1) The Alaska Home Companion in Willow

“Alaska Home Companion will feature interesting stories by Alaskans about the best, the worst, and the silliest of everyday living in Alaska.” — Valley Arts Alliance Founder and President, Carmen Summerfield

WILLOW — The Alaska Home Companion is back for another “Frontier Variety Show” broadcast live on Radio Free Palmer (89.5FM) this Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Willow Community Center. Tune in or stop by to witness compelling, wacky and uniquely Alaskan storytelling, much like NPR’s “Prairie Home Companion.”

Each year, the folks at Valley Arts Alliance produce a handmade homage to the “golden age of radio.” The performers will get on stage- most in costume- and entertain audiences with stories, skits, dances, and music. It may be a radio-themed event, but there will be plenty to see. If you miss the live broadcast or can’t make it to the witness the show for yourself —don’t worry — Radio Free Palmer will archive the show on their podcast. Tickets cost $15. For more information, visit www.valleyartsalliance.com and www.radiofreepalmer.org.

2) Spaghetti Feed for Steve Roberts

WASILLA — The Knik bar is hosting a Spaghetti Feed for Steve Roberts this Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. This fundraising event will be a chance to support Roberts’ family cover his funeral costs. Dinner plates are $5 per person and include spaghetti, salad and garlic bread. Knik residents and surrounding Valley neighbors are invited to spend an afternoon eating good food for a good cause. The Knik Bar is located at Mile 13.5 up Knik Goose Bay Road. For more information, call 907-376-3818.

3) NRA Refuse To Be a Victim Course

“As a Certified Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor, we can offer the Seminar to the public as well as private groups, church members, employees, etc.” — via event page

Point Blank Firearms and Self Defense Training will host the self-defense course this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. The Refuse to be Victim (RTBAV) Course was developed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) back in 1993 as a women's program. In 1997, the program broadened, and now includes men. According the event page, the course has been taught to tens of thousands of people across the country. Contrary to being an NRA sanctioned event, the RTBAV Seminar is not about guns. It is all about building a strong mindset: “an awareness and strategy-building education program that is suitable for adults and teens including those for which firearms are not an option and/or desired choice.” Various personal protection devices like pepper spray and civilian Taser units will be discussed. The course cost $45 and tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite.com.

The course covers a range of useful information, including: “how to make your home less attractive to criminals, improving your locks and security system, personal security while away from home, automobile security, and staying safe online and while traveling.” Each participant will get a handy workbook that expands on what the course covers. There are also modules specifically catered to youth and seniors. Note: Seminar participants wish to go further in their education may want to enroll in a NRA firearms course, pursue a concealed handgun permit, etc. but these topics are not part of the RTBAV Seminar itself. Point Blank Firearms and Self Defense Training is located at 7610 East Palmer-Wasilla Highway.

4) ART Journaling with Barbara Hunt

“It is your own opportunity to carve out that special slice of personal time and be a creative and express yourself. Nothing feels better!” — Barbara Hunt

PALMER — Learn how to make your very own art journal with featured artist, Barbara Hunt at Artists Uncorked this Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Palmer’s artist and writer savant will be leading a creativity inducing workshop. Each student will get a sturdy, 8x8 field journal and a gift bag filled with useful tools to start the art journal journey. There will be a diverse selection of other mediums available to utilize at the studio during the workshop. Per Artists Uncorked fashion, this will be a “sip and paint” event with complimentary Mimosas and locally baked snacks.

According to the event page, Hunt has taught “hundreds of writer workshops and created countless illustrated art journals.” In this class, she will meld words, illustration, artistic techniques and with assorted mediums to set in motion a commotion for artistic journaling. Registration includes students into an exclusive Facebook Group for “ongoing inspiration and collaboration with like minded artists.” The Artists Uncorked studio is located at 832 South Colony Way. For more information, visit: www.artistsuncorked.com

5) Recruitment Night!

“Want to find a fun way to challenge yourself and stay in shape? We're here for you! Want to be a part of a community of women who support each other in reaching their goals? We're here for you!” — via event page

PALMER — If you’re a Mat-Su woman with an interest in roller derby, this Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. at Humdingers Pizza Company is your chance to get in on the action. Come down and chat with the Boom Town Derby Dames team and find out what it’s like to be on a roller derby team. Experience is not necessary and the Boom Town women will train anyone interested in becoming a skater. They accept all “shapes, sizes, ages (over 18), fitness levels, and backgrounds.” They are also looking for anyone interesting in coaching, and volunteering. If you are unable to make it to the event but still want to get involved or learn more, send the Boom Town Derby Dames a message on Facebook or email recruitment.btdd@gmail.com. Humdingers is located at 173 South Valley Way.

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