Downtown Association of Fairbanks – Fairbanks Alaska

CELEBRATE EASTER WITH THESE DOWNTOWN CHURCHES

With Palm Sunday (March 29), 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.) Palm Sunday: 8:45 AM | 11:00 AM Easter Sunday: 8:45 AM | 11:00 AM Fairbanks Lutheran Church (1012 Cowles St.) Palm Sunday: 11:00 AM 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.... [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]

MIDNIGHT SUN FESTIVAL LOGO CONTEST DEADLINE EXTENDED

The Downtown Association of Fairbanks has extended the deadline for the 2015 Midnight Sun Festival Logo Contest. The new deadline is Friday, March 27. Artists and designers can submit logo designs through an online form here. The winning artist will receive a $300 cash prize and five complimentary festival t-shirts. The winning design will be printed on official festival merchandise, light pole banners, posters, advertisements and print guides.  The winner will also receive a light pole banner featuring their design. Logos must include the words “Midnight Sun Festival 2015” and “Downtown Fairbanks, Alaska.” Designs may incorporate... [Read more]

DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION MEMBERS INVITED TO SOCIAL MIXER

Downtown Association of Fairbanks members are invited to an informal mixer at the Fairbanks Children’s Museum. Share news from your business and hear what’s going on downtown in 2015! Light refreshments will be provided. We will announce the end of our role hosting the Downtown Market, details of the Cushman Complete Street Project and two ongoing projects – a website re-design and the 2015 Downtown Guide.  Some public officials will attend, including Mayor Eberhart, Police Chief Aragon and Councilmember Renee Staley.   What: Downtown Association of Fairbanks Member Mixer When: 6-7 PM | Wednesday, March 18 Where: Fairbanks... [Read more]

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]

Downtown Association of Fairbanks – Fairbanks Alaska