Make A Scene Magazine July 2020

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Coloring Page Send in your coloring page and you can win a gift card to a local business!

Jane, Age 12

James, Age 8

Shawn, Age 8

Abby, Age 5

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Matanuska Electric Association (MEA) Charitable Foundation Alaska Animal Advocates (907) 841-3173 Alaska Animal Advocates is a non-profit group of dedicated volunteers who are devoted to enriching the lives of companion animals in Alaska. In order to do this, we will place homeless pets in loving environments, address medical concerns, spay or neuter, microchip, vaccinate, and offer training as is needed. We believe that every animal deserves a loving home, for his/her entire life and Alaska Animal Advocates will provide the resources to make this happen. In order to make this mission possible, we need the help of volunteers and foster homes.

Connect Palmer Inc. (907) 746-9675 Connect Palmer is a Christ Centered Training Center and Housing for Women located in downtown Palmer. Connect Palmer’s two primary programs are God’s Work Design, and LIFE Connect. We also have Sarah’s House, which a Safe and Caring place for ladies, without homes, to live while they participate in our back to work and life skills programs. We also offer different community assistant programs, such as The Locker, to provide personal care and basic house hold cleaning items and Scarlet Tapestries which offers basic sewing skills instruction. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

Denali Family Services

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291 East Swanson Ave. Wasilla, AK 907-222-2331 or Denali Family Services provides therapeutic foster care to Alaskan children with mental health needs. If you are committed to working with a team, receiving training and implementing positive interventions to school-age children and teens, we need your talents and skills. We are in search of professional, therapeutic foster parents who are willing to make a commitment to the children of Alaska by providing a stable home environment. For more information, please call or email our Foster Care Recruiter, Ernestina D. Olivares, at 907222-2331 or 907-761-9300 Since 2011, the MEA Charitable Foundation has given grants to fund projects impacting libraries, playgrounds, seniors, veterans, recycling, at-risk youth, and much more. In 2019, MEA Charitable Foundation reached over $1,000,000 in contributions to the community with Operation RoundUp® Program! Organizational grants are capped at $10,000. Please remember to check our website for requirements and submit your completed application — including financials! For meeting and reviewing grants, MEACF operates on a quarterly cycle.

Mat-Su Health Foundation (907) 352-2863 The mission of the Mat-Su Health Foundation is to improve the health and wellness of Alaskans living in the Mat-Su. The tools we use include grantmaking, convening of local partners, and policy change. We have generated significant improvements in systems that support the health of Mat-Su residents in areas such as behavioral health, child welfare, crisis response, community connections, workforce development, transportation, housing, and senior services. Visit to learn about

scholarship and funding opportunities.

Mat-Su Health Services, Inc. (907) 376-2411 Dedicated to improving the health of our community, one person at a time – through affordable medical, dental and behavioral health care.The clinic is a Federally qualified Health Care Center and we accept Medicare, Medicaid, and most other third-party insurances. For those who qualify, there is a sliding scale payment, based on household income. We offer early morning and evening appointments appointment. You can also contact our 24/7 behavioral crisis intervention line by calling the main number: 376-2411.

Mat-Su Regional Adult Basic Education (Nine Star) (907) 373-7833 Mat-Su ABE provides basic education in math, language arts and English as a second language (ESL), aiming to raise student skills beyond the high-school level in order to pass tests like the GED, enter training programs or college, and advance on the job. Enrollment is open to all adult residents of

Alaska, year-round. Youth Employment for ages 16-24 not in school -- get a job, keep a job, advance on the job. Nine Star 300 N Willow 373-3006 (in the MYHouse building)

Mat-Su Youth Housing (MY HOUSE) (907) 373-4357 MY House is a homeless youth drop in center with two for-profit businesses that train and employ homeless youth. Gathering Grounds Cafe is a coffee shop with homemade soups, sandwiches, salads and baked goods. Steamdriven is a trendy thrift shop featuring Steampunk items made from repurposed donations by our youth designers. Fiend2Clean and Young People in Recovery offer support for substance abuse recovery with activities and events. We offer transitional housing for qualified 18-24 year olds, Outreach services to connect homeless youth, organizations and groups to services, and access to Public Health and NineStar job/education services on site.

