Arts & Culture

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 is once again open for curbside pickup.

While the building will remain closed to the public, City Librarian Karen Kresh said that library staff will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. daily to answer questions and take requests over the phone. Item requests can also be made via email or online through the library's virtual catalog.

Courtesy of Kate Shwarz

For many kids in Unalaska,  PCR Operations Manager Nick Cron's festive performance of Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" has become a holiday staple. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, his performance went virtual to ensure that families and children on the island could still enjoy the melodic poem. 

Cron has been performing Dr. Seuss' poem to Unalaska students for around eight years. And while the event has made big waves on the island, it began with modest intentions. 

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Last week, on the final day of the fall semester, Santa and Mrs. Claus handed out gifts and pies to students and families outside of the Unalaska junior high and high school. 500 pies were handed out to community members and students who drove by to pick them up.

The Lions Club's annual event, Operation Santa, is a longstanding effort for the club to provide gifts to children in several communities including Unalaska, Nikolski, Adak, Akutan, False Pass, and Atka. 

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Earlier this month, a local dog made history when he jumped into the frigid waters at the Carl E. Moses Boat Harbor alongside a group of Unalaska Matson employees. Cubby — a nearly two-year-old chocolate lab and blue heeler mix — and the other shipping company employees were participating in a polar plunge fundraising event to raise money for Special Olympics athletes in Alaska. And according to Matson's Alaska Community Affairs Manager Dylan Faber, Cubby was the first dog to participate in the state's Special Olympics Polar Plunge.

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In late June, Thomas Drennan McLenigan, education outreach manager at the Museum of the Aleutians, began publishing a series of Instagram posts about historically and locally significant places on the island.