Georgeson Botanical Garden

Georgeson Botanical Garden, 117 W. Tanana Drive, is home to Music in the Garden, a series of free summer concerts each Thursday. 

The University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Summer Sessions program has announced its slate of speakers and musicians for the summer.

The events are free to attend and open to the public, occurring at different venues on campus.

Music in the Garden

The 2019 Music in the Garden concert series begins at 7 p.m. today and continues most weeks until Aug. 8. The concerts take place in Georgeson Botanical Garden, 117 W. Tanana Drive. Spectators are welcome to bring a blanket and picnic, but are asked to leave pets at home. Food and drinks are available from Chartwell’s Campus Dining. Concerts are free, but the garden will accept donations.

Parking at the garden is limited but is available on UAF’s West Ridge. A short walking path to the garden, located at the Fairbanks Experiment Farm, begins at the overlook.

This summer’s Music in the Garden schedule includes:

• Thursday — Sourdough Rizers

• May 30 — Dry Cabin String Band

• June 6 — O Tallulah

• June 13 — Cold Steel Drums

• June 20 — Rock Bottom Stompers

• June 27 — Headbolt Heaters

• July 11 — Marc Brown and The Blues Crew

• July 18 — Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival American roots ensemble

• July 25 — Red Hackle Pipe Band

• Aug. 1 — Fairbanks Community Jazz Band

•  Aug. 9 — E.T. Barnette String Band

Healthy Living Lecture Series

The annual Healthy Living lecture series will begin on May 28, featuring lectures by experts and specialists on medical issues. The lectures are 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the Murie Building auditorium at UAF. A question-and-answer session will follow each presentation.

The summer schedule includes:

• May 28 — “EARssentials: Hearing and Balance Basics,” Lily Hughes, clinical audiologist

• June 4 — “Understanding Chronic Pain and How It Can Be Conservatively Managed,” Rachel Campbell and Jake Kretschmar, physical therapists

• June 11 — “Headaches and Migraines: How To Tell the Difference and What To Do About It,” Joshua Costello, chiropractor

• June 18 — “What Does It Take to Be Financially Healthy?” Ben Roth, financial advisor

• June 25 — “What’s In Your Colon? The Connection Between Optimal Health and the Digestive System,” Tonya Brown, licensed colon hydrotherapist

• July 9 — “Epigenetics: Unlocking Your Genetic Potential,” Ashley May, naturopathic doctor

• July 16 — “Sleep Physiology, Common Disorders and General Health,” Clay Triplehorn, doctor of osteopathic medicine

• July 23 — “What to Expect in Aging Eyes,” Michael Mavencamp, optometrist

• July 30 — “Keep Your Smile! How Oral Health and General Health are Interconnected, and Amazing Advances in Dentistry Over the Past 45 Years,” Ron Teel, retired dentist

• Aug. 6 — “Is Testosterone Replacement a Panacea for Middle-Aged Men?” Ahmed Muhammad, endocrinologist.

Discover Alaska Lecture Series

The Discover Alaska lecture series will begin May 29, featuring topics that spotlight life in the Last Frontier. Lectures will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the Murie Building auditorium at UAF.

Lectures on the schedule include:

• May 29 — “What is a Folk School?” Kerri Hamos, programs director, The Folk School

• June 5 — “Climate Change Impacts on Insects in Alaska and Globally,” Derek Sikes, insects, biology and wildlife curator, University of Alaska Museum of the North, and professor of entomology, UAF Department of Biology and Wildlife

• June 12 — “Unmanned Aerial Systems: Their Capabilities, Potential, and Current Research Uses,” Peter Webley, associate director of research, UAF Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration

• June 19 — “Reading Nature’s Story: Interpreting Tracks and Signs of Alaska’s Wildlife,” Mike Taras, wildlife education and outreach specialist, Alaska Department of Fish and Game

• June 26 — “Responses, Risks and Resilience of Arctic Marine Mammals in a Changing Climate,” Donna Hauser, research assistant professor, UAF International Arctic Research Center

• July 10 — “Chena Slough and River Changes Over the Past 100 Years,” Bob Henszey, branch chief, Conservation Planning Assistance, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

• July 17 — “Landslides and Science Education in Denali National Park and Preserve,” Denny Capps, Denali geologist, and Sierra McLane, director, Murie Science and Learning Center, both with the National Park Service

• July 24 — “Alaska’s Berries and Their Changing Seasons,” Katie Spellman, research assistant professor, UAF International Arctic Research Center

• July 31 — “Earth’s Aurora vs. Jupiter’s Aurorae,” Peter Delamere, UAF professor of space physics

• Aug. 7 — “From Cabbage to Cannabis: Twenty Years on a Sub-Arctic Farm,” Mike Emers, owner, Rosie Creek Farms

For more information on any of the concerts or lectures, visit or call 474-7021.