Here is some good news. We have a terrific new space to meet now that the Anchorage Senior Center can no longer be open weeknds. At the suggestion of Betty Berry I contacted the Anchorage Pioneer Home. Their activities coordinator Bob Montague was extremely forthcoming in accommodating us, and showed me a room that is pleasant, sunny and has a sweeping view of the surrounding area from its 5th floor perch. It backs up to a kitchen we can use. There is ample parking on weekends and the parts of the building we will need are all easily accessible by foot or Wheelchair. And of course, there are a number of people with Parkinson's Disease who live on the premises. Did I mention there is no cost to our group?
As nice as the Senior Center was to us, this looks to me like a step forward. There is one drawback. We will have to meet at an earlier time on Saturday to have access to the room. For now, we are booked in there for as far into the future as we want on the third Saturday of the month from 10:00 am to Noon. I recognize this may create difficulty for those who commute to the meetings from the Mat-Su. We may be able to work around that but for now I wanted to take advantage of this space as quickly as I could.
Here is a link to a map locating the Anchorage Pioneer Home
So here is the skinny on the next meeting: Where: The Anchorage Pioneer Home, 923 West 11th Avenue, overlooking the Park Strip downtown Our reserved room is the 5th floor West Lounge (To find the lounge in the building, see below) When: Jan. 16, 10 a.m.
How to get to the meeting room: Go in the front doors and continue straight ahead to elevator. Take elevator to the 5th floor. On exiting the elevator make a left. Continue ahead until you reach the popcorn machine. Make a left at the popcorn machine and you're there!