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Non-Profit Directory

Non-Profit’s Help Our Community! Families & Children: Family Promise Mat-Su (907) 357-6160 A community response for families without housing. Family Promise Mat-Su, “FPMS” uses area churches for shelter while providing meals and case management to help homeless families move back into housing and self-sustainability. In addition we provide state funds(BHAP) for homeless prevention.

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

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

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Valley Fiber Arts Guild The Valley Fiber Arts Guild began in 1983. Our purpose is to provide educational and cultural enrichment for the community by promoting a greater interest in the fiber arts. Fiber arts include spinning, weaving, knitting, crochet, dying, felting, lace making, and more! Monthly gatherings are held at the Palmer Public Library on the first Saturday of the month from September-April at 10am-11:30am. Tuesday is UnFinished Objects Night. Join us every Tuesday night 5ish-8pm at Vagabond Blues Cafe in Palmer! Come spin, knit, crochet, or visit while having some coffee and getting some free instruction!

Families & Children:


Denali Family Services

Valley Arts Alliance

291 East Swanson Ave. Wasilla, AK  907-222-2331 or Denali Family Services provides therapeutic foster care to Alaskan children with mental health needs. If you are committed to working with a team, receiving training and implementing positive interventions to schoolage children and teens, we need your talents and skills.  We are in search of professional, therapeutic foster parents who are willing to make a commitment to the children of Alaska by providing a stable home environment.  For more information, please call or email our Foster Care Recruiter, Ernestina D. Olivares, at 907-222-2331 or eolivares@ Valley Arts Alliance, bringing the community together through the arts... We are a place for both new and established artists of all types— painters, sculptors, musicians, and those involved in the performing arts—to network and to experiment with new ideas and media. We work with local libraries, schools, museums, art councils, and music and art groups to create more venues for the arts, and to help promote art related events. Join us at our informal weekly meetings, every Thursday @ 11 at Sophia’s Cafe, 9191 E Frontage Road, Palmer-Wasilla Hwy. Check out our archives

Mat-Su Health Foundation

Valley Community for Recycling Solutions (907) 352-2863 The Mat-Su Health Foundation offers financial and strategic support to well-managed 501(c)(3) organizations that offer services and practical solutions to significant health-related problems impacting the citizens of the Mat-Su Borough. The foundation also offers academic and vocational scholarships to Mat-Su residents who wish to pursue health and wellness related careers.

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

CONSERVATION: (907) 745-5544 RECYCLING – It’s not just for hippies anymore!! Everyone in the Mat-Su valley can recycle. Drop your stuff off Tues – Fri 10:30 to 6 and Sat 10:30 to 3:30. Recycle cardboard, magazines, this newspaper and more at your community recycling center. Remember to REDUCE, REUSE, and then RECYCLE! Your community recycling center is located at 9465 E Chanlyut Circle, next to the MSB Animal Shelter at the MSB Central Landfill. Volunteer opportunities available. Make a difference in your community! Check out our website for details, follow us on Facebook. - Call us at 907.745.5544 with questions or comments.

EMPLOYMENT SERVICES: Mat-Su Regional Adult Basic Education (Nine Star) (907) 373-7833 Mat-Su ABE provides basic education in math, language arts and English as a second language (ESL), aiming to raise student skills beyond the high-school level in order to pass tests like the GED, enter training programs or college, and advance on the job. Enrollment is open to all adult residents of Alaska, year-round. Youth Employment for ages 16-24 not in school -- get a job, keep a job, advance on the job. Nine Star 300 N Willow 373-3006 (in the MYHouse building)

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

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

SOCIAL ADVOCACY: Wasilla Homeless-Committee (907) 521-2949 Wasilla Homeless-Committee is a 100% volunteer organization funded by private donations and regular fundraising events. Our sole purpose is to assist the homeless, those at risk of homelessness, and others who do not meet the criteria for help that is required by other advocacy agencies in the valley. Wasilla Homeless-Committee provides case management, housing search assistance, move in assistance, job search assistance, clothing, furniture, help with transportation, and resource guidance for homeless and disenfranchised in the Mat-Su Valley. Visit our website for application, or call 907521-2949. Find us on Facebook wasillahomelesscommitteepage

