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Don’t forget to apply for University of Alaska scholarships — Deadline is February 15 

February 10 — 2:00‐4:00 p.m. — Mat‐Su College  College Goal Alaska is an event where nancial aid professionals from Alaska’s  higher education institutions and the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary  Education will join other volunteers in key locations statewide to help Alaska’s  students complete the paperwork. 

Student worker positions  available. Go to View Campus Life! 357-9100

Do you truly want to get the most out of your advertising dollars at a genuinely reasonable cost? If so, consider the Menard Sports Center to display your business or group advertising. The Menard Sports Center is visited by hundreds of thousands of patrons every year. These include local and state-wide sporting events, conventions, fund raisers, consistent use of the ice arena, parents of Turf for Tots, a walking-running track, and steady use of the three meeting rooms. Your signs will be displayed year-round and will not only advertise, but show the community your support for a tremendous facility. A visual tour is available on the City of Wasilla web site. Choose departments, choose the Menard Sports Center, and click on the virtual tour. Welcome to our new advertisers: Alaska Waste and Denali Orthopedic Surgery. And thank you for our renewal customers: C&C Auto Care, MTA, Kendall Auto Group, Special Events Alaska, and Dave Tuttle Insurance. These and other up-coming renewals are greatly appreciated. See our price list on this ad...

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Mardi Gras Bow-Wow Ball By Ann Metts Aitken, Palme Get ready to play at the 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Bow-Wow Ball, March 2, 2013 from 6-10pm at the Lions Club in Eagle River. The French Quarter of New Orleans awakes and the music and the dancers heat up the dance floor as the cold outside is forgotten as we party Mardi Gras Alaskan style. This is a special fundraiser for the medical fund for Alaska Dog and Puppy Rescue. You will definitely want to attend. Dining (a fabulous New Orleans buffet) and dancing, auctions and some Mardi Gras Magic will keep the evening lively. This is a fun event and you won’t want to miss it! You’ll also have the opportunity to meet Coco, a chocolate lab who stole many volunteer hearts and captured the heart of her new adoptive mother a few months ago. She will be making a special appearance at the 2013 event. Alaska Dog and Puppy Rescue is quite unique as we provide that special care for some dogs that rescue groups typically wouldn’t rescue. It’s not that other groups might not want to help them but medical care is expensive and adoption fees don’t cover all medical expenses. That’s why we have special fundraising events that help raise those “extra funds“ to provide that care we think is so important. Most of our rescued canines are healthy, socialized and ready to find a family to love and be loved by. Our rescued dogs and puppies are given appropriate vaccinations

as well as spayed or neutered before they are adopted. This not only provides them with a good start in life as they become members of their new adopted family, but we are making a big difference in decreasing animal overpopulation. This is good also for the dog as those who are spayed or neutered have less risk of some future health problems.

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We have rescued over 6,000 dogs and puppies throughout Alaska. We have volunteers who go to the airport to wait for mama dogs and litters rescued from bush communities, some of them with medical issues. We work with animal controls and with smaller rural areas with dedicated volunteers who just don’t have the resources to care for abandoned, abused or discarded dogs and puppies in their communities. We are always happy to help. We always need foster families who provide that warmth (especially in winter) and loving care for our rescued dogs and puppies. The Alaskan community has generous hearts. We would like to thank our sponsors Ohana Media Group and their radio stations, Chugach Anesthesia, Mark E. Keller, DDS, AK Foot and Angle, Make a Scene and its advertisers for helping make their sponsorship part of this event and the UPS Store in Palmer. We have Anonymous Sponsors as well and they know who they are. Its not too late to sponsor! If you are interested please contact me at adpr03@ Tickets are available at The Ruff House in Wasilla, our adoption clinics and online at our website Alaska Dog and Puppy Tickets are $50 per person. There will be a no host bar, lots of beads and of course, masks. Is it your turn to host friends at a dinner party? Purchase a table ($350) and invite some friends to party at the Mardi Gras Bow-Wow Ball. Fun, friends, all for a good cause. Does it really get any better than that?

Outdoor Environmental Education for Homeschoolers Ages 5-13 Hike, ski, snowshoe, explore! Science and Nature Studies Field Trips & Guest Speakers 700-acres of Fields & Forests Hands on Projects Nutritious snacks Small classes, LOTS of FUN!! Currently enrolling for our 5 week Winter session January 28 - March 1 2013 (907) 746-2714 6 Different programs to chose from!

Community So You Want to Run Away and Join a Radio Station? By Lee Henrickson Well, the good news is that you don’t have to run away, there is a community radio station based in Palmer that welcomes volunteers. Radio Free Palmer has been broadcasting over KVRF 89.5 FM to the Sutton, Palmer, and Butte areas for just over a year. A mix of local talk and music shows is complemented by a 24 x 7 music stream. The FM radio stream is also available over the Internet and on iPhones and Androids with the KVRF App. Radio Free Palmer is an all-volunteer station with lots of opportunities for community members to be involved. Do you want to DJ a music show? Host a talk show? Run the control board and produce shows? Stream the school

board or assembly meetings? Do you want to line up guests for the morning talk show? Do you have a particular talent or skill that the station could use? We’d love to hear from you. You may just have the skill that we need. Why community radio? We want to encourage conversation between members of the community. We are about community engagement. Though we are focused on the Palmer area of the Valley for our FM radio, we do recognize that the Valley is an interconnected place and welcome Internet listeners (and volunteers) from everywhere in the Valley. Our offices are in the Downtown Palmer Plaza building on the second floor – we are open 10-2 Monday through Friday.

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I couldn’t be happier with the sure and steady growth of Make A Scene. This publication has exceeded my expectations, just like the community that has helped to build it. And that’s why, with the new year here, we’re building awareness of what makes Make A Scene unique: You!

You might have noticed Make A Scene’s ‘Did You Know?’ campaign (pg. 35). We’ve printed ads in recent months, hung posters all over the Mat-Su area, building awareness of the purpose of Make A Scene. While we print 10,000 copies per issue, having even more readers, many of you may not realize that every article comes from someone just like you. Make A Scene is truly your neighbors’ news, and you can make it yours! ‘Did You Know?’ is a question I often ask people when discussing Make A Scene. Many folks do know, but some aren’t aware that everything


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This ‘Did You Know?’ campaign has already yielded great growth in our submissions, with new submissions from new names in our community. We’ve added four new pages this month just to accommodate these new submissions. We’ll be adding even more pages in the coming year, expanding on the solid foundation that you’ve helped build. By reading, writing, and advertising, local people like you have truly helped Make A Scene!

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Fundraiser for Greg Gusse By Jeanne Young CALLING ALL ARTISTS! No matter what form of art you pursue, if you’re in the valley, you probably know Greg Gusse. He’s provoked a wonderful amount of discussion and debate. His “Art School” column featured in this paper challenged artists to move beyond the current fads of thinking and forced us to really look at what we’re doing and why. Every time and every place needs people willing to stir others to genuinely see their world. Gregory is that for our community. Now there is something we can do for him. Greg is sick, he has stage 4 bladder

and prostate cancer. We will be working to raise $7,000 to $10,000 to help cover the estimated out-of-pocket expense of his treatment.

Please be watching Facebook for more information on how you can help us raise this money. When we have a date and time for the fundraising event, you can pass the word, share the link, get involved. If you have time, auction items, etc., please contact Laurie Green at lauriejogreen@ To make cash donations, please contact Matanuska Valley Credit Union with the account # 0000141599.



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By Angie Lewis Leo is the sweetest, most loving dog ever. He is approximately 6 years old and is a Beagle/Bull mix (more Beagle than Bully). Leo loves people and gets along with other dogs and cats. He enjoys the outdoors and is an awesome running/hiking partner. Leo is a special needs dog – who has severe separation anxiety due to being abused/abandoned some time in his early puppyhood. He requires someone with him at all times. His anxiety might be alleviated if he were around other dogs. If you think that you could be the answer to Leo’s dreams, please call Connie @ 775-2088

The Joys of Rescuing a Pet By Angie Lewis, Vice President of Alaska Dog and Puppy Rescue You are ready to expand your family and want to include a fourlegged friend. Where should you begin your search? There are many advantages to adopting a pet from a rescue group, humane society, or an Animal Control facility, rather than purchasing your next animal friend from a breeder or pet store. First of all, the Humane Society of the United States tells us that there are currently 4 million dogs and cats euthanized each year – that is one animal being

killed every 8 seconds. Most of these animals end up in these circumstances through no fault of their own. Issues impacting families to give up their animals are a baby being born, divorces, moving to a new home where pets are not allowed, a natural disaster, or a lack of money to provide adequate care for the pet. This is an unforgivable statistic that can only be diminished by a focus on spay and neuter and rescuing animals when looking for a pet. Most shelter staff or rescue volunteers become familiar with the animals that they are caring for and can give you vital information about the animal. Typically, each of these animals has gone through a screening process that offers a comprehensive personality profile. These folks can match you

to an animal that will suit your life style. Another advantage is that these animals will have had a physical exam and are typically spayed or neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, and micro-chipped. Oftentimes, these animals may be house trained as well. Shelter or volunteer staff are usually great resources for information about health concerns, training opportunities, and grooming facilities. The biggest plus for rescuing a pet is the knowledge that you are saving two animal’s lives when you adopt a pet. You are saving the life of the pet you are adopting, but you are also freeing up a space in the facility for another animal. Actually, you are rescuing a third being – yourself! Enjoy your new rescued pet.


by Murel Kidd

Jan. 17th Ground Floor Introduction to Alaskan Gardening Jan 24th 42 Reasons Why to Sample MY Soil!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Chuck Kaucic at 357-4563 X 103

There is no such thing as a bad dog, just bad people! Any dog can be taught to be vicious, just as well as being trained and well behaved.

The American Pitbull is just like any other dog. They need attention, love, affection and training. In the hands of the unscrupulous and low character they, as well as Rottweilers, German Shepards, Akitas and Mastiffs can be used as weapons. This is why I think we should adopt Michigan’s new tougher animal cruelty law. The law states that for fighting dog owners, they could receive a $100,000.00 fine and up to 20 years in prison for each offence! The American

The American Pitbull has also been a part of a yesteryear TV programs like The Little Rascal’s! (See Above Image)

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Jan. 31st Living with Salmon: Shoreline Stewardship & Restoration Opportunities for Landowners

Pitbull has a proud heritage of being a part of our military in World War I. Sergeant Stubby (an American Pitbull) served with our boys overseas even being wounded and losing a leg. The first dog in history to serve in the armed forces with a rank!

January Schedule for the Winter Conservation Series hosted by the Wasilla Soil and Water Conservation District:

Just the name Pitbull conjures up all kinds of hysteria! It’s all you’ve heard about from the media frenzy! People that have absolutely no idea, or have never been around Pitbulls, are spreading what they have heard or read about from the media. In one interview, I read where a news reporter did not want to be called for dog attacks unless it involved a Pitbull - REALLY? Make no mistake… I blame the media and the terrible people that have Pitbulls for all of this bad publicity.

When you have the power of the media and make people afraid, it’s a bad combination. Instead of believing what you hear or read, get educated, learn about the subject at hand in other words: use your own brain!


The American Pitbull

$314,138 House Call

The City of Palmer was able to attach to the Municipality of Anchorage’s purchase contract.

By Tom Cohenour

Garbage trucks come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and manufacturers. There are rearloaders, side-loaders, and frontloaders. Garbage trucks have been operating in the United States at least as far back as 1913. That makes garbage trucks 100 years old. In fact, the solid waste industry declared 2013 as the 100th anniversary of that magnificent machine often simply referred to as . . . . . . the garbage truck.

Director of Public Works City of Palmer Did you know the City of Palmer makes house calls? Yes, we do. How cool is that?? Actually, the City has been making house calls for several decades. But, now we do it with a brand new shiny $314,138 yellow Peterbuilt garbage truck. And it even has that new car smell. I wonder how long that will last. There must be a parable in there somewhere; or at least a poem. Because of the old age, declining condition, and escalating maintenance costs of the existing 2001 garbage truck, a request was made during the budget process in the fall of 2011 for a replacement.

Now, garbage trucks are anything but simple. The high-tech wizardry that goes into the design and construction of one is astounding. Garbage trucks have evolved from an open top dump truck to having plush interiors with air cushioned

seats, back up-cameras, on-board computers, video recorders, complex hydraulic systems, dual steering wheels, heated mirrors, and tire pressure sensors. Gone are the days when men had to perform back-breaking labor lifting 55 gallon steel barrels full trash into the back of a rear-loader. Garbage men are now classified as operators. Thanks to modern hydraulics and a lot of ingenious engineering, the operator drives the truck up to the can and operates a joy stick to dump the trash can into the hopper and drives to the next can. No more back breaking labor. So, the next time you see a shiny yellow garbage truck, remember, we make house calls! For more information, contact Tom Cohenour at 745-3400.

Mat-Su March for Babies This year will be the 75th anniversary for the March of Dimes. Founded in 1938 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt  to find a cure for polio we have come a long way in protecting the health of children with treatments and preventions for serious health problems, like birth defects and premature birth. Our goal is that one day all babies will be born full term and healthy.  We need your help to reach that goal.  Please join us for the MatSu March for Babies Walk! Register today and start raising money to give every baby a healthy start in life.   Mat-Su March for Babies Walk March 23, 2013 - AT&T Sport Center 9:00 a.m. check in 10:00 a.m. walk starts

Wayne Bouwens at Palmer Historical Society By Sharon Benson






The monthly Palmer Historical Society meeting is Feb. 20th at the Palmer Public Library.  The doors open at 6:30 pm with our program beginning at 7 pm. 

Now days, garbage trucks are anything but simple

The featured speaker is Wayne Bouwens, an original colonist “kid”, who will give us the history of the Palmer Cemetery along with many interesting stories! Please join us for refreshments and door prizes.  Our meetings are free and open to the public!  

American Pitbull Cont. The American Pitbull was also used by our nation as a figurehead for the United States of America in World War II as a sign of strength. The American Pitbull also served with the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry! Just to name a few distinctions! Breed Specific Legislation, also known as BSL, if passed into law will prevent you from owning or having any breed they deem to be a threat.

Donate to Alaska Assistance Dogs By Alaska Assistance Dogs Non-Profit

Protect your rights!! Vote BSL down!! And while you’re at it, send a clear message to your congressmen, governors, senators and mayors! God bless the USA and God bless you!

Therapeutic-Ser v ice-Dog-Training Classes to youth who suffer from learning disabilities, autism, anxiety, depression, abuse, troubled homes, or no home at all. At this time of year granting organizations are in mid cycle and will start again later this year. Coincidentally, due to the fast growth of this wonderfully unique Non-profit, we are in need of some funding to sustain us through to the next granting season. Any amount will help and is greatly appreciated! It is also tax deductible! *~*Dogs change lives PAWS-itively!*~* 907.357.1657 To donate go to: and click on the PayPal button.

Cash Mob Palmer By Teresa Roy A new opportunity to show support for local business is making its debut in Palmer on Thursday, January 17th, and the second event will be February 21. PALMER CASH MOB 2013 is based on a grass roots movement which began in the Autumn of 2011 in Buffalo New York and has gained momentum across the continent, from St. John, New Brunswick to Bremerton, Washington and right down the road from us in Valdez. The idea is this: a group of people organize to support local business – commit to regular participation and a minimum purchase amount, dates are selected and at a predetermined time the group descends en masse, cash in hand, to show support by buying products and services. This “buy local” movement supports small business, community relationships and helps draw people together.

For further information, to sign up for participation contact Denise at denise@nonessentialsalaska. com or go to our Facebook page: Cash Mob Palmer AK.


Cash Mob Palmer AK is being organized in Palmer by Denise Statz and the staff of Non Essentials and Teresa Roy and the staff at Cover Ups.

