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Protecting Your Rights: Serving Sand Lake, Spenard, and Turnagain


November 21, 2018

In this issue:

•  Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

•   #OptOutside this Friday

•  Open Enrollment is Open Until Dec. 15

•  Community Events

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Happy Thanksgiving! As we congregate with friends, family, and good food tomorrow, let’s remind one another of all we have to be grateful for. May we also be mindful of those in need and take time to share a smile and lend a helping hand. I hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday weekend!

Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

Bean’s Cafe

During the holidays in December, Bean’s Cafe will be distributing festive gifts to the homeless and those most in need in Anchorage. For many, this will be the only gift they receive this holiday season, and Bean’s Cafe needs your help to ensure everyone receives one! If you would like to contribute, please package the gift in a wrapped, unsealed shoe box, and deliver them to either location listed below. Bean’s Cafe also welcomes bulk donations of any of the items listed, which will then be gift wrapped at Bean’s Cafe. For more information, visit: https://www.beanscafe.org/events/beanie-boxes/.



Food Bank of Alaska

The Food Bank serves both the Anchorage area and remote communities across Alaska, so donations can reach far beyond our backyard. Additionally, the Food Bank accepts some donations unique to Alaska: According to the organization’s website, it “welcomes gifts of moose, caribou, deer and sheep meat, as well as salmon and halibut,” so long as the donations are commercially processed. To finds ways to give, visit: http://www.foodbankofalaska.org/ways-to-give.


Other Ways of Giving Back

If you’re curious about where to donate resources, time, clothes, etc. this holiday season, I encourage you to read this recent editorial published by the Anchorage Daily News this month: “Thanksgiving season is upon us. Here are 5 ways you can give back.”


#OptOutside: Alaska State Parks Waive Parking Fees this Friday

Vehicle parking fees are waived for the day at all parks managed by Alaska State Parks on Friday, November 23. Park visitors are encouraged to get outside and share their outdoor adventures on social media throughout the holiday season by hashtagging: #OptOutside, #alaskastateparks and #akstateparks.


In Anchorage, Alaska State Parks will host an #OptOutside event from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM on November 23 at Glen Alps trailhead with Heather’s Choice, a backpacking food company that makes healthy adventure meals and snacks. Heathers’ Choice will have free samples of Packaroons and complimentary coffee from SteamDot and Alaska State Parks will be selling 2019 Day Use parking passes ($50/vehicle, credit card purchase only).


Take your friends and family outdoors to Alaska State Parks for a ski, walk, or hike and #OptOutside this holiday season. State park fees help keep our state parks running. For more information about these fees, go to: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/asp/fees.htm.



Open Enrollment Open Until December 5

Open enrollment for the individual healthcare market is open from November 1 to December 15. If you need healthcare next year, get it! For the second year in a row, Alaska residents will see cheaper monthly rates. Alaskan families deserve to be healthy. Say yes to adventure, and no to surprise medical bills.




Community Events


Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

Shop Small Saturday

On Saturday, downtown Anchorage is participating in Shop Small, Small Business Saturday, a nationwide event put on by American Express to promote shopping at local small businesses! Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. (ADP) is the official neighborhood champion for downtown Anchorage, and they are gathering downtown’s small businesses to offer deals, specials, and more! With 72,000 small businesses in Alaska employing more than 140,000 Alaskans, our small business sector is vital to a strong, healthy economy. This season, as you embark on the annual flurry of finding holiday gifts for the special people in your life, please help support Alaska’s small business sector by making a point to #ShopSmall.

When: Saturday, November 24th from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Where: Local businesses in Downtown Anchorage, Anchorage Downtown Partnership 2018 Shop Small Map.


For more information about how to participate, visit the ADP Small Business Saturday event website or visit the Facebook event page to RSVP.


Holiday Tree Lighting

This year, Small Business Saturday will end with the Holiday Tree Lighting in Town Square Park! It will be a day to celebrate in downtown Anchorage full with shopping, festive window decorations and lights, discounts in local downtown restaurants, coffee shops and cafes, and ending with the lighting Anchorage’s Holiday Tree. Enjoy holiday music and performances, free cookies and hot cocoa, Santa and his reindeer, and, last but not least, the lighting of the Holiday Tree!



When: Saturday, November 24th from 5:00 – 7:30 PM.

Where: Anchorage Towne Square, 544 W 5th Ave.


For more information about the 2018 Holiday Tree Lighting Program, visit the ADP Holiday Tree Lighting event website or visit the Facebook event page to RSVP.


As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

signed: Matt Claman

Rep. Matt Claman

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