Fireside Lecture series schedule change

The U.S. Forest Service announced a change of schedule for the first Fireside Lecture at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Photographer Mark Kelley is not able to show his images on Friday, Jan. 12 so instead, Jim Beedle will show images of wildlife in Katmai National Park. His presentation “What Makes Katmai Wildlife So Special?” will share moments of watching brown bears feed on a beached whale and being herded from Brooks Camp by a Park Service employee.

Snacks and tea will be served by Discovery Southeast, the Forest Service’s bookstore partner. There will be two lectures, one at 6:30 p.m. with a repeat at 8 p.m. There is no charge. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The Forest Service invites people to come inside the visitor center free of charge during the winter on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Doors open for the Friday night lectures at 6 p.m.

The Discovery Southeast bookstore inside the center will be open during the same hours as the Visitor Center, including Friday nights for lectures. The nonprofit bookstore and the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center are partnering to encourage local artists to present their products for visitors.