The goal of CASH MOB PALMER AK is 100 people who will commit to monthly participation. Palmer’s cash mob will be held on the third Thursday of each month when we will meet at a local watering hole where our destination business will be announced and off we will go! Although the location will not be announced to the public until the night of the event, the business will be notified a few weeks prior so they can make arrangements to delight their guests and offer their finest


The rules are simple: - Commit to participation - Spend $20.00 - Have fun - Meet new people

Initial plans for the Cash Mob came together over dinner at a local restaurant, where Denise educated me about Cash Mobs and shared her vision for our own local cash mob. The project took root as we presented it to fellow business owners and clients, but the kicker that insured we would take on the extra effort and see this project to fruition was the unbridled enthusiasm shown by Sidekick’s new owner, Tiffany Moffit Rye. During a brief meeting at her shop Tiffany quickly began making arrangements for door prizes before we had even finished describing the possibilities and without any idea how soon her business would benefit from a visit by the CASH MOB! Walking away, Denise and I were convinced this was a worthy effort.

Through partnerships with other programs in the Valley such as the MatSu Youth Facility and Denali Family Services, AAD will also provide

I have a Pitbull and his name is Mugger. I have to confess he is the best dog I ever had the pleasure of having as a part of my family! We also have a Maltese named Mister, a Rag Doll named Mitts and all three are the best of friends!

Alaska Assistance Dogs (AAD) is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization based in the Mat-Su Valley. They train service dogs as well as provide Service Dog Handler training to residents with disabilities. AAD trains dogs to assist mobility-impaired clients as well as clients suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder, diabetes, and hearing loss. Recently AAD has partnered with Alaska Attachment and Bonding Associates to launch a Therapeutic-Ser v ice-Dog-Training (TSDT) program for youth suffering from Reactive Attachment Disorder.

I also know it is my responsibility to care for, protect and be mindful of property, leash and owner laws; however, I don’t need another law telling me that my family cannot enjoy or own a dog that has an outstanding reputation for being a great family member!


Make no mistake, Rottweilers, German Shepards, Akitas and Mastiffs as well as other breeds will be on that list. I am born American, I am an adult and should be able to make up my own mind as to which dog my family can have and to be a part of our family.



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Community Holiday Arrests The Alaska State Troopers conducted enhanced enforcement efforts to ensure the safety of Alaskans while they celebrated the Christmas and New Years’ holidays. Local law enforcement agencies also participated in the enforcement efforts on the days surrounding the holiday. The focused enforcement conducted by the Alaska State Troopers over the holiday was intended to prevent fatality crashes through enhanced DUI enforcement.

3rd Annual Gorilla Fireworks Grant Awarded to Houston High By Linda Conover Houston High School counselor Isaac Moll received a $1000 grant from Gorilla Fireworks for ACT & SAT test preparation software and instructional resources (study guides with lessons).

Preparing students for the transition from high school into post-secondary educational opportunities is one of This focus on DUI offenders also helped Houston High’s most pressing goals. to curb additional driver behaviors Academic standardized tests are that often contribute to fatal crashes.  crucial for preparing students for success after graduating from high Below is a quick recap of the stats for the effort which occurred between Dec. 12, 2012 and Jan. 1, 2013: - 63 misdemeanor DUI arrests, 2 felony DUI Arrests - 57 drivers charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license. - 267 additional drivers contacted who were reported as REDDI reports and ultimately determined not to be DUI - 201 damage only crashes 33 injury crashes and 1 fatal collision were investigated by troopers - Of the 699 citations issued, 185 were issued for speeding and 25 were issued for seatbelt or other occupant restraint violations Funding for the focused enforcement and media campaign were provided in part by grant sources distributed through the Alaska Highway Safety Office.

Recycling Center Helps Feed the Power Grid By Mollie Boyer, VCRS Executive Director

Valley Community for Recycling Solutions (VCRS) continues to find exciting ways to utilize renewable energy to provide power for the Resource Recovery Park and recycling center near the Mat-Su Central Landfill. In October the newest piece of their renewable energy system was installed, a Kestrel e300i wind generator. The Kestrel now adds to the power being produced by a 4.23kW solar panel array which was installed in May 2011. While supplying a portion of their own power, VCRS is also uploading the data from these energy systems and making it available to the

school. ACT and SAT scores influence acceptance into quality schools and scholarship opportunities. The grant will allow them to purchase test preparation curriculum that has a self-guided portion, as well as classroom integration lessons, and teacher/counselor resources.

into colleges. The Mat-Su Schools Foundation provides support to Gorilla Fireworks during the grant process, and encourages other business to contact them if they would like to award a grant to graduating seniors this year.

With such resources, they are better equipped to support their students in their pursuits and goals. Standardized high stakes testing like the ACT & SAT are no longer reserved for just upperclassmen. It is becoming increasingly common for 9th and 10th graders to start taking high stake tests early in their high school careers in hopes to improve their scores and increase their competitiveness for receiving scholarships and gaining admission

public for free on the World Wide Web. The Kestrel is the next generation of small wind turbines. It generates electricity starting at 5.5mph, while it will produce its rated power of 1000Watts, or 1kilowatt at 24.5mph. A unique attribute of this machine is its ability to produce rated power at wind speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. In high winds the three blades feather back to expose less surface area to the wind while still turning to generate energy. Other turbines have to “brake” the blades to slow them down and some turbines just shut down until high winds subside. Also installed in October was an anemometer to measure wind speed along with the software and hookups to feed live data from the solar panels, wind turbine, and anemometer to a publicly accessible website on the internet. The real time data allows comparison of solar to wind energy generation for consumers to explore

Contact Linda Conover, 232-8517

their options as well as providing valuable information for research and development of latitude and longitude appropriate systems. To view the live data, go to, click on the “publicly available plants” button and enter VCRS. The renewable energy sources reduce the carbon footprint of VCRS and ultimately their electrical bills. Any additional power generated, not used by VCRS, is fed back into the local MEA utility grid. In the future, VCRS envisions having a bank of batteries installed which will store enough energy to provide an additional emergency shelter for the Mat-Su.   VCRS partnered with Wal-Mart who provided the majority of funding and with Renewable Energy Systems and Ahtna Engineering Services for technical expertise to make this cutting edge renewable energy project possible.

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Valley Arts Alliance

Wearable Art & Runway Fashion Show

February 16, 2013

The Palmer Depot Tickets $15

Two shows...

For the 3pm MATINEE ONLY, children 12 years old and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

3pm and 7pm

1st Annual The Valley ‘CAN’ Make A Difference! By Glen Butts This is a local food drive to benefit the “Food Bank of Wasilla”- in the Valley area. With hope spot, ends

the New Year comes a new for all, but some are in a tough and could use our help to make meet thru the rest of winter.

We tend to give a lot in the holiday months, but the local food banks fall way short with donations in the months between New Year till Easter, our goal is to fill the gap in these months. We hope you CAN help us by continuing to donate to the families still in need this New Year. This Food Drive will be starting first week of Jan. ending Feb. 16

@ the Alana Club of Wasilla 6pm, with a spaghetti feed dinner- 10 can entrance fee, or $10 at the door. Thank You! Please drop off your food donations to these participating LOCAL VALLEY businesses, and groups in the Mat Valley Area- with the bins set aside for the canned food drive. Steve’s Food Boy, Three Bears Alaska, Wal-Mart, Carrs Safeway, Denali Harley-Davidson. For More info please contact Glen @ 892 8099

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Community MSHF Scholarship eligibility requirements include the following: United States citizenship Mat-Su Borough residency for minimum of one year (current to application) Eligible for an Alaska Permanent Dividend Fund Minimum half-time student status at accredited college, university, or medical training program Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for returning awardees only; no minimum GPA for first time applicants; [Note: a GPA criterion only applies to an applicant who has received a scholarship in the past from MSHF. Until the applicant wins an award, the no GPA standard will be used. Successful completion of the Free

Application for Federal Student Air (FAFSA) report (Link to http://www. Demonstrated interest in the healthcare field through an essay 250 words or less in the MSHF Scholarship Application Selection of a healthcare career choice that matches the healthcare workforce needs of providers in the Mat-Su Borough Attestation of tobacco and illicit drug free status and commitment to healthy living. How to Apply The application period for 2013 scholarships begins at 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. All applications must be submitted online at www. after that date. The scholarship application period closes at 4 pm on Monday, March

18, 2013. About Mat-Su Health Foundation: Mat-Su Health Foundation is the official business name of Valley Hospital Association, Inc., which shares ownership in Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. In this capacity, the MSHF board members and representatives actively participate in the governance of Mat-Su’s community hospital and protect the community’s interest in this important healthcare institution through board oversight.

Wasilla Public Library Diamond Jubilee

Winter Trails Day

By Friends of Wasilla Library

To celebrate the annual Winter Trails Day, Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats will host free cross-country ski, snowshoe and skating lessons on February 2, Saturday from 10:30 am to 3 pm at Reflections Lake on the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge.

Statewide Youth Art & Writing Competition  Deadline January 20th!

As with prior years, winners will be published in a special issue of F Magazine, have their art work curated in a gallery and read before an audience by actors and professional readers.   Creative teens in grades 7-12 are invited to submit work in a number of categories of art and writing.   The submissions are judged locally. 49 Writers will jury the writing entries, and artist/UAA art instructor Jimmy Riordan will oversee the judging of art entries.   DEADLINE JAN. 20, 2013    For more information go to our website: competition

Local Students Can Apply for Mat-Su Health Foundation Scholarships Wasilla, AK— Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) will open its annual scholarship program on Monday, Feb. 4, 2012 at 4 pm. Each year the foundation awards scholarships to residents of the Mat-Su Borough who are pursuing health-related careers. The number of scholarships given each year and the amount of each award varies; it is expected that $250,000 will be awarded in this round of scholarships.

Celebrating 75 years of building community, providing information, and serving the valley. January 20 6-8 P.M. Free Ice Skating, Entertainment: The Carhart Brothers, Josh Fryfogle, Games Fireworks at 8 P.M. January 23 Noon Wasilla City Hall Wasilla Library Visionary LuncheonHonoring Those Who Have Paved the Way and Continued to Carry the Torch for the Library January 23, 4-6 Open House Wasilla Public Library and Dorothy Page Museum Cake/ Punch Door Prizes Friends of Wasilla Public Library 352-3763

By Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats

By F Magazine

Students win a scholarship & airfare to Sitka Fine Arts Summer Camp      Instruction and equipment are provided For the third year, F Magazine is free of charge and some refreshments.  hosting this statewide competition. The deadline is right around the corner, Visit to and as a volunteer-owned and run learn more about our organization.  organization, we can use all the help we can get putting the word out about it.  The event will be held at mile 30.5 on   the Glenn Highway at the Knik River We’re super excited to be offering exit which is also the Reflections Lake scholarships to Sitka Fine Arts Camp exit; follow the highway signs to find us.  this year. It is a great opportunity for young people to explore and expand Hope to see you there! their talent, self esteem and personality.   

The MSHF invests its assets into charitable works that improve the health and wellness of Alaskans living in Mat-Su.

ASYAWC is supported, in part by a grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Alaska Humanities Forum.

Stan Harris Receives Palmer Arts Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award By Palmer Arts Council

Stan’s passion for music has had long reaching affects. His dedication and commitment has influenced many of his students onto musical careers themselves. Some of these include: professional musicians & vocalists, music teachers, recording artists, professors with Music Doctoral     degrees. Many more current and graduated students continue to utilize and share their talents in every day life’s activities such as community bands, church choirs, professional and community theater.

The Palmer Arts Council is very pleased to present Stan Harris with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in music and theater in Palmer. 

Alaska Natives

Stand In Support of the Idle No More Movement By Paul Pike, Idle No More supporter and participant [Author’s Note: I am not an organizer or representative for any Alaska Native tribe or organization. I am writing this as a participant.] Jan. 11th. marked the global day of support for the Idle No More Movement. This movement began when Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper passed numerous omnibus bills, most notably

is Bill C-45. This Bill greatly impacts First Nation’s Treaty Rights, and the rights of all Canadians. It inhibits the ability to protect more than 10,000 of its Navigable waterways, from the negative effects of mining and oil development. First Nations have a constitutional right to be informed of any bills that may have an impact on their territories. None were consulted, and none gave consent for these Bills.     Four Aboriginal women from Saskatchewan expressed their disapproval to the mass media with websites such as Twitter and Facebook. Idle No More was born as a grass roots movement, and Indigenous peoples and their allies from around the world have expressed their support for the movement. Support has been shown in the form of “flash mob” Round dances in malls, mass blockades of highways, border crossings, and railway systems, etc. So far all demonstrations have been peaceful. In tandem with this movement, Chief Theresa Spence from Attawapiskat First Nation, near Ottawa Ontario has been on a hunger strike since Dec. 11th. with the goal of having a “Nation to Nation” meeting with  Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper, First Nation Chiefs, and the Governor General who represents the British Crown. Various meetings have occurred, however, not as Chief Spence had requested. She is still currently on hunger strike eating no solid

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Theater is a fairly new endeavor for Stan that came about first by co-producing musicals with Grant Olson. Later that grew into directing plays at the school filling a void in the drama curriculum. Seemingly not enough to quench his fine arts thirst, whenever his schedule

Stan and Kathy have 3 beautiful and talented daughters who also share his vocal, instrumental and theatrical talents and love for the fine arts. The eldest, Heather, and her husband Eric are soon to make them first time grandparents As a family, they are active    outdoors people who love to hike, hunt, x-country ski, boat and fish whenever possible which might explain Stan’s summer’s work title as Capt. Stan; a boat captain in Seward for Alaska Saltwater Lodge. 

He and his wife Kathy came to Alaska while on tour with their band in 1983

Through Mr. Harris, Palmer High offers Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Concert Choir, Symphonic Choir, Jazz Choir, Guitar, Theory, Drama, and Percussion. He has also established and/or hosts many other activities including the Annual Palmer High Jazz Festival and Annual Christmas Madrigal. Stan also loves to highlight and encourage his         performing groups’ talents well beyond the school’s site. His vocal and   instrumental groups are well known for their requested performances at a wide variety of community functions throughout the entire year. Under his leadership, they have also been requested for and performed for the Alaska Music Educator’s Conventions where he himself has been a repeated presenter.

allows, he works with our   valley’s community theater group, Valley Performing Arts. He’s held acting roles in several productions      including Oliver as well as being the music director for a number of productions including Hot Aging Women and Bad Boys Gone Grey in which he also appeared.


Stan Harris grew up in Richmond, California and attended UC Berkeley and Cal–State, Hayward graduating with a double    major in Clarinet and Vocal Performance. He played clarinet, flute, saxophone, and sang in an Air Force Band during and after college. One of his noted achievements is his requested performance of America the Beautiful at the Pentagon. Receiving an honorable discharge, teaching high school became his next endeavor. With a 4-year break in the     middle to play professionally fulltime, Stan taught 7 years in California. Professionally, he has performed as a singer and instrumentalist for over 40 years.

and never left. Mr. Harris took over the music department of Palmer High that same year and continued for the next 10 years. The subsequent 9 years were spent teaching at Palmer Jr. Middle School before returning to PHS where he has continued to teach to the present.



Literature Humor with Value! By Hillary Saffran Are you feeling a bit stressed out and need a break? Then be sure to follow the progress of “Laughing Your Way Through Hell... Tips for Self Care While Going through Adversity.” Scheduled for publication in March, this compilation of stress management with humor techniques plus a plethora of stories and anecdotes will keep you smiling.

The History of Dieting Many years ago and far away in the land of the cave man, lived Neandal and his wife Noni. He had met Noni through the local organization, “Cave Cupid”. He was quite content until Noni discovered a shiny object and saw her reflection in it. She exclaimed to Neandal, “Does this brontosaurus skin make my butt look fat?”

Check out a sample of Dieting Hell: “Your cousin Dale is so healthy. He weighs 400 pounds.” - My Grandmother

Neandal never answered Noni’s questions again after his head wound healed. However, Noni became obsessed by her appearance, and went on brontosaurus binges in between bouts of dieting on shoots and leaves. One day while bathing in a stream she became so preoccupied by the cellulite on her hips that she didn’t see the approaching prehistoric alligator and was eaten alive. The alligator didn’t know about dieting and really enjoyed his Noni lunch, especially the meaty areas around her hips.

