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Mat-Su events calendar (9/18/12)

WEDNESDAY

Farmers Market Coupons, available to Oct. 31, Palmer Senior Citizens Center, 1132 S. Chugach St. Alaska residents who are 60 and older and meet income requirements are eligible to receive these coupons for $25.

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)

Tai Chi Classes, 10-11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Mat-Su Senior Services, 1132 S. Chugach St., Palmer.

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

Avoid Falls, Even with Sight Loss, 10:30 a.m., Wasilla Area Senior Campus, 1301 S. Century Circle. Are you concerned about a loved one or friend stumbling or falling because of sight loss? Learn ways in which people can be active and avoid accidents such as tripping over a curb or falling at home. Free. (248-7770, www.AlaskaBVI.org)

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

Grocery Shopping Days, 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, Mat-Su Senior Services, 1132 S. Chugach St., Palmer. Transportation to Mat-Su area grocery stores and shopping centers is provided to seniors 60 years or older or those assisting a senior. (745-5454,palmerseniors.com)

SAT Prep Seminar, 3:30-7:30 p.m., Mat-Su Sylvan Learning Center, 1261 Seward Meridian Road. A new SAT prep seminar will be Sept. 29. Seats are limited so call to reserve a spot. (357-7323)

Jazz Ambassadors Free Concert, 7-8:30 p.m., Wasilla High School, 701 E. Bogard Road. The Jazz Ambassadors of The United States Army Field Band will perform. Free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Get tickets online or pick up at the Wasilla High School administration office. (301-677-6586, www.ArmyFieldBand.com)

THURSDAY

Friends of Wasilla Public Library Book Sale, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday, noon Sunday and 10 a.m. Monday, American Legion Post 35, Mile 46 Parks Highway. Members of the Friends special night is on Thursday. A book sale special, $5 per bag (bags provided) is Monday.

Baton Twirling Classes, 5-8 p.m., Swanson Elementary School, 609 N. Gulkana St., Palmer, and 6-8 p.m. Mondays, Iditarod Elementary School, 801 N. Wasilla Fishhook Road. Learn the sport and art of baton twirling with the Alaskanette Baton Corps., a non-profit, Alaska youth sports organization. Small class sizes and nationally certified coaching staff. $67 monthly. (349-5222, www.AlaskaBaton.com)

Mat-Su Youth Orchestra, 6-7 p.m., Shaw Elementary School, 3750 E. Paradise Lane, Wasilla. Mat-Su Youth Orchestra Community Group. $25. (373-3422, 355-3742; www.matsuk12.us/Page/5730)

New Norm Cancer Survivorship Workshop, 6:30-8 p.m., Mat-Su Regional Hospital, 2500 S. Woodworth Loop. Join radiation and medical oncology nurses in a presentation and discussion of long-term cancer treatment, such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, hormone therapy, and the side effects. Free. (264-1501, www.alaskacancercarealliance.org)

Sugar Blues, 7 -8 p.m., Alaska Center for Acupuncture, 642 S. Alaska St. Suite 208, Palmer. Join an in-depth exploration of sugar and its affect on health. Get recipes using healthy sugar alternatives. Learn about unwholesome artificial sweeteners and the adverse effects they have on the body. Learn strategies on how to get sugar out of your diet. Call to pre-register. Free. (745-8688)

FRIDAY

MatSu Business Alliance Luncheon, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Evangelos Restaurant, 2530 E. Parks Highway. Join moderator Dan Fagan for a Mat-Su borough mayor and assembly candidate debate and find out where your candidates stand on issues. Candidates from all contested races are invited. $22. (373-6622, www. matsubusinessalliance.com)

Learn to Square Dance, 7-8:30 p.m., The Salvation Army, 209 W. Evergreen Ave., Palmer. Paws and Taws Square Dance Club offers lessons through May. Club Dance for experienced dancers from 8:30-10 p.m. Couples, singles and families welcome. First three lessons free, then $5. (745-4565, sites.google.com/site/squaredanceinalaska/home)

"The Pink Panther Strikes Again," 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Valley Performing Arts, 251 W. Swanson Ave., Wasilla. The world's most unusual criminologist, chief inspector Jacques Clouseau, fights for his life and for the future of all mankind in the most bizarre and dangerous caper of his brilliantly successful and utterly clumsy career. $16-$18. (373-0195, www.valley performingarts.org)

SATURDAY

Houston Community Health Fair, 8 a.m.-noon, Mid-Valley Senior Center, 11975 W. Mid-Valley Way. Free health screenings, health education and high quality, low cost blood tests. Drink lots of water before blood draw .Bring a stamp for mailing you your results. (278-0234, www.alaskahealthfair.org)

Autumnfest Walk, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Palmer Museum of History and Art, 723 S. Valley Way. A 6-K and 10-K walk starting anytime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. A guided 6-K walk will be led by a club member starting at 10:30 a.m. Walks are along the city streets of Palmer. Routes are paved and level with instructions that are heavily annotated with historical and visitor facts and information. Free. (745-8878)

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)

Brain Fitness, 1 p.m., Mat-Su Senior Services, 1132 S. Chugach St., Palmer. Presented by the Alzheimer's Disease Resource Agency on the last Monday of every month. (745-5454, www.palmerseniors.com)

Caregivers Connection, 1-3 p.m., Palmer Senior Citizens Center, 1132 S. Chugach St. Caregivers is a support group for anyone providing support and care for a family member, neighbor or friend and not getting paid for it. (761-5027)

Mat-Su Concert Band Practice, 7-9 p.m. Mondays, Teeland Middle School, 2788 N. Seward Meridian Parkway. The band is looking for a bass clarinet player and a baritone saxophone player. The band has an instrument for a bass clarinet to use. Baritone sax players will need to furnish their own.