Inside the gym at East High School Team Ketchikan is challenging Team May-Su at floor hockey, sponsored by ESPN. People who lined the balconies over the Dimond Center ice-skating rink cheered on the skaters as they finish their performances. If you love the joys of the Olympics, you will enjoy the Special Olympic events that are in Anchorage this weekend. Sunday is the final day to check out the sporting events of the Special Olympics that honors the special people and the joy that they receive, and give, as they participate in their sports. These Olympians work hard to train for these events, and they are supported by talented people who give up themselves like certified Special Olympics coach Anna Durham,. To see the sports that remain and their times, and the time for the closing ceremonies on Sunday the 10th, tomorrow, go to http://www.specialolympicsalaska.org
White lacy wedding gowns weren’t the only thing to be seen at the Arctic Rec Center today, during the 3rd annual Wedding Expo, in midtown Anchorage. Vendors filled half the room, The other half arranged to view a fashion show of beautiful wedding gowns for that special moment. Vendors had products and services from essential oils for a better happier you, to providing wedding reception decoration and entertainment. One of the vendors, Lacey Brooke’s and her housecleaning service, The Inside-Out Shop, has fun participating .The Expo creator Bethanee Frank puts on this event through her company Kreative Mind Events, which cane be found on Instagram and Facebook, to support people as they embark on the journey of celebrating being in a family.
Beautiful handmade artistic bowls, many smiles, the taste of good soup, all of those (and more) were the experience today at the Dena’Ina Center in downtown Anchorage Alaska. Bean’s Cafe hosted the 25th annual “Empty Bowl Project”. The ground floor of the Dena’Ina Center was filled with people at tables around the room, some sat eating corn bread and homemade soup. Others in the room surrounded the several tables of brightly colored handmade bowls. There were also several rows of items for silent auction placed around the room. Volunteers waited tables providing soup cornbread and beverages drinks. Volunteers varied from anybody‘s next-door neighbor, to Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer. “ it’s good that we have groups and organizations like this helping all citizens in the community.” The Lt. Gov. served soup today. “We don’t want anybody to go hungry. Whether you’re a small kid, or your elderly.” Funds raised from this event benefit Bean’s Cafe Dena’Ina Center and The Children’s Lunchbox, to feed the homeless and raise awareness of local poverty needs. Opportunity to buy an artfully crafted bowl will have to wait until next year, but if anyone is interested in supporting Bean’s Cafe and The Children’s Lunchbox programs, locally handmade dry soup is available for purchase. Conoco Phillips was the presenting sponsor at today’s event. To see the other sponsors and learn more go to http://beanscafe.org.
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
Children were sitting on the floor playing games people lounging around in chairs, and admiring photos on each other‘s phones at the tables scattered around the Caffé dArté in Kingsrow mall, at Dimond and King Street. It was like being at home on holiday. Everybody hanging around, smiling and laughing. It’s First Friday and all are here to enjoy the art and the company. This month’s local artists are Karen Chase – born in Alaska and an artist for 14 years; and, Jamie Janko – born in Anchorage and passionate for art. Karen’s work showcases the beautiful Alaska landscapes, while Jamie embellishes her art with a unique neon style. Look at it in normal light looks one way, aim a flashlight at it, and you get a different picture. Both artists are very thankful to local establishments like Caffe D’arte to open their doors to show off their art and meet new people.
The Anchorage Chapter of & Alaska Affiliate of the National Federation For The Blind had a “A Chili Night In February “ fundraiser at the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church. Attendees paid $20 to enjoy a delicious house made chili, choice of onions and other fixings, served with sweet cornbread and a peach crisp. Also, to make the evening fun, more exotic chili was made by three entrants into a taste contest. For $1 a token, put as many tokens into the collection cup to vote for your favorite chili. There was also a guessing contest and a silent auction table. Alaska President For The National Federation of the Blind, Bonnie Lucas, encouraged other blind people to live life with full enjoyment of normal human activities. To explore subjects of the blind see the
Website for the National Federation of the Blind.
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.