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NATURE DRAWING & JOURNALING 7/16/2016 - 10AM Alaska Folk School, a Program of Northern Susitna Institute Northern Susitna Institute, Talkeetna Cost: $30 - (907) 733-7111

SMASH CAMP 7/16/2016 - 10AM Mat-Su Tennis Association Chugiak High School Tennis Courts Cost: $40 - (907) 301-5818 11TH ANNUAL TRAPPER CREEK FIREWEED FESTIVAL 7/16/2016 - 11AM Trapper Creek Community Services Association Trapper Creek Community Park, Mile 115.2 Parks Hwy. FREE Event - (907) 733-7377 MARTY GROSSMAN “TOTEMS OF SELDOVIA” BOOK SIGNING & YOUNG WRITERS WORKSHOP 7/16/2016 - 11AM Fireside Books, Palmer FREE Event - (907) 745-2665

ALASKA AVIATION FESTIVAL 7/17/2016 - 10AM Alaska Aviation Museum, Anchorage Cost: $0-$100 - (907) 248-5325 HARLEY DRAG DAY 7/17/2016 - 10AM Alaska Raceway Park, Palmer Cost: $0-$15 JAM CAMP 2016 July 17-21, 2016 - 4PM Hatcher Pass Baptist Association Cost: $150 VALLEY FINE ARTS ASSOCIATION MEETING 7/18/2016 - 2PM Valley Fine Arts Association Mat-Su College Room 221S FREE Admission MAKERCAMP 2016 (4 WEEKS) Every Tues. & Thurs. starting July 19, 2016 - 9AM Anchorage Makerspace Cost: $100-$300 Register Online SPECIAL NEEDS NIGHT 7/19/2016 - 6PM Boucin Bears, Anchorage Cost: FREE Special Needs Kids, $6 Siblings SpecialNeedsNight.html DRAG STRIP TEST & TUNE 7/20/2016 - 4PM Alaska Raceway Park, Palmer Cost: $0-$10 2ND ANNUAL ALASKA MUSTACHE

PROSPECTIVE HOME BUYERS COURSE July 20-21, 2016 - 6PM Alaska Housing Finance Corp. MTA Building FREE Event DOLLAR DAY SALE July 21-23, 2016 - 10AM Steam Driven Boutique, Wasilla FREE Admission - (907) 373-4357 ABC’S OF CAREGIVING: WHEN DOES FORGETTING BECOME A DISASTER? 7/21/2016 - 5:30PM Mat-Su Health Services, Wasilla FREE Registration - (907) 746-3413 WASILLA LIBRARY ADULT SPELLING BEE 7/21/2016 - 6:30PM Wasilla Public Library Historic Town Site School House, Wasilla FREE Event - (907) 864-9177 REINING CLINIC WITH TREY POOL July 22-24, 2016 - 8AM Alaska Equestrians Twin View Farm, Wasilla Cost: $550 - (907) 354-4474 PALMER PRIDE PICNIC 7/22/2016 - 4PM Greater Palmer Chamber of Commerce Palmer Railroad Depot FREE Event - (907) 745-2880 WHEALING FOR WARRIORS- ALASKA SUMMER TRAIL RIDE 7/23/2016 - 9AM WHealing for Warriors Knik Glacier FREE Event Check us out on Facebook SELF-CARE CONVENTION & CONCERT 7/23/2016 - 11AM Divinely YOU

Palmer Alehouse FREE Event, Donations Welcome HEART TO HEART’S OPEN HOUSE 7/23/2016 - 5PM Heart to Heart Pregnancy Resource Center, Eagle River FREE Event 2ND ANNUAL MURDER MYSTERY EVENING 7/23/2016 - 6PM Anchorage Elks Lodge, Anchorage Tickets: $25 - (907) 575-9105 WOMEN’S ONLY BASIC PISTOL COURSE 7/24/2016 - 9AM Point Blank Firearms & Self Defense, LLC Grouse Ridge Shooting Range, Wasilla Cost: $150 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL July 25-29, 2016 - 9AM Farm Loop Christian Center, Palmer FREE Event - (907) 444-4750 PRODUCERS’ SESSION 7/26/2016 - 6:30PM Mat-Su Valley Gardening Palmer Train Depot FREE Event (907) 232-5016 ENTREPRENUER & BUSINESS OWNERS MIXER 7/26/2016 - 7PM The Business Boutique LED Ultra Lounge & Grill, Anchorage Cost: $10 - (907) 230-4968 LOCAL FOODS, LOCAL PLACES 7/27/2016 - 9AM Grow Palmer Palmer Train Depot FREE Event (907) 232-5016