Valley Arts Alliance Valley Arts Alliance, bringing the community together through the arts... We are a place for both new and established artists of all types—painters, sculptors, musicians, and those involved in the performing arts—to network and to experiment with new ideas and media. We work with local libraries, schools, museums, art councils, and music and art groups to create more venues for the arts, and to help promote art related events. Join us at our informal weekly meetings, every Thursday @ 11 at Sophia’s Cafe, 9191 E Frontage Road, Palmer-Wasilla Hwy. Check out our archives

Valley Charities, Inc. Valley Charities, Inc. has proudly served the Mat-Su Valley Community for over sixty years. Our purpose continues to be “Connecting those who need help with the help they need” specifically and directly within the Mat-Su Valley. We provided community services through our turn-A-leaf thrift store, medical equipment loans, Housing and Safety Grant Programs. We have expanded our services and partnerships to reach additional families in the Mat-Su needing support beyond clothing vouchers and Medical Equipment loans when an unexpected crisis arises.

Valley Community for Recycling Solutions (907) 745-5544 RECYCLING: Be part of the solution. DROP OFF: The community recycling center is located at 9465 E Chanlyut Circle, next to the MSB Animal Shelter at the Central Landfill. Follow the smells. NEW HOURS: Drive through drop-off open Tues – Fri 9:30 - 5:00 and Sat 8:00 to 5:00. Recycle cardboard, aluminum cans, magazines, this newspaper and more. Remember to REDUCE, REUSE, and then RECYCLE! ONLINE: Visit our website for more details, follow us on FaceBook and Instagram. To learn more, visit our classroom. Volunteer opportunities available. Make a difference in your community!

Valley Interfaith Action (VIA) (907) 230-1006 
To address quality of life issues for all residents of the Mat-Su Borough, utilizing the faith values of our members, developing community-wide interest and mobilization around quality of life issues. Through training, leaders address community problems by providing forums for discussion, researching alternative solutions, and working as facilitators with residents and leaders for institutional change.

Wasilla Homeless-Committee (907) 521-2949 Wasilla Homeless-Committee is a 100% volunteer organization funded by private donations and regular fundraising events. Our sole purpose is to assist the homeless, those at risk of homelessness, and others who do not meet the criteria for help that is required by other advocacy agencies in the valley. Wasilla Homeless-Committee provides case management, housing search assistance, move in assistance, job search assistance, clothing, furniture, help with transportation, and resource guidance for homeless and disenfranchised in the Mat-Su Valley. Visit our website for application, or call 907-5212949. Find us on Facebook


Coloring Page

Send in your coloring page and you can win a gift card to a local business!

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Contributed by Matt Rowley

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We’ve all been disappointed with event cancellations in 2020, and Alaskans are ready and anxious to get back to

business as usual. MATSU Events has partnered with Alaska Raceway Park to offer the Mat-Su Fall Festival -- a three day gathering of vendors, food trucks, and live music

in a wide-open outdoor area. Vendor spaces are rapidly filling up, but there is still room for businesses wishing to offer their goods or services to the public, where everyone can enjoy

safe, outdoor, social distancing. The Mat-Su Fall Festival is the last weekend in August at Alaska Raceway Park in Butte. Contact for registration information.

