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January, February, March 20
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Events in nearby communities within easy driving distance. Note dates, where not yet updated.

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 Not all events have been updated; be sure to notice dates, and use phone numbers supplied if out of date.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.

arts-drama / education-classes / mushing-schedules / music-dance / winter-activities

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

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

Index of Annual Events (highlights only- there are lots more!):

January
February
College Town Dinner
Bard-a-thon
Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race
Iron Dog Classic
Delta Festival of Lights
Free Alaska Movies
March
North Pole Winter Festival
Native Art Festival
Nenana Ice Classic
World Ice Art Championship
Limited N. American Dog Races
Fbks Winter Carnival
Chatanika Days
Open N. American Dog Races
Interior Home Show

January

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.

Fairbanks Cribbage Club Cribbage Tournament, Each 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, 11 a.m., American Legion Post 11, First Avenue. Information: 457-7006.

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.

Resource Center for Parents and Children  The Resource Center for Parents and Children have lots of programs for the public, from babysitter training classes to marriage and parenting classes. Their mailing address is 726 26th Avenue, Suite 2, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701. Their contacts are Phone: (907) 456-2866, Fax: (907) 451-8125, Email: info@rcpcfairbanks.org. Operating Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and they observe all Federal Holidays. They are located across the street from the Food Bank in the south Cushman area of town. Go to their website for lots 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.

Midnight Sun Intertribal Powwow
The Midnight Sun Intertribal Powwow offers an opportunity for all Alaskans and Alaskan visitors to join in the festivities and learn about the land’s first people. For information, write PO Box 80034, Fairbanks, AK 99708, call 456-2245. e-mail midnightsunpowwow@yahoo.com or visit http://www.midnightsunpowwow.org.

Festival of Native Arts
The Festival of Native Arts has grown to be one of the major performances of Native dance in Alaska. Native performance groups from all parts of Alaska appear at the Festival, as do groups from Siberia and the Yukon Territory, Canada. The Festival also features Native arts and crafts. For information call 474-6889.

Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival
This is a nationally recognized arts festival that brings more than 700 students and instructors into Fairbanks for two weeks of workshops, rehearsals and performances with studies in music, dance, theatre, ice-skating and the visual arts. There are also four, one-week “Winter Edition” workshops for voice, story telling, comedy and cabaret studies. For information call, 474-8869 or visit http://www.fsaf.org.

New Years Day, (1/1/12). Happy New Year!

Dog mushing races, see our Dog Mushing Calendar or  http://www.sleddog.org.

Yukon Quest Raffle (1/10/09) The Yukon Quest is hosting its $10,000 Raffle on January 10th at Big Daddy's Bar-B-Q in Fairbanks Alaska, come join us for this fun event! Only 250 tickets will be sold. For tickets or more information, call the Fairbanks office at 907-452-7954.

Yukon Quest Crab Feed Fundraiser (1/16/11) It's a fan favorite, and it's back! Sunday, January 16th at Pioneer Park. If you buy your tickets ahead of time you can start the feast early at 3:00 but if you wait to buy them at the door you'll have to wait until 4:30. Doors will be open 3:00pm to 8:00pm. Tickets are on sale at the Yukon Quest Store and Headquarters. Adults: $35 Military and Students: $30 Children under 12: $15 Mushers: $80* Call for more info or to purchase tickets:452-7954.

Alaska - As Seen From an Unmanned Aircraft (1/31/12) Science for Alaska Lecture, 7 p.m. in the Westmark Gold Room. This one is with Greg Walker, Manager, Poker Flat Research Range, Geophysical Institute, UAF. Come early and take part in fun, educational demonstrations! 6:30 p.m. on each Tuesday evening, one half hour prior to our lectures, we will be hosting educational demonstrations that provide introductory information and a hands-on activity related to that night's presentation. Demonstrations are open to attendees of all ages, but are especially fun for K-12 students. Please join us in our creative science projects and stay for the lectures at 7 p.m. Call the education outreach office at 907-474-7558 or e-mail info@gi.alaska.edu for more information about Science for Alaska in Fairbanks. http://www.scienceforalaska.com

Annual Bard-a-thon (1/22-1/30/11), hosted by Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre. The Bard-a-thon begins on January 16th and runs straight through January 23rd. The marathon reading takes place at the Empress Theatre in downtown Fairbanks. (2nd floor of the Co-Op, enter on 3rd Ave.) A community, round-the-clock reading of all 37 Shakespeare plays. Public welcome to participate at no charge. (907) 457-POET (7638). http://www.fstalaska.org/ or the online calendar they have there.