Dieting Hell I would venture to say that if you have never been on a diet to slim down, then you:

Self-Care Tip #31 - For Dieting Hell Stress Eat a bowl of oatmeal. Carbs help you produce serotonin, a feel-good brain chemical. And it’s high in fiber, so your body will absorb it slowly, prolonging the boost.

Live in a third world country where food is scarce Are gifted with the metabolism of a humming bird and thus, you are “one of them” You have a very healthy selfimage and could care less if you fit in a designer jean size of -2 You have no self-image and could care less about what you look like, or the state of your health, and you haven’t even brushed your teeth in years Dieting. We know that it has the word “die” in it. We should take the hint. I’m sure that I’m not alone in the digestion of 217,927 articles and books on eating right, replacing the word “diet” with lifestyle, exercise, eating plans, eating scams and such in the quest of the almighty fabulous figure.

overdo it when we have festive gatherings with our friends.”

Unless you are so obsessed with your figure that you turn this simple little stress buster into a 30 day nothing but oatmeal diet. You have now begun to resemble the picture of the Quaker Oats guy.

Neandal did not know that this question was a set-up for a no-win situation. He quickly replied, “Well dear, you have been getting a bit larger in that region since the birth of Boo Boo. Perhaps you shouldn’t

Preparation for Going on a Diet There is much feasting for at least two days to twenty years before going on a diet, especially the night before the big day! After all – you know that you will never, ever eat anything like this again after your diet begins!

The Best Times to Begin a Diet: Mondays The day a new month begins The day a New Year begins When the snow begins to fall. When you can’t fit in your pants any longer. When you are breaking up with someone. When you are beginning to date someone. Before a big occasion. When you are disgusted with yourself after a big occasion. When you’re happy. When you’re sad. Before summer.

The Best Times to Cheat on a Diet: Mondays The day a new month begins The day a New Year begins When the snow begins to fall. When you can’t fit in your pants any longer. When you are breaking up with someone. When you are beginning to date someone. Before a big occasion. When you are disgusted with yourself after a big occasion. When you’re happy. When you’re sad. Before summer. The Best Times to End a Diet Mondays The day a new month begins The day a New Year begins When the snow begins to fall. When you can’t fit in your pants any longer. When you are breaking up with someone. When you are beginning to date someone. Before a big occasion. When you are disgusted with yourself after a big occasion. When you’re happy. When you’re sad. Before summer Check out the progress of the book until publication at!




PALMER CASH MOB: SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESS A new opportunity to show support for local business is making its debut in Palmer on Thursday, January 17th and again on February 21st The idea is this: a group of people organize to support local business – commit to regular participation and a minimum purchase amount, dates are selected and at a predetermined time the group descends en masse, cash in hand, to show support by buying products and services. This “buy local” movement supports small business, community relationships and helps draw people together.

> Workshops & Classes: Art, Pottery, Wheel Throwing, Handbuilding & More > Stop by anytime to glaze your own pottery! Hours: Thurs-Sat 12-6pm

Art Gallery Original local Mat-Su Artists Oil paintings, acrylics, bead work, pottery, fiber arts & more! Creativity welcome! Call for art classes & workshops.


Located at: 655 S Valley Way Palmer, AK 99645 Phone: (907) 745-4690


Go Ice Skating! Public skate at the MTA Events Center is held weekdays at noon. Cost is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and children under 16 - and $11 for a family of four.

PALMER CASH MOB 2013 is based on a grass roots movement which began in the Autumn of 2011 in Buffalo New York and has gained momentum across the continent, from St. John, New Brunswick to Bremerton, Washington and right down the road from us in Valdez.

Make Your Own Pottery!


Skate rental is $3 Monthly passes are available! Call 761-1371 for more information.

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Theatre Clue The Musical


By Valley Performing Arts Valley Performing Arts, chosen for the 2012 Governor’s Art Organization Award, will be performing CLUE THE MUSICAL February 22nd through March 17th. Director Lori Zulliger has selected her cast bringing this exciting board game to life. With the assistance from our audience, each performance will have the opportunity for

given throughout the exciting evening of events, song, and dance. Three cards will be drawn at the beginning of every performance, so the play will vary from show to show! One hard-nosed female detective is qualified to carry out the investigation. The set will rotate from room to room with plenty of humor and action - a “game night out” for the whole family to enjoy! Sense and Sensibility plays through February 3rd and CLUE THE MUSICAL runs February 22nd through March 17th. Both plays are $17 for Students/ Seniors and $19 Adults.


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215 different endings. Thanks to our gracious sponsorships from BP, MEA, Double Eagle Reality, and Wells Fargo Bank we bring you this wonderful family presentation. This popular game becomes a fun filled musical production which brings the world’s best known suspects to life and invites the audience to help solve the mystery: who killed Mr. Boddy, in which room, and with what weapon? The audience receives forms to help them deduce the solution from clues



VPA is accepting non-perishable food donations at each performance this season on behalf of the Food Pantry of Wasilla at every performance this year.

Reserve your seat online or purchase tickets by contacting the VPA office at 373-0195.

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Feed Sack Clothing Display At Palmer Museum By Selena Ortega-Chiolero Have you ever wanted to be a part of history? As we begin the New Year, the Palmer Museum is making preparations to transform its permanent collection space into a more fun and interactive experience. The staff is currently working on three new additions that should be ready for the public to enjoy by May. However, with one of the additions, we need the valley’s help. The Museum is in the process of creating a Feed Sack Clothing Display that will describe the history and development of the use of feed sack clothing during the Depression Era. Part of the display will allow the public an opportunity to dress in clothing from the period so that they can understand what life was like for our early colonists. The Museum has acquired several feed sack dresses for display but is now on the hunt for outfits to be used in the dress-up station. We are seeking donations of 1930s and 40s period clothing, in particular, feed sack dresses, that can be donated to the Museum with the intention of being used by the public. We have also acquired several patterns from the 1930s and 40s and are in need of seamstresses and tailors that would be willing to donate their time towards creating several outfits. The Museum will supply the patterns and fabric; all we need is your time and skill. All individuals who donate items or their time towards the creation of this exhibit will be listed in the official descriptive panels on display. This is an opportunity for you to help make the Palmer Museum a museum that not only houses artifacts from the Palmer region but also displays created by valley residents. Please join us in preserving our valley’s history! Not only is the Palmer Museum busy transforming its facility, it is also continuing to reach out into the community through the Palmer Second Saturday Art Walk. During this month’s Second Saturday we will be

taking a step back from the passports and instead, allow our participants to go on a garden hunt. The Palmer Museum will be giving out free personal garden containers and participants will have the chance to acquire supplies for their gardens along the Art Walk from our participating venues. By the end of the day, you can walk home with your very own starter garden kit! Second Saturday in Palmer is a great way to get to see the wonderful work our valley artists are creating as well as getting out of the winter funk and meeting some great new people. February’s Second Saturday Art Walk will be held on Saturday, February 9th from 3:00 – 8:00pm. For more information, please contact the Palmer Museum at 907-746-7668 or visit our website at During the month of February, the Palmer Museum will continue to display its exhibit Emptying Out the Closet: VAA’s Wearable Art Collection. The exhibit will be on display through February 16th so as to allow those attending this year’s Wearable Art Show: Arctic Attitude, an opportunity to stop by and learn more about this exciting valley event. About PMHA: The Palmer Museum of History and Art is a non-profit museum that serves the community of Palmer in preserving and sharing the history and art of the Palmer region.

Over 40 Ways YOU Can Have A Positive Impact YOU have the power to make an impact on your community in the Mat-Su Valley. Nonprofits help people around you every day. Help them to continue their support of this valley. Apply for your PFD online and share your dividend with Mat-Su Valley nonprofits. If every resident in our valley just gave $25 from their PFD we would raise over $2,212,500 to support nonprofits in our valley. So give a little and make a BIG IMPACT in your community. Academy Charter School Advisory Board Nugens Ranch Advocates for Dog and Puppy Wellness Palmer Arts Council Alaska Assistance Dogs Pillows for Kids Foundation Alaska Attachment and Bonding Associates Radio Free Palmer Alaska Dog and Puppy Rescue Sunshine Community Health Center Alaska Family Services Inc. The Children's Place Alaska Wildbird Rehabilitation United Way of Mat-Su Big Lake Library Advocates Valley Charities Birchtree Parents Guild Inc. Valley Community for Recycling Solutions Blood N Fire WASI Wasilla Area Seniors Inc CCS Early Learning Willow Public Library Clear Creek Cat Rescue Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers Denali Arts Council Food Pantry of Wasilla THANK YOU FOR INVESTING IN Forget Me Not Mission YOUR VALLEY! WITH YOUR HELP Friends of Palmer Public Library WE WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE Friends of Talkeetna Library Friends of Wasilla Public Library THE MAT-SU AN AMAZING PLACE Habitat For Humanity MAT SU TO LIVE FOR EVERYONE! HeartReach Pregnancy Center Jessica Stevens Community Foundation Mat-Su Senior Services Mat-Su Services for Children and Adults MSSCA Mat-Su Trails Council Inc Matanuska Valley Sportsmen Inc. Meadow Gates Farm Sanctuary Mid Valley Seniors Incorporated Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry North America Outdoor Institute NAOI Northern Susitna Institute



The Reynvaan Manifesto

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By Wes Hartlieb

I really do love the tone of an electric guitar - when tuned and run through an array of multicolored pedals and mind-blowing effects, it springs to individuality. Sonically unique, it becomes a sound as distinct as any personality or fingerprint. Few men I’ve ever met care as much about the rich smooth tone of their guitar as songwriter, Chad Reynvaan. I first met Chad in 2003 at a mutual friend’s house. From that very moment, there has never been a doubt in my mind that he was born to music. We played together that evening, and many more times on stage over the next few years. Through amazing gigs, arguments with each other, long practices, and losing a dear friend, he has always woven his life as a musical tapestry: Never looking too long at the last stroke, always looking forward to the next. Songwriting lets Chad see the world through a new lens. He can spend one evening as a jilted lover and relive a spat that may have never occurred, to bring you the feel of heartbreak. He can methodically take the perspective of another, whether it’s the mailman, a hometown hero, or a simple blade of grass. Taking this potent mix of emotions, he provides a classic pop-rock structure that reflects the bands that inspired him in his youth; his

Febuary 1st, 6-8 PM style shows bits and pieces of The Kinks and Tom Petty. Over the last year he has brought his hard blues rock to town with his band, The Sweeteners (made up of hometown imports, Mark Nelson and Eric Neet), establishing themselves as one of the most entertaining and hardworking groups in Anchorage. So it’s certainly no surprise that his solo album would bring you the same insight and devotion to the craft we’ve become accustomed to.


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Think Of Me Hill is another window into Chad’s heart, another reminder that Music is his love. An album made almost entirely in his personal studio, it has a bright 60’s pop music feel that is only reinforced by the Fender Rhodes in songs like Another Night and Quittin’ Time. And my personal favorite, Whenever You’re Around (feat. Kat Moore of Super Saturated Sugar Strings) has a chorus that causes me to sing along no matter the setting.

Community Drum Workshop Offered

Though it’s not all sunglasses and hot licks, Break Down will give you a reason to pause and reflect - a paced song, a confession of guilt, the kind of look into a songwriter’s brain our ears crave (not to mention the gorgeous violin and warped 3/4 piano breakdown). Or The Watchman, a song about a hometown local with a questionable living situation. It’s a smooth ride, the only proper compliment would be a bright sun and a rolled down window.

For thousands of years, people have used the drum as a means of coming together to heal individuals and build communities. This winter Percussion In The Valley teaching studio, operated by Dr. Meggie Aube, will offer a 4-week workshop in community drumming. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings from 10-11

It’s clear this album provides a diverse look into Reynvaan’s craft. As a listener I’m excited to have more local CD’s I love in my collection, as a local musician I’m grateful to have more and more peers to look up to and perform with, and as Chad’s friend I’m proud to be able to tell people we have a past together and that we’re friends. But there is only so far that nice words can go, so I demand you buy Chad Reynvaan’s new album Think Of Me Hill, and let your ears give you the best review possible!

Peaceful and relaxing country and gospel music

By Meggie Aube Drumming in a group has been found to help reduce stress, rejuvenate, calm, and help develop right brain creativity. Drumming alone has healing power, but in a group, healing expands exponentially.

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a.m. from February 16- March 9. The fee for the 4-class workshop is $40. This workshop is offered for adults age 18 and older. No prior experience in drumming is necessary, just a willing and creative spirit. Throughout the 4 weeks, participants will learn to unleash their inner creativity with rhythms while also learning grooves from around the world. For more information visit: http://www.    Meggie Aube cell: 319-331-1040, home: 907-745-7519 Percussion Performer and Educator BM, University of Alaska, Anchorage MA, University of Iowa DMA, Perc. Performance and Pedagogy, secondary Musicology, U. of Iowa

Wearable Art 2013 by Carmen Summerfield The Valley Arts Alliance is proud to host their 7th annual VAA Wearable Art & Runway Fashion Show at the Palmer Depot on February 16, 2013. This year we will present two identical performances—a matinee performance at 3pm and an evening performance at 7pm.


Arts The ticket price is $15 per person for each performance. For the 3pm Matinee ONLY, children 12 years old and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are on sale now—in Palmer at Fireside Books and Non-Essentials, and in Wasilla at the Town Square Art Gallery. Tickets will also be available at the door.




Wearable Art refers to hand crafted and one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork designed to be worn by the human body as an artistic expression. Using their knowledge of color, fabric and non-traditional materials, artists create unique, wearable garments which they (or their models) wear while parading down an authentic “fashion runway”, accompanied by narration and music.

and on the cover is Kaela Hartman, from last year’s ‘Wearable Art’ event

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The 7th annual Valley Arts Alliance Wearable Art & Runway Fashion Show will be an exquisite evening of art and entertainment, in what has become a well-loved winter tradition in our Valley. Don’t miss this opportunity to support the arts in the Valley!

To become a part of the 7th annual VAA Wearable Art & Runway Fashion Show, download our application package that contains the 2013 Entry Form, along with criteria, guidelines, and tips to make your entry a smashing success! Then return the completed application to us by Friday, February 8, 2013. Due to the overwhelming success of this show, we must limit entries to the first 25, so we urge you to submit your completed application early.

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This year we’re using the theme “Arctic Attitude!” for staging the show, and we’re encouraging artists to use the same theme for their creative inspiration. To view exciting scenes from years past, and see how the artists interpreted the shows’ themes, visit our Wearable Art 2012 or Wearable Art 2011 archives pages at Or visit the “Women of Wearable Art” photo exhibit on display at Vagabond Blues, 642 S. Alaska Street in Palmer, from January 12 through February 8.



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Gerygone & Twig By Josh Fryfogle First of all, I have a special place in my heart for ampersands, those neat and quirky little symbols that mean ‘and’. Second, it’s fitting that an article about Gerygone & Twig would begin with the rare opportunity to end a sentence with ‘and’. Twice in a row, even! They are a rare find indeed, this trio of musicians who’ve named themselves after a small bird and a small stick. I recently watched them perform for a full house at Sophia’s Café. Without a doubt,

the audience was there to appreciate their positive energy, sincere smiles, and a multimedia experience beyond just a performance. Pictures taken by Grace Kari, one of the trio, adorned the walls, showcasing her artistic view of the band, and other random items. Drawings by Rainy Hastings, another of the trio, hung upon the walls as well, showing too that this band is about true artistic talent, not just music. Alexander Lindgren, the third of the trio, was quick to shake my hand with a sincere and happy demeanor, and with two birds upon his head. The mayor of the

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Peaceful, Relaxing CD Release at Vagabond’s

a tribute to the mentoring role he played in Paul’s formative years. Missionary Pilot is one of my favorites because of my childhood memories flying with Ken Hughes Sr. and Jr. As a fan of traditional country music myself I really enjoyed, “Back Home Again”, and “Sowin Love”. 

