Have you read the Old Testament of the Bible and ever got your brain stuck on trying to visualize the dimensions of the temples that are described in the Old Testament? Downtown on the Delaney Park Strip (E Street & 10th) for the past week and continuing for the next two days, there is Messiah’s Mansion. A life-size replica of one of the temples, along with some of its items, for people to see and experience the information in the Holy Bible Pastor Jim John, of the Northside Seventh Day Adventist Church in Anchorage, sponsor of the Messiah‘s Mansion being here in Anchorage for the first time ever, looks at it as a way of helping people connect with stories of the Bible. And ultimately help them draw closer and faith. “As a sponsoring church,“ Pastor Johnson smiles happily, “it has been a joy, to see Anchorage come together. As a community of believers, and, even those who have no faith, or nonbelievers, who are coming in to look at this. “
Today’s the day to see runners racing in Anchorage RunFest 2019. Runners had a cold and blustery send off in downtown Anchorage this morning. The Anchorage Police Department blocked off 6th, around F and G, where the start of the races begin. People were jogging to keep warmed up, others stood in groups, while yet others were inside the Flattop pool and dining bar, where race bibs were being passed out. Anchorage Downtown Partnership tents dotted the Town Square, for volunteers in support of the runners. Helping them receive medical attention and keep track of necessary equipment that gets checked.
This year’s race is dedicated to Tom Coolidge. A long time member of the Anchorage running community, being recognized for the level of commitment and dedication.
To go out and watch the runners along the race routes go to www.anchoragrunfest.org.
Championship quality running festival is happening downtown, this weekend, in Anchorage. Today, runners arrived at the race expo at the Dena’ina Center, to check in and get their bibs and shirts for the races. Anchorage RunFest 2019 is 2 days of races with courses snaking around the city. The Kids race, on the Delaney Park Strip, starts Saturday morning at 9:30. The Anchorage Mile, at 11am. The Military Mile is at 11:40. On Sunday, downtown, 6 races will start in a one hour 15 minute period. The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail will be heavily traveled.
While at the Anchorage RunFest Expo, the public was invited to see vendors and their products that catered to the needs and interests of the running community. One of them was Kat Hubble of Kat’s Epic Trail Bites. A delicious gluten-free option for snacking.
Mitchel Garner, President of the Road Runners Club of America, headquarters is in Arlington, Virginia rates thousands of races across America, and RRCA considers the Anchorage RunFest as championship quality events.
To be a spectator go to the runner information tab at www.anchoragerunfest.org.
Happy people cheered the start of the 21st annual Alaska Walk For Down Syndrome, as they swarmed the West End of Delaney park strip today in their bright yellow shirts. Also know as The Buddy Walk, it is a time for families, friends, and fans, of people that live in Anchorage, that were born with Down syndrome, to enjoy the beautiful weather together and walk around the end of the Delaney park strip between P and N streets, and ninth and 10th Ave. Many people smiled and shared. The idea is to show others that their’s is not a community of “disable” people, but of wonderful joy in knowing these people. Some carrying signs that expressed their love and appreciation, the group was made up largely by those who are a part of the Alaska Down Syndrome Network. Among the walkers was, Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Commissioner, Adam Crum, who walked with his family, including the dog, to enjoy the weather and the smiles.
One of the most unique aspects of the condition – all the people that have Down syndrome have certain facial similarities. Like what family shares. This type of quality, I think, is what helps people who support people with Down syndrome be able to pull together and relate to each other and have a really good sense of comraderie. Events like this, gives these people a chance to share with the larger Anchorage community, the kind of joy and love and appreciation that they have in this extended family feeling, and that the larger community of Anchorage could be able to embrace the kind of love and joy a long with them.
This is an annual event in Anchorage. To learn more, go to their website Alaska Down Syndrome Network
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
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.
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.
For the past three years, Craig Taylor Equipment has hosted a Family Event on the Delaney Park Strip. At G Street between 9th and 10th, this Anchorage business brings in a local band, The Carhart Brothers, to play country music free to anyone who can hear them, and local chefs, like Mochileros, for a unique local flavor, to make going down to the Park Strip, a good time. Craig Taylor Equipment brings out some tractors of varying sizes for people to look at and touch, and learn more about the company who has been in Anchorage for 60+ years. They sponsor other events, locally and around the state, that encourages people to get out, and have fun hanging out together (see LinkedIn post in author’s name for details). To learn more about Craig Taylor Equipment and their events, go to Craig Taylor Equipment
The evening was beautiful and perfect for Skinny Raven’s 13th annual downtown Twilight 12K run and Skinny Mini 6K run. H Street was blocked off by Anchorage’s Police Department, as emcees entertained the crowed with gift cards to give away, and Zumba from the Alaska Club, an event sponsor. The clock counted down and runners, walkers, and a couple of cyclists, made their way from the Skinny Raven store at 8th and H St., down to the Government Hill Bridge(12K), and over to the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, finishing at the west end of the Delaney Park Strip. There, supporters cheered for the runners arrivals and local vendors provided water, and local food trucks were on hand for delicious eats.. There were other booths for give away items, a local photo booth. The beer garden was in the Rose garden. The live music that filled the air, was made by Blackwater Railroad. To learn more about the many other events Skinny Raven will be hosting this summer go to Skinny Raven Sports
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Cut the ribbon and pass the cake! Alaska Facebook personality, and owner of Diamond VIP Services, Bayinna Kerah, helps Anchorage Good News tell the story about networking Alaska style.
Members of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and the Whittier Chamber of Commerce celebrated the newest ship in the Phillips Cruises & Tours fleet, the “Bravest”. The ship was used prior in New York City, in the New York Waterway Fleet, and was one of the first responder ships of the rescue effort on September 11, 2001. The ship has been refitted to accommodate pleasure cruise passengers and was transported, via the Panama Canal, to Victoria, B.C. Canada. Then, piloted to Whittier by the Phillips Cruises & Tours crew.
Part of the party, was getting to know the shop owners along the Whittier business district. So we played a scavenger-hunt BINGO, starting at the harbormasters office at the Whittier Harbor, leading to the Bravest. At places like the Lazy Otter, Swiftwater Seafood Café, and Fee’s Custom Foods, we had to answer questions about Whittier, to earn stickers and make BINGO, to enter for prizes. On board Bravest, partygoers enjoyed food cooked by the crew, opportunity to drink a unique, 21 and over, beverage called, the Glacier Ice Margarita, served in a cool plastic glass, over actual glacier ice.
Phillips has been in business for 61 years. To learn more and enjoy their services, go to Phillips Cruises & Tours If Whittier is too far to drive, Greatland Adventures founder, Steve Busby, partners with Phillips to create a shuttle service from three Anchorage hotels to Whittier. To learn more about them, go to Greatland Adventures#greatlandadventures
Phillips Cruises & Tours also welcomed Whittier’s Mayor to celebrate 50 years with the Whittier Chamber of Commerce. The ship’s captain, Capt. Kyle, Was also celebrating his birthday, and all in attendance sang “happy birthday” to him. See the song on the Facebook Anchorage Good News. To see an interview with the captain who escorted the Bravest here, it is on author’s LinkedIn page.