The Backcountry Film Festival is coming to Fairbanks as a fundraiser for the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks and the Winter Wildlands Alliance.

The series of short films, celebrating human-powered backcountry activities, begins screening at 6:30 pm. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Birch Hill Recreation Area. Purchase tickets either online or at the door. Tickets are $10 for individuals and $25 for families of up to six people for NSCF members. Ticket prices for nonmembers are $15 for individuals and $35 for families. Online tickets can be purchased at https://tinyurl.com/w555sjg.

Films this year include a film exploring how climate change affects the lives of mushers and dogs who travel through Denali National Park and a film that follows ski mountaineer Caroline Gleich as she climbs Mount Everest. As she documents her journey, she invites women to join her in overcoming the challenges of mountaineering. The Backcountry Film Festival aims to entertain while helping raise funds and awareness for Winter Wildlands and like-minded partners. The festival was created in 2004. It premieres in Boise, Idaho and then travels to more than 100 locations worldwide. Funds raised at the festival screenings stay in local communities. The funds support human-powered recreation and conservation efforts and raise awareness of winter management issues, avalanche training/safety and winter education programs. More information at skirunplay@alaska.net.

For a teaser of this year’s films go to bit.ly/2ugUB0a.

The Backcountry Film Festival will take place again, at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at the McKinley Community Center in the Denali Park area, about 130 miles south of Fairbanks. This second event is a fundraiser for the Denali Junior Nordic Ski Club, a Kids In Motion program. Get more information at jamiafari@hotmail.com.

See the full lineup of films at bit.ly/2sFldaR.

Chinese New Year

Mark your calendar. The 2020 Chinese New Year celebration is set for Feb. 15 in the Wood Center Ballroom at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The annual event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a buffet dinner, followed by a fun and colorful program filled with songs, dances and marital arts. Open floor dance follows the stage performance.

Tickets in advance are $20 adults, $10 children between the ages of 5 and 12. Add $2 to tickets at the door. For more information, email Rosalind Kan at rjkan@alaska.edu, or call 907-474-0928 or 907-888-3831.

Reach columnist/community editor Kris Capps at kcapps@newsminer.com. Call her at the office 459-7546. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris


Community editor and columnist Kris Capps is a longtime resident of Fairbanks and Denali Park. Contact her at kcapps@newsminer.com, in the office at 459-7546 or by cell at 322-6334. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.