Fairbanks Master Gardener Class starts, (2/22/11) Tuesdays, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. and 6–9 p.m., through April 5, 474-1530. Register early - there is usually a waiting list!

Theatre UAF Auditions (1/22/11) from 1 pm to 5 pm, Auditions for Theatre UAF’s spring Mainstage production, The Winter’s Tale, by William Shakespeare, directed by UAF faculty member Stephan Golux. Lee H. Salisbury Theatre, Fine Arts Complex, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Callbacks: Sunday, January 23rd at 12 noon. For more information: http://theatreUAF.org/audition/ or contact Kim Eames, Box Office Manager, 474-6590, kkeames@alaska.edu   THEATRE UAF is pleased to announce open auditions for its production of William Shakespeare’s THE WINTER’S TALE, directed by UAF faculty member STEPHAN GOLUX. Community members are encouraged to audition for the 25-member cast. In addition to the main characters of the court, there are many lords and ladies and servants and shepherds and various other roles (including a bear!). Men and women of all ages are needed, especially an 8-10 year old boy to play a young prince. Race is unimportant; indeed, the production would benefit from performers of diverse ethnicities. Detailed information about the audition process is available online at http://theatreUAF.org/audition/. Actors/Actresses are STRONGLY encouraged to include a 45-second Shakespeare monologue in their audition portfolio.

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February

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.

Dog mushing races, see our Dog Mushing Calendar or  http://www.sleddog.org.

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.

Resource Center for Parents and Children  The Resource Center for Parents and Children have lots of programs for the public, from babysitter training classes to marriage and parenting classes. Their mailing address is 726 26th Avenue, Suite 2, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701. Their contacts are Phone: (907) 456-2866, Fax: (907) 451-8125, Email: info@rcpcfairbanks.org. Operating Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and they observe all Federal Holidays. They are located across the street from the Food Bank in the south Cushman area of town. Go to their website for lots more information.

Preschool Story Hour, Noel Wien Library Berry Room (Feb) A storytime for 3-5 year olds. Weekly registration is required. Call 459-1052 during the library’s open hours to register. Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  or Wednesdays at 1:30 PM All programs are free of charge. For more information about children’s programs or to schedule a class tour call 459-1052.

Fairbanks Cribbage Club Cribbage Tournament, Each 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, 11 a.m., American Legion Post 11, First Avenue. Information: 457-7006.

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.

Reindeer: Tundra Gold (2/7/12) Science for Alaska Lecture, 7 p.m. in the Westmark Gold Room. This one with Greg Finstad, Manager, Reindeer Research Program; Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources & Agricultural Sciences, UAF. Come early and take part in fun, educational demonstrations! 6:30 p.m. on each Tuesday evening, one half hour prior to our lectures, we will be hosting educational demonstrations that provide introductory information and a hands-on activity related to that night's presentation. Demonstrations are open to attendees of all ages, but are especially fun for K-12 students. Please join us in our creative science projects and stay for the lectures at 7 p.m. Call the education outreach office at 907-474-7558 or e-mail info@gi.alaska.edu for more information about Science for Alaska in Fairbanks. http://www.scienceforalaska.com

Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race (2/5/11) Whitehorse, Canada 1 p.m. to Downtown Fairbanks 1,000-mile (1,600 km) sled dog race between Fairbanks and Whitehorse. Follows early gold rush and mail trails along the Yukon River on rugged North Country terrain. This international race alternates the start: Fairbanks on even-numbered years, Whitehorse on odd-numbered years. First mushers can be expected to cross the Finish Line in Fairbanks by about Feb. 18, when there is an awards banquet.  See more information on the Sports Calendar.

