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The deadline for nominating a young person for the “Summer of Heroes” award is July 15. Five young Alaskans, ages 6-18, will be chosen to receive $1,500 scholarships. Recipients will be selected on the basis of activities dedicated to making a difference in their community, such as volunteering, raising funds and inspiring others.

In past years recipients have been honored for organizing cleanups of public areas, starting a store in a rural village , creating a respite facility for returning soldiers and raising money to support an animal at the Alaska SeaLife Center...

Mike Dunham

The Blue Rose Trio, three enormously talented musicians living in different parts of the globe who join up from time to time, will present two concerts in Anchorage this week. The programs will feature 20th century music from Latin America that tends to blend classical precision and intensity with the infectious verve of popular music...

Mike Dunham

The Beatles -- together or separately -- are known to have passed through Alaska twice.

The first time they came was at 1:45 p.m. on June 27, 1966. Most sources say the DC-8 jet carrying the Fab Four to Japan was obliged to set down at Anchorage International Airport because a typhoon named Kit blocked their way...

Mike Dunham

A sign by an ornate gate on the Anchorage Hillside identifies the manorial home as “Haymans Green.”

Haymans Green is also the name of the Liverpool, England, street where the Casbah Club is located, the site of some of the Beatles’ earliest public successes and the place where they signed the contract with Brian Epstein that would lead to fame and fortune.

You’d need to be a serious Beatles fan to know that, and such a fan is the man who lives in the Hillside house, Larry Flynn. Beatles scholar is a more accurate term than mere fan...

Mike Dunham

The Beatles -- together or separately -- are known to have passed through Alaska twice.

The first time they came was at 1:45 p.m. on June 27, 1966. Most sources say the DC-8 jet carrying the Fab Four to Japan was obliged to set down at Anchorage International Airport because a typhoon named Kit blocked their way...

Mike Dunham

A sign by an ornate gate on the Anchorage Hillside identifies the manorial home as "Haymans Green."

Haymans Green is also the name of the Liverpool, England, street where the Casbah Club is located, the site of some of the Beatles' earliest public successes and the place where they signed the contract with Brian Epstein that would lead to fame and fortune.

You'd need to be a serious Beatles fan to know that, and such a fan is the man who lives in the Hillside house, Larry Flynn. Beatles scholar is a more accurate term than mere fan...

Mike Dunham

Anima-ted youth chorus performance

Another youth chorus is visiting Alaska this month. Anima -- Young Singers of Greater Chicago will perform at the Chapel by the Lake in Juneau at 7 p.m. on July 6 and at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Eagle River at 7 p.m. on July 9. The Alaska Children's Choir will join the Chicago kids in their Eagle River concert. Both shows are free to attend, though donations will be accepted.

Cold and dry...

Mike Dunham

When Alaska communication and transportation pioneer, resources consultant and general public policy activist Walter Parker died June 27, he left behind a large grieving family, legions of friends -- and a dozen huskies.

People have stepped forward to adopt some of the dogs but the Parker clan is hoping to find new homes for all 12.

An adviser to governors and presidents, Parker took up mushing when he came to Alaska in the 1940s, a time when it was still a practical way to get around in the Bush. He continued to keep sled dogs at his Amorak Kennel in East Anchorage but increasingly as pets...

Mike Dunham

When Alaska communication and transportation pioneer, resources consultant and general public policy activist Walter Parker died June 27, he left behind a large grieving family, legions of friends -- and a dozen huskies.

People have stepped forward to adopt some of the dogs, but the Parker clan is hoping to find new homes for all 12.

An advisor to governors and presidents, Parker took up mushing when he came to Alaska in the 1940s, a time when mushing was still a practical way to get around in the Bush. He continued to keep sled dogs at his Amorak Kennel in East Anchorage, but increasingly as pets...

Mike Dunham

Anchorage Opera has hired Reed Smith as its new executive director. A press release from the company received Monday said Smith will assume his duties Aug. 1.

Smith resigned as general director of Tri-Cities Opera Company in Binghamton, N.Y., in February. He has been associated with that organization for more than three decades as a singer and company manager.

Smith replaces Kevin Patterson, who has held the top position at Anchorage Opera for two years. Patterson has said he is leaving to be with family in Indiana.

By MIKE DUNHAM mdunham@adn.com
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