NORMA LEWIS “KASEY’S RIVER SONG” BOOK SIGNING 7/27/2016 - 4PM Fireside Books, Palmer

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URBAN JUNKTION VINTAGE MARKET July 16-17, 2016 Urban Junction Menard Sports Complex, Wasilla Tickets: $5

VULCAN TOWING OVAL RACE 7/16/2016 - 2PM Alaska Raceway Park, Palmer Cost: $0-$20

DASH 7/20/2016 - 6PM Missy Keil MTA Events Center, Palmer Tickets: $25


MILES 4 MEALS ON WHEELS 7/16/2016 - 10AM Wasilla Area Seniors Housing Department Cost: $20 per person, $60 team of 4 (907) 376-3104


“SATURDAY IN THE PARK” MUSIC FESTIVALS All Summer - 11AM Big Lake Chamber of Commerce & Sterling Silver Band Jay Nolfi Fish Creek Farm, Big Lake FREE Event - (907) 982-0833


FREE Event - (907) 745-2665


MAT-SU ALUMNI BBQ 7/27/2016 - 5PM UAA Alumni Association Mat-Su College FREE EVENT - (907) 746-9317 GROW TO GREATNESS: SMART GROWTH FOR BUSINESS 7/28/2016 - 8AM Ross Johnston Petroleum Club of Anchorage Tickets: $125-$195 - (907) 444-1923 QUAKE BREWING COMPANY’S SOFT OPENING 7/29/2016 - 3PM QUAKE Brewing Company, Eagle River FREE Admission - (907) 268-3352 Check us out on Facebook CATHY PEGAU “BORROWING DEATH: A CHARLOTT BRODY MYSTERY” BOOKSIGNING 7/29/2016 - 4PM Fireside Books, Palmer FREE Event - (907) 745-2665 DANCE DAY FESTIVAL 7/30/2016 - 11AM Dance Driven Palmer Junior Middle School Cost: $10 4TH ANNUAL BEER & BACON FESTIVAL 7/30/2016 - 1PM The Lakefront Anchorage Tickets: $25 Children, $40 Adult Check us out on Facebook

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ARCTIC THUNDER SHOW 7/30/2016 - 1PM U.S. Navy Blue Angels Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage FREE Event BIRTH ART CLASS 7/30/2016 - 1PM Serenity Grows Midnight Sun Yoga Studio, Palmer Cost: $45 ELEMENT AUTOMOTIVE OVAL RACE 7/30/2016 - 2PM Alaska Raceway Park, Palmer Cost: $0-$20 WHERE’S WALDO? REWARDS PARTY 7/30/2016 - 4PM Fireside Books, Palmer FREE Event - (907) 745-2665 MIDNIGHT RELEASE: HARRY POTTER & THE CURSED CHILD 7/30/2016 - 8PM Barnes & Noble, Anchorage FREE Admission Check us out on Facebook

PREPARED CHILDBIRTH CLASS 8/1/2016 - 6PM Integrated Women’s Wellness LLC. Palmer FREE Event EOWYN IVEY “TO THE BRIGHT EDGE OF THE WORLD” BOOK LAUNCH PARTY 8/2/2016 - 6:30PM Fireside Books, Palmer FREE Event - (907) 745-2665 BRANTLEY GILBERT WITH JUSTIN MOORE CONCERT 8/3/2016 - 7:30PM Alaska Airlines Center, Anchorage Tickets: $66-$117


