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.

The Literacy Council of Alaska announces that the Tanana-Yukon Historical Society will host a special celebration of the life of Candy Waugaman on Sunday at Pioneer Park. The event will take place 1-3 p.m. at the Pioneer Park Square Dance Picnic Shelter.

It’s billed as “Candy’s Celebration of Friends.”

Candy Waugaman, who died last March, was a longtime friend and benefactor of the Literacy Council. A longtime historian and collector. She organized the giant Alaskana sale at her Dalton Trail home every summer. She donated all proceeds from the sale to community organizations. Last year was the 10th year for the sale.

Rules of the sale were very clear. Don’t come early. Don’t dicker on the price. A boot clamped in a trap, and a clever sign at the checkout, made that very clear.

The public is invited to join the celebration and to enjoy grilled hot dogs, fresh doughnuts and cold refreshments. Bring stories to share.


Weed Smackdown

What is a weed smackdown? It’s a community weed pulling event where participants can learn about invasive plants and how to remove them.

When this day is over, you’ll be able to spot and yank out foxtail barley, bird vetch or white sweet clover.

The Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting the event 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the South Davis Dog Park. Pull a bag of weeds and earn a free hot dog and a chance to win other prizes.

Children must be accompanied by adults and pets must be left at home. Questions? Call 479-1213.


Teddy Bear Benefit

Custom cars and teddy bears have something in common at this event. They work together to benefit children at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital’s pediatric ward.

This annual event will be held on July 13 at the Lowe’s parking lot.

Preregistration is $10 per car. That goes up on the day of the show to $15 per car. All proceeds go toward buying new teddy bears.

The event is free to the public, but they may also bring a new teddy bear to donate to the hospital.

Vernon L. Nash Antique Auto Club participates in this special event. Last year’s gathering was so successful, more than 500 stuffed animals were delivered to the hospital. It’s time to resupply.

“We definitely need to replenish their supply so we can bring smiles to the kids’ faces,” said organizer Doris Casey. She is a former health care worker in the intensive care unit, who got the idea for this event from similar car shows outside of Alaska.

Teddy bears are a perfect gift for children at the hospital.

“They’re so scared when they get there, and they’re familiar with bears, and they know it’s theirs to keep,” she said.

For more information, call 488-3321.

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