You know the Scottish Highland Games are close at hand, when the sound of bagpipes can be heard around the city. Anchorage Good News heard Ian white, Jim Bohannon, and Bob White, members of the Crow Creek Pipes & Drums bagpipe band, practicing around the Rosegarden at the Delaney park strip. Ian explained that the reason they were together, was to practice for a competition being held this Friday, the 28th, at the Loussac library starting at noon. The Trio event, is one of the events that will be kicking off the 38th annual Alaska Scottish Highland Games, that are being held in the Palmer fairgrounds on Saturday, June 29th. To learn more about all this weekend’s events go to Alaska Scottish Highland Games
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.
Think of what a Special Olympian is. Enthusiastic and easy to love fellowship, between people playing sports. Just inside of the front door at Special Olympics facility in Mountain View, a big sign reads, “Changing the world is a contact sport”. Today, Special Olympics Alaska is celebrating 50 years of creating an environment where being special means, you’re included. Winning is a huge part of sports, but the Special Olympics oath of participating players reminds all that winning is a goal, but having fun is more important. Being accepted, encouraged, and supported is important and Special Olympics dedicated volunteers do a good job of providing that environment to people with disabilities.
The 2019 Summer Games are being held at Dimond High School, in the several gymnasiums. While checking out the basketball, powerlifting, swimming, and field and track, a young lady with a pretty pink sash and a tiara came in to Anchorage Good News view. Her name is Daiquiri Wright, and she is the 2019 Teen Alaska Miss Amazing. It is a title offered up two ladies with disabilities between the ages of 8 and 36. It is not a part of the Special Olympics program, but Daiquiri was there in her role as Miss Amazing, to provide community support for the Olympians. She herself is a special Olympian, but did not participate so that she happily fulfill her Amazing duties. Check out her interview on Anchorage Good News Facebook.
See the interview with Geoff Lundfeld, CEO of Alaska USA, and board member of Special Olympics Alaska, on this author’s LinkedIn page
Special Olympics Alaska summer games got off to an exuberant start as usual. Special Olympians around the state of Alaska, from Juneau to Fairbanks, to the Central Peninsula and Anchorage, streamed in to the auditorium at East high school tonight to party before the challenge. Special Olympics in Alaska is also celebrating its 50th year of providing Olympic opportunities to special people of this state. This evening’s special guest speaker was Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy, who said he was “impressed” by the level of commitment these athletes show. The majority of the weekend events is at Dimond High School. To see the schedule for the Special Olympics this weekend go to their website Alaska Special Olympics
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
Today was the day that the Anchorage Senior Activities Center, in conjunction with, Ninetta Regalado, a local resident who makes parties for seniors in Anchorage who feel isolated because they only speak Spanish. There were about two dozen Hispanic rooted peoples in the room. Mexico was predominant, but there was a woman from Peru, and another woman from Chile. As a way of introducing people to each other, they played a game to say you name, where they came from, what they like to do. When it came to answering the question of what people like to do, the most common thing was, to dance. It is the word, Bailar.
May is the international month of Mother’s Day, and was part of the reason for the gathering. To be able to celebrate a holiday with peoples of shared culture.
There were children dancers who came to entertain the group. They are called, Team Uatzi. Uatzi In Mexico, means “niños”. The moms of the group teach their children to appreciate the roots of the country that they came from prior to moving to the United States. Some of the children are first and second generation Americans, and they love learning about the culture of their family.
There are plans to do this again.
The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce has ribbon cutting, for Sears. Tables of local businesses, line the front of the new Sears Home & Life store, welcoming them to the neighborhood.
“I grew up here in town and Sears was, like, the only department store, growing up here.” says Jason Ellis, owner of Mo’s Deli.
When Sears left Anchorage over a year and a half ago, people were not happy. But, if you love Sears, you got a reason to get happy, because they’re back.
Sears Home & Life, located on Dimond Boulevard, close to the intersection of Old Seward highway, has a very narrow line of products. Kenmore washers, dryers, refrigerators, and many other household appliances, fill the store. They sell vacuum cleaners also, and the belts, bags, and pieces to go with. Which is great! Just run down the street, to the local Sears Home & Life. Active Service contracts for Kenmore appliances are honored at this store. They are open every day at 10 am. For the grand opening there is a raffle for some SEARS appliances.
To learn more about the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce go to https://www.anchoragechamber.org/ @anchoragechamber
The video is long, but worth it.
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.