Tradition Tuesday
May
22
6:00 PM18:00

Tradition Tuesday

The Tradition Tuesday series continues this month by featuring members of the Cameroonian community here in Anchorage.  The Municipality of Anchorage, Anchorage Public Library, and Welcoming Anchorage invite you to hear about their traditions and culture as well as experience their music and traditional clothing.

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Wear Orange Festival
Jun
2
12:00 PM12:00

Wear Orange Festival

All are welcome to join Bridge Builders of Anchorage at the Wear Orange Festival marking the fourth annual Gun Violence Awareness Day.  Make sure to find our table at this community event.  There will be fun and games for the whole family.  

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World Flavors Potluck
Jun
2
3:30 PM15:30

World Flavors Potluck

Bridge Builders of Mat-Su Valley featuring Claudia Pinard and guests First Lady of Alaska Donna Walker and Wasilla Mayor Bert Cottle invite you and your family to join them at the World Flavors Potluck.  This celebration of the diverse cultures of the Valley is a free family event and they ask that you bring a dish from your cultural traditions to share.  There will be door prizes and cultural entertainment.

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Unity Gala 2018
Aug
18
5:45 PM17:45

Unity Gala 2018

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Bridge Builders of Anchorage is excited to invite you to join us in celebrating amazing individuals, groups, and projects in Anchorage, whose volunteer contributions in our diverse ethnic communities is significant, and deserving of honor and recognition.  Please celebrate with us over dinner as we salute our honorees with a marvelous program, cultural entertainment, dancing, and a silent auction.  

To purchase tickets, submit nominees, learn about sponsorship, or to make a donation towards the Unity Gala, please visit the Unity Gala tab on our website: bridgebuildersak.org/forms/

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Spring Tea
May
19
2:00 PM14:00

Spring Tea

Bridge Builders of Anchorage and the Polynesian Association of Alaska invite you to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea.  There will be entertainment, a cultural fashion show, and door prizes.

Tickets are $35 per person and reservations are available by contacting Lo Crawford at locraw4d@yahoo.com 

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75th Battle of Attu Commemoration
May
17
to May 19

75th Battle of Attu Commemoration

The University of Alaska Anchorage, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska Aviation Museum, Alaska Veterans Museum, and United States Army Center of Military History invite you to join them in the 75th Battle of Attu Commemoration events.

Film Screening & Discussion with the Director

Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 2:00-4:00pm, University of Alaska Anchorage, Fine Arts Building

The film premiere of “When the Fog Clears,” directed by award winning Japanese film director Tadashi Ogawa seeks to make the “Forgotten War” unforgettable. This film features Kiska and Attu Island which had been occupied by Japan during WWII. 90 minutes

Opening Reception & Reflections on Attu Art Show

Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 6:30pm, Loussac Library, Anchorage, Alaska

Join us as we welcome and honor U.S. and Japanese Veterans and Descendants from the battle and village of Attu. Program opens with the Anchorage Unangax Dancers and a message of peace. View a new display on Attu and art from 2017 Refuge Artists-in-Residence Andrea Nelson, Nancy Lord, and Irene Owsley. Refreshments served.

Attu Survivors and Descendants Potluck Luncheon

Friday, May 18, 2018 at 11:30am, Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Anchorage,Alaska

In 2017, eleven Attu descendants revisited the village site their parents and grandparents left behind forever in 1942 when they were taken to Japan as prisoners. They gathered grass from Attu to bring back to expert basket weavers in the Attu style. Descendants and weavers will share their experiences and display grass and baskets. Ray Hudson will give a short talk entitled "The Last Baskets from Attu."

Descendants Panel Discussion

Friday, May 18 at 2:00pm, Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Anchorage,Alaska

Join this panel of descendants from the Village of Attu, U.S. Soldiers, and Japanese soldiers to gain a unique perspective on the Battle of Attu.

Japanese Perspective  on WWII in the Aleutians

Friday, May 18, 2018, 6:30pm (doors open at 5:30pm, reception at 6:00pm) Anchorage Museum in Anchorage, Alaska

Speakers explore Japan’s military strategy and soldiers’ experiences during the Battle of Attu in 1943.

