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What's happening this week: Native Youth Olympics, bartender battle, terrarium pop-up

  • Author: Alaska Dispatch News
  • Updated: April 20, 2017
  • Published April 20, 2017

Point Lay athlete Fred Neakok practices the two-foot high kick during the the 45th Native Youth Olympics at the Alaska Airlines Center on Friday, April 17, 2015.

NYO Games Alaska

Watch youth from across Alaska perform athletic feats of strength, skill and endurance — competing in the kneel jump, seal hop, Alaskan high kick and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-April 29, Alaska Airlines Center, 3550 Providence Drive. Free. (

Cascada de Flores

Focusing on Latin America's golden age, Cascada de Flores incorporates bolero, rancheras and guarachas-style music accompanied by guitar, bass, violin and zapateado (foot stomping). 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, 621 W. Sixth Ave. $29.25-$34.25. (

That '70s Dance Party at Williwaw

Themed cocktails, costumes, music and more will be provided at this groovy 1970s party. DJ Spencer Lee will bring dance-party tunes from the best of disco, Motown, funk, soul, pop and classic rock. Seventies-themed costumes are highly encouraged. 9 p.m. Friday, Williwaw, 609 F St. Free. (

'Mysterious Mixers: Bartender Battle Royale'

Eight Anchorage drink slingers will compete for the title of "mixmaster" at this downtown event. They try to make the best use of surprise ingredients in order to win awards for audience favorite and "most creative." Proceeds go to Susitna Bicycle Institute and Planned Parenthood. 5 p.m. Sunday, Mad Myrna's, 530 E. Fifth Ave. $10. (For more information search "Mysterious Mixers: Bartender Battle Royale" on Facebook.)


Terrarium Pop-Up Workshop at Tequila 61

Topping the list of most unlikely pairing of event and venue is Tequila 61, an upscale Mexican "gastropub" that will host a terrarium-building workshop Thursday. So if you've been looking for an opportunity to arrange your own mini-ecosystem, head downtown, where plants, rocks, glass orbs and other materials will be provided, along with instructions on terrarium care. 6 p.m. Thursday, Tequila 61, 445 W. Fourth Ave. $55. (See to book.)

Wait a minute?! Truth and trust in journalism

This family-friendly panel discussion will feature Lam Thuy Vo of BuzzFeed News and Alaska journalists Tracy Sabo, KTUU news director, and Tom Hewitt of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. The discussion will be moderated by Lori Townsend. Discussion topics will range from fake news, skills for interpreting information, strategies for responding to fake information and best practices for admitting you are wrong when you accidentally re-post misinformation. 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, 49th State Brewing Co., 717 W. Third Ave. Free. (Search "Wait A Minute?! Truth and Trust in Journalism" on Facebook for more details.)

Party monster: Real tales of good times gone bad

Listen as locals recall real stories of parties that went from good to bad to great. 8 p.m. Thursday, Koot's, 2435 Spenard Road. Free; 21 and over. (

The iconic windmill sitting in the Chilkoot Charlie’s parking lot at the corner of Spenard Road and West 26th Avenue may be moving. Koot’s owner Mike Gordon may be returning the windmill to the original owner’s family. Photographed on Friday, June 13, 2014. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

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