Somos Amigos has a Dia De Los Muertos day. Sharing culture and love is alive and well in Anchorage.
The Peruvian born Spanish teacher wore a satin Minnie Mouse costume, as we talked in one of the classrooms at Somos Amigos, about the upcoming Day of the Dead, El Dia De Los Muertos. Halloween is still two days away, but people have been parading around town in costumes, since Thursday night. “During this celebration, the day of the dead,” Denise Otaegui, director of youth and adult education programs, said of her students, “they see the value of family.”
Skulls are the most visible decoration for this holiday with Spanish Catholic and Mesoamerican heritage, and people who don’t know the practice might think this event is about fear. It’s not. It’s about kindly remembering the people in your family, once a year. Last year, news spoke with Juan Castaño, a 22-year old dance entrepreneur, about this Mexican festivity.
“Dia de Muertos is very powerful, because you feel peace and a beautiful experience remembering someone and celebrating what they did and who they were.”
Somos Amigos Spanish Immersion School is offering a place to for people celebrate the memories of their deceased loved ones , October 31, from 4-5:30pm.
There’s a good reason for every season, and dressing up in a costume and scavenging for candy brings out the child in every one. Originally starting as a Celtic Druid religious holiday over 2000 years ago, most Americans use the holiday as a time to party, and eat sugar. This year, the observed day for Halloween, October 31st, falls in the middle of the week, and many community events were scheduled the weekend before. Nightly parties at local bars and daytime trick or treating. Today’s event, Trick Or Treat Street, from noon until 4pm, gave Anchorage residents and visitors a chance to parade around downtown in a colorful costumes, play games, share candy and smile. The Town square was host to games and delightful performances, including the Underground Hip Hop Dance Company, to give happiness to the Anchorage community.
The University of Alaska Anchorage was ground zero today for a debate, discourse, and discussion about the importance of free speech and growing a free society. The recital hall in the Fine Arts Building resounded with lively talk about passionate subjects, including hate speech. Several members of the Seawolves Debate Team were present on stage, and in the audience, to argue both sides of a rational conversation about regulating speech to create a better environment for a free society. This forum was live-streamed for viewing at other UA campuses around the state.
Guest speaker Erwin Chemerinsky, legal scholar, professor and author, is generally regarded as an authoritative voice on legal matters of free speech. Chemerinsky considers it worth his time, in his busy and responsible schedule as Dean of Law School for the University of California Berkley School of Law, to educate people about what is Free Speech. One of his latest books is titled, Free Speech On Campus, published in 2017.
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There are many reasons to party at the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, sponsored, in part by the American Cancer Society. The Delaney Park Strip comes to life to celebrate the many survivors who stand firm to declare victory over a powerful illness. The color pink has long been associated with the female, so the Making Strides Walk is a sea of pink, embracing the power of women and science to save lives. Although predominantly a women’s illness, men have been facing Mestatic Cancer in recent years. Events like this one in Anchorage are good opportunity for community support, fundraising and raising of awareness. Being able to diagnose the symptoms of cancer and treat it early have been successful to save lives, which is what The American Cancer Society is all about.
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Anchorage has an annual event starting on the Delaney park strip, near the corner of 10th and P Street, that promotes a good heart. The Anchorage Heart Walk Sponsored by the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association and other local sponsors, encourages people of the community to get out walk for a healthy heart. Participants signup and have opportunity to go tent to tent, gathering up free items like bags and caps, before the walk starts. Survivors of a heart attack or stroke are given red hats. Walkers wind their way on a 5k course, around the downtown area and onto the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, enjoying the day and fun with other people. This year, Aliy Zerkle, winner of the Yukon Quest sled dog race in 2000, and a participant in the Iditarod, helped kickoff the start. This event is also an opportunity to raise awareness of prevention of heart related conditions and to raise funds in support of the AHA and ASA. If you are interested in walking, or sponsoring next year’s event, check out this website.
