Looking for something to do? Here are 11 events going on this weekend.
1. Holiday Hangover Film Series: Are you sick and tired of all things holiday related? Then don’t miss the final installment of the Holiday Hangover Film Series Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Wilda Marston Theatre at the Z.J. Loussac Library for a screening of “Strictly Ballroom.” Nominated for a Golden Globe, this 1992 rom-com will make you forget all about how much you ate and drank during the winter festivities.
2. Pawsitive Reading: For shy or struggling readers grades K-4, Pawsitive Reading is an opportunity to snuggle up to a four-legged friend to practice reading aloud. Service and therapy dogs will be all ears Saturday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in 20-minute sessions. Sessions are first come first served in the Z.J. Loussac Public Library Storytheater, level two. The program is a partnership between the library and nonprofit Midnight Sun Service Dogs, said librarian Linda Klein.
3. Mothers Superior at Tap Root: Listen to the Beatles’ self-titled ninth album, known by the masses as “The White Album,” to celebrate its 45th anniversary. Performed by Homer-based Mothers Superior, the 30-song double album will be played in its entirety with the accompaniment of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra brass and strings sections Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Tap Root Public House. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online.
4. Crystal Gallery of Ice Competition: The ice carving competition kicks off Friday at 9 a.m. in Town Square. Carvers from all over the state and world will work though the weekend to to finish their sculptures by 5 p.m. Sunday, with judging and an awards banquet at 6 p.m., said Chris Schutte, executive director of the Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. Wheel Good Food trucks will provide gourmet grub for carvers and spectators, and the sculptures will be on display through February. Other ice sculptures will also be posted at different locations around downtown, Schutte said, such as Snow City Cafe.
5. A Toast to Our Mountains: Like beer and the outdoors? Then this First Friday art opening at Midnight Sun Brewing Company is right up your alley. Scott Clendaniel’s theme for his work is A Toast to Our Mountains, and features oil paintings of beer with foam in the shape of Alaskan mountain ranges and the Anchorage skyline. Clendaniel will also have paintings of beers from around the world, according to a Facebook event page. You’ll be able to purchase limited-edition prints signed by Clendaniel and he’ll be handing out 99 bottles of beer on the wall posters with every purchase of $20 or more. The art show is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., but if you can’t make it out, don’t fret. Clendaniel’s art will be on display all of January.
6. First Friday at the Anchorage Museum: You can also stop by the Anchorage Museum for their monthly First Friday event. On tap for January is a sneak preview of the Thomas Planetarium’s future shows and a live guided star tour at 6:30 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. you can catch a music and light show set to Pink Floyd’s The Wall. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. museum staff will share their favorite aspects of the museum through a self-guided tour. Admission to the museum galleries is free. Alaska-grown jazz musician Melissa Bledsoe Fischer will also play music in museum restaurant Muse.
7. Saturday Skijoring Practice Session: Bring your skis and canine companion to the Campbell Airstrip Trailhead Saturday at noon to learn the basics or to hone your skijoring skills. The lesson is hosted by the Anchorage Skijor Club and is free. The event is kid friendly and you don’t need to be a member to attend. For more information click here.
8. Westchester Lagoon Family Skate: Lace up your ice skates and head to Westchester Lagoon Saturday at 1 p.m. for the season kickoff of the family skate series. Listen to music while you glide along the ice at this free event. Avoid getting too cold with warming barrels and enjoy a free cup of hot chocolate. The family skate series is a partnership between the Municipality of Anchorage and ConocoPhillips. Look out for more themed skating events throughout the year.
9. Digital Photography Basics Workshop: Have a snazzy camera, but don’t know how to use it to its full potential? Then this digital photography basics workshop might be just the thing for you. Expand your knowledge behind the lens Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at Selkregg Chalet/Russian Jack Springs Park with a hands-on class taught by Stephen Bahner. The price is $49, according to Margaret Timmerman of Anchorage Parks and Recreation. At least three people must show up for the event to happen and the cap for the class is 20. You must be at least 13 years old to participate and it’s recommended that you pre-register by calling 343-6992 or going online.
10. Russian New Year Party for Kids 2014: If you left the kids with a sitter for your New Year’s Eve celebration, you can make up for it by bringing them to a family friendly Russian-themed celebration Saturday starting at 10:30 a.m. at Open Space, a dance and yoga studio. Ring in the new year with dancing, songs, rhymes and prizes. There will also be a photo op with Father Frost and his granddaughter Snow Maiden. Children 2 to 5 years old should arrive at 10:30 a.m., and kids 6 to 10 years old can come from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Ticket prices range from $12 to $25 and can be purchased online. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
11. Idaho Steelheads vs. Alaska Aces: Corn fritters, cowbells and competition: The Sullivan Arena is the place to be when the Alaska Aces are in town. They take on the Idaho Steelheads Friday and Saturday at 7:15 p.m.