and kitchen renovations at Bartlett High School
UAA RAS WIEDNER-
The work consists of demolition of partition walls and new construction, storefront, electrical, mechanical and AV design
Reflections Lake Pedestrian Bridge-Project consisted of constructing a 95-foot pedestrian bridge over Reflections Lake.
Demolish existing components, equipment, structures, and finishes. Install new obstacles. Provide gravel pad at entry of new vault toilet. Demolish existing Vault Toilet and replace with new one.
Congratulations to Bill, and all of the other recipients of this year’s awards.
Ready, Film, and Distribute are the key concepts taught at Anchorage South High School video program. This program is in its sixth year, is an extension of the program in place at Golden View Middle School, for 25 years. In the year-long program at South high school, Lee Butterfield – Teacher of Arts and A/V skills, introduces high school students to the world of video production, which culminates in a school-wide competition. He says that students have the ability to be able to study the craft of filmmaking and broadcasting from the 7th to 12th grade. This year‘s competition attracted 70 submissions from South High students and alumni, with over $10,000 worth of prizes available. Every year the event is a party in the parking lot at the school, open to the public with local food trucks, live music, and carnival games from the local National Guard.
This Friday, May 10, at 2:30 in the afternoon at the Beartooth, King Tech, will be holding its film festival.
Timothy and I walk through the parking lot of the Alaska Native Cultural School, he is spying for a place to pick up trash. He talks about his daughter joining in picking up trash this year. Then, we reminisce about our childhood cleanup experiences. He grew up on the East Coast and I grew up on the West Coast, neither one of us remember any type of citywide cleanup efforts. Anchorage, Alaska truly is a beautiful place, with a lot of good people. Today, we are getting out and showing love for community, just like Anchorage Women’s Clinic volunteers working along the East side of Northern Lights. Please join in today, 2 PM to 6 PM, there are opportunities for food, and to pick up as a group. Cleanup all week long, during this citywide cleanup organized by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. There is free dump access also. Check with the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, online anchoragechamber.org.
The snow is melting, but look at all that trash laying around! People of Anchorage! please come out this week and help clean up the trash. Let’s work together to care for our home, Anchorage, Alaska. The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce has organized a citywide cleanup effort which will kick off Saturday, April 27, 2pm -6pm. There are going to be several locations around Anchorage, including The Lakefront Anchorage, a hotel at Lake Hood, in the Spenard area. Anchorage Waste will be there with supplies to collect trash, along with food, for those participating. Laurel Andrews at Anchorage Waste, pointed out that Picking up litter means reducing water poisoning.
The very first event of the kick off is the “Super Sweeper”, where students, parents, families, and others in the community come together at participating schools to pick up. Like, the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School at 550 Bragaw. Fred Meyer, has distributed bags to the community and has contributed $5000 worth of gift cards to be received for picking up trash. The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce has information regarding this week long event, including tomorrow’s kick off, on their website http://anchoragechamber.org. Detailed information about the locations and participants can be found on Facebook: Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. Post pictures of yourself having fun, with the hashtag, #anccitywidecleanup.
My mouth is salivating as I head over to Alaska Sweet & Savory’s grand opening at the Gathering AK Café. The Café is a part of Anchorage re:MADE’s project “Guest Chef”, to help local people with their dreams of becoming restaurant owners. Today is the sixth and final grand opening at the café. As revealed in a previous article of Anchorage Good News, the word is… the lasagna is “amazing”. Even a customer in the store today, talked about how popular the lasagna is. Unfortunately, I have some dietary restrictions, but that does not deter Shawn Dinkins owner of Alaska Sweet & Savory catering, she has gluten-free and even vegan options. The menu has its regular items, but she also adds a couple of different entrees, like meatloaf, to the menu each week.
Looking back over the last week, in all these different local restaurants, the most important thing to each one of these chefs: customer service. No matter what day I went in, if a customer had a particular need, the chef was there, eager to listen and to provide good food. To see The list of restaurants currently at the café and their menus go to Gathering AK Café on Facebook.
Through the large white flakes falling from the sky, you can see the sign. the red and yellow letters, along side old Seward Highway. Frank Canha is certainly learning a lot from experiences with the Guest Chef program available at Anchorage re:MADE. Another sign, over the door to the café, leads you into the dining room, where red and yellow balloons float above the tables. In the corner stands a table arranged with delicious dessert treats, and a keg of root beer, chilled and ready to go. Frank and coworker/co-owner Dinna Domdom, sport matching baseball cap and polo shirt, emblazoned with Frank’s Bat-B-Que logo. All of these elements, with their interconnected subtleties, is part of what it takes to have a business. Of course, the center being the food. And that’s what Frank and Dinna are focused on today. Frank’s barbecue does have an online website, at franksbarbque.com you can see the menu and photos of the food.
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.