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By Holli Papasodora and Nick Condon When you hear “Talkeetna”, what comes to mind? Do you think of the mountains, the rivers, the fishing, or nights at the Fairview? Are your thoughts of a short road trip to find good food and a slower pace of life? Is it The Cat? One word that hopefully comes to mind is art; performing art to be a bit more specific. If you haven’t had the pleasure of attending theatrical performances at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar over the past year, then add it to your list of this summer’s must do’s. Pretty soon, Talkeetna will surely be synonymous with Iditaprov. Now in its second season, Iditaprov (also known as Alaska’s hilariously fast-paced Competitive Improv

Comedy Show) continues to bring a unique brand of comedy to the stage. (If you are not familiar with improv, it’s a form of live theatre in which the plot, characters, and dialogue for the show are all made up on the spot.) Iditaprov is competitive improv and works somewhat like a game show. While experienced actors make up the crew, the most important part of an Iditaprov show is the audience. Audience members yell out suggestions and award points as the two “Lead Dogs” and their teams of “actletes” compete for laughs with their spontaneous scenes, songs, and games. Everything in an Iditaprov show is completely improvised. No two performances are ever the same which is why so many people come

Audience members become part of the show

back to see Iditaprov shows again and again. This May, Denali Drama’s Iditaprov crew will kick off their Talkeetna season with a group of performances entitled "Summer Smackdown" (May 14th -16th and 21st-23rd, 7:30pm) at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar in downtown Talkeetna. Other Denali Drama performances will take place around the weekends of July the 4th, and Labor Day. As well as performing, Denali Drama’s Iditaprov crew offers weekly improv workshops in Talkeetna. "I strongly believe that improv… can benefit everyone. It teaches mindfulness and listening skills that can last a lifetime”, says corrective director Nick Condon. The Iditaprov crew also travels throughout the state, performing for various organizations (such as

UAA and Denali Education Center's Road Scholars) and hosting improv workshops for adults, as well as high school and middle school students. At the end of April, the Iditaprov crew will head to Juneau for the Alaska State Improv Festival to perform and participate in workshops with improvisors from all over the country.

> For more information on shows and workshops, or to bring Iditaprov to you, visit the Denali Arts Council’s websitedenaliartscouncil.org, or visit www.iditaprov.com


Community

The Valley Homeschool Prom 2015 FUN! FOOD! DANCE! PRIZES!

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> Original Valley Homeschool Prom

Saturday, May 9th at the Primal Martial Arts Building 281 E. Park Ave, Wasilla By Aarron Pinnick

The Valley Homeschool Prom is a non-profit, volunteer based, open to all homeschool programs. The prom has been held for the past 7 years and will be completing its 8th prom this year on May 9th. The prom has been run by students and their parents on a complete volunteer basis, the students choose the theme, decide on the decorations, gather the materials, and sometimes even create custom handmade decorations. The prom committee also offers graduation gowns, and caps to rent for high school graduates. The prom has also been

supported by local businesses by receiving donations from: Primal Martial Arts, Walmart, and 3 Bears. The prom committee is also helping out in the community by providing an option for attendees to bring some canned goods or non-perishable foods to the prom to receive a discount on their admission ticket.

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Laura has 2 children both having graduated high-school, and devoting time to the prom committee every year as well. Even though she no longer has a connection through the school, she still runs and maintains the prom committee. She says “I just want the kids to have a prom, the thanks and appreciation that I receive from not only the students, but from their parents make it all worthwhile.�

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Theatre Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead premieres April 10 on the UAA Mainstage in the Fine Arts Building, and will run for three weekends.

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William Shakespeare’s

Land of the Dead: by John Heimbuch The UAA Department of Theatre’s final production of our 14/15 season, William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead, a comedy in five bites, directed by Tom Skore is shaping up nicely!

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The premiere of Henry V is just concluding at the Globe Theatre when a company member is bitten by some “deranged individual” just outside the theatre. Before the evening is over Sir Francis Bacon, Will Kemp, and even Queen Elizabeth herself will show up at the Globe, as well as throngs of deranged individuals, all pounding on the door! Why? Has the whole town gone mad! We are having a special performance on April 11th that we have dubbed “Get Your Garb On!” where audience members will be rewarded for joining in the fun! Tickets for General Admission are just $11 for corset clad or undead patrons. Please no swords, battle axes, or excessively drippy wounds – we reserve the right to ask people to clean up before they will be seated (however the discount will still apply and we appreciate the enthusiasm). Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead premieres April 10 on the UAA Mainstage in the Fine Arts Building, and will run for three weekends. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sunday matinees at 3:00 pm. For ticket information, please visit www.uaatix.com or call the Fine Arts Box Office at 907-786-4TIX (4849)

> What: Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead > When: April 10 – 26 Friday/Saturday at 8:00pm and Sunday at 3:00pm

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> Where: UAA Mainstage Theatre UAA Fine Arts Building, 3640 Alumni Drive, Anchorage > Tickets: $18 General admission, $13 Non-UAA Student/Seniors/Military, $11 UAA Students Free Parking Available

Alex Albrecht as William Shakespeare


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Music

RELEASES FIRST ORIGINAL MUSIC VIDEO, SHOT IN ALASKA

“We are thrilled to share with you our first original music video, shot in the beautiful state of Alaska! It was so fun to go 'home' again after 7 years. We played the Alaska State Fair last fall, then we spent several days, up in a helicopter, on a glacier, climbing mountains - all for this epicness. Enjoy! And please share, share, share!” - Redhead Express

MOOSE the Movie

Hits the Big Screen April 24!

Moose the Movie runs two weeks at the Valley Cinema starting April 24th > About MOOSE: Moose the Movie

is sci-fi comedy/thriller/spoof made by a community, for a community in the great state of Alaska. Written by Darin and Chad Carpenter of Tundra Comics

fame, the movie is set in a small, fictitious, town of Gangrene Gulch.

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The town, its brand new Park Ranger and beautiful Coroner’s Assistant must stop an ancient menace terrorizing the inhabitants of the flannel capital of the universe. This villain is as Alaskan as they come; the half-man, half-moose, Moosetaur.

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MOOSE was directed by G. Logan Dellinger and filmed in the Mat-Su Valley in summer 2014 by local production company Sons of Winter Productions and many local volunteers.


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Community Events Art WHO LET THE GIRLS OUT 2015 April 10th - 26th Friday/Saturday at 8:00pm and Sunday at 3:00pm UAA Mainstage Theatre UAA Fine Arts Building, 3640 Alumni Free Parking Available

Willow Wilderness Safety Challenge Saturday, April 25th - 10-3:00 pm The Eagle Quest Lodge Deshka Landing Road FREE - NAOI 907-376-2898 - naoiak.org

“Raise the Bar” Evening Fundraiser and Silent Auction to Benefit Talkeetna Recycling Saturday, April 18th 6:00-10:00 pm Sheldon Community Arts Hangar in Talkeetna Featuring live Performances: Iditaprov in “Conscious Comedy” The Simple Tones & The Bone Shakers Admission $5 Food and Drink For Purchase For more information, contact Brenda at 733-7473

2015 Mat-Su Sustainable Energy Tour On Saturday April 25 Take a self-guided tour of homes and businesses using solar electricity, solar hot water, wind turbines, ground-source heat pumps, etc. alaskasolartour..com - 907-745-9784 mamasteller@matsu.alaska.edu

MOOSE THE MOVIE DEBUT April 24th - 2 WEEK RUN Sci-fi comedy thriller/spoof Valley Cinema, Wasilla moosethemovie.com COMMUNITY DRUM WORKSHOP FOR ADULTS April 18th, 25th, May 2nd, 9th - 1:30-2:30PM Percussion in the Valley Studio 832 S. Colony Way Meggie Aube- Percussion in the Valley $40 - 907-631-8079 www.percussioninthevalley.com

