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What is The Intergalactic Nemesis? It’s an adventure story set in the 1930s and for the kid in everyone, and a theatrical production we call a Live-Action Graphic Novel. The live production is like nothing you’ve ever seen. And it’s back in Fairbanks with a brand new story!
You enter the theater to see an unusual setup. Onstage, are three microphones, a huge table filled with toys, household items, and strange objects, and a piano. Floating above all of this is a giant projection screen. As the show unfolds, you’ll get to watch every piece of it in real time: Three actors voicing dozens of parts, switching accents and characters between breaths. A Foley Artist making hundreds of sounds live as the story unfolds, from train whistles to spaceship explosions. A talented pianist improvising the entire exciting, dramatic score. And more than 1,000 original, hand-drawn, full-color, hi-res, comic-book images blasting from the screen.
If you have questions or would like to connect in any way, please contact Sofia Fouquet, the Pick.Click.Give. Program Manager at (907) 249-6616 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are so excited to enter our 9th year of the program which has raised nearly $17million for nonprofits statewide.
Pick. Click. Give. Program Manager
By Dr. Glenn Mollette
I hope 2017 can be a good year for you. Whatever you can do to assist with the success of your year will be very helpful. A local businessman remarked recently, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” All of us are recipients of some bad luck throughout life. Often some of our bad luck is because of people we are associated with in our lives. What other people do greatly impacts us. A spouse, a parent, a child or work associate all affect us for good or bad. It’s good for us when people we are close to are successful and not so great when they mess up. However, the bottom line is that we must all individually take ownership of our lives.
I used to write weekly for a Kentucky paper called Western Recorder. The editor of that paper Chauncey Daley was so great to me. I once submitted three stories one week and he sent them all back to me covered with red marks pointing out errors and things he didn’t like. It was a little painful but he was willing to invest his time to help me learn and be better. Having anybody in our lives who cares enough about us to help us with anything is a real plus. We are better benefited from good advice when we seriously listen and make application.
All advice is not necessarily helpful. We all get bad advice throughout life so it’s important to be discerning about what we are told and who is doing the teaching. Some of what we hear in life is repeated with almost inerrant credibility. For example eating badly will have eventual negative results on our health. We are told to watch our intake of sugar, fried food, and red meat and to simply use common sense on our daily portions. It’s good advice and it’s up to us to take it or leave it. We are told to exercise routinely because it’s good for our health. Nobody can make us exercise. We have to take responsibility for our physical fitness.
The best way to have a great 2017 is to make our own decisions and take responsibility for our personal happiness. If you are waiting for a fortune to drop out of the sky you are wasting your time. If you are waiting for Mr. or Mrs. Wonderful to show up and take all your despair away you are going to spend most of your life in despair. God is not going to call you on the telephone with a three step plan for the year. However, looking up instead of looking down all of the time is always more uplifting.
Just remember that if you are able to move and think then you are not stuck. I do believe people get stuck. However, if you can think and can apply some activity you are not stuck. Use the mind and life that you have to act. Thoughts lead to action. Apply yourself. Put yourself into something that is meaningful and worthwhile. Serious action and application always net some results. If you want results get up and get going and do it most every day. The end result is that your next year will most likely see some very satisfying results.
Most importantly don’t wait on someone to tell you what to do. Tell yourself what to do and do it, and look forward to 2017.
See the complete article posted on ADN – Windows to the Land, An Alaska Native Story, Vol. Two: Iditarod and Alaska River Trails was chosen as one of the six most memorable books published in Alaska in 2016.
Judy Ferguson, a free-lance columnist for the Anchorage Daily News, Life and Arts, Alaskana page as well as an 18-year freelance columnist for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner’s Heartland/Sunday Section, is a well-known writer to Interior Alaskans.
Judy’s Alaska background, starting in 1968, sparked her writing. For twenty-four years, Judy lived a remote Alaska life-style on a homesite accessible only by boat and dog sled. There on the Tanana River, as well as on their trapline, she and her husband, Reb, raised three children. She and Reb still make their home in the Big Delta area near their homesite. Many of the stories below, describe that life, and the characters who made Big Delta.
Today, an eclectic mixture of literary output characterizes what Alaskans and others outside the state know of this prolific word artist. Judy is able to communicate effectively with Alaskans and elicit from them the stories of lives that built the northern frontier we see around us today. Judy’s books and regular columns provide a level of detail and empathy rarely seen, and provide a startlingly clear insight into the lives of pioneer men and women of this Great Land.
The topic of Disaster Preparedness seems to resonate more with Seniors than with the younger set, partly because of vulnerability due to special age-related issues. Many Seniors live alone and some are dealing with health or mobility issues. Yet most have developed a wisdom that often accompanies gray hair that something bad CAN happen because they have lived through at least one disastrous event in their lives.
The mantra of “Get A Kit, Make A Plan, and Be Informed” still applies to the mature crowd and there are many low cost-things Seniors can buy and no-cost plans they can make to avoid that feeling of helplessness and despair.
In my humble opinion, the single most important thing anyone can do to prepare for a disaster is to organize their neighborhood. And it doesn’t cost a cent! Contacting your neighbors, especially fellow Seniors can build a sense of community and camaraderie along with an assurance no one need to face adversity alone. Introduce the topic at the Senior Center, or your church group or the quilting group. Collaborating on projects can not only bring some peace of mind, but just may bring some new friends into your life.
According to the American Red Cross it is still your responsibility to know what to do when disaster strikes. Remember, the first responders are going to be overwhelmed and Y.O.Y.O. (You’re On Your Own).
First thing to do is gather enough supplies to get by for several days without going to the store. In the event of an earthquake, the stores will sell out within hours and there will be nothing to buy anyway. If you live in a location that requires evacuation, you will want to store your supplies in totes that have wheels. Easier to move that way.
If you require a cane, walker or wheelchair, be sure to label it with your name, address and phone number just in case you and your equipment get separated. Either that or store your supplies with a friend out of the danger zone.
Remember to rotate your supplies. Keep an eye on the “best if used by” dates. Then simply rotate your stored supplies into everyday use. Also shift your batteries, medications and other perishable items before they expire. Keep in mind you may want to stock up on certain medications. Most doctors are sympathetic to your needs regarding planning for disaster and are willing to cooperate by prescribing most maintenance medications in advance. The difficult thing here is to get your insurance to get on board with that concept. So any advance preparations you make in that regard may have to come out of your own pocket. Then be sure to take special care to mind the expiration dates on your meds. I’m told that most medication doesn’t actually “go bad” but it does tend to lose its potency and effectiveness over time. Also try to see your way clear to pick up an extra pair of eyeglasses. Some of us have enough trouble keeping track of our glasses even without a disaster, so adding a pair of drugstore “cheaters” to our kit just might not be a bad idea either.