Runners of all abilities are invited to run the Beat Beethoven 5K, in the time it takes to play Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. The run takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Patty Center.

This event is a fundraiser for the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra.

It begins when Maestro Eduard Zilberkant signals the downbeat to start the recording of the orchestra playing Beethoven’s famous composition.

Runners will go up the hill to West Ridge, on their way to winning a free ticket to a concert if they cross the finish line before the final chords. They also need to beat an actual person: “Mr. Beethoven” himself, easily recognized in costume.

New this year is the use of chip-timing for results.

You can apply to participate online at

Race day bib pickup is from 8:30-10:30 a.m. The cost to register is $35 until midnight Friday or $45 on race day.

Everyone gets a T-shirt, post-race goodies, and the chance to win a ticket and a massage.

For more information, call 474-5733.


Chinese opera


A Chinese opera film called “Wild Boar Forest” will be shown at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Noel Wien Library auditorium. Admission is free.

Chinese opera is occasionally heard and rarely seen, according to organizers. “Wild Boar Forest” is an episode from the Chinese classical novel, “Outlaws of the March.”

“This high drama depicts Chinese ethics through the interplay of power, laws, injustice, indignation, friendship and family life of a husband and wife,” according to the flyer advertising the film.

Sponsors of the film include the UAF Chinese Language, Eastern Philosophy and Asian Studies departments.

For more information, call Rosalind Kan at 474-0928 or Walter Benesch at 479-2386. Kan and Benesch will provide an introduction before the film.


Plant sale needs volunteers


This last blast of winter can’t hide the fact that spring really is coming, and so is the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Hospice Services Plant Sale.

This annual event is run entirely by volunteers, so organizers are seeking helpers throughout the next six weeks.

The plant sale is May 24 and all the money raised goes directly to Hospice patients.

To volunteer, call 479-8974 or email


Scholarship info


Latinos Unidos Del Norte is offering two college scholarships this year — one for upcoming college freshmen and another for continuing education students who value their cultural heritage.

Applicants must plan to attend the University of Alaska.

Each winner receives a $500 scholarship in partnership with a one-year $2,750 partial tuition waiver from the president of the University of Alaska.

The deadline is April 25. For more information or an application, email


Opera auditions


Opera Fairbanks will hold auditions from 2-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Christian Science Church, 811 First Ave.

These are general auditions for adults, but especially for men who want to sing in the July production of “Italian Girl in Algiers” with Vivica Genaux.

Singers should prepare at least one song. Bring sheet music for the accompanist.

For information or scheduling, call 687-6930.


Plan ahead for

end-of-life care


Fairbanks Memorial Hospital is holding a panel to talk about something many people don’t like to think about — communicating your end-of-life wishes.

These are personal decisions that are different for everyone.

Because it is impossible to predict every circumstance or illness, it’s important to consider overall what is important. If you convey these wishes now, it will relieve your loved ones and healthcare providers of having to guess if you can’t communicate at the time.

The public is invited to this free event from 5:30-7:30p.m. April 16, at the Fairbanks Imaging Center on the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital campus.

This is part of the FMH Empower, Your Health is in Your Hands series.

The panel includes: Victor Bartling, M.D. family physician; Jo Kuchle, lawyer at Cook Schumann & Groseclose Inc.; Jared Dye, owner of Legacy Funeral Homes; and Kim Huffington, manager of FMH Hospice.

This is held in conjunction with National Health Care Decision Day, a day dedicated to helping Americans understand that advance care planning decision include more than deciding what care they do or do not want.

Questions or information: 458-5580.

Contact community editor and columnist Kris Capps at and at 459-7546. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.