Dawn of Unity - Bahá'í Anniversary Celebrations
Oct
26
to Nov 9

Dawn of Unity - Bahá'í Anniversary Celebrations

The Bahá’í community of Anchorage invite you to a series of activities celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Báb, the herald of the Bahá’í faith.

  • 10/26/19 - Anchorage Bahá’í Community Open House

  • 10/27/19 - Children & Family Celebration

  • 10/29/19 - Holy Day Observances

  • 11/02/19 - “Dawn of Light” screening

  • 11/09/19 - play “Love’s Companion”

visit anchoragebahai.org for more information

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Bridge Builders of Anchorage Annual International Potluck
Nov
16
5:00 PM17:00

Bridge Builders of Anchorage Annual International Potluck

Bridge Builders of Anchorage cordially invite you to our Annual International Potluck. We come together as a community of friends to share favorite traditional foods, to make new friends, and to renew relationships. We welcome all cultures, races, ethnic backgrounds, and faith traditions.

We will introduce the Bridge Builders’ Board of Directors, engage in lively conversation, eat delicious foods and plan for the upcoming year of Bridge Builders’ activities. We invite you to complete an application that will add you to our definitive list of members.

Please bring 6-8 servings of your favorite traditional dish to share with a description of the dish and a list of ingredients to help those with food allergies or dietary restrictions.

RSVP is optional but encouraged so we can accommodate everyone - please email bridgebuilder.web@gmail.com

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2nd Annual Pacific Island Award Celebration
Nov
30
5:30 PM17:30

2nd Annual Pacific Island Award Celebration

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Hall (map)
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The Polynesian Association of Alaska and the Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition of Alaska invite you to celebrate and honor the service of Pacific Island volunteers during 2019. The evening will be full of fun, entertainment, food, and door prizes.

To nominate an individual or group contact Lucy Hansen at lucythansen@gci.net

Tickets are $50.00 each / $400.00 for a table of 8

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Literary Bridges
Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

Literary Bridges

Bridge Builders of Anchorage and the Anchorage Public Library invite you to join our book club! Reading can provide a mirror that reflects your own culture and a window that offers you a view into someone else’s experience. Literary Bridges is a book club that strives to increase respect, empathy, and understanding in Anchorage. Books are chose to reflect Anchorage’s diverse community and will vary in content and genre. All ages are welcome. Discussions will be facilitated by Bridge Builders of Anchorage.

The book being discussed on Oct. 17th is Born a Crime by Trevor Noah; books for the book club are available for checkout at the Loussac Library

You are welcome to BYOD - Bring Your Own Dinner - if you would like to eat during the discussion taking place in the Ann Stevens Room

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Fairview Community Trunk-or-Treat 2019
Oct
12
1:00 PM13:00

Fairview Community Trunk-or-Treat 2019

Come and join Bridge Builder volunteers at the second annual Fairview Community Trunk-or-Treat. This year community volunteers have partnered with the Fairview Elementary PTA in creating a welcoming and inclusive Halloween celebration for children, teens, and families in the heart of Fairview. Trick-or-Treat from themed car trunk to car trunk, visit the story telling tent, make crafts, get your face painted, and celebrate an early Halloween!

This event is free

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Storytelling Saturday Theatre
Oct
12
1:00 PM13:00

Storytelling Saturday Theatre

Created and curated by Sandy Harper, the founder of Cyrano’s Theatre Co., the Anchorage Museum, Welcoming Anchorage, Keys to Life, Bridge Builders of Anchorage, and the Sister Cities Commission invite you to experience live performances of stories and folk tales from around the world. Each story reflects shared universal motifs and values as they are expressed through each of these unique cultural traditions.

Attendance is included with membership and paid admission; and for complimentary tickets and season passes contact theatre@anchoragemuseum.org

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Storytelling Saturday Theatre: Abadeha from the Philippines
Sep
28
12:00 PM12:00

Storytelling Saturday Theatre: Abadeha from the Philippines

Created and curated by Sandy Harper, the founder of Cyrano’s Theatre Co., the Anchorage Museum, Welcoming Anchorage, Keys to Life, Bridge Builders of Anchorage, and the Sister Cities Commission invite you to experience live performances of stories and folk tales from around the world. Each story reflects shared universal motifs and values as they are expressed through each of these unique cultural traditions.

