Christmas with the Nelsons tells the story of three family Christmases in the lives of America’s First Family of Entertainment, the Nelsons! Fresh off securing two Top 10 Billboard Christmas singles in the last two years, Matthew and Gunnar bring their award winning talent to the stage. This heart-warming multi-media live concert stars the third generation of No. 1 Nelson family hitmakers, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson. A genuine blend of Everly Brothers-style harmonies and Smothers Brothers-style comedy, multi-platinum recording artists Matthew and Gunnar have been thrilling sellout audiences worldwide for the past decade and they’ve got a new gift for you to open. From the “Holly Jolly” 50s to the 70s when “Santa Claus Came to Town” to “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, this is the Christmas show all ages of girls and boys have been waiting for. The entire Nelson family invites you to celebrate, Christmas with the Nelsons! | Carlson Center, Dec. 23 at 7PM. General Admission seating
As the holidays approach, I want to remind you about the cornucopia, that oddly shaped basket with fruit stuffed in it. This is a symbol we don’t see much any more and not many people know what it symbolizes.
According to Webster’s, a cornucopia is “a curved, hollow goat’s horn or similarly shaped receptacle (such as a horn-shaped basket) that is overflowing especially with fruit and vegetables (such as gourds, ears of corn, apples, and grapes) and that is used as a decorative motif emblematic of abundance — called also horn of plenty.”
I remember as a kid hearing, reading and seeing stories of the “Pilgrims and Indians” having meals together, and it always seemed like a cornucopia was involved. There was plenty and they shared with each other.
As the holidays approach, it seems like this is the time to reflect on what we have. We should do it all year, but it comes to the forefront around this time. Some people may have more than others and that’s okay. For those of you who are blessed and have a “cornucopia,” I want to challenge you through the holiday season to see how you can help someone else. As you do, I hope you will include your children, if you have any, and teach them to give.
People outside your family don’t need to see you give. It is fun to give and not to expect anything in return or to be acknowledged. These are lessons that we need to teach the youth of today as too many times they give and then expect something in return. We need to help them realize it is okay to not receive or be recognized.
However, what if you can’t afford to give or don’t feel like you want to part with certain items? There are many other ways to share your abundance. Take your family and work at the food bank or the soup kitchen. When the snow comes, you can shovel someone’s driveway. I remember a family who would get up early and shovel their elderly neighbor’s sidewalks and driveways before anyone else was up and then do a few others randomly to surprise people. It didn’t cost them anything but it meant a lot to those people who had it done for them.
Another idea would be to invite people over for a meal, especially ones who don’t have family and are alone. I had someone tell me lately that they don’t have friends — they have acquaintances. That hurt as I feel that person is a friend of mine. I need to figure out how to do a better job of showing my friendship to them. There are lots of elderly, single people, college students and youth who don’t have family around or a place to go. What a great example to be able to share with your kids and help them understand it is good to help others any way you can.
So, this holiday season and maybe throughout the year, wouldn’t it be great to give selflessly of yourself? Whether it be money or labor, it will be worth it. I have said it many times — your reward will be greater than what you give. Have a great holiday season.
4-H is a youth organization for youth K-12 that helps youth learn about certain items of interest to them, but also teaches them life skills. 4-H has a club structure with leaders who are adult volunteers with current background checks. To learn more about the local program, contact Marla Lowder, Tanana District 4-H agent, at 474-2427. You can also check out our web page . 4-H is a part of the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Internationally renowned, legendary a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock create positive, loving, and socially conscious music. Their uplifting holiday hymns and spiritual songs from cultures and religions across the globe celebrates good will and kindness in songs from a wide range of holidays including Christmas, Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Winter Solstice, and more.
They’ve performed their soulful harmonies, intricate rhythms, and peaceful messages, with their distinct blend of blues, gospel, reggae, and jazz worldwide.
What a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season, fill your heart with joy and connect to those around you.
Sweet Honey In The Rock remains among the most vibrant, versatile and ever relevant musical collectives in music today; both as a performance ensemble and as an ambassadorial African American organization founded on the triumvirate missions of empowerment, education and entertainment.
Currently consisting of members Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, and featured musician Romeir Mendez on upright acoustic bass and electric bass. Sweet Honey In The Rock is a powerful and unique concert entity that fuses the elastic 360 degree possibilities of the human voice with a theatrical flair that keeps avid audiences returning for more year after year.
Since its 1973 inception in Washington, DC (founded by Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon as part of the D.C. Black Repertory Theater Company with Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson and Mie), Sweet Honey In The Rock has continuously evolved into international ambassadors of a cappella vocal and lyrical excellence and musical missionaries of equality, empowerment and education, peace, love, solidarity and non-denominational spirituality. Revered most for their live performances, the ladies have recorded 24 albums, several specifically for children.
Kinetic, cultured and connected, this internationally renowned Grammy Award® nominated female a cappella vocal quartet has a history of over four decades of distinguished service. They have created positive, loving, and socially conscious message music that matters as it pertains to spiritual fortification, and consistently taken an activist stance toward making this planet a better place for all in which to live.