Events Contributed by Katrina Holder My name is Katrina, I work with the Mat-Su Special Santa Program, and we have an exciting event at the end of the month called Santa Dash! Santa Dash is a virtual 5k, where participants can walk, run, bike, hike or swim at their own pace in the space they choose. This event will be going on from July 24th-31st. Participants can register for the event online through or can pick up and drop off a registration form at Alaska Family Services located at 1825 S. Chugach St. in Palmer. Registration is $25 a person, children 18 and under are free, they must have a parent or guardian register to be eligible to win door prizes. A drawing will be held at the end of the event on Aug. 1st . There will be several items to win from local businesses all over the Valley. A participant gets an entry just by

registering, and also an extra entry for every sponsor they gather for their 5K. This event will help raise the funds needed to help families in need in the Valley receive Christmas gifts for their children. Last year the program helped 1,156 families give gifts to over 3,536 children. The program is a part of Alaska Family Services a 501c3 non profit, and we partner with Toys 4 Tots, local and state agencies, schools and churches. We appreciate The People’s Paper keeping the community connected and spreading the word on the happenings in the Valley. Thank you for all you do! Katrina Holder Program Manager Mat-Su Special Santa Program (907) 354-7786


Events Contributed by Kalea Hogate

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“Yes, the Friday Fling is open!” After the difficult decisions made by many organizations to say no, it was a joy to say yes—to hold the Friday Fling. In the midst of a global pandemic, farmers markets — like all other small businesses — have been scrambling to continue operations for the farmers and communities that depend on them. The essential role that farmers markets play in the food system is demonstrated by the coronavirus pandemic. This year struggles faced due to the pandemic, including revenue lost, additional costs, and a delayed start, strained the market

and participants. Once farmers markets were deemed essential, the market advisory board was determined to host the Friday Fling in the safest way possible, adapting rapid solutions and innovation to protect staff, customers, and the community. The Friday Fling in Palmer was established in 2002 to grow community and foster economic development by providing a locally-focused shopping destination. Since that first summer, the Friday Fling has been part of the heart of Palmer. Opening day and the first Kettle Korn bag of the year is anticipated all spring. The market

currently hosts over 50 local vendors selling uniquely Alaskan-made handcrafted items. Our farm booths sell a wide variety of products, including: flowers, honey, herbs, zucchini, tomatoes, strawberries, turnips, and much more! This market is about people coming together as one community that supports each other. It draws people to Palmer who are surprised to see our town has so much to offer. People come back because they build a relationship with the producer themselves and the commerce is personal. There is time to ask the farmers which type of tomato grows well without a greenhouse. There is an opportunity to request the dish that was the special last week. Customers visit the same booth each year to renew their supply of yarn. They visit another booth to stock up on pork rinds for the week. The Friday Fling builds community and has multigenerational resonance. Every week finds grandparents, cousins, parents, and kids browsing booths, buying gifts and necessities, and enjoying music on the grass. One component that makes the Friday Fling unique is the live music on a trailer turned stage. Thanks to

many sponsorships, the market hosts musicians from around the state. This year there are two different sets, one from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm and another from 4:30 until 6:00 pm. Because most events and festivals in Alaska have been canceled this year, the Friday Fling is one of the only venues left for artisans to vend their products. June 19 was a beautiful opening day for a town full of people ready to see friends, coworkers, and neighbors. Patrons were steady, but not stampeding in hoards. The market was allowed to expand its footprint further north down S Valley Way, so booth placement is 10 feet apart. Hand sanitizer is available at two entrances and two exits, as well as throughout the market. Vendors wear masks when they interact with customers. Each week brings refinement to health and safety precautions. Beginning July 10, food booths will be spaced 20 feet apart, extending east down Elmwood Street, with staggered lines to mitigate congestion on S Valley Way. In a pledge of commitment to this community, safety and solidarity is the administrative team motto. If you drive down S Colony Way early on a Friday, as the sun starts its path over Pioneer Peak, you will see vendors unpacking their produce, crafts and wares, hurrying to raise their tents, laughing and smiling in the sun, nodding and gritting their teeth in the rain, and bracing themselves in that Palmer wind. You will see me, the market coordinator, hustling to raise blockades, roll out flagging, and setup signs. You will witness a group of people building community. See you at the Friday Fling. In our mission to promote the downtown Palmer area, we bring quality produce, crafts, and entertainment together in one of the most beautiful surroundings Alaska has to offer.