Republican Women's Annual Lincoln Day Dinner (2/12/12) at Pikes. It's a fund raiser ($75 per person). For info and to make reservations call Cheryl Markwood at 347-4720

Recent Earthquakes that Shook the World (2/14/12) Science for Alaska Lecture, 7 p.m. in the Westmark Gold Room. This one with Natalla Ruppert, Seismologist, Alaska Earthquake Information Center, Geophysical Institute, UAF. Come early and take part in fun, educational demonstrations! 6:30 p.m. on each Tuesday evening, one half hour prior to our lectures, we will be hosting educational demonstrations that provide introductory information and a hands-on activity related to that night's presentation. Demonstrations are open to attendees of all ages, but are especially fun for K-12 students. Please join us in our creative science projects and stay for the lectures at 7 p.m. Call the education outreach office at 907-474-7558 or e-mail info@gi.alaska.edu for more information about Science for Alaska in Fairbanks. http://www.scienceforalaska.com

Delta Festival of Lights (2/9-10/08) (usually in February)

Presented by Delta Chamber of Commerce, this twelfth  annual Festival of Lights, a two day community wide event to fight "Cabin Fever" and welcome the lights of spring. In 2007, the event featured local and statewide artisans & musicians. A partial listing of events includes:

Friday, February 9
     5 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Spaghetti Feed at Presbyterian/Faith Lutheran Church
$9 over 12 yrs old and $4 for kids under 12 years old

Saturday, February 10
     Noon to 4:30 p.m. - Arts and Crafts Galleria - Delta H.S. (Big Gym)
Great Shopping! Food and Music, too!
     1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Jammin' Salmon Dixieland Band from Ft. Wainwright - Delta H.S.
   11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Kid Craft Day at the Delta Library
     3:45 p.m. - Winter Escape Raffle Drawing, Delta H.S.
     4 p.m. - Polar Bear Plunge don't miss the icy splash, Delta H.S.
     7 p.m. - Light Up the Night Parade - Route Grizzly Ln. onto Richardson Hwy, end at City Park
     8 p.m. - Light up the winter sky Fireworks at the Delta City Park

On display through the weekend:
  Sam Vose Ice Carving at Visitor Information Center
  Photo Contest - Delta Library

For additional information please call the Delta Chamber of Commerce at 895-5068 or check out the Delta News Web.

 Annual Fairbanks Winter Folk Fest (2/12,/11) 2pm - 11pm, Pioneer Park Theater. KUAC will once again be recording this year's festival to be aired as "The Best of the Fest" on 89.9 FM

 Tesoro Iron Dog  (2/18-25/12) World's longest, toughest snow machine race from Wasilla to Nome to Fairbanks. Starts with a tech inspection and drawing banquet, and ends with a winners' banquet. The course is over 2,000 miles long. The Iron Dog Pro Class consists of a team of two persons on two snowmobiles and does not require any qualifying races to enter. (907) 563-4414. http://www.irondog.org.  The following paragraphs are excerpted from their 2011 Race Guide.

In preparation, "teams have been hard at work securing sponsors and replacement parts, training for mechanical repairs, packing essential equipment and attending safety workshops." Feb. 18 is the start of the trail class and 11 a.m. Feb. 20 for the pro class. In 2011 there were new new race staff, rules and course changes According to Kevin Kastner, Iron Dog’s new executive director. “. . . the details are very simple: it’s weather dependent. Everything can change until the day this race starts.”

The most notable rule changes involve the mandatory layovers, now with three on the way to Nome and two, plus a hold in Nenana, on the way to Fairbanks. Race teams have a choice of up to three locations for each layover.

The starting line has been moved to Southport Marina, which is still on Big Lake. "According to Kastner this will allow the start to develop into a larger event. Iron Dog will be able to tie into land-based power and services, have fewer vehicles on the ice, and make the start easier to find." Finish line changes actually affect the race the most which, according to Kastner, "have been in the works for nearly two years.. .The route near Fairbanks will take racers on the Tanana River, through Fort Wainwright Recreation Area, through North Pole, to the Corps of Engineers flood project. We’ll come over the dike there and have a new fueling spot as they come onto the flood project.”  They will high-speed it across the flood project, making it an excellent place to watch the race.

Racers will then go back on the Chena River heading toward their finish in downtown Fairbanks, probably near or at the foot bridge. The finish will also coincide with the Tired Iron vintage races and festivities, giving Iron Dog spectators plenty to do and see while waiting for Iron Dog racers to cross the line. It is estimated that the rerouting of the course will add 50-60 miles to the length of the race, making Iron Dog longer than 2,000 miles, but the exact length will not be known until the trail is broken for the entire distance. At the winner’s circle in Fairbanks champions are announced and the race purse divvyed up. The 2011 purse is expected to surpass $125,000, with more than $193,000 in total prizes.