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NO MORE MAT-SU Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Summit Saturday, April 18, 2015 – 10am-3pm Wasilla High School Gymnasium 701 E Bogard Road - FREE Wasilla Sunrise Rotary - nomorematsu@gmail.com Women’s Connectiion luncheon: Planning Your Dream Vacation/ Seasons of Life Monday, April 20 - 12 to 1:30 pm Evangelo’s Restaurant 2530 E. Parks Hwy, Wasilla $18, includes childcare Janet Faiks/Stonecroft Ministries 907-892-8482

29TH ANNUAL COAL MINERS BALL Saturday, April 25th Alpine Inn in Sutton Music, Food, Fun! 745-9955 WHO LET THE GIRLS OUT 2015 April 25th & 26th All around downtown Palmer! Health fairs, seminars, grand openings, scavenger hunts, give-aways, and more! Celebrating female business owners in the Mat-Su. (See page 11 for more info.) Community Earth Day Celebration and Recycling Drop Off Saturday, April 25, 11:00 am- 3:00 pm Northern Susitna Institute in Talkeetna Talkeetna Community may bring your recyclables: For more information contact Kelly a 232-2372 Earth Day Celebration/Fundraiser Saturday April 25th 6:00 pm Potluck/Movie Night at The Grove Birch Creek Blvd., Talkeetna Suggested Donations $5 For more information contact Graham at 414-9128 MATANUSKA SUSITNA ORCHESTRA CONCERT Sunday, April 26 – 3PM Glen Massay Theater Mat- Su College, Palmer FREE - www.matsuorchestra.org

COLONY HIGH TENNIS CLINIC Friday, May 8, 2015 Featuring Aaron Haines, Tennis Pro Session 1: 10 a.m. - noon Session 2: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Ages 12-17 welcome (all schools) $5 fee to cover tennis balls, instruction is FREE MEADOW LAKES SPRING CLEANUP AND BLOCK PARTY Facebook.com/SpringCleanup Saturday May 9th to Saturday May 16th Fire Station 71 - 1685 Pittman Rd. MAT VALLEY DANCE STUDIO SPRING INTO SUMMER DANCE PRODUCTION Sat, May 9 - 10:00am Chugiak High School $10/each - at MVD Studio or at the door Mat Valley Dance Studio 907-745-1683 www.mvddance.com ORIGINAL VALLEY HOMESCHOOL PROM Saturday, May 9th Primal Martial Arts Building 281 E. Park Ave, Wasilla PERCUSSION IN THE VALLEY RECITAL Saturday, May 9 – 3PM United Protestant Presbyterian Church 713 S. Denali St. Palmer, AK FREE - Meggie Aube 907-631-8079 www.percussioninthevalley.com HUNISON MEMORIAL SEASON OPENER – ALASKA RACEWAY PARK Sun, May 10 – 8am-6pm Alaska Raceway Park 5599 Race Way, Palmer, AK 99645 (Mile 10.4 Old Glenn Hwy) www.alaskaracewaypark.com/prices 907-746-7223 TEST AND TUNE AT ALASKA RACEWAY PARK Wed, May 13 – 4pm-9pm 5599 Race Way, Palme www.alaskaracewaypark.com/prices Tickets at the gate 907-746-7223


IDITAPROV SUMMER SMACKDOWN May 14th - 16th & May 21st - 23rd 7:30 to 9:30 PM Sheldon Community Arts Hangar $10 - $12 - www.denaliartscouncil.org 907-733-7929 WASILLA GREAT STRIDES WALK FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS Sunday, May 17 – 3PM Larson Elementary School 2722 E. Seldon Rd, Wasilla, AK 99654 Mary Ann Johnson 907-841-6892

First Points at Alaska Raceway Park Sun, May 17 - 8AM-6PM Alaska Raceway Park 5599 Race Way, Palmer www.alaskaracewaypark. com 907-746-7223 VALLEY GARDEN CLUB ANNUAL PLANT SALE Saturday, May 23rd 9AM-3PM Boys and Girls Club Bogard Rd., Wasilla FREE - Valley Garden Club 907-373-2361

Bingo Mania 6445 E. Blue Lupine Drive Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Doors Open at 5:00 Bingo - Starts at 6:30 $1.00 per sheet, $20.00 Paper 746-4806

BINGO and Pull Tabs Wasilla Senior Center 1301 S Century Circle Every Wednesday From 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm BINGO Card sales begin at 12:45 pm FREE to the public Wasilla Area Senior Center LIVING WELL ALASKA, MAKING BETTER CHOICES While Living with Chronic Illness Wasilla Area Senior Center 1301 S. Century Circle Wasilla, Alaska 99654 Every Tuesday from November 4 thru December 16 at 1pm FREE Mat-Su Toastmasters 889 N. Elkhorn Drive Wasilla, AK 99654 Located upstairs in the Pub Every Tuesday from 7:30am to 8:30am Mat-Su Toastmasters 907.841.9818 or 907.355.3039 Free Hearing Screening provided by Mat-Su Sertoma Club First Sat Every Month 10am-1pm Wasilla Physical Therapy Deana Moore 761-5229

Palmer Public Library MAY:

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, May 1-3: FRIENDS Book Sale at the library Friday, May 8th: Foreign Film at 7pm Monday, May 18th: FRIENDS Meeting at 7pm Saturday, May 23rd: CHILL at 6pm

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Out of the Darkness Walk Saturday, May 30th 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM Downtown Palmer Pavilion Downtown Palmer FREE - 907-232-3535 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention AFSP.org

Vacation Bible School “Journey Off The Map” Mon, June 1 - Fri, June 5 - 9am-12pm First Baptist Church of Palmer 1150 E. Helen Drive, Palmer, Alaska FREE - 907-745-4483 www.fbcpalmer.com

Non-Denominational Bible Study Wasilla Area Senior Center 1301 S. Century Circle Wasilla, Alaska 99654 Every Wednesday from 10 to 11 am in WASI Meeting Room FREE - Wasilla Area Senior Center

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BLOCK PARTY AND BAKE-OFF Sunday May 17th Meadow Lakes Sports Field 1210 N. Kim Drive Games – Prizes – Playground Music - Food

Alaska Medicinal and Edible Plant Walk Sunday, July 12th - 2:00pm-4:00pm APU Spring Creek Farm Lossing Drive Palmer, Alaska $20.00 a person Knowing Our Land with Shelley Plumb 907-775-2466 knowingourland.net

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Music

May 8th-May 31st at VPA

Chris Watkins is an American musician-singer-songwriter. Hailing from Alaska, Watkins is the founding member of the band the Drunk Poets. He began playing the guitar at the age of 10, and by the age of 16 he had formed the alternative band the Drunk Poets, who, in the 1990’s greatly influenced the Alaskan music scene.

The Diary of Anne Frank VALLEY PERFORMING ARTS Enhancing Theatre Arts Since 1976 251 W. Swanson Avenue, Wasilla Drama/General Audiences Directed by Grant Olson During the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, Anne Frank received a diary as one of her presents on June 12, 1942, her 13th birthday. According to the Anne Frank House, the red checkered autograph book which Anne used as her diary was actually not a surprise, since she had chosen it the day before with her father when perusing a bookstore near her home. She began to write in it on June 14, 1942. On July 5, 1942, Anne′s older sister, Margot, received an official summons to report to a Nazi work camp in Germany, and on July 6, Anne went into hiding with her father, Otto, mother, Edith, and sister, Margot. They were joined by another family, Hermann van Pels, Otto's business partner, his wife, Auguste, and their teenage son, Peter. Their hiding place was in the sealed-off upper rooms of the annex at the back of Otto's

company building in Amsterdam. The rooms were concealed behind a hidden bookcase. Mrs. van Pels' dentist, Fritz Pfeffer, joined them four months later. In the published version, names were changed: the van Pels are known as the Van Daans and Fritz Pfeffer as Mr. Dussel. With the assistance of a group of Otto Frank's trusted colleagues, they remained hidden for two years and one month. This is their courageous story, told through the voice of a brave young girl, Anne Frank.

> THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

Opens May 8th and runs through May 31st. Ticket prices are $17 for Students/ Seniors and $19 for Adults. This incredibly moving drama will be appearing at Valley Performing Arts, 251 W. Swanson Avenue, Wasilla.

> Call VPA at 373-0195, visit our website valleyperformingarts.org, or come by the office, Monday through Friday 9am to 3pm to purchase your tickets

Watkins has continued to carry the band name with various members coming and going over the years. He has also released several solo albums. One of which is titled Nail It Down, and another titled Lazy Mountain Moon, which was recorded and produced in 2005 at Lamon Records. In 2013 Watkins released another album titled Winter Birds.

released in March 2015. On this album Watkins is joined by musician Eric Cobb, who is also one of the original Drunk Poets band members. The title song off Chris’ album London Can Take It has been described by The Modern Folk Music of America music blog as “grunge inflected” while accompanied by Chris’ “drawling street poetry“. Chris, when asked how he would describe his new album, simply said “Alaskana”.

> London Can Take It

and Chris Watkins’ other albums are available for purchase on iTunes. youtu.be/zBhBTboJ6Nc

Two of the more popular Drunk Poets albums are Empty Rooms and Going Down Slow. Some of Watkins’ influences over the years have been U2, Talking Heads, and Bob Dylan. Watkins is currently residing in Alaska where he continues to write and record music. His most recent album is London Can Take It, which was just

soundcloud.com/drunk-poets twitter.com/chrisdrunkpoets www.facebook.com/ ChrisWatkinsDrunkPoets


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Dr. Shauna Henry and Dr. Teresa Beck opened the doors of North Star Animal Hospital in October 2006 in downtown Palmer.

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Whats so special you may ask? Stop in for free demos and see for yourself. If you’ve ever wanted to paint furniture, here’s your chance to get all the techniques, tips and tricks. Every hour on the hour - 10-6.

We offer full service small animal veterinary medicine and surgery, including cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents, birds and some farm animals.

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Don’t miss the Professional Women’s Clothing Exchange SPOnSOrED by IbEW LOCAL 1547 Bring in clean, gently used professional clothing, shoes, purses and/or accessories and “exchange” them for items brought by other participants. It’s totally free. The exchange will take place at the Palmer Moose Lodge, 110 S. Cobb St Saturday, April 25th from 9am – 5pm, with a fashion show at noon

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Forget Me Not Fibers is a Specialty Shop. We are at our NEW PERMANENT location. 1085 S Cobb St. We have over 20 local artisans who provide locally crafted, one of a kind ready to wear items, yarns hand spun and hand dyed; as well as hand dyed roving for spinning or felting your own crafts. Several local woodworkers have crafted tools for our customers, too! Jill Farris will be joining us with her Silpada Jewelry collection during Who Let The Girls Out? We will be demonstrating carding, using a hackle, and making earrings from quiviut. Forget Me not Fibers - bringing you Alaska's Artisans One Fiber at a Time!

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The newly remodeled Klondike Mike’s & Roadhouse BBQ is Palmer’s oldest watering hole. An awesome team working together to provide something fun for everyone!

Backcountry Therapeutics is a locally owned pediatric therapy clinic offering occupational therapy for children age 0-21 years. Our therapists realize that life doesn’t always aNdrEa BartoK happen in a clinic setting; therefore we offer a wide range of locations to meet the needs of the clients and their families.

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Our kitchen serves great in house smoked BBQ meats in a family environment. The saloon offers three pool tables, darts, live music every weekend starting with “Full on Fridays” at 5pm, large dance floor with awesome new led and laser lighting for a new “nightclub” scene on Saturdays after 10pm, variety of games and even buzztime trivia on 4 screens - coming in April! We are not the old Klondike Mike’s, we are a family-friendly entertainment venue with great food and awesome mixologists! Live Music, DJ Dance, Karaoke Come check us out!

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New to Palmer, Lavender! At Lavender you’ll find great talent and a fun, free spirited environment. Lavender is an up beat salon that is dedicated to enhancing the world’s beauty, one head of hair at a time.

We provide clinic based therapy in Wasilla and in Palmer, home based care, community based care, and aquatic therapy. We have a client/ family centered treatment style that emphasizes interactions and engagement of families during and after therapy sessions to ensure success and increase performance and independence in and out of the clinic. We focus on a holistic, whole body approach to care and work very closely with other holistic and medical facilities in the valley to offer the best care available to your child. We are accepting new clients and would love to welcome you to our family!

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7:30pm @ KLONDIKE MIKE’S

6:30pm @ PALMER PAVILLION 3 Valley Women’s Running Team 5K Fun Run

8:00pm @ KLONDIKE MIKE’S

12pm, 2pm, 4pm @ STAMP CACHE Drawings and in-store specials Grand Price Drawing at 5PM (Worth $50!) 4

1pm @ MADD MATTERS 10 Shoe Painting with Pam Strahan

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starting 2pm @ FIRESIDE BOOKS 22 Who Let the Poets Out Recite your own original work or that of an author you cherish

9am-12pm @ NON ESSENTIALS 7 Huge Clearance Sale - Store Wide 9am -1pm @ PALMER SENIOR CENTER City Health Fair - Free Screenings 23 Learn How to Improve Your Health

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starting 10am @ THE GALLERY Storewide Clearance Sale - 40% OFF

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10am @ PALMER MOOSE LODGE Sowing Seeds of Success, Business Seminar Jeanette Gardner, Seastar Strategies DanaLyn Dalrymple, Dalrymple Law 14 Tammy Bruce, Edward Jones 10am-5pm @ LODESTAR EYE CARE 1 Eyewear Selfie Contest - Win a new pair of frames! Samples and Snacks Available 10am-6pm @ COVER UPS 13 Huge Sale and Product Unveiling Free Demos and Demonstrations

11am-4pm @ KLONDIKE MIKE’S Mixology Demonstrations starting 11am UP AND DOWN THE

STREETS OF DOWNTOWN PALMER

Valley Arts Alliance Parade of Wearable Art

11am @ NON ESSENTIALS 7 Tea Sipping w/ Sherry Maresca of Clumzy Clover Teas & Treasures starting 11am @ BBELLA HAIR DESIGN Fifty Shades of Grey [Hair] Photo Event 4

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2pm-4pm @ SHANE LAMB GALLERY 15 3-D Pop-Up Box Card Making Classes 3-D Pop-Up Box Card making classes with paper-craft artist Donna Smith - $25.00

11am @ FORGET ME NOT FIBERS We will be demonstrating carding, using a 9 hackle, and making earrings from quiviut.

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11am-1pm @ SHANE LAMB GALLERY 3-D Pop-Up Box Card Making Classes 15 3-D Pop-Up Box Card making classes with paper-craft artist Donna Smith - $25.00

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starting 4pm @ KLONDIKE MIKE’S Alaska Variety Show - 4PM-5PM 7pm @ PALMER BAR 5 Purse Auction - Benefiting Santa Cops & Heroes Program - Extended Dinner Hours

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Alaska Trappers Association Presentation How to safely release a pet from a snare or trap FREE Trap Release Kit

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10pm-4pm @ PALMER MUSEUM 16 SL Cook Pottery, Raku Firing

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10am-4pm @ SILVERTIP DESIGN 19 FREE embroidered WLTGO facial towel While supplies last

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all weekend w/ JOANIE KIRK, ND 4 Healthy Happy Hour “Making Healthy Cool!” in the Kozlosky Center

Charity Poker Run for Autism Awareness

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5K Fun Run Award Ceremony

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5K Fun Run Pre-Run Yoga @ the Palmer Pavillion

Evergreen Ave

Live Music, DJ Dance, Karaoke

“Name That Print Contest” This is your opportunity to participate in the naming of one of local artist Shane Lamb’s new releases! If your title is selected, you will win a print of the piece you helped name.

