Downtown Association of Fairbanks – Fairbanks Alaska

AUTISM AWARENESS FAIR @ FBKS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

The Fairbanks Children’s Museum will host an information fair in recognition of Autism Awareness Month this April.  The fair will provide families with valuable resources and information to support young individuals with the Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior. During the fair, parents can network while children interact with sensory-friendly exhibits. These exhibits (and their uses) include: Sorting Beans – fine motor skills Colorful Rice Tub – sensory... [Read more]

MAC FEDERAL CREDIT UNION SPONSORS HIGH SCHOOL JOB FAIR

MAC Federal Credit Union is sponsoring a Get REAL Financial Reality Fair at West Valley High School on Tuesday, April 21, from 8–11 AM. The Get REAL Financial Reality Fair works with students on making decisions focusing on different aspects of their life, including keeping a budget.  High School students today face a more complicated world when it comes to finances and budgeting.  Organizers see this event as an opportunity to prepare students for the financial reality of their future. The event provides students an opportunity to: Identify the job they intend to have after school. Work with an income and learn how to budget to provide... [Read more]

NEWS YOU CAN USE: 2015 CUSHMAN STREET RECONSTRUCTION

The Cushman Complete Street Reconstruction project will start in late May and conclude by September 30.  The project area runs from Gaffney Road to 1st Avenue, and about 50’ up (or down) each cross street. Street construction is disruptive, but the project’s Traffic Control Plan is the engineer’s way of mitigating a range of short-term impacts.  The TCP is general in nature, but has several “hard” requirements for the contractor (yet to be chosen) to follow: Maintain one lane of traffic northbound and one sidewalk open to pedestrians at all times. Intersections will remain open throughout the project. Any intersection closures will... [Read more]

HATTY WINS 2015 MIDNIGHT SUN FESTIVAL LOGO CONTEST

Lauren Hatty is the winner of the 2015 Midnight Sun Festival Logo Contest! The Downtown Association of Fairbanks announces Lauren Hatty as the winner of the 2015 Midnight Sun Festival Logo Contest. The public chose Hatty’s design from among five finalists. Her submission received 234 votes, more than a third of the 663 votes cast during the three-day voting period. “I’m very excited and want to thank everyone who voted,” Hatty said. “I just couldn’t be more pleased!” Hatty’s design will feature on all official Midnight Sun Festival collateral, including the highly collectible festival t-shirts. She will also receive a $300 cash... [Read more]

TOURISM MEETING ON APRIL 13 @ MORRIS THOMPSON

You are invited to the Downtown Association of Fairbanks’ annual pre-summer coordination meeting about all things downtown with downtown businesses, motor coach companies, city engineers and Explore Fairbanks. Topics will include: forecasts from Premier and HAP Alaska-Yukon about visitor patterns, times, and numbers of visitors coming downtown. discussion of summer visitation from Explore Fairbanks update on the Cushman Complete Street Project information-sharing among downtown businesses Refreshments will be provided. Where: Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center When:  Monday, April 13, 6-8 PM  Read More →

NEW ARTWORK DEBUTS @ ALASKA HOUSE ART GALLERY

For First Friday, Alaska House Art Gallery will feature “The Brooks: Arctic Refuge, Gates of the Arctic, and the Wild – Part 2″ a collection of new artwork by Lynn Larsen. Artwork from Larsen’s collection was showcased in March, as well. The gallery is based inside one of downtown’s most historic and scenic buildings. Alaska House was originally founded by Claire and Joe Fejes and is Fairbanks’ oldest gallery. Refreshments will be served. There will also be live music by guitarist Ron Veliz. Where: Alaska House Art Gallery – 1003 Cushman St. When: Friday – April 3, 2015 5:00PM – 8:00PM Phone: Yolande... [Read more]

MASTER WEAVER DESIGNS SHOWCASED @ IF ONLY

For First Friday, If Only will feature floral designs from Ekelund master weavers of Sweden.  Established in 1692 and based in historic Göteborg, the woven kitchen and table linens of Ekelund are some of the finest in the world.  New floral designs, trays, and gift sets are available to help Fairbanks celebrate spring! There will be refreshments and a door prize drawing! Where: If Only – 215 Cushman St. When: Friday – April 3, 2015 5:00PM – 8:00PM Phone: Rebecca Morse at 457-6659  Read More →