Contributed by Judy Vars Have you been collecting/hoarding interesting artifacts and objects-de-art? Do you have creative ideas simmering on the back burner for using these things? Do you need inspiration to make these things into yard art? Then this Recycled Yard Art contest is right up your alley. This year because of Covid-19 things have changed up a little bit. Instead of the Yard Art Contest being displayed at our educational booth at the Alaska State Fair, we at Valley Community for Recycling Solutions (VCRS) will be hosting an exhibition/ reception on our art/nature trail here at VCRS. The purpose of the Recycled Yard Art Contest is to have fun, enjoy a little bit of friendly competition, and to increase awareness for recycling in our valley and encourage up-cycling and reusing objects. You have plenty of time to create! We look forward to displaying your creations. DROP OFF: September 1st , 2nd, 3rd,4th, 5th, and 8th at Valley Community Recycling Solutions - 9465 Chanlyut, Palmer AK (go to 49th street at the Palmer Wasilla Hwy and turn towards the MatSu Landfill then turn right go past the Animal Shelter and come up the hill to the office/classroom.

Date: Second Saturday! September 12, 2020 Time: 12:00 – 5:00 P.M. PRIZES: 1st Place Prize – $100 2nd Place Prize – $75 3rd Place Prize – $50 Gift certificate for COSTCO donated by Alaskans for Litter Prevention and recycling (ALPAR) JUDGING CRITERIA: Materials made exclusively from recycled or previously used materials (50 points) Overall creativity of utilized materials (20 points) Overall attractiveness of artwork (10 points) Weather worthy and/or anchored to make it so (10 points) Able to be moved for display purposes (5 points) Width and length, height limited only by stability (5 points)

DISPLAY: Recycled yard art will be displayed at the Valley Community for Recycling Solutions (VCRS Nature Trail. 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and People’s Choice Ribbons will be displayed with the entrant’s name DONATIONS: After the exhibition entrants are welcome to donate their entries to VCRS. We will then have exclusive rights to either display the items at the recycling center on the outdoor education trail or auction them off during a future fundraiser. In either case, the creator will be given credit for creating the item. If you have any questions please feel free to call us at VCRS (907) 745-5544 we look forward to seeing all your awesomely creative Recycled Yard Art creations. REDUCE – REUSE – RECYCLE!

EXHIBIT PICK UP: September 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th If you want to donate your artwork to VCRS it would be greatly appreciated. We reserve the right to use it for promotional materials, silent auctions, and keep it on the art trail, as always the artist will be recognized and given credit. SPECIAL SPECIFICATIONS: No sharp or jagged edges Art should self-supported. Non-free standing art should come with hardware for mounting on the VCRS booth. (Please confirm guidelines for weight restrictions on all hooks)

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RECEPTION: Where: VCRS 9465 E. Chanlyut, Palmer, AK (From the Palmer-Wasilla Highway turn on 49th Street go towards the landfill then turn right go past the Animal Shelter come up the hill to Valley Community Recycling Solutions. The Recycled Yard art will be displayed on The Art Trail.





Contributed by Sherry Jackson I just wanted to check in and give you some updates on things going on at the museum during the Covid-19 pandemic. My family and I are doing well, and I hope all of my MATI family is the same. We’re washing hands (20 seconds), social distancing (6 feet), and wearing face coverings when we have to go out in public. We are still closed to the public at this time, and with the facts and costs of personal protection equipment, Canadian border closure, and necessary protocols required with the State Mandates, it doesn’t look like we will open at all this season. The museum closure doesn’t mean we are not working! Making the best of the situation, we are continuing our projects to enhance and improve our museum.

