Downtown Association of Fairbanks – Fairbanks Alaska

GRAND RE-OPENING EVENT @ FAIRBANKS COMMUNITY MUSEUM

The Fairbanks Community and Dog Mushing Museum will celebrate its grand re-opening this Friday. The museum will be opening at its new home inside the Empress Theater. For First Friday, the museum will feature a photographic tribute to musher George Attla, as well as an exhibit on the Iditarod and the Open North American Championship. The exhibits will include artwork, photographs and memorabilia from the trail. The grand re-opening will be a weekend-long affair, running from Friday through Monday. Admission to the museum is free on Friday. Where: Fairbanks Community and Dog Mushing Museum – 535 2nd Avenue When: Friday – March 6,... [Read more]

HANDCRAFTED JEWELRY DEBUT @ IF ONLY

This First Friday, If Only will feature the handcrafted jewelry of Janine Gibbons. Gibbons draws inspiration from her island upbringing in Southeastern Alaska and her home in the mountains of Durango, Colorado. Working with metal and glass, she creates enameled earrings and necklaces as well as wire-wrapped glass earring drops. This event will be Gibbons debut at If Only! Where:  If Only – 215 Cushman St. When: Friday – March 6, 2015 5:00PM – 8:00PM Phone: Rebecca Morse at 457-6659  Read More →

GET TO KNOW: ANDREA BEAN FROM JL PROPERTIES

Andrea Bean, the regional coordinator for JL Properties, poses for a photograph in her offices in the Northward Building. For Andrea Bean, what began as a summer job turned into a fully-fledged career. While she’s now the regional coordinator for JL Properties, her career with the company has more humble origins. Bean joined JL in the summer of 1998, working for a remodel crew at the Willow Woods complex off College Road. She helped clean the units after the renovation work was finished. “That was my glamorous start with JL Properties,” she said. Now, things are a bit different. “I like to say that I have the best job in that it is really... [Read more]

CLAUDIA LIVELY & CHUCK LEAKE SHOW @ ARCTIC TRAVELER’S

Arctic Traveler’s Gift Shop will host two unique Alaskan artists for their March First Friday: Claudia Lively and Chuck Leake. Lively is a glass artist and children’s author. She is best known for “The Vole Family”, her children’s book series. Livley also crafts unique glass pieces, including display and wearable pieces. The sculptures of Chuck Leake, made from bone and antlers, will also be showcased. Leake has been collecting bones in the Alaskan Tundra for more than 30 years. His most recent show – and first in almost twenty years – was at the Alaska House Art Gallery in December. “March... [Read more]

YUKON-CHARLEY RIVERS SHOW @ MORRIS THOMPSON CENTER

The Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center will host a First Friday highlighting the Yukon-Charley Rivers  National Preserve. Art lovers are invited to experience the preserve’s beauty through the eye of artists and writers as they share their stories. The event is free and open to the public. Where: Alaska Public Lands Information Center – 101 Dunkel Street (inside the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center) When: Friday – March 6, 2015 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Contact: Macy Possenti at 459-3730  Read More →

2015 MIDNIGHT SUN FESTIVAL RETURNS ON JUNE 21

The Downtown Association of Fairbanks is excited to announce that the 2015 Midnight Sun Festival will be on Sunday, June 21st, from noon to midnight in downtown Fairbanks. The festival is Alaska’s single-largest one day event and attracts more than 30,000 people annually. The event is currently accepting registrations for both vendors and performers. The annual logo design contest is also open and seeks submissions. The winning logo will be available on t-shirts starting in June. The festival will showcase dozens of musicians and performers across three different stages. This year’s festival will also mark the return of a break dancing competition... [Read more]

LOCAL FIRM PREPARED FOR CHANGING HOUSING MARKET

The Northward Building is the regional headquarters of JL Properties. At eight stories, the building is one of the cities tallest properties. It has been a mixed commercial and residential property since its construction in the 1950’s. Amidst falling oil prices and a potential reduction in troops stationed at Fort Wainwright, JL Properties’ Andrea Bean discusses the secret to business success in a changing housing market. The key to a successful business lies in hiring the right people, said Andrea Bean. Bean is regional coordinator of JL Properties and manages one of the largest property management firms in Fairbanks. She oversees a... [Read more]