Creative Writing Contributed by Lucas A. Fisher Trapped. The claw rose with a chain and weight system. To Clementine’s astonishment, the roof was only a few wooden boards full of gaping holes. When the weight clanked the claw against the pulley at the top of a dark atmosphere, she couldn’t see any opponent. Was that truly her last meal? Then a flicker of light: a match. It revealed a metal vent and an impossible sight. Another survivor. Both Clem and the new girl were Stalker; miniscule to just above a rat’s height. The other wore a purple jacket with recognizable red shoes. Clementine clutched to the stale roll until her warden fell to her knees weakly. The claw was to obtain food, not a person. The new girl unlatched Clementine’s prison in exchange for nourishment; her vision flickered, all she could see was a smudge in the color of rags. Clem watched as the roll vanished into crumbs at the other’s gaping jaw; the two

pushed on in the vent with newfound strength. Her sudden accomplice displayed a worn fabric bearing the human queen’s insignia. Legend claims that the queen was the first to have broken natural law and utilize magic, becoming immortal and all-powerful. For curious and strange reasons though, she bore a painted mask which disguised her face, never revealing it. The queen hunted and collected items of power or mystery in fear of it being used against her, even in the Cloud. Both girls paced through the vent to a room drowned in clothing. All children’s clothing and a familiar umbrella from the past. From shirts to shoes and even socks, the room reeked of lost memories. In their nimble and light stature, it proved little difficulty to traverse over the articles. In the unseen and dark layer beneath the clothes, a figure detected the ruffling and shuffling of newcomers. Another meal! Clem and company heard the rumbling of the thing manipulating through

to them. Both frantically rushed to the end opposite the vent. Behind them, a hill of clothes raced in chase behind. They clawed at the dresser, scaling it, seconds away from becoming another set of clothes. With only the other girl’s match for light, they proceeded into another vent a few inches below the ceiling. Their ears heard the tumbling of a child down a metal slide behind them. It finished in the thing’s room, in the blinding dark, and there was no light for him. Clementine could hear his yelp before being dragged down, and she kept on. Her new companion had an estranged glare in the eyes. Clementine only wanted to escape. She, on the other hand, had anger. Her objective was to take out the mistress who revels in queen status. Both paused at a spot where the vent opened straight down. In a leap, they staggered on the oaken floor from the height of their fall. It was a slow trudge to reach the elevator, a cube of wood that had little to no walls that

provided “safe” passage while escalating floors; inside were open cages. Clem had to stand on her friends shoulders to reach the elevator button, made for human height of course. At the highest level, the doors began to open. Clementine dragged her resisting companion into a cage with herself. In hiding, the two could spot and hear heavy boots walk across the platform to the opposite entrance. At the button in the wood, he stopped to listen. Their breathing slowed. His sizeable person left. No apologies were needed as both creeped along the passage where the sentry came from. Clementine’s companion limped from the fall, through corridors at the highest floor of the Cloud. This time however, the halls were decorated in the nicest of luxuries and most likely by an immaculate thing. The red wallpaper had a soothing pattern of flowers. Their narrow floor had no guards or any sign of life. It seemed homely. It was a facade.


Music / Entertainment A Cappella Festivella 24 10/12/2017 – 7:30PM UAA Concert Board Williamson Auditorium 2533 Providence Dr. Anchorage Tickets: $5 UAA Students, $15 UAA Staff/Faculty/ Alumni/Youth, $20 General

recording technology, The House Jacks are uniquely equipped to provide the specialized coaching required to create truly world-class vocal performances. As such, the members have worked behind the scenes of mainstream hits like Pitch Perfect, NBC’s The Sing-Off, BBC’s The Naked Choir and Pitch Battle, working directly with the cast to hone their performances for the camera.

UAA Concert Board is proud to announce the 24th Annual A Cappella Festivella, featuring The House Jacks on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 7:30pm in the Williamson Auditorium. A Cappella Festivella is a part of UAA Homecoming Week.

The House Jacks have been seen or heard on NFL’s Monday Night Football, NBC’s The Sing-Off, Chili’s and Schlotzsky’s advertising campaigns, Guitar Hero and Karaoke Revolution video game franchises and have performed at the many of the most prestigious venues in the US with an extensive domestic touring history, as well as over 30 European tours and various other international appearances in France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Brazil, Sri Lanka, the UK and more! Tickets are $5 for UAA students, $15 for UAA staff,

Founded in 1991, The House Jacks instantly redefined the vocal music genre. Combining their virtuosic harmonies with spectacular stagecraft, these five world-class performers continue to push the boundaries of the human voice, thrilling audiences around the world. In addition to their jaw-dropping performances and multi-award-winning albums of original music, The House Jacks are among the world’s leading a cappella educators, providing extensive coaching to scholastic and professional groups worldwide. With pioneering teaching methods in all aspects of a cappella music, performance and

Cooking Contributed by Candy Miller Beet Pickles… Makes six pint jars or three quarts. (Or try half a recipe.)