THE BROTHERS GRIM SPECTACULATHON August 4-6, 2016 - 7:30PM Denali Arts Council Sheldon Community Arts Hangar, Talkeetna Cost: $10 General/$8 DAC Members (907) 733-7929

URBAN SUSTAINABILITY INTENSIVE July 31-August 4, 2016 - 8:30AM Alaska Cold Climate Permaculture Institute, Eagle River Cost: $550

2nd Annual Veterans & Pioneer’s Home Summer Music Festival 8/5/2016 - 1PM Veterans & Pioneer’s Home, Palmer FREE Event, Donations Welcome - (907) 761-6530

CAREER VISIONING WITH KRISTAN COLE 8/1/2016 - 8:30AM Valley Board of Realtors, Wasilla Tickets: $350 – (907) 715-1771

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING August 5-6, 2016 - 1PM Alaska CASA Palmer State Office Building FREE Event Check us out on Facebook

FOAM ROLLING WORKSHOP 8/1/2016 - 11:45AM The Alaska Club, Wasilla Cost: $10 Member, $25 Non-Member (907) 330-0115 VALLEY FINE ARTS ASSOCIATION MEETING 8/1/2016 - 2PM Valley Fine Arts Association Mat-Su College Room 221S FREE Admission

CO-ED LEVEL 1 HANDGUN COURSE 8/6/2016 - 9AM Point Blank Firearms & Self Defense, LLC Birchwood Shooting Range, Wasilla Cost: $165 HISTORICAL NATURAL DYES 8/6/2016 - 10AM Alaska Folk School, a Program of Northern Susitna Institute Northern Susitna Institute, Talkeetna

Cost: $65 - (907) 733-7111 BONNYE MATTHEWS “THE SEALEATERS, 20,000 BC” BOOK SIGNING 8/6/2016 - 12PM Fireside Books, Palmer FREE Event - (907) 745-2665 3RD ANNUAL BBQ BASH & LION’S CLUB FUNDRAISER 8/6/2016 - 1PM Partners Real Estate, Eagle River FREE Admission - (907) 694-4994 Check us out on Facebook WELD AIR OVAL RACE 8/6/2016 - 2PM Alaska Raceway Park, Palmer Cost: $0-$20 INDIGO DYEING 8/7/2016 - 10AM Alaska Folk School, a Program of Northern Susitna Institute Northern Susitna Institute, Talkeetna Cost: $65 - (907) 733-7111 2016 RUNNING WITH THE BULLS 8/7/2016 - 11AM Musk Ox Farm, Palmer Tickets: $15-$30 ICE CREAM SOCIAL/OPEN HOUSE 8/10/2016 - 3PM Midnight Sun Family Learning Center, Wasilla FREE Event (907) 357-6786 GEMS (GATHERING OF MAT-SU EDUCATORS) 8/12/2016 - 1PM Diane Firmani Government Peak Recreation Area, Hatcher Pass Check us out on Facebook

ALASKA SAFETY TEST & TUNE DRAG RACING 8/12/2016 - 4PM Alaska Raceway Park, Palmer Cost: $0-$10 FOREIGN FILM VIEWING 8/12/2016 - 7PM Palmer Public Library FREE Event

THE HATCHER PASS EPIC - 2016 8/13/2016 - 10AM Backcountry Bike & Ski, Palmer Tickets: $40 EAGLE RIVER CHALLENGE: 5K & 10K TRAIL RACES 8/13/2016 - 10AM Friends of Eagle River Nature Center Tickets: $30 IHRA POINTS DRAG RACING 8/13/2016 - 10AM Alaska Raceway Park, Palmer Cost: $0-$20 Willow Get Together August 13-14, 2016 - 10AM Patti White Willow Community Center Cost: $20 per space (907) 495-6969 Check us out on Facebook

OPEN ROOM SCRAPBOOKING & CRAFTS 8/14/2016 - 2PM Palmer Public Library FREE Event VALLEY FINE ARTS ASSOCIATION MEETING 8/15/2016 - 2PM Valley Fine Arts Association Mat-Su College Room 221S FREE Admission DAN O’NEILL “FIRECRACKER BOYS” BOOK SIGNING 8/20/2016 - 4PM Fireside Books, Palmer FREE Event - (907) 745-2665 DINNER WITH THE AUTHOR 8/20/2016 - 6PM Fireside Books Turkey Red, Palmer FREE Admission - (907) 745-2665

Palmer Mayor

DeLena Johnson

IS PROUD TO SUPPORT LOCAL ARTS AND COMMUNITY EVENTS. PaLMer resiDent? Let your opinion be heard!

