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Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 10:35 am | Updated: 2:01 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

• The University of Alaska Museum of the North is hosting a holiday store sale and gift drive through Dec. 24.

Through Christmas Eve, the museum store is offering 20 percent off whalebone sculptures, whalebone masks and all books, and 10 percent off all other merchandise. The museum also is serving as a collection point for Santa’s Clearing House, a Fairbanks tradition that helps families in needs during the holiday season. Gifts should be for youngsters ages infant to 17 years old. Suggestions include books, socks, gloves, toys, scarves and hats. All presents should be unwrapped. Santa’s helpers will handle that.

Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Hours during winter break (Dec. 26 through Jan. 5) are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The museum is closed on Sundays, and will be closed Christmas and New Year’s days.

Proceeds from the museum store support the museum’s exhibits, research and education programs.

For more information call 474-7505 or visit the museum online at

• Tops in Blue, an entertainment troupe of 35 to 40 versatile performers, is coming to Eielson Air Force Base as part of the group’s “Listen” tour.

Performances are Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, at the base theater. Both showings are free and begin at 7 p.m. Anyone with access to Eielson may attend the performances.

Tops in Blue is one of the oldest and most widely traveled entertainment groups of its kind. Composed of vocalists, musicians, dancers and technicians, the group’s primary purpose is to perform for military personnel and their families throughout the world. More information on Tops in Blue can be found at  

• The Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center, 101 Dunkel St., is hosting a family holiday open house with movies, music, refreshments and children’s activities.

The open house is from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 15, and the schedule includes a visit from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer at noon; holiday carols with the Coventry Carolers from noon to 2 p.m.; and children’s activities, crafts and refreshments from noon to 4 p.m.

This event is sponsored by the Alaska Public Lands Information Center and the Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more information, call the Alaska Public Lands Information Center at 907-459-3730, located in the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center.

Contact Features Editor Gary Black at 459-7504, by email at or on Twitter at @FDNMfeatures.


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