By Marty Van Diest

This is a happy soothing album. The kind of music that relaxes me and puts me in a good mood. Much of the new so called “country” tends to have the opposite effect.

Paul Holmberg is an authentic Alaskan of Aleut and Swedish descent born in a Widgeon amphibious airplane 35 miles southeast of Chignik Alaska 2000 feet in the air. He has been a commercial fisherman all of his life, turning to the guitar and country music to relax from the high stress of skippering a limit seiner off the capes of the Shumagin Islands. Holmberg’s new CD, Sing Me Back Home, Again, is a mixture of traditional country and gospel music. It is heavily influence by the old country records he grew up listening to in the fishing villages of Sanak and Sand Point.  Artists like Lefty Frizzell, Merle Haggard, and Johnny Rodriquez had a huge influence on his musical style. Paul met Rueben Hillborn, “The Singing Fisherman”, early in his life. Rueben’s “Missionary Pilot”, is included in this CD,

I listened to this with a good set of headphones allowing me to enjoy the quality of the musicians in the background. These pickers have played for some of the best and their skill is obvious.  The picking of Harold Kennedy and Ronnie Stewart lend a finishing depth to the whole album. Very nice album.  I’ll be looking for the next one.

Paul Holmberg and Friends CD Release Celebration Feb 1, 6-8pm Vagabond Blues, Palmer


Gerygone & Twig Continued borough was there, Mr. Larry Devilbiss, and he asked me what the birds were all about. “I guess its just art, it just is…” I told him. He seemed to understand. I pretended to. All three of the fine musicians wore these birds like crowns, conveying to me that we were at a happening, not just a performance. There was music, art, photography, and birds… And there were other performers, too! The Marching Band Solo started off the show, performing to an enrapt audience. People talked throughout the night in the comfortable environment of Sophia’s Café, but mostly listened. Marching Band Solo did an excellent job of setting that mood, to the benefit of the poetry that followed. Whitney Winders, Jason Murak, and Rainy Hastings shared their poetry to a crowd that seemed to sense the need to pay attention. The audience is often overlooked in a performance review, but this audience was so immersed in the performance, they were part of it – and they played their part well. Overall, I had only one complaint. Despite the fact that Sophia’s has a large

parking lot, it was a struggle to find a place to park. But hey, there are worse problems, right? I would highly recommend that you take the next opportunity to see this new group, Gerygone & Twig. They’ve only been working together for 4 months or so, and I can only imagine how much they will evolve and improve in the coming new year. Oh… and it’s pronounced: ‘Jer – ig – oh – knee’. And Twig. Help ‘Em Out:

Gerygone & Twig recently started a 30 day Kickstarter campaign. If you’re unfamiliar, Kickstarter is a website that allows artists to set a financial goal for their artistic endeavors. The band wanted to raise money to record their music. Within two days, with 28 days to go, they had exceeded their goal. But you can still donate up until Wednesday, Feb 6 at 7:35 pm EST. Go here: They’ve posted a very entertaining and artistic video to help persuade you. The video is reason enough to donate. More money means more music. Let’s help them make this record!

> The Marching Band Solo and Gerygone & Twig



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My Dear Father By Vic Kohring

My father, Heinz Herbert Kohring, went to be with his Lord and Savior at the stroke of midnight on January 1st while ushering in the New Year. He was 91

Idle No More, Continued solid foods, only fish and moose broth, and herbal teas. Many people around the world have shown respect for her stand and commitment to defend her people as well as her plight of all First Nation’s people to have their treaties respected and honored. All of this stems from the pain of more than 150 years of neglect, racism, poverty, historical trauma, and many abuses by the Federal Government.   Many Indigenous peoples around the

A Personal Response To The Local Drug Epidemic By Joshua D. Williams Wasilla, Alaska may seem like a thriving consumerist strip mall, but in actuality it is plagued by a horrible drug problem. I not only know by observation but by experience.

years old and suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for the last five years. Even though my family knew the end was near, to receive that terrible call he was gone was the same as being stabbed in the heart. The passing of a loved one is never anything you can fully prepare for. With the exception of a week in the hospital, my dad’s last days were spent at the veterans and pioneers home in Palmer, which provided him excellent care.   My dad was an incredible human being. He was easily the most honest person I’ve ever known. I never knew him to tell a lie. He never cheated anyone and always saw good in everyone. A kind, generous man. My dad was completely sincere in

world can relate to these issues and more than 100 Alaska Natives, American Indians and fellow citizens gathered at Town Square in Anchorage on Jan. 11th to show their support and solidarity for the Idle No More Movement. Alaska Natives care deeply for the their lands and waters, fiercely fighting to protect their territories and subsistence resources from the devastating effects of mining and coal development. They are deeply concerned about Canada’s lack of environmental protection laws as the result of passing Omnibus Bill C-45, and

I, Josh Williams, am a recovering addict, and it seems since I have straightened my life up, all I observe is dirty heroin needles, burnt pieces of foil, empty pen tubes and dime baggies littering the so called good city which I am all too familiar with. While it is my home and although I love it, I am writing this article in response to all the problems it has had and it is facing. I moved here when I was six years old, an innocent little child. By the time I was twelve I was introduced to marijuana

his business dealings with others and never took advantage of anyone. He never fudged or cheated and always treated others with respect. My father taught me through his decency, constancy, total honesty and mostly through his devout faith in God. He was a man of few words, but rather taught by example through his kindness, generosity, loyalty and work ethic. In his own quiet way, he showed me not by words, but deeds. He also showed me he loved me more times than I can remember. My dad dealt with people in a trustworthy, straightforward way and always with a strong handshake. He would speak straight to the point--even

be a little blunt. But always sincere. He was frugal and strove to live within his means. Along with his honest thrift was an enduring sense of decency. These ideals were burned into me, which set a high standard in our household. My dad was a strong and caring parent. He worked as a team with my mother. He the breadwinner and she the homemaker and rudder of the household.

I have a ton of great memories of my dad all the way from my youth. I will always treasure them and carry them in my heart for the remainder of my life. I remember my fourth birthday on August 2, 1962 when my dad hoisted me on his

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how it can potentially impact salmon and water quality.   Canada’s waterways do not stop at the border crossings.  If rivers in Yukon or British Columbia become polluted and affect salmon health, we can only expect that to carry over into Alaska’s waterways. Alaska Natives from many different regions took part in making speeches, sharing dances and songs, and shared a firm reminder that water is sacred. As one sign had stated, Idle No More is not just an “Indian thing”, it’s about protecting people’s rights, and the environment from fossil fuel companies. 

and alcohol. Both of which could be considered gateway drugs and I totally agree. Although it is socially accepted, it seems, that many hardcore drugs such as meth, cocaine, and heroin are all becoming the same; socially accepted and tolerable, or at least in this town they are. Believe me, you name it, I’ve pretty much done it besides shooting up or “banging” as they call it, which appears to be the easiest and quickest way to get your fix these days for all or most addicts or users. It is also the most addicting and destructive way to do any drug and it is not only these three drugs I just stated

that are being indulged this way, but also pharmaceuticals. Pharmaceutical companies profit a great deal at the expense of others, it makes you wonder if these pharmaceutical companies Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca and so on are here to help us or get us addicted so they can make money off of our misfortunes. Either way, they still make a tremendous profit and the street value of these drugs once a person has filled a prescription is astronomical. When I was using


The Old Man By Gregory Gusse

As a young man I rode the brake beam hung tight to the rods and spit in the Old Man’s eye as the sands and stones sped by and spitefully followed my dream I refused to give into peccadillos irony or tragedy or future plans any hand hold he might of had even beaten bloody and feeling bad on the Mother Road in yellow Amarillo his face a green gun barrel in Berkeley and Isla Vista and learnin’ at Kent State too I laughed at him for my fun I knew those others were at peril then it turned to my thirties and I sailed away like most do with dark red wine ‘n sweet cocaine I ignored the Old Man empty brained while on my white sails and ocean of invincibility my children and writing showed me immortality of the spirit and soul in which I believe during those blissful years not of the corporal body and tears but I hadn’t entered the Old Man’s territory Time came the Old Man came to fight me time after time he thought he could take me and my strong heart beat him back I told him this was my land But the Old Man is a persistent devil and time is his to bide like a game where the master lets you win it’s a false pride my brass horns and revel

How can I fear a face I’ve known so well? like a lover I’ve gone to bed with and see her grace in the morning light that I’ve embraced and held tight and secrets shared I’ll never tell If I can get it into my head The Old Man tells me if I choose to dance with him and ply the river for a whim I will live till I’m dead Pray for me if it makes you feel better if it fits your sense of community my end won’t be more or less miserable The Old Man made my journey so pleasurable just right for me and a joyous adventure.

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I Am a Survivor By Gregory Gusse

Author’s note: Horrible crimes of rape have made the news, in Delhi, India and Steubenville, Ohio and thousands and thousands more have occurred just today that never reach our eyes or hearts. Our Governor has a program called Choose Respect and The Frontiersman has started their Men of Courage featuring local CEO’s and business leaders. The following article is not for children it is graphic and hurting but it goes places that the Men of Courage can’t, nor can simply choosing respect. The author has expressed what happened to him and why he thinks it did and why he thinks it does to others. Again there is nothing nice here. I am a survivor of rape. I am a survivor because I can confront the evil done to me. I was brutally and repeatedly physically raped as a child by neighbors. But in an equally brutal way I was raped in business, I was raped by my religion in a spiritual way, and like most, feel raped by my government. And too, like most every one of us, I was taught that rape is the natural order of things. Maybe not in those words but that is the sentiment and I was taught that it is rewarded as well. It is no surprise that the Latin for the Lord, Dominus, and the result of rape, domination, are the

same root. That is, rape is not a sex crime. Rape is all about power and does not need to be physical. The plight of Lucretia 2500 years ago, a physical and political rape, shows things haven’t changed in a long time. It is this culture of rape whether physical, mental, financial or political that must be changed, now and finally! This culture that would have the town of Steubenville, Ohio chose the vile perpetrators, rapists, because they are the football team over the innocent victim. This culture that would reward a business rapist with a presidency, or a President that would reward financial rapists, needs to be changed. Rape and success are moral opposites but cultural synonyms. I think even the gun issue falls into this cultural abomination. Ultimately isn’t it the fear of being violated by apocalyptic zombies or apocalyptic governments that have the weaker souls clutching their weapons while the corporations with total domination keep that fear and that hope alive that they will be the ones who will survive the un-survivable and curiously will be allowed to rape at will? I truly believe most physical rape results from a powerlessness and sense of inadequacy. Both lead to an insanity that might be cured if our society had a different standard than dominance for success. I’ve even heard folks say they wish they could be Donald Trump, not because of his money or his hair style but because: “Wow, God I wish I could just say to her ‘You’re Fired!!’. We see our prisons as a learning ground for rape. Not just in the dominance battle between inmates but even corrections officers brutally raping prisoners which is still a misdemeanor in many states. Worse we joke about prison rape as if it were a just punishment for young men who happened to be caught. How can that be funny to anyone? Our religions, especially Baptist and Catholic, seem to condone rape at least amongst their pastors and priests. And doesn’t the Bible say physical rape is just okee dokee, if you are on the “right” side? I’ll

just cite: Judges 21:10-24, Numbers 31:718, Deuteronomy 20:10-14, Deuteronomy 22:23-24, 2 Samuel 12:11-14, Deuteronomy 21:10-14, Judges 5:30, Exodus 21:7-11, Zechariah 14:1-2, and more that aren’t as explicit. The most despicable is God forcing a woman to marry her rapist! Deuteronomy 22:28-29 28 If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found; 29 Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel’s father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days. No wonder blinded congress people and senators say women have no rights to their bodies and condone rape, the Bible tells them so! Of course the guy has to be caught first! Perhaps the abortion clamor is ultimately a rape issue as well, exacting a male domination over women. It certainly isn’t a biblical issue, causing a miscarriage (the closest and only mention) is a misdemeanor with a small fine. Rape is a gender crime, it is almost always perpetrated by men mostly on women and small boys. Only women have abortions. Some states even claim rapists have “property rights” to children born from their assaults! The male dominance of the culture and the continued demand that woman are property is only part of the problem. Ultimately the notion that domination and power equate to success hurts all of us and makes us slaves to a false ideal. Domestic violence and spousal rape fall under this same cultural problem. Local attorney Wayne Anthony Ross (and almost Attorney General) is purported by witnesses to have said “If a guy can’t rape his wife...who’s he gonna rape?” and “There wouldn’t be an issue with domestic violence if women would learn to keep their mouths shut.” And Senator Bob Wilson echoed the sentiment, “But if you can’t rape your wife, who can you rape?” Todd Akins was made nationally

famous with his “legitimate rape” as was Richard Mourdock who would not make an exception for abortions in the case of rape because pregnancies are “something that God intended to happen.” Domestic child abuse is a form of rape even though only about 10% is sexual. Again power, domination and property are the prime factors. Even our language demands the use of the possessive in referring to “my wife”, “my husband” and “my children”. It is difficult to rectify an attitude if the only way of referencing family is as a possession. In a culture where property is sacrosanct and a man’s (not a woman’s) home is his castle, supplanting feelings of inadequacy and powerlessness, with cruel abuse is frankly not surprising, nor is it that child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education. I don’t hold that rape is a national or even state epidemic. It is not a disease. I think it will only truly be dealt with when we acknowledge that it is a national institution! Certainly here in Alaska it seems overly prevalent, especially in Bush communities. It may be that it simply is more noticeable, in the crucible of remote villages, and not as some say enhanced by a sub-culture. I would tend to believe that poverty, hopelessness, powerlessness and educational disadvantage are more likely culprits, but at this time there is no evidence to that. For many of the Native populations those are institutions as well. I do not wish to diminish the fact that physical rape is primarily a denigration of a woman’s humanity. But I do feel it necessary to provide my testament to this social evil. My story is graphic as it must be to relate the horror and is not suitable for young children. I call it July Days: My sun is obscured by the summer haze. Rather than walk or run I seem to float in a sweet sticky atmosphere scented with honeysuckle and cut grass. Asphalt cul-de-sacs, called courts, dead-end into

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falling water. The last week of July brought even higher temperatures. My world was nearly clasped still , except for an unheard low growl, like approaching an injured dog. My way back from music class was terrifying. Perspiration poured into my clothing which stuck to me like wet papier-mâché in the loneliness and fear of the silent woods. My heart rose as I neared the edge of the woods and could see the asphalt that led to my home. But it soared when I heard a human voice, “come here look at this”. I looked around and saw the work shop or garage that had been built at the edge of the woods, about 100 feet from the home at the top of the court. Two of the “big” boys were there, brothers, I didn’t know their names. They didn’t usually associate with little kids, but the call was to me. I had seen them during the winter. The neighborhood sled run started at this little block building and went down the hill through the all the backyards. I had snuck up there once to try the sled run with my aluminum saucer. A big boy had taken it from me and immediately wrecked and bent it. I cried. But now they called out to me! “OK”, I called. I took off my shoes and skipped down the grassy slope. “In here” I entered the dark little building and felt the coolness on my bare legs and coldness of the concrete on my bare feet.

I’d like to be a raven to Sit on a light pole and squawk out a tune; Ruffle my feathers and fly past the moon; Collect shiny things and eat a la carte; Abuse all the dogs to show them I’m smart. A trickster I would be For a trickster I am; A salty-dog of a bird A curmudgeonly clown. Yet, Appearances deceive And high in the hills I’d think of things To confound in this realm. Then fly, Yes I would, Daily, to slay The self-righteous musings And Pharisaic displays Of serial preachers, mullahs, Rabbis, and priests, Who Devine what is good For all of us meek And irresolute folks, Who don’t see their vision And persist in revolt, And, thus, Must be forced to reside In the sterile confines Of their unhappy minds; A place where God is used as a foil To enhance their sale of the ole snake oil. Where others are styled As demonic beasts, Who’d eat out your soul And devour it complete.

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If I were a raven That’s what I would do To create a world More true to the view Of faith, hope, and love, Abide ye these three, And love your neighbor as She and he must love thee.

