It’s the first Friday of the year, and people are out enjoying local artists in Anchorage in the warmth of ,oval business. The first Friday of each month, local artists show their work and encourage the residents of Anchorage to get out and enjoy the community around them. Like longtime Alaskan artist, Taylor Buxton displaying at the Cafe Darte coffee shop at King Street and Dimond. Taylor shares his vision of Alaska, “There’s a lot of things about our area that are very unique to the world.” Artist Heidi Kroll, who is showing this month, at the SSP studio and gallery at Tudor and Lake Otis, definitely sees the good of First Fridays. Heidi contrasts the human interactions at these events, to posting photos online, “You get a chance to tell the story behind the photo.”. And, as this article is being prepared and posted, Live R&B performers are at LED, on the corner of 6th and I Street. For more information check the anchorage visitor center website at www.anchorage.net.
Alaska is synonymous with snow, and since the earthquake on November 30, 2018, the increasing snowfall invites children, and those getting in touch with their inner child,, to discover the joy of sledding. In Anchorage, and beyond, to Eagle River and Chugiak, an array of brightly colored plastic sleds, toboggans, and inner tubes dot the white hills, as thrill seekers hit the slopes for their own reasons.
For Grayson Laffen, a new comer to Alaska, it was a pleasant distraction. “And then, the big earthquake came out of nowhere. But then, we got a ton of snow.” Grayson smiles, “So, I went sledding to get my mind off of it.“
Savannah Meriman rests at the top of the hill. “It is a good way to get excer, exercise, by walking up a hill.”
Matt Kenny and his family happily share the joy of sledding by offering a space on a sled destined for the bottom of the hill. (See more of Kenny on Facebook – Anchorage Good News)
It’s a cold sunny Sunday morning, at the corner of 10th and M Street a group of people have gathered. All are dressed as Santa, or elf, even the dog. The turn and begin to run down the street but stop to talk to Anchorage Good News.
Putting up Christmas decorations and looking at Christmas lights is part of the joy of the tradition of Christmas. And, a way of making Christmas fun while living in Anchorage. Anchorage Good News would like to thank the families all over Anchorage for being so good to your community. Merry Christmas!
Colorfully dressed runners make their way around the west side of downtown every week, for exercise, friendship, and beer. From December 11th to the 18th, runners are getting out to give to others.
According to Aimee Chauvot Project Manager for Skinny Raven Sports,
“Skinny Raven Sports hosts a weekly pub run, starting at our downtown store and ending at a local bar and restaurant nearly every Tuesday of the year. This month we’re focusing on helping our community have a happy holiday by hosting a Toy and Towel Drive to benefit Catholic Social Services Alaska. Aimee Chauvot Project Manager for Skinny Raven Sports
“Anyone can support the Toy and Towel Drive – community members are encouraged to bring unwrapped toys and towels for collection to our downtown store by 6:30 PM on Tuesday December 18.”
People love to get together and enjoy food with each other, that’s the best part of Thanksgiving, and The University of Alaska Anchorage wants to share this with you! If you need a place to be with other people for Thanksgiving, you are welcome to go over to Gorsuch Commons at the UAA campus between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm, Thursday, November 22, 2018. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TODAY, on Wednesday the 21st,in the morning into the afternoon to help set up the event. To volunteer, see Facebook Anchorage Good News, and Twitter, @AlaskaJuls for the interview on exact information on how to sign up. Facebook event
If you want to share a thanksgiving meal tonight, the Anchorage Baptist Temple, on Northern Lights, is open for dinner, Wednesday the 21st, at 6:30 pm.
NOTE: This event occurred November 15, 2018.