Battle of Attu Exhibit Grand Opening - All Day Event

Saturday, May 19 from 10:00am-4:00pm, Alaska Aviation Museum in Anchorage, Alaska

  • 1pm - Veterans Panel
  • 3pm Commemoration Ceremony

A full day of fly-ins, films, and displays. Warbird rides and food available for purchase.

Reflections on Attu Art Show

May 17-June 17, 2018, Loussac Library in Anchorage, Alaska

Battle of Attu Exhibition

May - November, 2018, Alaska Aviation Museum in Anchorage, Alaska

Visit www.attu75.org for more information

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Kabayan Inc. World Day 5K Fun Run/Walk
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Kabayan Inc. World Day 5K Fun Run/Walk

Kabayan Inc. and the Filipino-American Community of Matsu invite you to support their first ever fundraising event, the World Day 5K Run & kids 1 mile run.  Participants are encouraged to wear their traditional cultural costume (best costume wins a prize) as a way of celebrating diversity and a great way to raise funds for Meals on Wheels.

Visit https://runsignup.com/Race/AK/Palmer/WorldDay5KFunRun for more information

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Día Del Sol at the Anchorage Museum
May
4
to May 6

Día Del Sol at the Anchorage Museum

Join us for a celebration of Mexican arts and culture featuring artists from Mexico, California, and Alaska.  There will be Latin music and food, family activities, and a Mexican film festival on Sunday.

Admission is free on Friday. the 4th from 6-9 and Saturday, the 5th from 11-6. and for the film festival on Sunday if you use the 7th Avenue entrance.

For a complete festival schedule visit anchoragemuseum.org

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Stand Against Racism 2018
Apr
23
to Apr 29

Stand Against Racism 2018

Join YWCA Alaska in a week-long Stand Against Racism! 

Stand Against Racism is a nation-wide movement of YWCA USA that brings people together to raise awareness about racism. Our goal is to shed light on structural forms of racism and equip Alaskans with the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to eliminate racism in all its forms.  

April 24th
The Prison Industrial Complex in Alaska
Featuring a film screening of Ava DuVernay’s award-winning documentary about America’s prison system, followed by a panel discussion. Join us in discussing the 13TH Amendment of the U.S. Constitution - Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for crime... shall exist within the United States.
6:30pm at the Loussac Library
https://www.facebook.com/events/190117471594658/

April 25th
Healing Hearts Through Arts: Open Mic & Performances
All are welcome to share music, poetry, spoken word, and stories about how racism impacts our lives. With scheduled featured performers as well, this night is sure to help our community find racial healing through arts. Local organizations who work towards eliminating racism every day be here to share information and get us all connected. 
7pm at Williwaw
https://www.facebook.com/events/194181771185815/

April 23rd
Evolution of Racism
We discuss the origins of prejudice, both in science and social construction, and how its evolution throughout history grew into complex systems of inequality. Come to this dialogue to learn more about how racism came to be and how it shows up today.  
12pm at YWCA Alaska
https://www.facebook.com/events/200090830579630/

Evolution of Racism (repeat)
We discuss the origins of prejudice, both in science and social construction, and how its evolution throughout history grew into complex systems of inequality. Come to this dialogue to learn more about how racism came to be and how it shows up today.  
7pm at YWCA Alaska
https://www.facebook.com/events/614802408866670/

April 24th
Microaggressions & Implicit Bias
This dialogue focuses on racist dynamics that are often difficult to comprehend, but the magnitude of their impact is no less than blatant racism. We'll discuss science, studies, and stories that illustrate these harmful dynamics so that people better understand how to confront them. 
12pm at YWCA Alaska
https://www.facebook.com/events/168535933797357/

April 25th
Colorblindness & Assimilation
This dialogue focuses on the history and impact of these terms, while illustrating how these common approaches to accepting diversity inadvertently reinforce racial barriers. We’ll discuss how these mindsets came to be, why they're so popular, and what we can do to move forward from them. 
12pm at YWCA Alaska
https://www.facebook.com/events/350750445418800/

