Kids, we would love it if you would share your energy, imagination and fun-loving spirit with us!


OUR NEIGHBORS Children’s Theatre’s production of THE JUNGLE BOOK was presented live on October 16
ON ZOOM, bringing the animals of the jungle right into the homes of approximately 150 people.

Answering the question of whether real live theatre can be experienced over Zoom, the answer was a resounding “Yes!” These 20 talented kids brought Rudyard Kipling’s classic characters alive during an hour of fun, sharing the message that despite our differences, it is in being together that we are strong.

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Private instrumental lessons on guitar, piano, ukulele, mandolin, dulcimer, Celtic harp and tin whistle are available. Offered on zoom since last April, we have found that we can continue to successfully learn online. The cost is $25 per half hour lesson. The Kindness Concert will be the culmination of lessons in the spring of 2021. See more details on the page below.

Annette at (907) 885-8750


The Jungle Book

To watch the recording from the October 16 performance, cut and paste this link into your browser:


For more information, contact Annette at:
(907) 885-8750

Instrumental Lessons

Is there an instrument that you think would be fun to learn to play?
Music provides opportunities for fun social connections,
brings joy to our hearts and builds a life-long skill.

Instrumental private lessons are available on:
Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Mandolin, Dulcimer,
Tin Whistle, or Celtic Harp.

Kids or adults welcome!

Cost- $25 for a half hour lesson

To set up a lesson time, please contact Sister Annette:
Cell- (907) 885-8750
Email-  ourneighborsanchorage@gmail.com

Princess and the Magic Pea

THE PRINCESS AND THE MAGIC PEA was a live musical puppet show presented in February 2020, before the pandemic.

These 12 puppets were created and hand-sewn by OUR NEIGHBORS director, Sister Annette Janka, and their medieval costumes were perfect for this fairy tale story. The specially built, multiple-level puppet stage allowed for string puppets as well as hand puppets and human people to interact together. It was a lot of fun!

See photo gallery below.

Princess and the Magic Pea

Who we are

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The director of the OUR NEIGHBORS program, Sister Annette Janka, is excited about living in Anchorage and brings her love of kids, puppets, musical instruments, theatrical experience and musical expertise here with her. She looks forward to meeting many new talented young artists to collaborate with, and discovering the unique gifts that each young person brings.

The vision of OUR NEIGHBORS is to provide a healthy and safe environment where young people can discover and develop new skills and find the joy of working closely together to reach a common goal.

Although the content of the OUR NEIGHBORS program is not religious, Sister Annette is deeply grateful for the support of Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, grants from donors, the Deaconess Community of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the ELCA Alaska Synod and the national ELCA. The OUR NEIGHBORS program's motivating purpose is to be a service to the community, offering kindness and compassion to the children of Anchorage. If families or kids are interested in exploring spiritual understandings, the folks at Christ Our Savior gladly welcome you to Sunday worship and activities during the week.

Events and Dates

  •  4/24/2021 07:00 PM
  •   1612 Oceanview Drive, Anchorage, AK, USA

The Kindness Concert will be the culmination of the private lessons of those folks who have been studying guitar, piano, ukulele, mandolin, dulcimer, tin whistle, harp, etc. It will include dialogue, singing, and instrumental accompaniment. Songs are all from popular artists, and include songs like "Being Kind", "Celebrating You", "So Much Alike", "Everyday People", and include elements of pop, rock and a bit of rap.

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  •  8/24/2020 04:30 PM - 8/26/2020 04:30 PM
  • Online Event

The first two meetings for the Jungle Book are open to anyone interested. We will be playing jungle games, getting creative with animal characterizations, and getting acquainted. Beginning August 10 until the mid-October performance, 1-4 times per week rehearsals will be dependent on the actor's role and their preferences listed on their registration form. Email Annette at ourneighborsanchorage@gmail.com for registration form and zoom link.

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