Palmer Business Networking September 8th, 2011

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I attended my first Business Networking International, (BNI), meeting today at Turkey Red. I enjoyed meeting people with other Palmer businesses. As much as possible I like to give my business to local people, and you should too.

Here are a few of the businesses I was introduced to today:

Richard Gildersleeve with Top of the World Mechanical, a heating contracting company in Palmer. 746-6367
MC Coatings, commercial and residential coatings professionals.
TCM Restoration and Cleaning a restoration company for fire and water damage.
Blue Mountains Wellness Studio in Palmer, a Yoga studio.
Nicole Bendle and Dave Eller from First National Bank Alaska
and there were others…but I didn’t get their cards.

If you are looking for someone in these fields…here is your contact.

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Alaska Agriculture Appreciation Day – Palmer AK! August 11th, 2011

Categories: Around Palmer, Events, Seasons

I found out about the Alaska Agriculture Appreciation Day down at the UAF experimental farms last minute… but was still able to stop by and snap some photos!

Enjoy! (click on the photos for a larger view)

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Artist of the Month at Sartori Day Spa August 2nd, 2011

Categories: Events, Palmer People

Celebrate Winesday at Satori Day Spa
(next to Peak Fitness)
Wednesday August 3rd
from 11am to 7pm

The Artist: Amber Lanphier

The Artist: Amber Lanphier

Local Artist of the Month:
Amber Lanphier’s
Studio Ardent

Amber Lanphier is an Alaskan born and bred photographer who has been photographing since the early days of high school. With a passion for capturing expression and a professional standard for excellence she has produced stunning and award winning work over the years. She studied at “Academy of Arts” in San Francisco, CA and has been capturing in the field for the past 12 years.

Senior Photos
Recently returning to her roots in Alaska, Amber is highly motivated and ecstatic to photograph the life, the love, and the genuine good nature of the people of her home town. She is patient, kind, positive, and most of all she will work with you until you have exactly what you were looking for. She has a unrivaled knack for capturing your personality, your expressions, and your true identity. Your experience and interactions with her will be natural, comforting and refreshing!
Family Portraits

Come and meet Amber this Wednesday and enjoy 20% off your next photography shoot! You will also get a peek at some of Amber’s other passions: Painting and Floral Design!
Floral Design

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Drive up the Glenn Hwy July 6th, 2011

Categories: Around Palmer, Businesses, Restaurants and Cafes

I LOVE driving up the Glenn Hwy. I love it! Today I had to take a trip up near the Matanuska Glacier to put up some signs for Valley Market Real Estate. Both lots have glacier views and have quite a bit of acreage. Click above for more info about them.

Artsy iPhone snapshot

Artsy iPhone snapshot

As I stopped to put up sign number one, a camper van pulled over on the other side of the highway. I chatted with the couple from California. They were overwhelmed by the sight of the glacier and snapped several photos.

I stopped in at the Matanuska Glacier Recreation site to use the facilities and was hit on by an overly friendly tourist. I smiled anyway and took advantage of the perfect view of the glacier.

Nother artsy iPhone shot

Nother artsy iPhone shot

I’ve been driving, or riding, on this stretch of the Glenn Hwy for as long as I can remember. My dad would take my family camping almost every summer up in a cabin in the tiny community of Victory, around mile 95. Sometimes if we forgot breakfast supplies, we would stop by Long Rifle Lodge for some filling food in the morning.


Home for Sale in Victory

Home for Sale in Victory

Today I stopped in at Victory Bible Camp and said hello to a friend from Palmer who is working up there for the summer. I dipped my feet in one of the lakes on camp property and my mind filled with memories of friends’ and family members’ baptisms as well as fishing/canoeing trips in the same water. Everyone waves at everyone else in Victory, whether they recognize them or not. I checked on a beautiful, newer home we currently have for sale and made sure the sign was still visible.

Long Lake

Long Lake

I stopped by Long Lake and greeted some fishermen and their dog. As I came into Sutton, I dropped in to the Sutton General Store and purchased a cold drink. I was wished a “Wonderful Day!” by the cashier.

The Glenn Highway is a memorable drive in any weather, but today was perfect. If you are interested in property or a home up this way, give my dad, Marty Van Diest, a call at (907) 232-7900.

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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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