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April, May, June 2012
Fairbanks Events and Activities

Events in nearby communities within easy driving distance. Note dates; we are just beginning to update.

To shorten download time, we have split the calendar by quarters, and certain events have been moved to their own  pages, leaving only annual highlights from them on this page. Major event highlights are still here. Not all events have been updated to this year; be sure to notice dates, and use phone numbers supplied if out of date. You can highlight what you want and just print your selection, or print all.

See Arts/Drama Calendar for book or library related events.

See Music/Dance Calendar for music or dance related events.

April

Clubs:

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The Emblem Club supports the community by doing fundraisers to give back. Some of their Charities are; Scholarships for youth, Drug Awareness in schools, Literacy, Americanism, and Community Service where they help the Salvation Army, Food Bank, K9 unit, & Volunteers in Policing, just to name a few.

University of Alaska Events are so numerous (especially in summer) that we are now referring you to their calendar. Go to their website and click on the event tab. Choose your month.

Free Films & Events, Alaska Public Lands
(in Courthouse Square, downtown. Suite 1A, 250 Cushman St. More information: 456-0527 or 456-0532 TTD.)

We have removed the dates, but left a list of just a few of the films they have, to give you an idea of the variety. Contact them for the latest viewing schedule, which in the past has been noon and 2 p.m. They show films year 'round.

Alaska Portrait (40 min)
Angling Alaska: Ice Fishing for Rainbow Trout (30 min)
A Pioneer Family in Alaska (40 min)
At the Time of Whaling (40 min)
Chain of Life: The Aleutian Islands (30 min)
Cranes of the Grey Wind (50 min)
Humpback Whales (60 min)
Land of the Eagle: The First and Last Frontier (60 min)
Loons of Amisk (15 min)
Nanook of the North (55 min)
One Man’s Alaska (25 min)
Return of the King (30 min)
Season of the Sled Dog (60 min)
The Bear Stands Up (30 min)
Winning the Avalanche Game (60 min)
Women of the Alaska Territory: An Oral History (25 min)
Yukon Passage (60 min)
Yukon Quest: Challenge of the North (50 min)

WINTER HOURS CLOSED Sunday and Monday, OPEN Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm.

http://www.nps.gov/aplic/

A Women's Affair (4/1-3/11)  Woman's Affair is a trade show organized specifically for women about women. This total women's show is a place to make contact with women owned businesses, discuss important health issues, get tips for managing finances, become aware of new career opportunities and education possibilities, see the latest fashions, enjoy a makeover or massage, pick up new home-decorating ideas and gardening information, or discover a new hobby...all under one roof.

There will be a place to present seminars, demonstrations and clinics, single parenting help, a hands on decorative painting clinic, the best exercise program for your busy schedule...the choice of subjects are limitless. There will be three presentation areas located adjacent to the arena. If you have a topic you would like to present be sure and sign up early as space will be limited. This is a great opportunity to present your product or service, obtain leads, and to introduce something new.

In 2009 over 150 different businesses and agencies participated and the two-day event had a public attendance of 2921. Vendor response was very positive and many have already signed up for the 2010 show. The seminars that took place throughout the weekend were a huge attraction with attendance ranging from 25 to 50 people per session.

Arctic Refuge - Planning for its Future: The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is accepting comments on their long-term management plan from now until June 7, 2010. Visit http://arctic.fws.gov/ccp.htm for more information."

2011 Chocolate Bash: Chocolate, Coffee, Cordials, & Formals (4/9/11) 7:30 to 10 p.m. Annual  Chocolate Bash. Enjoy desserts, hors d'oeuvres and drinks with a tropical twist at the University of Alaska Museum of the North's 2011 Chocolate Bash. Net proceeds benefit the Museum Endowment Fund. $75 per person, Two drink tickets. Black tie optional, Must be 21 or older. Call 474-7505 for tickets/information or visit http://museum.uaf.edu  Buy your tickets early - THEY USUALLY SELL OUT EARLY!

22nd Annual Bowl for Kids Sake (4/10/10) Benefit for Big Brothers Big sisters. 10am to 5 p.m. at Arctic Bowl. Any skill level welcome. Call 452-8110 to reserve lane time and pick up your pledge sheet, or register online at http://www.bbbs.org/bowlak.

