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.

For the first time in 16 years, volunteers who organize the annual Relay for Life Garage Sale are sad to report that thieves made off with some of the items intended for sale.

“Imagine stealing from a fundraiser for cancer patients,” said Patti Benjamin. “How low can you go? It makes me sad to think my hometown of 68 years has sank to this.”

But that is not stopping her and her colleagues from continuing the annual garage sale again from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 431 Slater Drive, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“It’s not going to stop us from continuing this weekend, but it will make me much more cautious,” she said. “Most people are so generous and not only come to buy items, but have also at the same time, donated items to us.”

This is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

Benjamin is part of the Salmon Patties Relay for Life Team. Her team and other teams will walk for an entire 24-hour period at the Relay for Life that takes place from 10 a.m. to midnight June 8 at West Valley High School.

The Salmon Patties are currently the top fundraising team at $14,873.


Summer reading

Kids and teens are invited to the Noel Wien Public Library, 1215 Cowles St., or the North Pole Library, 656 NPHS Blvd., to join the free “A Universe of Stories! Summer Reading Program.” Sign up week is Monday through May 25.

By reading (or listening to) books this summer, youngsters can earn small weekly incentives, plus earn a free book at the end of the program. Free weekly programs, contests, crafts, prize drawings and a final party are all included.

For more information, call the Youth Services Department at Noel Wien Library 459-1052 or the North Pole Branch Library at 488-6101. Or visit the library’s web page:


Hospice plant sale

The Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Hospice Services is getting ready for its annual plant sale, but a little help is needed. Hospice seeks volunteers to work in the greenhouse preparing for the annual May 25 event.

No experience is necessary. Any early gardeners who have extras can donate those plants to this event. Funds raised here benefit local hospice patients.

The greenhouse is located at 20th and Turner Streets and is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 25 

For more information, call Althea at 378-2301.

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