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Fill a large six-quart pot with beets (greens removed), cover with water, boil and simmer until tender. Drain water. Let beets cool overnight or until cool enough to handle to peel, slice or cut into chunks. Syrup: (In six-quart pot, bring syrup to boil while peeling and cutting up the beets.) •

2 cups apple cider vinegar

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2 cups sugar 4 cups water 1 cinnamon stick 1 Tbsp. pickling spice 1 Tbsp. whole cloves

Put loose spices in tea ball or tied cheesecloth bag and place in cold syrup before boiling. Bring syrup to a rolling boil. Add prepared beets to boiling syrup and return to boil. Simmer for five minutes. Ladle beets and syrup into hot, sterilized jars. Cover with sterilized lids and rings. Set jars at room temperature to cool and seal. My mom would make this delicious recipe. We would can many vegetables and fruits every year!

faculty, alumni and youth (under 17), and $20 for general public. All ticket prices are $5 more at the door. Tickets are on sale now. Tickets will be available online at or in person at the UAA Student Union Information Desk. For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Zac Clark, Concert Board Coordinator, at (907) 786-1210 or

Contributed by Sally Hitchcock The Hitchcock Piano Studio has made a few changes, even since the remodel several years ago. Lessons are being scheduled an hour apart to allow for extra activities, keeping the old price for former shorter lessons. The existence of so many donated music books allows for cobbling together study plans from all sorts of material. The week has expanded to all five work days, and free events will happen as benefits for the students appear.


Music Education Please call 745 3134 for an appointment to discuss all these matters and set the times for lessons. In the past years the majority of students were school age, and much of my music library is geared to the younger years. Adults are eagerly welcomed, as an effort to put the donated library to work and because of the tremendous fun when adults choose their personal paths into the music.

Contributed by Mike McCormick, Whistling Swan Productions Inc. The Eagle River-based arts presenters offer a season ticket. If you purchase tickets for three or more shows you will save money, continue to support our efforts to bring terrific music to the area and land yourself on the list of people we contact with early buying opportunities when we add more shows. Call 263-ARTS for more information. The entire list of shows can be found here at or at the website. Whistling Swan productions also welcomes friends on Facebook. Highlights for the upcoming year include: • The return of Juno Award winners, The Wailin’ Jennys. Great harmonies and songs on Thursday, April 26th at the Glenn Massay

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Theatre and on Saturday, April 28th at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium. The highly entertaining musical legend, Arlo Guthrie, on June 30th at the Atwood Concert Hall.  Multiple Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and fiddler, Sarah Jarosz, will play her first Alaska shows on October 3rd at Vagabond Blues and October 4th in the Discovery Theatre. Sarah’s is known for superb playing and terrific songs and singing. Fans of bluegrass, folk and Americana genres will enjoy Sarah. 80 year old Tom Paxton, Lifetime Grammy Award recipient, joins Grammy Award-winning songwriting team, the Don Juans, for an evening of great songs and laughter on Sunday, November 12th at Vagabond Blues at 6pm and November 11th at the Discovery Theatre at 7:30pm. Artists who are building audiences includes the

Birds of Chicago, who are playing on October 22nd at Vagabond Blues at 6pm and on October 21st at the Sydney Laurence Theatre. The Birds is a duo with uplifting songs that draw from gospel, folk, soul and rock traditions. The group is highly acclaimed by both Rhiannon Giddons and Peter Mulvey. Rhiannon performs on the Birds’ latest album. Mandolin Orange will be playing on October 29th at Vagabond Blues at 6pm and October 28th at the Sydney Laurence Theatre. More great songs, singing and fine playing that will appeal to bluegrass, folk and Americana fans. An evening of Irish music and culture centered on the works of W.B. Yeats performed by Patrick Ball on March 4th at 6pm at Vagabond Blues and March 3rd at the Anchorage Museum.


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Film & Entertainment Contributed by Chad Carpenter


MOOSE The Movie Viewing & Sudsy Slim Sneak Peek 10/7/2017 - 6PM TUNDRA the Comic Strip Glenn Massay Theater 8295 E. College Dr. Palmer Tickets: $10 Here’s another chance to see MOOSE The Movie on the big screen! This showing will be on October 7th at 6:00pm at the new 520-seat Glenn Massay Theater, located on the University of Alaska’s Mat-Su College campus, 8295 E. College Drive, Palmer. MOOSE The Movie is an all-Alaskan comedy/thriller about an ancient Alaskan god of vengeance who rises from legend to terrorize the small town of Gangrene Gulch. Zack Del Pollo (a newbie park ranger) and Samantha Greene (the coroner’s assistant) must find a way to restore the natural disorder of the quirky Alaska town. Also showing at this event will be a special sneak peek/ behind-the-scenes look at the newest movie from the creators of MOOSE - Sudsy Slim Rides Again. Written by TUNDRA Comics duo, Chad and Darin Carpenter, in association with Nomad Cinematics. Sudsy Slim Rides Again is an action/comedy/heist movie about two fugitives who break out of prison and in an attempt to escape the town they’re held up in, kidnap the town’s most famous resident - the mummified body of Sudsy Slim. The backdrop of this story is the town of Scratcher Pass. A community that at one time boasted the largest asbestos mine in the world, but now sadly, is reduced to trying to survive on its meager tourism industry - an industry built entirely around the corpse of turn-of-the-century con man, Sudsy Slim.

