One of the many ice sculptures at the Ice Park in Fairbanks. March 30th is the last day to visit. Photo Courtesy Cindy Lou Aillaud
The Interior Alaska Building Association’s Home Show, sponsored by Lowe’s, takes place March 23-25 at the Carlson Center. The show’s continued success attracts statewide and nationwide businesses alike and has become a major community event for people interested in every aspect of northern living. From financing to new construction to remodeling to refurnishing…it’s all there in one location. There will be over 140 vendors and free seminars all weekend with tips and advice on improving your home and saving you money! Thanks to additional sponsors, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation and Seekins Ford, for helping make this year great. This year’s theme is “Fun & Games” so bring the family!
March 23 – 2pm-8pm
March 24 – 10am-6pm
March 25 – 11am-5pm
Admission is $5 for adults, children 12 and under free
Dervish have been bringing Irish traditional music to the world for more than 25 years. Described by the BBC as “an icon of Irish music”, the band have played at festivals from Rock in Rio to Glastonbury, toured with the Irish President and struck up tunes on the Great Wall of China.
Dervish are long-established as one of the biggest names in Irish music internationally. They’re renowned for live performances which match dazzling sets of tunes with stunning interpretations of traditional songs. Their studio and live albums – 12 to date – make up one of the outstanding catalogues in Irish music. They are regular visitors to the US, where their concerts are often sold out, however their fan base stretches across several continents. They spend much of their time travelling across Europe, and have also toured in Asia, South America and Australia.
Dervish have a line-up which includes some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians, fronted by one of the country’s best-known singers, Cathy Jordan. The Guardian newspaper commented: “Dervish are simply brilliant . . They carry Irish history with them.”
All six members of Dervish are steeped in the musical traditions of counties Sligo and Leitrim in north-west Ireland. It’s an area which matches Atlantic coastline with storied mountains and rural landscapes. It has inspired a host of musicians, artists and writers, including the Nobel Prize-winning poet W. B. Yeats. The Dervish line-up is well established. In fact it includes four members from the earliest days of the band in 1989 – Shane Mitchell (accordion), Liam Kelly (flute/whistle), Brian McDonagh(mandola/mandolin) and Michael Holmes (bouzouki). Singer Cathy Jordan, also a mean bodhran (drum) player, joined in 1991 and fiddle Tom Morrow in 1998.
By Leslie Shallcross
Just knowing that this is National Nutrition Month may nudge us a tiny bit closer toward better food habits. Most of us can sort the less healthy from the more healthy, but what should we aim for to be certain that we are eating well?
The 2015 U.S. dietary guidelines plus more recent studies should give all of us a few things to strive for if we are in the market for a health-promoting food plan. As a reformed vegetarian now eating meat and known to have an affection for bacon, I hate to say it, but a “plant-based” diet is likely to be yours and my best bet for better health. This is not really new; by another name, this is the “Mediterranean diet.” It’s low in animal protein, has very little sugar, and the saturated fat from animals and plants is replaced with unsaturated fats like olive oil, safflower or canola oil.
Indeed, claims of benefit from the Mediterranean diet multiply weekly – well, it seems like it anyway. And the pluses are pretty great — following this pattern might help you avoid heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Several studies conclude that the Mediterranean eating pattern, which is rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and olive oil, may help the brain stay sharp into old age and a recent study in 6,000 individuals showed reduced overall frailty in seniors.
The Mediterranean diet became widely known for the first time in the 1970s from the “Seven Countries Study,” conducted by researcher Ancel Keys. At the time of his early research, certain areas of the Mediterranean had the lowest recorded rates of chronic diseases and the highest adult life expectancy in the world. Since then, there have many indications that adoption of a Mediterranean diet is associated with decreased chronic disease and all-cause mortality.
So what does the Mediterranean diet look like in more detail and what can you choose to work on during National Nutrition Month?
Most food and calories should come from high fiber, colorful plant sources, including fruits and vegetables, potatoes, breads and grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. To the extent possible, food should be fresh, locally grown and homemade, which may maximize the health-promoting micronutrient and antioxidant content of these foods. This means fewer highly processed foods like chips, breakfast cereals, cookies, etc., and fewer pre-prepared convenience foods.
Olive oil is the principal fat, used in many cases as we would use butter or margarine in baking. Total dietary fat may range from less than 25 percent (about 4 tablespoons if you are eating 2,000 calories a day) to over 35 percent of calories, but saturated fats account for no more than 7 to 8 percent (1 1/3 tablespoons) of calories. Canola oil, which contains similar fats to olive oil, and other oils like sunflower or safflower are good choices to replace butter or margarine.
The Mediterranean pattern includes one to two servings daily of cheese and yogurt (ask your doctor if you should take more calcium).
