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Deacon and former big-game guide Curt Leuenberger, just 52, was laid low when his kidneys began to fail. Despite going into a coma, he eventually rallied to survive after two transplants.   

Joel Davidson | Catholic Anchor

On the hunt for holiday meal inspiration? Look no further. Here's a collection of fall treats from our favorite Alaska food writers.

Victoria Barber
One key factor weighing against people of faith is consumerism. Consumerism appears to be destroying our national holiday celebration of Thanksgiving and has successfully destroyed the true spirit of Christmas.Chris Thompson
In honor of our local farmers and foragers, here are a few side dish recipes featuring Alaskan grown potatoes and carrots, and wild harvested cranberries and mushrooms to make next week. Shannon Kuhn
Here's an event for dog lovers to mark on your calendars: On Sunday, Nov. 23, from noon to 3 p.m., professional photographer David Jensen is having a launch event for his new book, "When Age Has No Leash -- lessons learned from senior dogs" at Alyeska Canine Trainers.Mike Lewis
The trick to this salad is to very thinly slice the sprouts and the kale into lovely ribbons of varied shades of green.Kim Sunée
This glorious maple cheesecake with a spiced pecan graham cracker crust is a show-stopper.Maya Evoy
Alaska Overnighters will have a new and unusual venue for the next round of quickly written plays; they'll be presented in various galleries at the Anchorage Museum and patrons will stand through the show. Also, Alaskans have come through with donations to several good causes involving music, theater and literary arts.Mike Dunham
An Anchorage woman was shocked when she tried to buy tickets for Cirque du Soleil and found her bill ballooned with extra charges. She'd gone to a third-party ticket reseller instead of the venue's authorized seller. Here's how to avoid making the same mistake.Mike Dunham

Pulse Dance Company will host its annual season fundraiser in French this weekend with a theme of Moulin Rouge-inspired burlesque. Pulse is known for its innovative approach to modern dance in Anchorage.  The group's previous burlesque pieces have displayed its ability to push the genre and flex dancers' muscles.

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