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Both MOOSE The Movie and Sudsy Slim Rides Again were filmed in Hatcher Pass, Wasilla, Palmer, Houston and Sutton. They’re movies made in Alaska, by Alaskans, starring Alaskans. Rated PG 10ish. There will also be an auction for some extremely unique movie props from both MOOSE and Sudsy Slim. Tickets are $10 and available by going to or at the door.


Arts & Entertainment Contributed by Carmen Summerfield Alaska Home Companion - A Frontier Variety Show! 10/14/2017 – 7PM Valley Arts Alliance Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry 3800 W Museum Dr. Wasilla Tickets: $15 Alaska Home Companion - A Frontier Variety Show! 11/18/2017 – 7PM Valley Arts Alliance Sutton Public Library 11301 Chickaloon Way, Sutton Suggested Donation: $15

Coming to you Saturday, October 14th from the historic Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry (MATI) next to Wasilla International Airport, is the 2017 premier episode of The Alaska Home Companion - A Frontier Variety Show! MATI is our favorite Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry, and The Alaska Home Companion - A Frontier Variety Show! is the Valley Arts Alliance rendition of a live radio broadcast from the golden age of radio with skits, music and dance acts, similar to the popular Prairie Home Companion radio show on NPR. For those of you who haven’t seen or heard one of our episodes, The Alaska Home Companion - A Frontier Variety Show! features interesting stories by Alaskans about the best, the worst and the silliest of everyday living in Alaska. In previous episodes, we heard from the Roving Reporter, Guy d’North and the Sommelier, as well as news from Lake Willowa and Mukluk Radio.


Would you like to hear stories about the best, the worst and the silliest of everyday living in Alaska?

The 2017 season is our sixth year producing The Alaska Home Companion - A Frontier Variety Show! and we will continue with new music and dance acts, occasional impersonations of local celebrities and will be occasionally broadcast live by Radio Free Palmer on 89.5 FM. So mark your calendar! The Wasilla episode of the Valley Arts Alliance Alaska Home Companion - A Frontier Variety Show! will be broadcast at 7pm on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry in Wasilla. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door. A cash bar will be open during the event.

To see exciting scenes of these episodes, visit our Archive Pages at

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The Sutton episode of the Valley Arts Alliance Alaska Home Companion - A Frontier Variety Show! will be broadcast at 7pm on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the Sutton Public Library. Suggested donation is $15.



“I flew to Anchorage May 1, 1957 on an old four-engine Lockheed Constellation, arriving on a perfect blue-bird day. I was met with soaring mountain peaks stretching in

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all directions, glistening glaciers, azure blue-green bays and valleys dark with endless forests of pine. Inlets sparkled with early season fishing boats flooded my senses. During the winter of ’58-’59, we bought five acres with a cabin 40 miles out of Anchorage in the Matanuska Valley. What an incredible place... There would be no turning back.” He was a gifted storyteller and has published a short story called More Than A Bear Story. It can be purchased through Amazon or at Fireside Books in Palmer.


Poetry Some call it a bit too sour, but I call it my friend. It pops up early summer and continues to the end. I make pies, crisps and jelly. Then put some in the ‘stil. Boil up the leaves to make the bad bugs ill. Then about mid-summer, I stir concrete in a ’barrow, Making bird baths for robins and sparrows. Time to give the ‘stil a stir, but no tasting yet. Some make it into wine, and is it good? You bet! Towards the end of sunshine when leaves will start to fall, It’s time to empty out the ‘stil into bottles for later call. What is it about that rhubarb that holds such great allure? Come winter near the fire hearth, a glass of pink liqueur. This tribute is written to rhubarb; the oft ignored garden plant. It provides the ingredients for many yummy baked goods, the poisonous leaves can be boiled to make an effective bug spray, stalks mixed with berries develop into wonderful wines, the strongly veined leaves make beautiful concrete castings for bird baths and garden art, but my favorite is the lovely pink liqueur that tastes so good on a cold winter night.


