Photo by Victoria Bilsborough on Unsplash.

Photo by Victoria Bilsborough on Unsplash.

What’s Happening the week of April 25-May 1

Raincountry Flyfishers meeting, Wednesday, April 25, 7 p.m., Thunder Mountain High School Library. Gary Sedgwick, David Athern, and George Elgee will present. All welcome.

Pillars of America Speaker Series: Derek Clark, Wednesday, April 25, 11:30 a.m.-1:20 p.m., Centennial Hall Convention Center. The Pillars of America speaker series presented by Juneau Glacier Valley Rotary brings to Juneau’s youth and the general public citizens who share relevant messages shaped by their lives. This week’s speaker, Derek Clark, was abandoned as a child and lived in the foster care system. He is now raising a family of his own. Lunch is served at the event. For more info:

Arnie Weimer’s Introduction to Watercolors, Wednesday, April 25, 6 p.m. and Thursday, April 25, 6 p.m., Color Wheel Arts. Learn the principals of design, how to create graduated and flat washes, color mixing and other techniques from Master Painter Arnie Weimer. This is a two night class. Materials included in price of $110. Call 209-7173 to register. For more info: www.facebook.coom/colorwheelarts.AK/com.

Alaska State Improv Festival, April 26-29, McPhetres Hall. For dates, time, tickets, and the schedule of performers, visit

Home and Lifestyle Fair, April 27, 5-8 p.m., April 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., April 29, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Centennial Hall Convention Center. The Home & Lifestyle Fair aims to give area consumers the opportunity to see, learn about, and buy the latest home products and services from local and regional companies, including remodeling ideas, design, gardening, fitness, fishing, and renewable living. There will be activities for the kids, including workshops, play area, and supervised rides on heavy equipment. Friday, April 27 at 5 p.m. will be an adult happy hour event. $5 at the door. For more info:; Dana Herndon, 907-523-2324,

JAMM Slam Dreams in Color, Friday, April 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Juneau Arts and Culture Center. An evening of spoken word and song performances, with a few performances by JAMM students included. There will be dinner available and a dessert auction; dinner will include Kahlua pork and teriyaki chicken. Dinner is $10.00. There is a suggested donation of $15.00 for the show. This event is in support of Juneau Alaska Music Matters. For more info visit

Juneau Dance Theatre Spring Showcase 2018, April 27, 28, 7 p.m., and April 28, 2 p.m., Juneau Douglas High School. Tickets availabel at the JACC, Hearthside Books, and online.

Libby Roderick Concert, Friday, April 27, 7-8:30 p.m., Northern Lights United Church. Libby is an Alaskan singer-songwriter known for her songs about justice and compassion. Tickets are availabel at the JACC and Hearthside Books. For more info: Linda Buckley at or 908-789-0140.

Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka,” April 27, 28, 7:30p.m., and April 28, 2 p.m., Thunder Mountain High School. This show presented by the TMHS theater and music programs is appropriate for kids of all ages. Tickets at JACC, Hearthside Books, and online at

Dodgeball tournament, Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m., Thunder Mountain High School gym. Details and rules at

Litter Free Spring Cleanup, Saturday, April 28, all day, community-wide. Litter Free provides bags. Volunteers pick-up trash from public areas including wetlands, parks, trails, beaches, roadways and sidewalks. Watch for posters and ads for details like where to get bags, and when and where there will be celebratory events after volunteer work is done. For more info, visit or contact Nancy Waterman at 907-586-1426.

Annual Juneau Community Wetlands Cleanup, Saturday, April 28, 8-10 a.m., 7083 Hendrickson Rd or 10651 Porter Lane. The annual spring cleanup to get the rubbish out of the wetlands. There will be drop-in kids activities provided by Discovery Southeast, and a cleanup party for participants afterward at the Alaskan Brewing Company. Bring rubber boots and gloves. More info on our website:;; (907) 586-3100;

“Journey of a Photo,” Saturday, April 28, 1 p.m., Mendenhall Valley Public Library. Carol Bruce will share how she reclaimed an old family photo. Hosted by the Gastineau Genealogical Society. All welcome.

