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August events calendar.


1-2 Aerial Angels Circus and Vaudeville Shows

Part of the "New Circus/Cirque" tradition, the Aerial Angels are high-flying female circus-artists performing feats of grace, beauty and strength on the aerial hoop and aerial silk, acrobatics, fire-eating, and crack bullwhip target-taking. The 8 p.m. "Naughty No-No Show" is Vaudeville burlesque with a modern edge. Rated R, no one under 17 admitted. Located at Alaska Wild Berry Theater. For more information, phone 907-562-8858 or visit

1-10 Downtown Soup Kitchen's Slam'n Salm'n Silver Derby

Tagged fish worth thousands of dollars will be released in one of Anchorage's hottest fishing streams located downtown. Proceeds go to the Downtown Soup Kitchen, which assists the community's working poor and homeless (dates tentative). 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Located at Ship Creek, downtown Anchorage. For more information, phone 907-344-7780 or visit

2-3 Anchorage Garden Club's 65th Annual Flower Show

Designed to showcase the many flowers, trees, vegetables and berries grown in Southcentral Alaska. The flower show features both horticulture and flower design exhibits. Saturday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Located at the Alaska Botanical Garden. For more information, phone 907-770-3692 or visit www.

9 Scared Scriptless Comedy Improv

Features improvised scenes based on audience suggestions, For mature audiences only. Cost is $7 at the door. Showtime is 10 p.m. at Alaska Wild Berry Theater. Call 907-562-8858 or visit www.

15-17 Greek Festival

Bring the family and enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean with authentic Greek food, pastries, music and dancing. Located at Holy Transfiguration GreekOrthodox Church, 2800 O'Malley Road. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, phone 907-344-0190 or visit

17 Big Wild Life Runs

Participants are treated to spectacular Alaska scenery along the course for each of the six featured events--the Humpy's Marathon Walk, Run For Your Life Kids' Fun Run, Humpy's Marathon, Skinny Raven Sports Half Marathon, and the Big Wild Life Runs 5K. Formerly know as Humpy's Marathon. This is Anchorage Running Club's premier event of the year. The relatively flat and fast course begins in downtown Anchorage, proceeding next to Cook Inlet on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and then on the Chester Creek Trail through several scenic greenbelts and parks. Begins at 7 a.m. For more information, phone 907-351-1621 or visit

17 Run for Your Life Kids' Run

Anchorage Running Club's premier event of the year, formerly known as Humpy's Marathon, includes a fun untimed 2K run for ages 12 and under. Money raised from this annual event allows the Club to accomplish its mission of promoting healthy lifestyles through running and walking. All participants receive medals and hats. Entry fee $10. Register online by Aug. 7 at Bib pickup and last chance registration is Saturday, August 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. There is no race day registration. For more information, visit


17 Recreation of Historic DO3 Air Flight to McCarthy

Commemorate early Bush pilot "Mudhole" Smith's epic flights between Cordova and McCarthy on a fully restored Super DC3 aircraft. The recreation will include a round-trip flight from Cordova to McCarthy, lodging at the McCarthy Lodge, dinner, transportation to the Kennicott Mine for a tour, and several other activities before returning to Cordova on the 18th. As an added attraction, organizers will be offering a reverse trip from McCarthy to Cordova and back during the same timeframe. Lodging at the Reluctant Fisherman Inn, dinner, and a tour across the Copper River Delta to the Million Dollar Bridge and the Childs Glacier. After a picnic lunch at the glacier, participants will board their return flight to McCarthy. All flights will follow the original route of the Copper River and Northwestern Railroad through the Copper River Canyon. Seats are limited. For more information, contact the Cordova Chamber of Commerce at 907-424-7260.


2 Bore Tides at Turnagain Arm

Join volunteer Liza Sanden at Bird Point, (Seward Highway rest stop with large parking area) to observe the bore tide. Bore tide is estimated to pass Bird Point around 5:30 p.m. (+/- 30 minutes). Stop by the information table to learn more about the bore tide and Turnagain Arm natural history while you "wait for the wave." Bring binoculars if you have them. Free program; $5 state park parking fee. For more information, phone 907-694-2108 or visit


8 Casting Crowns

Located at the Carlson Center, 2010 Second Ave. Begins at 7 p.m. For more information, phone 907-451-7800.

9 Flint Hills Resources 14th Santa Claus Half-Marathon

Alaska's premier half-marathon. Run on road, dirt trails and bike paths. Awards and free barbecue for runners and volunteers following the race. For more information, phone 907-488-2741.

22 John Prine in Concert

John Prine's body of work has become the high-water mark of American song writing. Jason Wilber, from John's band, will open the evening. Tickets available at Grassroots Guitar. Located at Hering Auditorium. Admission $45. For more information, phone 907-488-0556.


