Palmer’s Friday Flings 2010 June 24th, 2010

Categories: Around Palmer, Events, Palmer People, Seasons

Need something to do on Fridays between 11AM and 4PM? Love to support local artists, farmers and businesses? Searching for the perfect Alaskan gift for somebody? Come down to the Friday Fling on the park strip in front of Palmer Visitors Center!

You will find things for the entire family. Handmade wooden toys, fragrant flowers and delicious vegetables, beautiful handmade jewelry, fashionable clothing of all sizes, crafts, artwork from Valley artists and much much more!

Hungry? The Husky Burger has savory burgers and side dishes. Other booths offer fresh Valley-Grown produce, ice cream, hot dogs, fresh breads, and cotton candy and kettle corn made right in front of you!

Looking for laughs? Stop by the Tundra Comic booth! Chad Carpenter’s witty humor has put numerous Alaskans in stitches and is now spreading like wildfire in the Lower 48!

You can hear local or traveling musicians playing, meet Palmeranians you haven’t seen in a while or just stroll down and enjoy Valley Artists artwork.

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Wi-Fi in Palmer! June 21st, 2010

Categories: Around Palmer, Palmer People

Radio Free Palmer sponsors the RadioFreePalmer internet connection around downtown Palmer. You can connect to it from Vagabond Blues and the area around the Palmer Train Depot. Vagabond blues also has an internet connection through MTA. If you are an MTA member you can connect with your username and password, otherwise you can pay using a credit card.

The AT&T Sports Center offers free wi-fi through AT&T. You can connect from anywhere in the center. There’s a snack bar up the stairs to the right as you enter. It’s a great place to set up your laptop and surf the net.

Palmer Dairy Queen also has free wi-fi. You can sit down, enjoy some delicious ice cream and check your email on your laptop!

If you know of any other wifi connections here in Palmer, please leave a comment and I’ll be sure to add them!

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Colony Days in Full Swing! June 12th, 2010

Categories: Around Palmer, Events

This morning  I wandered down in front of the Downtown Palmer Plaza to watch the annual Colony Day’s Parade. This was one of the longest parades Palmer has ever seen! Being an election year, there were numerous political floats but also several dedicated to the 75th Anniversary of Palmer’s original colonists.

There are still tons of events going on around Palmer between now and Sunday evening. Go down to the Friday Fling area for an open air market all Saturday and Sunday, check out local businesses for great sales or check out the specific events for the whole family! For a full list, click here.

Below are just a few photos taken this morning.

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Churches in Palmer June 4th, 2010

Categories: Around Palmer, Palmer People

Palmer has no shortage of churches! Whether you’re Episcopalian, Lutheran, Baptist, Presbyterian, LDS, Jehovah’s Witness, Seventh Day Adventist or Independant, or anything else for that matter, Palmer has a church for you.

Downtown Palmer:
St. John’s Lutheran Church
United Protestant Presbyterian church.
United Methodist Church
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church
St. Michael’s Catholic Church
Palmer Highway Church of God
First Baptist Church
First United Pentecostal Church
Palmer Church of the Nazarene
Salvation Army Church
Church on the Rock
Church of the Covenant
Family Christian Center
St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal
Palmer Victory Fellowship
Matanuska Assembly of God
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Outskirts of Palmer

Seventh Day Adventist Church
Lazy Mountain Bible Church
Trinity Lutheran Church
Valley Harvest Church
Manna Independant Baptist Church
Crossroads Community Church, aka Northgate Alaska
Immanuel Baptist Church
Glacierview Alliance Church Old Apostolic Lutheran Church
Pioneer Peak Baptist Church
Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall
Farm Loop Christian Center
Valley Baptist Tabernacle
Palmer Christian Church
Gateway Christian Fellowship
Bodenburg Butte Baptist Church
Glacier View Bible Church (60 minute drive NW on the Glenn Hwy from Palmer)

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Summer Activities in Palmer May 27th, 2010

Categories: Seasons

Sitting on the railroad tracks

Looking for things for your family to do this summer? Need to get the kids out of the house for a bit? Well here are just a few events, programs and suggestions for things to do this summer.

~Wilderness First Aid Course – June 4-6

Through the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)

~Matsu Miners’ Games

Click here for more info.

~Summer Arts Programs for Kids

Through the Palmer Arts Council. Click on the link for more information and dates.

~Summer Reading Program

Sponsored by the Palmer Public Library. Click here for more information.

~Colony Days – June 11-13

Click here for info about the Celebration.

~June Workshop Series at the Palmer Museum

Photography in the Garden – June 5, 6, 25
Making a Bent Willow Chair – June 12
Making a Bent Willow Trellis – June 19

For more information and prices visit the

~Palmer Pride Picnic – July 4

Free picnic hosted by Palmer businesses and the City of Palmer. Palmer Pride hotdogs, farm fresh veggies, live music and Citizen of the Year.
Location: Palmer Train Depot

Doodling during Colony Days

Family Summer Activities

  • Friday Flings
  • Bike the newer bike trail that runs from downtown Palmer all the way to the Butte.
  • Relax at the Palmer Pool
  • Bill Mitchell Fun Run Sponsored by MTA – June 13, 11:00am

    Try this great event for the entire family. Bib pick-up 9:30am. 5-K and special 1-K for ages 13 and Under. Flat course, out and back on pavement and bike trails.
    LOCATION: Downtown Palmer

  • Cool Off at the Palmer Ice Rink
  • Visit the Independence Mine in Hatcher Pass
  • Hike the Butte
  • Hike in Hatcher Pass
  • Go canoeing or fishing in one of several lakes:

Kepler-Bradley Lake
Canoe Lake
Matanuska Lake
Echo Lake

  • Feeling brave? Try Nova River Runners and raft down the Matanuska River
  • Visit and/or Hike on the Matanuska Glacier
  • Walk the Morgan Horse Trail at the base of Lazy Mountain
  • Hike Lazy Mountain
  • Need a good picnic spot? Click here for a list of all state parks and recreation areas around Palmer.

Floating the Knik River

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