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King and queen of disco to be crowned for popular Healy event

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Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 11:30 pm

DENALI PARK, Alaska — The king and queen of disco will be crowned in Healy this weekend at one of the most popular and enduring fundraisers of the year.

The Tri-Valley Community Library Mystery Theatre performs “Death by Disco” on Friday and Saturday in Tri-Valley School’s multi-purpose room.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for appetizers and silent auction. The show begins at 7.

The show has an adult theme, so organizers suggest leaving the little ones at home.

You will see some of your friends and neighbors — on stage — like you have never seen them before.

Proceeds support Tri-Valley Community Library.

For more information or tickets, call 683-2507. Admission is $20 for one, $30 for two.

All-State Choir

Students from Tri-Valley School have been selected for the All-State Choir, continuing the tradition begun last year.

The students include Grace Lake, Julia Nelson and Makayla Killian. Nicole MacMaster was chosen as an alternate.

Student government

Fourteen students from Tri-Valley School and nine students from Anderson School travel to Wasilla this week for the statewide Alaska Association Student Government conference.

They will discuss and debate issues that affect students statewide. Some introduce resolutions that are voted upon by attendees.

Local students also will promote the spring statewide conference, which will be held in April in Healy.

229 Parks


While selling tickets for the latest Fairbanks Concert Association outreach performance at Denali, one potential customer told me, “I don’t like guitar. It’s just a bunch of plink, plink, plink.”

That comment came back to me this week after watching Lulo Reinhardt and his Latin Swing Project perform before a sold-out crowd at 229 Parks Restaurant.

The phrase “plink, plink, plink” did not come close to describing how Reinhardt played his guitar. A more appropriate and grand description eludes me. Let’s just say it was some of the finest guitar playing in the world, accompanied by other world-class musicians.

To enjoy a performance of this caliber in our own community is special indeed.

Once or twice per year, Laura and Land Cole open their restaurant and add appetizers and desserts to the special outreach event. Every one of these events, the past three years, has sold out. Only 70 tickets are offered.

This week, that was even more remarkable because Laura Cole worked in the kitchen with her arm in a sling because of a broken elbow.

“I brought in the A team,” she said, referring to her staff.

These performances are being noticed around the state. One-third of the audience was from Fairbanks.

‘Wizard of Oz’

Denali Borough residents brought their own economic boom to Fairbanks this week.

About 75 people from the Denali Borough traveled north last  weekend to see the Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

The show is delightful.

Our own Kami Graham is in the cast.

In her first appearance on stage, she portrays a scary tree. Kami has such a beautiful smile, there is just nothing scary about her. But we all loved watching her anyway.

Kami Graham graduated from Tri-Valley School in 2012 and is attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Our community showed up in force to support her and this show. FLOT has been a valuable partner to Kids In Motion across the years. Many may remember when FLOT brought “Cinderella and the Prince” to Healy.

Denali Borough School District is sending a van filled with theatre-goers Thursday night. At least 21 people have bought tickets for Saturday.

When we all come to Fairbanks, we spend money.

I saw most of my friends and neighbors shopping Saturday and Sunday. Most of them also had to eat, so they probably patronized a restaurant or two.

Many also spent the night in a hotel.

Holiday bazaars

The annual holiday bazaar in Healy is set for Dec. 3.

It is sponsored by the Aurora Club. Call 683-1323 for information or to reserve a table.

The McKinley Village Christmas Bazaar is set for Nov. 17. This popular showcase at the McKinley Community Center features only handmade goods.

Clear Air Force Station holds its Christmas bazaar from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17, at the Clear Ballroom.

Clear events

Clear Air Force Station invites the community to the New York Comedy All Stars Show at 7 p.m. Sunday. This is made possible through Armed Forces Entertainment.

Clear also is organizing its annual Youth Halloween Party for Tuesday.

The Super Scary Haunted Hallway is super scary. I remember walking through it with middle- schoolers a few years ago.

A bus will pick up students at Anderson School at 4:45 p.m. and return students at 8. Children must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling.

The evening includes free bowling, a Halloween movie and lots of candy. For more info, call 585-6576.

As always, adults should have valid driver’s license, current registration and insurance handy to get on the base.

Gym floor

The gymnasium floor at Tri-Valley School is almost ready for use.

Portions of the floor were renovated and the entire floor was sanded and sealed. A new Viking Warrior mascot has been painted at center court.

The gym was damaged late summer when the roof was being worked on and heavy rains saturated the floor.

Sports events have had to be rescheduled as a result.

But the repair work went more quickly than anticipated.

The community will be very excited to regain use of that gym.

Money seminars

Financial planner Dick Harsin of Harsinwealth Management Inc. will present seminars at

7 p.m. Saturday in Healy and Sunday McKinley Community Center.

Harsin is a familiar face in the area because all those Saxe kids are his grandchildren.

The seminars will cover retirement planning, protecting your IRA, rollovers, state and federal retirement planning, Roth IRAs, IRA conversions and Social Security.

The sessions are free.

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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