Editor’s Note: This story is probably the most intense and emotional writing I’ve received in nearly six years of publishing Make A Scene. The rest of the story is too graphic for our publication, too honest. However, the courage it takes to write something like this is undeniable, so I could not deny the author. This article shines sunlight on the darkest parts of the human experience. And like the sun, truth can be difficult to look at. The rest of this true story is available at the author’s website, if you have the courage:

Oh, To Be a Raven By Roger Miller


bands of black oak forest in these early notions of suburban subdivision. Each court is its own neighborhood and our parents have gone out of their way to know each other. It is a community. I know other barefoot children who cross the sun fired bubbling tar with more faith than Parsi fakirs in salvation laying just on the other side; in the cool grass of precisely mowed and trimmed lawns. The courts would be too long for present day planners, but then it provided a feeling of security. My parents talk about somebody named Kennedy. He is married to a princess, I think. She is wonderful and beautiful. I don’t know much about presidents to be, but I am sure I know a great deal about princesses. It is a time before we irrationally fear strangers or the real dangers that lurk closer to home or in our homes. So, we have many short cuts through our neighbor’s properties and all the backyards join in a park like setting: fences are unknown. You go through Mrs. So-N-So’s to get to the road to cross to get to the Junior High or along the path at the end of the court, straight across the street and down the path into the next court, then across the street at the end at the bottom of the hill to get to my elementary school. It’s about a mile and represents the end of my physical world. All other places and distances require dreaming or sometimes begging, like the 7-11, or the drug store with a soda fountain at the little shopping center, church, or Grandma’s house in a state called Ohio. Despite my innocence and ignorance I live in a society of guilt. I go to church regularly not by choice or my parents demand, though that weighs in, but by the fear of eternal hell: the priest seems to look directly at me when he speaks of guilt and evil. I wish I knew what I did. Guilt beats down on us like the unrelenting sun. I went to parochial school until I was seven and the nuns spanked me and told me I was born in sin and it is my fault. I haven’t fathomed contradiction

yet. Adam and Eve ate from the tree of Knowledge; knowing is evil. I am evil and guilty. There is nothing I can do about it but pray I remain ignorant. I might just get by. In my future I will read 1984 and understand fully. At least, now I go to a public school. The discourse on power is different. It has shifted to The Law and the State as paternal control, as has the discourse on corporeal punishment. I don’t know these things but I feel them or the results of the discussion. I haven’t felt the heat of a spanking since I have been here, two long years, almost a quarter of my life. School is off for the summer but I have music lessons there on MondayWednesday-Friday for all of July. During the school year I take the school bus, but, I have to walk the long hot mile to class for the summer. It only takes about half an hour but it seems forever, especially in the acorn and leaf littered bands of black oak forest. It is an escape from the sultry streets, but with its cooler dank air comes a different oppressiveness, a green and nearly impenetrable closeness, as much learned from our fairy tales as might be genetic. No wonder the ginger bread house was so enticing. It’s about 100 yards up hill from the end of our mowed lawns through the forest to the street and similarly on the other side, though, downhill: just six hundred lonely, dark feet. The path delineates the bordering properties and the almost identical split-level homes set back a mere 75 feet from the asphalt that by mid-day shines obsidian. I stare ahead at that shining black river. It is my home, my safety and my innocence and my ignorance: nearly at the center of my known universe. Each day melts into the other as the summer continues on. Our joy and time steam in a way that is almost painful; almost stifling in its endlessness. Some days the afternoons bring thunderstorms and we dance in our underwear in the puddles that lay in concrete driveways. On other days we get in our swimsuits and flit amongst the cool droplets of the sprinklers. We don’t know that this is the truth of absolution and the perfection of


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My Dear Father, continued strong shoulders and carried me around. I felt like I was a mile in the air, but felt safe. I remember him leading my family in prayers in my room when I was bedridden from a basketball injury in high school. I remember him attending all of my sporting events from football to baseball, basketball to track. Graduations to band concerts. Dad was always there to show his support. He encouraged me with my studies and insisted I try different things such as electronics as a good potential career. I even remember my dad punishing me when I needed disciplining. I can still feel his size-16 boot planted in my rearend on a construction job when I talked back. My only regret is he didn’t kick me harder as I deserved more. But he never punished me because he wanted to hurt me, rather because he loved me--the reason a parent punishes a child. I’m sure it hurt him more than me. Another time he knelt with me beside my bed to pray that God help me with a particular discipline problem. Thinking back on these moments brings tears to my eyes.    I worked on many construction jobs with my dad over the years, mostly installing and finishing drywall. His craftsmanship endures in hundreds of homes throughout Anchorage and the Valley.

Zoroastrianism and Christianity:

A Historical Musing By Al Christian Moses wrote the Pentateuch (the first five books of the bible). Obviously that means that there were no written records of the ‘Hebrews’ prior to his writing said books. It makes sense, considering that Moses was raised as an Egyptian, and those people were really into writing things

I’ve always been proud that he passed the drywall trade to me, something his father passed along to him. It’s hard work, but honorable and requires lots of effort and skill. I’ve never known anyone with the talent my dad had to beautifully apply custom, artistic hand textures, especially with such huge hands. He was the best. My dad also had the most keen wit and funniest sense of humor of anyone I’ve known. Even when hospitalized recently and on the verge of dying, he managed to get the doctors and nurses to laugh frequently. It was amazing. He commented in the emergency room that the wires, tubes and all the fuss over him were “no big deal, because all the pretty ladies working on me makes it fun!” My dad was part of Battery A, 501st Armored Field Artillery Battalion of the 14th Armored Division during World War II, known as “liberators.” Without hesitation, he enlisted in the Army in 1942 and fought in the front lines on the battlefields of France against Hitler’s German forces. It’s the freedoms he so selflessly fought and risked his life for that we as a people enjoy today. Despite the death and destruction witnessed during the war, he told me just last month that he never gave much thought to the risks on the battlefields because, “I had a job that needed doing.”

down – ‘So let it be written, so let it be done,’ and all that jazz. These books are so full of hidden meaning, it leaves little doubt that their literal meaning is not historically specific, nor was it ever meant to be. The Zohar explains these meanings, as do the Sefer Yetzirah, Sefer Bahir and other writings. This doesn’t invalidate the writings of Moses, written by an initiate of the Egyptian mysteries, but rather sheds light on their true purpose for self-illumination. 
 Take a step back in time, prior to the Egyptian ‘slavery’. The Egyptians called

When I ran for the legislature and campaigned door-todoor, I frequently met people who knew my dad. I often heard, “Aren’t you Heinz Kohring’s son?,” instead of, “Aren’t you Representative Vic Kohring?” I thought it was neat because my father was far more significant than my job and political title. Hearing these words instilled pride in my heart. My dad was well known in the Valley and even viewed as a folk hero. He could often be seen riding his bicycle along Wasilla area bike paths and roads as recently as two summers ago. He loved the Carrs deli a mile from home where he often drank coffee and read the newspaper. My dad was super loyal to my family and I. He would give me anything I asked if it would make my life better. Even in his final days and with a clouded mind racked by Alzheimer’s while stooped over with a cane, he offered several times to help me any way he could. All I needed to do was ask he said. The last days spent with my dad were priceless. I wanted to be with and comfort him in his time of need, not really expecting he would soon pass away. I feel incredibly fortunate and blessed that I was able to visit him daily during his short, seven week stay at the pioneer’s home. Talking with my dad, pushing

these people ‘Hebrews’, and consider that Moses was an Egyptian first. These people lived in ‘bondage’ for hundreds of years, so they were certainly used to calling themselves ‘Hebrews’ as well. But what if they were called something else entirely prior to the captivity, and Moses just called them what he was used to calling them, ‘Hebrews’. What if Moses’ account in the first 5 books is really just a magical, mystical incantation on par with the Egyptian mystery plays, with very little consideration for historical accuracy. And why would he consider historical

him around in his wheel chair which he enjoyed, helping feed him his favorite foods, watching war movies together, holding his hand and keeping him calm are now very precious memories. Most special was on November 18th when my family joined dad for lunch at the pioneers home. My dad offered to lead us in prayer that was so clear, articulate and heartfelt, he unmistakably had a connection with God. I could not contain my tears. Being with him in the hospital was special for me too as I sat with him in the Intensive Care Unit while he made a miraculous, although short-lived recovery. We developed a special bond during that brief time, beyond what we ever had before. My father bravely fought his illness and never let it faze him. I never heard him complain. Not once. I told him I loved him the last time I saw him and said a prayer that God keep him in His hands before I left his room. I know he heard me. He was gone less than a day later.

It was my honor and I’m very proud to have been known as Heinz Kohring’s son. My life was enriched to have him as my dad. He was a great man. I love you dad and already miss you terribly. I cherish your memory. You are my hero. Vic Kohring is a resident of Wasilla

accuracy? Moses wasn’t a modern day fundamentalist, he was an ancient Egyptian, at the highest levels of Egyptian power, privy to all the great mysteries that still confound modern scholars. Mystery, mysticism, magic, these were all things that Moses had an intimate knowledge of, knowledge he undoubtedly carried with him into the dessert as he led the ‘Hebrews’ out of Egypt. Not only does this explain why history doesn’t line up with the account of Moses,

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By Josh Fryfogle Gun control is a stupid idea. At every point in history where gun control has been instituted, people were soon subjugated. However, there’s a spiritual mechanism at work within the debate on this issue.

We fear people with guns. We fear having our guns taken away. We fear the fiscal cliff. We fear terrorists. We fear healthcare. We fear not having healthcare. We fear natural disasters. We fear the coming apocalypse. We fear government. We fear anarchy. We fear each other. We fear ourselves. I’m of the belief that there are really only two emotions: Love and Fear. Every other emotion can be filed under these two categories. Sometimes anger is a fear emotion. Sometimes it’s a love emotion. The reason for emotions determines the spirit with which it is felt.

having our gun rights infringed. The spirit of fear is one of uncertainty. It is not a power position, but a position of weakness. While the practical need for guns is obvious, to ensure liberty, the spiritual need for love is even greater.

Right now the political leaders on both sides of the illusory left/right are using fear to sway us, to divide us. In the end it matters not whether we have guns, as much as it matters if we have fear or love as a guiding force.

We’ve allowed a government gone mad, h both Republicans and Democrats, to use

Why do you want a gun? To protect your loved ones? Well that is love. However, wanting guns to protect your self comes from fear. The second amendment is about protecting our way of life, our children and their children, from tyranny. It’s not about self-defense. Most adults would gladly die for their children. This is the ultimate love.

fear to guide our nation’s war machine. They tell us to fear the terrorists, and then we allow them to invade and destroy many countries, countless lives. And they use guns to do it. Meanwhile, you’re much more likely to be killed by police brutality than by a terrorist. Actually, you’re more likely to be killed by a host of things than the boogeyman of terrorism.

So my point, as I emote through my keyboard, seems to be this: There is a powerful force at work, and it truly threatens our way of life. More than guns, madmen on SSRI drugs, terrorism, violence in media. But we shouldn’t fear this threat, because the threat is fear. Just don’t.


“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.” Albert Einstein “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’” Romans 8:15 “Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.” Babe Ruth “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” Mark Twain

Just love. “It’s easy…” The Beatles, All You Need Is Love “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 “Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.” Buddha “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” Bill Cosby “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.” Thomas Jefferson “Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.”

“Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood.” Khalil Gibran “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” Frank Herbert, Dune “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” Plato “A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Children of Húrin “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18

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As Americans, we used to act with boldness and faith. We believed in Americans’ abilities to create the greatest

If we lived in a society that actively loved, we wouldn’t have madmen on psychotropic drugs killing innocents. If we could remember our purpose, to

Let’s not fear one another, or the government, or some foreign enemy. Instead, let’s actively love those who hate us, until we transmute their hatred to love. Love is the most powerful force on earth. No gun can kill love.

Mahatma Gandhi, “Gandhi, Autobiography”, M. K. Gandhi

, These instances of madmen with guns, randomly killing innocent men, women and children are horrific. But still, they pale in comparison to the war machine e - the ‘military industrial complex’ as Eisenhower called it.

Let’s not lose our love for one another. Love can pre-vent fear. Actively loving dispels fear. Like a single candle in a dark room dispels the darkness, love illuminates us. There’s no reason to be scared of the darkness, if love lights your way.

overcome fear through love, then we wouldn’t be sending our indiscriminate war machine to far away lands, spreading fear throughout the world.


Fear is a powerful tool, and on a mass scale, fear of a common threat can sway the masses. You might think that I’m referring to the obvious fear-mongering of the gun control lobby, telling us that we need gun control to keep us safe from lunatics who might walk into a public place and shoot everyone. Well, that’s a good example of fear tactics, but not the m subject of this article. d a The fear that I’m referring to is the fear of

country on earth, not as an arrogant slogan, but as a noble mission – a purpose. That’s how this country was built. Now we act out of fear. All of our resources are devoted to fear. Everything is reactive rather than proactive. Our society is sick.



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Zoroastrianism Continued

without any sign of the ‘Hebrews’, but also it leaves you wondering who in history were the ‘Hebrews’, before the Egyptians got a hold of them? I think the answer lies in Zoroaster. Of course, history is obscure regarding Zoroaster, leaving lots of room to speculate. This is the first religion that represented a true duality of divinity, good and evil and what not. 
Now take a step forward, and consider the allegory of the Christ birth. He was born, and three ‘Magi’ followed a star to give him gifts and proclaim him king. ‘Magi’ historically are Zoroastrian priests who studied astrology. 
 And when Herod sought to kill the Christ, he was swept away to the protection of... wait for it... Egypt! Full circle! The land of Horus, Isis, and Osiris, the undeniable archetype of the Christian trinity, complete with virgin birth and martyr god! Take another step forward in time, and Christ, upon becoming a man, disappears from the narrative. The missing years, as they say. What if he rejoined those Magi, in order to learn the true religion, which they had kept pure just for that time? Of course, the historical veracity of any mythos is irrelevant, only the meaning holds any practical value. However, it amazes me that the ‘Gnostics’ were so persecuted, while the state co-opted the mystical rites and initiation of the ancient Zoroastrian/ Hebrew/Egyptian/Gnostic/Christian mystics, watering it down to a control mechanism. 
I think maybe the Gnostics were following the evolved Zoroastrian traditions, and Yeshua (that was the real name of Jesus, in case you weren’t aware) went to them for initiation into the mysteries, and to study and learn his part in the mystery play - a divine ritual that would

that Zoroastrians rejected the use of temples, altars, and statues – echoing the 4th Commandment given to Moses. He goes on to draw startling connections from Zoroaster to even the Druids of ancient Briton. Pike also writes that Zoroastrians are under moral obligation to kill serpents, echoing the biblical concept of enmity between serpents and the children of Adam.

change the world. And did it ever...
 And according to Sri Swami Sivananda:
“The birth of Zoroaster was miraculous. The glory of Ahura Mazda descended from heaven and entered the house of the future mother of the prophet. When she was pregnant, archangels came to her and worshipped and praised the unborn child.”

Interesting notes: Plutarch suggested that Zoroaster existed around 6000 B.C. Others have suggested other dates. Zoroaster was also known as Zarathustra, and the etymology of the name is complex, considering time and language has changed. It could mean ‘yellow camels’, it could mean ‘gold camels’, it could mean ‘gold star’, or ‘gold light’, or even ‘shining star’. Zoroaster, by common consensus, was ancient Aryan. Legend has it that his people worshipped many gods until he united them under one true God, Ahura Mazda, whose name means ‘light wisdom’. ‘Light’ was a natural symbol of God, though not God himself. Zoroaster taught a concept of heaven and hell, with heaven being a place of paradise, and hell being a place of fire. ‘Paradise’ is a Zoroastrian word, and it means ‘garden’. Luke 23:43 Manly P. Hall suggests that there were many Zoroasters, and that the name is really a title, like Pope, or Elder. Albert Pike, in ‘Morals and Dogma’, says that Zoroaster taught Pythagoras, and that Zoroaster had received his beliefs from the ancient traditions of India. Also, Pike says

According to legend, Zoroaster went up a mountain to receive a message from his God, and was supposed to

The Win of Change By Nan Potts

share that message with humanity. Virgin birth of a savior was a Zoroastrian concept. Zoroaster taught that God had first placed humanity in a paradise (garden), before the evil entity tempted them, becoming the source of all evil in the world. Zoroaster taught that there would be a Judgement Day, where paradise would be restored.

