The wood floor shines, and light pours in through the windows. Huge goldfish swim around an aquarium and every so often a bird twitters from its cage, and if you stay long enough, you might glimpse one of their cats.
Five months might sound like a long time, but not to the folks over that the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce. For that’s when the 29th Bear Paw Festival kicks off. The festival has grown from a small parade of garbage and fire trucks to a multi-day event featuring everything from carnival rides to a motorcycle show to a dog and owner look-a-like contest.
More than 40 Chugiak High students displayed work at the Fine Arts Show on Jan. 30 in the school’s music hall. The band, orchestra and choir performed numbers while parents and students browsed paintings, jewelry and pottery.
Singer/songwriter Mary Oudean’s twangy voice fell down soft as rain as she sang the bluegrass classic, “Who Will Watch the Home Place?” at the last weekend of the Anchorage Folk Festival on Saturday, Jan. 25.
More than 20 Eagle River residents sat through a lengthy Urban Design Commission meeting Jan. 22 to offer testimony concerning the proposed Eagle River High School Athletic Facility Improvements.
What does Chugiak High senior Ashleigh Bransky have in common with Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Ike and Tina Turner? They’ve all played at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City. And next week, Bransky will play there, too.
It’s a play within a play, a time era within a time era, a joke within a joke. And it’s funny. The Alaska Fine Arts Academy’s production of Mary Lynn Dobson’s “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood” mixes Monty Python type of humor with the traditional Robin Hood myth.
When Alexa Heald came across the poem “Under the Vulture Tree” by David Bottoms, it took her breath away. “It spoke to me immediately,” she said. “It disturbed me. It really connected to me.” The Eagle River High senior and two-time defending champion recited the poem in this year’s ninth annual Poetry Out Loud School Final on Jan. 16.
“Forward, march. Half-step, march. Platoon, halt.” Kim Julian, Chugiak High Cadet Lieutenant’s voice echoed through the crowd-packed gym at the 2014 Eagle River High School JROTC Drill Competition on Saturday, Jan. 18. Thirteen immaculately dressed teams performed in seven rounds of competitions during the daylong event.