Choose healthy protein sources such as fish or chicken several times per week and use plant protein sources in place of animal protein at most meals — dried beans, nuts and tofu. Consume red meat, cured meats and cold cuts less than once per week. Eggs are limited to zero to four per week, including those used in cooking and baking.
Sweet treats containing significant amounts of sugar or honey and saturated fat are eaten only a few times per week or less. If you have dessert, make it a dried, frozen or fresh fruit.
Water should be the beverage of choice but unsweetened coffee and tea are okay. Keep juice consumption to no more than 1 small cup per day.
The Mediterranean eating pattern relies on herbs, lemon juice, citrus peel, vinegar and wine for flavoring. You don’t have to cut salt out altogether but keep added salt to a minimum. If you give up most pre-processed foods and make most of your meals at home, you will have made great headway in reducing your salt intake.
To see even more details, check out the Harvard University Healthy Eating Plate and Healthy Eating Pyramid at http://bit.ly/2GQNn40.
Leslie Shallcross is the Tanana District health, home and family development agent for Cooperative Extension Service, a part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, working in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She can be reached at 907-474-2426 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation will soon publish its third annual Interior Grown Agriculture Directory, a resource we strive to make as comprehensive as possible for farmers and their customers. If you haven’t listed your farm in the past but would like to this year, please send the following information to Samantha at email@example.com by April 13.
1. Farm name and Point of Contact
2. A good email address and/or phone number depending on how you prefer people to contact you
3. Address of the farm if you choose
4. Farm website or Facebook page if applicable
5. A list of produce/products available (preferably in alphabetical order): we include value-added products (e.g. honey and syrups) and peonies/cut flowers.
6. And where people can buy your products
These directories have proven to be popular with customers, and are available in hard copy and digital formats. Visit www.growfairbanks.com to see the 2017 digital version.
Thank you for your interest!
Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation
Sunday, March 4 at 4:00pm
“TAIKOPROJECT is a tsunami of sound. As pure as a tea ceremony, as fresh as hip-hop, and as focused as a laser, their show will stun you with their grace and precision”
-Mark Sovel, Curator, 2012 Port of LA Lobster Festival, Los Angeles CA
TAIKOPROJECT was founded in 2000 in Los Angeles, California by a group of young, emerging taiko drummers. They were seeking to create a truly American style of taiko, blending traditional forms in which they were raised, with an innovative and fresh approach to the Japanese drum.
TAIKOPROJECT first made waves when they became the first American taiko group to win the prestigious Tokyo International Taiko Contest in 2005, besting all of the Japanese taiko groups in the competition. That year, they were cast in the Mitsubishi Eclipse commercial, the first and still only national advertising campaign to prominently feature taiko.
Since then, the group has performed on the 2009 Academy Awards, the 2011 Grammy Awards, NBC’s “The Voice,” Syfy’s Face/Off, The X-Factor, and were honored with the prestigious Visionary Award from East West Players. In 2013, TAIKOPROJECT was featured in rock band 30 Seconds to Mars’ epic “Up in the Air” music video and appeared with the band on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and the iHeartRadio Music Festival.
Sponsored by Fairbanks Cancer Care Physicians, Alaska Airlines and Kinross Ft Knox Goldmine and ConocoPhillips Alaska
Saturday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. – Hering Auditorium
It was about 20 years ago when NPR’s Morning Edition said: “It’s not easy to categorize the music of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, except that it’s hot.” 2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the Squirrel Nut Zippers most celebrated and commercially successful album Hot. Originally released in the summer of 1996, Hot was the follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed debut The Inevitable. By this time the group had already established a substantial live following across the country thanks to early support from NPR, college radio and non-commercial stations. Hot wound up selling over 1.3 million copies.
In honor of the 20th Anniversary of Hot, the bands visionary creator Jimbo Mathus, along with founding member and partner Chris Phillips (Drums), have crafted a brand new stage show including several leading musicians from New Orleans to serve up the bands unique musical flavor which owes its roots to that city.
There was an announcement made on Monday afternoon, January 22, that Costco had entered into an agreement to occupy the former Sam’s Club facility. Costco, a membership-only warehouse will be working with the City of Fairbanks and North Star Borough to open their warehouse as soon as possible.
When the announcement was made known earlier last week that Sam’s Club was closing, it caused an uproar on social media. They had a liquidation sale and people had the opportunity to go and shop and clear the shelves with sales being offered. An online petition was started asking Costco to consider opening their store in the Sam’s Club building.
We need this type of vendor. So many businesses depend on a warehouse like this to supply their restaurants, not to mention, schools, fundraisers and families who buy in bulk to give their children meals for school.
Costco operates 746 warehouses worldwide. First Costco in the US was opened in 1983 in Seattle.
I love old buildings and places of worship. I took the liberty of photographing the Catholic Church in Fairbanks, just as the sun is setting in the cold late November pre-solstice hour. The light in the windows and the bell tower is provided by the sun. Alaska is a special place. Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips