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Mat-Su events calendar (6/13/12)

WEDNESDAY

Strong Seniors, 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 10-11 a.m., also 1-2 p.m. Fridays, Wasilla Area Senior Campus, 1301 S. Century Circle. An eight-week exercise class. $5. (376-3104 ext. 8672)

Reflections Senior Group, 10- 11 a.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 1, Palmer Senior Citizens Center, 1132 S. Chugach St. Reflect on favorite memories and share accomplishments and challenges you have faced. Call to join the group. (746-7801)

Tai Chi Classes, 10-11 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Mat-Su Senior Services, 1132 S. Chugach St., Palmer. (745-5454)

Exercise Class, 10-11 a.m., Palmer Senior Citizens Center, 1132 S. Chugach St. An exercise class taught every Wednesday by Toni Truesdell. Free. (745-5454)

Bingo, 1-3 p.m., Wasilla Area Senior Campus, 1301 S. Century Circle. $1 per sheet. (376-3104)

Grocery Shopping Days, 1 p.m., Mat-Su Senior Services, 1132 S. Chugach St., Palmer. Transportation is provided to local grocery stores and shopping centers every Wednesday and Friday. Participants must be age 60 or older or be assisting a senior. (745-5454)

THURSDAY

Hope Golf Classic, 9 a.m., Palmer Golf Course, 1000 E. Lepak Ave. A four-person scramble with a shotgun start. The proceeds from the tournament will help fund Hope's Emergency Needs Fund and the Family Matters Program. Lots of food and prizes for everyone. $125 for a single player, $500 for a team. (433-4913, www.hopealaska.org)

FRIDAY

Pressure Canner Gauge Testing, 8 a.m. -3 p.m., Cooperative Extension Service, 809 S. Chugach St., Palmer. Bring the dial gauge from your pressure canner to be tested for accuracy. Free. (www.uaf.edu/ces/districts/matsu/hhfd/foodpres)

Economic Express Business and Industry Day, 4-7 p.m., Regan Building, 3161 E Palmer-Wasilla Highway. Meet your Mat-Su business and industry leaders. Everyone is invited. There will be a barbecue, entertainment, prizes and kid-friendly games. Free. (373-6622, www.matsubusiness alliance.com)

Democratic Candidates for U.S. Congress, 6-8:30 p.m., Turkey Red, 550 S. Alaska St., Palmer. Four of the five Democratic candidates running to challenge Don Young for his Congressional seat will be featured in a forum sponsored by the MatSu Democrats. Candidates Sharon Cissna, Debra Chesnut, Matt Moore and Doug Urquidi will be participating along with moderator Phil Munger. (745-7949)

Alaska Wild Plants, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Hatcher Pass. Instructor Shelley Plumb will share her knowledge and skill on the medicinal, dangerous and edible properties of plants on a guided walk in the Hatcher Pass area, starting in the Goldmint Trail Head parking lot. $20, $5 parking fee. (www.naoiak.org)

SATURDAY

Why Not Tri Triathlon, 9 a.m., Why Not Tri Triathlon, 701 E. Bogard Road. Adult race begins at 9 a.m. Distances are 400-meter swim, 9.25-mile bike, and 3-mile run. Relay option available. Kids' race, ages 6-12, begins at 3 p.m. Participants may choose between a short course or long course. Registration and race details online. (www.whynottriwasilla.net)

Happy Dawn's Thrift and Flea Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 700 N. Wasilla Fishhook Road. Check out vendors and individuals selling lots of cool stuff. Rent a space and sell your stuff for $20.

Alaska Artisans and Crafters, 10 a.m. -5 p.m., Turkey Red, 550 S. Alaska Street, Palmer. A craft show with more than 15 vendors for you to browse through. (www.facebook.com/groups/218976531473473)

Alaska 4x4 Meet and Greet, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry, 3800 W. Museum Drive, Wasilla. The Alaska Association of Off Highway Vehicles and the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry present this family-oriented event for off-highway spectators and enthusiasts. The event features entertainment for all ages, including an obstacle course with mud bogg, dirt pit, log jam and gravel crawl, articulation ramp competition, food, games, kid crafts, bounce house, overnight camping and prizes. $15-$40. (354-5016, www.facebook.com/pages/Alaska-4x4-Meet-and-Greet/138357519586876)

Big Lake Mud Volleyball, 11 a.m., Big Lake Rec Center, 2942 Lions Circle. This is a coed event and limited to 30 teams. Free. (892-6502, biglakerec.com)

Alaska Plants and Healing Salve, 1-4 p.m., Fox Run Lodge, 4466 S. Glenn Highway, Palmer. Instructor Shelley Plumb will share her knowledge and skill on the medicinal, dangerous and edible properties of Alaska's plants. This is a two-day course on harvesting and utilizing the plants around you to make a healing salve. If you have a camp stove to bring please let us know at registration. $75, includes all supplies. You must register for both days. (775-2466, Shelley@naoiak.org; www.naoiak.org/)

Pat and Sean Concert, 6-8 p.m., Palmer Downtown Deli, 550 S. Alaska Street A tribute to Father's Day by this father and son duo. Free.

MONDAY

Free Blood Pressure Checks, 10-11:30 a.m., Mat-Su Senior Services, 1132 S. Chugach St., Palmer. A nurse volunteer will be on site taking blood pressures. (745-5454, www.palmerseniors.com)

Alaska National Teenager Scholarship Organization, noon-1:30 p.m., Evangelos Restaurant, 2530 E. Parks Highway. A Mat-Su Womens Connection lunch. Nancy Postishek will talk about the values young women learn with their talent, beauty and fashion. Sue Ann Haberly talks about how to "Turn The Mold Of The Past Into A Bright Future." $15, includes lunch and complimentary day care. (892-8482)

Vacation Bible School, 2-5 p.m. June 18-22, Pilgrims Baptist Church, Mile 40.5 Parks Highway. Unlock Creation! is the theme and each day will have learning, skits, songs, crafts, refreshments, and more. Kindergarten to teens. Parents are welcome to stay. (373-3454, wasillabaptistchurch.org)

TUESDAY

Game Day, 1-3 p.m., Mat-Su Senior Services, 1132 S. Chugach St., Palmer. An afternoon of board, card and dice games. (745-5454, www.palmerseniors.com)

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