Attendance is included with membership and paid admission; and for complimentary tickets and season passes contact theatre@anchoragemuseum.org

For 09.28.19 only, the show times are noon and 2pm; regularly they are 1pm and 3pm

Abadeha is a Cinderella story from traditional Philippine folklore. Like many other Filipino folk tales, this story disappeared from mainstream Phillione folk literature… a casualty of more than 300 years of Spanish colonization and a century of Americanization. This beautiful tale is revived from its rich and indigenous roots thanks to a retelling by Myrna J. Deal Paz that inspired us to share it with you.

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Hate Crimes Forum - A Welcoming Week Event
Sep
21
1:00 PM13:00

Hate Crimes Forum - A Welcoming Week Event

Bridge Builders of Anchorage, along with the Alaska Institute for Justice, Alaska State Troopers, Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, Anchorage Police Department, Congregation Beth Sholom, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Federal Bureau of Investigation, First Alaskans Institute, Islamic Community Center of Alaska, Municipality of Anchorage, NAACP Anchorage Unit 1000, Polynesian Association of Alaska, Transgender Leadership Alaska, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska, and Welcoming Anchorage invite you to a free forum facilitated by the United States Department of Justice Community Relations Service, for diverse communities, faith-based groups, and non-profit organizations understanding the state of bias and hate crimes, hearing from community members about challenges facing their diverse groups, and resources for the community in the aftermath of hate. The keynote speakers are Judy and Dennis Shepard of The Matthew Shepard Foundation.

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Civics Fair 2019 - A Welcoming Week Event
Sep
21
12:00 PM12:00

Civics Fair 2019 - A Welcoming Week Event

The Anchorage Public Library, University of Alaska Anchorage’s Center for Community Engagement & Learning, and Welcoming Anchorage is hosting a Welcoming Week Civics Fair in recognition of Citizenship & Constitution Day, and in conjunction with UAA’s Democracy & Civic Action Week.

More than 20 civic organizations will host booths that highlight how individuals can become civically engaged. Visit the booths, ask questions, and learn how you can get more involved in our community!

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Tradition Tuesday -  A Welcoming Week Event
Sep
17
6:00 PM18:00

Tradition Tuesday - A Welcoming Week Event

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For the past two years, Tradition Tuesday has served as a platform for communities and cultural groups to showcase and share their communities and cultures, to help us all learn more about the diverse place in which we live. At Tradition Tuesday, groups share their traditional food, art, songs, pictures, and information about their community. During this special Welcoming Week Tradition Tuesday, the program will be handed off to Bridge Builders of Anchorage. Please join us and learn more about Bridge Builders and Tradition Tuesday.

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Hiroshima-Amchitka Legacies: What Future Can We Choose? - A Welcoming Week Event
Sep
14
3:30 PM15:30

Hiroshima-Amchitka Legacies: What Future Can We Choose? - A Welcoming Week Event

APIA, Alaska Community Action on Toxics, Aleut International Association, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, the UAA Montgomery Dickson Center for Japanese Language and Culture, Alaska Humanities Forum, Anchorage Museum, and the Japan Alaska Association invite you to join two 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, international disarmament activists, and Amchitka representatives at a forum discussing the legacy left behind by nuclear weapons.

This event is free and open to the public

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Bridge Builder Docent Tours at the Anchorage Museum -  A Welcoming Week Event
Sep
14
to Sep 22

Bridge Builder Docent Tours at the Anchorage Museum - A Welcoming Week Event

Bridge Builders of Anchorage invite you to attend tours at the Anchorage Museum during Welcoming Week - our first class of Bridge Builder volunteer docents will be giving the tours!

During the Anchorage Welcoming Week Community Kick-Off Celebration, Saturday, September 14th:

  • 11am - a Chinese language tour exploring the Alaska Exhibition

  • 3pm - a Spanish language tour exploring Athabascan and Mexican Cultures

  • 4pm - Moments in Time, Coming of Age

Noon Tour, Sunday, September 15th - a Spanish language tour exploring Athabascan and Mexican Cultures

Noon Tour, Monday, September 16th - a Spanish language tour exploring Athabascan and Mexican Cultures

Noon Tour, Tuesday, September 17th - Alaska Native Subsistence

Noon Tour, Wednesday, September 18th - Alaska Native Subsistence

Noon Tour, Thursday, September 19th - Moments in Time, Coming of Age

Noon Tour, Friday, September 20th - Moments in Time, Coming of Age

Noon Tour, Saturday, September 21st - Moments in Time, Power & Sovereignty

Noon Tour, Sunday, September 22nd - Moments in Time, Power & Sovereignty

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2019 Anchorage Welcoming Week Community Kick-Off!
Sep
14
10:30 AM10:30

2019 Anchorage Welcoming Week Community Kick-Off!

Welcoming Anchorage, the Municipality of Anchorage, the Anchorage Museum, Wells Fargo, and Bridge Builders of Anchorage invite you to join us at the Anchorage Museum where events will be happening on the lawn, in the Atrium, and in the Auditorium. There is a Welcoming Art Walk from 10:30-Noon, Welcome Week Celebration from Noon-3, docent language tours, Storytelling Saturday Theatre at 12 and 2, and Hiroshima- Amchitka Legacies: What Future Can We Choose? from 4-6.