Contributed by Linda Myers-Steele


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Calendar of Events

THE TIN WOMAN 9/8/2017 – 10/1/2017 Fridays & Saturdays @7PM, Sundays @2PM Valley Performing Arts 251 W Swanson Ave. Wasilla Tickets: $17 Students/Seniors, $19 General FREE COMPOST CLASSES Sept. 15, 16, 23, 29, 2017 Oct. 7, 21, 25, 27, 2017 Nov. 4, 2017 Division of Solid Waste, Mat-Su Borough MSB Landfill 1201 N 49th State St. Palmer FREE Event, Please Register

INTERNATIONAL FLY FISHING FILM FESTIVAL 9/22/2017 – 7:30PM IF4™ 49th State Brewing Company 717 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage Tickets: $15 Adv., $18 @Door PYRA’S PIONEER PEAK FARM CHUNKIN FOR CHARITY EVENT 9/23/2017 – 2PM Pyra’s Pioneer Peak Farm 4350 S Bodenburg Loop Rd. Palmer Donations Acceptable Check us out on Facebook

www. MAKEASCENEAK .com FREE CLOTHING GIVEAWAY 9/29/2017 - 10AM Wasilla Community Church 701 S. Seward Meridian Pkwy. Wasilla FREE Event - (907) 376-1565 INTERNATIONAL FLY FISHING FILM FESTIVAL 9/29/2017 - 7:30PM Ben Rowell Glenn Massay Theater 8295 E College Dr. Wasilla Tickets: $15 Advance, $18 @Door

WILD BIRD WONDERS 9/23/2017 – 5:30PM Alaska Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center COMMUNITY EMERGENCY Best Western Lake Lucille Inn PREPAREDNESS EXPO 1300 W Lake Lucille Dr. Wasilla 9/30/2017 - 10AM LEARN TO MODERN SQUARE DANCE Cost: $55 - (907) 892-2927 The Local Emergency Planning 9/15/2017 - 12/15/2017 (Every Friday) Committee - 7PM KING OF KINGS FALL FESTIVAL Menard Sports Center Paws & Taws Square Dance Club 9/23/2017 - 10AM 1001 S Clapp St. Wasilla Salvation Army Building Creative Solutions by Britt FREE Event - (907) 841-1674 12271 E. Palmer-Wasilla Hwy. Palmer King of Kings Lutheran Church FREE first Lesson, $6 per lesson, $45 1601 N. Lucille St. Wasilla for 10 - (907) 232-5682 FREE Event KLONDIKE MIKE’S FLORES/ Check us out on Facebook QUACKENBUSH FAMILY SILENT AUCTION & SPAGHETTI DINNER FLORES/QUACKENBUSH MEMORIAL RECOVER ALASKA CONCERT & 9/30/2017 – 4PM & CANDLELIGHT VIGIL CELEBRATION Klondike Mike’s & The Main Street 9/16/2017 – 6PM 9/23/2017 – 7PM Grill Flores Quackenbush Memorial Page Recover Alaska 820 S Colony Way, Palmer Palmer Train Depot Church of Love Cost: $5 Children (Ages 12 & Under), 610 S Valley Way, Palmer 3502 Spenard Rd. Anchorage $10 Adults FREE Event FREE Event Check us out on Facebook Check us out on Facebook HISTORY NIGHT! 9/20/2017 - 7PM Palmer Historical Society Palmer Moose Lodge 1136 S Cobb St. Palmer FREE Event - (907) 745-1935 BUTTE ELEMENTARY SPAGHETTI FEED FUNDRAISER FOR FLORES/ QUACKENBUSH FAMILY 9/22/2017 – 5PM Butte Elementary School 4006 Butte Rd. Palmer Cost: $5 Children, $10 Adults SHRED THE CABBAGE FUNDRAISER & SUPER SATURATED SUGAR STRINGS 9/22/2017 Dinner @6PM & Concert @7:30PM Radio Free Palmer (a.k.a. Big Cabbage Radio) Glenn Massay Theater 8295 E College Dr. Palmer Tickets: $20 Concert, $40 Dinner & Concert

ALASKA FALL FESTIVAL 9/24/2017 - 12PM Alana Marie Alaska Native Heritage Center 8800 Heritage Center Dr. Anchorage Tickets: $5 Children, $10 Adults FOUR CORNERS LOUNGE FLORES FAMILY PIG ROAST/MUSIC FUNDRAISER 9/24/2017 – 1:30PM Four Corners Lounge 8000 E Palmer-Wasilla Hwy. Palmer Donations Acceptable – (907) 6311787 Check us out on Facebook SCBWI ANCHORAGE ILLUSTRATORS GROUP 9/28/2017 - 6:30PM Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Barnes & Noble 200 E Northern Lights Blvd. Anchorage FREE Event