Youth Art Activity with Daniel Todd, Saturday, April 28, Alaska State Museum. Local art educator Daniel Todd will lead a free mask activity. Using a paper-mache base, students will have the opportunity to design and create a mask of their own using strong art elements, principles of design, and a variety of materials. Inspiration will be found by looking at the history and purposes of different cultures where mask making was important to the expression of the people. Students are encouraged to bring a few small objects like feathers, fabric scraps, leaves, or twigs that they would like to incorporate into their masks. Call the Museum at 465-2901 to register. Free, but registration is recommended. For more info:; Claire Imamura, 465-2458,

APK Juneau Cabaret Lecture Concert, Saturday, April 28, 2-3:30 p.m., APK Building.

Barn Dance, Saturday, April 28, 7:30 p.m., St. Ann’s Parish Hall, 5th St. Tom Paul will teach and call contra and square dances to live old time music by Rumbleshack, featuring Andy Ferguson, Jack Fontanella, Ian Putman, and Abbey Janes. No experience or a partner are needed. $10 adults, $5 students and age 25 and under; free for JVs and Americorps. Sponsored by the Juneau International Folkdancers. For more information, call 463-3214.

Juneau Lyric Opera Gala: Heroes and Villains, Saturday, April 28, 8-10 p.m., Rockwell Ballroom. Choose your mask (or bring your own) and watch your favorite opera heroes and villains face off on the stage. There will be desserts donated by local bakers and bakeries, and specially paired wines. This is a fundraising event to support JLO programming. Advance single ticket – $25 (price includes 1 drink ticket). Advance table for 8 – $200 (price includes 8 drink tickets). Tickets at the door increase $5 per person. Tickets are available at the JACC, Hearthside Books, and, or by calling 586-(ARIA) 2742.

Carla Timpone Award for Activism, Sunday, April 29, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., UAS Lakeside Grill. Award for Activism fundraising luncheon recognizing Bruce Botelho, Christy NaMee Eriksen and Saralyn Tabachnick for their advocacy, dedication, and leadership in supporting Alaskan women, children and families. This sit-down plated lunch includes a silent auction and dessert auction. Tickets are $50. Funds raised go to support AWL’s lobbying efforts in Alaska’s Capitol on behalf of Alaskan women, children and families. Tickets are $50. Email to reserve your seat. For more info:; Nancy Courtney, 907-321-2285.


Haines – Spring Fling, Friday, April 27, 6-10 p.m., Southeast Alaska State Fairgrounds. The Fair’s annual event to kick off the summer season of events and celebrate the annual membership drive. Barbecue, live music, kids activities, and more. Everyone is welcome. Fair members admit free.

Ketchikan – Fellowship of the Pen Drop-In Writing Sessions, Wednesday, April 25, 3-7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 28, 4-6 p.m., Ketchikan Public Library. Open to all, come and go as you please. Coffee and snacks provided.

Ketchikan – A Night of BAD Poetry, Friday, April 27, 6:30-10 p.m., Ketchikan Public Lubrary. Teen Advisory Group invites all teens to a night of bad poetry in honor of National Poetry Month. Bring your worst poems, your work or a hated author to share before a showing of “Odyssey.” There will be snacks supplied.

Ketchikan – “Charlotte’s Webb,” April 27, 28, 7:30 p.m., and April 29, 2 p.m., KayHi Auditorium. The First City Players present “Charlotte’s Webb.” Purchase tickets at

Sitka – Comic Workshop, April 25-26, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Pioneers Home Manager’s House. A two-day comic workshop led by Claire Sanchez. Youth workshops will be from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on both days. Adult workshops will be from 4:30-5:30 p.m. both days. Cost is $15. Contact Tiffany at or 747-6859 for information.

Skagway – Sustainable Skagway Summit, April 27 at 3 p.m. through April 29 at 5 p.m., Skagway Traditional Council. The Skagway Traditional Council is hosting its first annual sustainability summit. The theme of this years event is Small Change = BIG Results. The weekend summit will include a short film series on related topics, canning class, making natural home detergents, waste free kitchen class, bicycle repairs, garage sale, do it yourself reusable bag making, wild and garden grown apothecary demonstrations, and more. A full schedule of events and sign up information available at

Wrangell – Stikine River Birding Festival, April 26-29, all day. Keynote speaker Julia Parrish and guest speakers and presenters Mark Kelley, Evon Zerbetz, and Gwen Baluss. For event and workshop schedules and more information, visit

Sitka – “Across the Shaman’s River” book presentation, Saturday, April 28, 4 p.m., Sitka Historical Museum. Daniel Henry will talk about his nonfiction book on John Muir, the Chilkat and Chilkoot Tlingit, and the opening of the North.

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