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.
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!