Culture

Growing up, I fondly remember attending vacation Bible school. I remember a positive experience with singing, crafts, exercise, and Bible stories, and retain memories of making bookends from quartz and plaster of Paris during crafts. Many local churches offer vacation Bible school experiences for kids today.

Chris Thompson
Sam Allred, known for his viral "Cuppycake Song" video and acting work, was seriously injured in a four-wheeler accident while on a family outing.Mike Dunham
Fairs and celebrations for Independence Day take place all over Southcentral Alaska on Saturday, from the Kenai Peninsula to the Mat-Su. Alaska Dispatch News
Unless you are living in a condo or apartment, you are probably a “yardener.” “Yardening” is a term coined by the late garden writer Jeff Ball, who recognized that the modern gardener doesn’t just putter around with growing flowers and vegetables in nice, rectangular beds as in the days of yore. Jeff Lowenfels
The best travel deals pop up in different places -- and it changes all the time.Scott McMurren
I never knew him as a piglet, never watched him trot through a grassy field or rubbed his belly. He didn't have a name. But this pig was special. Shannon Kuhn

Kate Powers, Jennifer Galbreath and Shannon Kuhn bought shares in a whole pig. The trio butchered the pig under the guidance of Jillian Morrissey and Kim Sollien in Morrissey’s Palmer, Alaska, area garage on Thursday, April 16, 2015. The pig was purchased from the Van Wyhe Family Farm in Kenny Lake.

Bob Hallinen
The family of the Wasilla child actor and health care advocate has started a fundraising campaign to cover costs following a four-wheeler accident.Mike Dunham
Fresh halibut, crisp cabbage, cooling lime crema and bright mango salsa, all held together by a perfectly steamed corn tortilla and topped with Tapatio hot sauce. Maya Evoy
If you’re going to have just a few go-to summer salads in your repertoire, you might want to consider including this one for kachoombar, a refreshing chopped Indian salad that usually combines tomato, onion and chilies.Kim Sunée