Bone Marrow Drive 15 10am to 4pm in the Downtown Palmer Plaza – Turkey Red hallway as part of Who Let the Girls Out Benefiting Kelly Marre

6:00pm @ KLONDIKE MIKE’S

5K Fun Run Registration

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15 CAKEWALK @ DOWTOWN DELI Downtown Deli 1PM & 4PM, Saturday Cakewalk Fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness

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Magpie Clothing Exchange will be welcoming all aspiring fashionistas to come in and show off their style sense by creating an outfit for themselves, a friend or a mannequin. The outfit that receives the most likes on social media will win its designer a $50 gift certificate good for anything in the store.

1. Lodestar Family Eyecare 2. Silva Insurance 3. Palmer Pavillion 4. Koslosky Center - Vagabond Blues - Whimsy Gift Shop - Active Soles - Stamp Cache - BBella - Joanie Kirk, ND

5. Palmer Bar 6. Lavender

7. Nonessentials 8. The Gallery 9. Forget Me Not Fibers 10. Madd Matters 11. Klondike Mike’s 12. Northstar Animal Hospital 13. Coverups 14. Palmer Moose Lodge 15. Downtown Palmer Plaza

- Shane Lamb Gallery - Downtown Palmer Deli - Wishing Wellness - Turkey Red

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Magpie Clothing Exchange will be welcoming all aspiring fashionistas to come in and show off their style sense by creating an outfit for themselves, a friend or a mannequin. We will post their looks on our Facebook and Instagram pages. The outfit that receives the most likes will win its designer a $50 gift certificate good

We will be collecting gently used bras for Free The Girls: a non-profit organization that helps victims of human trafficking regain their lives by helping them establish a small business reselling gently used bras in their community.

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Lodestar Family Eye Care is proud and excited to be participating in our first Who Let the Girls Out Weekend, which happens to coincide with our 1-year anniversary in Palmer! To celebrate, we are hosting a frame contest and one lucky participant will win new frames! Our staff will help you select a frame that suits your style and personality, and we’ll post a picture of you in the frame of your choice on our Facebook page. Whoever gets the most “likes” wins! We also have a selection of photo props for your Who Let the Girls Out selfie! Samples of moisture drops and four delicious varieties of popcorn from our friends at Jazzy Gourmet will be yours for the taking just for stopping by! We will be open 10am-5pm - get ready for a fabulous time!

You bring them in, we’ll ship them off. www.freethegirls.org 1901 N hEmmEr rd SuitE 108, palmEr (907) 745-5551

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While having some special in store sales for our ladies (and gents) we will be handing out while supplies last, a special remembrance embroidered WLTGO facial towel for the lucky ladies who grace our store on Saturday, April 25th starting at 10am. We are also hosting a “Kick Starter” promotion for a new Brewery in the Valley and they’ll be here with an awesome audio and visual introduction to there new business opening in the fall. So come to Silvertip! Enjoy the activities, we’ll have a refreshment, a special gift to our customers (while supplies last) and savings galore on special items

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Need art work or a gift? We can help you out! Come see our large selection of Palmer artist Shane Lamb art and photography and over 50 other Alaskan arts and crafts artisans’ creations in our gallery. ThE ShAnE LAMb GALLEry IS LOCATED In ThE DOWnTOWn PALMEr PLAzA

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Meet a few girls of earlier times! Follow their miles of footsteps throughout the Valley as reminders of their spirit come to mind today. They are a “can-do” group! In 1937 Thelma Cope came to Palmer as a bride. She was Palmer’s first cosmetologist, and with her husband Jack Cope, a barber, they ran their first business, including a gift shop, until signing up as replacement colonists and moving to their farm in 1940. (Cope Industrial Way.) Thelma next managed the Palmer school lunch program for many years and then was hired to teach school lunch procedures in the Bush. She ended her varied career by opening the Palmer Pioneer Home kitchen in 1971. Colonist Emmy havemeister was left with a grade A dairy farm to run and three children ages 10, 5, and 2 when she lost her husband in 1942. She couldn’t drive, so she sold the family car, shut down the dairy operation, sold the horses, and began to raise cows for other people’s dairies. The family also started selling potatoes and carrots. By the early 1950’s, with the children older, the family started putting the dairy operation back together. They had managed to keep the farm intact! Emmy had commented “You had to do what you whatever you had to do. Never give up – be strong!” The family’s Havermeister Dairy operation remains alive and well – check your local market!

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ruth DeArmond (Estelle) came to Palmer as a Home Economist in 1936. Besides teaching homemaking skills such as food preservation to Colonist families, she was a participant in the early theater productions. In the early 1950’s, Ruth Estelle purchased a flower shop from Maud Hosler (Maud Road) and operated it in the now well-known Estelle building in downtown Palmer. Softvoiced Ruth gifted the Palmer Pioneer Home community a special kindness by providing each resident birthday celebrant a small fresh flower bouquet. Lea Ehrhart (Lea’s Dress Shop) offered and attractive source of fashion, from special occasion to nice basic essentials. Lea lobbied devotedly for Palmer’s beautifully located golf course. betty Mears served as City of Palmer Mayor and on City Council , and her shop (known simply as “Betty’s”) catered to both the high school set and young professionals. Dorothy Saxton came to the Valley in 1947 and in 1949 began her 30 year career as Palmer’s Magistrate. She has been described as having a heart as big as the valley, and throughout her career her cheerful, caring personality touched base with many if not most residents. She once commented “I never had a case that I didn’t have some heart in.” Two wonderfully special gals in our town were Clarabelle Kopperud and Clare buzby. Clarabelle arrived in 1937 and became a nurse at the Colony

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hospital. She hadn’t necessarily planned to stay in Alaska but her kind and gentle caring the hospital soon earned her the descriptive title of being an angel. She had found her home and remained in Palmer throughout her days. Clara Buzby, known widely as “Buzzie” brought straight-talking wisdom and delightful humor wherever she went. How she was missed by local voters when she retired from service on our election board. “Where’s Buzzie?” they would exclaim. In her late years she was often seen kibitzing with Mat-Su Miners game fans in bleacher-land. And then there was Mrs. Margaret Cope, a teacher par excellence. In 1939 she came to Palmer with her two children after her bush pilot husband Alonzo Cope was killed in a plane crash on Taku Galcier. Mrs. Cope began a 30 year teaching career at Palmer High School, shwer she taught typing, shorthand and bookkeeping to her hundreds of students. She was quiet spoken, kind but no nonsense, and for many years always wore navy blue or reay. No doubt the skills she taught were put to good use by her students in many of our local businesses. Think of all the footsteps these ladies have left in their pages of time! Consider the legacies of thought and deed they leave behind. Well done, girls!