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The pathway is currently on hold since we lost our contractor, and costs are now exceeding our original plan. The covered shelters are still in progress, along with the additional project of leveling out the parking area and clearing dead trees and stumps. The standup cutouts for our pathway are being painted this month. The repainting of the gallery floor will be starting up in August. The ongoing need to cut the grass and tame the weeds is still there, many thanks to those of you that have come out and helped with this task. Additional thanks to our volunteers and board members who continue to give resources during this trying time. MATI THANKS YOU!!

We have applied and received funding and grants from all possible sources. Many unknowns continue to come up, and we will continue to tackle them as they occur. This pandemic is undoubtedly an experience to remember and will forever imprint on our past and future. If you would like to help out by making a donation and volunteering your time, please give us a call 907-376-1211. Stay safe and take care, Sherry Jackson Executive Director


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Poetry & Prose

Contributed byy Josh Fryfogle Diogenes Could barely feed And barely clothed Himself He laid bare His skin and hair And he loathed All wealth Diogenes A banker’s son He barely scraped The face He laid where He did not care And then would dare Disgrace Diogenes A cynic who Would mock the world With wit

Contributed by Joshua Fryfogle A barb, wrapped in bait A ready debate A means to change subjective views A dishonest question A rhetorical lesson on How to make sense of the news A civic art form, from Aristotle was borne The burden to search for what’s true A Sophist’s defense A means to an end Recompense the devil his due A soul should be willing An earnest fulfilling Of duty to think it all through A concession is made And ends the debate If the conscience is clear of the two

Did not pay fare Did not play fair Did not mince words To wit Diogenes Could barely feed And barely clothed Himself

Contributed by Caitlin M.S. Buxbaum The spider that I didn’t kill came skittering after me — wary, I watched it cross the sill wondering why I let it be. My husband isn’t Buddhist but he tells me not to smite them — those bugs, the universe will miss, he says, though I don’t quite believe him. So here the speeding spider stays creeping around in the dark: it lurks in bookshelves, doorways, corners, waiting for its mark.

Contributed by Robert Lyons Burning ball afloat Traveling the universe Illuminating

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Contributed by Wendy Brooker Thunder shakes the shack Ancient senses, anxious ears perk as danger knocks

O why did I let you live to terrorize me so? Why, such mercy, did I give to you, my undeserving foe? Who knows now where you lie to frighten and dismay, but if I spy you with my eye you just might die today.


& Prose PoetryPoetry & Prose Contributed by Charles Dean Walker This is the state of America. Minorities back fighting for a right to live. And the ignorant run you down. Falling to the ground, you can jail the driver. But they stay unjustly proud. Maybe we should burn more flags. Turn them upside down. America you’re my country not my religion. Never to riot, I can use my words. Stand for a pledge to a country that loves killing minorities No! Keep blocking Rushmore. Keep protesting, stay strong, stay loud. I hope we burn more Rebel flags. Dance on the ashes. The Confederacy is not my country nor heritage. I spit on the Confederate soldiers. No guilt.

Contributed by Nan Potts The birds of the night, with chucks and woos With gentle sighs or staunch “who-who”s, Are heard to call for mate or food In the evening hours, a taunting mood.

A symphony of calls ensues, Nightingales, Owl and Moorhen moos. Their daily Sun Salutations springs Long before my alarm clock rings.

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Though “Night” may lay upon the land, Midnight sun strikes up an avian band. The early chirping chickadees, ‘Tis Alaska’s summer melodies.