CELEBRATE EASTER WITH THESE DOWNTOWN CHURCHES

With Good Friday (April 3) and Easter Sunday (April 5) fast approaching, here is a list of 7 churches downtown holding services and events for each. For event information on the Easter Sunrise Service at the William R. Wood Centennial Footbridge, please click here. First Presbyterian Church (547 7th Ave.) Easter Sunday: 8:45 AM | 11:00 AM Fairbanks Lutheran Church (1012 Cowles St.) Good Friday: 7:00 PM Easter Sunday: 7:00 AM |8:30 AM | 11:00 AM The 7:00 AM Easter Sunday service will be special sunrise service held at the William R. Wood Centennial Footbridge. St Matthew’s Episcopal Church* (1030 2nd Ave.) Good Friday: Noon... [Read more]

PHILLIPS BRINGS “FACES” TO FIRST FRIDAY @ 2 STREET GALLERY

Tammy Phillips – one of Fairbanks’ premier watercolorists – will present new artwork this week at Two Street Gallery’s First Friday event. The debut also celebrates the gallery’s third-year anniversary. “Face of Alaska”, Phillips’ show, features artwork showcasing Alaskan faces: animal, avian or human. While Phillips is known for her floral watercolors, her new show includes images of dog teams traversing frozen rivers, polar bear families atop ice floes, and snowmachiners practicing their passion. Phillips, who owns her own gallery – Phillips Studio & Gallery – appreciates how close the artist... [Read more]

ROAD CONSTRUCTION MEETING ON APRIL 3 @ CITY HALL

  You are invited to a public meeting about the Cushman “Complete Street” Reconstruction Project that will get underway this summer between 1st Avenue and Gaffney Road.  City engineers will be on hand to answer questions and provide details on the scope of the project, as well as get your feedback on the draft Traffic Control Plan. At present, the Traffic Control Plan will provide for one lane of traffic open northbound at all times and at least one side of the street open to pedestrians.  Cross streets at the intersection with Cushman will generally remain open to vehicles and pedestrians. Signage directing vehicles and pedestrians... [Read more]

VOTE FOR THE 2015 MIDNIGHT SUN FESTIVAL LOGO

The Downtown Association of Fairbanks announces the finalists for the 2015 Midnight Sun Festival Logo Contest. The finalists are: Teal Rogers Lauren Frisch Haley Holland Nate Bauer Lauren Hatty The public can vote for their favorite at here. The deadline to vote is April 3 at 5 PM. The Downtown Association will announce the winner on April 6. The winning design will be printed on official festival t-shirts, light pole banners, advertisements and print guides. The winning designer will receive a $300 cash prize and five complimentary festival t-shirts, as well as a light pole banner featuring their design. The 2015 Midnight Sun Festival will... [Read more]

DOWNTOWN MARKET ENDS AFTER FOUR YEARS

The Downtown Association of Fairbanks announces that it will no longer host the Downtown Market. While the Market has been good for downtown, it yielded few direct benefits to the organization’s membership. A lack of funding for the 2015 Alaska Farmers Market Quest Program also led to the decision to end the Downtown Market. However, the Downtown Market has been good for downtown. The weekly event brought farm-fresh produce to downtown, hosted local and travelling musical acts, and provided a consistent outlet for Fairbanks’ artisan community. “Because of so many positives, we’ve worked as fast and as early as possible to outline a way... [Read more]

TALK ON CLIMATE CHANGE @ MORRIS THOMPSON CENTER

Researcher Maarten van Hardenbroek will discuss climate change in Alaska during a lecture on March 26. Photo c/o Maarten van Hardenbroek. The Alaska Public Lands Information Center is hosting a public lecture on climate change. Scientist Maarten van Hardenbroek, a researcher with the University of Southampton, will present scientific evidence depicting 12,000 years of environmental change in Alaska. van Hardenbroek spent the summer of 2013 in Alaska studying lakes in the Brooks Range and near Tok. The event will also be a forum, with audience members having the chance to share their own experiences with climate change .  “It’s... [Read more]

FUN WITH FLOWERS @ FBKS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

The Fairbanks Children’s Museum will feature an event with Camp Habitat this Sunday, March 22. The adventure begins at 2:30PM and will feature various activities based around the use of natural objects, including: wood, flowers, and muslin fabric. During the program, children will have the chance to take part in numerous activities, including flower pounding. Flower pounding involves transferring the colors from leaves onto a piece of fabric. The end result is usually a lovely image made with natural pigment, creating an attractive dye design. Another activity will let kids create art using animal tracks. The event is part of... [Read more]

Downtown Association of Fairbanks – Fairbanks Alaska