Arts & Culture

Arts and culture reporting on news and community topics. Arts and culture coverage is occasionally submitted by community members.

The sun made a rare but welcome appearance for the sixty-one participants who ventured out to Front Beach on Sunday, February 24th for the 2019 Polar Bear 5K Run. The race was originally scheduled to take place on Saturday, but as the wet and windy weather persisted, the Unalaska Parks, Culture and Recreation team changed the race to occur exactly 24 hours later.

 Over fifty Unalaskans poured into the Museum of the Aleutians this Valentine's day to the sweet music stylings of Lynda Lybeck-Robinson for the annual chocolate tasting event and competition, "Choc-o-lot!" The event started at 7pm and was held front area of the museum.

Several participants brought chocolate treats to enter into the competition while some simply enjoyed the festive pink-hearted atmosphere and delicious treats.

The judges from the community were Erin Knight, Brett Richardson, Karen Kresh, Ethan Iszler, and Arlene De Letran. 

ECI Hyer Inc.

The architects behind Unalaska's library renovation are shifting their focus from broad designs to details.  

Brian Meissner, of ECI Hyer Inc., said the City Council's recent endorsement of a larger expansion plan will allow his firm to zero in on the final blueprints.

"A year from now, we'll have a contractor selected and be getting ready to build this thing," said Meissner last week. "That's pretty exciting. It's real, and it's close."

The 2019 UCSD Tsunami Bowl Presentation was held at the Unalaska City School Auditorium on February 12th at 7pm. The Tsunami Bowl is Alaska’s version of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB), a nationwide marine sciences competition. Unalaska has been attending since 2005. 

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Unalaska's public library expansion is going to be even larger than originally planned.

The City Council expressed unanimous support Tuesday for a design that adds about 1,200 square feet and $600-800,000 to the renovation, bringing its total price tag to about $5.2 million.