THURSDAY, JULY 11

BEER IN THE GARDEN

Tickets are on sale for the Botanical Garden’s annual Beer in the Garden Fundraiser. Come on out and help support the Garden and local breweries and micro-cideries in the state. The gardens are sure to be gorgeous this year with such an early Spring! Ticket price includes admission into the Garden, tastings from each of the vendors, and a limited-edition tasting glass. There will be local food vendors, live music and of course delicious beers and ciders on tap. This is a 21 or older event (no babes in arms), please bring a valid photo ID. Tickets are non-refundable and the event will happen rain or shine because, well.... this is Alaska! The event starts at 6pm and tickets are available at FlipCause.com. (Alaska Botanical Garden, 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road)

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ALASKA PHOTOVENTURES — PREMIERE

Two new episodes are done and ready for our local community to get a first look. Join Alaska Photoventures at 6:30p in the Alaska Experience Theater. Watch two new episodes “Light Painting with Kayaks & Sledding with the Arctic Cat Riders”, afterwards there will be a Q&A before hitting the Pioneer Bar. Tickets are only available online and they’ll move fast. For tickets visit alaskaphotoventures.com/tickets. (Alaska Experience Theatre, 333 W 4th Avenue)

THE BLOCK MIC DROP: HEAT AND FLAME EDITION

It’s all about bringing what you’ve got and sharing it--songs, interpretive juggling, jokes, stories, painting on the fly, food demos, math lectures, you name it, just bring it. Signups start at 6:30, performance and presentations after 7pm. (Spenard Writer’s Block, 3956 Spenard Road)

EMBRACING CREATIVITY, BUT FIRST, COFFEE

The Alaska Photographic Center is pleased to present Rarefied Light juror Bob Sacha. He is a director, cinematographer, editor, teacher and photographer and, above all, a collaborator on visual journalism projects. He shot the video for the Guardian US team project that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, a National Emmy for New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming, a Webby and the first gold medal ever given by the Society for News Design. He teamed up with Blue Chalk as the director of photography for the New York Times series, Living City, about New York’s infrastructure. BlindSight, a documentary short about a group of blind photographers that he directed and shot, produced with Kate Emerson, had its world premiere at DOCNYC, the country’s largest documentary festival. HIs new passion and focus is 360 Video/VR for journalism. Sacha’s lecture which begins at 7pm is free and open to the public. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

GLACIER PILOTS VS PENINSULA OILERS

Catch your favorite boys in blue and white as they take on the Peninsula Oilers. Support local sports while enjoying a hot dog and catching some rays. Tickets are $5 at the gate and the game begins at 7:10pm. (Mulcahy Stadium, 207 E Northern Lights Boulevard)

FRIDAY, JULY 12

PYRAH’S PIONEER PEAK FARM STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

Pyrah’s Pioneer Peak Farm Strawberry Festival is an awesome community event that celebrates all things summer! From hayrides and frozen lemonade to music and the arts you can’t find a better way to spend the weekend with friends and family. Even though the festival centers around the coming of the strawberry crop, it really is more of a chance to celebrate the summer with friends and neighbors in the community and share what our beautiful state has to offer. Throughout the day there will be age themed rides and games, the annual ButteAthlon Fun Run and Triathlon, silly contests, and top it all off with live music! So, come out and eat lunch at Picnic Park, try your hand at mini golf, Farmland, or anyone of the activities and enjoy the summer with Pyrah’s! The fun runs from 12-7pm on Friday and Saturday. (Pyrah’s Pioneer Peak Farm, 4350 S Bodenburg Loop)

BEAR PAW FESTIVAL

Join your friends at the 34th annual Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River July 12-14! You don’t want to miss this uniquely Alaskan event! The Grande Parade begins 11am on Saturday- in addition to the Live Music, Slippery Salmon Olympics, car & motorcycle show, Bear Paws Got Talent, Chopped Salmon Throw down, a 5k race, human foosball, Bear Paw Pageant, and of course the Carnival all weekend long! The fun begins at 12pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (Downtown Eagle River, 12001 Business Boulevard)

SIX CREATIVE WRITERS DISCUSS WRITING AND LITERARY GENRES

Six Creative Writers discuss Writing and Literary Genres: Memoir, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Poetry and Fiction. Guest authors--Cinthia Ritchie (Dolls Behaving Badly; and a forthcoming memoir coming this fall); historical fiction author Stephanie Marie Thornton (American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt); poet Chaun Ballard (Flight); fantasy author Kellie Doherty (Sunkissed Feathers & Severed Ties); poet Stephen Bolen (a novel in progress called Tracing Grace); and poet Tara Ballard, (House of the Night Watch) — come together for readings and a multi genre craft talk. Topics include genre choices, word craft, influences on their writing, publication strategies, and literary goals. The lecture begins at 3pm and is free and open to the public. (UAA Bookstore, 2901 Spirit Drive)

ZEN GARDENS WITH ALASKA CONCRETE COLLECTIVE

Build a beautiful Zen garden for yourself and learn about the benefits of having succulents in your space. Share the night with friends or come on your own and create a Zen space for yourself. All supplies provided for the class include bowl from Alaska Concrete Collective, gemstone and crystals, river rocks, rake, deity or focal statue. Tickets are available at SquareUp.com and the workshop begins at 6pm. (Anchorage Distillery, 6310 A Street)

TUBE AND THONGS!

