Some of the things going on in Mat-Su in the week ahead are:
• Still have that clarinet or trumpet you played when you were high school or college. Is it setting on a shelf collecting dust? Take it down, dust it off and join the Mat-Su Concert Band. Practices are held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays at Teeland Middle School in Wasilla. New players are welcome to join for the winter/spring season, which ends May 20. For more information, contact Gleo Huyck at 907-360-0628, or email@example.com, or visit matsuconcertband.org.
• Volunteers are needed for this year's Junior Iditarod Dog Sled Race. To learn more and sign up, attend a planning meeting at 6:30 p.m., January 15th , at the Iditarod Trail Committee Headquarters, Mile 2.2 Knik Goose Bay Road.
• Student artists will showcase their work at the Mat-Su College Gallery, Fred and Sara Machetanz Building, Room No. 200, in 3D Design, Beginning Painting and Drawing, and Beginning and Intermediate Metal Smithing and Stained Glass classes. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., until January 25th. The gallery is closed on weekends. The exhibit ends with a closing reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on January 15th. Light refreshments will be served.
• Douglas Cruthers, from the “Mat-Su Dirtfishers Association” will update the Palmer Historical Society on his latest “digs” at 7 p.m., January 16, 2013, at the Palmer Public Library and is open to the public.
• The Mat Valley Fish and Game Advisory Committee will meet on January 16th at the MTA building to discuss Board of Game proposals 115 to 139.
• Pop Quiz & Trivia Night! The Fairview Inn gets a little competitive on Thursday nights beginning January 17th and throughout the winter. Come be on a team or just cheer one on. Prizes and great fun starts around 9 p.m.
• Members and guests are invited to and evening of Old Time Saloon fun complete with Gold Dust Girls and music by local ragtime trio, Bath Tub Gin. Proceeds go to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Fun begins at 7 p.m. on January 19th at the VFW Post #3836 on the corner of D Street and Veteran's Way.
• Avalanche field training will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., January 19th in Turnagain Pass at the Turnagain Pass Snowmachine Parking Area. Avalanche Field Training is for those that love to play in the snow. Topics include: identifying and assessing avalanche terrain, trip planning and route selection, introduction to use of avalanche transceivers, shovels, and probes, emergency response. Cost is a recommended $20 donation. For more information, contact Dorothy Adler at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 907- 982-6945, or visit besnowsmart.org.
• Bill Streever will be at Fireside Books at noon on January 19th to share what he learned writing his latest book; “HEAT: Adventures in the World’s Fiery Places,” set to be released by Little, Brown in hardcover on January 15th. He also is the author of the award-winning “COLD: Adventures in the World’s Frozen Places.”
• Nine-game cribbage tournaments are held on Thursdays, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at North Bowl in Wasilla, 1/4 mile west of Seward-Meridian, on the south side of Palmer-Wasilla Highway. Refresher and newcomer classes are available. For more information, call 907-315-4398.
Enjoy your week.