Gold Run Sled Dog Race (2/19-20/11) 2-dog skijor (5.9 mi.), 4-dog (5.9 mi.), 6-dog (7.7 mi.), 10-dog (12.1 mi.) 11 a.m. The Interior's first championship dog race of the season. Mushers' Hall on Farmers Loop Road. Start and finish will be at the Jeff Studdert Race Grounds, 4 Mile Farmers Loop Rd. (907) 488-1357. Admission: Free. Indoor and outdoor spectator viewing. Souvenir and food concessions.  http://www.sleddog.org, (907) 457-6874.  adma@sleddog.org

"A Taste of Art" (2/19/11) Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. live land silent auctions at 8 p.m., Westmark Gold Room. Theme: Under the Sea. (Featured artist, Lise (McCann) Hoffman of Oceanic Design, has donated two of her designs.) In 2010 it was $50 in advance; $55 at the door. Co-Chairs: David Mongold of Allstate lInsurance & Cullen Wallace of Madden Real Estate. MC/DJ: Jim Matherly, AUCTIONEER: Bob Gray of ATC Auctions. FCA welcomes your tax deductible donation for A Taste of Art 2011. Please contact them at 456-4729 to donate to the auctions. Or you can email them at fca@fcaalaska.org to arrange pickup of your donation. . Fairbanks Counseling & Adoption presents this annual "A Taste of Art" fundraiser.  An evening of silent and oral auctions, musical entertainment, dinner and usually homemade Hot Licks ice cream for dessert. All proceeds benefit the programs at Fairbanks Counseling & Adoption.  http://www.fcaalaska.org  (907) 456-4729, Fairbanks Counseling and Adoption.

Space Research from Alaska Spaceports (2/21/12) Science for Alaska Lecture, 7 p.m. in the Westmark Gold Room. Brought by Bob McCoy, Director, Geophysical Institute, UAF. Come early and take part in fun, educational demonstrations! 6:30 p.m. on each Tuesday evening, one half hour prior to our lectures, we will be hosting educational demonstrations that provide introductory information and a hands-on activity related to that night's presentation. Demonstrations are open to attendees of all ages, but are especially fun for K-12 students. Please join us in our creative science projects and stay for the lectures at 7 p.m. Call the education outreach office at 907-474-7558 or e-mail info@gi.alaska.edu for more information about Science for Alaska in Fairbanks. http://www.scienceforalaska.com

World Ice Art Championships (2/22 through 3/27/11). Ice Alaska in 2011 was in its 22 year hosting the largest annual ice art competition in the world. The World Ice Art Championships are a month-long event involving more than 70 teams from all over the world. The competitions, and the accompanying Kids Park, attract more than 100 ice artists and approximately 45,000 visitors from Alaska and all over the world. In addition to the sculptures, there is a three acre children’s playground constructed entirely of ice – with slides up to 200 feet long! International sculptors produce larger-than-life works of art from Fairbanks ice.  Public viewing will run till 3/27 unless the ice melts sooner, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Kids Park is ready for sliding fun from February 22 - March 27, 2011, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Note, these are the 2010 prices. All one day admission is: $10 adults, $5 children 6-12. Under 6 is free. Season passes are $25 adults, $10 children 6 to 12. Family Season Pass is $65 for 2 adults and all dependent children 17 and under. "Ice Arch Angel" costs $100 (2 Season Passes - Free Ice Art Pin(s).

There is an excellent description of this competition at their website (follow link on the page linked to above), including photos of recent winners. In Ice Park on Phillips Field Road,  (907) 451-8250. http://www.icealaska.com, E-mail  iceart@icealaska.com

bulletFeb 22 - March 27, 2011 - Flint Hills Resources Kids Park  - more than 5 city blocks!
bulletFeb 22 -  Mar. 5, 2011 - Watch the ARTISTS as they create their ice sculptures!
bulletFeb 23-March 18, Amateur Open Exhibition
bulletFeb 25 - 8 PM - Single Block Lighting/Awards Ceremony.
bulletMarch 5, at 8 PM - Multi-Block Lighting/ Awards Ceremony.
bulletMarch 15 - 18, 2011 - Junior World Ice Art Championships:
bulletMarch 19, at 8 PM - Amateur Open & Junior Awards Ceremony.

