A Whole Lot of Shakin', Bakin' & Shoppin' Going On

The talk at Morning Muscles was the 4.2 earthquake. It struck last night at 8:43 somewhere back behind Santa Claus Mountain and almost all of us felt it. (Kim didn't, but her neighbor's dog is in heat and is driving her Golden Retriever crazy.) Beth even ran to a doorway. I stood up and thought about it. Too bad it didn't happen last summer, then it would have been on Gold Rush Alaska, (second show tonight at 6) and no doubt the cameras would have been shaking like crazy and the miners would be "bleeping" and jumping up and down, barely surviving "the big one." Tonight we have to squeeze the show in between a surprise birthday party at the ANB Hall (can't say who it is for) and Kris and Lindy Jones' last concert at 7:30, in the Chilkat Center. There is also a Christmas Cantata tonight at the Presbyterian Church at 7:00. It will be repeated Sunday at 6:00  (NOTE: not 4:00! An earlier version had the wrong time) in the Klukwan Assembly of God Church, and features a choir from both communities.  Also, today is the day to drop off entries in the Chamber of Commerce cookie and candy contest 8-3 at the Visitor Center. Tomorrow is the big day downtown, with all kinds of local specials for shoppers as well as lots of activity. Don't miss Catholic cookies by the pound at the Sacred Heart church 10-2, the ANS bazaar at 10:30-3 in the ANB Hall,  the Visitor Center open house 12-3 with Santa photos, the museum open house with the trains 1-4, story-time with Mrs. Claus at the library 3:30, the parade at 4:30, (featuring the Snow Dragon) and right afterward, the Uglies Gift for Grubs at the Legion. Bring a new un-wrapped gift and get a free pulled pork dinner.  There are "angel trees" at the Alaska Sport Shop (Olerud's) and the Visitor Center, with gift suggestions for children in need,  choose one,  go shopping, then drop off the un-wrapped gift for your little angel by December 17.  I wonder if it is a coincidence that the earthquake was near Santa Claus Mountain? Could it be that the generators in his workshop just shifted into high gear?  Maybe Mrs. Claus was just releasing a little pressure?

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