Our Community

  In today's Our Community segment, Danny Preston speaks with the Acapella group " The Philharmonic". The group sang the infamous song "Happy" that is currently playing all over the radio. Tonight at the UAA's Wendy's Williamson auditorium at 7:30 PM, there will be the Acapella Festival! Tickets are $10 at the door for UAA students, $20 at the door for UAA staff, faculty, and alumni, & youth (under 17), and $25 at the door for general public. For more information, visit:


 Danny Preston speaks with Yupik artist Ryan Romer! He will be featured at the upcoming event, Rolled In Relief, which includes a print making and steam roller process. There will be 6 other artists attending the event as well. To find out more, be sure and attend the Rolled In Relief event on October 11th at the Anchorage Community Works (349 E. ship Creek road). The event will be free! For more information regarding Ryan Romer or his work, visit

  Danny Preston speaks with new General Manager of the Cyrano's Theatre Company, Janet Stoneburner. The current play running at Cyrano's is 4000 Miles. There have been rave reviews for this play and this week is the last week to catch the play! It is a comical and moving drama starring Linda (Harold & Maude) Benson. The running times will begin at 7 Pm on Thursday through Saturday and a 3 PM matinee showing on Sunday.

  Danny Preston speaks with Don Rearden, a professor at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. He is also known as the author of The Ravens Gift. Shifting from contemporary Yupik Eskimo village life to a gripping post-apocalyptic Alaskan nightmare, The Raven's Gift reveals a heartbreaking truth -- many remote communities in rural Alaska currently teeter on the brink of total collapse. Don Rearden's debut novel dares to confront the frightening possibility of an impending catastrophic loss of human life, love, and indigenous culture.

  Danny Preston speaks with Chief Executive Office of the Red Cross Tanguy Libbrecht and preparedness specialist Anna Nilles. September is National Preparedness month! Why do we have this month and what does it all mean? Well it is to get people to just stop for a moment, and think about what it means to be "prepared". The Red Cross is getting the public to prevent and alleviate suffering. For more information on how you can become more prepared,visit:

  Danny Preston speaks with executive director of the APF, Beth Nordlund. The Anchorage Park Foundation facilitates park improvement projects that are driven by neighborhood initiative. APF is a independent nonprofit — separate from but working closely with the city, to upgrade park assets. They are about what park users want, and are responsible and accountable to the intent of our donors, neighborhoods and volunteers. There are two new neighborhood playgrounds now open, near the Oceanview and Stevenson area.

In today's Our Community Segment, Danny Preston speaks with Tommy O'Malley, FASD Program Manager. FASD is an abbreviation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Today, September 9th, is national FASD awareness day. This day also serves a significance relating to none for nine, no consuming of alcohol within the 9 months of pregnancy. It is a preventable birth condition and it is completely avoidable. Tonight there will be an event for FASD awareness day at the Anchorage School District building on Debbar and Boniface, which starts from 5:30 to 8:30 PM.

Danny Preston speaks with Alaska Native artist, Gretchen Sagan! With a traditional print-making background, Gretchen has been painting on canvas for 6 years. Her new series of art features painting on birch-tree panels. An upcoming exhibition featuring 16 pieces by Gretchen herself will run September 5th through the 28th at the Alaska Humanities Forum. Tomorrow evening for First Friday, from 5:30 to 8:00 PM, marks the beginning of the new exhibition including a special reception. For more information you can call Alaska Humanities forum at (907) 272 5341.