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Mayor Sullivan's Anchorage Update - Issue 59


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July 2014 • Issue 59

A weekend of family fun

Fourth of July festivities extend throughout the weekend – with a variety of local events, parades and shows. 
On Friday, Anchorage Fairs & Festivals hosts the 14th annual Anchorage July 4 celebration at Delaney Park. The day kicks off with an 8 a.m. pancake breakfast before the parade starts at 11 a.m. The festival starts at noon – and don’t miss the reading of the Declaration of Independence at 1 p.m. Click here for details.
The summer Live After Five weekly concert series will be in full swing in Town Square Park from 5 – 8 p.m. Bring a picnic and enjoy the music while you soak in the sun.
Celebrating the Fourth of July would not be complete without fireworks! Mulcahy Stadium will light up the night beginning at 11:20 p.m., immediately following the annual Glacier Pilots-Bucs baseball game.
Find even more things to do on the Visit Anchorage events page here.
Parking is free on the Fourth. Click here for details.

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Music, local crafts, and food vendors at this funky fair

Get your groove on at the 39th annual Girdwood Forest Fair

Girdwood Forest Fair begins this Friday and runs through Sunday. Known for its hand-made-only crafts, local artisans and its friendly vibe, this free fair offers entertainment on three stages – all nestled in North America’s northernmost rain forest. Don’t forget to buy a t-shirt, the primary method of fundraising used at the fair. Forest Fair profits are distributed back into the community of Girdwood through grants, scholarships, outreach and park improvements.
You can find more information on the Forest Fair Facebook page. 
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Mayor Sullivan steps up to an air hockey challenge

Summer of Heroes Day kicks off recognition program

Mayor Dan Sullivan declared June 26 as the fourth annual "Alaska Communications' Summer of Heroes Day" in recognition of the great work Alaska Communications and The Boys & Girls Club do together.

“This program works because studies show that youth who are engaged in community service tend to do better in school, avoid risky behaviors and maintain positive relationships with adults and peers,” the Mayor said.
A partnership between Alaska Communications and Boys & Girls Clubs –Alaska, the Summer of Heroes program recognizes local youth who make a difference in their communities. Five heroes are selected from community nominations and one is chosen through the Employee Program at Alaska Communications.

Read more about how to nominate a deserving youth.

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The old and the new – look for the anniversary bus

People Mover keeps up with the times


To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the People Mover bus system, a bus with a distinctly historical look was unveiled June 28 at the Mountain View Street Fair.
Started during the administration of Anchorage Mayor George Sullivan – Mayor Dan Sullivan’s father – 15 buses first hit the road July 1, 1974, operating eight routes. Some 187,200 people rode the bus the first year.  
Today, 14,297 passengers take the bus each weekday, which adds up to more than 4 million trips a year. In 2008, People Mover set a ridership record with 4,220,667.
Read more here.

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Cemetery comes alive in special tour


Memories of Anchorage shared through storytelling

Stories at the Cemetery begins its fourth season with a self-guided walking tour featuring costumed actors standing at the gravesites of their characters. 
All stories told during this tour are based on public records, known facts and family memoirs. Maps are available at the John Bagoy Gate of the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery, 7th Avenue and Cordova Street. 
The stories begin at 6 p.m., rain or shine, and repeat until 8 p.m. Parking is available on the street and in the Office Depot parking lot. The tour is free, although donations for the actors are always welcome. No pets, please.  For more information, contact the Kellys at 274-7122 or Cemetery Director Rob Jones at 343-6814.

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Dogs of all abilities run, jump and catch on the Park Strip

Delaney Park is going to the dogs

The 2014 Canine Frisbee Championships will be held July 13 in conjunction with the annual Bark in the Park, sponsored by the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department.
Bring the whole family out to see magnificent mutts, leaping Labs and awesome Aussies perform vaults, mid-air grabs, spectacular flips and thrilling long-distance catches.  Watch agility, obedience and protection demonstrations, flyball exhibitions, pet contests and more.
Be sure to come early, visit the vendors and bring your canine companions (on a leash) to watch the fun.
Read more on registration here. 

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Call for Unity Gala nominations

Do you know someone who has made a significant impact in a minority community? Consider nominating yourself or someone you know for recognition at the Unity Gala, sponsored by Bridge Builders of Anchorage and the Anchorage Centennial Celebration. The event takes place 6 p.m. to midnight August 23 at the Dena’ina Center. Bridge Builders seeks to build a “community of friends” among all racial and cultural groups in Anchorage. Visit the Unity Gala Facebook page for more information.

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