23-24 10th Annual Blueberry and Mountain Arts Festival

Festival traditions include local artisan booths, live music, a poetry jam, paragliding fly-in, great food and the blueberry dessert and wine contest. Past entries include blueberry wines, blueberry brews, blueberry shots, blueberry cheesecakes and jams--even blueberry tacos and pizzas. For information on the festival or contest rules, contact Alyeska Resort at 907-754-1111 or visit


9-17 2008 Homer Silver Salmon Spitacular

Tickets available Aug. 1-17 at the Homer Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, Homer Senior Center, Halibut Derby Headquarters and at Charter Offices. Entry fees, $10 daily and $60 Tournament. For more information, contact Homer Chamber of Commerce at 907-235-7740.


8-18 Golden North Salmon Derby

Sponsored by the Territorial Sportsmen, this is the granddaddy of salmon derbies in Alaska. Large cash and merchandise prizes are awarded. Proceeds from the derby fund scholarships. For more information, phone 907-789-2399.


2 13th Annual Summer Beer Festival

Taste more than 40 brews and enjoy brats on a bun with coleslaw on the side. For more information, contact Ketchikan CHARR at 907-225-2077 or e-mail

2 Blueberry Fun Run

This is a 1-mile, 5K and 10K event at the Blueberry Festival. For more information, phone 907-247-8607 or e-mail

2 Blueberry Arts Festival

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A celebration in art, food and song of this popular local fruit. Includes the famed slug race and a band contest. For more information, contact the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council at 907-225-2211.

2.3 KAAHC Torch Nights Series Presents: 10th Annual Gigglefeet Dance Festival

7:30 p.m. Ketchikan High School Auditorium. Celebrate the joy and diversity of community dance. For more information, contact the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council at 907-225-2211.

10 5th Annual Pennock Island Swim Challenge

An 8.2-mile ocean swim race around Pennock Island. Open to individuals and 2- to 4-person relay teams. For more information, phone 907-225-5283, 907-617-7499, e-mail pennochchallenge@hotmail. corn or visit


2 Barefoot in the Park Quintathlon

Registration begins at 11 a.m. and race begins at noon. Swim, bike, shoot, kayak and run, followed by a picnic in the park's amphitheater. Meet at the overflow parking lot in Fort Abercrombie's camping area on Miller Point Rd. Contact Marcus Dunbar at 907-486-0809 or e-mail

2 Warm August Nights Music Fest

Kodiak Lions Club presents this third annual live music event. Local acts will begin at 6 p.m., with visiting bands performing later. Bonfires and a barbecue pit will be available. Bring your own coolers of food for the barbecue and beverages. Classic cars and Harley Davidsons will be shown off. Located at the Kodiak State Fair Grounds. For more information, phone 907-539-2010.


21-9/1 Alaska State Fair

Enjoy Alaska food, monster veggies, music and crafts along with agricultural contests, the Alaska State Rodeo, big name performers and more. The Alaska State Fair is the gathering place for Alaskans to showcase the best of our great state, and the 2008 Fair celebrates 50 years of Statehood. For more information, phone 907-745-4827 or visit


30 13th Annual Running of the Boots

The annual Running of the Boots Fun Run. Lots of prize categories. Proceeds benefit Sitka Works. For more information, contact Sheila Finkenbinder at 907-966-3066.


10-12 Flower and Garden Show

This annual three-day event showcases the variety, size and beauty of Skagway's gardens and flower adorned businesses. For more information, contact the Eastern Star Chapter No. 9 at P.O. box 294, Skagway, AK 99840 or phone 907-983-2387.


1-3 Talkeetna Bluegrass and Music Festival

Alaska's greatest campout. Enjoy three days of music, dancing, great food and tons of fun as bands play 20 out of 24 hours a day. New for 2008, a separate "family friendly" camping environment, perfect for families with children and the more conservative festival-goer. Begins at 10 a.m. at Mile 102 Parks Highway. For more information, phone 907-488-1372 or visit


1-9 Tanana Valley State Fair

Interior Alaska's largest event. See and touch Alaska's best produce, agricultural products, and competitive exhibits. Shop at commercial and craft enterprises. Experience the rides and games on the midway. Hear entertainers from across the country and from your own backyard. For more information, phone 907-452-3750 or visit

24-26 Tanana Valley Sandhill Crane Festival

Celebrate the return of the cranes at the Creamer's Field Nature Center and Alaska Bird Observatory. Three days of talks, walks, crafts, music and cranes. Schedules can be picked up at the Nature Center, by the big barns. Times vary. Located at 1300 College Road. For more information, phone 452-5162.


29-9/14 Whittier Silver Salmon Derby

$500 for the biggest silver. Derby tickets are sold at various Whittier businesses including Quigglys Ice Cream Parlor, Bread-n-Butter Charters, Sea Mist Charters, the Harbor Store, Shoreside Petroleum and onboard most charter boats. For more information, phone 907-677-WHIT or visit
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