Palmer Alaska, Celebration of Cranes May 6th, 2011

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Palmer CranesDon’t miss the Celebration of Cranes tomorrow, Saturday, May 7 from 12-4 PM. It will be Palmer Museum’s 3rd Annual Celebration of Cranes in conjunction with the Valley Arts Alliance.

Live Birds from AK WildBird Rehab
Crane Art by local artists
Crane Paintings and sculptures by 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Graders at Birchtree Charter School
Bird Pose Yoga from 1-2pm with Erin of Blue Mountain Wellness
Origami Crane folding and coloring pages
“Crane Song” documentary
Children’s Story time

If we are lucky we will see a formation of Sandhill Cranes fly over on their way to the fields by the Palmer Airport.

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La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant May 4th, 2011

Categories: Businesses, Restaurants and Cafes

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132 W Evergreen Ave
Palmer, AK 99645
(907) 746-3335

By Amber Grissom

I recently dined at La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant in downtown Palmer. It was a pleasant experience and the food satisfied my need for authentic Mexican cuisine. Good lighting, hand painted walls, Mexican art and decor create a marvelous atmosphere. The staff was accommodating and very pleasant. While I was there, all the other diners that arrived were nice little families or couples. It made me thankful to be in a small town with great people!
la fiesta IMG_6744 (2)I ordered Carne Asada and the meat was tender and just spicy enough. I was tempted to eat so much more because their extensive menu has everything from nachos to flan! You can choose from breakfast selections, enchiladas, tostadas, quesadillas, fajitas, chili verde, chimmichangas, camarones, imported and domestic beers. The dessert menu includes authentic Mexican flan, fried ice cream, sopapillas, and cheesecake burritos. There is also a sizable kids menu with burgers and other more familiar choices.

One thing I really appreciated was how fast the food was served! There was, at most, a 15 minute wait for delicious food! They also do catering for larger groups! Just order ahead and pick up your fresh Mexican cuisine for your event! I hope you visit this restaurant soon and enjoy their food with family or friends!
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132 W Evergreen Ave
Palmer, AK 99645
(907) 746-3335

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Satori Day Spa April 27th, 2011

Categories: Businesses

Satori Day Spa

1901 E Hemmer Rd Suite 213
Palmer, AK 99645

(907) 746-0005

Everyone needs some pampering now and then…and now you know where to go! The Satori Day Spa is located in the same building as Peak Fitness and All about Herbs, on the corner of Palmer-Wasilla Hwy and Hemmer Road.

Kelly Riggs, the owner, has been a massage therapist for almost 7yrs. She holds a degree from the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts in Tucson, Arizona. Satori Day Spa opened in July of 2008 and has slowly grown into a very successful business. It currently houses 12 separate businesses within the spa.
Available Services:
Hair Design
Brazilian Blowout
Hair and Skin Care Products
Pedicures and Manicures
Ion Foot Spa Detox
Laser Hair Removal
“We work well together and are doing our best to serve the public more efficiently and conveniently,” says Kelly Riggs.

The convenient location offers plenty of parking and the atmosphere is calm and clean. In addition to great service, Satori supports local artists with a monthly “Winesday” event! Come see a local artist showcase on the first Wednesday of every month. Enjoy food, drinks and fun during the event! You can even take part in a raffle or book an appointment for 10% off! It’s an all day affair from 10am -7pm, the first Wednesday of every month so drop in anytime. If you can’t make it on Winesday, the artist’s work is displayed in the spa for the month, so stop on by!

Visit the spa website today and book yourself something special!

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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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Matanuska-Susitna College April 11th, 2011

Categories: Around Palmer, Businesses

matsu1If you were to peer down through the clouds from the top of Pioneer Peak at night you would survey a sea of lights with a dark spot in the center, which in turn is illuminated by a small set of buildings in the middle. That vision is the Matanuska-Susitna College which sits on a thousand acres of primeval Alaskan wilderness, which in turn is surrounded by the fastest growing community in Alaska.matsu2

Nearly 2,000 students attend classes in a modern and expanding facility. The students come here to transform their dreams into realities. An energetic and talented faculty and staff work hard to create a positive atmosphere to facilitate the development of scholars and workers for the future of Alaska. There are few places in the world as majestic as this valley. There are few universities as affordable as this school. The Matanuska-Susitna Campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage is the gem in the statewide system of higher education. We welcome new students and visitors and look forward to many years of growth and opportunity in this borough.

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Dr. Talis J. Colberg – College Director


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