Need something to do this weekend?



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If you’re lucky enough to live in Chugiak-Eagle River, you shouldn’t have much trouble. A quick glance at the calendar of upcoming events in this area offers everything from live theater to sporting events to cocktail parties. Who needs the big city?

Theater fans have more plays to choose from than Broadway. At Steve Primis Auditorium, the CHS drama department will present “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” today through Saturday at 7 p.m. On Friday night, the Mirror Lake Middle School thespians will put on their production of “The Wizard of Oz,” also at 7 p.m. Also Friday, the Alaska Fine Arts Academy’s “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” opens for a Friday/Saturday run on the academy’s Eleanor Braendel Stage — also at 7 p.m.

This Saturday is so full of community events that nobody could possibly hit them all — but you might want to try.

Out at the Eagle River Nature Center, there’s not one but two photography workshops starting at 11:30 a.m., a 20-mile bicycle race at 1 p.m. and an educational program for youth about Alaska’s flying squirrels starting at 2 p.m.

For the sophisticated set, the annual Ladies Tea event will be held at 4 p.m. at the Eagle River Seventh-day Adventist church.

For the less sophisticated — or simply whimsical — the Chugiak-Eagle River library will offer a program on folding paper (including “perfect” paper airplanes) at 2 p.m.

Saturday evening offers culture galore. In addition to the second night of the AFA production, there’s also the Alaska Celtic Pipes and Drums 5th Annual Snowflake concert at 7 p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

And don’t forget about the Third Annual Chugiak Baseball Beer and Wine Tasting, which gets started at 7 p.m. at Jitters in downtown Eagle River that same night.

Whew! That’s a month worth of entertainment in one day.

Often, folks who live in Anchorage extol the virtues of the big city by saying that there’s more to do there than in more rural areas like ours. But anyone taking a look at that schedule would be hard pressed to say there’s “nothing to do” out in this neck of the woods. And not only are the events going on this weekend relatively cheap, most offer fun for the entire family to enjoy together.

If you’re wondering where to find out about all these happenings around town, most events are listed both in today’s Star and in our online calendar (www.alaskastar.com), where you can not only peruse local event listings, but add your own as well. The calendar can be found on our home page, just scroll to the bottom and start clicking away. If you want to submit an event, click “submit an event” and follow the instructions. Once an event is approved, it will show up both on our website and in our print edition.

Using our online calendar will save you time finding great ways to cure any lingering cases of cabin fever that might be setting in this time of year.

And with so much going on around town, you’re going to need all the time you can get.

Have fun!

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