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.

The 33rd annual Fairbanks International Friendship Day is scheduled for noon-5 pm. on Oct. 19 at the Civic Center, Pioneer Park.

“We are very happy and proud that this event has continued for this long,” said longtime organizer Rosalind Kan. “It is all attributed to the enthusiasm of all the groups and individuals who come to share their experience with others.”

It’s free and family friendly. Enjoy performances from around the world, and myriad cultural displays. There will be gift items and food for sale as well.

Friendship Day started in 1987 under Borough Mayor Juanita Helms, who established a commission to develop sister cities across the globe. At the time, committee members started looking at our own community and wanted an event that spoke to the diversity in Fairbanks.

Since then, the event has grown to include dozens of performances and display booths including Alaska Native, African American, European, Latino, Norwegian, Thai, Filipino, Chinese and more. International school clubs usually host booths. The Peace Corps usually hosts a booth and it’s always a pleasure to visit with local residents who have served in the Peace Corps themselves.

The program is presented by Fairbanks International Friendship Day committee and co-sponsored by Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation. Mark your calendar.

For more information call 474-0928. Fairbanks International Friendship Day also has a Facebook Page.

Community Service 

Members of United Methodist Church will hit the streets Sunday for a day of ongoing community service. This is part of their Church is a Verb program.

One team of volunteers will head to the Fairbanks Senior Center to deep clean the facility. Another team will go to Joel’s Place to paint walls and also clean. A third team will gather and sort donations for the Rescue Mission, The Door, and the Borough Animal Shelter. Yet another team will be writing cards of appreciation to soldiers.

The morning ends with a 12:30 p.m. barbecue at the church and the community is invited to attend and enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, salads and desserts.

In past years, community service has included gardening and yard work at The Door, pulling weeds and cleaning the Dog Park and washing windows at Raven’s Landing.

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

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