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Creating A Generation that Enjoys Dental Care

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The Munchers

Munch Punch Have your visits “stamped” at each participating merchant, fill out this form and tear the front cover off to place in the Merry Munch gift drawing basket. Drop off your entry by 3p.m. on Saturday, December, 7th at Jitters.

Name:______________________________________________________________ Phone:_____________________________________________________________ Email:______________________________________________________________

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The Alaska Club Alaska Massage Clinic Alaska Therapeutic Massage and Wellness All Seasons Clothing Company Behavior Matters Bella Luca Salon The Book Shelf Century 21 Realty Solutions Greatland Branch Chepos Chugiak Basketball Booster, 9am-4pm Community Covenant Church, 9am-3pm Country Financial, 2pm-6pm Cozy Interiors – FREE pictures with Santa: …Fri Noon – 5PM and Sat 11AM – 3PM Credit Union 1 Eagle River Church of the Nazarene Eagle River Orthodontics Eagle River Printing & Design Eagle River Trustworthy Hardware Eagle Summit Dental Group FNBA (First National Bank Alaska) Gavin Rueb Edward Jones Groomingdales K9 Design Harry J. McDonald Memorial Center Healthwise Care Center Heart to Heart Hi–Res Graphics & Design Jalepeños Jitters Keller Williams AK Group - Eagle River Legacy Dental Arts Lesley’s Cakes LLC. Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union My Network LLC dBa Cricket Wireless Northern Chiropractic, PC, 2pm-6pm Northrim Bank Pizza Man Planet Fitness - ENTER TO WIN an APPLE WATCH Playful Learning Pediatric Therapy Ravenwood Veterinary Clinic RE/MAX Dynamic Properties - Eagle River Residential Mortgage Revive Home Market Rulien + Associates Somer’s Realtors Troy Sayer State Farm Insurance Strong Aesthetics VCA Hospital Vibe Styling Salon and Day Spa Whatnot Consignment Shop

Welcome to the 27th celebration of the Merry Merchant Munch and Winter Wonderland Tree Lighting Ceremony. This is an opportunity to meet and mingle with festive businesses, enjoy some delicious treats, listen to local music, and get a jump-start on holiday shopping. Use the map and Munch Punch to plan your weekend. Be sure to drop your completed Munch Punch passport off at Jitters by 3pm Saturday to be entered into a drawing for some amazing prizes! Merry Merchant Munch participating businesses will be open to munchers Friday and Saturday. Pay careful attention to the map for those select businesses that will only be open Friday or Saturday. The Winter Wonderland Tree Lighting Ceremony will kick-off Friday evening at 5:30pm in the Eagle River Town Square. Choirs from local schools will entertain us while we await the arrival of Santa and his reindeer at 7:00pm. Stop by our sponsor tables for a chat and refreshments. A warming tent will be available for those with colder fingers, noses, or toeses. In this generous season, we encourage you to consider sharing as you are able. The Eagle River Sleeping Lady Lions Tree of Giving is always in need of unwrapped donations. The Eagle River Area Rotary will be collecting donations of nonperishable food items. Please join us to celebrate the season and our community by sharing time, laughter, and good fellowship with our neighbors and friends. As always, the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce is pleased to implement this special seasonal event. It is only made possible with the cooperation and generosity of our local business community, Chamber members, local civic clubs, and our corporate sponsors. As you visit businesses, or see event sponsor representatives (noted throughout this Guide), please take a moment to thank them for their community spirit. Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season, and I look forward to seeing you all at the Merry Merchant Munch and Winter Wonderland Tree Lighting Ceremony. Kelsie Sullivan President, Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce

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At Credit Union 1, we’re proud to help foster thriving, happy communities by always putting people first. We live each and every day with the mission to lead change, uplift others and value people − and we achieve this goal by always lending a hand when you need it most!

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On December 5, our Eagle River Branch is hosting a special #CU1LUV Day celebration from 6:30-8:30pm. Join us for free food and swag, and meet our President/CEO James Wileman.

11544 Business Blvd, Eagle River, AK 99577 On December 5, our Eagle River Branch is hosting

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Welcome to the 2019 Merry Merchant Munch Visit all of our participating merchants on Friday and Saturday, December 6th and December 7 th, 2019 and enjoy the shopping, tasting, décor and music of the season. We want to launch the holiday season by sharing our Chugiak and Eagle River businesses and organizations with YOU! Be sure to have your Merry Merchant MUNCH PUNCH page validated by at least 15 merchants that you visit. Drop your Munch Punch off at Jitters Coffee Shop to be entered to win great prizes! Deadline to enter is Saturday at 3pm. Winners will be notified by email or phone on Monday December 9, 2019. Follow the Chamber at: www.facebook.com/CERChamber. Here’s How the Merchant Munch Works for our Businesses Prizes, Awards, Bragging Rights! Each year, our Merry Merchant Munch participants are challenged to create holiday décor and treats for visitors. The Chamber of Commerce assigns teams of judges to travel from business to business and select favorites in the following categories. Above all, we hope the participating merchants and ‘munchers’ who visit Chugiak and Eagle River during the event have a wonderful holiday experience!