MUSIC SCHEDULE @ PALMEr bAr FrI 9PM The Rockin’ Candys @ VAGAbOnD bLuES SAT. 2PM Boogie Willis - Harpist SAT. 3PM Meggie Aube & Friends SAT 4PM Devynn Maclure SAT. 5PM Amy Beth SAT. 6PM Mountain Waxwings @ DOWnTOWn PALMEr DELI SAT. 4PM Emily Kathryn Barry SAT. 5PM Melanie Troust SAT. 6PM Devynn Maclure SAT. 7PM Amy Beth @ KLOnDIKE MIKE’S & rOADhOuSE bbQ SAT 9PM Blue Voodoo w/ Ashley Current @ ThE CAbOOSE SAT 9PM Doug Geeting & Steve Durr


raKu FiriNg at thE palmEr muSEum oF hiStory aNd art Saturday, april 25, 10 to 4 pm Raku is a participatory ceramic firing process. Pick a ceramic pot or two, glaze the pieces and watch as kiln temperature reaches 1900 degrees in 20 minutes; red hot pots are removed from the kiln and put in buckets with newspaper and organic materials. The hot pots ignite the paper and a lid smothers the fire, causing the air starved flame to take oxygen out of the glaze, creating beautiful iridescent glazes. Pots are then removed from the buckets and plunged into water for finishing and ready to go home. Join SL Cook Pottery for this exciting event. 16 Ceramic pieces range from $10 to $35.

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Whimsy Gift Shoppe is a charming little home décor, novelty, fashion and gift shop located in beautiful downtown Palmer at 642 S. Alaska Street in the Koslosky Building. The store is owned by a sister-mother trio. The sisters, Ingrid Ling and Cindy Skow, handle the finances, purchasing and daily operations while their mother, lovingly referred to as the “not-sosilent partner” rearranges the store when her daughters turn their unsuspecting backs. There is never a dull moment with this group of ladies. Stop by the store to find out what all the buzz is about.

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Valley Women’s Running Team (VWRT) is once again happy to be part of the Downtown Palmer Merchants Association’s Who Let the Girls Out Version 5.0 on Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, 2015. VWrT will be hosting the Who Let the Girls Out 5K run/Walk which will start at the Palmer Downtown Pavilion Friday evening at 6:30pm. This fun 5K is open to walkers and runners alike. Online registration is open until April 22nd at www.vwrt.org. Race day registration is also available from 4:00-6:00pm at Active Soles in the Koslosky Building in Palmer. Midnight Sun Yoga Center will be leading racers in pre-run yoga at the Downtown Palmer Pavilion at 6:15pm. We will have an Awards Ceremony at the Roadhouse BBQ at 7:30 p.m. The Valley Women’s Running Team welcomes new and aspiring runners to participate in this race. By hosting the WLTGO 5K, VWRT hopes to bring new members into the club and encourage Valley women to embrace a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise. VWRT is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide an educational and recreational running program for people of the Mat-Su Valley. Their goal is to encourage new and veteran runners to set and meet personal goals and increase the enjoyment of the sport.

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If you've been reading the news this past year, you've probably seen allegations of corruption and abuse in the Alaska National Guard. LInda Dunegan's book "The Price of Whistleblowing" is her own story of working in that institution. It's an unflinching narrative about standing up in a hostile environment, and it's a stark commentary on the impact of corruption on national security -- and on individual lives. > Meet Author Linda Dunegan > Fireside Books, Palmer This book may be purchased online at LindaDunegan.com or at the colleges bookstores and Fireside Books in Palmer. Audio and e-books are on the way. Call CB Communications, LLC @ 907.310.3468

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To Build A Cabin by Nan Potts

Land is chosen, then is tiered; Make certain that the title's cleared. Trees are felled, used to construct; You'll build this thing, with any luck. You labor hard, with skill and craft. To build a cabin, you'll not graft Attention from most city folks; To them it's simply, just a hoax. To build a dream in yonder hills; They fathom not, it's not for thrills. To live in nature's wilderness; Gives such peace and happiness Which each of us, strives to achieve; Create and live a life, we weave. Resounding saws' and hammers' fell; Raised from ground, a wooden shell Then occupied and lights were lit. Why ask me now, if I've a permit?

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by John Sandoval "The problem is people," he told me one night, "People were given free will. But most choose the wrong thing 9 times out of 10." His eyes got misty his voice cracking a little. "That's why when someone decides to do the right thing, People notice. They feel Ashamed, knowing full well they should do the same.

"And its not always just being a total ass,but even when they do nothing. That," another long pull from the bottle, "that is the worst of it. Apathy. That's why social sites are doing so well.

By Josh Fryfogle

Everyone only has to be an Actor. To pretend they care." He got up, apologized for ranting and went to sleep. Driving home

That's why Martin Luther King Jr. Mother Theresa Ghandi

I saw a guy hitchhiking and thought of Ghandi, MLK Mother Theresa.

All of those people are well known. They did things that everyone Should.

I thought of what he said, "The problem is people." And stopped the car.

But few step up and do it." There was a look of sadness mixed with a strange desperation.

A Room Full of Ravens by Barbara Banks

Raven the trickster is always watching, always stealing Raven is his name stealth is his game Sometimes he is still and just watching Other times he plays tricks like sneaking up on someone or something quickly snatching a tasty morsel then quickly perching somewhere to look innocent or uninvolved. He often seizes a piece of this or that without regret like it is his right to do so Sometimes he just chatters away while his fellow Ravens get the blame for his mischief When the Ravens wants something they usually get it one way or another

Broken TV Stare We could start a revolution But the tv wouldn't care Just another revolution In the cycle of despair We could take up arms as armies If we all were made aware But the tv doesn't tell us So we think there's nothing there We could start a conversation But really who would dare And face the consternation Of the broken tv stare?

Sometimes Raven will be the lookout for the other Ravens or change places with one He will look you in the eye or distract you while the other Ravens do the mischief Then quickly perch where he can watch the fun and feel pride for his riotous actions and the chaos he has created He caws as if to laugh Suddenly the all the Ravens are gone They will be back again tomorrow to start again, and so will I . I place my heavy radio in the charger and turn in a large set of keys I push a button that releases a heavy sliding door with a large clank I walk out into the fresh air and freedom these Ravens do not have.


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Sing Into Spring

With The Mat-Su Community Chorus

Matanuska Susitna Orchestra Is making a Difference for My House

The orchestra does not charge admission to their concert as they are committed to “making music make a difference.” Instead they ask that people give generously to the charity that they are sponsoring. The concert is scheduled for Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 3:00 pm.

If you check your calendar, spring has arrived! Yes, Spring Break has come and gone, it’s mid April, the kids are itching to breakout of their yearly school schedule and there’s no snow here in The Valley. One could say, Breakup is here and Summer, anon. Not even an incidental snowstorm, between now and then, can thwart celebrating spring. Music, dancing, singing and many other activities are heralding in the warmer clime.

Conductor, Anna Crowther will lead the chorus in two performances. One, Sunday, April 19th, 5:00pm

This is Anna’s first season with the chorus and we are pleased to have such a gracious and talented director. “It’s a great time,” Crowther said. “The chorus is very welcoming of new singer and is very supportive of all skill levels. It is our mission to sing great music well and provide a highquality musical outlet for community singers and audiences.”

The group undertakes each musical journey with the expectation that they will work together to make great music. Their mission is

The orchestra has raised funds for various charities throughout the valley some of which are the Palmer and Wasilla food banks, various valley school music programs, Friends of the Palmer Library, and Family Promise Mat-Su. Donations will be being accepted for the local charity My House Mat-Su whose mission is to provide safe shelter for homeless youth with a goal of connecting kids to a network of caring individuals and agencies able to assist them in becoming selfsufficient.

> Matanuska Susitna Orchestra Sunday, April 26, 2015 3:00 PM Glenn Massay Theater Admission is FREE Donations will be accepted

The group rehearses once a week at Wasilla High School. New members are welcomed each September and January.

> Come congratulate Anna in completing a successful season and enjoy familiar melodies as the chorus sings into spring.

the new 520-seat Glenn Massay Theater located on the campus of Mat-Su College.

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The Mat-Su Community Chorus is vocalizing its delight at the changing weather. They will be finishing their concert season with and olio of choral pieces ranging from folksongs, madrigals, Mozart and Brahms to contemporary standards.

at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Palmer and again Saturday, May 2nd, 4:00pm at the Willow Community Center in Willow. Tickets are available for $5.00 at the door. Children under twelve and Seniors are free.