BETWEEN EARTH & SKY FILM SCREENING 9/30/2017 - 7:30PM Castle Mountain Coalition Glenn Massay Theater 8295 E College Dr. Palmer FREE Event event/between-earth-sky-film/ RECRUITMENT NIGHT 9/30/2017 – 8PM Boom Town Derby Dames Humdingers Pizza 173 S Valley Way, Palmer FREE Event 6TH ANNUAL PALMER FOOD DRIVE October 1-15, 2017 Palmer Food Bank Palmer Emergency Food & Community 221 S. Valley Way, Palmer FREE Event - (907) 746-3565

NARCAN KIT COMMUNITY TRAINING 10/3/2017 – 6PM Project H.O.P.E Gathering Grounds Café 300 N Willow St. Wasilla FREE Event - (907) 373-4357 OPIOID TASK FORCE COMMUNITY MEETING 10/3/2017 – 7PM Opioid Task Force Wasilla High School Theater 701 E Bogard Rd. Wasilla FREE Event - (907) 373-4357 AK TUESDAY NIGHT FIGHTS 10/3/2017 - 7:40PM AK Tuesday Night Fights Menard Sports Center 1001 S Clapp Dr. Wasilla Tickets: $18-$35 - (907) 232-3727 FRESH MEAT (NEW SKATERS) PRACTICE BEGINS 10/4/2017 – 6PM Boom Town Derby Dames Borough Community Gym 350 E Dahlia Ave. Palmer FREE Event VALLEY FIBER ARTS GUILD MEETING 10/7/2017 – 10AM Valley Fiber Arts Guild Palmer Library Meeting Room 655 Valley Way, Palmer FREE Event - (907) 745-4690 GREAT ALASKA BEER TRAIN 10/7/2017 – 4PM Alaska Railroad Anchorage Historic Depot 411 West 1st Ave. Anchorage Tickets: $179 OXTOBERFEST 2017 10/7/2017 - 4:30PM Musk Ox Farm,Alaska Farmland Trust Musk Ox Farm 121850 E. Archie Rd. Palmer Tickets: $50 General, $100 VIP - (907) 745-4151 MOOSE THE MOVIE VIEWING & SUDSY SLIM SNEAK PEEK 10/7/2017 - 6PM TUNDRA the Comic Strip Glenn Massay Theater 8295 E College Dr. Palmer Tickets: $10 - (907) 441-1526 ROTARY UNCORKED 10/7/2017 – 6PM Wasilla & Palmer Rotary Clubs Menard Sports Center 1001 S Clapp St. Wasilla Tickets: $65 Advance, $80 @Door, $10 Raffle – (907) 354-3382 THE “ABC” DRUGS 10/10/2017 - 4PM My.Source. in the Valley MTA Sports Center 1507 N. Double B St. Palmer FREE Event - (907) 746-7529 Check us out on Facebook MS SUPPORT GROUP MEETING 10/12/2017 - 4PM My. Source. in the Valley MTA Sports Center 1507 N Double B St. Palmer FREE Event - (907) 707-8750 Check us out on Facebook A CAPPELLA FESTIVELLA 24 10/12/2017 – 7:30PM UAA Concert Board Williamson Auditorium 2533 Providence Dr. Anchorage Tickets: $5 UAA Students, $15 UAA Staff/Faculty/Alumni/Youth, $20 General FALL CYSTIC FIBROSIS BAZAAR 10/14/2017 – 10AM Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Mat-Su Career & Technical High School 2472 N Seward Meridian Pkwy. Wasilla FREE Event ALASKA HOME COMPANION - A FRONTIER VARIETY SHOW! 10/14/2017 – 7PM Valley Arts Alliance Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry 3800 W Museum Dr. Wasilla Tickets: $15 – (907) 745-9001 STRIKE UP THE BAND! 10/14/2017 - 7:30PM Mat-Su Concert Band Glenn Massay Theater 8295 E College Dr. Palmer Tickets: $7 Students, $15 General


Contributed by Larissa Peltier In the white mountains of Lindane, where spruce trees are sprouted out of the deep moss and the valleys are laced with streams, a flock of songbirds settled down on the roof of the cottage and surrounding pines in a melodious cloud, trilling to each other as they rested.


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Karice spoke words of encouragement, “Go ahead Icene, take another one, put your foot right there. Good! Keep going!” Soon the baby and Karice were marching about confidently with baby Icene gazing about in wonder at her newly elevated view of the world.