“Members of the local band Transitions, Dustin Thewind and Dalton Mullinax, are hoping to spread the already bustling music scene in Anchorage back out into the rest of the Valley.”

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EVA BAKER “MARTHA AND EVA” BOOK SIGNING & VISIT 8/13/2016 - 11AM Fireside Books, Palmer FREE Event - (907) 745-2665



4TH ANNUAL DRAGON’S LAST RIDE ALASKA 8/13/2016 - 10AM Darlis Farmer Elliott Tug Bar Goose Bay Inn, Wasilla Free Event Register Online


TEACHER/STUDENT MEET & GREET 8/12/2016 - 3PM Butte Elementary PTA Community Butte Elementary School FREE Event - (907) 861-5200 Check us out on Facebook


Non-Profit Directory Families & Children:

Non-Profit Organization? Join our growing list for as little as $15.00/mo! Non-Profit’s Help Our Community!


Families & Children:

March of Dimes Alaska Chapter

Valley Arts Alliance

March of Dimes Alaska Chapter (907) 276-4111 Join the March of Dimes for our annual High Heels for High Hopes this fall. To become a model or participant, call 276-4111. The March of Dimes helps moms have fullterm pregnancies and healthy babies. And if something goes wrong, we offer information and comfort to families. We research the problems that threaten our babies and work on preventing them. About 4 million babies were born in the United States last year, and the March of Dimes helped each and every one through research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. The March of Dimes: working together for stronger, healthier babies. 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

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.

Mat-Su Health Foundation (907) 352-2863 The Mat-Su Health Foundation offers financial and strategic support to wellmanaged 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:

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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. (907) 276-4111 The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. About 4 million babies were born in the United States last year, and the March of Dimes helped each and every one through research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. The March of Dimes: working together for stronger, healthier babies.


CONSERVATION: Valley Community for Recycling Solutions (907) 745-5544 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! We are 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 - Call us at 907.745.5544 with questions or comments. (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

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, yearround. 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) (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

Informative, Music, Community

The Corner Link: Throwing Rice Contributed by Donna Turner

Did you know that throwing rice at the Bride and Groom at their ceremony is actually a wish? One of the oldest wedding traditions is throwing rice on the newlyweds as they exit the celebration. Though it is not exactly certain when or where this custom originated, it is thought to have stemmed from an ancient pagan tradition of throwing wedding rice (or other grains) on a couple in order to wish them a fruitful, wealthy and prosperous union. Thereby wishing them an abundant harvest and prosperous life. Many also believed that fertility would be transferred through the fallen seed so that the newlyweds would conceive many children to help with their land. The ancient Romans threw wheat which represents fertility and childbirth.

Contributed by Celia A. Conrad, Alaska Veterans & Pioneers Home The Alaska Veteran and Pioneers’ Home in Palmer is pleased to announce its upcoming Fall Music Festival, Friday August 5th, from 1-4pm. Featuring a variety of musical genres, the festival will provide some local amateur talent as well a couple professional groups. Especially notable are ‘Bobby & Larry’ with roots on the Kenai Peninsula, who have been playing traditional country music together for 40 years around the state. Also featured will be the ‘Moccasin Stompers’ from Anchorage, who

During the Roman times, corn and oats were also thrown. The Middle Ages is responsible for replacing wheat with rice, which they resembled fruitfulness in childbirth. In addition to these traditions, throwing rice is believed to provide not only prosperity, but to also keep evil spirits away from the Bride and Groom.

of rice. Some venues have banned rice because it does make a mess. Another option is noise makers, streamers or confetti. I recommend asking the venue staff what is acceptable with this tradition. A lot of weddings of today forgo this tradition however in the end, there is really no wrong answer.

