Theater fans who were too busy with Bear Paw last weekend still have time to catch "The Sleeping Beauty," a production of the Alaska Fine Arts Academy that's running this weekend (July 15-16) and next at the academy, which is located at 12340 Old Glenn Highway.
The play, which was written and directed by local director Joe King, is based on the classic story – with a few twists. It features actors who participated in the academy's month-long theater conservatory in June, along with several adult actors.
A memorial ceremony held June 22 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson honored four military policemen killed in Afghanistan.
Sgt. Joshua David Powell of Quitman,Texas, 28; Sgt. Christopher Roger Bell of Goldman, Miss., 21; Sgt. Devin Arielle Snyder of Cohocton, N.Y., 20; and Spc. Robert Lee Voakes Jr. of L'anse, Mich., 21, were killed by an improvised explosive device, June 4, in Afghanistan's Laghman Province while on patrol.
"It's shocking how happy I am," said Jan Johnson, a manpower specialist for the 673d Air Base Wing on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. "I expected to be healthier, but I didn't expect how happy it has made me."
The secret to her happiness is simple, she said — she rides her bicycle to work. Every day, rain or shine. Even in the winter.
During June, 19 volunteers at the Chugiak-Eagle River Neighborhood Library worked 234 hours. Fourteen of those volunteers are teens. And Youth Services Librarian Wendy Sparkman, who is in charge of the summer Volunteen program, just can't stop singing their praises.
"Particularly after the staff cuts over the last few years, we couldn't function without them," she said. "Especially with all the additional traffic that we have with school out and the Summer Reading program going on."
Army Pvt. Darrell M. Ceasar Jr. graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. Ceasar is a 2010 graduate of Chugiak High School and the son of Wanda O'Neal of Eagle River.
During nine weeks of training, Ceasar studied the Army mission and received instruction and training in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.
Victoria Parsons, of Chugiak, recently participated in the Concordia Language Villages language immersion program by attending El Lago del Bosque, the Spanish language village located in Cass Lake, Minn. Parsons is the daughter of Kelly Parsons of Chugiak.
Aaron C. Deal, of Eagle River, graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, San Diego, Jacobs School of Engineering in June, 2010. He was subsequently accepted into the Master's Degree program and received his Master's Degree in Aerospace Engineering in June of 2011. He has accepted a position as a Verification Engineer with Hamilton Sundstrand, United Technologies Corporation, and will continue to live and work in San Diego.
Samantha Muldoon, daughter of Thomas Muldoon of Eagle River, was named to the Dean's List for the spring semester 2011 at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn. Muldoon is an English major. To be included on the list, students must have a semester grade-point average of at least 3.8 and have completed 12 credits for which honor points are awarded. Students also cannot have any "unsatisfactory" or "incomplete" grades during the semester.
Alaskans tend to hit their summers running to take advantage of every minute of this short, light-filled season. No matter what your choice of adventure is, your library is a great resource for selecting and planning them.
Sam Carlson, of Chugiak, will wed Christina Cummings, of Fairbanks, on July 30, 2011 at Birch Hill Recreation Area in Fairbanks. The bride is the daughter of Linda and Wally Kreider of Ketchikan and Warren and Cathy Cummings of Fairbanks. She is a 2011 graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a B.A. in Elementary Education. The groom is the son of Todd and Jenny Carlson of Chugiak. He works for the City of Fairbanks and is set to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 2012. The couple will honeymoon in Colorado and live in Fairbanks upon their return.