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I did a double-take while sorting through the farmers market information last week when I ran across Peanut Butter Chicken Gizzard Cookies. “Hallelujah!” I thought. “Someone finally figured out how to combine the two best ingredients in the world!”

Turns out that the delicacy is intended for dogs. It comes from Drool Central , which makes canine treats that include Alaska vegetables and barley when they can get it, no salt, refined sugar, corn, soy or wheat.

“Can you taste these products yourself? Sure,” writes owner Daisy Nicolas. “They’re all human grade, clean and safe. I dare you to... so I can post in Facebook.”

The courageous can find out for themselves at South Anchorage Farmers Market on Saturday. Which brings us to people food...

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Ravens redux

Susan Serna’s images of ravens are on display at the Arc Gallery in the Consortium Library. Serna takes pictures of the birds, then edits them digitally. She didn’t have room to display all of the pieces in a previous show, but says there’s space for everything at the Arc -- hence the title of the exhibit, “The Ones That Flew Away.” The gallery hours are the same as the library's, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Parking is free Friday-Sunday and after 7:30 p.m. on other days.


Japanese celebration...

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An extinct Alaska version of Scotland's mythical Loch Ness Monster, identified last month in the Talkeetna Mountains, will be part of a multimedia diorama in Midtown Anchorage by artist James Havens...

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An extinct Alaska version of Scotland's mythical Loch Ness Monster, identified last month in the Talkeetna Mountains, will be part of a multimedia diorama in Midtown Anchorage by artist James Havens .

The find was announced Wednesday in a press release from the University of Alaska Museum of the North, which reported that Anchorage fossil collector Curvin Metzler originally spotted vertebrae of the animal in an eroding cliff. He contacted Patrick Druckenmiller, earth sciences curator at the museum, who visited the site in June and determined it was an elasmosaur, the first discovered in Alaska...

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More people attended the screening of “The Cheechakos” on July 16 than lived in Anchorage when the movie was made here in 1923. Curiosity about the silent film, shown to live accompaniment by the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, may have helped fill Atwood Concert Hall to near capacity, but the audience seemed highly entertained and pleased with what they saw...

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It’s a good weekend for those who love Anchorage’s urban outdoors scene -- the flowers, vegetables, berries, designs, layout and practical artfulness of it all.

Saturday will see the first-ever Yarducopia Bike Tour. The Yarducopia project, sponsored by Alaska Community Action on Toxics, connects yard owners with volunteers who build sustainable organic gardens. The landowner and the gardeners split the harvest and donate 10 percent to a charity.

The tour will start in Spenard at 3 p.m. and wind up in Fairview in time for a block party and the Alaska Renewable Energy Fair at 7 p.m. In addition to Yarducopia projects along the bike route, two projects in other parts of town will also be open to visitors...

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Winning the BOA Short Fiction Prize didn’t exactly come out of the blue for Robin McLean. “I had been a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award twice, so I knew I had something.”

That doesn’t mean it was easy. McLean, 49, had pretty well cut herself off from the writing life for a decade or so while living in the woods near Sutton.

“I thought writing was in the past,” she said.

When she took up the pen again in 2001, it took her 22 months to write a nine-page story. “My inner workings were rusty,” she said...

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“This has to be one of the nicest summers I can remember,” writes Arthur Keyes of Glacier Valley Farms. Most of us will agree, but farmers have their own reasons, Keyes points out, with several crops “a bit ahead of schedule” and he’ll have them at Center Market.

So let the feasting begin. Keyes is among several local growers who have begun harvesting onions -- “lots of Yensis sweet onions,” he writes, to go with the greens, beets, turnips etc. and greenhouse-assisted cucumbers and tomatoes that began to come in earlier in the season...

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Remember Anchorage

Earlier this year, 49 Writers held a series of conversations and workshops where people shared memories about how they came to Anchorage and what they found memorable about the place. The result is a book, “Anchorage Remembers: A Century of Tales,” which will be launched at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Anchorage Museum. The event will include readings by several authors whose work is included in the anthology, some of whom are having their writings and recollections published for the first time. The event is free. Enter by the Seventh Avenue doors.


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The White House announced on Friday that President Barack Obama will visit Alaska at the end of August . It'll be the first time since he was elected that he has visited Alaska beyond Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

The visit raises the question: What other sitting presidents have visited the 49th State? Here's our quick stab at a history:

Warren Harding, 1923

Franklin Roosevelt, 1944

Dwight Eisenhower, 1960

Lyndon Johnson, 1966

Richard Nixon, 1971

Gerald Ford, 1974 and 1975

Ronald Reagan, 1983 and 1984

Bill Clinton, 1994

George W. Bush, 2004 and 2005...

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