Today’s weddings do not dictate throwing rice as a mandatory event. Throwing rice in modern times has mostly stopped because of the possibility that birds would die if they eat rice. Throwing rice still remains an option for couples to consider since the responsibility of birds dying turned out to be false. Because of slips and falls, not to mention the painful impact, guests can also throw rose petals, other flower petals, birdseed or blow bubbles at the couple instead

specialize in classic country. The event is open to the public and there will be root beer floats on hand. There is no cover fee, but any donations to help toward future activities at the Veterans Home would be appreciated. It will be held outside in the beautiful backyard of the home, weather permitting. If nature does not cooperate, there is comfortable and homey space available indoors. Music is a vital link to seniors’ lives, and many of their most memorable moments can be associated with music. Immersing our residents through this multi-dimensional approach allows the music to enrich their lives, stimulate their minds, energize their bodies, and

invigorate their spirits - an experience they will cherish and remember forever. Come join in and visit with our residents as we gather together to welcome fall with this energetic event! If you have any questions regarding this event, volunteer opportunities or wish to share your musical talent with our residents, please call Celia Conrad, Recreation Director and Volunteer Coordinator at 761-6530 or via e-mail at

Jewelry Tutti Frutti

Looking at life from the outside because of a cigarette.

Contributed by Charissa Hooyman, Jewelry Designer In past articles, we discussed sapphires, rubies, diamonds, and emeralds. Now let’s mix all that together to make a fruit salad. No, I don’t mean the kind you can eat; that would result in broken teeth and problems with your digestive system. So what do I mean by making a fruit salad? It is a jewelry collection created by Cartier. It all started when Pierre and Jacques Cartier went to India and were fascinated by their bright colors and carved gems. Over time, it became known as Tutti Frutti, even today it is a sought out collection. In 1901, Pierre Cartier was commissioned to create an Indian necklace, using various pieces of Queen Alexandra’s jewelry, to be worn with three gowns that was gifted to her by Mary Curzon, wife of Lord Curzon the Viceroy of India. Pierre’s inspiration came from India’s bright and vibrant culture. Jacques Cartier headed up the London branch of Cartier, meaning he was in charge of the Indian jewelry business.



MAT-SU 365-7384 Wasilla • Palmer


In 1911, Jacques went to India and fell in love with their carved gemstone jewelry, bringing about a new trend in art deco. Some of sapphires, rubies, diamonds, and emeralds were carved into shapes that resembled fruit in a salad. For example, the emeralds were carved to look like leaves. So Jacques used that same style to create this new collection for Cartier. After all the gemstones were carved, they were then mounted in platinum. Thru the Art Deco (architecture and geometric shapes) years, Cartier’s fruit salad was very popular. In the 1940s is approximately when the collection became known as Tutti Frutti, before that time it was considered vulgar. Over the years there have been necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and broaches designed in the Tutti Frutti collection. A famous

Tutti Frutti necklace was commissioned by Daisy Fellows, the Singer sewing machine heiress. Evelyn Lauder owned a bracelet that sold at auction for $2 million. These two pieces in the collection are the more famous pieces of jewelry. Today, different pieces of the Tutti Frutti collection have been sold at auction for millions of dollars. Yes, you read correct, millions of dollars. - 2011, an Exceptional Art Deco Tutti Frutti sold for $1.8 million at Christie’s Auction House in London. - 2015, an enameled Tutti Frutti bracelet sold for $1.6 million at Christie’s Auction House. - 2015, a pair of 1925 Art Deco Tutti Frutti ear clips sold for $185,000 and an Art Deco barrette sold for $ 59,375 at Doyle of New York. - 2016, a bracelet sold for $2.1 million at Sotheby’s Jewelry Auction. From the early 20th century thru this early 21st century, Cartier’s Tutti Frutti jewelry collection is highly sought out by those who can afford it. This collection is definitely a work of art. What do you think?


