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.
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.