School starts next week and, let's face it, the snow won't be far behind. So enjoy this weekend. Here are a few ideas.
A brand new event for downtown Anchorage celebrates all things dog. Come to Seventh Avenue between D and E streets with your well-behaved canine companion and enjoy a pet look-alike contest, canine fashion show, fly ball demonstrations, training tips and more. It takes place 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and it's free.
Alaska Food Truck Challenge
At least 10 local food truck vendors will offer burgers, barbecue, Thai cuisine, desserts and more. There's a beer garden with local brews and live entertainment for the 21-and-older crowd. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and goes to midnight Saturday under the historic windmill on Spenard Road. Tickets are $35.
Alaska Greek Festival
The annual party at Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 2800 O'Malley Road, features traditional food, music and dancing. Bring the family. Free admission and parking, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Community gardeners have been growing crops all summer. Now you can buy some of the freshest local produce around, and enjoy food, entertainment and a silent auction to boot. Come to St. Anthony's Church, 825 Klevin St., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and bring a couple of shopping bags.
Gov. Walter J. Hickel Day of the Arctic
Celebrate the birthday of the late Wally Hickel with a reading of his 1973 essay "The Day of the Arctic Has Come," followed by a short discussion, remarks by various leaders and a champagne toast. Suggested donation is $25. It starts at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Anchorage Museum, 625 C St.
Learn some history
What did Alaska have to do with the miraculous air rescue of 50,000 Yemeni Jews in the 1940s? Find out at the Alaska Jewish Museum and Cultural Center, 1221 E. 35th Ave., open 1-6 p.m. Sunday (and the same hours Monday-Thursday). The exhibit features photographs of Alaska Airlines performing heroic service, artifacts, a slide show, film footage and art installations by Anchorage artists Margret Hugi-Lewis and Don Mohr. Admission is $7; seniors, students and military are $6, and children $5.
A short drive out of town
Eagle River Challenge
Pick up bibs at 9 a.m. Sunday for 5k and 10k trail races starting 10 a.m. Saturday. The races take place on the Dew Mound and Crow Pass trails out of the Eagle River Nature Center. The entry fee is $30.
Last Frontier Honor Flight Old-Fashioned Barbecue
Help Alaska veterans go on Honor Flights to national military memorials, and enjoy brisket, pulled pork, ribs, slaw, beans, corn on the cob and dessert. There will be live music by Big Fungus and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $15 at American Legion Susitna Valley Post 35, 4180 W. Tweed Court, Mile 46 Parks Highway just west of Wasilla, where it happens at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Jet Ski Races
How fast can you make a personal watercraft go? Find out at 2 p.m. Sunday at Wasilla Lake Resort, 1850 Bogard Road.