April 26th
Structural Racism
The sum of racism is not only the harmful words people say and it's not only how people of color were treated historically. This dialogue illustrates how racism became embedded deep in the fabric of America and persists as a system of inequitable access to safety, resources, and opportunities. Structural Racism impacts people in a multitude of ways, and they are compounding.
12pm at YWCA Alaska
https://www.facebook.com/events/1804022672965041/

Stereotype Threat
Come learn about an often unknown impact of stereotypes, in that we are hindered merely by knowing them. After sharing a bit of Claude Steele's groundbreaking research about this cognitive dynamic, we'll have a deep dialogue about what it means for people to internalize stereotypes. This dynamic of racism impacts every person, from kid to adult. Let's talk about it so we can overcome it.
7pm at YWCA Alaska
https://www.facebook.com/events/1551518274946066/

April 29th
Allyship in Action
What does it take to be an "ally"? We'll discuss allyship as a process rather than a label, as a verb rather than a noun, and as a descriptor that's best bestowed upon someone by others. We’ll discuss dynamics that can both hinder and bolster allyship efforts in order to more effectively show up for one another. 
12pm at YWCA Alaska
https://www.facebook.com/events/426212117836637/
 

Visit www.facebook.com for a complete list of events
 

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And in This Corner: Cassius Clay
Apr
20
to May 13

And in This Corner: Cassius Clay

  • Anchorage Community Theatre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

ACT is ending their main-stage 17/18 season with "And in This Corner: Cassius Clay"

Directed by Matt Fernandez, this play is a bold and refreshing look at the early years of Muhammad Ali’s life.  This play reminds us of the America that Ali grew up in, how it shaped him and how he shaped it.  And In This Corner promises to be an insightful and thought-provoking play for the entire family.

Performance dates are April 20 - May 13, Thursday - Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 3pm. Thursday, April 26 and May 3rd are both BOGO (Buy-one-get-one free) nights!

Tickets range in price from $13 - $17 and can be purchased at actalaska.org or by calling 868-4913

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Poetry Slam - The Love Sessions
Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

Poetry Slam - The Love Sessions

From love... to break up... and everything in between... Perseverance Theatre invites you to The Love Sessions Poetry Slam.  Judges include Shyanne Beatty of the Alaska Native Heritage Center, radio host Don Megga, theatre personality Daryl Schaff, radio host Loren Dixon, and Jackie Purcell from KTUU Channel 2 News.  Doors open at 6, with the Slam starting at 7.  The top 3 winners receive cash prizes.  

To participate, e-mail shirleymae@gci.net or visit www.ptalaska.org

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Sjømatmiddag Meny (Fish Dinner)
Apr
14
5:30 PM17:30

Sjømatmiddag Meny (Fish Dinner)

The Sons of Norway, Bernt Balchen Lodge invite you and your family to a traditional Sjømatmiddag Meny (Fish Dinner).  These homemade appetizers, entrees, desserts, and breads are a delicious way to enjoy and learn about Norwegian culture.  

There will be two seatings for dinner, 5:45 and 6:20, so please call (907) 349-1613 by April 13th for reservations.

Dinner is $30 for adults, $15 for ages 12-18, $5 for ages 6-11, and free for children under 5 years old.  

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Spring Cultural Festival
Apr
14
12:00 PM12:00

Spring Cultural Festival

Please join in celebrating at the Spring Cultural Festival.  Admission is free to this community event that will include food vendors/venta de comida, craft making/manualidades, gift basket raffle/rifa de canastas, face painting/pintado de cara, delicious desserts/delisiosos postres, a cakewalk/juego de la torta, dancing/bailes, live performances/presentaciones articsticas, prizes/premios, and music/musica.

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Mountain View Neighborhood Library Social Service Fair
Apr
14
11:00 AM11:00

Mountain View Neighborhood Library Social Service Fair

Trying to connect with SNAP for food stamps?  Need to figure out affordable housing?  Looking to get a legal referral?

Mountain View Neighborhood Library and The Anchorage Health Literacy Cooperative is presenting a social service fair.  Come and learn about the various resources available to you, make an appointment, or reconnect with a social service provider.

SNAP Alaska, NAMI, AWAIC, Salvation Army, KCI, Alaska Legal Services, Covenant House, YWCA, United Way - 211, Alaska Institute of Justice, Planned Parenthood, ACCESS Alaska, and more.