“Lindane protects us from the other domains. This is the most peaceful and beautiful domain in all of Ralorn. Who knows when the next Dom War will erupt over a trifling insult. I won’t raise my girls where they will witness senseless murder,” Riven said in defense of his homeland.

While the children played their parents carried on a battle of wills: “I know you enchanted it Beija, it didn’t just run away,” Riven said to his wife.

“I’m wasting my life here, I can do so much more!” Beija said.

“And what if I did? It’s my talent Riven - it’s what I do best. I won’t stop.”

Once inside, she set the bucket down next to the hearth, then went to her baby sister who was trying to stand on short, unsteady legs. The baby’s coos for assistance were ignored by the two adults in the room. Karice took the baby’s hands in her own and the two proceeded to step about the table, the baby tapping her foot on the floor first to make sure the ground would hold before planting her foot to take another step.

“And where is it now? Gone! You’ve unleashed yet another mad beast into the forest!”

“I bought that pony for Karice, not you,” Riven said. “It was more useful to me than a child’s plaything,” Beija said.

“I created a magnificent creature, who else in all of Ralorn can do what I can do! Not one person living! No one else knows what water and what plants will enchant! No one! I have the knowledge and the ability. Yet, I’m locked up here in these mountains so far from the other domains.”

Beija fell silent. Her dark, lovely eyes refused to look at her husband. Riven knew she would listen no longer, but he tried one last argument. “My love, I know it’s lonely out here, but it really is the best for the girls. You’ve sacrificed so much for me and our family, and I am so grateful. But please, set aside your enchantment. These beasts, they serve no purpose and they are too powerful to be roaming the wilds. I want you to be safe and they are so dangerous.” “There’s a way to control them, I know it. I just have to figure it out,” Beija insisted.

The defiance in her eyes only became fiercer during his speech and Riven knew his plea had fallen on stone ears. Riven sighed and ran his fingers through his hair. He sat down on a chair. Beija had not moved, but stood there, her coppery skin glowing in the setting sunlight from the window. She stood proud and erect, her delicate jaw set. The black tresses of her hair fell down in waves to the small of her back. She was a breathtaking woman and Riven wanted to take her in his arms and kiss her back into the laughing girl he fell in love with. Riven took a step closer to her. He placed his hand on her cheek and traced the shadow of her cheekbone down to her chin. He tried to tilt her face up for a kiss, but she had turned into a statue. Riven’s heart sank. He kissed her forehead and walked out of the house.

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Karice scrambled over the flat walkway stones to the creek that flowed nearby. Filling her pail, she staggered to the house, clutching the heavy water with thin arms. The water sloshed about uncertainly in its young charge’s hands, but she was strong and not a drop was lost.

“You are my wife and the mother of my children, that is not a wasted life. You want to see wasted lives - thousands of them? Step onto a battlefield, then you will really see a waste of life!”

“No. You can’t tame a wild animal, and trying to tame these monsters would be insane. One of these days Beija, they’re going to turn on you, on us. I order you to stop enchanting.”


Karice ran out of the house with a bucket in hand. She startled the birds and they lifted away, calling to each other as they departed.


Creative Writing




Comedy/Drama Directed by Karl Kopperud The Tin Woman 9/8/2017 – 10/1/2017 Fridays & Saturdays @7PM, Sundays @2PM Valley Performing Arts 251 W Swanson Ave. Wasilla Tickets: $17 Students/ Seniors, $19 General Instead of relishing life after her heart transplant, Joy enters a downward spiral, unsure whether she truly deserves a second chance. Meanwhile, Alice and Hank mourn the loss of their son, Jack, whose heart was used to save Joy. At a friend’s urging, Joy tracks down Jack’s family to find closure. But

are Alice, Hank and their daughter, Sammy, ready to accept Jack’s death? Based on a true story. The Tin Woman opened September 8th and runs through October 1st. Ticket prices are $19 for regular admission, $17 for seniors/students. This heartwarming comedy/drama will be appearing at Valley Performing Arts, 251 W. Swanson Avenue, Wasilla. Call VPA at 373-0195, visit our website, www.valleyperformingarts. org, or come by the office, Monday through Friday 9am to 3pm to purchase your tickets. Be sure to follow us on Facebook at www. #valleyperformingartsAK

Literature Contributed by Sandra Kleven, editor with Michael Burwell Dear Friends of Cirque, Submissions for Issue #17 will be accepted through September 21,2017. Cirque considers writing in all genres and also invite painters, sculptors and photographers to submit images.

