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KTVA 11′s Out & About Dec. 13-15

By Hope Miller 12:27 AM December 13, 2013

Looking for something to do? Here are 11 events going on this weekend.

1. State Fair Christmas Open House: The Alaska State Fair may be long over, but there’s still activity on the fairgrounds during winter. A Christmas Open House will be held Sunday at Raven Hall from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and includes a reading of “The Night Before Christmas” by Gov. Sean Parnell and an original Christmas story by Yup’ik storyteller Jack Dalton. There will also be music by Alaskan singer/songwriter Adele Morgan, a visit by St. Nick, photo opportunities, buggy and sleigh rides along the fairgrounds and activities for kids. The free event is part of the Palmer Colony Christmas celebration and hosted by Hobo Jim and Ken Peltier, who will also perform, according to Dean Phipps, director of marketing and communications. It’s akin to a house concert, he said, and is a casual event where you can kick back with your friends and family. For more information click here.

2. Chrisette Michele in concert: Old school soul mixed with a modern edge and a dash of jazz inspiration are words you could use to describe Grammy-award winning Chrisette Michele, but she’s more than that. Her versatile voice can be heard on songs by The Roots, Rick Ross, Drake, Wale, Ne-Yo and NAS, and she won her Grammy in 2009 for the self-assured track “Be Ok.” Michele will perform in Anchorage for the first time Dec. 13 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. with special guest Black Violin — a hip-hop duo with roots in classical music. For more information click here.

3. 2013 Jingle Bell Run/Walk: This Saturday help raise funds for arthritis, the country’s most common cause of disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 5K run/walk is a festive way to help others and the top fundraiser will receive an unrestricted, roundtrip Alaska Airlines ticket. The event takes place at the UAA Student Union, and for the first year ever, there’s also an indoor option at the Alaska Club West that’s a warmer alternative for people who shouldn’t be out in the cold, said Anna Campione, development manager of the Arthritis Foundation in Alaska. There will also be a costume contest, a holiday cheer garden (for those who are 21 and up), face painting, magic and of course, Santa. For more information click here.

4. Workshop at the Alaska Botanical Garden: Illuminate your walkway with ice candles and luminarias with a workshop at the Alaska Botanical Garden Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mike Monterusso, garden and facilities manager of ABG, will teach you how to craft holiday-themed structures from common household items, and there will also be an optional tour of the garden lighted with ice. Tickets are $25 for the public and $20 for members, according to Program Coordinator Kelly Ingram. For more information click here.

5. Manhattan Transfer in concert: This Grammy-winning quartet has been dazzling music lovers for decades and will perform Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. The group weaves together a variety of styles — from contemporary jazz to doo-wop to pop rock — for a sound that can appeal to many. For more information click here.

6. Holiday Bake Sale & Bazaar: It will be Greek holiday pastries galore Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. at the Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church. Indulge in baklava, kourambiethes, biscotti and more. You can also purchase Greek soaps and jewelry to stuff your stockings with this holiday season, the church said. 

7. Anchorage International Film Festival: The festivities continue with a jam-packed weekend of film screenings and movie-themed events. Find out who will be crowned the winner of the Great Alaskan Short Film Contest, grab a  drink and relax at “Martini Matinee” and choose from a variety of films all weekend. For more information click here.

8. Bluegrass Ball at Alyeska: Head down to the Girdwood ski resort Saturday and Sunday for the third annual Bluegrass Ball from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Progressive bluegrass group Hot Dish and foot tapping-inducing band High Lonesome Sound will play at the Sitzmark Bar and Grill. and The event is free, but is for people 21 and older.

9. Scared Scriptless: It’s comedy for a cause this Saturday at the Snow Goose Theater. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the annual AWAIC Toy Drive, and you’ll be admitted into the show for free. The performance is at 8 p.m., and all toys and proceeds go to the shelter. Tickets are $10, and the comedy group performs every second and fourth Saturday of the month at Snow Goose. For more information click here.

10. Stars of the Alaskan Sky: Not sure what you’re seeing when you gaze up at the night sky? In a live presentation, learn which constellations you can see, the planets that are visible and more during Alaska’s winter nights. The show is Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the UAA Planetarium and Visualization Theater. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for UAA students (with valid ID), $5 for children and free for current UAA planetarium members. For  more information click here.

11. Geeks Who Drink: Are you a film aficionado, a news junkie or a history buff? Maybe all of the above and more? Then Geeks Who Drink, a pub quiz by nerds for nerds, might be right up your alley. Through December, the quiz commences Sundays at 7 p.m. at Tap Root Public House in Spenard. Other locations also participate around the U.S. throughout the week, including Chilkoot Charlie’s. For more information click here.

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