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Local Business Women and Men are working hard to raise money in honor of healthy babies everywhere. They are competing for the 2016 March of Dimes Stiletto Award! On September 24th they will Sing, Dance, and Strut the Runway all in the name of Healthy Babies.

Support your local Models! Rick Allen, Marta Kopperud, Sabrena Combs, Kaelyn Allender, Heidi Walter, Teri Seward-Kuhl, Pam Burlingame , Nancy Munson, Steven Blades, Brian Kelleher, Tamar Ben-Yosef or call 276 -4111

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Tickets, sponsors, donate to a model!



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Music, Prose Contributed by Dick Palmatier Contributed by Sterling Silver Band & Big Lake Chamber of Commerce Good Wholesome free family fun! Every Saturday throughout the summer 2016!

June: 4, 11, 18, 25 July: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 August: 6, 13, 20, 27 ATTENDEES: These events are intended for the enjoyment of both kids and adults alike! Jay Nolfi-Fish Creek Park is located In Big Lake at South Big Lake Road and Fish Creek. This 3-acre day use area provides access to Fish Creek. Its facilities include a salmon observation deck, pavilion, tables, picnic area, restroom, fitness court, parking, playground and open

All of this, and now a bandstand where the musical magic is happening! Bring a picnic! Bring a folding/camp chair and have some fun! FYI: Boaters can enjoy from the water! MUSICIANS: Sound system provided, just bring your gig kit (guitar, amp, microphone, drum set, etc.). Please call 907-982–0833 in advance for information, schedule and bookings. See you there!!

Keep up with this free weekly event and see the full story of its inception, by visiting our Facebook page “Saturday in the Park” for regular event updates. Stay tuned here in The People’s Paper for more monthly from Sterling Silver Band.

A waterfall is a memorable thing. Niagra Falls is spectacular and is, of course, world renown. Victoria Falls, in Africa, is even more so. But, some other falls I have seen here in Alaska are just as memorable. Many are off the beaten track. In Portage, if you walk the railroad bed and turn off at the right spot, you’ll come upon a falls, dropping two-hundred yards off the mountain. It’s not visible unless you look for it. There’s a trail up Montana Creek that, if you follow it far enough you’ll come upon a place where the creek cascades down from the mountain. It’s probably a one-hundred foot drop with a large, deep water hole below. Beautiful! More accessible is Bridal Veil Falls on the way to Valdez. It the most noticeable of all the falls alongside the highway through the canyon.


Big Lake Chamber Of Commerce and Sterling Silver Band Present “Saturday in the Park” Music Festivals at Jay Nolfi Fish Creek Park in Big Lake every Saturday 11am– 3pm. All summer long!

lawn area.

There’s a chute, or minor falls, along the Gulkana River and one on the Talachulitna. If you ever see them or ride down them in a raft, you’ll never forget them. “I think that I shall never recall a poem as lovely as a waterfall.” JULY 2016

- With apologies to Joyce Kilmer.


Semper Fi

Patriotic Introspection

Advancement and change can be wondrous things

Contributed by Nan Potts

But nixing the worthy, oh, how that stings! July the Fourth, marks America’s birth,

History shows, if we dare to see it,

With prideful joy let us revel in mirth.

Events cast away, recur; repeated.

‘Tis our duty to honor our nation;


Semper Fi until the day I die, I have to wonder why I do this living and dying,

In an ideal world, folks work to survive,

“Ol’ Glory” waves high, her rightful station.

Find goodwill, unity and feel alive.

But just to look and see

Fireworks roar over cities and towns;

Both desirable traits live within us

the eyes of a child found.

O’re our “spacious skies”, freedom resounds.

Yet, no Utopia stands, only in jus. A man speaking plain and open,

Arrays of hues, from the red to the blue, Founding Fathers of old, gave it their all

expressing freedom of thought

And strove to create a country we call

of action, and of faith in

Some, I’ve heard say, “It’s too patriotic;

United, as one; diversity teems.


Red, white and blue flags, it’s just idiotic.”

Our contrasts in cultures strengthens, it seems.

Beat loud and laud country, cheers ring it true.

