If you are bored this weekend in the Chugiak-Eagle River area, it is your own fault. Lol.
So skip being a couch potato and check out the variety of events to occupy your weekend right here in the local area.
The calendar is full of options from a car show to a bike rodeo to a scholarship fundraiser to a family fun run and a drug disposal event.
Alaska Custom Car & Cycle Show
Where: Harry J. McDonald Memorial Center
When: Fri, April 28 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Sat, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and April 30 Sun, 10 to 6 p.m.
Cost: $10 for 13 and older; 12 and younger free. Discount tickets available at NAPA.
The 27th annual Alaska Custom Car & Cycle Show returns to the indoor arena at the Harry J. McDonald Center this weekend.
“We are often asked why we keep bringing this show to Eagle River instead of in to Anchorage,” Derek Snelson, the show producer, told the ECHO News. “It is because of the tremendous support and the beautiful venue here. This community really supports this show.”
Snelson was busy directing traffic in to the Harry MAC on Thursday morning when he spoke with the ECHO News via phone.
This year’s show brings back last year’s winners plus many favorites from the nearly three decades of the show displaying the best in local auto aficionados.
From hot rods to classics to imports to choppers and muscle cars, there is more than enough to get your engine revving and live vicariously behind the imaginary wheel.
The show is indoor and outdoor. The Alaska Drag Racing Hall of Fame inductions are on the schedule for Saturday as well as a PinUp contest.
For more information, contact Snelson at 253-380-4829
Where: Chugiak Elementary School
When: Sat., April 29 from noon to 3 p.m.
Get your bicycle and your children’s bicycles checked out for riding and road safety from noon to 3 p.m. at Chugiak Elementary School.
Victoria Parsons, age 20 of Chugiak, has organized the event in conjunction with Safe Kids Alaska as the project to complete her Summit Award in Venturing – a program administered by the Boy Scouts of America for female and male scouts. The Summit Award is akin to the BSA Eagle Scout.
Sara Turcic, Safe Kids Alaska state coalition coordinator, said the event is slated to feature bicycle mechanical safety checks, helmet fitting checks and a review of the rules of the road.
“Spring has sprung rather quickly this year and it is bicycling season,” Turcic told the ECHO News. “This is a great opportunity to double check your bicycle and your gear to make sure everything is in safe working order.”
A hand signal practice course, as well as a skills riding practice area, will be available.
And for adults with helmet questions, Turcic said staff assisting Parsons conduct the event that is tailored for riders ages 15 and younger are happy to help the older riders as well.
“You bet,” Turcic said. “If an adult needs help adjusting their straps, we are ready and able to make sure their helmet fits correctly.”
Turcic reminds bicycle riders that the Municipality of Anchorage requires helmets for riders ages 15 and younger. She advises older riders don a helmet as well.
“We hope that they will make a decision to preserve their brain integrity on their own,” she said. “We can certainly help them learn about the importance of wearing a helmet and how to make sure it fits correctly.”
Where: Eagle River Fred Meyer
When: Sat., April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Nationwide Prescription Drug Disposal Event is annual opportunity to clean out the family medicine cabinet of expired and unused medications – including pet medications – for proper disposal. It is a free event open to the public conducted in an anonymous manner. Only caveat: no liquids or sharps.
Proper disposal of prescription drug reduces the risk of abuse. Studies show that prescription medications are often the first drug that teens abuse – and unfortunately, often serve as a gateway to other drugs.
“Opioid abuse has become an epidemic and you see news reports of this everyday. Parents and grandparents become unwitting drug dealers,” Janine Walters of Chugiak explained to the ECHO News. Her children have assisted with the Eagle River event as part of their Scouting work.
As Walters said, the fact is that many Americans have old medicine, old prescriptions sitting in their bathrooms and their bedrooms and could inadvertently be a drug dealer and not realize the gravity of the situation.
Proper disposal of your medications is important to the environment too, Walters said.
Trace amounts of medication, flushed down the toilet or thrown in a landfill, can wind up in your drinking water. Unwanted drugs are still chemically active when they are thrown in the trash, even if mixed with kitty litter or coffee grounds. She said that several studies have shown that medicines in a landfill can be released to the local environment through the landfill liquid – or “garbage juice” – that may be collected and sent to wastewater treatment plants. Because waste water treatment plants are not designed to filter medications, drugs may be discharged to rivers.
Proper disposal is important to seniors and children. Senior citizens, who are the biggest consumers of prescription medications, can experience serious and quick-developing illness due to the consumption of out-of-date medications and/or overdosing due to confusing new and old medications. Children often are victims of accidental poisonings from our medications.
“It’s best to keep your medications out of the reach and to properly dispose of unwanted medications,” Walter said.
The drug disposal event, which is available at Fred Meyer locations throughout the Anchorage Bowl, is supported by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration in conjunction with Alaska State Troopers, the Anchorage Police Department, the Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility, Healthy Voices/Healthy Choices and hospital staff and pharmacists from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Providence Alaska Medical Center.
FOCUS Family 5K
Where: Eklutna Plaza
When: Sat., April 29 at 10 a.m.
Cost: $25 for 5K run; $20 for one-mile walk
This is the inaugural fundraising event for the Eagle River-based Family Outreach Center for Understanding Special Needs that has partnered with Skinny Raven of Anchorage for a 5K chip-timed run and one mile self-timed walk to raise awareness of and funds for the agency that helps people with special needs and their family members.
Event is set for 10 a.m. on Sat., April 29. The race begins across from Fred Meyer on land owned by Eklutna, Inc., which has given FOCUS permission to stage the event from that location.
“Registration remains open today and even on race day,” Jenna Morales, FOCUS special events director, said.
Mark Iverson from Skinny Raven is the official timer for the 5K. Cupcakes from Lesley’s Cakes in Eagle River are the reward for the top 250 finishers.
The top finishers in the age categories for female and male finishers receive hand-made medals crafted my members of the FOCUS art program.
To register: https://skinnyraven.com/event/focus-family-5k/
Jeff Hill Legacy Fund Beer/Wine Tasting and Silent Auction
When: Sat., April 29 from 7 – 11 p.m.
Sample a variety of the state’s finest selections from local breweries at this fundraising event slated to provide scholarships for ROTC cadets at UAA while listening to or swapping stories of military service.
With the theme of, “good food, good drink, good stories,” the event’s coordinator, Paige Saylor of Chugiak, said the night is intended to be one of remembering those that serve – especially Hill – and sharing some good laughs and perhaps a few tears.
Beers from the following microbreweries will be available: Alaskan Brewing Company, Arkose Brewing Company of Palmer, Broken Tooth, Denali Brewing Company, Midnight Sun Brewing Company and of course, Odd Man Rush of Eagle River.
Designated drivers are given bottles of water.
U.S. Air Force Captain Jeff Hill was one of the crewmembers killed in a C-17 crash on July 28, 2010 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER). The Jeff Hill Legacy Fund was created in his memory to provide scholarship for cadets at the Air Force ROTC detachment at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). Hill is a graduate of the UAA program and was the first cadet from the program to have earned his pilot’s wings. He graduated from the UAA program in 2002. He served approximately 15 years on active duty before his death. Hill was an Eagle River resident during the time he served at JBER.
Since the fund was established in 2012, more than $40,000 has been awarded to UAA cadets. In March 2017, the fund distributed another $10,500.
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