The Arctic Recreation Center was host to the third annual Black Business Expo, which focuses on African-American business, while promoting diversity of small business ownership, and gaining support in that community. Keynote speakers have come from other cities and countries, like Dante Lee, who came from Mexico, to encourage support for business in a city with an incredible amount of diversity. To promote the American dream of success beyond being a wage earner in a larger corporate environment. Many people come to America specifically to experience that success and the business expo is geared to showcase and provide help to people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, who are looking to enjoy the American dream.
Melissa Biggs, Education Coordinator for the Alaska Seale Center talks about the new campaign to encourage Anchorage consumers to think about reducing the amount of single use plastic items. For this campaign, engages receive a metal straw with a cleaning brush.
Today’s the day we have set aside to honor Martin Luther King, and others, who lived and promoted a dream, where people can get along in an equal and loving society. Yesterday, as reported by Anchorage Good News, West High school was the location for the commemoration of Dr. King. The video presented here, is the speech of Rev. Dr. Alonzo B Patterson, Jr.,. Pastor Emeritus, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, here in Anchorage. He is the Past-President of the MLK foundation of Alaska, and Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance. His speech is such a compelling call to Anchorage, to think about being a part of a community that we love and get along with each other. Also, that we can be a community example to the rest of the world.
“Let it ring.” That is how the people of Anchorage commemorated the life of Martin Luther King Jr. at the auditorium at West high school today. The ceremony, organized by the MLK Foundation of Alaska, was filled with joy, enthusiasm, exhilaration for goals already achieved, and for the hope that even more advancements in greater American race relations, will be achieved in the near future. Heart-lifting songs performed by the MLK Community -Wide choir, peppered the calls to action to celebrate the day, celebrate the ideas, and the person who inspires us even now to continue to promote the idea of equality, with love and peace. Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz was among the speakers to reminded people its about doing too. “Trying, try to do what Dr. King encouraged us to do.”
Alaska State Senator Elvi Gray-Jackson was invited to the podium to celebrate and and encouraged others to believe in their dreams. Also in attendance, another recently elected Alaska State Senator, Scott Kawasaki from Fairbanks.
The way to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on the 21st, according to Pastor Leon D. May of the River in the Desert Community Church, is to get out be of good service to others.
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.
Nine Star students celebrated their graduation tonight at The Anchorage Museum. Nine Star and CyberLinks, have joined together to provide an education opportunity for those people who need something other than a traditional classroom setting to achieve their careers Tonight’s graduates are also being given the opportunity to receive help because it provides employment service as well. To learn more check out their website at, Nine Star Education & Employment Services https://ninestar.org/
Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other age related memory problems can be improved with exercise, music, and mindfulness. That’s this year’s message at the 2019 Brain Olympics at the Anchorage Senior Activities Center. ASAC is a membership activity center, geared for seniors, but offers events for the larger Anchorage community as well. Tim Chinn, massage therapist for the center presented attendees with research information about the power of fitness on the brain, and offered practical application. The study Tim referred to can be found here, UCLA memory research. The event focused on Senior health and interest, but we all age, and societal experience has shown us that preventive medicine, earlier in life, has its rewards. The Wellness and Programs Director, Patrick Curtis, arranged for “mind-games”, with prizes, to be played in between the speakers. The event was free for members of ASAC, and suggested $5 donation for non-members. Brain healthy food was provided by food company. With the exception of last year, this has been an annual event at ASAC, hopefully you can attend next year.
ASAC also offers on a monthly basis, the Brain Cafe. A place to exercise the mind and connect with other people in the community. To learn more about this event, check out anchoragesenioractiviescenter.org.
Correction: ASAC offers the Memory Cafe on a monthly basis.
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.
The ban of plastic bags in itself is controversial, but the fact that people in Anchorage are being heard by their representatives is a very good thing. John Weddleton Anchorage assembly person and local business owner of Bosco‘s Comics store, gave a presentation at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce about the impact that the plastic bag ban will have on the Anchorage community.
Whether you have concerns about the environment, you have a particular stance on plastic, or you simply just appreciate being able to have your own bag, reusable bags could be very good for the community. Anchorage is joining a larger global movement to reduce plastic consumption.
Assembly person Weddleton, showed that the effect on customers won’t be as dramatic as it will on the businesses here in Anchorage. As it stands, businesses can’t offer free plastic bags starting September 15, 2019. They will also be required to charge an additional 10 cents, for every alternative style of bag, if customers do not have their own bags. The money is not to be turned over to the city in anyway, but to be used by the businessThe additional 10 cents per bag is simply a behavior modifier. To encourage people to provide their own reusable bags.
Assembly person Weddleton described how his business is going to donate the bag fees to support a good cause to be selected by the customers of his store. Turning an uncomfortable situation into an opportunity for good.
If you are not in agreement with this effort, signatures are being collected to put this on the ballot for the people to vote on. They have until Monday the 14th to collect and file the signatures.
“It’s a chance for us to give back to those who may need, you know,” Jennifer Miller says, as she twirls a cellophane sandwich bag full of handmade peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. She finishes with a twist tie. “How good is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? The first United Methodist Church on ninth Avenue, is where Jennifer and other people volunteer to put together sandwiches once a month for The Brother Francis Shelter.
Since 1982, the local Brother Francis Shelter, a program of the local Catholic Social Services organization, on 3rd Ave., provides a place for people to stay, and also a meal, for people who are experiencing homelessness. According to Catholic Social Services, in 2018, it provided a place to stay and meals for 2, 600 men and women without a home. To help out, people here in Anchorage, gladly step up to take care of the need. and get good in return.
Janine Lulay, a volunteer at St. Francis House food pantry, thinks the food is filling a need but she sees more good. “Sometimes, I wonder if we are helping them, or they are giving an opportunity for us to give back.” The food pantry is another CSS program started in 1962, that provides food to local Anchorage residence Who are experiencing food insecurity. Once a month, clients who are in need of an emergency 2-3 day supply of food, can go in to their neatly arranged store and shop.
If your interested in volunteering to make sandwiches on the first Wednesday each month,you can contact the first United Methodist Church Monday through Friday 9 AM to 2 PM at 907–272-2112, or go to the website www.firstumcanchorage.org. To volunteer at the food pantry, their website is www.css.alaska.org and click on the Get Involved tab. If you’re also in need of their programs you will find information there as well.
Thanks to Frank Canha for filming portions.