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Contributed by K.T. McKee Shred The Cabbage Fundraiser & Super Saturated Sugar Strings 9/22/2017 Dinner @6PM & Concert @ 7:30PM Radio Free Palmer (a.k.a. Big Cabbage Radio) Glenn Massay Theater E 8295 College Dr. Palmer Tickets: $20 Concert, $40 Dinner & Concert Super Saturated Sugar Strings. Say it fast five times. Fun, right? Hearing them in person is even better.

It’s the second annual Shred the Cabbage fundraiser for Radio Free Palmer (a.k.a. Big Cabbage Radio) that is bringing together a powerful, creative force that sprouted rather organically for this event to support commercial-free community radio. Not only are two musicians from the Super Saturated Sugar Strings from Mat-Su, but the owners of the Laughing Raven also are deeply rooted in the Valley. And they couldn’t be more excited for this Palmer party.

But Bean, who has been playing trumpet since age 7 and joined the Super Saturated Sugar Strings in 2014 with the band’s release of their second album, is no stranger to Radio Free Palmer and its CEO, Mike Chmielewski. Bean was there at the station’s beginnings back in 2011 when he worked with Out of Jam Solutions, helping with some of the technical aspects of getting off the ground. “It’s been fun watching the development and it’s exciting that the station is solidifying itself as a community centerpiece,” said Bean, who shares the stage with another homegrown talent, bass player, Kevin Worrell, as well as vocalist/pianist. Kat Moore, singer/guitarist/percussionist, Carlyle Watt, cellist, Theresa Watt, and violinist, Miriah Phelps - all based in Anchorage. Described as a alt-folky, gypsy-country group rich with vocal harmonies, string melodies and an element of carnival sideshow, the Super Saturated Sugar Strings seems to fit perfectly with the food and silent auction items adorning the Glenn Massay lobby that night, starting at 6pm. The concert begins at 7:30pm.

community as often as we can. We feel this is a great way to help out. We also are huge music fans and really appreciate and enjoy the Super Saturated Sugar Strings, so this is a big win for us.” As the Alaska Farm to School program coordinator with the Division of Agriculture, the soil scientist has been a guest on Radio Free Palmer’s “Ag Matters” show several times and also enjoys the eclectic nature of the music selections on KVRF. Her husband stays busy as a direct service provider at MatSu Services for Children & Adults.

Laughing Raven’s owners, Jodie Anderson and Randy Cole, started their catering venture only four months ago as a “side gig” and are looking forward to introducing their real southern barbecue cooked over charcoal and hickory while also supporting a radio station Anderson has been connected to for some time.

The menu being offered during the event also includes cabbage and potatoes in some form, cake and a bottle of water. Beer also will be available for purchase. Big Cabbage Radio board president and co-founder, Lee Henrikson, is confident that this year’s Shred the Cabbage will be even bigger and more fun than last year’s event at Klondike Mike’s Saloon, which was deemed quite successful for the fundraiser’s first year.

“We were very excited when asked to cater this event,” said Anderson, who has pledged donating 20 percent of the dinner profits to the fundraiser. “We love Palmer and try to support our

“We are pleased to feature an Alaskan band and have a family-run catering business providing the dinner,” Henrikson said. “Funds raised at Shred the Cabbage go toward running the member-

supported, volunteer-run station and paying the bills so we can continue to tell the stories of the community.” Henrikson is asking those planning to eat dinner to order in advance so that Laughing Raven has a good idea of how much food to prepare. There may be a limited number of meals available for purchase the day of the event. Tickets are available for $20 for the concert only or $40 for concert and dinner at www.radiofree palmer. org or in person at Fireside Books in downtown Palmer. Event participants just might catch one of Bean’s favorite songs inspired by his childhood home. “One song that really resonates in my mind with the Valley is “The Calling”. It’s about landscape and the sense of home and really rocks,” said Bean, adding the song “Float” also gets “endless love” from fans. “The meaning of “Float” is up to the listener, but calls upon some similar sentiments.” For more information on the September 22nd Shred the Cabbage fundraiser, check Facebook and

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“It sounded like a great idea from the start,” said the band’s trumpet player, Logan Bean, who grew up in the cradle of Matanuska Peak and Lazy Mountain on his family’s farm, Arctic Organics, and attended Palmer High. “We’ve been wanting to play at the Glenn Massay again since our concert in May of last year and this provided a perfect opportunity. We have never worked directly with a radio station to produce a concert or been able to so directly support one. We strongly value community and are always looking for

creative ways to support and nurture ours, so the opportunity to directly support this community radio is right in line with our ideals.”


Add some sliced, slow-cooked barbecue brisket or grilled Portobello mushrooms on a skewer from Laughing Raven Catering, beer and a myriad of unique local offerings at a silent auction and you’ve got one helluva good time at the Glenn Massay Theater on Friday, September 22nd.

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