The Matanuska Susitna Orchestra began as a small group of local musicians who shared a common dream, the dream of a nonprofessional orchestra that would enhance their community. The group is made up of an amazing variety of musicians—a variety of ages, occupations and abilities—all joining together because they love making music.

threefold: To bring orchestra music to Valley residents, to provide performance opportunities for local musicians in the orchestra setting, and to use the concert venue to raise funds for local charities.

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It will last approximately an hour and will feature classical selections such as, The William Tell Overture, Dance of the Hours, and The 1812 Overture.

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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, pscc@mtaonline.net

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, www.alzalaska.org

Valley Charities, Inc; 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 Aprket 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

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Mat-Su Area Partnership (MAP)

An organization of non-profit agencies in the Mat-Su Valley. MAP holds a monthly meeting on a Thursday at the Menard Sports Complex in Wasilla. www.mapartnership.org/matsu/

Mid-Valley Seniors Inc

Mid-Valley Seniors, Inc. Mid-Valley Seniors has 3 senior housing units-18 apartments and serves a congregate meal MonFri at 12:00pm. Home delivered meals served

daily fresh Mon-Fri, weekend meals are frozen. Transportation to Adult Day Services is available Mon-Fri 8:00am-3:00pm Come up to the Center for activities or lunch. Lisa Byrd, 892-6114 mvscadmin@mtaonline.net

FAMILIES & CHILDREN Divorce Care

DivorceCare is a weekly seminar/support group for men and women that will help you heal from the hurt of separation or divorce. It’s a warm, caring environment led by people who understand what you are going through.  Learn practical information and gain hope for your future at DivorceCare Palmer AK.

March of Dimes Alaska Chapter

The March of Dimes is inspired by all babies – those born healthy and those who need our help to survive and thrive. Working together for stronger, healthier babies, in the Valley we work directly with the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. We also provide clinics and organizations with resources and information. We host a March for Babies walk in the Spring and High Heels for High Hopes Runway Show in OCTust. For more information contact our office 276-4111 or email JOdgers@marchofdimes.com.

week at a time...moving to new host church on Sundays. Applications are available on our website. 357-6160, www.familypromisematsu.org

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.alaskachildrensplace.com

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

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 - akafs.org

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 www.acrf.org or call 376-4678 - bwoodin@nwresource.org

LINKS Mat-Su Parent Resource Center.

Pillows for Kids Foundation

Alaska Family Services

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-on-one 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. Regan Building 3161 E Palmer Wasilla Hwy. Suite #2 Linda Kupers, Administrative Assistant linda@linksprc.org - 907-373-3632

MYHouse Homeless Teen Shelter in the Matsu

is a non-profit that exists to provide services to unaccompanied youth, ages 14-24, in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The services we provide include, but are not limited to, hot meals, shelf stable foods, gas cards, transport to shelter, clothing, tents, sleeping bags, laundry, shower, hygiene products, street outreach, access to medical, dental and mental health care, vocational services and employment opportunities, educational advocacy and life coaching. Our youth center, The Gathering Place, is located at 300 N. Willow St in central Wasilla. Also on campus is the MYHouse Café, Gathering Grounds, which exists to provide employment for homeless and at risk youth, as well as our partnering agencies and businesses, Nine Star, Mat-Su Public Health Center and Car Deets (an automotive detailing business which hires homeless youth). To learn more, visit our website at myhousematsu.org or call 373-4357.

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

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 Aprtial 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 pillowsforkids@gmail.com

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 MonFri 10-6 and we are located on the Palmer-Wasilla Highway across from the AT&T Sports Center. Philip Licht, Executive Director 373-4732, www.setfreealaska.org/

Big Lake Community Clothing Closet

Donated by local Alaskans, Big Lake Community Clothing Closet provides quality clothing to people in need, at no charge. Clothing and footwear for people of all ages is available. Also, assorted household items as they are available. This unique program helps people locally. Donations are accepted, to further the program. Any money donated helps pay the rent for our location at 2955 Big Lake Rd., Big Lake, Alaska. Financial donation could also be mailed to the Big Lake Community Clothing Closet, PO Box 527069, Big Lake, AK 99652. Open Wednesday’s from 11am-3pm All donations of quality clothing in good condition can be donated at the above address during regular hours of operation. Check us out on Facebook

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Alaska Celtic Pipes & Drums

Those interested in lessons, or in playing pipes or drums with Alaska Celtic Pipes & Drums, please contact the Band by email at craigag@ mtaonline.net or by telephone at (907) 688-4196. The band’s website can be found at http://www. alaskaceltic.org , plus, we’re on Facebook! “The Pipes, the Pipes are calling...”

Radio Free Palmer

Radio Free Palmer is community radio serving the Sutton and Palmer communities as KVRF 89.5 FM and online at radiofreepalmer.org. 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. 745-8951, Manager@radiofreepalmer.org Radiofreepalmer.org 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. Membership in the Valley Fine Arts Association provides many diverse opportunities for artists. Check our website calendar at www. valleyfineartsassociation.org for upcoming events.

Mat-Su Community Chorus, Inc.

As Musical Ambassadors of The Valley, The Mat-Su 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 Octember through Nov. on Thursday evenings at 7-9pm in the Choir Room at Wasilla High School. Nan Potts 745-8788 matsucomchours@gmail.com

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 Nov.gstensgericht@yahoo.com or by telephone at (907) 376-5060. The band’s website can be found at http://www.alaskaceltic.org

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. matsuconcertband@gmail.com

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 www.whirlingrainbow.com

Valley Performing Arts

We’re celebrating over 36 years of Quality Live Theatre! VPA performs seven plays a year from Octember through Nov.. 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 Nov. through Nov. and are for youth 6-11 and 12-17. The VPA Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony is held each Nov. and Annual Fundraiser in October. Purchase your tickets online or from our office. Check out audition dates and show times on our website. 373-0195, www.valleyperformingarts.org


The Valley Arts Alliance is a group of likeminded 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. www.valleyartsalliance.com

Responsible adult volunteers are always needed. 907-357-6437, www.meadowgates.com manager@meadowgates.com

Alaska Animal Advocates

Make a difference. Save a life! Alaska Animal Advocates is reaching out to the community. We provide everything that is needed to meet a dog’s needs. We ask YOU to provide the love. Contact Angie at 841-3173 or email at aaarescue@yahoo.com Check out our website at www.alaskaanimaladvocates.com

ANIMALS

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The mission of the Alaska WildBird Rehabilitation Center is to care for injured, orphaned and sick wild birds with the goal of releasing them back into the wild; and to educate the public about these birds and their habitats.

United Way of Mat Su was formed in 1987 to serve as a single, borough wide, fundraising agency, but we have grown to be so much more.

Alaska WildBird Rehabilitation Center

AWBRC, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is always looking for volunteers and donations. Volunteers are always needed for care of our resident birds, office and web assistance, fundraising and advertising. We will be undergoing a building project this summer, and can use carpentry assistance or donations of materials. Please visit our web site at http://www.akwildbird.org/ for further information about us, to volunteer or

AK Cat Kitty Rescue

is a local small kitty rescue. We specialize in litters of kittens, and our facility is designed that way. We will take in litters from the community, and will assist in getting their mom cat spayed. ALL of our kittens are up to date on vaccines, and have been spayed/ or neutered prior to adoptions. We are a 501c3, so any donations are tax deductible. If you are looking to adopt, or need help placing a litter, please call us! We are currently looking for help with computer type tasks, updating website, or updating our adoptions and monthly expences. AK CAT 907-232-4444 www.akcat.org

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 adpr03@yahoo.com

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. carole@alaskaassistancedogs.org 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.

