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

Don an ugly sweater and lift some weights to raise money for the Fairbanks Rescue Mission at 11 a.m. Dec. 21 at Northside Athletics.

If every participant is as enthusiastic as the guy who called me about this, lots of funds will be raised for a good cause.

Here’s how it works: Choose three of these weightlifting events: a log press, bench press, clean and jerk, overhead press, hex bar deadlift, straight bar, 18-inch deadlift, Santa’s Sack Medley, Reindeer Row or Santa’s Sleigh.

“Santa’s Sack Medley is something involving sand bags from 80 pounds to 260 pounds,” said Mike Peterson, who filled me in on how this all works. “It will probably be along the lines of picking those up and carrying them 50 feet.”

Santa’s Sleigh may involve pushing a little sled — a heavy little sled.

“You choose any three you want and combine it for your total,” Peterson said. He wanted to stress that this is not a “sanctioned” event. It’s all for giggles, he said.

Entry fee is $10 per person. And don’t forget to wear your ugly sweater. Northside Athletics is located in the old Party Palace building, 1700 Peger Road.

Coffee With A Cop

Santa Claus House is hosting this month’s Coffee With A Cop from 2-4 p.m. Saturday.

The mission of Coffee With A Cop is to break down barriers between police officers and the people they serve by removing agendas and allowing opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers in your neighborhood. Officers are expected to attend from North Pole Police Department, city of Fairbanks and Alaska State Troopers.

Bake Sale

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner hosts its annual Bake Sale on Friday in the front lobby. Baked goods are available by donation and all proceeds go to the Fairbanks Community Food Bank. Come in the morning for the best selection. In past years, most goodies were gone by early afternoon.

Bird Counts

It’s time for winter bird counts in the Denali Borough.

The second annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count in Healy is Monday. The Cantwell Christmas Bird Count is Jan. 4 and the Denali Christmas Bird Count is Jan. 5.

Healy organizers are gearing up and say there are many ways to participate: hike, ski or bike a local trail, drive a designated route, watch your feeder at home, or even go out at night to listen for owls. The amount of time you volunteer is up to you, but it’s important to keep track of what you see or hear, as well as the amount of effort (number of miles traveled, time spent). Special data sheets are available for that purpose.

If you’d like to participate in the Healy count or want more information, email or contact Dawn Adams, Amanda Austin or Hannah Ragland. Learn more about National Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count at

Bird Talks

Ornithologist Carol McIntyre will make a special presentation at 7 p.m. Jan. 3 at the McKinley Community Center, explaining how the long-term data of the Christmas Bird Count is used in a broader application. Nan Eagleson will also present a winter bird identification of local resident birds and how they adapt to winter. A potluck will follow. These presentations are open to the public at no charge.

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