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What can I leave my kids and friends?

Inheritance is an interesting package. Most of us have had something left to us from family: grandma's apple pie recipe, granddad's tools, an old guitar, a chest of drawers, even a small piece of...

 

Something new at any age

At the age of 101, Bettie Upright continues to show her courage to try something new. In 2016, Bettie expanded her sports of Bocce and bowling in the Alaska International Senior Games to include...

 

Convention will focus on Alaska's Methodist history

The Alaska United Methodist Conference will host a “Methodist History in Alaska Convention,” to be held at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, June 26-29. Presentations and discussion will focus on topics such as the Jesse Lee Home, Nome...

 

The 4th is still with us

There's a magnet for memories in Anchorage. Ask people about the 4th Avenue Theatre and memories come flooding back. They seem to come in two waves. Seniors remember the early movies shown there, some...

 

Haines: Now we're cookin'

Haines seniors and those with disabilities prepared meals in adaptive cooking classes in the model kitchen of Veterans Village in March, and will complete the free sessions in April. The classes are...

 

Annual events in Anchorage, Fairbanks

The Anchorage Senior Citizens Advisory Commission invites everyone to the annual Older Americans Month Kickoff Event at the Anchorage Senior Activity Center on May 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This free event features refreshments,...

 

Annual Anchorage senior center book sale is a giant

It’s time for spring cleaning and the secondhand shopping that comes with it. The Anchorage Senior Activity Center is featuring a plethora of spring sales this April. The Giant Book Sale will feature an “amazing collection of every title...

 

Our volunteers make all the difference

April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month, and at Alaska Regional Hospital, we are celebrating our amazing Auxiliary who serve our community. These incredible volunteers give generously of their...

 

Diane Benson's many roles in theater and life

When looking back at her career in theater, Diane Benson shares its surprising beginnings. "I wanted to be a diesel mechanic," she reveals with a laugh. "I had no intention, no ambition to be in the...

 

Goodnight and sweet Iditarod dreams

Every year before the early March start of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, longtime but now retired Anchorage Daily News photographer Jim Lavrakas goes to South Peninsula Hospital's Long Term Care Unit...

 

A day full of surprises at Turnagain Social Club

I'm sitting in the office of Turnagain Social Club, early on a foggy, frigid January morning, and I hear loud chomping. "Not to worry," I'm told by Kori Mateaki, owner and president of the facility....

 

Who's ready to Rondy?

This year’s Fur Rendezvous Festival is celebrated Feb. 24 through March 5. Some of the many events include the Amateur Photo Contest; Charlotte Jensen Native Arts Market; the GCI Snow Sculpture Competition; the Rondy Grand Parade; fireworks show;...

 

Senior league hockey players 'skate to live, live to skate'

If I thought I was going to get a quiet, focused interview, I would have been wrong. These guys were here at the Anchorage Subway Sports Centre to play hockey. On this December morning, that was...

 

Get ready for competition with a smile at Kenai Peninsula Senior Games

The 14th Annual Kenai Peninsula Senior Olympic Games will take place Feb. 21to 25 and will feature 12 events ranging from pinochle to ping pong and basketball toss to 8-ball pool, to name a few. The...

 

The pastor and his pups

They were going to work on Monday morning, so they'd had their nails done, and special attention had been paid to their grooming on Sunday evening. Then early on a grey, grim November morning they...

 

Rare photos document Inupiat life in early 1900s

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has published "Menadelook: An Inupiat Teacher's Photographs of Alaska Village Life, 1907-1932," which showcases nearly 100 photographs by Inupiat Charles Menadelook...

 

Get your annual railroad print, signed by the artist at these events

Alaska Railroad (ARRC) will release its 2017 annual poster/print at three public sale-and-signing events featuring the print's creator, Wasilla artist Taffina Katkus, who will sign prints and...

 

Celebrate veterans at Anchorage Senior Center

“Celebrate Senior Veterans Week” returns this year to the Anchorage Senior Activity Center, featuring a week filled with information, recreation, companionship and remembrance. Here is the schedule, Nov. 7 through Nov. 10: Monday, Nov. 7:...

 

Aunt's notes lead Alaskan to new career

"I never expected this." That's how Laurel Downing Bill summarizes the turn her life took many years ago when she got a phone call from her sister, Meredith. "I've got some stuff here," her sister...

 

Sealaska receives grant to revitalize languages

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has received a large federal grant to revitalize the languages of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian in four Southeast Alaska communities. The $927,000 award from the...

 

A botanical garden with surprises

Residents of Marlow Manor Assisted Living in Anchorage were joined by an unexpected guest during a day visit to Anchorage's Botanical Gardens in late July. At the entrance, a sign warned guests to...

 

Volunteers step in for annual hunger walk

"There wouldn't have been a CROP Walk for many years, if Kristi Johnson hadn't volunteered to chair it," says Paul Boling, senior minister of First Christian Church. Paul and his brother, Dave,...

 

Play explores the storied characters of Alaska's Wally Hickel, Jay Hammond

Two of the most colorful governors of Alaska  ran against  each other  three times. They were very different in philosophy and temperament but wanted the best possible Alaska for its citizens. “The Ticket” is a world premiere by Cyrano’s...

 

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