1 Percent for Art Excursion
Take a three-hour tour of Anchorage's public art and get the stories behind pieces by some of Alaska's best-loved artists. Angela Demma will host the bus trip to the Egan and Dena'ina centers and on to Mountain View to meet Perry Eaton and Alvin Amason at their studio, then back to the museum. Snacks and water are provided with the tour price of $15, but those prone to peckishness are advised to bring a bag lunch. Meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Anchorage Museum, 625 C St., for the 10 a.m. start. Online registration is required at tickets.anchoragemuseum.org.
Last year the Alaska Railroad's last steam engine returned to the state for restoration and, it's hoped, a return to service. Railroad buff Pat Durand will be the guest at the meeting of the Alaska Prospectors Society at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, 725 W. Ninth Ave., to describe the progress of the restoration efforts and hopes for the future. Durand will also recall some of the fabulous history of Locomotive 557, a so-called "Gypsy Rose Lee" model built for the Army that kept chugging in Alaska, pulling cargo through floods when modern engines couldn't make it. Admission is free.
Linda Sue Park won the coveted Newbery Award for her young reader novel "A Single Shard," about a boy in medieval Korea who dreams of becoming a master potter. She'll be the guest of Anchorage libraries for the Summer Reading Celebration, talking about her books and the pleasures of reading. The events are all free, at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Loussac Library's Wilda Marston Auditorium, 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Muldoon Branch Library, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Scott and Wesley Gerrish Neighborhood Library in Girdwood, 1 p.m. Thursday at Chugiak-Eagle River Neighborhood Library, and 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Mountain View Neighborhood Library. School-age youths are particularly invited to attend.