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Autumn activities are back: Fungus fair, fall harvest tea and moose madness

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: September 4, 2019
  • Published September 4, 2019

A full basket of birch boletes and green russulas – the most common edible mushrooms near Goose Lake on Friday August 28, 2009. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

Fungus Fair — Mushroom lovers unite at the Girdwood Fungus Fair. Register for mushroom-themed talks, workshops and demos on topics including how to turn mushrooms into dye, how to cook wild mushrooms, and cultivate them at home. Participate in fungus forays: guided mushroom walks with mycologists. Mushroom merch will be available for purchase. Prices dependent on registration for events. Saturday-Sunday, Girdwood Community Room, 250 Egloff Drive, Girdwood. (

Hogwarts & Halsey — Two themed dance parties are happening at Williwaw this week. Wizards and witches can get down to dancing at this Harry Potter themed costume party. Play quidditch beer pong and drink Hogwarts themed drinks. DJ Fan Service will enchant the dance floor, which will be decked out with Harry Potter props and decor including a sorting hat. Show your house pride. 9:30-11:59 p.m. Friday.

Billie Eilish and Halsey will be playing all night Saturday with DJ Fan Service. Dress up like your favorite pop stars and drink some themed drinks. Dance all night to the latest hit music. 9:30 p.m. - 2 a.m. Williwaw Social 609 F St. (

Fall Harvest Tea — Bond with grandparents and other seniors over high tea. Enjoy finger sandwiches, scones with devonshire cream, jam, or honey, fruit and cheese platters, and of course a wide assortment of teas. Hold onto your hats and participate in the hat contest. Categories are: most elegant, most creative and best child’s hat. $25-$40. 11 a.m. -1 p.m. Saturday, Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center, 22424 N Birchwood Lp. (

Alaska SPCA Spay-ghetti Dinner — Meet local dogs, sip a glass of wine, and mingle with Alaska pet lovers. Enjoy spaghetti bolognese served with salad and dessert. Enter in a silent auction hosted by DJ Lefty with prizes ranging from vodka tastings to pet gift baskets. All proceeds go toward the Alaska SPCA to continue providing nonprofit veterinary and pet adoption service. The event is hosted by Jackie Purcell with live music by the Hannah Yoter Band. $45. 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Kincaid Park Chalet, 6998 Raspberry Road (

What Steve Meyer hoped to see on his first trip to Alaska. Photographed in Cooper Landing, June 2019. (Photo by Steve Meyer)

Moose Madness — Celebrate the fall with our antlered neighbors. Bring your family for hands-on deer-related critter items, moose facts scavenger hunt, kids crafts and coloring sheets, story time, deer family enrichment, and more. $15. Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Alaska Zoo, 4731 O’Malley Road. (

The Underpants — If you love celebrity gossip, prepare to laugh at the timeless play by Steve Martin. The premise is simple: a young woman’s bloomers fall down at a royal parade and she soon becomes the talk of the town. Witness the drama, nosy neighbors, and the hubbub surrounding a pair of underpants. $50-$61. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Wednesday-Thursday, 4-6 p.m. Sunday. Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, 621 West 6th Ave. (