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New Hours for Big Lake Transfer Site Recycling

Community

Mid Valley Recycling @ The Big Lake Transfer Site has announced New Hours of Operation:

Saturday & Sunday Noon-3.

To volunteer call Jo Walch at 892-2400

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Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

Community Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of seniors at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA commodity foods. Others under the age of 60 may also qualify for Commodities.

To be eligible:

seniors, age 60 or older, and income eligible

Click here for income guidelines.

To apply:

Open and print the Alaska CSFP application. Click here for application.

Complete the application with current information

Call the nearest food bank for directions on how to submit your application. You can also sign up in person.

Local Grantees that provide the CSFP in the state of Alaska:

Food Bank of Alaska.

To learn more about CSFP or find recipes using USDA Commodity foods:

National CSFP information

Fact sheets on commodities and recipes

The Big Lake Food Pantry, located behind The Faith Bible Fellowship Church, 14159 W. Hollywood Road in Big Lake, provides Commodities near the end of every month. They are in operation every Thursday (except holidays) from 11:30 am-1:30 pm.

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Grants available for community orchards and food forest projects

Community The Division of Forestry’s Alaska Community Forestry Program is offering grants to support the testing and demonstration of fruit trees, and possibly nut trees, that can be grown in Alaska. Trees may be planted in an orchard or in public landscapes throughout a community. These projects will help the Community Forestry Program evaluate the success of different fruit trees and community orchard and food forest models, share results and make recommendations.

Grants may fund a traditional orchard or a food forest that mimics a natural forest ecosystem. Food forests include trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals to create the layers found in a forest. They produce a variety of foods, improve the soil, attract pollinators, and provide a diversity of habitat.

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Story Fun at The Big Lake Library

Community Story Time is held every Wednesday at 11 am for children 3-5 years old. Story Time includes songs, stories, and crafts.

Afterschool Storybreak is held every Wednesday from 4-5 pm for children in grades K-2. Afterschool Storybreak includes snacks, stories, and crafts.

For more information call 861.7635

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The Big Lake Community Clothing Closet

Community The Big Lake Community Clothing Closet, located in the bright green building in downtown Big Lake, serves members of our community. Open Wednesday 11-3. Please donate your gently-used items to help those less fortunate.

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Pet Share with Grace @ The Big Lake Library

Community The BLT's (Big Lake Teens, Big Lake Library Youth Advisory Board) will be hosting a "Pet Share with Grace." All ages welcome, 4:30-5:30 pm Friday February 24th.
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Mat-Su Polar Plunge 2017

Community by AWBRC

Freezin’ for a Reason at the 2017 Mat-Su Polar Plunge – the ORIGINAL Valley Dip!

Have you ever wondered what it is like to jump into a lake in Alaska in February? Here's your chance to find out, and help support Alaska WildBird Rehabilitation Center at the same time. AWBRC is proud to have been selected as the recipient of the Sertoma grant associated with the Mat-Su Polar Plunge, taking place Feb. 25, 2017.

We are looking for a team of jumpers to represent us at the Plunge. If your common sense tells you this is too much, you can sponsor a jumper or a team. For more information visit their web site at http://www.matsuhearing.org/event/2016-polar-plunge/

Update: Join Sarah and Dalton Fiedler, AWBR’s Leaping Loonatics, this Saturday at 12:00, at the Elks Lodge on Finger Lake as they plunge into the frigid waters to raise money for AWBR. Support them by pledging to their team.

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Pick. Click. Give, and help Your Local Library

Community Submitted by a Reader

Please consider donating part of your PFD to The Big Lake Library Advocates. You can make a difference.

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Big Lake Chamber Ice Fishing Derby

Community The Big Lake Chamber of Commerce Ice Fishing Derby will be held February 18th and 19th, 2017 beginning at 8 am.

Thousands in cash and prizes. Kids prizes, trophies, and much more. Awards Ceremony Sunday @ 2:30 pm.

Fun for the whole family! Adult tickets $20, Youth tickets $5. Tickets available at Big Lake Chamber (in the Eastlake Mall parking lot), Hilda's Barber Shop (Wasilla and Eagle River), Sportsman's Warehouse, and Arctic Cat (Big Lake and Anchorage).

Related: Big Lake Bathymetric Map and Fishing Information.

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Big Lake Teens Planning Meeting

Community There will be a Planning Meeting of the BLT's (Big Lake Teens, Youth Community Board) on Friday Feb 17th at the Big Lake Library, 4-5 pm.

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Teen Movie Day @ The Big Lake Library

Community Submitted by Janet Whitfield, Big Lake Library

There will be a Teen Movie Day at The Big Lake Library on Feb. 17th 2017 from 4-5:30 pm. Ages 11-16, bring your own snacks.

Hosted by BLT's (Big Lake Teens, Big Lake Library Youth Advisory Board).

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Roundup of News from The Big Lake Community Council

Community In case you weren't able to attend the Jan 10th 2017 meeting of The Big Lake Community Council, here are some of the highlights (Unedited Draft Notes-ED):

"5. Big Lake Airport Master Plan – Thomas Middendorf, DOWL – The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has just started the Big Lake Airport Master Plan along with with the help of DOWL, mapping out a 20 year plan for airport development. The goals of this project include the following: 1) Safety –for all traffic levels over time 2) Efficiency—as we invest wisely, that serves future needs 3) Compatibility--(Environmentally and Community level)–keeping the Big Lake network functional with 230 acres of real estate amidst the surrounding neighbors.

Project Started: Late December 2016 (1st Stages)—Copies of the plan made available in the meeting for all to review. The project will take about 12 months, as they are in the inventory stage currently. The objective here is to develop a comprehensive list of needs, desires and issues to address future planning over a 20 year span.

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Kids in Business with Stacie Windsor

Community Submitted by Janet Whitfield, Big Lake Library

Join us for a special presentation at The Big Lake Library on February 10th 2017 from 4:30-5:30 pm. Ages 11-16.

Hosted by BLT's (Big Lake Teens, Big Lake Library Youth Advisory Board).

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New Program for 3rd-5th Graders @ The Big Lake Library

Community Your Big Lake Library has a new program for kids in the 3rd-5th grades. "Steam Kids."

Tuesdays @ 4 pm beginning February 14th.

Snacks, books, activities, games, and crafts!

Only 18 slots available!

Call the Library at 861.7635 to secure your place.

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Thank You, Big Lake Bike Path Plower

Community Thank You, Big Lake Bike Path Plower! Excellent job, please keep up your great work.

Photo by Dennis Garrett

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