There is a takeover of Palmer coming this weekend, and women around the Southcentral Alaska region have been looking forward to it for months. The seventh-annual Who Let The Girls Out event in downtown Palmer includes two days of events, sales and special opportunities for women at numerous local businesses.

Events range from a "make and take" craft project to a meet and greet with the folks from Bleeding Heart Brewery. Live music takes the stage at both Vagabond Blues and Klondike Mike's Downtown Grill. There are fashion shows, art classes, seminars on nutrition and a seven-course chefs dinner. Don't forget about the after-party as well. From Friday afternoon through Saturday night, there is literally an event going on in nearly every downtown business - all you have to do is explore on your own. You can find out all the specifics at the event's Facebook page.

Events like Who Let The Girls Out are part of the fabric of the downtown Palmer community, and one of the reasons why we love living here. Yes, I'm a guy and this is a woman-centric event. But it's the passion and togetherness of the community that makes this event work year after year, and it's what keeps us here. The same thing rings true for events like Colony Days in June and Colony Christmas in December - you run into friends and neighbors you haven't seen in a while and catch up over a latte from the local coffee shop.

This weekend, get out and support small, family-owned businesses in Palmer, take an art class, listen to some live music and generally enjoy the downtown vibe. You'll have a great time, and you'll be a part of what makes the downtown area so special.