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Out & About - Sept. 4, 2014


Brain training coming to Senior Center

Free Brain Fitness class at Seward Senior Center. Sept. 8, 10, 15 and 17, 10:30 a.m. Tune up your neural circuits with simple movements and lifestyle tips. Ann Marina, author of Preserve Your Brain, shares ways to enhance energy, memory, coordination, and mental clarity. Call 239-682-4575 or email

Watercolor Society to meet

The Alaska Watercolor Society will meet Sept. 10 at the Sourdough Mining CO, 5200 Juneau St., Anchorage. Social hour 6 p.m. Business meeting and presentation 7 p.m. We will be viewing juried images from the Watercolor West 2013 and Transparent Watercolor 2013 shows. All art lovers welcome. 907-694-1603.

Learning Center to open

Seward Adult Community Learning Center reopens Tuesday, Sept. 2. GED preparation as well as reading and math improvement available Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Afternoon and evening hours can be arranged. 3 levels of GED math classes will meet at regularly scheduled times. GED Writing, Science, and Social Studies soon to be scheduled. Stop in or call Lisa Rininger at 907-224-6114, AVTEC Library, Student Service Center, 519 Fourth to register or for information.

Free jazz music at Rez

Free Jazz Concert! Elite 9 Jazz will be playing at the Rez Art Coffee house Tuesday Sept. 9 and 16 from 6-9 p.m.

Seward CROP Walk around the corner

The annual community CROP Walk to raise awareness about hunger and raise funds to fight hunger world-wide takes place on Sunday, Sept. 7 starting at 2 p.m., from the front of Alaska SeaLife Center.

Seventy-five percent of funds are distributed where needed most around the world by Church World Service, a multi-denominational agency that works to alleviate hunger and poverty around the world. The other 25 percent is returned to Seward to be used to help support our He Will Provide Food Pantry. HWP counts on the funds received from this to purchase food for those in need in Seward.

The goal is to raise at least $4,000; the amount raised in the last few years. Anyone is welcome to participate in the walk (even children and pets, as long as they sign a consent and release form. For those who wish to get a form ahead of time, and possibly raise funds among friends and neighbors, you can contact the coordinator, Rev. Ron Nitz, at 400 Third at 907-224-3628, or e-mailing him at You can also sign up for the Walk or donate online by going to

Friends of Library hosting adventurer

On Tuesday, Sept. 9, the Seward Friends of the Library and the Seward Arts Council will co-host athlete, author, speaker, and 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis. The program will be held at the Seward Community Library Museum at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Jennifer has logged more than 12,000 miles on six different continents, including thru-hikes of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, the 485-mile Colorado Trail, the 275- mile Long Trail in Vermont, numerous trails in Europe, and the 2,185-mile Appalachian Trail three times. In 2011, Jennifer wanted to test her physical limits and with the help of her husband Brew and a dedicated group of friends, she set the fastest known time (male or female) on the “A.T.” by hiking 47 miles a day for 46 days straight.

Jennifer will be sharing slides and stories, answering questions, and reading excerpts from her new book “Called Again,” which Kirkus Reviews calls “an inspired exploration of the meaning of commitment.” She will also be selling and signing books afterward.

For her adventures, Jennifer has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, ESPN, and the CBS Early Show. She is founder and owner of Blue Ridge Hiking Company (, an Asheville, North Carolina-based guiding service with a mission “to make the wilderness accessible and enjoyable through the written and spoken word, instruction and guiding.”

For information about the program, please contact the Seward Friends at and be sure to check out other announcements and upcoming Friends events at the new website

Seward Community Choir rehearsals set to begin

The Seward Community Choir will resume rehearsing after the summer break, on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Seward (across from the fire station). Rehearsals will continue Thursdays 6:30-8 p.m. for 11 weeks, with a couple of breaks, concluding with a Christmas Concert on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at the KM Rae Building auditorium. We always welcome new members—from high school age on up. For information, contact Sue McClure at 224-6784, or just show up for the Sept. 11 rehearsal.

KPB auditor guest of Chamber

At the chamber’s membership meeting on Friday, Sept. 5, KPB auditor DeRay Jones will be the speaker.

Anchorage Community Band coming to town

The Anchorage Community Band wil be playing with the Seward Community Band on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 1:30 at the Seward High School. Tickets will be $5 and available at the door.

Anchorage mayor to speak

On Sept. 19, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan will be the featured speaker at the monthly Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Firefighters to gather in Seward

From Sept. 28 through Oct. 3, the Alaska State Firefigher Annual Conference will be held in Seward.

Senior Center book on sale

You can pick up a copy of the new Senior Center book, “Seward Unleashed,” at the Senior Center from Dana Paperman. The cost is $10.

Historical and museum conference coming

On October 1-4, the Alaska Historical Society and Museums of Alaska Annual Conference will be held in Seward. For more information, you can contact

SeaLife Center virtual Wildlife Rescue Run ongoing

So far this year, The ASLC has raised more than $5,000 towards its Wildlife Response Program. And you can help make this year’s Rescue Run an even bigger success by participating as a Virtual Runner. Virtual Runners can run the 5K wherever and whenever they want, or not at all. Sign up online by August 31 to be entered to win 25,000 Alaska Airline miles courtesy of GCI. All virtual run registrants will receive a gift in the mail. ASLC’s Wildlife Response Program is funded entirely through private donations and fundraisers like the Rescue Run and annual Mini Golf Tournament at the Center. The money raised goes directly towards animal care and veterinary costs for stranded seals, sea otters, and other marine animals rescued throughout the year

Open burn permits available

Permitted open burning can once again be approved. This includes the use of approved burn barrels. Please contact the Seward Fire Department for any burning related questions within the Seward city limits.

Market coupons available

Senior Farmer Market Coupons are available at Seward Senior Center, Third and Jefferson, for seniors 60 and older. To qualify monthly income must be below $2,248 and for couples, $3,031. The book of $25 Farmer Market Coupons are redeemable at the Grazing Moose in Seward, and many other farmer markets around the state.


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