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Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 12:18 am | Updated: 11:34 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

DENALI PARK, Alaska — Free train rides and free giveaways will mark the Alaska Railroad’s open house on Saturday.

Part of the event takes place from noon to 2 p.m. in the Tri-Valley Community Center

Rose’s Café will provide free hot dogs. There will be lots of railroad giveaways, including buttons, bookmarks and more.

Visitors will learn to stay safe around trains and tracks with child-friendly information and giveaways.

There will be information and giveaways from Golden Valley Electric Association, Usibelli Coal Mine and Alaska State Parks.

Head to the Healy Rail Yard between 1-3 p.m. and enjoy a free 30-minute ride aboard the passenger train.

New slide

Thanks to the Mercers and to James and Shawn Brekke for helping install a new safe slide at Mountains of Fun playground.

Hockey room

The Tri-Valley High School hockey team shouldn’t have any trouble getting fired up for home games. Their dressing room is newly painted a shiny blue and gold, the school colors.

Healy teens gave the room a facelift this week, with a fresh coat of paint.

Blood drive canceled

The blood drive originally set for today will be rescheduled.

Iron Dog

Healy has a hometown boy to cheer in the Iron Dog Race next year. Kaz Cizmowski signed up for the grueling competition, which requires snowmachiners to race from Big Lake to Nome to Fairbanks in February.

This is the longest snowmachine race in the world, at 1,971 miles, and teams compete for a $100,000 purse with $25,000 awarded to the winning team.

Bake sale delivery

The Tri-Valley School sophomore class put a new spin on the old bake sale fundraiser. They spent last Saturday going door-to-door selling their freshly baked goodies.

They collected more than $300 in three hours.

Next time, they may take orders first, so watch for details.

Gym update

Renovation work is under way on the gymnasium floor at Tri-Valley School. It is hoped that sports teams will be using the space in November.

Since the floor is being renovated, there is an opportunity to repaint lines and logos. Students and parents are invited to stop by the school and look at the floor samples posted in the student center. Everyone is invited to vote for their colors of lines for main volleyball lines and secondary court lines.

The school mascot, the Viking Warrior, will be painted at center court.

New pickup spot

Kindergarten parents in Healy can pick up their students at the main entrance area beginning this week. Teachers will walk the class to this part of the school.

The elementary school doors are unlocked from 8-8:30 a.m.

Turkey Shoot

The Clear Sky Sportsman Club hosts its annual Turkey Shoot on Saturday at the Clear Clubhouse. The time was not available.

 229 Parks concert

The famous gypsy jazz quintet led by Lulo Reinhardt, grandnephew of Django Reinhardt, will perform Oct. 22 in the intimate setting of 229 Parks Restaurant at Denali Park.

Appetizers are at 6:30 p.m. with the show at 7 and desserts to follow.

Tickets are $50 and available through myself or through Fairbanks Concert Association.

This is the fourth year of Kids In Motion/Denali Arts & Humanities Alliance partnership with Fairbanks Concert Association.

The outreach season opened with a standing-room-only crowd in Healy for Riders In The Sky. Some audience members drove from Fairbanks. At least one family rented a 15-passenger van to bring the entire family.

This next show is a different genre, in a different locale.

Only 70 tickets will be sold.

Kris Capps is a freelance writer. Her column reporting Denali happenings appears weekly in the News-Miner. She can be reached at

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