Dogs and cats are nice, but just think how impressed your friends will be when they meet your new pet sea lion. Sally Cassano reads "Your Pet Sea Lion" by Bobbie Hamsa.

Our storytellers delved into familiar ground at the March 29 True Tales, Told Live event at Odie's Deli in Soldotna. The theme for the night was, "Sibling Rivalry, the Ties that Bind and Blindside." We had stories from Marissa Severson, Kristin Mitchell, Heddy Huss, Maura Schumacher, Ben Boettger, Matt Pyhala, Jacki Michels, Bruce Vadla, Sarah Pyhala and Liz Earl. This week's show is part one of that live event, with stories from Marissa, Kristin, Heddy, Maura and Ben, with a bonus musical performance by Wade VonHeeder and Ryan Hiler of the band, the Caper.

On this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier, find out more about Odd Man Rush Brewing in Eagle River and Baleen Brewing Co. in Ketchikan, and learn how to drink beer to save farms.

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On the calendar, spring officially begins March 21. In reality, we’ve got a while yet before anyone in southcentral Alaska is digging in the dirt, but that doesn’t stop intrepid growers from getting started.

On March 2, the Central Peninsula Garden Club had its annual get-ready-for-spring roundtables event at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna, and a new opportunity for year-round greens has sprouted up in Soldotna.

Kristin Mitchell

Soldotna Dr. Kristin Mitchell recently returned from a three-week journey to Antarctica with the Homeward Bound program. Find out about the leadership collaboration between women working in STEMM and about what to pack for a journey from the far north to the far south (hint: don't take advice from an Australian).