Ho, ho, ho. It’s almost time for Santa to squeeze himself down the chimneys of area homes and leave presents for all of the good little boys and girls. To get into the spirit of the holidays, Mrs. Vanagel’s kindergarten/first grade combined classmates over at Homestead Elementary School wrote letters to Santa to let him know what they hope to find under the tree. Enjoy.
Local students, along with nearly 60 Anchorage School District students, took part in the 42nd annual Lager Nordlicht (Camp Northern Lights) at Birchwood Camp in Chugiak, Nov. 7-8. The camp was started 42 years ago by the venerable Jo Sanders, longtime Bartlett German Teacher and now curriculum director of the Rilke Schule German Charter School.
Paper angels decorate the tree at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Eagle River, bearing words like “crib sheets,” “diapers,” and “socks.” “We donate a couple thousand dollars’ worth each year,” said parish secretary Rita Fay, of the congregation’s donations.
It was all about the lights. But it was much more than that. Hundreds of people gathered in Town Square last Friday evening for the annual Winter Wonderland and the lighting of the Christmas tree, which marked the official kick-off of this year’s holiday season.
Eagle River resident Bob Clark has been wood carving since he was a kid, he said, making household items for his family. He just re-finished the wooden highchair he made for his son 31 years ago when he was a baby, and gave it back to him for use by his six-month-old grandson.
Thrift, vintage, antique: when it comes to something old, Eagle River-Chugiak’s got a lot of something new. Two shops, Forget-Me-Not in Chugiak and Whatnot Consignments, established in 1985, have long been local favorites. The Possibilities Shop and Pretty Thrifty, another two, opened within months of each other at the end of 2013.
Class is in session Dec. 6 and 7 for Chugiak High graduate and Eagle River resident Dusty Moody’s how-to workshop on making fine leather bracelets. The course, at Tandy’s Leather in Anchorage, is the first time he’ll be sharing his craft with students.
When the next big shaker hits, there is a group of students at Eagle River Elementary School that are well prepared to handle it. As part of an after-school earthquake and disaster preparedness club, approximately 30 students grade three through six have learned much more than just the duck and cover routine. Their knowledge of what causes earthquakes, what to do protect yourself and others nearby during an earthquake and how to proceed after the ground stops shaking now somewhat rivals that of the experts at the U.S. Geological Survey.
As Amy Demboski, the Eagle River-Chugiak representative on Anchorage Assembly, sat at Jitters Coffee Shop to interview about her proposed ordinance to ban commercial marijuana, she had to rise to greet a constituent who came up to her.