Fairbanks Master Gardener Class starts, (2/22/11) Tuesdays, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. and 6–9 p.m., through April 5, 474-1530. Register early - there is usually a waiting list!

Lincoln Day Dinner (2/25/11) Annual dinner to be held on Friday, Feb. 25 at the Westmark Hotel, 6 p.m. (program at 7). Tickets for the dinner are $100 each, with $50 tickets for the "Meet the Author" portion from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (author Jackie Gingrich Cushman) Send an e-mail to: fairbanksrepublicanwomen@gmail.com for more information.

North Pole Sled Dog Championships (2/26-27/11)  Skijoring, 6-, 8- and 10-dog teams. North Pole Community Chamber of Commerce. (907) 488-2242.

7th annual John Trigg Ester Library Lallapalooza & Book Bash (2/27/11) This fundraiser for the Ester library will be held Sunday Feb. 27 from 2-5 PM at The Annex (2922 Parks Highway), and features a silent auction (2-5PM), lasagne feed (3 PM), and outcry auction (4 PM), and, of course, fabulous entertainment and fashion! Follow this link for more information and event schedule.

Contact organizers Nancy Burnham (the_annex@hotmail.com , 457-6668) or Trey Simmons (pacotrey@gmail.com , 452-0518) for more information.

Protecting Our Eye-dentity: New Methods for Information Security (2/28/12) Science for Alaska Lecture, 7 p.m. in the Westmark Gold Room. Brought by Bogdan Hoanca, Professor of Management Information Systems, UAA, and Kenrick Mock, Associate Professor of Computer Science, UAA. Come early and take part in fun, educational demonstrations! 6:30 p.m. on each Tuesday evening, one half hour prior to our lectures, we will be hosting educational demonstrations that provide introductory information and a hands-on activity related to that night's presentation. Demonstrations are open to attendees of all ages, but are especially fun for K-12 students. Please join us in our creative science projects and stay for the lectures at 7 p.m. Call the education outreach office at 907-474-7558 or e-mail info@gi.alaska.edu for more information about Science for Alaska in Fairbanks. http://www.scienceforalaska.com

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March

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.

Dog mushing races, see our Dog Mushing Calendar or  http://www.sleddog.org.

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.

Resource Center for Parents and Children  The Resource Center for Parents and Children have lots of programs for the public, from babysitter training classes to marriage and parenting classes. Their mailing address is 726 26th Avenue, Suite 2, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701. Their contacts are Phone: (907) 456-2866, Fax: (907) 451-8125, Email: info@rcpcfairbanks.org. Operating Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and they observe all Federal Holidays. They are located across the street from the Food Bank in the south Cushman area of town. Go to their website for lots more information.

Fairbanks Cribbage Club, Each 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, 11 a.m., American Legion Post 11, First Avenue. Information: 457-7006.

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.

World Ice Art Championships (2/28 through 3/25/12). International sculptors produce larger-than-life works of art from Fairbanks ice.  Public viewing will run till 3/27 unless the ice melts sooner, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Kids Park is ready for sliding fun from February 28- March 25, 2012, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Follow title link or see notes on Feb. 22 for more information.

Nenana Ice Classic Tripod Weekend (3/2-4/12) Winter festival in Nenana, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Civic Center. Official start of Alaska's largest guessing game. Contests, games and entertainment for the entire family, listed on their site. Tickets sell for $2.50 apiece. Sales of tickets from Feb 1 through April 5 at midnight. In 2007, The Tanana River officially went out on April 27 at 3:47 P.M. Alaska Standard Time. The jackpot was $303,272.00, but 77 people shared that prize.  Some ticket locations in Fairbanks in 2011 were Safeway, Alaska Water Systems, American Legion Post #11 & #57, Arctic Bowl, Bruger's Bagels, Ebony & Ivory, Elks Lodge #1551, Food Factory, Fox General Store, Frontier Outfitters, Gullivers Books, Iris Cafe, Last Frontier Motor Sports " The Outpost", McCafferty's Coffee House, Just A Store, Just Hair Cuts, Pleasant Valley Store,  Pump House Restaurant,  Sourdough Fuel Bulk Plant,  Sourdough Fuel, The Donut Shoppe, Turtle Club, Two Rivers Inc., & Parks Hwy Chevron.