Annual Beat Beethoven 5k Fundraising Run (4/11/10) 10 a.m., UAF Patty Center.  Participants who finish the course around the UAF campus before the last note of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony will receive a voucher good for admission to any Fairbanks Symphony or Arctic Chamber Orchestra concert. This fundraiser is fun for the whole family—runners, joggers, and walkers are all welcome. Not an athlete? They also welcome volunteers to staff the course with their radios.  http://www.fairbankssymphony.org/index.html (907) 474-5733,  symphony@fairbankssymphony.org

Arctic Man Ski and Snow-Go Classic- (4/7-11/10) This is a high-speed race where snow machine drivers pull skiers uphill on a 5 mile (8 km) course, then skiers race downhill. It is a good test of the strength of the athletes and the horsepower of the snowmobiles. "The Arctic Man is one of the World's Toughest Downhill Ski races, and an exciting snowmobile race, all in one. The skier begins at a summit elevation of 5,800 feet and drops 1700 feet in less than two mile to the bottom of a narrow canyon where he meets up with his snowmobiling partner. The snowmobiler meets the skier, on the go, with a tow rope and pulls the skier 2 1/4 miles uphill at top speeds of up to 86 mph. The skier and the snowmobile then separate and the skier goes over the side of the second mountain and drops another 1200 feet to the finish line." The race takes place at Summit Lake. See our sports page for more info.

Chocolate Bash (4/9/11) this annual Chocolate Bash last year was styled as a wine tasting with both sweet and savory chocolate hors d'oeuvres paired with wines from Argentina, Chile, Italy, Spain and the United States. The event usually begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and all proceeds support the museum's exhibits, research and education programs. Purchase your tickets online* or call 474-7505 to reserve your tickets by phone.

Used Birds: What the Bering Sea tells us About the World Ocean. (4/18/2012) Presented by the John Trigg Ester Library Lecture series: C.Peter McRoy, marine ecologist, at Hartung Hall in Downtown Ester. Peter McRoy is a biological oceanographer who has studied the Bering Sea for more than 40 years. He is now Professor Emeritus in the International Arctic Research Center at UAF. His presentation is a story featuring Red-legged and Black-legged Kittiwakes, small gulls, and how their ecology is a proxy for the basic ecological structure of the Bering Sea, which in turn reveals a better understanding of the coastal seas of the world.

Plant Sale Donations (4/18/11) As of April 18th, Hospice of the Tanana Valley is accepting donations of seedling flowers and vegetables, houseplants, perennials, and gardening supplies for its annual plant sale. Donations can be made Monday-Friday from 10-4 P.M and Monday-Thursday 5:30-7:00 PM at the hospice greenhouse at 20th Avenue and Turner Streets. For pick-up, call 474-0311. (Hours 9-4 Monday-Thursday or 455-6860 after working hours.)

The sale will be held Saturday, May 28, 2011, from 9 A.M.-4 P.M. at the 20th & Turner greenhouse.

Collection begins for Hospice Plant Sale (4/19/10) 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Location is their greenhouse, corner of 20th and Turner. Donations of all kinds of plants accepted including bedding plants, hardy perennials, trees & shrubs as well as hanging baskets and house plants, vegetables, and herbs. Donations of planting containers are also welcome. [Plant sale will be 5/29] All profits benefit Hospice of the Tanana Valley. (907) 474-0311.

Garden bazaar & Earthday Fair (4/21/12) 10am-4 pm at Randy Smith Middle School. This event includes vendors, a silent auction, workshops and a seed swap. This is a benefit for the Randy Smith Middle School "Garden of Awesomeness". Booth fee is $25. For more information go to http://rsmsgarden.pbworks.com

 UAF Museum Open House - (4/30/11)

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May

Clubs:

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The Emblem Club supports the community by doing fundraisers to give back. Some of their Charities are; Scholarships for youth, Drug Awareness in schools, Literacy, Americanism, and Community Service where they help the Salvation Army, Food Bank, K9 unit, & Volunteers in Policing, just to name a few.

University of Alaska Events are so numerous (especially in summer) that we are now referring you to their calendar. Go to their website and click on the event tab. Choose your month.

Birdathon Events are also so numerous that we instead offer this link to their website for more information.

Free Films & Events, Alaska Public Lands
(in Courthouse Square, downtown. Suite 1A, 250 Cushman St. More information: 456-0527 or 456-0532 TTD.)

We have removed the dates, but left a list of just a few of the films they have, to give you an idea of the variety. Contact them for the latest viewing schedule, which in the past has been noon and 2 p.m. They show films year 'round.

