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.

North Pole Branch Library Move-In

Fairbanks artist Mark Fejes makes finishing touches to his piece, Audacious Book, at the new North Pole Branch Library on Thursday, October 9, 2014. The sculpture is attached to a wheel visitors to the library can turn to make the pages of the book move. The library is scheduled to open on November 1.

The North Pole Branch Library celebrates five years in its new building and 45 years serving the community, at a special open house 6-8 p.m. Dec. 10. The public is invited.

Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Bryce Ward will make a special presentation. There will be scavenger hunts for kids and teens/adults, crafts for children and displays of how the library has changed over the years. Enjoy a self-guided art tour and/or take a mini-tour of the library. 

Music will be provided by Triple Play: three siblings — Audrey, Jonathon and Joshua Swank — who perform on viola, violin and cello. Their music is a blend of their classical music repertoire, along with popular music selections they have arranged for string trio. These talented musicians grew up in Fairbanks learning music through the Suzuki method as part of the Fairbanks School of Talent Education. They also participate in the Fairbanks Youth Orchestra and Alaska Cello Intensive. This season, they perform with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra. Their appearance at the library celebration is sponsored by the Fairbanks Library Foundation.

Refreshments are courtesy of the North Pole Culinary Arts/ProStart. The evening is sponsored by Friends of the North Pole Branch Library. The library is located at 656 North Pole High School Boulevard in North Pole. 


High tea

Become a part of Fairbanks history and participate in the annual Silver Tea, an event taking place 1-4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church on Saturday.

This tea has been a part of local history since the early 1900s, sponsored by women in the church. Proceeds are donated to local missions and charities such as Love INC. 

Sip some tea, enjoy Christmas cookies and shop the craft bazaar. Donations are accepted in lieu of admission fee.


Pioneers party

The Pioneers of Alaska annual Christmas dinner and dance will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 14 at the Pioneer Hall/Pioneer Museum. All Pioneers of Alaska and their guests are welcome.

The evening will feature a catered dinner, live entertainment and an appearance by Santa Claus. There will be plenty of unique door prizes.

Tickets are $38 each. After Dec. 9, tickets are $45. Tickets will be $50 at the door. Purchase tickets at The Ornamentry, Wilbur Brothers Sheet Metal, Pioneer Museum at Pioneer Park, or Annie Colp at 456-5863. 


Project day

Here’s a great idea — set aside time every Thursday to work on a project of your own choosing at St Paul Church, anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Other folks will be there working on their own projects.

It might be a church project, woodworking sewing, knitting, photo albums, or anything else. Or just come visit and work on a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle. Coffee, tea, soda are provided, but bring your own lunch.

St. Paul Church is located at 949 Farmers Loop, right next to the Mushers Hall. For more information, call Cam at 479-2348 or 978-8531.

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