Located 60 miles south of Fairbanks. The famous Nenana Tripod is raised, and there are Native dancers, sled dog races, contests for all ages, food,  and dance group performances. Lots of fun for the whole family. This event has been getting bigger every year!  (907) 832-5446. http://www.nenanaakiceclassic.com/

Nenana River Daze, (3/2-4/12) held in Nenana, (about 60 miles from Fairbanks, take the Parks Highway). Features riverbank events (contests, food, arts & crafts, raising of the Tripod for the Nenana Ice Clkassic, and a parade.). Kick off party is usually 6pm -12 Midnight. Carnival and parade at noon Saturday. Lots of activities for the whole family.

2011 Schedule: (expect a similar schedule in 2012)

Friday March 4th

6:00 P.M. Men's Basketball Tournament (NHS Gym)
6:30 P.M. Texas Hold-em Poker Tournament Sign-up (Senior Center)
7:00 P.M. Texas Hold-em Poker Tournament (Senior Center)
10:00 P.M. Live Music @ Jester's Palace

Saturday March 5th

8:00 A.M. Breakfast - Sponsored by Nenana Lion's Club
                    Men's Basketball Tournament (NHS Gym)
9:00 A.M. Craft & Vendors Booths Open (Civic Center)
10:00 A.M. Sign-up for Sled Dog Race (Civic Center Back Stage)
10:30 A.M. Mayor Jason Mayrand welcomes Guests & Community
                    and Leads Community in "Pledge of Allegience"
10:40 A.M. Beadwork Contest (Front Stage)
10:45 A.M. Nenana's "Best Dessert" Contest (Front Stage)
10:50 A.M. Homemade Candy Contest
11:00 A.M. NIC 1st Place Poster Contest Winner(Civic Center)
                    And Honorary Member Presentation
11:15 A.M. Egg Toss (A Street)
11:30 A.M. Hula Hoop Contest (Dance Floor)
                    NCPS Junior Class Concession Stand Opens (Civic Center)
12:00 P.M. Turkey Shoot-Rifle (.22 scoped and open sites) $2.00/5 shots
                    Moose Rifle Shoot/Hunting Rifles (Bring Own Shells)
                    (Rifle Range Mile 303 Parks Hwy)
                    NIC 40 Dog Sled Race 1st Stage (Watch Tower)
                    Donut Eating Contest (Front Stage)
12:30 P.M. Tana Vaughan - Fairbanks has Talent 1st Place Winner
12:45 P.M. Sack Races(Dance Floor)
1:00 P.M.   Limbo Contest (Dance Floor)
                    Face Painting by RJ Nelson (FREE)
1:30 P.M.   Nenana High School Choir (Front Stage)
2:00 P.M. Tricycle Races (A Street in front of Civic Center)
2:15 P.M. Cutest Baby Contest 0-6 Month & 7-12 Month (Front Stage)
2:30 P.M. Tana Vaughan - Fairbanks has Talent 1st Place Winner
3:00 P.M. Bubblegum Blowing Contest (Dance Floor)
3:30 P.M. Jump Rope Contest (Dance Floor)
4:00 P.M. Ball & Rope Contest(Dance Floor)
4:30 P.M. Pop Scramble (A Street)
6:30 P.M. Texas Hold-em Poker Tournament Sign-up (Senior Center)
7:00 P.M. Texas Hold-em Poker Tournament
8:00 P.M. Fireworks Display-City of Nenana (Tanana River)
10:00 P.M. Live Music@ Jester's Palace

