5 things to do in the Mat-Su: Weekend of Dec. 15

5 things to do in the Mat-Su: Weekend of Dec. 15

1)    Biker Elf Drive – Santa Fly In

WASILLA — This Saturday, Santa Claus will be flying to town in a helicopter. The Biker Elves are at it again for their third annual “Santa Fly In” event at Denali Harley Davidson from 12 to 4 p.m. After Santa sticks the landing, kids can fly up with him in the helicopter for free. Note that parents must ride with their children if they want to go in the helicopter. There will also be a petting zoo with furry friends to play with throughout the event. Santa will be available for pictures as he straddles his Harley hog. There will be door prizes as well. Visitors are asked to bring new, unused toys for donations. This event is a part of the Biker Elves Toy Drive, an annual, charitable event that collects toys and other gifts for children in the Mat-Su Valley. All of their efforts go towards the Special Santa Program, the Valley’s own toy drive with their own elf workshop. All the children presents gathered by biker elves are donated to the sorting elves busily working away in the new Salvation Army in Palmer.

“It’s a blowout every year,” said Glen Butts, head biker elf.

Butts started the Biker Elves Toy Drive several years ago with his former riders. He currently rides with the Christian Motorcycle Association’s Midnight Son Riders, Chapter #801. He brought his toy drive over and the drive grows each year, showing no signs of slowing down. For the past 6 years, the bikers have teamed up with numerous businesses and organizations around town, using collection bins and donation jars at several locations. As a part of the drive, the bikers work with Tacos Cancun in Wasilla for their Tacos for Toys drive, an ongoing sales event. Those who bring in a new toy to donate will get 50% off for a taco platter. The drive runs from November 1st until a Christmas Eve. For more information, contact Butts at 907-357-0579 or visit cmanwr1.org/AK/MIDNIGHTSONRIDERS

“I am proud to say it has grown, and helped so many people during this time- children, and adults alike. The Special Santa Program is a much needed help for people in our community, and BIKER ELVES are glad to be a part of it,” Butts said.

2)    “Spirit of the Season” by Mat-Su Concert Band

PALMER- The Mat-Su Concert Band is returning to the Glenn Massay Theater this weekend for their annual holiday special. The “Spirit of the Season” concert will take place this Saturday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Ticket prices: general admission – $ 15.00, students – $ 7.00, and Age 5 and under – Free. The Mat-Su Concert Band is the largest and oldest musical organization in the Mat-Su Valley. They provide adult and young adult musicians from across the Valley and surrounding areas the outlet for musical expression and enjoyment beyond high school and college. They strive to promote artistic enrichment in their concerts, and attempt to preserve the “rich repertoire and cultural history of the wind band.”

Conductor, Gleo Hyuck said he always considers three angles for every concert’s theme: the audience, the band and himself. He said that he tries to select music that appeals everyone involved in the musical journey. To learn more about the Mat-Su Concert band or to listen to their music online, visit http://www.matsuconcertband.org/

 3)    Ellementa Wasilla: Cannabis for Comfort and Joy

 “Now is the time to pay more attention to ourselves and our own health and wellbeing.”

WASILLA- This Sunday, Ellementa will be hosting a panel discussion and lecture series surrounding “Cannabis for Comfort and Joy.” The workshop will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Espresso Café. Ellementa is a women’s network focused on health, wellness, and cannabis. The event is an open dialogue to explore the potential benefits of cannabis for overall health and wellbeing. Tickets cost $ 10 and can be purchased on-site or online at Eventbrite.com. The Espresso Café is located at 1265 South Seward Meridian Parkway, Unit A.

The featured speaker will be Ember Haynes, owner of Denali Hemp Company and Silverbear Sundries, “natural lines of consciously harvested and crafted herbal products for the body, mind and spirit.” Ember is a student at the Holistic Cannabis Academy. She is an advocate for Cannabis legalization and decriminalization for all 50 states and believes in the medicinal benefits for all cannabis medicine. The host is Aimee Altman, a writer and mother who recently became the Alaska Coordinator of Ellementa. 13 years ago, Altman successfully detoxed off of a Methadone program by using cannabis. She writes the weekly Anchorage Press column, “Green Tara Cannapress.” Ellementa meets monthly to discuss the medical application of cannabis. It should be noted that this is a non-consumption, educational event. It is specifically meant for women/female-identified only. Ellementa does not condone consumption of cannabis on the premises of Gatherings. Ellementa events are for adults ages 21 years and older.

4)    Fa La La AAAGH – Keep Calm Shopping Event

PALMER- Last minute shoppers rejoice, the “Fa La La AAAGH – Keep Calm Shopping Event” is a festive and fun way to check names of the Christmas gift list. Over 30 small businesses will have booths at the Palmer Train Depot this Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Every person that walks in can grab a free, re-usable shopping tote, courtesy of the event host, My Matanuska Marketplace. The atmosphere is sure to be in the spirit of the season, with holiday music playing and tasty morsels to sample as shoppers stroll around the circuit. Old Saint Nick will also be there so families can take photos under the lens of Spirit Photography Studio. There will also be Gift Bag Giveaway with items donated by the vendors. The only requirement to the giveaway is to simply purchase one item. Those who enter do not have to be present to win.

5)    The Matanuska Susitna Orchestra plays holiday tunes

 “We are grateful to the businesses and patrons who share our vision.  A gift to the Orchestra is a gift to the community!”

PALMER — The Matanuska Susitna Orchestra will be playing seasons greetings this Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free but donations are always welcome. There will also refreshments available. As a part of the “Sundays at 2″ concert series, this event will benefit the Friends of the Palmer Public Library, Inc. The Friends of the Palmer Library are a non-profit organization that helps the Palmer Public Library create and manage programs that are designed to support the community. Kate Patterson leads the Matanuska Susitna Orchestra weekly for rehearsals.  They typically meet Tuesday evenings, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the United Protestant Church in Palmer, located at 713 South Denali Street. Their core mission is to provide an opportunity for musicians to grow and support the non-profits in the community. They encourage high school ages and older to join the band by contacting Kate Patterson at [email protected].

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