Alaska Portrait (40 min)
Angling Alaska: Ice Fishing for Rainbow Trout (30 min)
A Pioneer Family in Alaska (40 min)
At the Time of Whaling (40 min)
Chain of Life: The Aleutian Islands (30 min)
Cranes of the Grey Wind (50 min)
Humpback Whales (60 min)
Land of the Eagle: The First and Last Frontier (60 min)
Loons of Amisk (15 min)
Nanook of the North (55 min)
One Man’s Alaska (25 min)
Return of the King (30 min)
Season of the Sled Dog (60 min)
The Bear Stands Up (30 min)
Winning the Avalanche Game (60 min)
Women of the Alaska Territory: An Oral History (25 min)
Yukon Passage (60 min)
Yukon Quest: Challenge of the North (50 min)

WINTER HOURS CLOSED Sunday and Monday, OPEN Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm.

Arctic Refuge - Planning for its Future: The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is accepting comments on their long-term management plan from now until June 7, 2010. Visit http://arctic.fws.gov/ccp.htm for more information."

29th Annual Chena River Run (5/1/10) 10 a.m. Running Club North, 5K  Wood River Elementary School to the Princess Hotel. Williams Cup Series event # 1.  Mostly flat point-to-point course, through University West and over the Chena River bridge, on local roads, bike paths, & sidewalks . Sponsored by Downtown Rotary. Entry forms will be available at Beaver Sports, 3480 College Road and US Travel, 1211 Cushman St. There is a fee. See their website calendar (click on name of race for more details). Information Hotline, (907) 452-6046.

An Evening of Music Theater (5/1/10) Time: 8:00pm - 9:30pm. Location: Davis Concert Hall - UAF Campus. Director: Dr. Juanelle Celaire- University Chorus, Accompaniment: Suzanne McBride. An Evening of your favorite music theater songs! This concert is dedicated to the lovely late Carol M. Henry! Following will be a gourmet dessert auction and bake sale. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students/military/seniors, and children 12 and under are free!

Migration Celebration (5/4/10) at Creamer’s Field from noon to 4 p.m.

Go to Arctic Audubon Society for more information.

Annual Women of Distinction Awards Banquet (5/5/11) Farthest North Girl Scout Council will honor four outstanding Fairbanks women, in the Westmark Gold Room. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Includes a silent auction. Presented in partnership with BP Exploration, it is also a fundraiser, with tickets for $90, available at the Girl Scout office on College Road and the Old Steese Highway. For some reason they never list the time for the actual banquet on their website. Call the Girl Scouts at 456-4782 with any questions. Or go to http://www.fairbanksgirlscouts.org. Some of the above info may need updating.

The Great Clean-up (5/8/10) When all Fairbanks turns out to pick up and clean up the public roadsides. As in the past, the United Way of the Tanana Valley will be handling the garbage bag distribution.

UAF Commencement (5/15/11) at 1:30 pm. Carlson Center, 2010 2nd Ave. Free Seating is open to the public beginning at noon; tickets are not required. Some of this may need updating.

Tanana Valley Farmers Market (5/9/10) through the summer) Located west of the fairgrounds at College and Caribou Way, the market features handicrafts, locally made gifts, food and bedding plants as well as the usual locally grown produce. The season opening may be marked with special events, musical performances, cooking, and nutritional demonstrations, and more. Then for the rest of the summer, it will be open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information: (907) 456-FARM (3276).

Opening of Alaska Salmon Bake/Palace Theatre & Saloon (5/11) for Salmon Bake, later for Theatre's Golden Heart Revue). The Alaska Salmon Bake offers bus service to and from major hotels from 5:00 pm until 9:30 pm seven days a week. Both close in mid September. Click on the link above for more information.

Walk for Charity (5/14/10) They tend to update their website very late, so we do not know the newest date. The rest of this paragraph is from earlier years. "The annual Alaska Visitor Industry Walk for Charity begins at 6 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church Parking Lot. The minimum registration fee for adults is $25, and $15 for children 6-12 if you register by April 30. Register late, and there is an additional $5 fee.  "Often referred to as “the 3k graze,” the Walk for Charity is the only walk in Fairbanks where you may gain weight! Fabulous food vendors dot the 3k course that begins at the Immaculate Conception Church Parking Lot and then winds through downtown Fairbanks to finish at the Golden Heart Plaza for the grand finale—Celebration Station— featuring yummy desserts, live music, games, prizes and much, much more."  Call 456-4937 for a registration packet."

