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Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010 3:28 am | Updated: 1:08 pm, Wed Dec 26, 2012.

The Filipino American Society of Fairbanks is hosting its first “Filipiniana Night” and celebrating the 112th Philippine Independence Day Saturday at the Pioneer Park civic center.

This is a special opportunity for hospitality and friendship, said Dolly Taylor, one of the leaders of this energetic local group.

There will be a variety of dances from different islands during a cultural show at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door.

A dinner of Philippine cuisine will follow the cultural show. Tickets for the dinner will be $10 at the door, starting at about

7 p.m.

Proceeds of the evening will help fund a youth scholarship program.

Yoly Ganacias, president of the Fairbanks group of about 100 families, said about 40 people have been planning the entertainment and dinner. She said you don’t have to be from the Philippines to enjoy the show or the meal.

The choreographer and director of the Ating Lahi Dance Troupe is Danny Motas.

For tickets, call Yoly at 347-5519 or Carmella at 388-9644.

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SWEET SALE: The Sweet Adelines of Fairbanks are hosting a garage sale Saturday at 470 Carlton Drive in Shannon Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For details, call Christine Upton at

457-3392. This is a fundraiser for the singing group.

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EAGLE PROJECT: Another noteworthy garage sale is at the Ester Volunteer Fire Department Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

While you are there, look for Boy Scout Oliver Rogers, who plans to sell a variety of iced beverages. Proceeds from what he sells will help finish his Eagle project, the construction of a flag pole and sign for the fire department and Ester.

“I am grateful for the hours and materials already contributed to my project by my fellow Scouts of Troop 92, the extremely generous business community of Fairbanks, the Ester Volunteer Fire Fighters and many individuals,” Rogers said. 

“I invite everyone out for the 4th of July when the inaugural flag will be raised with much fanfare immediately after the Ester Community Association’s 4th of July Parade.”

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SATURDAY DINNER: On April 1, Johnny and Lavada Napier lost everything in a house fire on 26th Avenue.

There will be a spaghetti feed dinner and auction Saturday to help them in this time of need. The dinner and auction will take place at the JP Jones Center at 2400 Rickert St. from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 per person or $5 for kids. Lots of people and businesses have donated items for a silent auction. All proceeds will go to the family.

 If you have questions or would like to make a donation, contact Sue Hull at 479-5729.

When the fire occurred, Lavada went back into the house and suffered burns.

The only thing she managed to save was the trunk containing her daughter’s medals and other keepsakes. Her daughter, Staff Sgt. Carletta Davis, died from a roadside bomb Nov. 5, 2007 in Iraq.

Davis, 34, who was on her third tour of duty, grew up in Anchorage and served as a medic with the 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum, N.Y.. She has three sons.

In that same attack, Sgt. Derek Stenroos of North Pole and two other soldiers were killed.

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