United Way provides information on available services through the 211 hotline and website www.alaska211.org and keep current and distribute the Mat-Sui Resource Guide. Our goal is to bring together individuals, companies and agencies to achieve measurable, positive, lasting results. We ask the community to LIVE UNITED which means all of us coming together to volunteer, advocate and give to create a brighter future for all. To find out more visit www.unitedwaymatsu.org or call 373-5807. The United Way of Matanuska Susitna Borough is physically located at 550 S Alaska Street Suite 205 Palmer, AK 99645.

The Valley Quilters Guild

was formed in 1985 to promote quilting in the Matanuska Valley. We currently have a membership of about 180. Our main objectives are service to our community and the education of Quilters. We serve the community by donating quilts to organizations and groups that approach us with their needs. We also give quilts to the victims of fires, child abuse, homeless families, and Law Enforcement agencies for comforting victims of domestic violence. The Guild meets the first Thursday of each month at the Palmer Train Depot at 7 p.m.

Mat Su Sertoma Club

The Mat Su Sertoma Club focuses on hearing health. They are part of a national organization with more than 600 clubs throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The club provides free hearing screens to the public the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wasilla Physical Therapy, 3750 E. Country Field Circle, Wasilla from September until May. During the summer we’re fishing, camping and gardening like most Alaskans! The Mat Su Sertoma Club is the host to the Annual Mat Su Polar Plunge, the original valley dip each February. They have been responsible for providing funding to non profits in the Mat Su Borough for more than 5 years, along with scholarship funding for two students who are pursuing an education in the hearing health field. The website is www.matsuhearing.dot to stay abreast of activities. Meetings are held the second and fourth Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Tailgaters Restaurant in Wasilla.

Mat-Su Special Santa

The Mat-Su Special Santa program is the largest Christmas gift giving program in the Valley. Mat-Su Special Santa teams with Toys for Tots, Salvation Army, Food Banks, state and local

Go to www.specialsanta.net for more information or e-mail us at matsu_santa@yahoo. com.

The Last Frontier Honor Flight

Our mission is to transport WWII, Alaska Territorial Guard and Korean War veterans to Washington D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices AT NO COST TO THE VETERANS. All Donations are tax deductible, according to state and federal laws. You can make a donation to The Last Frontier Honor Flight PO Box 520116 Big Lake, Alaska 99652, or pay with a credit card on our website at www.tlfhonorflight.org. If you would like to volunteer you can contact our President Ron Travis at (907) 892-6097 for meeting times and places.

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 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.

Mat-Su Community Chorus

Do you love to sing? The Mat-Su Community Chorus welcomes new adult members in all vocal ranges each September and January. We are a well-established, male-female, SATB community singing group conducted by Anna Crowther. Group singing benefits your emotional and physical health and enriches our community, so bring your talents and join the Chorus! No audition required although previous experience is helpful. We offer complimentary performances at public celebrations and deliver formal concerts several times a year. Rehearsals are on Thursdays at the WHS choir room from 7 - 9 pm. Contact us at matsucomchorus@gmail.com or call Sandy at 907-355-5836 for membership details. Like us on Facebook for concert reminders. 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 Nov. 25th. We always have new speakers and a great time. See you there!

Valley Residential Services

VRS provides housing to people with special needs. We define people with special needs

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

Valley Community for Recycling Solutions (VCRS)

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 Tuesday thru Friday 10:30am to 6:00pm and Saturday 10:30am to 3:30pm. 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. community@valleyrecycling.org valleyrecycling.org - 745-5544

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 , valleyres.org

Alaska Attachment & Bonding Associates (AABA)

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, self-advocacy, AABA website www.akattachment.org, RAVEN Respite, newsletters, brochures, lending library, and Mom2Mom/Dad2Dad parent support group. For more information: Laura Wagner 907-376-0366

The Homeless Actors of Mat-Su

HAMS, the Homeless Actors of Mat-Su, is a valley non-profit community theater group created to further theatrical opportunities for actors and technical personnel of all ages, be experienced or beginner and the audiences who have not been fully represented in the valley. With local support we intend to produce a broad range of the atypical classical, modern, comic, dramatic and musical one act and full length plays and improvisational theater that are both educational and entertaining in the traditional and dinner theater format as fundraisers for various local causes and to continue to encourage development of the theater arts in the Mat-Su Valley. Contact Elizabeth Clausen, General Manager, 841-4119; akhams@yahoo.com

Mat-Su Food Bank

At the Matsu Food Bank we provide emergency supplemental food to residents of the Matanuska Susitna Valley. The Matsu Food Bank distributes thru the Food Pantry of Wasilla directly to clients in need. The Pantry hours of distribution are Monday through Friday from 10:00AM to 1:00PM. The Pantry is located at 501 E. Bogard Rd. in Wasilla. We have three programs operating under the

Matsu Food Bank. The community supplied Food Pantry of Wasilla accepts donations of food or funds to help feed our neighbors. We distribute to clients on an emergency monthly basis. We also distribute TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program). This is a program is supplied by the USDA and is also once a month. Our third program is Food4Kids. We prepare and deliver, in safe community locations, nutritious meals and snacks for hungry kids 18 and under. We provide meals during the school year. We have a summer program at various locations around the Valley from Willow to Sutton and provide nutritious lunches for all kids in the valley for free. Our website is: www.matsufoodbank.org. If you have any questions please go to the website or call us at 907-357-3769.

OUTDOORS

North America Outdoor Institute

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, debra@naoiak.org 376-2898 , www.naoiak.org

Alaskans For Palmer Hay Flats

Dedicated to conserving the natural and cultural resources of Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge through public awareness, year-round recreation and events, education and enhancement projects. Healthy, outdoor recreation in a safe, beautiful setting is what APH helps provide to all users. 357-8711, alaskans@palmerhayflats.org www.palmerhayflats.org

Alaska Frontier Trappers Association

The Alaska Frontier Trappers Association is a non-profit 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. www.akfrontiertrappers.com

CONSERVATION

Alaska WildBird Rehabilitation Center

The mission of the Alaska WildBird Rehabilitation Center is to care for injured, orphaned and sick wild birds with the goal of releasing them back into the wild; and to educate the public about these birds and their habitats. AWBRC, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is always looking for volunteers and donations. We are undergoing a building project this summer, and can use carpentry assistance. In addition, regular volunteers are always needed for care of our resident birds. Please visit our web site at http://www.akwildbirdrehab.org/ for further information about us, to volunteer or to request a live bird program.

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. distmgr@wasillaswcd.org

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Meadow Gates Farm Sanctuary

We are dedicated to working in our community on education, stable income and health. These are the building blocks for a quality life. We provide grants to programs with these areas of focus and administer programs that improve early childhood education, reduce substance abuse and improve senior citizen nutrition. We supply Familywize prescription drug discount cards, which have saved people in the Mat-Su over $500,000 since its beginning.

The Special Santa Program’s goal is to help children receive the magic of Christmas and know that people care. In reaching this goal the program: 1. Coordinates with agencies and programs to provide for families, 2. Provides the citizens in the Community an opportunity to give, 3. Assists families in need at a stressful time of year, 4. Spreads the joy of Christmas throughout the Mat-Su Valley.

as those individuals who are experiencing behavioral or developmental disabilities, lowincome levels or who are seniors. VRS currently manages 198 residential units distributed in the Mat-Su Valley and participates in special programs to assist with rental assistance. We can also assist with linking individuals to social service agencies who can assist with life skills programs. (907) 357-0256, www.valleyres.org

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agencies, churches and schools to help families in need. Last year over 3400 children completed a wish list with requests for Christmas presents. The program provided at least two toys/ gifts, winter wear when possible, a new book, personal items and stocking stuffers. All of this is possible through the generous donations of our community with over 1000 community members, organizations, clubs and schools either volunteering or donating to the program. This is an all volunteer program. We are also in need of volunteers.