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Tiempo Russo
Mar
24
6:30 PM18:30

Tiempo Russo

The Congress of Russian Americans (CRA), the Russian Cultural Center of Alaska (RCCA), and the Alaska Federation of Filipino Americans, Inc. (AFFA), invite you to learn about the history of Tubabao in the Philippines, that for almost 4 years,  provided shelter for 6,000 Russian refugees, in what became known as "Tiempo Russo."  Natalia Sabelnik, the President of the CRA, is one of the survivors, and will share her story with her own documentary film and photo exhibit.     

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Mar
22
6:00 PM18:00

WORLDNARRATIVES: FOREIGN FAUX PAS – STORIES OF NAVIGATING CULTURAL DIFFERENCES

The Alaska World Affairs Council is now recruiting storytellers:  Have you had one of those “oh no” moments while traveling abroad that made you realize the culture you were experiencing was a little different from home? Are you a transplant to Alaska who has experienced culture shock adjusting to Alaskan norms? Have you traveled abroad and gleefully immersed yourself in a new culture?

The second annual WorldNarratives story evening will be formatted in the spirit of Arctic Entries. As such, “your story must be yours and it must be true. The best Arctic Entries story you can pitch has a clear beginning, middle, and end; something to lose or to gain (i.e., it matters to you!); and fits our seven-minute format.”

To apply, purchase tickets, or find out more information visit https://www.alaskaworldaffairs.org

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Beyond Borders
Mar
19
6:00 PM18:00

Beyond Borders

Come celebrate diversity and share an evening of captivating stories.  Beyond Borders is an Alaska Institute for Justice fundraising event that will provide local immigrants an opportunity to share their unique stories with the public. This evening centers around seven community members who will each present a short, personal narrative. This year we will feature several recipients of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA), also know as Dreamers. Together these stories emphasize that our diverse immigrant population brings strength, economic vitality, and resilience to our community.

Tickets are available for purchase online at brownpapertickets.com

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Journey of the Simorgh
Mar
17
7:00 PM19:00

Journey of the Simorgh

Simorgh Dance Collective invites you to a night of Persian dance, music, poetry, and food.   The performance is adapted from the Persian epic, Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar, and features sacred, classical, and folkloric dance choreographed by Farima Berenji. Admission includes performances, dinner, silent auction, and open dance floor.

Tickets are available online at journeyofthesimorgh.brownpapertickets.com

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Mar
10
11:00 AM11:00

Labyrinth Walk

Come walk the Labyrinth supported with sound from Sound Artist, Gail Jackson.  She will bring the soothing sounds of the handpan, drums, water chimes and Tibetan bowls as well as other calming sounds while participants walk the Labyrinth.  All ages are welcome.  Labyrinths are used throughout the world as a way to quiet the mind, recover balance in life, as a form of meditation to gain insight, reduce stress, to create and celebrate. 

Suggested love offering/donation, $5.00

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Mar
9
6:45 PM18:45

Peace Drumming Circle

Come and join in a community Peace Drumming Circle.  The drumming theme is "Inner Peace, for ourselves, our community, the planet" - in honoring the Season of Peace, Jan. 30-April 4.  No experience is required, all ages are welcome, and percussion instruments will be provided, or you are welcome to bring your own percussion instrument.  Come, play, dance and enjoy the rhythms of the sounds/music the group will make. 

Suggested love offering/donation, $5. 

Details are available online at agnt.org 

Facilitator/Sound Artist, Gail Jackson, 907-230-2820

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100 Years: One Woman's Fight for Justice
Mar
8
6:30 PM18:30

100 Years: One Woman's Fight for Justice

In honor of International Women's Day, Title VI Indian Education Presents a screening of 100 Years: One Woman's Fight for Justice.  Melinda Janko, will be attending the viewing of the film she produced and directed about Elouise Cobell, and her 30 year fight for justice for 300,000 Native Americans whose mineral rich lands were grossly mismanaged by the United States Government.

This event is free and open to the public

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AMATS Open House Kick-Off Events
Mar
6
5:30 PM17:30

AMATS Open House Kick-Off Events

The Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions (AMATS) invites the public to participate in their Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plans (CHSTPs) project.  They need public input to help identify the transportation needs of individuals with disabilities, seniors, and people with low incomes; to provide strategies for meeting these needs; and prioritize transportation services for funding and implementation.