"Shorebird Identification" (5/15/10) Saturday, with leader Philip Martin. Local birding experts lead a series of birding field trips. Trips usually last until Noon. Bring binoculars, a snack, and rubber boots if you have them. Meet at 8:00 am at the Creamer’s Field barn parking lot. Go to Arctic Audubon Society for more information. Contact number: Frank Keim, 451-9308.

UAF Georgeson Botanical Garden Plant Sale (5/19/12) at Risse's Greenhouse, 981 Risse Rd (6.4 mile Chena Hot Springs Rd.) 9 am-9 pm Open to the Public. (To shop early at the Member Sale, May 18, 4pm - 9pm, you can become a member at the door.) Shop the GBG Plant Sale AND shop Risse's Greenhouse at the same time. Get all of your plants for the season in one place!.

North Pole Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center open. Hours were 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily till 5/31?. Some years ago, on June 1 hours increased to 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information (907) 488-2242.

"Dynamic Aurora" (5/15/11-9/14/11)  Daily at 10 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m.. 5:30 p.m.. 6"15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. The museum's 30-minute movies are presented every 45 minutes in the Arnold Espe Auditorium. Purchase a museum movie ticket at the admission desk for unlimited access to the day's presentations. $7 general admission; group and youth discounts may apply. Dynamic Aurora captures the beauty of northern lights and explains this high-latitude phenomena from scientific and cultural perspectives. The 30-minute multimedia presentation features high-speed video, digital animations and hands-on demonstrations. Presented in partnership with the UAF Geophysical Institute. This is also now presented in the winter, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily. (907) 474-7505.

"Winter" (5/15/11-9/14/11) 11:30 a.m.,  2:30 p.m., and 4:45 p.m., daily in the Arnold Espe Auditorium, UAF Museum of the North. $7 general admission; group and youth discounts may apply.  "Winter" gives visitors insight into our longest season. Learn about adaptations to life in the cold and the activities that sustain Alaskans through winter into spring. 30 minutes. Presented daily at the UAF Museum. (907) 474-7505. Purchase the $5 museum show pass for unlimited access to all shows that day.

2010 Fairbanks Start! Heart Walk (5/15/10) Veteran's Memorial Park at 8th and Cushman Street. It is a fun, non-competitive walking event designed to promote walking as a heart healthy exercise and raise funds to support the American Heart Association and it's research. Locally Sponsored by: Fairbanks Memorial Hospital & Conoco Phillips. Event Goal: $200,000. 9:00 a.m., Pre Walk Activities/Music, Team Photos, Health Screening, Blood Pressure Checks. 10:00 a.m. the Walk starts, with entertainment along the route. 11:00 a.m. there is a Heart Healthy Lunch (Provided by Fairbanks Memorial Hospital), Awards & Recognition Ceremony (provided by Golden Heart Utilities), and a Grand Prize Drawing-for an Alaska Airlines Ticket (courtesy of Alaska Airlines). Golden Heart Utilities Team Awards Categories:

bulletThe Top Heart Walk Company
bulletThe Chancellor’s UAF Top Team
bulletThe Governor’s Bank Challenge
bulletThe Top Heart Walk Team
bulletThe Most Inspirational Team
bulletThe Most Creative/Enthusiastic Team
bulletThe Most Competitive Team Leader

Teams Awards determined at close of Bank Day & announced at the Walk. Free Membership for a Month at the Alaska Club-Fairbanks for walkers who raise $500 or more! (Current members will receive credit for a full month of dues, Non-members will receive a 2 week Membership Packet!) All walkers raising $100 or more will receive the 2010 Heart T-Shirt and a chance to win an Alaska Airline ticket! http://www.heartwalk.kintera.org  (907) 456-3659

Habitat for Humanity Ongoing Build: Monday through Saturday until done. Help finish our house! Call Toni at 452-1685 to Help Build it! ReStore: June—September: Need helpers all summer to work at ReStore. Help stock items, assist customers, make repairs. Be the first to see new inventory! We can schedule individuals or teams for Saturdays and Sundays. Call Mike Pile at 388-4998 or email at mikepile@gmail.com.

Open House LARS (5/22/10) The Institute of Arctic Biology Large Animal Research Station (LARS) is hosting a fun Open House Saturday,  from noon - 4 p.m. View muskoxen, caribou, and reindeer with their calves. Learn about the animals from LARS naturalists. Fun events planned. They are planning to open 1 week early for the 2010 tour season. Regularly scheduled tours begin Monday, May 24.

