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.
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.
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.
NOTE: Anchorage Good News reporter is traveling outside of Alaska.
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.
Anchorage photos and video: courtesy of FP Canha