Sunday March 6th

8:00 A.M. Breakfast- Sponsored by Nenana Lion's Club
9:00 A.M. Men's Basketball Tournament (NHS Gym)
10:00 A.M. Craft & Vendors Booths Opens- (Civic Center)
11:00 A.M. NCPS Junior Class Concession Stand Opens (Civic Center)
                    Home Made Quilt Contest (Front Stage)
11:15 A.M. Sheri Jo Hawkins Memorial Arm Wrestling Contest (Back Stage)
                    Nenana's "Best Chili" Contest (Front Stage)
11:30 A.M. Parent/Child Look-A-Like Contest (Front Stage)
11:45 A.M. Nenana's "Best Bread " Contest (Front Stage)
                    Nenana's "Best Sweet Bread " Contest (Front Stage)
12:00 P.M. Prettiest and Grungiest Carhart Contest (Front Stage)
                    NIC 40 Sled Dog Race- 2nd Stage (Tanana River)
12:15 P.M. Jump Rope Contest
12:30 P.M. Banana Eating Contest(Front Stage)
1:00 P.M. Moose Call Contest (Front Stage)
                    Face Painting by RJ Nelson (FREE)
1:30 P.M.Tug-O-War (Locals Vs Visitors) A Street
2:00 P.M. Dance Contest (Dance Floor)
3:00 P.M. Slurp the Pudding Contest (Dance Floor)
3:30 P.M TRIPOD RAISING: ON THE TANANA RIVER
4:00 P.M. Limbo Contest (Dance Floor)
4:30 P.M. Pop Scramble

Festival of Native Arts (3/3-5/11) 6:00 to Midnight, Davis Concert Hall at UAF. Event is the result of months of work by student and community volunteers, in cooperation with local, federal and state organizations and is Free and open to the public. Native Performances, Native Arts & Crafts Fair, Inter-tribal Powwow, and  Traditional Potlatch. The event includes a Native crafts marketplace in the Great Hall. Both Natives and non-Natives alike are welcome to attend. See Native arts and crafts on display and for sale. Contact Sarah at 474-6889 or festival@uaf.edu

When Icebergs Crash into the Sea (3/6/12) Science for Alaska Lecture, 7 p.m. in the Westmark Gold Room. Brought by Jason Amundson, Assistant Professor of Geophysics, UAS. Come early and take part in fun, educational demonstrations! 6:30 p.m. on each Tuesday evening, one half hour prior to our lectures, we will be hosting educational demonstrations that provide introductory information and a hands-on activity related to that night's presentation. Demonstrations are open to attendees of all ages, but are especially fun for K-12 students. Please join us in our creative science projects and stay for the lectures at 7 p.m. Call the education outreach office at 907-474-7558 or e-mail info@gi.alaska.edu for more information about Science for Alaska in Fairbanks. http://www.scienceforalaska.com

Peony Growing Workshop (3/6/11) Have you recently begun raising peonies or are you interested in joining the ranks of professional peonies in the Interior of Alaska? Ron and Marji Illingworth of North Pole Peonies will be conducting a New Growers Workshop on Sunday, March 6th from 3 – 5 pm. The workshop will be held at LilyVale Farm on the Eielson Farm Road.

Ron and Marji have been raising peonies for several years and have marketed peonies across the US. Both are active in the Alaska Peony Growers Association. APGA and its members not only raise and market peonies, but also encourage and support interested new growers.

The workshop will cover information you will need to know to become a peony grower in Interior Alaska. Topics will include:

bulletWhy are peonies the most promising agriculture crop in Alaska
bulletCurrent market information
bulletSite selection
bulletField preparation
bulletWhere to purchase peony tubers
bulletIrrigation and fertilization needs of peonies
bulletHarvest and post-harvest care
bulletMarketing and shipping

For more information, to assure a place in the workshop and for directions, email them at marji@northpolepeonies.com or lilyvale@awcable.com  If you are more interested in growing peonies for your own enjoyment, a home gardener workshop will be held May 22nd. You can reserve a spot in that workshop by contacting the same emails. Be sure to stipulate which workshop you wish to attend.

Limited North American Championship Sled Dog Race (3/11-13/11) 10:30 AM-3:00 PM, Jeff Studdert Race Grounds, 4 Mile Farmers Loop Rd., at the Mushers Hall. Free admission. Watch from the warmth of the beautiful log Mushers Hall, or outside on the start/finish line, as some of sprint racings fastest “Limited Class” mushers compete for their share of a $10,000 purse in the 1, 2, & 3-Dog Skijoring; 4-Dog, 6-Dog, 8-Dog. Indoor and outdoor spectator viewing. Souvenir and food concessions. (907) 457-6874, http://www.sleddog.org, E-mail adma@sleddog.org

Chatanika Days (3/17,18/12) Winter festival with outhouse races and snowmachine tug-of-war in the historic gold mining town of Chatanika, 30 miles north-east of Fairbanks. (907) 389-2164

41st Annual Military Appreciation Banquet (3/17/09) 6 p.m. at the Carlson Center. $250 for four tickets: two civilians sponsoring two military. Sponsored by the Fbks Chamber of Commerce. Guist speaker Lt. Gen. Harry M. Wyatt III, Director Air National Guard, Arlington, VA. (907) 374-6706 or download reservation form at http://www.fairbankschamber.org

Jeff Studdert Passenger Race (3/16/11) 1:00 pm. Mushers' Hall on Farmers Loop Road. Dog teams consist of one dog for every 40 pounds combined weight of musher and passenger. (907) 457-6874,  http://www.sleddog.org E-mail is  adma@sleddog.org

Fairbanks Winter Carnival- (3/12). This celebration of winter has been transferred from the Chamber of Commerce to Ice Alaska, and now appears to encompass anything at all that happens in March.  (907) 452-1105. Follow the link above (Fairbanks Winter Carnival) for more information & link to full schedule, or see this page for March events. 456-6485 ext 226 for more info.

GCI Open North American Championship Sled Dog Race (3/16-18/12) 1:00 pm. The GCI Open North American Championship (ONAC) is the premiere sled dog sprint race in the world, attracting the top sprint mushers from the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Japan. The three day race is run every year in March from downtown Fairbanks, Alaska, with heats of 20 miles the first two days, and a grueling 30-mile heat on the final day. This race has the distinction of being the oldest continuously run sled dog race of any kind in the world. First run in 1946, the 2007 race will be the 62nd running. Open class championship: mushers may use an unlimited number of dogs in their team. For more information: http://www.sleddog.org/races/onac/index.html. Souvenirs available. (907) 457-6874 http://www.sleddog.org, E-mail,  adma@sleddog.org

"The Impossible Dream" (3/20/2012) with Friends of the Tanana Valley Railroad, speaker Dan Gullickson. 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Tanana Valley Railroad Museum in Pioneer Park. Information, ftvrr.inc@gmail.com or call 479-4535.

Career Expo & Job Fair (3/21/11)10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. at the Carlson Center, located at 2010 Second Avenue. Explore new and exciting career paths and construction trades, discover apprenticeship, training, education and internships, & interview with employers one-on-one to share your ideas and experience. Job seekers: Bring a resume and dress for an interview. For help in creating or revising your resume, interviewing skills, etc., visit the Resource Room at the Fairbanks Job Center, 675 7th Ave. Resources will be available on-site to assist individuals with applications and resumes as well as offer insight on how to get and keep a job and planning for a career. Computer & resource room for applicants: An application area will be set up with tables, computers, copier, fax machine and staff to assist job seekers to complete employer’s application forms and online applications. For more information or to sponsor a booth, contact Teresa Quakenbush at 451-5958.

IABA Home Show (3/25-27/11) Their website does not list times or prices, so the following are from 2008. Friday, 2 - 8 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm, Carlson Center. $4; kids 12 and under free.

The Northern Living Home Show has become a major community event for people interested in every aspect of northern living. It is the only home show in Fairbanks and has become the unofficial kick off to spring and the building season in our community. From financing to new construction to remodeling to refurnishing. . . it's all there (over 150 booths) in one location on one floor with lots of free parking. Seminars and hands on demonstrations will take place throughout the weekend. The Northern Living Home Show is sponsored by the Interior Alaska Building Association. Proceeds from the event go to support this non-profit agency who's mission is to promote safe, durable and affordable housing while coordinating all fields related to the building industry for the benefit of our community and the industry as a whole. (907) 474-9082 http://www.fairbanksevents.com/index.html

Bake & Craft Sale (3/26/11) All proceeds go to Fairbanks - Japan Relief Fund. Saturday, 1pm – 4pm at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center, 1st floor Lobby (101 Dunkel St., STE 210. For more information, call 455-6829 or 479-4263. 459-3700 for directions only.

Monetary donation or donations of baked goods are welcome. Baked goods for donations should be brought to the site between 11am and 1pm on Saturday, March 26. Organized by the Fairbanks Aurora Club.

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