The first event is Tuesday, March 6th at the Mountain View Branch Library and the second event is Wednesday, March 7th from 11-1 at the S.J. Loussac Public Library, 3600 Denali Street / People Mover Route 25 

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Mar
1
to Mar 11

Perseverance Theatre presents William, Inc

  • Alaska Center for the Performing Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Perseverance Theatre proudly presents William, Inc. a play by Lucas Rowley.  William is an Alaska Native professional with a high-pressure job and demands at home too.  To cope with his stress, he has formed a Native corporation inside his head, but the strategy backfires when his board of directors get out of control and start hijacking his real life.  Though it costs him a relapse and lots of problems at home, he negotiates his politics to find the balance he needs.  Getting there is both affirming and hilarious.  The play touches on substance abuse and alcohol dependence, with a very positive message of healing through one’s culture.

Running from March 1st - March 11th

Tickets are available online at ptalaska.org

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Bridge Builders of Anchorage - Meet the World
Feb
24
11:00 AM11:00

Bridge Builders of Anchorage - Meet the World

  • Egan Civic and Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Bridge Builders of Anchorage invite you to Meet the World!  This signature event includes cultural and community tables, ethnic entertainment, traditional attire and music, the parade of nations, and an international market place.  Come celebrate the beautiful diversity that makes Anchorage so unique!

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The Empty Chair
Feb
19
6:00 PM18:00

The Empty Chair

Presented by The Japanese American Citizens League, The Empty Chair is a documentary film about a tragic period of American history when 110,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry were evacuated to internment camps during World War II.  Following the film viewing there will be a discussion with Greg Chaney, a producer of the film, and Marie Matsuno Nash, an internee at Minidoka.

The event will take place in the Wilda Marston Theatre at the Z. J. Loussac Public Library

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Pamoja - An African Heritage Showcase
Feb
18
3:00 PM15:00

Pamoja - An African Heritage Showcase

  • Wilda Marsten Theatre, Loussac Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Sankofa Dance Theatre Alaska invites you to join them for a celebration featuring dance, drumming, song & spoken word. 

  • Be delighted by an exciting night of cultural exhibitions of dance in the styles of West & pan-African, Afro-Fusion and stepping! 
  • Feel the rhythmic and thunderous sounds of the djembe and djun djun with drumming pieces by Master Drummer Jesse Wright and the OnilLu Drumming Ensemble! 
  • Let your ears take a harmonic ride with song arrangements by Sankofa’s Shairi Songstresses!
  • Rise to prolific soul ascension with spoken word by Omega Poets Society!

Guest appearances by:

  • Dawn McClain
  • UDC
  • Tiny Tune's
  • Arctic Gemz
  • Darryl Akins 
  • East High - Contempo Dance Group

Tickets are $7/child, $10/adult, $7/senior and are available online at https://www.eventbrite.com, by visiting Rhythm of Light Dance Studio during weekdays after 6:00pm, or day of the event at the door for $15

 

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Black Panther Opening Night Fan Event
Feb
15
6:15 PM18:15

Black Panther Opening Night Fan Event

Sankofa Dance Theatre Alaska, whose mission is "to broaden, affirm, and celebrate African American culture through music, literature, dance, theater, and art," proudly invites you to share in this special fan event for the opening night of Marvel Studio's Black Panther.  This highly anticipated film stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, and Angela Bassett.  The evening will include a meet & greet at 6:15 before the film's premier at 7:15.  

Tickets are $11.25+EB surcharge and must be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com/e/black-panther-movie-premier

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Stories Come to Life
Feb
3
9:00 AM09:00

Stories Come to Life

Keys to Life, The Alaska Community Foundation, and the Alaska Humanities Forum present a cultural storytelling festival featuring Diane Ferlatte, an internationally renowned storyteller, as well as storytellers from our local diverse community.  Come to be inspired, make connections, and learn how to storytelling can be a community building tool.

This event is free and open to the public, with lunch provided.

Register online by February 1st at keystolifealaska.com  

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