I scratch my noggin at what doth’s protest,

Living in peace and knowing This union of ours, from those who’ve given

To salute this land, to whom we attest?


Their fortunes, honor and lives, we have thriven; Folks who discredit the U.S. of A.

Can’t tout perfection, nor spotless account

Disregard the accounts made on that day;

Yet, no country can claim it’s tantamount.

Lost all spirit, of American kind, Me, on this Fourth, I gladly acknowledge

Mere patriotism’s been left behind.

This land, my home, been raised, and to college. Nationalism’s not fit to savor;

A child of God first, family, then friends;

Like grace and respects begun to waver.

A Patriot e’er, ‘til this lifetime ends.

What, I have questioned, hast brought us to this? Our strive for Progression, has gone amiss?

My Choice

These words I caught in holy song, With wonder I knew my sins were gone.

Contributed by Austa Smith Once guilty and unhappy with my life I heard a poem in my soul

I heard, “Come to Me, forget your strife.”

Night was near, my bed aglow.

Tired of fighting with haunting thought,

The poem came on the feet of wind

I knelt on sacred ground, the rest I sought.

Written down with golden pen. JULY 2016

Contributed by Mike Adams

This was my choice; the very best! Angels called with great display, “What God hath wrought on this day?”

I have just to know of why I do and die so that they at home may thrive and wonder when daddy is coming home

Contributed by Donald J. Cutler

Contributed by Yvonne Moss

Our days begin like new fell snow,

Drawing the shadows from the patio furniture By the gazebo, They change

Infinite Groove

Clean fresh and white.

Contributed by Jared Logsdon

The things we soon will fight.

We have no thoughts of right or wrong,

Those many grooves of your silken

As with the time of day. I create a picture by just drawing the shadows; They migrate across the furnishings, Moving with the sun. They have a life of their own.


Time seems to pass quite fast at first.

Can be traced for hours

We’re learning every day,

While I am in your arms,

The skills we use just to survive


When hardship comes our way.

On such starry nights,

When day is done, they meld into darkness; I miss them. Hopefully they’ll reappear the following day. Sometimes the day makes no difference,

Wonder if those distant bodies

By noon the test is fully set


The lessons will be learned.

See each other’s light,

This is when life starts to write

Flickering from afar, spangled

The pages to be turned.


Just the time And the place Where the sunlight strikes. I’ve made several drawings with marker and pencil;

The darkest blue;

Like mountains vast life we ascend,

A ray of infinite groove,

We cross its peaks and valleys.


At times it seems a daunting task

From me and from you.

To make this awesome journey.

From the metal tabletop and chair seats

At dusk it’s close to journey’s end

Combine with vine-like patterns on chair backs to

The trials have been discerned.

Create their own design as they change

But like the child I used to be,

With the day

I still have much to learn.

That reflect,


When it rains,

Lines of mesh

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Lessons Learned

Shadow Drawings

In my mind, joy.

To Build A Cabin

You labor hard, with skill and craft. To build a cabin, you'll not graft

by Nan Potts

Land is chosen, then is tiered; Make certain that the title's cleared.

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

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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Trees are felled, used to construct; You'll build this thing, with any luck.

Attention from most city folks; To them it's simply, just a hoax.

Which each of us, strives to achieve; Create and live a life, we weave.


Arts Contributed by Becky Oviatt, ANFBA Regional Cooridinator At the Alaska State Fairgrounds, Palmer

JULY 2016


Saturday, July 23, 2016 10am to 5pm


for the fall semester!

Arts Please join the staff at Town Square Art Gallery for a delightful afternoon of art, conversation and refreshments while discovering Douglas Francois Girard's new collection of Bird Blocks and much more. Douglas's art show continues for the entire month of August. For more information, please contact Town Square Art Gallery 907-376-0123, www. or stop by during gallery hours, Monday-Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-5.  