(Fairbanks, Alaska) – Fairbanks International Airport (FAI) was recently alerted to concentrations of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in the groundwater at the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) Training Areas. The PFAS discovered in the groundwater at the ARFF Training Areas are in concentrations higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s health advisory levels. FAI is working with an environmental consulting firm, Shannon & Wilson, Inc., and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to identify and sample private water wells west of the airport beginning Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.
“The safety of Fairbanks residents is paramount. As soon as PFAS were discovered on airport property, FAI initiated the process of testing neighboring properties. We will share test results with residents as they become available,” said Airport Manager, Jeff Roach.
PFAS are commonly used in products for fire suppression, resistance to wear, and repelling oil, stains, grease, and water. PFAS can be found in carpets, upholstery, apparel, paper, packaging products, non-stick cookware, food packaging, personal care products, and in firefighting aqueous film forming foams (AFFF).
AFFF has been used at FAI during training exercises and emergency events for many years.
Systematic testing will commence next week in the areas identified on the attached map. Residents in testing areas who are concerned and would like to discuss an alternate drinking source can contact, Shannon & Wilson, Inc. at 479-0600.
PFAS are considered emerging contaminants and the health effects are not well known. To learn more about PFAS visit the following websites:
Department of Environmental Conservation
Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity.
November 10 – 19
Fridays – 7pm
Saturdays – 2pm and 7pm
Sundays – 4pm
Location: DeWild Theater (West Valley High School)
3800 Geist Road, Fairbanks
Brought to by Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre (FLOT)
Saturday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. – Hering Auditorium
La Santa Cecilia started their career by serenading passersby on Los Angeles’ historic Olvera Street. La Santa Cecilia is a musical phenomenon that defies musical and cultural boundaries. Named after the patron saint of music, La Santa Cecilia is composed of accordionist and requinto player Jose ‘Pepe’ Carlos, bassist Alex Bendaña, percussionist Miguel ‘Oso’ Ramirez, and vocalist ‘La Marisoul’.
With a captivating voice that sings about love, loss, and everyday struggles, the band has become the voice of a new bicultural generation in the United States, fully immersed in modern music, but still close to their Latin American influences and Mexican heritage.
They have won a Grammy; toured from coast to coast; collaborated with legends including Elvis Costello, Bunbury, Fito Paez; appeared on Conan; and most recently shared the stage with Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones and Pepe Aguilar. Their upcoming 2017 performances include a show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with Cafe Tacvba and Mon Laferte.
In January of 2017, the band again broke new ground by recording a unique visual album of traditional Mexican and Latin American music titled Amar y Vivir. The 12 song set was recorded entirely live in 5 days in the streets, bars, and parks of Mexico City. The visual album is an exploration of the bands roots and counts with the collaboration of the iconic Mexican singer Eugenia Leon, Chilean star Mon Laferte and the legendary Mariachi America amongst others.
The Go Winter! Expo takes place at the Carlson Center October 28 & 29, 2017. This is an event focused on winter and how to get through it healthy, safely and sanely while having some fun along the way. If you plan on spending the winter in Fairbanks you need to be at Go Winter!
If you are a vendor looking to get involved, the Go Winter! Expo is a prime marketing opportunity for your business to take advantage of winter. The 2016 event, sponsored, by Outpost Alaska, had over 110 participating businesses and a two day public attendance of nearly 4000. Go Winter! is a great place to jump-start your winter business. Scroll down for more information.
This will be the 21st year of the Expo and it has become a well established community event. Outside activities…snow machines to trucks, inside activities…tasty treats to arts and crafts, car care…auto-starts to winterization, home care…boiler tune up to heating fuel, travel ideas…an Alyeska ski trip to a weekend in Anchorage…it’ll all be there in one location, on one floor, with lots of free parking. Admission is $5 (children 12 and under are free) and military is free on Sunday with ID.
Interior Alaska Gun Show
Why settle for great when we can make it even better!!!
We added the Interior Alaska Gun Show in 2013 and it was a wonderful addition to the Expo! The Interior Alaska Gun Show, started in 2011, is the mostly widely attended gun show in the interior. The show is put on in support of Sportsman for Fish and Wildlife Alaska (www.sfwalaska.com) an organization dedicated to improving wildlife, habitat and hunting opportunities throughout the state of Alaska. The show has tremendous variety, with vendors from the Fairbanks and North Pole communities as well as many others, some traveling from as far away as the Kenai peninsula. You’ll find more than 80 tables of goods, services and merchandise related to firearms, hunting, fishing, survival and outdoor sporting pursuits. Come out and support the gun community, helping businesses that are furthering your 2nd Amendment rights, all while exercising them yourself and having a great time to boot! If you are a vendor interested in a space in the gun show portion of the event, please contact Michael Dukes at 907-378-8499.