Most seeds, that are well nurtured will bear fruit at end of day. Their response to cultivation Sends their legacy on its way.

The win of change we've chosen, is coming to us fast. Once crept upon our periphery, is invading us at last.

But, if seeds are over-cared for, over-watered, over-fed and given more than they produce, You will surely find them dead.

To slink into our pockets and into our daily lives, it neither rests or sleeps, as it creeps, Subversive, as it hides.

And what of your return, on your investment given true? You sank your time and money into one who did fail you.

With its air of smooth progression to care for man's goodwill, for the future heirs apparent, it will likely make them ill. The health of human-kind, which history validates, lies in personal responsibility not in regnant magistrates. The poor will be with us, always. Alas, the fate of some. 'Tis been a human plight since our mortal time's begun. To extend a hand of fellowship and help someone in need, is to honor Man and God alike; as the planting of a seed.

It had no responsibility. It had more than what it needed. It would not produce a single thing, were your expectations heeded? Wise documents are written to help guide a people through the pitfalls of a governing power which may try to master you. No long, drawn-out handouts, in them anywhere provides. But, politicians love to write the bills in which "pork" hides. Change is a cosmic constant, both good and bad alike. Let's hope this win of change is what we really like.

My Thought for the New Year By Chris Bottoms People of the United States of America, it is time to stand up for our nation this new year! We have an illegal president passing illegal laws that are right now pushing forward to destroy our nation! Stand up before we are pushed down! This was my thought for the New Year.

Many in our nation are blindly supporting and praising laws such as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Which makes it seem great to have “free” medical, but no one calculated the costs before jumping on the bandwagon. Also, the President’s attack on our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.

Controlled government? The right to defend ourselves? The freedom to choose what we believe? Are those the “negative liberties” that the President is referring to? Here’s another thing interesting about the President’s view of the Constitution. According to the Constitution itself there is an oath that the President must take before accepting the office. At the end of Article 2 section 1 of the Constitution of the United States of America it states: Before he (the President) enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” The President has to take an oath to support the Constitution! Obama, according to the Constitution, was required to take this oath! If he did, then his actions and statements show that he is a liar. If he did not, then he is not a legal President of the United States.

Stand up Americans before you wake up and America is nothing more than a happy memory.

Abruptly I was approached by a supervisor at work who said I wasn’t the same, lacking performance, and I needed to step it up or I would lose my job so I gave it up. Withdrawals from both drugs were horrible but I overcame it. Now that I am sober, it disgusts me to see the problem not only persisting but getting worse. The reason this happens is because it costs them money to crack down on the drug epidemic and not only costs them but you and me (taxpayers) money. So either way our community pays out and loses, and so do the addicts because they chose to destroy their lives with drugs. Methamphetamine or “clear” or “glass” as it is commonly referred to is another persisting problem in this city and state. Priced similar to heroin and weighing in the same intervals it is probably the most corrosive of all street drugs to the human body and mind. I, myself, have only done meth a handful of times and honestly did not like its affects. The high from meth is a hyper wiry one on which a person using it could potentially stay up for days on end, even months, if the use is persistent. “Glass” is commonly smoked like heroin off of foil using a pen tube or “tooter” to suck up and inhale the smoke. The affects are quick acting and quite instant. Signs that somebody is using meth are

Cocaine these days is not the same as it was when it was first being smuggled into the USA from Columbia. Currently most cocaine is cut with baking soda or baby formula to increase the weight therefore increasing the value for the potential drug dealer. Prices still are similar and vary little to that of heroin and cocaine. There is some variance but not much. I too have struggled with cocaine in the past but overcame it. It took me being told by my family, friends and peers, that I looked like death itself to realize I had a problem and to fix the problem. All a person has to want to do is seek change and surround themselves with different people that are not using. The mind and human psyche are powerful things and I believe it is the thoughts, feelings and emotions we have which shape our very existence. So, for all those struggling with addiction, you can change it in an instant by simply wanting a better life. Life itself, although hard at times, is about being happy and living to the fullest. There is no reason for suffering in the world, human beings bring that upon themselves and when one person is suffering the people around them are suffering as well. So, I challenge everybody to do something about this epidemic and about their own lives by simply changing their thoughts and the people they surround themselves with because we only have one life, I think, and life should be good, no… GREAT.

Jan 2013

The Constitution GUARANTEES our rights and the ability to remove government if necessary.

Oxycontin after a lift threatening snowboard accident that put me near the brink of death, an 80mg tablet was $100.00 US dollars. Quickly they skyrocketed to $200.00 to $240.00 a pill. This is when I gave them up but was shortly introduced to heroin or opiates, street value is $50.00 a tenth, and by a tenth I mean a tenth of a gram, a gram selling for $250.00 to $300.00.

pox marks or sores on the face and body, rapid loss of weight and yellowing of the complexion or skin, which are the same symptoms and side effects of heroin. The last and final drug I would like to discuss is cocaine.

President Obama does not care about the Constitution or this nation that it protects. If you think that our current president isn’t trying to destroy the Constitution, think about what he said about it in an early radio interview... Mr. Obama said that, “generally the


Response to Drug Epidemic, Continued


America is in a crisis. It’s not a crisis of money or safety from foreign threats. It is a crisis threatening our freedom. The scary thing about this threat is that it is not coming from other nations, the environment, or even some super secret terrorist group. This threat is from the very government that is sworn to protect us. It doesn’t matter what race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or political party you are. It will affect you.  There are laws being passed that can have no other reasonable goal than to break our nation and enslave its people. These laws violate our freedoms, remove personal responsibility, and give the government power beyond what is reasonable and Constitutional.

Constitution is a charter of negative liberties.” Negative liberties? Let’s look at those “negative” liberties for a moment.




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Visit SENIORS Palmer Senior Citizens Center, Inc.

The primary mission of the Palmer Senior Citizens Center, Inc. is to assist individuals age sixty or older, individuals of any age with Alzheimer’s Disease or Related Disorders, individuals of any age on the Medicaid Waiver program and other eligible individuals in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough remain as independent as possible in the least restrictive environment possible and out of expensive nursing homes for as long as possible. Services include: congregate and home delivered meals, transportation, adult day services, care coordination, senior employment, family caregivers support, information / referral, chore services, senior housing, chore services, Better Choices Better Health classes, HELP program, activities and volunteer opportunities. 745-5454,

Alzheimer’s Resource Agency of Alaska

As Alaska’s resource on Alzheimer’s disease, the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Agency of Alaska (ADRAA) is committed to providing information, education and services for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders (ADRD) and their caregivers. We have served Alaskans since 1984, and today we help more than 5,000 people annually. As a non-profit statewide organization, we provide family consultations, care coordination, in-home services for frail elders & individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and education programs to family caregivers and health care professionals. We are your resource for information and can refer you to services in Alaska or the contiguous U.S. Sam Meneses, 746-3432,

Valley Charities, Inc; dba Turn-A-Leaf Thrift Store

Provides medical equipment to all income brackets in the Valley; provides clothing and household goods to Valley residents that are economically disadvantaged. John Rozzi , 376-5740

Wasilla Area Seniors, Inc. (WASI)

A Health and Wellness Campus for Seniors on the Go! The goal at WASI is to assist and refer services for Seniors 60 and older so they can live as independently as possible for as long as possible. Some of the services provided are: Meals: Family Style Meals Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Center. Meals on Wheels home delivered meals. Housing: Independent Housing for low income and Market rate individuals. Optional Assisted Living Services Transportation: Partnership with MASCOT Bus $.60 per one way ride. Dr. visits by appointment Other Activities: Cards, Wii, and Painting at the Center Blood Pressure Checks Club50 Fitness Center, Strong Seniors Program ($5/8 weeks) Shopping Trips and other outings Valley Performing Arts Theater Visits And much more… call 376-3104 opt.2 for more information. Dennie Jaques , 376-3104

Mat-Su Area Partnership (MAP)

An organization of non-profit agencies in the MatSu Valley. MAP holds a monthly meeting on a Thursday at the Menard Sports Complex in Wasilla.

Mid-Valley Seniors Inc

Mid-valley Seniors has 3 senior housing units 18 apartments and serves a congregate meal Mon-Fri at 5.30PM Soup and salad bar main meal served at 6 Pm. Home delivered meals served daily fresh Mon-Fri, weekend meals are frozen. Transportation Department for doctors appointments in the Valley Wasilla and Palmer area, Mon-Wed-Fri 9.00Am -3Pm.

Shopping trips, and pharmacy stops, Tues – Thursday 9Am -1Pm Come up to the Center for activities or dinner,24 hours in advance notice. Lorie Rounds, 892-6114

FAMILIES & CHILDREN Alaska Family Services

Alaska Family Services is a multi-dimensional non-profit that has over 20 programs serving the Mat-Su Valley. Major areas are: domestic violence, behavioral health, WIC, family support, and residential for youth with emotional issues. Donn A. Bennice, Ph.D. 746-4080

LINKS Mat-Su Parent Resource Center.

We provide support and assistance to families with disabilities. LINKS provides support and trainings, parent to parent connections to mentor, information and referral, and access to library materials. These services are provided through one-onone assistance and individualized workshops for small or large groups. Our vision is to ensure that every parent and family who has a child with a special need has access to information, education, outreach, and support in a culturally competent environment and to empower then to be advocates for themselves, their children, and their families. New location on the Palmer-Wasilla Hwy next to North Star Bakery, across the street from MSSCA. Amber Parker, Admin Assisiant. , 373-3632

Family Promise Mat-Su

Provides a shelter for families without housing. We mobilize community resources and local congregations to provide compassionate care through shelter, meals, and case management to families without housing. Guest families are housed in area church buildings at night for a week at a time...moving to new host church on Sundays. Applications are available on our website. 357-6160,

The Children’s Place

The Children’s Place child advocacy center is a child-friendly, neutral facility where professionals from many agencies involved in the evaluation, investigation and treatment of child abuse meet to coordinate and bring their services to the child and their family. We provide child forensic interviews, medical exams, linkage to mental health providers, follow-up support and referrals throughout the investigation process. Referrals to The Children’s Place are made through law enforcement and Office of Children’s Services. The Children’s Place, 357-5157, www.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska

Strengthens our communities by providing mentors to all children who need and want a caring adult role model – special friends who can help them expand their horizons, realize their potential and enrich their futures – changing their lives.

Alaska Center for Resource Families

Provides support, training and education for foster, relative and adoptive families caring for children that have been abused and neglected. ACRF also helps support the Mat-Su Grandparents Support Group in collaboration with Links and Volunteers of America. For more information about foster care and adopting children that are in the OCS child protection system visit our website or call 376-4678. 376-4678,

Pillows for Kids Foundation

We provide little pillows of support and little scholarships for local children to participate in brain-training activities such as art, music, gymnastics, swimming, skiing, snowboarding, skating, horseback riding, and martial arts.. Mentors and community members contact us when there is an identified need to keep kids, preschool through college, connected with good activities in our community. We plan to publish a book and CD/DVD of Evan’s “Little Pillow” song (copyrighted) soon. Currently, we are selling washable, decorator pillows of all shapes, sizes and colors for kids and adults as a way of creating

funding for the scholarships. Valerie Koivunen

The Moose Boosters Wrestling Club

A youth development organization that provides aid and funding to low income recreational facilitates and athletes at the high school level. Funding supports athletes who participate in wrestling programs while meeting academic standards. Michelle Heun 355-7099

Set Free Alaska

Brief description about non-profit: Our children, friends, co-workers; there is someone we know who is struggling with addiction and destructive behaviors. It is the goal of Set Free Alaska to provide excellent, individualized services to our clients. Set Free Alaska is a Christian outpatient substance abuse treatment center that uses a mind-body-spirit approach to recovery. Our programs are designed to assist people in gaining freedom from the bondage of addiction and destructive behaviors. Set Free Alaska realizes that cost can be a huge deterrent to people seeking and receiving the help they need as well as a huge relapse trigger. Our assessments are based on a sliding fee scale. It is the goal of Set Free Alaska that no person be denied the services they need due to lack of financial resources. Our offices are open Mon-Fri 10-6 and we are located on the Palmer-Wasilla Highway across from the AT&T Sports Center. Philip Licht, Executive Director 373-4732,

Big Lake Community Clothing Closet

Providing free, good quality clothing to individuals and/or families in need, all donated by our wonderful Alaska neighbors. We have clothing and shoes for women, men, children and babies, in addition to small household necessities (as available), all at no cost to those in need. This oneof-a-kind program serves people throughout the area. There is no charge for those in need, just a hope that those who are able to make a donation will do so – monetary donations pay the monthly rent on the building in Big Lake, located at 2955 Big Lake Rd. We’re just past the Tesoro station, in a vibrant green building on the left side of the road (you can’t miss us). If you are unable to make a donation at this time, we understand - it’s OK - we just want to make you feel welcome to come and help clothe yourself and family as needed. Our hours are Tues. 9am to 1pm, and Weds. 11am to 3pm. If you have good quality used clothing you’d like to donate to help other Alaskans in need, you may do so at our store in Big Lake during the above hours. Monetary donations can be mailed to the Big Lake Community Clothing Closet at PO Box 527069, Big Lake, AK 99652. We are a non-profit organization and will provide our tax ID number to donors. Please consider supporting the Big Lake Community Clothing Closet so we can continue to help our Alaskan neighbors in need. And, if you know of needy families, please tell them about us so we can help them too. Look us up on Facebook for additional information and pictures. Co-Administrators Stephanie O. 892-5450 Christy M. 775-3238

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Radio Free Palmer

Radio Free Palmer is community radio serving the Sutton and Palmer communities as KVRF 89.5 FM and online at On air since 2011, KVRF’s mission is to foster community involvement. Currently we produce great local shows on topics from health to mushing - and the list of programs is growing. Online we add important community events such as the Borough Assembly and School Board Meetings. Listen to Radio Free Palmer KVRF 89.5 for more community-centric news, music, sports, music or come volunteer to to help bring great radio programming to the valley. Mike Chmielewski, COO 745-8951, and on Facebook and Twitter

Valley Fine Arts Association

VFAA was formed to teach techniques, and encourage fellowship among visual artists in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. we strive to promote

a supportive attitude toward visual arts in our Alaskan community. We welcome beginners, students, part-time and professional artists who focus mainly on twodimensional art mediums and want to connect with other creative people and gain more exposure locally. Throughout the year, we inform our members about opportunities to show their work, participate in group events, view other local artists, and enroll in workshops. During the school year, we organize regular sessions for painting together and host monthly artist demonstrations on the 1st and 3rd Mondays from 4 - 8 p.m.; Room 212 at Mat-Su College. March 7 @ 6:00 p.m., Charles Gause will be the guest speaker. Membership in the Valley Fine Arts Association provides many diverse opportunities for artists. Check our website calendar at www. for upcoming events.

Mat-Su Community Chorus, Inc.

As Musical Ambassadors of The Valley, The MatSu Community Chorus has provided quality vocal music, in its various forms, for the benefit, education and enjoyment of its members and the surrounding communities since 1970. Our membership is open to the public, inviting all who wish to add their voice in song. We offer complimentary performances at public celebrations and deliver formal concerts twice a year. We are a 501(c)3, non-profit organization, currently with twenty-two members and we are looking towards expanding the organization to better serve the community. With the support from individuals, businesses and other civic organizations we are able to grow our group by bringing the community together through music and to continue our standard of excellence. We meet September through May on Thursday evenings at 7-9pm in the Choir Room at Wasilla High School. Nan Potts 745-8788

Alaska Celtic Pipes & Drums of Eagle River

Alaska Celtic Pipes & Drums of Eagle River, under the leadership of Pipe Major Aja Stewart and Drum Sergeant Bryan Gonzales, are actively recruiting pipers and drummers, as well as those interested in learning Great Highland Bagpipes and Highland Drumming (snare, tenor, bass.) We would like to extend a cordial invitation to anyone who would like to learn to play bagpipes or drums, to FREE lessons with our Band. We are a grade IV competing, family-oriented pipe band established in 2005, and beginners of any age are welcome. Alaska Celtic Pipes & Drums are very active in supporting the community in which we live. Our purpose is to advance the rich cultural heritage of Great Highland Bagpipe music, and to have FUN doing it! ACPD provides free instruction in piping and drumming, with Band practice to follow, every Friday evening at 5:00 and 5:45 pm at Eagle River Presbyterian Church, 12836 Old Glenn Highway, in Eagle River . Those interested in lessons, or in becoming members of ACPD, please contact the Band by email at or by telephone at (907) 376-5060. The band’s website can be found at

Mat-Su Concert Band, Inc.

Our mission is to promote, plan, support and conduct educational and cultural activities and opportunities for the benefit of the citizens and residents of Alaska. We do this by providing an outlet for the many talented musicians in and around our area to perform and a venue for the public to come and enjoy with us our music. Rehearsals are every Mon. from 7 to 9 p.m. at Teeland Middle School. For more information, contact Gleo Huyck at 746-0628.

The Whirling Rainbow Foundation

Grandmother Drum International Peace Project The Whirling Rainbow Foundation is an international spiritual and educational non- profit organization which honors and celebrates the diverse cultural and spiritual paths of the human family. The foundation cultivates the universal teachings of inner peace, loving compassion, wisdom and understanding at the core of every culture and spiritual tradition. We are starting a Global Peace

Sanctuary and Sustainable Community in Palmer. The GrandMother Drum International Peace Project travels the world as the international voice of the Whirling Rainbow Foundation. As a symbol of the heartbeat of love that connects all nations and all races, the seven foot, crystal inlaid GrandMother Drum holds local and global events promoting peace and unity through the universal language of music, dance, cultural and healings arts. White Eagle Medicine Woman (Suraj Holzwarth) Executive Director

Valley Performing Arts

We’re celebrating 36 years of Quality Live Theatre! VPA performs seven plays a year from September through May. We welcome actors, volunteers, program advertisers and play sponsors to join in supporting VPA, the Valley’s oldest live theatre. The VPA Summer Theatre Arts Programs take place June through August and are for youth 6-11 and 1217. The VPA Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony is held each June and Annual Fundraiser in October. Purchase your tickets online or from our office. Check out audition dates and show times on our website. VPA is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. 373-0195,

Valley Arts Alliance

The Valley Arts Alliance is a group of like-minded individuals who have joined together to encourage, sponsor, facilitate and support artistic expression. 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.


Alaska Dog & Puppy Rescue (ADPR)

Alaska Dog & Puppy Rescue is an all volunteer, non-profit organization formed for the purpose of rescuing homeless dogs and puppies. We have rescued dogs throughout Alaska, including various Bush communities. These rescued dogs are placed in foster homes, where they are socialized, vaccinated, dewormed, and taken to the vet to be microchipped and spayed or neutered. It is our goal to have an animal sanctuary, so that all adoptable dogs are given an opportunity to find their forever homes. We encourage individuals to volunteer for this very worthy cause. 745-7030

Alaska Assistance Dogs (Aad)

AAD provides service dogs to Alaskans with special needs (physical, physiological & mental health), and incorporates therapeutic programs into service dog training. AAD works with special education students at school, provides teen mentoring in community training venues, offers domestic violence/PTSD support groups, FASD/ Autism programs, and provides service dogs and support groups for veterans with PTSD and their families. Therapist on staff, and all trainers are certified by the founder of the service dog concept, Dr. Bonnie Bergin. Carole J. Shay, Lpc.

Meadow Gates Farm Sanctuary

Meadow Gates Farm Sanctuary has provided shelter and care for unwanted pet rabbits since 2001. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable corporation. Rabbits are taken in when space is available. They are evaluated for behavior and personality, spayed/neutered, then adopted to new pet homes. Bunnies not able to be adopted are maintained permanently at the sanctuary. Responsible adult volunteers are always needed. 907-357-6437,


The Sertoma Club - Wasilla

We host the Mat Su Polar Plunge raising funds for non-profits in the Matanuska Susitna Valley, Alaska. February 2011 we saw 85 jumpers raise


Take of Pounds Sensibly Non-Profit Weight Loss Support Group Three (3) Chapters meet weekly in the Valley. Kathy Miller - 376-9571 or write to

Valley Community for Recycling Solutions (VCRS)

Valley Residential Services (VRS)

VRS provides special needs housing to individuals who experience behavioral or developmental disabilities, low-income levels or those who are homeless. VRS currently has 168 properties in the Mat-Su Valley with special programs to assist with rental assistance and we can assist with linking individuals to social service agencies who can assist with life skills programs. (907) 357-0256 ,

Alaska Attachment & Bonding Associates (AABA)

Food Pantry of Wasilla

The North America Outdoor Institute (NAOI) is a not-for-profit community outreach organization providing outdoor safety and environmental awareness education programs for the general public in an effort to save lives from preventable outdoor injuries and deaths. Debra McGhan, 376-2898 ,

Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats

Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats is dedicated to conserving the natural and cultural resources of Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge through public awareness, recreation, education and enhancement projects. Healthy, outdoor recreation in a safe, beautiful setting is what APH helps provide to all users. 357-8712,

Alaska Frontier Trappers Association

The Alaska Frontier Trappers Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the ethical and lawful practice of trapping Alaska’s fur bearers. We work to educate fellow trappers, children and the public in general about trapping as a necessary wildlife management and research tool. Our monthly meetings usually include a guest speaker and/or a demonstration and fur handling information. Meetings which are held at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Palmer Library. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Wasilla Soil & Water Conservation District (WSWCD)

The WSWCD is a non-profit formed in 1948 to assist landowners & land managers with conservation & development on land through technical assistance, projects & education programs & services. WSWCD is an active, year-round communitybased organization; a non-regulatory agency; a strong partner with various government & nonprofit agencies/groups; a credible, knowledgeable advocate for conserving soil & water resources supported by the time & energy of neighbors & volunteers dedicated to making a positive difference in their communities. Our priorities are: Salmon enhancement & restoration; Soil, forage crops & manure testing; Stream & lake bank stabilization; Water quality & instream flows; Arbor Day activities & tree planting; Invasive weed assessments – land & water; Trail use & salmon stream crossings; Cooperator & community conservation needs; Public information, involvement & education. Chuck Kaucic, District Manager 357-4563 X 103

Email information to: Palmer Historical Society Monthly Meeting Douglas Cruthers speaks From Mat-Su Dirtfishers Association Jan 16, 2013, 7pm Palmer Public Library Sense and Sensibility Play at Valley Performing Arts Jan 11 - Feb 3rd Friday & Saturday 8pm and Sunday 2pm $17 Students/Seniors and $19 Adults Valley Performing Arts, 373-0195 or tickets available on line Pulse Dance Company in Concert Fri Jan 25, - Sun, Jan 27 Fri/Sat 8pm, Sun 6pm APU Grant Hall Theatre 4101 University Dr., Anchorage, AK 99504 $20 http://www event/304266 Pulse Dance Company 907-301-3208 Outdoor Exercise (hike, explore, ski, snowshoe) Science and Nature Studies Field trips and guest speakers 700 acres of fields and forests! Hands on projects and nutritious snacks Small classes and lost of fun! Enrolling now! www. Session runs from Jan.28-March 1, 2012 Cash Mob Palmer Thur, Jan 17, Second event will be Feb 21 The rules are simple: Commit to participation Spend $20.00 Have fun Meet new people For further info, to sign up for participation contact Denise at or go to our Facebook page: Cash Mob Palmer AK. 1 Annual The Valley ‘CAN’ Make A Difference! Food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Wasilla Jan 1 - Feb 16 Alana Club of Wasilla, 6pm, w/ a spaghetti feed dinner 10 can entrance fee, or $10 at the door Donate at these businesses, groups Steve’s Food Boy, Three Bears Alaska, Wal-Mart, Carrs Safeway, Denali Harley-Davidson.

7 annual VAA Wearable Art & Runway Fashion Show Palmer Depot on Feb 16 Matinee performance, 3pm Evening performance, 7pm Second Sat Art Walk Sat, Feb 9, 3 – 8pm. For more info, contact the Palmer Museum Palmer Museum of History and Art 723 S. Valley Way Palmer, Alaska 99645 746-7668 Mat-Su Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (ADRD) & Caregiver Community Forum Sponsor: Alaska Commission on Aging Wed, Jan 16, , 9 am to 1 pm Palmer Senior Citizens Center 1132 South Chugach Street, Palmer For more info, or to request special accommodations, contact Alaska Commission on Aging at 465-3250. Winter Session Registration Louise Farm School, Spring Creek Farm Registration is from Jan.10-25, 6 different programs to choose from for ages 5-13 5 week session Vendor of Matsu Central, I.D.E.A., Twindly Bridge, Megan Rock, Program Coordinator Anchorage Music Coop Presents Open Mic Jan 25, 7 pm Artist Showcase Jan 26, 7 pm Songshare Jan 27, 4:30 pm All performances at The Garden of Eatin’ 2502 McRae, Anchorage

Paul Holmberg and Friends CD Release Celebration Feb 1, 6-8pm Vagabond Blues, Palmer Free cross-country ski, snowshoe and skating lessons Feb 2, Sat, 10:30 am - 3 pm Reflections Lake, Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge Instruction and equipment are provided free of charge and some refreshments. Mile 30.5 on the Glenn Highway, Knik River exit The 3 Annual Legendary Winter Karaoke Contest Feb 14-Mar 23! $1,000 prize, winner takes all… ANYTHING GOES! Solo, duo, trio, even a quartet! Country Legends w/ Gary Mac of Music and Memories Willow Public Library Ididaread Challenge begins Mon, Jan 14, Can Willow read 500,000 pages between Jan. 14 and the day the first Iditarod musher crosses the finish line in Nome? AUDITION NOTICE When You Comin’ Back Red Ryder? Sun, Feb 10 at 6 pm Harper Studio Theatre (UAA ARTS 129) SHOW DATES: Apr 5-21 Scripts are available in the arts office, room 302. For more info, contact Dr. Edgecombe or 786-1794. Willow Public Library Ididaread Challenge begins Mon, Jan 14, Can Willow read 500,000 pages between Jan. 14 and the day the first Iditarod musher crosses the finish line in Nome?

Avalanche Field Classes Hatcher Pass Avalanche Field Training Sun. Jan 13, 11am-4pm Meadow Lakes Senior Complex Register Sat. Jan. 19, 11am-3pm Turnagain Pass Snowmachine Parking Area

Statewide Youth Art & Writing Competition Deadline Jan 20! F Magazine sponsors Students win a scholarship & airfare to Sitka Fine Arts Summer Camp DEADLINE JAN. 20, For more info: competition

Sun, Jan 27 Fat Tire Bike Ride Willow Winter Trail System

Mat-Su Mar for Babies Walk Mar 23, AT&T Sport Center 9 am check in 10 am walk starts

Annual Auction Planning Committee Tue, Jan 29 at 6pm ACE Office, 807 G St, Ste 100 or 274-3647.

Pulse’s “Ever After” Jan 25, 26 & 27, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun at 6pm

Jan 2013

The mission of the Food Pantry of Wasilla is: “To provide persons who reside in the Matanuska Susitna Valley with needed supplemental food supplies. Food Pantry of Wasilla distributes goods to its clients in a manner which gives dignity to all.” All distributions made by the Food Pantry of Wasilla shall be made notwithstanding any person’s race, color, sex, age, handicap, religious affiliation, or national origin. Our hours of operation are: Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. We offer two food programs to residents of the MatSu Valley. We operate a community-supplied food pantry, accepting cash and food donations from individuals and groups and supply clients with food for nutritionally-balanced meals to help people get back on their feet. We also administer distribution of TEFAP government commodities. TEFAP is (The Emergency Food Assistance Program). This is a needs-based program, which may be accessed monthly by any client who meets the governmentestablished-qualifications. Food distributed is

North America Outdoor Institute

10th of each month by 5PM

For more info contact Glen at 892 8099

Educates and supports foster, adoptive, kinship care, step, grand and guardianship parents and professionals who care for children with emotional mental health issues, such as Attachment Disorder. AABA provides workshops, e-mail/telephone support, resource/referral information, selfadvocacy, AABA web-site, RAVEN Respite, newsletters, brochures, lending library, and Mom2Mom/Dad2Dad parent support group. For more information: Laura Wagner 907-376-0366




Our mission is to educate and provide opportunities in our community to reduce, reuse, and recycle for the long-term good of all. Our vision is to establish the Mat-Su Borough as a model recycling community for Alaska. We are open for residential recycling Wednesday through Friday 12-6pm and Saturday 11-3pm. Businesses can call ahead for hours. Your permanent community recycling center is located in our new green building at 9465 E. Chanlyut Circle, next to the animal shelter at the Central Landfill. Volunteer opportunities available., 745.5544

based on availability and instructions from USDA. In case of emergencies such as fire or earthquake in the valley, the Food Pantry of Wasilla also cooperates with other organizations and government agencies to render assistance. Eddie Ezelle, 907-357-3769 Main 501 E.Bogard Rd., Wasilla


almost $20,000 which was then given to the Food Pantry of Wasilla and Turn A Leaf Thrift Stores. The Food Pantry provides emergency food supplies to families in need. Turn A Leaf has a medical lending equipment program which is now organized with software purchased with funds received. Both were grant recipients from the Mat Su Sertoma Club. Grant applications for the 2012 Mat Su Polar Plunge are located on our website: www.matsuplunge. com. We have a wonderful club of volunteers! On a weekly basis you’ll find a Mat Su Sertoman at the Food Pantry, Wasilla Senior Campus, Valley Charities, helping Special Olympics and the list goes on and on! Our goal for 2011/2012 year is to raise more than, $25,000 in polar plunge funds. You can pledge or sign up to jump! Just visit our website for more information. Join us every other Thursday at 5:00pm at the Tailgaters Sports Bar and Grill. Our next meeting is August 25th. We always have new speakers and a great time. See you there!

18 Visit Jan 2013

$20 advance; $25 at the door Sat night will be complete w/ a silent auction! 3 Fri Art Opening: ‘Amalgamations’ Featured Artists: Shelley Giraldo, Owen Lee, 
Jason Quinsenberry and Robin Farmer Curated by: Craig Updegrove
 Opening: 5:30pm Jan 18
 Exhibition: Jan 18 - Feb 15 Anchorage Folk Festival Jan 17-27 Wendy Williamson Auditorium, UAA 11 Days of Free performances and workshops For more info: http://www. Community Drum Workshop Offered 4-week workshop in community drumming. Feb 16- Mar 9, Sat mornings,10-11 am Fee for 4-class workshop: $40 Age 18 and older No experience in drumming necessary http://www. Meggie Aube cell: 319-331-1040, home: -7457519 Percussion Performer and Educator BM, University of Alaska, Anchorage MA, University of Iowa DMA, Perc. Performance and Pedagogy, secondary Musicology, U. of Iowa THE WEDDING FROM HELL By The Homeless Actors of Mat-Su Homeless Actors of Mat-Su’s dinner theater Mat-Su Family Restaurant in Wasilla Fri, Sat or Sun Feb 8-10, 15-17 6:30pm Or Valentine’s Day, Thur Feb 14 Benefits My House, homeless shelter for teens Tickets $30, dinner and show $25, Senior or a Student Available at Burchell High Or Mat-Su United Way Questions? Call HAMS at 3764252. Mat-Su Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (ADRD) & Caregiver Community Forum Wed, Jan 16, , 9 am to 1 pm Palmer Senior Citizens Center For more info, or to request special accommodations, Alaska Commission on Aging, 465-3250.