Contributed by Don Bush It’s been an interesting year so far. Ham radio operators across the borough and state have made the best time out of a dreadful situation to relax, work on our equipment, antennas and training. I guess you could say Amateur Radio Operators (Hams), have been social distancing for years. Where else could you talk to your neighbor, relatives, and people around the world without traveling, getting close, and complying the current mandates, staying safe at home? Normally the Matanuska Amateur Radio Association (MARA), is quite active in community support projects. We have some still in the planning stage and some we had to cancel. We have learned how to adapt and still assist where we can. As other organizations have been doing, we also are having Tele-meetings “Zoom Meetings”. This not only was a safe method but a way to reach more of our members and hams around the borough and state. What a great way to exchange ideas. Due to our hobby growing and increasing our ranks, we had to come up with ways to teach classes, have board meetings, give license test to get your FCC License and still maintain our social distancing and safety for our operators, trainers, and community. Our instructors got together and established various training programs to help our hams. You might ask why is it important to train folks on how to talk on a radio? Well there is a bit more to talking on ham radio

than your little walkie talkies or CBs. We learn how to build antennas, send messages, use various modes of transmission, and install radios and antennas, how to work contest and who you can talk to on the radio. You can’t pick up that type training out of a book. How it works, rules and regulations, formulas, yes. We have some operators that have been doing this for 30-50 years and have picked up a thing or two, who in turn pass it on to the new operators. Tele-meetings and training sessions work out quite nicely for that. And we are always looking for ideas to improve our systems and folks that are new to the hobby ask questions or come with various backgrounds which can bring these new ideas to light. You CAN TEACH an old dog new tricks. Almost every type of radio, mode and system today was an experiment by a ham radio operator, later picked up for commercial purpose. We have a saying, “When All Else Fails, Call a Ham”. We assist Emergency Services and various agencies during these time. Normally it is in conjunction with disaster type situations. One day you wake up and there is no power, wind is blowing so bad you can’t see to drive, the telephone and/or your cell doesn’t work and the internet is down. Now what do you do? Tune to your local radio stations and listen for pertinent information to help you. You can get this small broadcast/FM radios, which you use a crank to charge up the battery, then tune to your station. MARA and ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency

Service) can assist by suppling back up communications until the commercial system can be brought back on line. Ham Radio Operators supply their own equipment, power and time to support our communities during these times. It may not be that bad where you are at, but folks in the outlying communities may need assistance and messages from distant cities or villages may need to get to someone that can send help. We can send messages to your loved ones in the lower 48. So during this challenging time we have been training. We meet on certain radio frequencies, we call nets, to pass traffic, check on an area of interest and provide training on how to work in an emergency situation or just to check of hams in the back country. These nets are published so operators all over the state, lower 48 and the world know where Alaska Operators can be found. We learn how to work with the State, DOD, FEMA and local governments. MARA is a non-profit organization and gets great support from our local businesses and agencies, we in turn can help them as directed by Borough Emergency Services. We have assisted the Borough and various communities in training and setting up emergency ham equipment to be there if needed and the local hams can man that equipment to assist if required. Today emergency procedures are all in line with FEMA guidelines. FEMA has adopted the ICS (Incident Command System) system that uses plain language, procedures are streamed line and it doesn’t matter if you are in Fairbanks or Anchorage, we all work the same. In our CERTs and advance Communications training, we can work side by side with the first responders or replace them in less dangerous situations so they can be released

Community to handle the more important and dangerous tasks. Another item starting up in Alaska is SKYWARN. You hear about the hurricanes and tornadoes in the lower 48. Ham operators are trained in weather spotting, in severe weather conditions, and emergency operations. We may not have them, but we have floods, windstorms, snow storms, earthquakes and winds that equal a hurricane or tornado. So in conjunction with the National Weather Service in Fairbanks and Anchorage, our operators learn how to read the weather and turn in daily reports. So do you feel shut in and alone? Are you going

stir crazy? How would you like to talk someone just to keep you sane and hear another voice? It is not a cure all, but try Ham Radio, we have courses, training material and folks to help you along the way. It doesn’t cost you a cent. So get ahold of us and start a new and exciting hobby. MARA has 2 websites, one for the club activities, and our ARES site for training and emergency operations, We are also located in Facebook under MARA, or KL7JFU. MARA’s main website will give you are long range planning calendar, activities in the club and points of contact.