Judging Categories: Hometown Holiday Best Holiday Tree Merriest Merchant Spirit of the Season Tastiest Treats

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Winter Wonderland Events Friday December 6, 2019

Gather at the Eagle River Town Square Park 5:30pm – 8:00pm to enjoy treats and events throughout the evening! Choir Schedule:

5:45 - 6:00 pm . Chugiak Elementary, led by Suzy Spackman 6:05 - 6:20 pm.. Alpenglow Elementary, led by Geep Baranow 6:25 - 6:40 pm.. Firelake Elementary, led by Carrie Rosenberg 6:45 - 7:00 pm.. Homestead Elementary, led by Hannah Johnston 7:15 - 7:30 pm.. Birchwood ABC, led by Caitlin Hopper 7:35 - 7:50 pm.. Ravenwood Elementary, led by Richard Lum Santa Claus & Reindeer Schedule – Thank you, Santa Sponsor, Eagle River Area Rotary Club! 7:00pm.............. Santa Claus & Reindeer Arrive Lighting of the Tree Ceremony (Santa Claus & Bear Paw Royalty) Visit with Santa Claus (Assisted by Eagle River Area Rotary Club, & Bear Paw Royalty)

Participating Merchants of Winter Wonderland 2019

My Network LLC dBa Cricket Wireless

Chugiak Senior Center

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union

Anchorage Women’s Clinic



Pizza Man

Mom’s Club of Eagle River

Chugiak-Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department

Planet Fitness

First Baptist Church

American Cancer Society, Inc.

MEA SLML Jitters

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Winter Wonderland 2019 Friday December 6, 2019 5:30pm - 8:00pm Eagle River Town Square Park

Join the Chugiak Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, Eagle River Parks & Recreation, and Eagle River Area Rotary for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Santa’s arrival! ASD Elementary School Choirs MEA’s Cookie Station Chugiak Eagle River Senior Center Soup Station Enstar Warming Tent MOA Warming barrels MTA Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides Bear Paw Royalty Planet Fitness Sledding Hill Many Local Merchant Tables with warm drinks, treats and more! Santa Clause & Reindeer Arrive around 7:00pm Lighting of the Town Park Tree

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Coconut Sour Cream Cake

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees. Spray a 9x13 pan. ¼ Cup Melted Butter 3 Large Eggs 1 TBSP Fresh Lemon Juice 1 White Cake Mix (18.25 ounces) 1 1/4 Cup Sour Cream, divided 1 Cup Canned Cream of Coconut, divided 1 Can Coconut, reserve a couple of tablespoons for top Combine the first four ingredients, then add 1 cup Sour Cream and ¾ Cup Cream of Coconut. When blended, add the Can of Coconut (reserving a bit for garnish). Blend well and pour into prepared pan. Bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. While the cake bakes, combine the remaining: ¼ Cup Sour Cream ¼ Cup Cream of Coconut Let cake cool for about 15 minutes. Spread the sour cream and cream of coconut over the cake and top with coconut. Return cake to oven for 5 minutes (to toast the coconut).



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Join us Friday!

We want to celebrate Merry Merchant Munch at our new office location with you! Stop by 12812 Old Glenn Hwy., Ste. C-4, for sweet treats, to meet the team and check out our new home.

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Come and celebrate, “mushing through the snow” with Eagle Summit Dental Group. Bring the Family! Have your photo taken with Alaskan Malamutes and sled for a fun wintery picture. Then come in and warm up with cocoa and treats Friday December 6th 4-5:30pm


eagleriverdental.org Dr. Michael Sanders, DMD DICOI • Dr. Michael Fuller, DDS FICOI Alfred M. Land III, DMD • Alfred M. Land IV, DMD

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Hope a happy holiday is in sight. Many thanks. Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Hal, Alan, Jean, Evie & Andrea Eagle Financial Center • 10928 Eagle River Rd #102 694-20/20

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Parker House Rolls

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper 1 1/4-ounce packet active dry yeast 1/2 cup sugar 7 1/2 to 8 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus softened butter for brushing 2 cups whole milk, at room temperature 2 large eggs, at room temperature 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling Bloom yeast first by measuring ½ cup warm water (between 110 and 120 F) into a bowl and sprinkle the yeast over, and adding the sugar. Let sit for a minute or two – you should see it begin to bubble and activate. Gently stir in one cup of flour; set near a warm place. Mix melted butter and milk in a mixer with the hook attachment on low speed. Add eggs and mix, adding the yeast mixture until incorporated. Add 6 ½ cups flour and 1 tablespoon salt, mixing until dough forms a ball, adding up to ½ cup more flour as needed. Brush a large bowl with softened butter and transfer dough, covering it with a towel. Let rise in a warm place, 2 to 2 ½ hours until doubled in volume. Dust a clean flat surface with flour and turn the dough out onto it. Flour hands and gently press the dough into a 16-by-8-inch rectangle, about 1/2 to 3/4-inch-thick (don’t use a rolling pin). With short side in front of you, cut the dough in half lengthwise with a floured knife and then crosswise into 12 strips. Fold each strip of dough in half so the top part slightly overlaps the bottom half, then tuck the overhang underneath. Place the rolls seam-side down on the prepared baking sheet in 3 tightly packed rows. Bake until golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush with softened butter.

Community Covenant Church

Friday, December 6 / 5pm - 9pm Saturday, December 7 / 9am - 3pm Contact marci@communitycovenant.net or call 907.696.5229 for more information

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