Tarr's Times


Last Weekend’s Picnics! 


Representative Tarr, Assemblymember Dunbar, and neighbors volunteering at the Russian Jack Park Cleanup


I hope you made it to our neighborhood picnics this past weekend! The Russian Jack and Airport Heights Community Councils organized picnics in Tikishla Park and Russian Jack Park, with a park cleanup included at Russian Jack.


I enjoyed visiting with neighbors who stopped by to share a meal, say hi, and enjoy the sunshine. With at least 50 people there to help at Russian Jack, we managed to get rid of at least 15 trash bags- maintaining our parks keeps them safe and clean for our families and neighbors. 


For those that might’ve missed the fun, there’ll be plenty of opportunities coming up throughout the summer for a chance to get outside, volunteer, see neighbors, and play in the sun. Please reach out to my office for questions on upcoming events and volunteer information!

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        Rep. Tarr with Park Cleanup Volunteer Kathleen Plunkett                                      The Airport Heights Picnic grillmasters!



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 Brown Jug Closing This Friday At Midnight

After years of fighting alongside the students at Clark Middle School, the Mountain View Community Council, and concerned neighbors, it’s great to report that the Brown Jug Liquor Store located just across the street from the Mountain View Library and Clark Middle School, will be closing it’s doors for good tomorrow- Friday, at midnight. In addition to closing the store on North Bragaw Street, the company plans to spend $25,000 to spruce up their Brown Jug store, just a few blocks away, stop using plastic bags, create a "do-not-serve" list of customers with addresses at local homeless shelters, and open the stores at noon instead of 10 a.m., according to the agreement signed with Mountain View neighbors. For more information, check out the Mountain View Post article found here. This has been a long, uphill battle, and a huge win for community safety.


Thanks to students, neighbors, and the Mountain View Community Council- this North Bragaw liquor store will be closing this Friday night!

Going On All Summer

With sunshine comes summer fun, and this summer be sure to check out these neighborhood groups and organizations for a list of events happening all summer long!  Please reach out to my office with any questions you might have.

The Mountain View Library will be hosting youth programs while school is out of session, every week, for young people in the area. From magic shows and meditative story-telling, to 3-D printer design classes, I sure hope you’ll stop by and join the fun! Please click here for a full list of library events.

Over the next few weeks, remember that Kids Ride Free on Thursdays! From now until August 16th, People Mover will be allowing kids 5-18 to ride for free every Thursday. Please visit http://www.peoplemover.org/ to use the trip planner and start planning your summer activities using People Mover!

Remember that during the summer, our community council meetings take a break to enjoy the sunshine, with none meeting next month. Be sure to watch out for save-the-dates from me for the upcoming August meetings!

Upcoming Events

The Anchorage Pride Fest is described as this year’s must-attend event! There will be two live stages, over 150 vendors, a celebrity visit from Ginger Minj from RuPaul’s Drag Race, and more. I hope to see you downtown this Saturday, June 16th. The march starts at 11am.

Juneteenth celebrations have started! The second week of June is packed full of fun. It kicked off with the UAA Campus takeover with the Black Student Union on June 12th, and coming up next week :

·         The Uhuru Freedom Show at the Wilda Marston Theatre this Saturday, June 16th;

·         The Wakanda Cultural University for kids at the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club on June 21st;

·         The Teen Summit at the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club from 6-9pm on June 22nd;

·         The Citywide Park Celebration on Saturday, June 23rd from 12-5pm at the William B. Lions Park; and

·         The Old School New School Mashup Showcase, location tbd, on June 23rd.  


June 23, 12 pm to 3 pm - World Refugee Day and Grand Opening of Grow North Farm

Join us for a wonderful tradition of celebrating the many cultures that make Anchorage a special place to live. Free music and dancing for kids and families. Delicious foods for all. Located at 3543 Mountain View Dr.


July 25th from 12pm to 3pm, the Blood Bank of Alaska is hosting a summer barbecue in honor of blood donors, friends, and neighbors! Come celebrate the 56th anniversary of service in Alaska! Bring the family, and remember that you can always make an appointment to save a life at our local blood bank!


August 9th, from 4-7pm, Thread is hosting their 12th Annual Book Party in the Park! The Mountain View Library will have their famous book bike there, and I hope to see you there. I’m planning on reading aloud, if you have a good book suggestion, let me know!

As always, if you  have any questions about upcoming events or legislation I'm working on, please reach out. We love hearing from you! 







1500 W Benson Blvd
Anchorage, AK 99503
P (907) 269-0144


Diana Rhoades, Legislative Director
Magdalena Oliveros, Legislative Aide