Enjoy free admission to the museum sponsored by Wells Fargo

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Unity Gala 2019
Aug
24
5:30 PM17:30

Unity Gala 2019

Bridge Builders of Anchorage proudly invite you to the 2019 Unity Gala!

The Unity Gala celebrates the volunteerism displayed by cultural and ethnic groups or individuals and recognizes and honors members of Anchorages ethnic communities who have made significant contributions as volunteers to their communities and Anchorage as a whole.  Along with a silent auction, delicious dinner and program, and the chance to "trip the light fantastic", the evening promises to be a time to reconnect with old friends, establish new friendships and to reaffirm our commitment to the vision of Bridge Builders of Anchorage and our Welcoming City.  This evening looks to solidify support for the work we are doing to make a difference as a clearing house for all organizations from Anchorage’s diverse communities, as a voice in combating prejudice and racism, as a support to all communities in becoming more involved citizens, as a conduit for conversations and as we share our connections and hopes for inclusion for all.There will be a silent auction, dinner, and program as we salute the amazing volunteers who are a gift to our community.

Tickets are $80 and are available online at brownpapertickets.com

After 8/20 tickets are $90

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Community Supported Yard Sale
Aug
17
9:00 AM09:00

Community Supported Yard Sale

The Community Supported Yard Sale is a way to not only shop til you drop but also a way to help students raise funds for the Russian-American Exchange Program. There will be household items, baked goods, and children’s items. If you have gently used items that you would like to donate for the sale, please bring them between 8:30-10:30.

This is a cash only event.

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Fourth of July 2019
Jul
4
10:00 AM10:00

Fourth of July 2019

  • G Street & 8th Avenue Anchorage, Alaska 99501 USA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Bridge Builders of Anchorage invite you to march with us in the Fourth of July Parade. This theme of this year’s parade is “America, Home of the Brave,” and we ask that you wear your traditional ethnic attire if you have it and bring an American flag to wave.

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Spring Tea
May
4
2:00 PM14:00

Spring Tea

Bridge Builders of Anchorage and the Polynesian Association of Alaska invite you to join them for a Spring Tea to celebrate the season, meet old friends, and make new connections while enjoying delicious finger sandwiches and sweet treats.

Please RSVP, as seats are limited, by contacting Lo at locraw4d@yahoo.com or by calling (907) 250-6706

Tickets are $25 - checks can be mailed by 4/30 to Bridge Builders of Anchorage P.O. Box 241041 Anchorage, Alaska 99524-1041 or purchased via PayPal below:

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Community Disaster Preparedness Workshop
Mar
15
6:00 PM18:00

Community Disaster Preparedness Workshop

Bridge Builders of Anchorage, the Salvation Army, and Americorps invite you to “Be Ready, Be Informed, Make a Plan, and Build a Kit!” Jo Anne Pawluk, a Disaster Preparedness and Safe Seniors Program educator will be the featured presenter. Together let’s learn what to do before, during, and after an earthquake, what precautions seniors and people with functional access needs should take, how to care for our animals, and what should go in our kits.

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Engaging Community Voices - International Women's Day
Mar
7
5:30 PM17:30

Engaging Community Voices - International Women's Day

Bridge Builders of Anchorage and the Loussac Library invite you to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Through stories and songs, we will highlight this year’s theme of “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change.”

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POSTPONED - Once Upon a Culture... Festival of Stories
Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

POSTPONED - Once Upon a Culture... Festival of Stories

Keys to Life, the Kumin Foundation, and the Alaska State Council on the Arts invite you to listen and learn at Once Upon A Culture… Festival of Stories. During this year’s Festival, storytellers of different cultures will cast the spell of their stories on the audience. The 2019 Festival will highlight cultural bearers who bequeath knowledge and wisdom, i.e. the hanashikas, Japanese comedians who tell daily life stories reinforcing behavioral codes; or the griots, African knowledge keepers who sing their stories.