FSWCD Tree Sale Preorder Deadline (5/20/11) Bare root trees & shrubs available for $3.50 each. Numerous varieties of ornamental and native trees and shrubs suited for Alaska's harsh climate. All plants bareroot except Bearberry. Sizes: 9”-24”. Preorders will be available for pick up on June 3rd, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. (907) 479-1213. Download the order form at the FSWCD website, http://www.fairbankssoilwater.org/. Actual sale takes place June 4th from 10am-5pm at the FSWCD parking lot.

Buffalo Wallow Dance (5/22-24/09) in Delta Junction. Annual square and round dance featuring hundreds of square dancers from Alaska, Canada, and the Lower 49 states. Information, (907) 488-0939 or (907) 895-5068. Their Website was not updated for 2010 as of June 8, 2010!

Gardening: Brown Bag Lunch Time Lectures (5/28/10) 12:10-12:50pm, 1000 University Ave, Room 108. Bring a brown bag lunch, some questions and join the Cooperative Extension Service for some classes about gardening here in Fairbanks…(Look for more lectures in June & July) For information or to sign up contact Taylor Maida 474-2422 or temaida@alaska.edu

Hospice Plant Sale (5/28/11) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location is their greenhouse, corner of 20th and Turner. All kinds of plants including bedding plants, hardy perennials, trees & shrubs as well as hanging baskets and house plants, vegetables, and herbs. All profits benefit Hospice of the Tanana Valley. (907) 474-0311.

After the Wallow Dance (5/30/09) Santa's Swingers, 8-10 p.m., Pioneer Park Dance Center. Small admission charge. Information: ( (907) 474-0679. Their Website was not updated for 2010 as of April 10, 2010.

Calypso Farm & Ecology Center's Annual Plant Sale (5/31/10) Memorial Day, 9am-Noon. A large selection of organically grown vegetables, herbs, annual and perennial flowers - perfect form the home gardener. They also have giant cabbages for the fair. Proceeds benefit Calypso's educational programs

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June

Discovery Lecture Series, Schaible Lecture Hall, UAF 7 p.m. on Wednesdays

June 1: "Gardening in the Interior" with Ann Roberts
Join us June 1st to hear Ann Roberts , author of the Alaska Gardening Guide Vol. 1 . Ann will speak about the challenges and rewards of gardening in the Interior. Come with all your gardening questions.

June 8: "Peonies: Varieties & Horticulture" with Jan Hanscom
Join us on June 8th to hear Jan Hanscom , the production manager of Polar Peonies, LLC. Jan will give you the history behind the recent rise in interest in Alaska in growing peonies. She will also talk about the varieties best suited to Alaska and give tips on how to successfully grow these beauties.

June 15: "Climate Change" with John Walsh
Join on on June 15th to listen to John Walsh, President's Professor of Climate Change and Director of the Center for Global Change and Arctic System Research at IARC.
Recognizing that climate change has been greater in the Arctic (particularly Alaska) than anywhere else in the Northern Hemisphere, John will examine how the changes in temperature and sea-ice in Alaska are impacting the length of the growing season, surface dryness, marine and overland transportation and the vulnerability of coastal regions to storm activity.

June 22: "The Changing Arctic Landscape" with Ken Tape
Ken Tape: Join us on June 22nd to listen to Ken Tape, lifelong Alaskan and author/photographer. The arctic landscape is changing and Ken has the evidence to demonstrate that fact. Ken will explore with you the different ways that the landscape is changing and will address why some locations are more vulnerable to these changes than others.

June 29: "All About Alaska Blueberries" with Pat Holloway and Tom Kuhn
Pat Holloway: Join us June 29th with Pat Holloway and Tom Kuhn . Pat is the director of the Georgeson Botanical Garden,and Tom is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at UAF. Learn the science behind what makes these berries so healthy and nutritious.

Clubs:

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The Emblem Club supports the community by doing fundraisers to give back. Some of their Charities are; Scholarships for youth, Drug Awareness in schools, Literacy, Americanism, and Community Service where they help the Salvation Army, Food Bank, K9 unit, & Volunteers in Policing, just to name a few.

University of Alaska Events are so numerous (especially in summer) that we are now referring you to their calendar. Go to their website and click on the event tab. Choose your month.

See On a Shoestring  for local free tours through August, 2003.

Free Films & Events, Alaska Public Lands
(in Courthouse Square, downtown. Suite 1A, 250 Cushman St. More information: 456-0527 or 456-0532 TTD.)

