Winter in Palmer – 2012 December 17th, 2012

Categories: Around Palmer, Seasons


I love winter in Palmer… even at -15&#176.
Every little shop is playing Christmas music, the street lamps are decked with bell and star lights and even the Train Depot has Christmas lights around the perimeter.

Local businesses have great holiday deals and people are excited for Christmas vacation. My college friends are back in town and families are reuniting.

We finally have snow! After no snow all the way into December… we wondered if there would be a white Christmas at all! But the first couple weeks of December finally gave up a minimum of 8 inches. It looks much better than heavy frost on the trees.

Children are trying out the fresh sledding hills in Hatcher Pass and friends are playing weekly broom ball on Kepler Lake. Despite sub-zero temps, everyone is out and about in a hurry to finish holiday shopping and get home to families.

Merry Christmas, Palmer!

Written by Tamara Van Diest

Active Soles in Palmer’s Koslosky Building November 13th, 2012

Categories: Businesses

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Active Soles

In the Koslosky Building in downtown Palmer is one of the most unique shoe stores in Alaska. Owned by a team of Physical Therapists and personal trainers it specializes in great shoes and exceptional customer service.

It’s called Active Soles for a reason, the owners specialize in gait analysis, computerized foot function analysis, and foot orthotics. Don’t know what that is? Neither do I…all I know is that they have fantastic customer service.

I don’t know any other shoe store that allows you to try a shoe out for 30 days to see if it will work for you with a guaranteed return policy if it doesn’t fit right.

I’m not much of a shoe person, but I found some great Keen shoes that fit my feet well and are comfortable. So I just keep going back for more of the same shoe… As I said, I’m no Imelda Marcos with a closet full of shoes. But I am a fan of this store.

I’m starting to get a good collection of different colors of the same shoe.

Check it out…here is their website. Active Soles

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Handmade Creations – Support Local Crafters and Artists! November 2nd, 2012

Categories: Around Palmer, Events, Seasons


Want to support local artists and find some great handmade Christmas Gifts? Check out some of the Palmer Area Craft Fairs this holiday season!

Nov. 2, 3 Annual Valley Fiber Arts Guild Holiday sale is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 2 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 3 at the Palmer Depot. Some 40 guild members will offer their hand-made creations for sale, including shawls, jewelry, socks, novelty items, blankets, rugs, paintings and ornaments. For more information, contact 745-3487, or visit valleyfiberarts.org.

Nov. 10 Palmer Elks Lodge No. 1842 Craft Fair, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 10 at 2600 N. Barry’s Resort Drive. This is a great chance to get some holiday shopping done or if you are a vendor, to sell your wares. Registration forms are available at palmerelks.org/crafts.htm and we have spaces available. Food will be available for purchase. Vendor spaces are $35 and as always, buyers are admitted free. For more information, contact (907) 242-1865, or visit palmerelks.org/crafts.htm.

Nov. 10 Fall Craft Bazaar at St. Michael Catholic Church in Palmer at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 10 Open to all with handcrafted goods, food, and music.

November 17 from 10 am – 5 pm at Farm Loop Christian Center Adoption Fundraiser Craft Show
Come do your Christmas shopping and raise money for adoption! Featuring handmade items and home based businesses who will all make a donation to the Jacobs family’s adoption fund. There will be door prizes, silent auction and a bake sale! The Jacobs have also decided to “tithe” off of event earnings this year, so they will be surprising another local adoptive family with 10% of the proceeds from this event!

Nov. 17 The Women’s Ministry of Palmer Church of the Nazarene annual bazaar is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 17 at the Palmer Depot, 610 S. Valley Way. For more information, contact 746-0261.

Nov. 24 Colony High School’s Holiday Bazaar is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 24 at Colony High School, 9550 E. Colony Schools Drive. For more information, contact 861-5500.

Dec. 7, 8 Colony Christmas begins at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 and 10 a.m. Dec. 8 at the Palmer Depot, 610 S. Valley Way. Multiple bazaars and craft fairs in downtown Palmer. Visit the website details. For more information, contact 745-2880, or visit palmerchamber.org.

Dec. 15 A Christmas Bazaar is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 15 at the new Sutton Library. For more information, contact 745-0707, or 745-4467. The event includes a visit from Santa from noon to 1 p.m., door prizes and a raffle. Proceeds benefit the family of Renvek Larson.

This information was found in the Frontiersman’s 2012 Mat-Su Holiday Bazaars. For the Full article with info about bazaars around the entire Valley, click here.

