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Broadcasting, podcasting and breaking down stereotypes

Jon Scudder is a Michigan native and has lived in Alaska since 1997. He is a retired 20-year Air Force enlisted member and presently works in civil service at 673d Civil Engineer Squadron, Joint Base...

 

Coming through the Canada border is still not a sure thing

While a Mi'kmaq friend has crossed into Canada to access his reserve in Eskasoni, Nova Scotia, Canada, it has been difficult for a member of the Skagway Traditional Council. The council is a...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Local    August 1, 2020

Alaska senior centers differ in approach to activities during pandemic

When the novel coronavirus COVID-19 reared its head in March, senior citizens were advised to take notice. This new illness was hard on those age 65 or older, people were told, and indeed, four months later, statistics bear this out: 80% of COVID-19...

 

Vote without putting yourself at risk

The right to vote is preserved in Alaska for all eligible voters, even during these times of coronavirus pandemic. In other words, in order to vote, you do not have to go in person anywhere and potentially expose yourself to the coronavirus, to long...

 
 By Dana Paperman    Local    July 1, 2020

Seward and walking poles: A beautiful match

With senior centers closed during the coronavirus pandemic, senior centers have been forced to make adjustments to their supported fitness programs, whether via ZOOM classes or taking activities...

 

Chugiak senior center says donation is well-timed

Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center (CERSC) accepted a $25,000 donation from the organization's Foundation fund at a presentation June 4, with organizational staff and local leaders in attendance. "The...

 

Free online Tlingit language course

Editor’s note: This press release was received June 22, 2020. With COVID-19 continuing to threaten communities across Alaska, ongoing Tlingit language revitalization efforts are particularly at risk. Many Tlingit culture camps and language study...

 

Annual Wasilla fundraiser returns, virtually

Be part of Wasilla Area Seniors, Inc.’s virtual Miles for Meals 5K fundraising event. Miles for Meals is WASI’s largest fundraising event of the year, supporting Meals on Wheels of the Mat-Su Valley. Using the proceeds, WASI strives to end...

 

Anchorage mayor proclaims Older Americans Month

Whereas, older Americans contribute to the fabric of our community and are keepers of our rich, cultural history; and Whereas, the Municipality of Anchorage acknowledges that the meaning of “to age” has changed for the better; and Whereas, the...

 

Time to get gardening

Join Julie Riley, Tanana District Extension horticulturist on Fridays and Tuesdays for free, informal discussions on gardening in Interior Alaska, via Zoom web videoconferencing using your computer, smartphone, iPad or tablet. No internet service or...

 

Mary Shields receives Ron Hammett Award

Mary Shields is the 2020 recipient of the distinguished Ron Hammett Award from the Municipality of Anchorage's Senior Citizens Advisory Commission. Annually, the award recognizes an individual who dem...

 

Celebration 2020 will be a "virtual" event

"Celebration," the enormous biennial Native American cultural event originally scheduled to take place this year in Juneau, is being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In its place this year,...

 

Alaska Commission on Aging meets May 18

The Alaska Commission on Aging (ACoA) will hold their quarterly meeting on Monday, May 18 from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Subjects that will be covered include senior housing, updates on health and social services, AgeNet, AARP, Office of the Long-Term...

 

AARP offers grants for coronavirus projects

Communities may apply for coronavirus-related funding in support of older adults through AARP’s Community Challenge grant program. Challenge grants will support quick-action projects that spark change and help improve communities for people of...

 
 By Erin Kirkland    Local    May 1, 2020

Alaska State Parks Seeks Volunteer Camp Hosts

With much of the United States and Canada still gripped by COVID-19 travel restrictions, volunteers are needed to fill a number of campground host positions usually filled by Lower 48 retirees. Alaska State Parks says it will need to rely upon Alaska...

 

Salvation Army ramps up to meet surging demand

Editor’s note: This press release was received on March 30, 2020. The Salvation Army, the nation’s largest social services organization with more than 7,600 service locations across the country, is increasing efforts to meet human need. In...

 
 By David Washburn    Local    April 1, 2020

Center serves Houston seniors under new ownership

After four years of closure, Mid-Valley Senior Center in Houston is under new ownership and providing meals on a regular schedule, although services are severely curtailed for now due to the...

 

Amblin' for Alzheimer's goes virtual

Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska’s largest annual fundraising event is taking a detour of sorts, due to safety precautions surrounding COVID-19. “Amblin’ for Alzheimer’s,” originally scheduled for May 2 at the Anchorage Golf Course, will...

 

Annual May events postponed in Anchorage, Fairbanks

Two of the state’s largest annual senior-related events, usually held each year in May, have been canceled, with hopes for rescheduling at a later date. Senior Recognition Day, held each year in Fairbanks at the Carlson Center, will not take place...

 
 By Tom Brennan    Local    February 1, 2020

Women rack 'em up at Anchorage senior center

Fifteen determined women are learning, to their delight, the fine art of shooting pool, a game traditionally dominated by men. The pool-shooters gather at the Anchorage Senior Activity Center and take...

 

Bettye Davis African American Summit returns for Black History Month

The Alaska Black Caucus will present a variety of events throughout February, including the second annual Bettye Davis African American Summit on Feb. 29. Davis, a community leader and Alaska’s first African American State Senator, passed away in...

 

Seward center to close in January for upgrades

Seward Senior Center will be closed for construction for three weeks, Jan. 17 through Feb. 7, 2020. “For the modernization of senior services, we will improve our security, sign in systems for all visitors and knock out a few cobwebs that seem to g...

 

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