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THE ART OF

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My name is Robert Allan McCoy-Apangalook or Utuqsiq. My family, the Apangalooks originate from Gambell, Ak on St. Lawrence Island. Utuqsiq is my native name given to me at birth by my grandfather Leonard Apangalook Sr. “Utuqsiq” is the tallest point on the Gambell mountain and resembles the shape of a pregnant lady from the village. Coincidentally I ended up becoming the tallest in my family. My parents Barbara Apangalook and Sean McCoy raised me in Anchorage and Wasilla, Ak. A visit to Gambell in May 2011 changed my life drastically and set me on a new path. Although I grew up in the city I was still raised with culture and tradition all around me and was very close to all my mother’s family and friends from back home in Gambell. One particular tradition my family is very well known for and caught my interest early on was all the beautiful and truly unique art.

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Most the women in my family are sewers and most the men are carvers. Watching the men in my family carve I dreamed of one day being able to do the same. When my uncle Ron Apangalook persuaded me to try carving at the age of 15 I jumped at the opportunity with excitement.

the years I learned how to carve a wide variety of both traditional and modern style art: sea otters, seals, cormorants, polar bears, walrus, whales, owls, musk-ox, eagles, pendants, earrings, rings, picture frames, knives, human figures and several custom orders. I have had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of materials as well: Walrus ivory, whale bone, baleen, fossilized ivory, polar bear claws, bearded seal claws, walrus oosiks, walrus teeth, polar bear teeth, bowhead whale eardrums, walrus whiskers, even soapstone and wood. With ten years of experience now there is nothing I am not willing to try out. I welcome any and all custom orders or new ideas. It wasn’t till this past year I really began to realize the significance in my work. Its sad but true that what I do is considered a dying art. With fewer youth showing interest, this tradition is slowly fading. I hope and plan to contribute a strong influence to keep this tradition alive. As my talent excels so does my ambition to leave my mark on this world through my art. My hope is for Utuqsiq Art Galleries to stand for more than just art. I would like to thank my three biggest supporters, God, my Fiance Jewel Koonooka and my Mom, there are many more supporters and loved ones I would like to thank and mention but there are just too many.

My first carving, a sea otter, would hook me for life and launch my career as an artist. I first imagined carving would end up being a hobby on the side. Little did I realize the potential that would eventually end up as my livelihood.

> Thank you and please consider Utuqsiq Art Galleries for a Unique piece of art and history.

After my first otter I was determined to learn more and try new things. Over

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Sowing Seeds of Success: Tips, Tools and Strategies to grow your business and investments As part of Who Let the Girls Out, three women professionals from Palmer have partnered to offer a unique seminar for women. Jeanette Gardiner of SeaStar Strategies, LLC; Tammy Bruce of Edward Jones; and DanaLyn Dalrymple of Dalrymple Law, PC have developed this seminar to help women take control of their limited time and resources, and grow their business and investments. Each spring we strive to clean out the old and make a fresh start in our lives at home and at work. As Jeanette explained, “Spring brings the promise of new growth and renewal, both in your garden and your business. To help that new growth thrive, it’s essential to clear the weeds and prepare the ground. And while it’s easy to spot the weeds in your garden, it can be a little more challenging to spot and clear the “weeds” that keep your business from thriving.” Clearing the weeds and preparing the ground for a thriving business is all about finding the right tools and strategies that work with you, your customers, your team members—and your unique type of business. Jeanette will share 21 tips, tools and strategies to help you clear the weeds that are stunting your business growth, and plant the seeds of success to help your business thrive. New growth in your business can often be overshadowed by challenges to your personal financial well-being. Tammy Bruce teaches us that you have to take control of your financial goals as well. Tammy advises, “Just like eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is a smart choice for your health, diversifying your investments can be healthy for your portfolio. But there’s more to portfolio diversification than

just owning a few stocks in different sectors.” Tammy will walk us through her tips from this month’s Edward Jones Perspective seminar, taking a look at the four D’s of diversification and their possible implications for your portfolio. Other topics will include: You’re in control: the power of 3; Women and retirement income: what you need to know; and 3 common risks to your retirement strategy. You’ve cleared the weeds, discovered some time, and made healthy long-term financial choices. Along the way, it is important to make sound legal decisions to protect the bounty of your hard work. DanaLyn Dalrymple will discuss some simple dos and don’ts of common real estate transactions, contract issues, and estate planning. It is critical for women not to rely on others to protect their interests. Being aware of risks and common mistakes can go a long way to ensure a bountiful harvest. Join these professionals at 10:00 am on April 25, 2015 at the Palmer Moose Lodge for this free seminar on sowing the seeds of success. register by phone at 746-1175. Seating is limited. 15 Jeanette Gardiner works with timestrapped small business owners who are trying to grow their business, but are immobilized by the energy-draining, dayto-day activities of their business and schedule. She helps them discover the gift of time so that they can redefine their day, grow their business and take back their personal life. Tammy Bruce joined Edward Jones as a financial advisor in 2010, opening the firm’s third branch office in Palmer. She became a financial advisor because she has a passion for investing and helping people meet their financial goals. DanaLyn Dalrymple is an attorney with Dalrymple Law, PC in Palmer. She practices in the areas of business, real estate, wills and probate.

By Carmen Summerfield Traditionally, the word Raku referred to the Japanese pottery used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony; it means enjoyment, comfort, or happiness. Nowadays, the word Raku refers to the practice of utilizing both heat and smoke to create unique patterns and designs. The Raku process starts with firing the pot until it reaches its maximum temperature (approximately 30 minutes) and then placing it into a sealed metal container containing combustible material. The combustible material immediately ignites, drawing oxygen from the hot pots and glazes. This process, called post fire reduction, leaves ions and iridescent luster behind, creating a metallic effect on the glaze. Unglazed areas turn a matte black color. When the pots have cooled somewhat, they are removed from the sealed metal container and submerged in water. The timing of each step directly affects the shades of each glaze color, and contributes to the unpredictable results and intense colors of Raku that attract modern potters. Local potter Sandra Cook, owner of SL Cook Pottery and Fiber Werks in Palmer, has perfected this technique and, with her portable raku kiln, is bringing it to the community this spring. In the next few weeks Sandra will conduct two workshops to help participants design and create individual Raku pieces.

During these workshops, Sandra will provide each participant with pots of fired and unglazed ceramic ware, known as bisque. The participants then decorate their pot with a variety of glazes, and then Sandra fires the pots in one of her special portable Raku kilns. At the conclusion of the workshop, all the participants will be able to take their unique creations home! On Saturday, April 25, Sandra will be setting up her portable raku kiln at the Palmer Museum of history and Art, from 10am to 4pm. This is part of the annual “Who Let the Girls Out” event in Palmer, which will also feature art, music, food, and product demos. 16 On Saturday afternoon, May 9, starting at 2pm, Sandra will conduct the 7th Annual Valley Arts Alliance Raku Pottery Party at Pat Garley’s Arctic Fires Bronze in Palmer, Alaska. Don’t let the “party” name fool you—this event is a true informal workshop. The workshop fee for the Valley Arts Alliance Pottery Party on May 9 is $50, and is payable at the door. Seating is limited, so please reply to “Carmen (at) ValleyArtsAlliance (dot) com” or call 746-2370 to reserve your place. So join Sandra at the Palmer Museum on Saturday April 25 from 10 to 4pm, or at Arctic Fires Bronze (located at 15615 East Outer Springer Loop in Palmer) on Saturday May 9, from 2 to 6pm. These workshops are a unique experience, and part of bringing the community together through the arts!


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