Hosted By: Mat-Su Region of the Alaska Natural Fiber Business Association Think Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival (OFFF), Black Sheep Gathering, and any other fiber festival that fiber arts enthusiasts love to attend. They all started out with an idea and a small venue. Now, 42 years later, Black Sheep is one of the most widely attended Fiber Festivals in the country. OFFF’s mission is to exhibit and demonstrate the full spectrum of natural fibers (plant and animal) from beginning to end, from the animal or raw fiber to the finished product.  We will strive to do the same. The Mat-Su Region of the Alaska Natural Fiber Business Association (ANFBA) is starting its inaugural year at the Alaska State Fairgrounds Livestock Barn. July 23, 2016 from 10am to 5pm This is not a craft sale. It is a Fiber Festival, with demonstrations and classes. Fiber enthusiasts around the area will be gathered to show each other and you, the public,

what it takes to ply our craft. Have you seen the ladies spinning wool at the fair; in the Irwin building? For 10 days people walk by, fascinated, asking questions about what they are doing. At the Mat-Su Fiber Festival, for an entire day, we will be concentrating on the entire process. From raising the various animals, to shearing, processing and spinning, weaving or knitting the wool. Learn what it takes to raise a fiber animal. Watch and interact with the folks as they clean the wool, spin it and weave or knit it into a scarf or shawl. Talk to the gentleman who creates fiber tools from wood, so we can have beautiful things to work with. There will be classes on cordmaking with lucet and kumihimo tablets. There will be weaving classes, felting classes, drop spindle and knitting classes for the kids, dying demonstrations and all kinds of folks with brains to pick about fiber. Come see us on July 23rd at the Alaska State Fairgrounds, in the Livestock Barn. Help us make the Mat-Su Fiber Festival something to talk about, so folks will come from all over the country to see what we do in Alaska. ANFBA Regional Coordinator

Spider, Spider…

“I love spiders. I love how they crawl up my leg. I love how they get in my hair...”

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Contributed by Carmen Summerfield

I love spiders. I love how they crawl up my leg. I love how they get in my hair. I love how they crawl into my ears. Ewww, that was just a nightmare! I think everyone has, somewhere in the back recess of their mind, some fear of spiders.

What better material to use than an old pile of rebar in our back yard, left over from building my house and now thoroughly infested with all sorts of little hairy crawly creatures. Rebar, what an appropriate material. Thin and spindly, with bumps and ridges and on my rebar, a nice coating of furry rust. Just the ticket for their little spindly legs.

All the materials have that basic earthy touch; from the ground they came and just like the Daddy Long Legs, into the ground they will go. I couldn’t stop with making just one Daddy Long Legs. One looked

just too lonely, so I ended up making three. These were exhibited at the art pavilion at the Alaska State Fair, where I added a giant 10 foot Daddy Long Legs to the mix. It was there I first realized what emotions my Daddy Long Legs, or any spiders, bring about in people. It’s called “arachnophobia”, or the fear of spiders. This seems to be more prevalent in European cultures. In some other cultures, spiders are included in traditional foods! Rather than go into a long and boring discussion, google or wiki for more info.

And there is an urban legend that the Daddy Long Legs is one of the most poisonous spiders in the world, but their fangs are too short to bite humans. This is not true. Google or wiki this too. For whatever reason, my Daddy Long Legs evoke an emotion in people, some positive and some negative. I think they are art. If you want to discuss art, join us at Sophia’s Café every Thursday at 11am. Go to for more information.

JULY 2016

I cut lengths of rebar scaled to a Daddy Long Legs; my Daddy Long Legs is 5 feet in diameter. I welded these legs together with a joint made from a ball bearing, and attached them to a ring cut from a 6 inch pipe. Remember each leg

should be different. And for the body, a nice rounded rock with a smear of mud and mold. But not just any rock. It had to be the perfect rock, with all the facial features I would expect to see in the Daddy Long Legs of my nightmares!


So I decided to confront my fears, and make a little spider as part of my artwork. Spiders are not all alike. When researching spiders I found thousands of varieties. I chose to make a generic model of a Daddy Long Legs, also known as “Harvestmen”. Technically, the Daddy Long Legs is neither a spider nor an insect. It is an arachnid, which makes it more closely related to spiders than insects. But regardless of the name, it looks so cute!

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