To learn more about Aliy Zerkle and the Iditarod, here is this website.
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One can go to a monument of Martin Luther King Jr. in Anchorage. It seems kind of out of place, since Dr. King spent his life withstanding the injustice of segregation in the Southern states toward the eastern part of the United States. Many people from around the world travel to Atlanta, Georgia to visit the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park to remember the life of a good man. Yet, the wall of remembrance in Alaska, faces west, toward L Street at the Delaney park strip in downtown Anchorage. In the history of the growing US, going west brings to mind ideas of growth, a blossoming nation, and the last frontier. The fight to end slavery in America is one of the last last frontiers in the growth of the principles of freedom for all people. Just a William Wilberforce dedicated his life to serve the Lord and end slavery in England during the 18th century, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his life to stand against the same mindset of oppression, so that today we may better live in freedom. These monuments are here that we think about what it means to be a free and the power of a force for good.
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I cheered when I saw the familiar blue and white Alaska USA sign on the Fry’s grocery store in Phoenix. Fry’s is a part of the Kroger family in Arizona, sister stores to the Fred Meyer in Alaska. Traveling and banking can be a mess. The good news is, if you’re a snowbird heading to the wild southwest desert region, you don’t have to use shared banking. Yes! The feel of the branch nestled in an air conditioned building, is just like being home in Anchorage. Friendly, courteous people behind the counter ready to help at one of the 8 branches, including Scottsdale. When I passed my Alaska ID across the counter, the tellers could understand why I was so happy. They made me feel at home.
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DeBarr and Boniface is home to Caffè D’arte, locally owned and operated in Anchorage for 25 years.
At Northern Lights and Artic, Rush local drive-thru coffee and food stand.
NOTE: Anchorage Good News reporter is traveling outside of Alaska. There were two previous posts, September 1st and August 25th, that we’re made directly to Anchorage Good News website, at anchoragegoodnewscom.
One of Anchorage’s best local businesses is locally roasted coffee, with great customer service that has been a part of this community for 25 years. And, the fabulous drive-thru coffee service, used by large coffee franchises, was developed by the best coffee business in Anchorage, Caffe D’arte. Owned and operated by Lori Brewer, and celebrated as one of the top small businesses in the country. To learn more about Caffe D’arte go to their Facebook page.
Outside of Anchorage, local entrepreneurs are also passionate about providing good local coffee, good service, and promoting local community. Like Kristin Frey, owner of Union Coffee at the corner of 67th Avenue and Thunderbird in Peoria, Arizona. It is one of the communities that make up the greater Phoenix area. It is hard to find local coffee coffee shops in this “franchise land”, but like any treasure hunt, it pays off. They are currently open six days a week. If you are in Phoenix and want to enjoy a good local coffee business, check them out. You can also learn more about them out on the web at unioncoffeecompany.com
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A metal sheep watches over the Las Vegas Strip, on West Russell Road and Las Vegas Hwy, Nevada
A metal salmon spawns interest at the William Jack Henandez Sport Fish Hatchery on Reeve Blvd and Post Road, Anchorage, Alaska
It may sound silly to have art be a part of construction, but these eye-catching statues remind us of the natural beauty of the area. Whether it is for a landmark for fish hatchery, or simply art on an overpass, cities in states from Alaska to Nebraska, participate in the 1% for Art Program. Anchorage has been requiring “1% of the construction budget for public buildings for commissioned works of art” since 1978, to promote local art and artists. Seattle began in 1973, New York in 1982, according to Caterpicklers. Although not found on the list of 28 states and territories on the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies website, Nevada has plenty of art scattered around the blossoming city of Las Vegas. Drawings of local wildlife, flora, and people etched into overpasses, and statues of horses, birds, and sheep line the streets.
Do you know how many different animals are represented around Anchorage? And, if you go see the metal fish at the hatchery, go inside and learn more about the fish. To see the the visiting hours check out their website. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSportStockingHatcheryInfo.williamjackhernandez