During the festival, facilitators will reflect on the artistic languages that stories take in different cultures, i.e, Turkish, Persian, Somali, Mexican, Japanese, Filipino, Alaska Native, Korean, Indian, and African-American.

An exciting new element for this year’s festival will be youth-organized workshops. Young people will use stories and poetry to explore the impact of drugs and bullying in their peer groups.

International storyteller Dianne Ferlatte will be the keynote speaker. She will speak about the power of storytelling on our daily lives. Regarding this subject, she says, “When we tell stories, especially personal stories where we open ourselves up to whoever is listening, there is often for the listener a value to be learned, or encouragement to be gained, knowing that others before them have conquered fears and challenges similar to their own. For some the right story at the right time will enrich their days, and even make the world a little better place. That’s why I really love to tell stories.”

This event is free - please register online by February 28th at keystolifealaska.com

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Bridge Builders of Anchorage present Meet The World
Feb
23
11:00 AM11:00

Bridge Builders of Anchorage present Meet The World

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

Bridge Builders of Anchorage proudly invite you to our annual flagship event, Meet the World! This special event includes an opportunity to meet our neighbors and celebrate the diversity that makes Anchorage such a wonderful place to live. There will be cultural and community tables, with lively cultural entertainment, traditional attire, a Parade of Nations, and an International marketplace.

For details on tabling or performing, please see the Forms page.

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Barynya Balalaika Duo
Feb
22
7:00 PM19:00

Barynya Balalaika Duo

Anchorage Lutheran Concert Series presents nationally and internationally known Balalaika Duo, Mikhail Smirnov and Dr. Elina Karokhina. This exciting evening of music will include Russian traditional and popular music as well as Ukrainian, Gypsy, Jewish, classical, and other surprises.

The suggested donation for this event is $20

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2019 Day of Remembrance
Feb
19
5:30 PM17:30

2019 Day of Remembrance

The Japanese American Citizens League, Alaska Chapter invite you to the 2019 Day of Remembrance. From February 19th through March 2nd is a photo exhibit in remembrance of Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese Vice Consul to Lithuania who issued thousands of lifesaving transit visas to Jewish refugees during WWII. There will be an opening night program with a special screening of the 2017 documentary short film Sugihara Survivors: Jewish and Japanese, Past and Future, a presentation by film director Junichi Kajioka, and representatives from the Anchorage Japanese and Jewish communities.

Contributors to this event include the Japanese American Citizens League, Alaska Chapter, UAA Montgomery Dickson Center for Japanese Language & Culture, Municipality of Anchorage, Z.J. Loussac Library, Alaska Jewish Museum, Congregation Beth Sholom, TOTE Maritime, Consular Office of Japan in Anchorage, Japanese American Citizens League Legacy Fund, Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and United Jewish Communities.

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Uhuru - A Reprisal of Freedom
Feb
17
2:30 PM14:30

Uhuru - A Reprisal of Freedom

Sankofa Dance Theatre Alaska invites you to celebrate the road to emancipation. We will reflect on the past and honor the journey of African-Americans course to freedom through dance, drumming, song & spoken word.  Doors open at 2:30PM and in the atrium there will be light hors d'oeuvres and an oral history of Juneteenth.

Special Performances include: Dawn McClainAsenati, MMA -Mostly Melanin Arts, East High Dance Contempo, West High DanceWest, Black Arts North Academy, Trey Josey, David Coleman, Underground Dance Company, and Sankofa Dance Theatre Alaska and the Oni Ilu Drum Core.

Tickets are available through https://m.bpt.me/event/3915176

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Eyes Closed Celebrity Book Reading
Feb
15
6:30 PM18:30

Eyes Closed Celebrity Book Reading

Keys to Life invite you to join us for an amazing event. Stories from the recently published Eyes Closed book will come alive when local celebrities read them, reminding us about the power of dreams! Children featured in the stories will share the stage and pose questions to the Celebrity Readers, creating an intergenerational dialogue about dreams.

Celebrity Readers include:

  • Liz Rainer, Daybreak - Channel 11

  • Rhonda McBride, Frontiers Alaska - Channel 11

  • Kathleen McCoy, Hometown Alaska - KSKA

  • Marcus Williams, Anchorage School District

  • Dr. EJ David, UAA

  • Dr. Tamara McCoy, Musician

  • Lo Crawford, President of Bridge Builders of Anchorage

  • Kaleem Nuriddin, Board President - Keys to Life

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