Written by Tamara Van Diest

Fight Hunger, Feed Hope Starts today! October 1st, 2012

Categories: Around Palmer, Businesses, Events

tomatosoup
Drop your donations for Fight Hunger, Feed Hope off at Valley Market Real Estate!
Our new office is located at 545 S. Alaska Street, across from the Valley Hotel & Coffee Shop.
Donations will be accepted Oct 1-13 during normal business hours.
More info on October 13th’s events can be found here.

Bonus: We are having a drawing for a $20 gift certificate to the Palmer Downtown Deli! One drawing entry per item. Bring 20 items, get your name entered 20 times! Easy as that.

We have a box in the foyer waiting for your donations to the Palmer Food Bank. Help us fill it up!

Fill This Box!

Fill This Box!

A list of other participating organizations and businesses can be found here.

List of Suggested Foods for Canned Food Drive:

Canned Fruits – applesauce, pears, fruit cocktail, peaches, oranges
Canned Vegetables – corn, peas, green beans
Canned Soups and Stews
Canned Pasta – Spaghetti-Os, Ravioli
Boxed Pasta or Rice Dishes – Hamburger Helper, Rice-A-Roni
Pasta Noodles and Canned Sauces – Spaghetti sauces, marinara sauce
Hot and Cold Breakfast Cereals – boxed cereals, oatmeal, Cream of Wheat
Peanut Butter
Canned Juices – apple, cranberry, grape, orange, V8, vegetable juices
Canned Meats – beef, chicken, sandwich spreads, corned beef & hash
Canned Fish – tuna, salmon, etc.

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Fight Hunger, Feed Hope – Palmer Food Bank September 24th, 2012

Categories: Around Palmer, Events

tomatosoupThe below information was given to me by Denise Statz of NonEssentials:

On Monday, October 1st, local groups and merchants will start accepting non-perishable foods for a food drive benefiting the Palmer Food Bank which, in turn, helps those in need in our community. This drive ends on Saturday, October 13th, culminating in an afternoon and evening of art, music, and fun and a chance to vote on your favorite display of donated items as part of Second Saturday.

According to the organizers, the Palmer Food Bank is running very low on food right now and donations have dropped tremendously. This limits what can be given away to families looking for some help. With several displaced
families due to local flooding, this food drive will be a huge help and is needed now more than ever.

The goal is for each group/business to collect 200 cans or more!

After the end of the drive, pickup of donated items will be Monday-Thursday the following week.

Please feel free to call for any questions and a big THANKS for joining us in this worthy cause!

List of Local Businesses and Organizations Participating in the Food Drive (Drop-off Points)

MatSu Regional Hospital
MEA
Palmer Senior Center
IBEW 1547
Lucas Chiropractic
The Gallery
Keybank
Madd Matters
Fantastic Fibers
Mat Valley Federal Credit Union
Academy Charter
Palmer High School
Just Sew
Raven Hair Design
Silvertip Designs
Czar of Guitars
Envee
Chickadees
NonEssentials
CoverUps
Silva Insurance
Garden Gate
Palmer Visitors Center
Palmer Fire Dept.
Palmer Police
City of Palmer
Mat Su Borough
Vagabond Blues
Sidekicks
Active Soles
Carrs
NuKreations
Fireside Books
Alaska Acupuncture
Stamp Cache
B Bella Hair Salon
Rusty’s at Dahlia Street
UAF Cooperative Extension
Country Cutts
Valley Market Real Estate
Slacks Sugar Shack
Hot Hot Chocolate Shoppe
Downtown Palmer Deli
Shane Lamb Studio
Curves
Paradise Tanning
Turkey Red
Mat Su School District
Satori Day Spa and Hair Design
Noel’s
Machetanz Elementary

List of Suggested Foods for Canned Food Drive

Canned Fruits – applesauce, pears, fruit cocktail, peaches, oranges
Canned Vegetables – corn, peas, green beans
Canned Soups and Stews
Canned Pasta – Spaghetti-Os, Ravioli
Boxed Pasta or Rice Dishes – Hamburger Helper, Rice-A-Roni
Pasta Noodles and Canned Sauces – Spaghetti sauces, marinara sauce
Hot and Cold Breakfast Cereals – boxed cereals, oatmeal, Cream of Wheat
Peanut Butter
Canned Juices – apple, cranberry, grape, orange, V8, vegetable juices
Canned Meats – beef, chicken, sandwich spreads, corned beef & hash
Canned Fish – tuna, salmon, etc.

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