We have removed the dates, but left a list of just a few of the films they have, to give you an idea of the variety. Contact them for the latest viewing schedule, which in the past has been noon and 2 p.m. They show films year 'round.

Alaska Portrait (40 min)
Angling Alaska: Ice Fishing for Rainbow Trout (30 min)
A Pioneer Family in Alaska (40 min)
At the Time of Whaling (40 min)
Chain of Life: The Aleutian Islands (30 min)
Cranes of the Grey Wind (50 min)
Humpback Whales (60 min)
Land of the Eagle: The First and Last Frontier (60 min)
Loons of Amisk (15 min)
Nanook of the North (55 min)
One Man’s Alaska (25 min)
Return of the King (30 min)
Season of the Sled Dog (60 min)
The Bear Stands Up (30 min)
Winning the Avalanche Game (60 min)
Women of the Alaska Territory: An Oral History (25 min)
Yukon Passage (60 min)
Yukon Quest: Challenge of the North (50 min)

WINTER HOURS CLOSED Sunday and Monday, OPEN Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm.

Ester Community Market at the Ester Park June through September, featuring local arts, produce, literature, music and more. Thursdays 4:30 to 7:30pm June 2nd thru September 29th, & Saturdays 11am to 3pm June 4th thru September 24th http://www.esteralaska.com/estermarket.html

Arctic Refuge - Planning for its Future: The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is accepting comments on their long-term management plan from now until June 7, 2010. Visit http://arctic.fws.gov/ccp.htm for more information."

Golden Heart Revue  (5/18-9/19/06) At the Palace Theatre & Saloon, Alaskaland. Shows daily at 8:15 p.m. $13 adults with Alaska driver's license, otherwise $14. $7.50 for children under 12.  Reservations: (907) 452-5960.

"Looking North'' Exhibit at the University of Alaska Museum, showcasing Alaska Native, historical and contemporary art from 200 BC to present. Information: (907) 474-7505.

Golden Heart Plaza Concerts are scheduled for June, 7-8 p.m. every Wednesday night, weather permitting, featuring the Fairbanks Community Band and other local musicians. Golden Heart Plaza is next to the Visitor Center log cabin on First Avenue. Admission is free. For more information, see our Music and Dance Calendar.

"Dynamic Aurora" (5/15/11-9/14/11)  Daily at 10 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m.. 5:30 p.m.. 6"15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. The museum's 30-minute movies are presented every 45 minutes in the Arnold Espe Auditorium. Purchase a museum movie ticket at the admission desk for unlimited access to the day's presentations. $7 general admission; group and youth discounts may apply. Dynamic Aurora captures the beauty of northern lights and explains this high-latitude phenomena from scientific and cultural perspectives. The 30-minute multimedia presentation features high-speed video, digital animations and hands-on demonstrations. Presented in partnership with the UAF Geophysical Institute. This is also now presented in the winter, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily. (907) 474-7505.

"Winter" (5/15/11-9/14/11) 11:30 a.m.,  2:30 p.m., and 4:45 p.m., daily in the Arnold Espe Auditorium, UAF Museum of the North. $7 general admission; group and youth discounts may apply.  "Winter" gives visitors insight into our longest season. Learn about adaptations to life in the cold and the activities that sustain Alaskans through winter into spring. 30 minutes. Presented daily at the UAF Museum. (907) 474-7505. Purchase the $5 museum show pass for unlimited access to all shows that day.

FSWCD Tree Sale (6/4/11) Bare root trees & shrubs available for $3.50 each. Actual sale takes place from 10am-5pm at the FSWCD parking lot. Numerous varieties of ornamental and native trees and shrubs suited for Alaska's harsh climate. All plants bareroot except Bearberry. Sizes: 9”-24”. Preorders will be available for pick up on June 3rd, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. (907) 479-1213. Download the order form at the FSWCD website, http://www.fairbankssoilwater.org/.

TOTE Family Fun Fest (6/7/09) University of Alaska Museum , 12-4 p.m., hands-on activities, entertainment, & refreshments for kids of all ages. Join them under the big top tent on the museum's east lawn for fun filled day of activities and entertainment. Note - we have not heard about this lately, may not be happening any more.

Activities:

bulletBuild a plant press
bulletDissect owl pellets
bulletExplore the salmon life cycle
bulletInvestigate insects
bulletMake an Aleut hat
bulletLearn Eskimo dances with the Pavva Inupiaq dancers
bulletPaint your own masterpiece
bulletPlay "dino dinner"
bulletTake your photo with UAF mascot Bear

Admission is just $3 per child!
Free parking available between the museum and UAF's Reichardt Building.

