True to the Alaskan experience, it was snowing in the morning hours before the ribbon cutting at the new Raising Cane‘s Chicken Fingers restaurant that has opened at the Tikahtnu Commons, today. People arrived as early as 6:30 AM, to be one of the first hundred people in the store to receive a free T-shirt with their first purchase. There were chances to win items like lanyards and sunglasses, on a spinning wheel-of-fortune, and a raffle to be one of 20 people to receive raising canes chicken fingers once a week for a year. There were also donations presented to Alaska Food Bank and Bartlett High School on behalf of Raising Cane‘s, to express their level of commitment to do good in the community. The crowd got happier when the store opened 10 minutes minutes early because they finished their ceremony early, and decided to let the people in, instead of making them wait in the cold.
If you’re interested in getting out and enjoying watching athletes having fun and smiling along with many supportive people around them, then you want to go see the 2019 Alaska Special Olympics this weekend in Anchorage. East high school is one of the venues to the Special Olympic sports, like snowshoeing. Many of the athletes have attended the Olympics several times, like Alexis Lewis, a Fairbanks Olympian, who is enjoying her 10th Olympics. Joining a well-known local Alaskan radio voice as the Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies emcees, is special Olympian Jonathan Tucker, participating in his 15th Special Olympics. To see the schedule for the special Olympics events go online to http://www.specialolympicsalaska.org
We’ve been getting ice fog, fog, and snow, and the cold air has been turning the radiant light into hanging light pillars in the night sky. The temperature is in the low teens, the sun shines brightly… never seen this before. I’m wondering, what creates this illusion? Not sure what to call it, but it sure is cool to look at.
Imagine driving down the city street, suddenly to the side, a 7 foot tall moose is standing calmly, grazing off of a nearby tree. It is not charging, it is just standing there, chewing food, watching traffic go by. That’s one of the good things about living in Anchorage, we get to share this area with some very interesting wildlife. Just need to be careful when we’re around them. Give them respect and we can be good neighbors.
Alaska is synonymous with snow, and since the earthquake on November 30, 2018, the increasing snowfall invites children, and those getting in touch with their inner child,, to discover the joy of sledding. In Anchorage, and beyond, to Eagle River and Chugiak, an array of brightly colored plastic sleds, toboggans, and inner tubes dot the white hills, as thrill seekers hit the slopes for their own reasons.
For Grayson Laffen, a new comer to Alaska, it was a pleasant distraction. “And then, the big earthquake came out of nowhere. But then, we got a ton of snow.” Grayson smiles, “So, I went sledding to get my mind off of it.“
Savannah Meriman rests at the top of the hill. “It is a good way to get excer, exercise, by walking up a hill.”
Matt Kenny and his family happily share the joy of sledding by offering a space on a sled destined for the bottom of the hill. (See more of Kenny on Facebook – Anchorage Good News)
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.”
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