LAST YEAR KIDS DERBY SUMMARY
VALDEZ, Alaska – Nearly 300 kids converged on Valdez for the 6th Annual Kids Pink Salmon Derby. More fish were weighed in this year than last but the fish were not as big as the large pinks brought in during the 2012 derby. To get in the Top 10 for Pink Salmon ever caught in the Kids Derby, the fish would have to weigh at least 6.91 pounds. This year’s top fish tipped the scales at 5.38 pounds.
Kyle Eames of Anchorage brought in the 5.38 pound pink salmon to take top honors and win the 1st place prize in the 11 to 13 age division. Jace Branshaw of Valdez won the 5 to 7 year age division with a 5.1 pound pink. Penelope Porres of Palmer took top honors in the 8 to 10 year age division and Jeni Wolter of Fairbanks garnered 1st place in the 14 to 16 age division with a 4.94 pound pink salmon. All the 1st place winners took home a Longboard skateboard from Bahama Hawks. The 2nd place winners got a skateboard from Bahama Hawks and the 3rd place winners took home a fishing pole from the Prospector.
ALASKA INTERNATIONAL SENIOR GAMES
The Alaska International Senior Games are for those 50 and above. The games will be held in Fairbanks August 8th through the 17th, and these games are qualifying events for the 2015 National Senior Games to be held in Minneapolis next July. There are opening ceremonies, a dance social, and even a celebration of athletes on the Riverboat Discovery. Mark your calendars for the Alaska International Senior Games August 8th through the 17th. Registration closes July 31st.
2nd ANNUAL PINK SALMON FESTIVAL ART CONTEST
Test your artistic talents by decorating a 4 foot wooden fishing book cut out. Boots are available at the Civic Centre Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm for a minimum donation of $10. Return your fish to the Civic Center no later than July 3rd. All entries will be displayed and available for public voting starting July 4th through 6th. Quantities are limited to the first 25 aspiring artists. For more information, call Parks & Recreation at 835-2531.
KIDS SUMMER CAMPS AND ACTIVITIES
There are still spaces available in many of the Parks & Recreation camps. Stop by the Civic Center to pick up a hardcopy of the Parks & Recreation Summer Fun Booklet or CLICK HERE to read it online.
UPCOMING VALDEZ MUSEUM & HISTORICAL ARCHIVE EVENTS
Artist Opening – Friday, June 6th – 7 to 8pm Location: Museum on Egan
Artists, Sheila Wyne, Don Decker, Linda Infante Lyons, Klara Maisch and Annette Bellamy along with author Kesler Woodward, take visitors on a tour of the exhibition and describe their work.
Event is FREE.
Artist Panel Discussion – Friday, June 6th – 8 to 9pm Location: VCVB on Fairbanks Street
Artists from the show will gather for a rare and lively discussion about how history and the reflection of place resonate with artists and art-making. Art-historian, Kesler Woodward, will facilitate the conversation. Refreshments will be served. This event is FREE.
Klara Maisch Workshop – Saturday, June 7th – 1 to 4pm Location: Museum on Egan
Artist, Klara Maisch joins us from Fairbanks, to host a workshop, where participants will create a sketchbook from scratch, and work outside to fill the pages in creative ways. Cost is $17 for members and $20 for non-members. Maximum of 12 participants.
Don Decker Presentation - Saturday, June 7th – 7 to 8pm Location: VCVB on Fairbanks Street
Anchorage artist, author and teacher Don Decker, will share the evolution of his 50 years’ worth of work. Described as both an outstanding teacher and practicing artist, Decker’s presentation is a “can’t miss opportunity”. This event is FREE.
THINKING ABOUT COMPETING IN STATE FAIR
HERE IS THE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO COMPETE AT THE FAIR
Palmer, Alaska – The 2014 Alaska State Fair exhibitor guide is now available on the Fair website,alaskastatefair.org. This is the one-stop resource for anyone thinking about entering an exhibit at the 2014 Fair. Departments include: Art; Baked Goods; Canning; Clay Arts; Creative Arts & Crafts; Crops; Fiber & Fleece; Flowers; Handwork & Needlework; Honey & Beekeeping; Livestock; Photography; Poultry; Quilts; Rabbits; Sewing; Spririt Beverages & Soda Pop and Woodworking.
As Alaska’s State Fair, the Fair accepts exhibit entries from around the state. There are entry points in Anchorage, Soldotna, Haines and Ketchikan, as well as at the fairgrounds itself.
VCVB SEEKING SKILLED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Valdez Convention & Visitors Bureau is seeking a skilled Executive Director. The position is permanent, full time with a salary range of $55,000 to $75,000. If you want to be considered for this opportunity, submit a cover letter outlining qualifications as they pertain to the position, resume, three professional references and most recent compensation information to the VCVB Board Chair Patricia Relay via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. CLICK HERE for full Job Posting
CLICK HERE to visit VCVB Website: http://www.valdezalaska.org/
LITTLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION
It's not too late to sign your child up for Valdez Little League. There will be: T-Ball; Coach Pitch; Major: Minor and Junior teams.
CLICK HERE for registration form. May be returned to HHES office before end of school or to any Valdez Little League board member. Call B.J. Williams at 715-790-1888 with questions or to become a volunteer coach.
NAPA TENT SALE THIS WEEKEND
Spring is here and that means it’s time for Napa’s annual tent sale! This Friday from 8am to 6pm and Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Come take advantage of our biggest sale of the year with deals like a DeWalt 20 volt lithium ion drill/impact combo for $189.00. After trade in Napa Batteries up to 20% off, tools and equipment up to 50% off, and Napa Gold Filters up to 70% off. Join the Napa Factory reps on Friday, and try your luck at the friends of NRA Raffle. Enjoy fee hot dogs and chips from 11am to 3pm Friday. That’s the Napa Annual Tent Sale this Friday and Saturday only.
FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS
Meetings for a local support group welcomes parents, family and friends of children who are intellectually gifted yet challenged by behavioral issues, Autism spectrum, ADHD, OCD and more, will take place on the second Monday of each month at 7pm in the Coast Guard Community Center. CLICK HERE for more information.
CHECK OUT THE SPECIALS AT ERNESTO’S: Monday Gorditas Two homemade corn tortillas fried and filled with your choice of chicken or beef, tomatoes, shredded cheese, lettuce, Mexican sour cream. Includes beans and rice. MUY DELICIOSO Tuesday Puffy Tacos Chicken or beef on fresh home-made tacos made with fresh masa served with rice and beans Wednesday Mexican Pizza made with chicken or beef fajitas. Served with refried beans.
Thursday Rib Eye Steak a la Mexicana, sautéed with fresh vegetables; green bell peppers, onions and tomatoes Served with two homemade flour tortillas, rice and beans with melted cheese Friday Taco and Salsa Bar Your choice of fillings on fresh flour or corn tortillas with lettuce, cheese and cilantro and a trip to the salsa bar. Tacos $3.00 each (3.99 for Halibut or shrimp). Add $2.00 for rice and beans. SaturdaySeafood Fajitas, made with salmon, halibut and shrimp