Separate weekend wellness fairs in Anchorage offer family-friendly health tips

Two separate family-friendly events focused on physical and mental well-being will be held in Anchorage this weekend, and there’s also a prescription drug take-back day on Saturday.

Saturday: Mountain View community wellness fair

The event in Mountain View on Saturday is being held in honor of Dia del Niño, celebrated annually at the end of April as a tribute to children in Mexico and other Latin American countries, according to organizers.

Anytime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., families can stop by the Mountain View Library on Bragaw Street for piñata classes, art, routine immunizations, storytime in both English and Spanish, COVID-19 vaccines, boosters and rapid tests.

The Mountain View event is hosted by the library, the Alaska Primary Care Association, Enlaces and the Conquer COVID Alliance.

Sunday: Mental Health Resource Fair

On Sunday, Alaska Public Media is hosting its first Mental Health Resource Fair at The Nave (3502 Spenard Road) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fair is free and includes appearances from over 20 local organizations that can share information and resources related to wellness and mental health.

There will also be free food, including pork sliders, dirty rice, barbecue and desserts; a kids area with games and art; plus free yoga and meditation classes.

Saturday: Prescription drug take-back day

Law enforcement authorities say they’re hosting the prescription drug take-back day to help reduce medication misuse.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., sites around the state will be accepting drop-offs of capsules and tablets (liquid medications will not be accepted).

Locations to drop off unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications include:

• Anchorage: Alaska Regional Hospital, Providence Alaska Medical Center, Fred Meyer locations at Abbott Road and Muldoon Road

• Eagle River: Fred Meyer

• Fairbanks: Fairbanks Police Department, Fred Meyer East and West

• Homer: Homer Police Department

• Kodiak: Kodiak Police Department

• North Pole: North Pole Police Department

• Palmer: Fred Meyer

• Seward: Seward City Hall

• Sitka: Harrigan Centennial Hall

• Soldotna: Soldotna Police Department

• Wasilla: Fred Meyer

• Willow: Willow Community Center

Annie Berman

Annie Berman covers health care for the Anchorage Daily News. She's a fellow with Report for America, and is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. A veteran of AmeriCorps and Vista volunteer programs, she's previously reported for Mission Local and KQED in the Bay Area.