Time to dust off your favorite man thong and that lucky sock! Grab an inner tube to float down the icy waters of Campbell Creek! After you get kicked out of the Peanut Farm at the end of the float keep the night alive by going across the street to the float’s sponsor, Great Alaskan Bush Co! Meet up around 6:30pm for a 7pm launch. Bring a friend and don’t forget the beers. (Campbell Creek Park, 2365 E 48th Avenue)

SATURDAY, JULY 13

POTTER MARSH BIRD WALKS

Join the Alaska Audubon Society for a guided walk on the Potter Marsh boardwalk to learn about the area’s wildlife. This family-friendly event is for the beginning birder as well as those that know their way around a bird’s wing. Binoculars, spotting scopes and guidebooks are available for loan. Plan for rain-or-shine and dress accordingly. Meet your guide at 8am at the boardwalk entrance kiosk at Potter Marsh (MP117 Seward Highway). Sponsored by Audubon Alaska and Alaska Department of Fish & Game. Kids encouraged; wheelchair accessible. (Potter Marsh Boardwalk, 2880 E 154th Avenue)

SOUTH ANCHORAGE FARMERS MARKET

The mission of the South Anchorage Farmers Market (SAFM) is to provide Anchorage with fresh, locally grown products and to provide farmers with an outlet to sell their farm products. By bringing people together for a farmer’s market, we have a tremendous opportunity to educate the consumer and enlist their support in the issues facing farmers today. The Market has been established for the benefit of the community, the vendor, and the consumer alike. The market is open from 9 – 2pm. (Subway Sports Center, 11111 O’Malley Centre Drive)

RE:MADE MARKETS

Artists & Vendors join Anchorage re:MADE for the second Saturday of the summer months to create community through art & commerce. Featuring local artists, up-cycled art, vintage items and food & coffee in re:MADE’s cafe—The Gathering AK Café. The market opens at 10am. (Anchorage re:MADE, 13500 Old Seward Highway)

ALASKA NATIVE ARTS AND CRAFT BEERS

Three fierce, Alaska Native women wearing anything but catsuits invite you and your credit cards to join forces with a cold Saison or Schwarzbier to shop at this special event. Here you’ll find Alutiiq beaded earrings, professional artwork prints, unique fur cuff bracelets, original Inupiaq paintings, Alaska-inspired stickers, and so much more. The pop-up shop is open from 1 – 6pm. (Cynosure Brewing, 144 E Potter Drive, Unit E)

PARTY WITH CARDI: A TRIBUTE DANCE PARTY

Yoooo, it’s your girl Cardi B and you need to be at the Waw Saturday July 13th enjoying my music along with of your favorite female trap, rap, hip hop & R&B artists. Okuuuuuur! Get your friends, co-workers, and family together and make money moves, anticipate a dope night of turn up like no other while the drinks will be flowing, and your soul will be glowing! With your MC’s and hosts DJ GRE and Joe Brady. The party starts at 10pm and is 21+. (Williwaw, 609 F Street)

SUNDAY, JULY 14

ALASKA DOG AND PUPPY RESCUE

Join Alaska Dog and Puppy Rescue at the tap room along with the long-awaited donut truck from Wasilla, idoughknow! idoughknow will have your classic favorite donuts along with some twist on your favorite breakfast and lunch items! Donut breakfast sandwich or burger anyone?! Alaska Dog and Puppy rescue will have dogs and puppies here who are looking for their fur-ever homes! To see a list of available dogs, visit akdpr.org. The adoption event begins at 12pm. (Double Shovel Cider, 502 W 58th Avenue, Unit C)

MARKET BRUNCH

Enjoy brunch with South Restaurant this summer and be titillated with a market fresh menu! You’ll also learn a little about Alaska’s local farmers and what’s in season. This series is in partnership with the Anchorage Museum in support of their “What, Why, How We Eat” exhibit, which celebrates how Alaskans connect with each other and the land through food. Brunch begins at 11am and tickets are available at BrownPaperTickets.com. (South Restaurant, 11124 Old Seward Highway)

STORIES AT THE CEMETERY

Meet Alaskan pioneers, miners, politicians, business owners, upstanding citizens and some who came to a bad end at the Stories at The Cemetery at Anchorage Memorial Park.On July 14 costumed actors stand at preselected grave sites and present 10 other biographies that have been reproduced as first-person narratives. The stories begin at 6pm. (Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery, 535 E 9th Avenue)

For a full list of events visit us online at AnchoragePress.com/calendar.

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