OBJECT RUNWAY Season 4 Thur, Jan 24, Bear Tooth Theatrepub & Grill Spenard at 7:30pm (doors open at 6:30). General seating tickets $30 Bear Tooth box office or online reserved seating section $45 Pulse’s “Ever After,” Jan 25, 26, 27, Fri/Sat 8pm, Sun 6pm APU Grant Hall Theatre Tickets and further details available here. Wasilla Public Library Diamond Jubilee Celebrating 75 years Jan 20 6-8 PM Free Ice Skating Entertainment: The Carhart Brothers, Josh Fryfogle Games Fireworks at 8 PM Jan 23 Noon Wasilla City Hall Wasilla Library Visionary Luncheon Jan 23 4-6 Open House Wasilla Public Library and Dorothy Page Museum Friends of Wasilla Public Library 352-3763 Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s Store Outside Your Door Alaska Plants as Food and Medicine Symposium May 24 – 27 Aleyeska Resort Girdwood Anchorage Folk Festival Jan 17 at 7pm until Jan 27 at 10:30pm
 11 Days of FREE musical performances and workshops Over 150 Musical Acts, 55 Workshops, 10 Dances, Folk Week and lots of Jamming! Guest Artists: Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers Cahalen Morrison & Eli West Honk Jr! the musical FRI 2/15 at 7pm; SAT 2/23 at 2pm & 7pm Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s The Ugly Duckling Sydney Laurence Theatre at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts Tickets are $10-15 at www. The Wizard of Oz SAT 2/16 at 2pm & 7pm; FRI 2/22 at 7pm (non-musical, true to the book) Adapted by Ron Holmstrom and the Elizabeth Anne Seaton

School from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Please note: this one hails back to the original literature - which is quite dark and sometimes creepy. Best for ages 6+. Sydney Laurence Theatre at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts Tickets are $10-15 at www. ICE HOLE CUTTING Watch how the ice is cut and removed in preparation for the Mat-Su Plunge event. Wasilla Lake Resort (formerly Mat-Su Resort) Fri, Feb 15, 10 am - 5 pm Free for spectators Mat-Su Sertoma Club an organization dedicated to hearing health Ben & Candace Winkler 7157460 Mat-Su Plunge (people jump in to the icy waters of Wasilla Lake to raise money for local charities) Wasilla Lake Resort (formerly Mat-Su Resort) Sat Feb 16, Registration begins at 10 am Plungers begin jumping at Noon Free to spectators Jumpers may register at www. Mat-Su Sertoma Club an organization dedicated to hearing health Ben & Candace Winkler 7157460 IditaPage Challenge Wasilla Public Library 391 N Main St Wasilla AK 99654 Begins: Mon, Jan 14 Ends: When we read one million pages Jean Powell 864-9177 CLUE THE MUSICAL Valley Performing Arts Feb 22 through Mar 17 Fri & Sat 8pm and Sun 2pm $17 Students/Seniors and $19 Adults Valley Performing Arts, 251 W. Swanson Avenue, Wasilla 373-0195 or tickets available on line SENSE AND SENSIBILITY Valley Performing Arts

Jan 11 through Feb 3 Fri & Sat 8pm and Sun 2pm $17 Students/Seniors and $19 Adults Valley Performing Arts, 251 W. Swanson Avenue, Wasilla 373-0195 or tickets available on line Please type your info in the boxes below: If Everyone Read a Book . . . “The Snow Child” Dorothy Page Museum (next door to the Library) 323 N Main St Wasilla AK 99654 Thur, Feb 28, 7 pm Jean Powell 864-9177 Mat-Su Senior Services Calendars Starting Mon Dec 17 8am-5pm Mat-Su Senior Services 1132 S. Chugach St. Palmer, AK 99645 12.00 plus tax 745-5454 761-5003 Mysteries of Baby Brain Revealed Fri, Feb 1 7pm Wilda Marston Theatre 3600 Denali St. Anchorage Free Best BEginnings 297-3300 Yes 351-2222 Cantora Arctica Concert Sun., Feb 10, 3 pm Palmer Train Depot 610 S. Valley Way Free Friends of the Palmer Public Library 745-5805 Strong Seniors Dec 17 - Feb 15 10am-11am Mat-Su Senior Services 1132 S. Chugach St. Palmer, AK 99645 Free University of Alaska, Cooperative Extension Service 745-5454 Cantora Arctica Concert Sun., Feb 10, 3 pm Palmer Train Depot

610 S. Valley Way Free Friends of the Palmer Public Library 745-5805

Caregivers Connection Last Mon of each month 1-3pm Mat-Su Senior Services 1132 S. Chugach St. Palmer, AK 99645 Free 745-5454 Winter Family Fun Day Sat, Feb 2 10:30 am - 3pm Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge access point at Knik River Exit Reflections Lake, Mile 30.5 Glenn Highway FREE Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats -357-8711 Sewing Circle Meets the first and third Wed of the month 1-3pm Mat-Su Senior Services 1132 S. Chugach St. Palmer, AK 99645 Free -745-5454 Arkose Brewery Fri & Sat Jan 18 & 19: Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival (taproom will be closed) Sun Jan 20: 1 or 3 pm BEERUNCH at Rusty’s at Dahlia Street (menu now available) Sat Jan 26, Feb 9 & Mar 9: 2 - 4 pm Beer Meets Canvas at the Brewery Thurs Feb 14: 6 - 7 pm Beer Meets Chocolate at the Brewery for Valentine’s FREE brewery tour every Tues. at 6 pm Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Fri Mar. 29, at 7:30 PM Egan Center Mat Kearney, Tue Feb. 26, 7:30 PM Williamson Auditorium as part of UAA Winterfest. Mat-Su Mar for Babies Walk Mar 23, AT&T Sport Center 9 am check in 10 am walk starts

3rd Annual Mardi Gras BowWow Ball, Mar 2, 6-10pm Lions Club in Eagle River Tickets available at The Ruff House in Wasilla, at our website Alaska Dog and Puppy Tickets $50 per person Purchase a table ($350)

RECURRING NuKreationZ Art & Creativity Center Tues-Sat Noon-6pm Art gallery, classes and workshops Make your own pottery Palmer Museum New Hours Wed-Fri 10am-5pm Sat 10-2pm Free Admission Art Exhibits & More Mat-Su Community Chorus Rehearsal Thursdays @ 7pm Wasilla High School All vocal ranges welcome No auditions necessary, unless 18 years of age or younger Mat-Su Concert Band Rehearsal Musicians Welcome Rehearsals are every Mon. 7 to 9 p.m. Teeland Middle School. For more information, contact Gleo Huyck at 746-0628 Learn to Skate 60 minute class for ages 3Teens Curtis D Menard Memorial Sports Center Class schedule and registration forms are available online: Wasilla Strong Women Strength Training Monday * Wednesday * Friday 10-11 am * Year Round Program * Call Sharon 376-4434 Tuesday * Thursday 4:00 pm. Call Peggy 715-6338 Lower Level of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 501 E. Bogard Rd. Improve balance, strength, stamina and fight osteoporosis. $5.00 per 8 week session. Harlan Scudder Performs Wasilla Lake Resort (Formerly Mat-Su Resort/ Rumrunners) Fridays 7:30-10:30 pm

Borealis Dancers Tues and Thurs 7 to 8pm $20 a month call Georgie at 746-6504 or e-mail

Fairview Inn Music Talkeetna Every Thur at 9:30pm Open Mic. Every Fri at 8pm and Sat at 10pm Live Music.

Women, Wine & Wednesday Third Wed every month Presented by Lakeshore Studio East Lake Mall, Big Lake 6:30pm $25 RSVP 230-0935

Sahara Storm Studio and Circus Arts Clinics 982-4955 Valley Arts Alliance Meeting Thursdays at 11:00am Sophia’s Cafe Neo, Palmer Wasilla Hwy Tammy’s Turf for Tots! For children 6 & under $5 per child Mon - Fri 10am-1pm Tues & Thurs FREE! Menard Memorial Sports Center: 357-9100

Free Hearing Screening provided by Mat-Su Sertoma Club First Sat Every Month 10am-1pm Wasilla Physical Therapy Deana Moore 761-5229 Whatever! Teen Lounge Featuring Wii gaming at Palmer Library T-Th, 2-4pm 746-4700

BABY STEPS Walking Program for New & Expectant Moms & Dads Mon & Wed 8:00AM-Noon Menard Memorial Sports Center 357-9100

Alaska Celtic Pipes and Drums Free piping and drumming Instruction Every Fri Evening, 5-5:45 pm Eagle River Presbyterian Church 12836 Old Glen Hwy, Eagle River

Business Networking International Every Tues 9am Menard Memorial Sports Center 357-9100

Wasilla Meta-Rose Library: Toddler Storytime Wed at 10:30am and 1:30pm Preschool Storytime Thurs at 10:30am and 1:30pm Baby Lapsit Storytime Fri at 10:30am Discussion Junction Family Book Club First Tues of each month Wasilla Meta-Rose Library Reading Rendezvous Last Saturday of every month. Wasilla Meta-Rose Library Palmer Public Library: Baby Lap Sit Every Tues at 10am 2 year old Story Time Every Tues at 11am Baby Lap Sit Every Wed at 2pm 3-5 year old Story Time Every Thurs at 10:30am Foreign Film Every Second Fri at 7pm Schwabenhof Live Music Every Fri & Sat 9pm until… Sunday Blues Open Mic Jam 9pm Tuesday Dart Night

Wasilla Bible Church Sunday Menard Memorial Sports Center 357-9100 NAOI Outdoor Safety Classes Full schedule of classes online 376-2898. The Crystal Mandala Classes A variety of creative classes Every Sat 2-5pm Palmer Museum of History and Art

Open Everyday 9am-6pm Free Admission and light refreshments 725 S Valley Way, Palmer 746-7668 Museum of Alaska Transportation Open Everyday 10am-5pm 3800 W Museum Drive, Wasilla 376-1211

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Na Ali’i Performs Hawaiian Comedy at Colony High By Jamin Burton The Colony High School Knights Marching Band has been invited to perform as part of the 125th Tournament of Roses festivities in Pasadena California and march in the 2014 Rose Parade. The Rose Parade represents the pinnacle of high school marching bands and Colony High School worked on their application for 8 years before being accepted. The bands official name “THEE Northern Sound” incorporates the idea of music being a joyful sound with the geography and maritime traditions of Alaska. In preparation for the band’s visit to southern California they will be doing

a fundraiser on Feb. 2. at Colony High School. The Na Ali’I Comedy group will be doing a benefit show. They are coming all the way from Hawaii to put on this fun and family friendly evening of laughter and celebration. The Colony choir will provide preshow music beginning at 7:00 PM and the show starts at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $30.00 and are available at Kansha Japanese and Hawaiian Restaurant, Hula Hands Restaurant, Matanuska Music, The Frontiersman, Colony High School, and from any Colony music students. Tickets can also be reserved by calling (907)861-5584 and leaving a message. The band would also like to thank Millennium Hotel for their sponsorship of the event.

By Laura Oden The Anchorage Music Co-op is beginning its second season this month with a new location and new events, including a performance by Big Fat Buddha on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Fiori D'Italia (formerly known as the Garden of Eatin’) on McRae Road in Spenard.

The Anchorage Music Co-op enjoyed strong radio support as well. KNBA 90.3 FM interviewed the musicians before

Sunday, January 20th at 6:30 PM Please RSVP as museum space is limited

Ylber is a passionate supporter of local music. He has collaborated for more than a decade with Duke Russell, the noted Spenard visual artist and an enthusiastic musician, in hosting the Spenard Spring Social at the main restaurant, Fiori D'Italia, adjacent to the old Quonset hut. Fiori’s second-floor banquet room has served over the years as the venue for countless music and poetry events, including the Spenard Spring Social, which draws a tightly knit group of musicians, writers and artists, many of whom live in the ’hood. Expanding on the legacy of musicians and artists rallying around a happy wine bar, the Anchorage Music Co-op and Ylber Ferati each understood they were a natural fit. Ylber is thrilled to have the Music Co-op sponsoring shows at the Garden of Eatin’. Because the Co-op’s

A WWII veteran, Vic is the first city planner in Alaska, and was the youngest delegate to the Alaska Constituion Convention in 1955. He continues as an active member of our Alaskan community. More than a story of Vic Fischer’s life, this is a great, factual history of Alaska told by the man who helped make that history. Vic Fischer penned his autobiography “To Russia with Love” and Alaskan’s Journey, as his epic memoir which tells his fascinating life story between 1924 and today. his accounts describe his time through three worlds, Nazi Germany, Communist Russia & Capitalist America, living through some of the most exciting events of the 20th century. Vic’s arrival in Alaska in 1950 was at the beginning of post- WWII growth and the beginning of building our beautiful state of Alaska as the 49th State! Books will be available for the purchase price of $27.95 and can be inscribed by the author. Alaskans Veterans Museum - 333 W. 4th Ave, Suite 227, Anchorage - (907) 677-8802 Winter hours are Wed-Sat 10AM to 5PM. Visit our website at and Facebook. Admission is $7.00, and for all UAA and school students is $3.00 RSVP via email to Colonel Suellyn Wright Novak at: or phone 907-696-4904

focus is on presenting a listening room. Ferati knows the shows are all about music, not about cultivating a drinking crowd. January a Hot Month for Co-op Music The 2013 Season Launch in January coincides with the Anchorage Folk Festival, which has, again, included the Anchorage Music Co-op in its Folk Week programming.
 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25—Artist Showcase: Big Fat Buddha unplugged. Show starts at 7:00. Free admission. Rich menu of events The Anchorage Music Co-op’s programming has tripled. Starting this month, events will begin to happen regularly, to support musicians at different levels of experience. A Monthly Friday Open Mic will provide a chance for musicians to beef up their chops on a small friendly stage. (Starts in February).

A Monthly Saturday Artist Showcase picks up again after a 2 month hiatus. More experienced musicians will share their craft unfettered by espresso machines or the din of a late-night bar scene. (Starts January 25, 2013) The Anchorage Music Co-op hopes to begin to booking a handful of shows this year performed by musicians from outside of Alaska. To learn more about the Anchorage Music Co-op, check out their web page, www. or email the Co-op at Get on their mailing list to be notified of upcoming events. Anchorage Music Co-op New Release, January 2013

Our mailing address is: Anchorage Music Co-op 3398 Outta Place, Anchorage, AK Anchorage, AK 99517

Jan 2013

The Co-op’s first season featured what were arguably 10 of the best shows produced in Anchorage over the last year. The musicians loved playing before engaged audiences. The audiences loved listening in an intimate setting where they could actually hear the music.

Historical Venue, New Scene Going into its second season, the Anchorage Music Co-op has found a home in a new venue, in Spenard. The Garden Of Eatin’ at 2502 McRae Road is a wine bar that’s been around since the early 1950s. The offbeat Quonset hut has history oozing from its arched walls and ceiling. One wild rumor has it that President Eisenhower signed documents here. It is a known fact that the Garden of Eatin’ was a magnet for some of the political and social swells that made Spenard famous. Current owner Ylber Ferati takes pride in the history of his establishment. In fact, the old hut stands firm today largely due to Ylber’s persistent protection. He has saved this historical monument through his own determination and ingenuity.

“Our mission,” says Music Co-op codirector Lonny Gransbury, “is to create opportunities for musicians at every stage of their careers. Unlike other venues in Anchorage, the Music Co-op is run by musicians, for musicians.”

Alaska Veterans Museum hosts an evening tea party with Veteran and Alaskan author, Victor Fischer


The Music Co-op has come far in a very short time. Just 14 months ago, a small group of musicians, determined to influence the type of music played in Anchorage venues, created a new Artist Showcase Series of performances as an alternative to the standard music offerings in town. The Series paired the best musicians with a small venue to create a listening room unique in Anchorage.

each show. KONR 106.1 LP continues to broadcast recorded versions of the live shows.


Anchorage Music Co-op Launches 2nd Season with Big Fat Buddha unplugged

Make A Scene January 2013