Call 474-7505 for more information.

Santa's Garden Market in North Pole. Locally grown produce & crafts. Hours 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Fridays only throughout summner and  fall. Carr's-Key Bank parking lot. Information (907) 488-2242.

Saturday Market (TBA) runs until Aug. weather permitting, but it was cancelled in 1998. Normally, it is held downtown between 1st and 2nd Avenues and features products either grown or made in Alaska only. Hours were 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, of course.

Gardening: Brown Bag Lunch Time Lectures (6/2/10-6/30/10) 12:10-12:50pm, 1000 University Ave, Room 108. Bring a brown bag lunch, some questions and join the Cooperative Extension Service for some classes about gardening here in Fairbanks…(more lectures in July)

- Wednesday, June 2- Worm Composting in a tote (must sign up ahead of time to take home a box).
- Friday, June 4- Growing Baby Salad Greens - Taylor
- Monday, June 7- Growing Tomatoes - MIchele
- Wednesday, June 9- Growing Strawberries
- Friday, June 11- Growing Raspberries
- Monday, June 14- Edible Flowers
- Wednesday, June 16- Square Foot Gardening
- Friday, June 18- Lasagna Gardening
- Monday, June 21- Lawn Establishment
- Wednesday, June 23- Rejuvenating Your Lawn
- Friday, June 25- Maintaining Your Lawn
- Monday, June 28- Compost Tea
- Wednesday, June 30- Invasive Weeds

For information or to sign up contact Taylor Maida 474-2422 or temaida@alaska.edu

Tour de Cure (6/11/2011) an annual bicycling event held by the American Diabetes Association to raise awareness, and funding for Diabetes research. Nearly 2,500 people in the City of Fairbanks and 23.6 million people in the United States are affected by Diabetes. The Tour de Cure will be held at Pike’s Landing on June 11, 2011 so come join us Stop Diabetes! Check out their website for more information: http://main.diabetes.org/fairbankstour 

Mosquito Meander (6/16/12) 5K Fun Run & Walk. Get in shape for the Midnight Sun Fun Run! This fundraiser for Fairbanks Counseling & Adoption is a flat loop course on local residential streets and the Chena River bike path. Bring your child in a stroller and your dog on a leash. Entry fees: Adults 12 and over $20, Family (incl. 2 t-shirts) $35, and $15 for children under 12.  Late Registration begins after 6/10/10 add $5 to fees. T-shirt designed by Darin Carpenter of Tundra Comics. Meet at Pioneer Park (Alaskaland) 10 a.m. Contact (907) 456-4729 or fca@fcaalaska.org . Their website is http://www.fcaalaska.org

Annual Fairbanks Summer Folk Fest (6/13/09) . Noon to 11 p.m. Music from a variety of Alaska musicians., more than 30 bands, vendors, and a square dance at 10 p.m. Pioneer Park. Enjoy an entire day of entertainment in a comfortable, family setting. Free. http://www.fairbanksfolkfest.org.

UAF Summer Fine Arts Music Camp (6/8-21/08) Visual & performing arts camp for junior and senior high school students. UAF Campus northwest of Fairbanks. (907) 474-6837 .An intensive two week program of music education for students in grades 6 through 12 on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus

Chickenstock Bluegrass Festival (6/12, 13/09) 7 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday in Chicken, Alaska. Features homegrown music and unexpected twists in the remote, historic gold mining camp of chicken, about 5 hours from Fairbanks on the Taylor Highway. Tickets in advance ($20) at Gulliver's Books, Grass Roots Guitar, and http://www.chickenstockmusicfestival.com. $23 for a weekend pass, $6 Friday and $20 Saturday tickets are available at the gate.

Photosymphony (6/?) 8 p.m. This is a slide show of aurora photos set to music, $10 adults, $5 children 3-12. Presented by local photographer LeRoy Zimmerman of Ester, in the Lacey Street Theatre on 2nd Avenue. http://www.photosymphony.com This is an ongoing show, but his website is being redone, and does not give dates. You may try reaching him at 479-8097 for more information, or 451-8224.

6th Annual Fairbanks Bluegrass Camp for Kids (6/22-25/09) Offered by Fairbanks Folk Fest, with Bearfoot Bluegrass Band and local Fairbanks volunteers as music instructors. It’s a fun-filled four days. Visit the Folk Fest website for more information.

Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race "Dawg Gone Canoe Race." (6/19/06).  Graehl Landing, time TBA. Lasts 1½ hours. Fun race with a minimum requirement in the canoe of two people and a dog (or something alive that resembles a dog!) (907) 452-7954.

Midnight Sun Square & Round Dances (June 2010). Local square and round dancers celebrate the Midnight Sun with square and round dances at the Alaskaland Dance Center at Alaskaland. Santa's Swingers sponsor the dance.  Normally, the evening dance is from 7:30 to 9:30, but we think this one is 9:30 PM till 12:30, and is mostly mainstream with dancers dancing outside under the Midnight Sun. Square dance attire is not required. Admission $5 each night. (907) 479-4522. See below for more information. More information.

Summer Solstice Festival (6/21/12) Help set up, take down and work Habitat for Humanity Booth. Enjoy the best day in Fairbanks, by being a part of the fun! Call 452-1685!

Chatanika Music Festival.  (TBA). This largest of any interior music event features 20 to 30 bands at Chatanika Gold Camp, Mile 27.5 Steese Highway.  Included are food & beverage vendors, cabins & campsites available. (907) 389-2414.

Midnight Sun Baseball Game-(6/21/09) The Alaska Goldpanners baseball team, which has produced several major league players, play the night game without artificial lights, beginning at 10:30 p.m. at Growden Memorial Park (corner of Second Avenue and Wilbur Street.)http://www.goldpanners.com

Midnight Sun Festival-(6/23/12). Celebrating the longest day of the year noon to midnight with live music, shopping, art, crafts, special entertainment, dancing, games, and a downtown street fair. Many stores stay open until midnight. Organizers claim an estimated 20,000 participated in 1997. We find that hard to swallow, but it is still a big event and worth joining in. Sponsored by the Downtown Association/Main Street. (907) 452-8671

Salcha Fair (6/24-26/11)  Solstice weekend, gates open at noon, admission is $2 per person or $5 per family. (907) 488-6420 or morym@ak.net. More information at http://www.salcha.org

UAF Summer Fine Arts Music Camp (6/8-21/08) Visual & performing arts camp for junior and senior high school students. UAF Campus northwest of Fairbanks. (907) 474-6837 .An intensive two week program of music education for students in grades 6 through 12 on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus

Midnight Sun Fun Run-(6/23/12). (30th Annual 10K run/walk) Beginning at 10 p.m., this race is run under the Midnight Sun (usually the third Saturday in June) starting at 10 p.m. at the University of Alaska, winding through residential areas, on a mostly flat course on local roads and bike paths and ending at Pioneer Park (formerly Alaskaland). The 10K race draws thousands of runners, walkers and costume- wearers, Midnight Sun Fun Runand bills itself as the "farthest north 10K run". You can register right up to race time, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the UAF Patty Center. Race day registration is $30, save money by registering earlier. More information can be found at Running Club North's website or download entry info at http://www.midnightsunrun.us . Meet at the UAF Patty Center. Sponsored by lots of businesses and the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, this is a Williams Cup Series event #2. T-shirts for all entrants  Proceeds from the race benefit United Way of the Tanana Valley and local student athletes through scholarships. Download their brochure for the latest in costs and route.

[Photo of Midnight Sun Fun Run was taken at 11 p.m. by
photographer Julie Coghill, reprinted here with permission.]

Yukon 800 Marathon ( 6/21,22/08). This high speed 800 mile riverboat race departs from Pike's Landing in Fairbanks at 11 a.m. and pauses in Galena (by way of the Chena, Tanana, and Yukon rivers). Racers overnight in Galena, leaving at 6 a.m. to return to Pike's Landing on Sunday (expected time of arrival, about 1 p.m.). Sponsored by the Fairbanks Outboard Association. Learn more on their website. (907) 459-2023.

Russian Garden Tea Party (6/24/12) Annual fundraiser for the Georgeson Botanical Garden. This year's theme is Russian. Lots of events rolled into one, including a well stocked Silent Auction! Costumes are encouraged but not required. Tea in the garden, games, refreshments, demonstrations, arts & crafts, music. Tickets are available at the GBG, Sipping Streams, and Gullivers. Adults are $35 and a commemorative teacup can be purchased separately. Children's tickets are $10. Funds raised go to help support the Georgeson Botanical Garden. With or without costumes, this is your chance to enjoy the Garden at its height, while helping make the garden even better!

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