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.
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.
Not only are they gluten-free, but they have no wheat. The bread of Mochileros is made from corn, and topped with unique Guatemalan inspired recipes, with a little American twist, because the owners are Guatemalan Ana Pleitez and American Whit Parker. Mochileros, open Tuesdays 11am – 8pm, is Spanish for “backpackers” in honor of the adventures in backpacking to be enjoyed here in the Anchorage area. Also, I’m sure it’s not coincidental that you don’t need a fork to eat their food. This is number 2, of 6 local chefs, having grand openings at the Gathering AK Café, adjacent to the Anchorage re:MADE store on Old Seward Highway, south of Huffman. You can see photos and their menus on the Facebook: Gathering AK Café.
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)