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Arts and culture reporting on news and community topics. Arts and culture coverage is occasionally submitted by community members.
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    The Unalaska Public Library moved into its temporary location at the Burma Road Chapel in early April. And while some things are new and some are missed, lovers of Alaska history will be happy to know they can still hang out and read about the Aleutians. Peat has worked at the library for around 17 years, acquiring a vast knowledge of everything Alaska and Aleutians — from Alaska statehood and the Valdez oil spill to shipping in Alaska and Russian exploration. “He’s the person I refer anyone to when they have questions about Alaskana stuff,” said library assistant Katie Huling. “His knowledge of the history of this island is just phenomenal.”
  • Preschool teacher Joni Scott, who coordinated the Ice Cream Social, said 78 gallons of ice cream were served throughout the afternoon.
  • As we wrap up Women's History Month programming on KUCB, we'd like to share the five episodes produced during the month of March.
  • Unalaska’s Department of Parks, Culture and Recreation is recognizing and celebrating locals who have made an impact on the community. PCR arts and culture coordinator Kate Schwarz organized the campaign, which was inspired by Humans of New York, a popular collection of portraits and short interviews that has developed a huge following on social media. Schwarz is calling her project “Humans of Unalaska.”
  • 19-year-old Rodrey Sebastian and his little brother 13-year-old Eli Warden stepped into the gym at Unalaska’s Community Center on Saturday with one thing on their minds: winning.They’d already made one attempt and thrown a few paper airplanes each, then bought an extra 10 sheets of paper and sat carefully folding each into the same long, slender design.“We’re trying to send our parents to vacation,” Sebastian said. “They need it.”The brothers came to compete in the island’s very first Extreme Foldable Flight Event, a paper airplane contest that raised over $2,500 for the Alexandria House, a local nonprofit.
  • The Museum of the Aleutians’ is working on a project Family Mosaics: Reconnecting family histories and genealogies of Unangan People of the Commander Islands and the indigenous people of south-western Alaska, funded through the National Park Service Shared Beringian Heritage Program.
  • Unalaska is making progress on a long-awaited library renovation and expansion — plans are confirmed to close the library’s current building and move to a temporary location in the Burma Road Chapel. Librarian Karen Kresh confirmed plans and dates with the contractor Tuesday. She said the library will close its current location on March 14 to begin moving. Kresh said the Burma Road Chapel will function “like a little mini library.”
  • In 2019, the Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska initiated its Wellness Program through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country grant aims to strengthen cultural connections that improve health and promote wellness in Indigenous communities across North America. Unangax̂ artist Anfesia “Sweetie” Tutiakoff is the culture and wellness program coordinator at the Qawalangin Tribe, and is using weekly craft nights to address wellness initiatives.
  • 15 adults and three kids spent a combined 20 hours out in the field, on foot and by car, covering a combined 27 miles of our circle. We had counters across Amaknak Island, along the Unalaska River into the valley, from Captains Bay to Morris Cove.
  • Dec. 18 marked 50 years since President Nixon signed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act into law, a groundbreaking event that changed Alaska history forever. To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of ANCSA, Vince Tutiakoff, Sr. and AB Rankin reflect on the formation of the Ounalashka Corp., and how Unalaska has changed since its inception.
  • Unalaska’s annual boat parade is happening Wednesday night. Participant Dan Loy says this is his fifth or sixth year driving his 20-foot boat, The Escape Plan, in the community event, which started in 2013.
  • Unalaska resident Sean Peters broke his personal record this year by making the one-mile hike up Bunker Hill 321 times. The 24-year-old says that averages out to more than once a day for every day he’s been on island in 2021.Peters said he’s leaving town this weekend and won’t be back until the new year. But before heading out for the holidays, he wanted to break his personal climbing record up the iconic Unalaska landmark.