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Fun things this week: Queen sing-along, reptiles for the whole family, ‘Ex’s & Oh’s’

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: August 30, 2019
  • Published August 28, 2019

Red eared slider turtles float on water at Valley Aquatics and Reptile Rescue in Wasilla on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News)

All Alaska Reptile & Exotics Expo — Alaska animal keepers, breeders and suppliers will bring along their scaly friends for this annual event. Meet everything from alligators to axolotls to hedgehogs, all locally bred and ready to meet exotic animal enthusiasts. Kids age 6 and younger get free admission and all kids get free swag. $4. 2-7 p.m. Saturday Aug 31. Kincaid Chalet, Raspberry Road (

Get sucked into succulents — Two locations in Anchorage are offering succulent workshops this week. On Friday, you can build a zen garden and learn about the benefits of having a succulent. Decorate your garden with gemstones, crystals, deity statues and more. $65 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, Anchorage Distillery, 6310 A St (907-299-6980)

A second workshop is on Saturday. Learn about air plants with self-described “plant whisperer” Chyrstal Kennedy, who will give a tour of her private collection of succulents and assist in building personalized air terrariums. $55 1-3 p.m. Saturday Aug 31. Anchorage re:MADE 13500 Old Seward Highway (

Freddie Mercury birthday celebration — Show your love of Queen and support a global charity. Watch the award-winning “Bohemian Rhapsody” movie and sing along with onscreen lyrics and a cardboard cutout of Freddie. Pair your popcorn with a mustache milkshake or “Freddie” your drink with a mustache. Proceeds from the purchase of mustache drinks go toward the Mercury Phoenix Trust for the global battle against HIV/AIDS. Free admission. 7-10 p.m. Thursday, Sept 5. 415 E St. (

Elle King at the Alaska State Fair — Known for her double-platinum single “Ex’s & Oh’s,” King’s alternative sound blends pop, rock and roll and bluegrass. $30-$50. 3 p.m. Monday Sept 2. Alaska State Fair, Palmer. (

Electronic waste recycling and block party — Bring in old laptops, cell phones or anything with a cord to recycle safely and free of charge at this neighborhood block party. Enjoy burgers and hot dogs for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Dance along to DJ Chester Chomp while the kids play in the bouncy house and run through the obstacle course. (Note: do not bring lightbulbs, batteries, or large appliances.) 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday Sept 4. St. John United Methodist Church, 1801 O’Malley Road (907-344-3025,

Sound Over Silence — Support the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Anchorage by attending this live music and storytelling benefit. Musical guests include Jaybird Parkhurst, Emma Hill, Medium Build, Aural Imago, and Cannon Fire Orange. Speakers from Mental Health Advocacy Through Storytelling will share their experiences with mental illness. 7-9 p.m. Thursday Sept 5. Heart of the City, 411 W 4th Ave (9072720227)