The Church of Love, in Spenard, was filled with balloons, flowers, a variety of people of all ages, to celebrate Neighborhood Heroes. The celebration was for graduates of a weeks long Set Up Shop, a program to grow successful local startups, a program sponsored by the Anchorage Community Land Trust (ACLT). Kirk Rose, CEO of ACLT, presented to the happy audience of family members and supportive community members the graduates of the mentoring program that helps grow successful entrepreneurs from disadvantaged situations. Tasha Webster, Anchorage Artist & Entrepreneur, also graduate of Set Up Shop, helped present the newest additions to the local Anchorage business community. Marie Aponte is one of the graduates for 2018, with her food truck Aponte’s Dominican Cuisine. See more of Maria on our Facebook page, hear from the owner of The Writier’s Block on our Twitter page @AlaskaJuls.
Your business idea has a better chance of survival, even success, by joining a community of local business people. Startup Week, November 12-17, is an agenda of daily workshops, meet-n-greets, and discussion about what it takes to make a successful business. There are events around the state in places like Fairbanks, Juneau, and Anchorage. In Anchorage all week long, the Small Business Development Center is open for people to get advice. On Monday the 12th, The Center for Economic Development opened up time to help entrepreneurs with specific ideas of what to do next. Today, Joe Morrison with 49th State Angel Fund, helped develop pitching ability through fun, simple mental exercises. Tomorrow, there is a networking event at the Anchorage Museum. The schedule includes showcasing local businesses who want to share what they have learned, to increase the business community for a more diverse, stronger, local economy. One of the organizers for Startup Week is Ayla Rogers is cofounder of Pandere Shoes, who provides a solution to many people whose feet need something more than an average shoe. She is also owner operator of Buyers Real Estate. The majority of events are free and open to the public. There is a complete schedule online at Startup Week.
See the article with links at anchoragegoodnews.com.
See a local small business person’s experience with the Small Business Development Center on Facebook – Anchorage Good News.
You’ve got a really good business idea, but you don’t know how to make a business plan, or be an instant successful entrepreneur. Alaska Startups Weekend offers opportunity for accomplishing your idea by brainstorming and working with others, and then learn how to pitch the business idea to investors. Experienced business innovators Jacqueline Summers, University of Alaska Anchorage Business Enterprise Institute, and Ky Holland, Technology Commercialization Officer At University of Alaska Fairbanks, have organized the event and are present to engage with attendees. This year’s facilitator is a former Navy soldier, living in Los Angeles, who goes by “T”. Alaska Startups “is a community for innovators, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and general rabble-rousers.
Sponsored by Techstars, The Weekend, going on right now at the Alaska Experience Theater, is an intensive workshop that preludes the Alaska Startup Week, November 12-16. There are many classes and some social mixers to rub elbows with business-minded people. Some events are free, some have a ticket price. The schedule and price information is available online. Tickets are available to see the Business idea pitches developed during the weekend, presented at Williwaw on Sunday the 11th, at 5pm.
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The existence of domestic violence and sexual abuse doesn’t have to plague our families and society.
Alaska Cares, a service of The Children’s Hospital at Providence in Anchorage, is having a screening of their movie “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & Science of Hope” on Monday, November 5th, at 5:30 pm. The screening is at Bear Tooth TheatrePub, at the corner of Spenard and W. 27th.
Order delicious pizza and other foods, buy a drink and make your self at home while you learn more about how Anchorage and Anchorage families can heal from the trauma we’ve experienced. Alaska Cares provides service to children who have experienced trauma from abuse.
This is not the first time Resilience has been shown. The first screening of Resilience was August 10, 2017 at the 49th State Brewing Company. Subsequent screenings have been at the Bear Tooth TheatrePub.
Though the movie contains a lot of good information about how to change the power of fear and isolation, the panel discussion that takes place afterward is very valuable to our community. One of the panelists is Hillary Walker, a Masters Level Mental Health Therapist at Alaska Cares. The movie is open to the community, $4 is very affordable for many people, and it always sells out. All are welcome, and according to a spokesperson for Providence, especially teachers. Because of the the nature of the job, frequent contact and trusting relationship, to arm teachers with this knowledge could help more families receive healing.