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Palmer’s Colony Days 2011! June 9th, 2011

Categories: Around Palmer, Events, Palmer People

After much anticipation… Colony Days is here again!
Click for a Schedule of events.


Highlights include the Colony Days Parade, Saturday at 11 AM.

Quilt Walkabout – all weekend during open hours in various shops.

Valley BBQ Bash Contest – starting Friday at 10AM near the Palmer Library.

CELEBRITY DUNK TANK – Saturday from 10 – 5.

Petting Zoo, Live Music, Face Painting, Expanded Friday Fling/Market, Bed Races, Smoked Salmon Contest, Bill Mitchell Fun Run, Blood Drive, Car Rally and MORE!

Here are some quick links for Colony Days events provided by the Palmer Chamber of Commerce.

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Star Dust Designz May 16th, 2011

Categories: Businesses, Palmer People

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StarDust Designz
(907) 841-4149
[email protected]

I would like to introduce a local glass artist: Audra Reger. Audra was born and raised in Palmer and specializes in hand-painted glassware. Her love of art and a good glass of wine birthed the idea for her craft.

Audra Reger, the Artist

Audra Reger, the Artist

StarDust Designz offers beautifully hand-painted stemware, glassware and porcelain sets. Each piece can be personalized for a special someone or occasion to suit your needs. All of Audra’s work is done with non-toxic, European, thermo-hardening enamel paints. Each glass is unique as they are all designed and meticulously hand -ainted by the artist.

Custom designs are Audra’s specialty, but you can purchase gorgeous ready-made pieces at NonEssentials. “I enjoy designing and creating custom pieces,” says the artist. Every order can be completely customized with text, color, pattern, glass type, no extra charge. Just e-mail Audra with your custom order.

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She does offer discounts on large quantity purchases. This would be a great custom gift for weddings, or bridal showers! We are excited to see art thriving locally and hope you enjoy it too!

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For more information or photos, check out

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E-Commerce: Local Man Helps Boost Economies May 14th, 2011

Categories: Businesses, Palmer People

Joseph Davis is a local leader in using the internet to encourage local sustainable economics. He has traveled to Afghanistan, Malawi and Kenya and many other places to teach local people how the internet can help their communities thrive. His work has taken him to more than 30 Alaskan villages to help Alaska Natives utilize the internet to sell their art.

One of Davis’ many overseas projects involved installing an internet system in an orphanage in Africa. The orphanage started a profitable internet cafe. This has proven very successful and helps the orphanage be self sufficient.

Lately, Davis keeps busy leading e-commerce workshops in Alaskan villages. He has traveled to more than 30 villages and worked with more than 60 helping them set up eBay stores and eCommerce websites. Now they can sell their art and other handmade items to help sustain life in the bush. He provides continuing support for a month after the visit to help the community get everything up and running. Click here to watch a video about Joseph Davis’ work in rural Alaska.
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Family First Treasures Thrift Store April 11th, 2011

Categories: Businesses, Palmer People

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Family First Treasures
403 S. Alaska St, Palmer

(907) 746-6200

By Amber Grissom

family first IMG_6651It was brought to our attention that there is another great thrift store in Palmer! I went to Family First Treasures to see what they had to offer. Family First Treasures is a non-profit thriftstore; the proceeds go to help support the services provided by Alaska Family Services.  The proceeds are used primarily for the Dorthy Saxton Shelter, and ROSA House.  Pick up a brochure at the store to learn more and see other ways to help.

family first IMG_6652In addition to the great deals and their contributions, the store host different events throughout the year, ranging from free health screenings to family activities.  Some activities from 2010 included a cancer screening day, blood drive, domestic violence awareness events, nutrition awareness, substance abuse prevention and tobacco prevention events.  Stop by the store to see what this year holds!

I made my way through this large store to find many things other local thrift stores do not offer. They have adequte space to have large home furnishings, large appliances, and even a bathroom vanity! If you have large items in good condition, give them a call to see if they have room.
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You will find a wide assortment of clothes, office supplies and furniture, exercise equipment, holiday items/decorative pieces, media and other accessories.  The store was clean and well-organized so I was able to navigate the treasures easily.  Hope you enjoy your visit and find something you will use, while helping our community!

Located at:
403 S Alaska St
Palmer, Ak

Hours: 9am -6pm, Monday – Saturday

Call (907) 746-6200 for more info or stop by the store!

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2010 Summer Youth Band June 24th, 2010

Categories: Around Palmer, Events, Palmer People, Seasons

This morning I drove into the Palmer Post Office parking lot and was pleased to discover a live concert by the Palmer Summer Youth Band.

The band is sponsored by the Palmer Arts Council and meets for weekly rehearsals throughout the summer. Middle and high school youth from Valley schools are under the direction of Matt Swalling, the music director at Palmer Junior Middle School.

The students played exceptionally well and I thoroughly enjoyed the music. I was told they are playing the next two Fridays at the downtown Friday Fling. Come out and listen!

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