The Energy & Retrofitting Marketplace
There will also be special focus to address the energy needs of the Interior. Energy costs are on everyone’s mind and we have dedicated a portion of the Winter Expo to energy related vendors and housing specialists. The Energy & Retrofitting Marketplace will give the public an opportunity to find out what energy saving products are available in the community, discuss retrofitting remodeling options, and schedule construction projects for early spring.
The Go Winter! Expo represents many local and state-wide businesses, has become an unofficial kick off to winter, and now offers an array of important and educational information on energy savings. If you have a product or service that can help people save money, Go Winter! is designed to help you get the word out!
SHOW DATES & HOURS:
Sat. Oct 28 – 10 am to 6 pm
Sun. Oct 29 – 11am to 5 pm
Proving that everything new can be old again, pianist Scott Bradlee has become a viral pop sensation after creating a series of clips for YouTube that finds him and his ad hoc group Postmodern Jukebox reworking 21st century pop hits in a variety of vintage styles — transforming Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” into a ’50s-style doo wop number, giving Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” a ’20s jazz accent, crossing Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” with Irish folk music, and showing how Ke$ha’s “Die Young” would work as a classic country tune.
Bradlee writes, “My goal with Postmodern Jukebox is to get my audience to think of songs not as rigid, ephemeral objects, but like malleable globs of Silly Putty. Songs can be twisted, shaped, and altered without losing their identities — just as we grow, age, and expire without losing ours.”
Long Island-born Scott Bradlee grew up with a taste for jazz and classic standards, and he rose to a successful career playing supper clubs and night spots in New York City. By his own admission, Bradlee regarded most pop and rock tunes as unrefined, but, as he himself put it, “As a relentless devil’s advocate, I then found that by simply altering the context of such songs, I could find quite a bit of artistic merit inside of them.”
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “My Plate” guide says we should all eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day—three servings of vegetables and two of fruit. Five a day can really cut into your budget. However, the form of product you choose — canned, frozen, dried or fresh — makes a big difference in how much you spend.
I made a comparison on the cost of vegetables and fruits in fresh, frozen or canned forms at our local stores. And there are bargains to be had. Remember that these prices were checked at the height of the summer season, so prices, particularly of the fresh vegetables, may be a little lower than we will experience throughout the rest of the year.
Canned vegetables are, in general, a bargain. I found canned corn, green beans, tomatoes and carrots at a bargain price of 36 cents per cup. When you move into frozen vegetables, the price goes up. Frozen corn on the cob was about 93 cents per cob. Green beans, peas and frozen corn kernels can be had at 54 cents per cup. When you move to fresh, the price goes up again. Corn on the cob was $1.25 per cob and green beans, tomatoes, and summer squash checked in at $1 per cup. Of course, if you have a garden, this price becomes much more reasonable. The real bargain in fresh vegetables was potatoes at about 20 cents per cup.
Fruit checks in differently with most types being very similar in costs. Fresh berries ran about $1.25 and fresh pineapple at $1.33 per cup. The bargains were with fresh oranges and apples at 60 cents per cup. Canned berries ran about $1.66 per cup, oranges at 74 cents and pineapple at 46 cents. Frozen berries ran about $1.20 per cup and pineapple was $1.66 per cup.
No matter how good the price, the only vegetable or fruit that is nutritious is the one that your family will eat. So if they eat frozen green beans and won’t touch canned ones, the bargains on canned simply don’t factor in. Purchase the type of vegetable or fruit that they will eat.
Keep your eye out for new methods to prepare vegetables. I’ve seen recipes recently that cooked cauliflower and mashed it up like potatoes. This provides more vitamins and fewer calories. My daughter reported that her vegetable-averse daughter consumed a healthy serving of tater tots made from cauliflower. It was still a partially fried food, adding calories, but she is hopeful that this introduction will lead to developing a taste for cauliflower. In trolling through our grocery stores, I found a variety of imaginative ways to consume vegetables. There was cauliflower in various forms and sweet potato fries as well as pureed butternut squash. New forms of vegetables are continually being introduced. Check what is available at your store.
The best way to get your family to consume vegetables and fruit is to serve as a good example. If you eat these high nutrition foods, your family will follow suit. And if you get kids involved in preparing the vegetables for a meal, they will be more inclined to eat them. So get your kids into the kitchen with you, whether it is just to chop up vegetables and fruit or to try a new recipe.
And of course, just keep trying. You never know when a vegetable or fruit will appeal to a child.
Make your fruits and vegetables fun. Try fresh vegetables with salad dressing for dipping, fruit “faces” made from a pear or peach half with carrot hair, use cookie cutters to cut slices of fruit into whimsical shapes and make flowers out of orange segments with a blueberry center. All these forms will encourage consumption.
Fruits and vegetables are an important source for nutrients. Add them to your diet to get vitamins and minerals without breaking the bank. And they just taste good!
Roxie Rodgers Dinstel is associate director of the Cooperative Extension Service, a part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, working in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Questions or column requests can be e-mailed to her at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 907-474-7201.