CALL FOR ENTRIES: MIDNIGHT SUN FESTIVAL LOGO CONTEST

Looking for inspiration? Check out the finalists from our 2014 contest! The Downtown Association of Fairbanks announces the 2015 Midnight Sun Festival Logo Contest. Graphic designers can submit logo designs through an online form here. The entry deadline is Tuesday, March 10 at 11:59 PM. The winning design will be printed on official festival t-shirts, light pole banners, posters, advertisements and print guides. The winning artist will receive a $250 cash prize and five complimentary festival t-shirts. The winner will also receive a light pole banner featuring their design. Logos must include the words “Midnight Sun Festival 2015” and “Downtown... [Read more]

REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS @ FBKS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

There’s a reptile and amphibian party this weekend at the Fairbanks Children’s Museum…and you’re invited! “We are especially excited to partner with Interior Alaska RAE Rescue,” said Charu Uppal, Marketing and Communications Manager for the Fairbanks Children’s Museum. The rescue is a local non-profit organization that specializes in reptiles, amphibians and exotics (RAE). The rescue will bring a wide variety of creatures to the museum, including: a five-and-a-half foot long iguana, two boa constrictors, a reticulated python, a ball python, a baby corn snake, a bearded dragon, a gecko and a tarantula. Visitors will have the... [Read more]

MEET PBS CHARACTERS PEG + CAT @ FBKS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

KUAC and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital will host a special event this Saturday featuring characters from the PBS show Peg + Cat. The event will act as a kick-off for the KUAC Kids Club and will be held at the Fairbanks Children’s Museum. Peg + Cat is an animated television series for children ages 3-5 years old. The math-based show follows Peg and her sidekick Cat as they embark on problem-solving adventures that help viewers learn foundational math concepts and skills. By using fun characters that kids relate to and laugh with (and situations they’re entertained by), Peg + Cat helps makes math cool! Organizers invite guests to enjoy... [Read more]

ETCHED DRINKING GLASSES SHOWCASED @ IF ONLY

The team at If Only is featuring “Of Water and Sky” an event showcasing sand-etched drinking glasses designed by Kristin Koiv and Holly Wiley. Their company, Raven Earth & Glass Work, is based in Kasilof on the Kenai Peninsula.  If Only will highlight seven unique designs, some of which include salmon, halibut and frogs! Where:  If Only – 215 Cushman St. When: Friday – February 6, 2015 5:00PM – 8:00PM Phone: 907-457-6659  Read More →

CLASSIC IDITAROD PHOTOGRAPHY @ MORRIS THOMPSON CENTER

In anticipation of the 2015 Iditarod, February’s First Friday at the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center features Icons of the Iditarod, a photo exhibit by legendary Iditarod photographer Jeff Schultz. Schultz has been photographing the Iditarod since 1981 and has been the official Iditarod photographer since 1982. He has photographed every checkpoint, every musher, and all trail conditions across the years. Schultz selected the particular images for this exhibit based on his knowledge of the races “icons,” including well-known mushers, trail locations, checkpoints, food, events, dogs, and volunteers. “To... [Read more]

FIRST FRIDAY AND READING CONNECT @ FORGET ME NOT BOOKS

If you’re looking for a First Friday event for the kids, then look no further than Forget-Me-Not Books. During this month’s First Friday, staff and volunteers will be reading their favorite children’s stories. Story times will run throughout the day, on the hour, starting at 11 AM. After 3 PM there will be a story every half hour, with the final story being read at 5:30 PM. All children who come into the bookstore can take home 1 free paperback Kids book. Forget-Me-Not will also feature a bag sale on Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Paranormal paperback fiction. Where:  Forget-Me-Not Books – 517 Gaffney Rd. When: Friday – February 6,... [Read more]

EXCITING NEW ARTWORK @ 2 STREET GALLERY

February at 2 Street Gallery will feature an art show titled “Habitats of the Heart” and will feature art by Jenifer Cameron. Cameron’s latest works celebrate a multi-faceted look at Alaska’s various habitats. In these pieces, Cameron uses natural materials, layers of pattern, and a lithography technique to create her unique images.  Her work includes shadow play as carved wood shapes perch on geometric shaped shelves. Cameron’s art would also make the perfect Valentines Day gift! The evening will also include light snacks and beverages. Where:  2 Street Gallery – 535 2nd Ave (inside the Co-Op Plaza) When: Friday –... [Read more]

Downtown Association of Fairbanks – Fairbanks Alaska