A week of festivities with Winterfest

Winterfest is UAA’s week-long celebration of community, strategically placed during Anchorage’s Fur Rendezvous.

This year, Winterfest will kick off on Friday, Feb. 23 with a family movie night, showing Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” at 6 p.m in the Student Union Cafeteria.

Canvases, paintbrushes and paint are provided for Monday, Feb. 26’s paint night, taught by Arctic Crown Canvas. This year’s paint night is even winter-themed; students can paint their polar bear at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Cafeteria. $5 for students with valid student ID, $20 for the general public. Tickets are available on UAATix.com.

Tuesday, Feb. 27, there will be a chili cook-off in the Student Union Den at 2 p.m., with live “Tunes @ 2” music by violinist Annaleisa Kress. The chili will be made by departments on campus, and students will get to vote on their favorite one. Free for students taking six or more credits.

It’s the fifth year for 9 in the Spine, a mini-golfing event that occurs throughout the spines on campus, from Rasmuson Hall to the Social Sciences Building, hosted by UAA Alumni Relations. 9 in the Spine consists of two mini-golf courses, with 18 campus clubs hosting their own mini-golf setup where alumni can do their best at getting a hole-in-one before a mixer with current UAA students at the end of the course.

“It’s a networking event for the students and a chance for the clubs to show what they’re up to. It’s a fun night on campus and all the funds raised goes to Alumni Scholarship Endowment Fund,” Joe Besl, alumni communications specialist, said.

Thursday, March 1, the annual Beard and ‘Stache competition will be held at 7 p.m. Competitors are still wanted; registration is free for students and can be done at UAATix.com. Attendance of the competition held in the Student Union Cafeteria is also free for students.

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March 2 is the first Friday of the month and the Hugh McPeck Gallery will host a First Friday reception with the exhibit “We’re All in this Together” from 5 – 7 p.m.

Friday is also the first night of Banff Mountain Film Festival, held in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Kojin Tranberg, commuter students program coordinator, said that Banff has sold out every year and says it really anchors Winterfest.

“It’s a curated selection of adventure films… it’s kind of like the Academy Awards of adventure films, so it’s the best of the best,” Tranberg said. “[Both] nights are different so they usually sell out since people go to both.”

Banff is Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets for Banff are available at UAATix.com. In advance, tickets are $5 for UAA students and youth and $15 for the general public. Tickets are $5 more at the door.

Winterfest is more than just a week long of activities. With Fur Rondy happening and the beginning of the Iditarod, Winterfest a contributor to the downtown festivities.

“This event’s just really meant to be a small part of everything else that’s happening in town,” Tranberg said. “If you’re new to campus, or new to Alaska, or if this is your first Fur Rondy, I always like to see people get involved in our stuff but just realizing there’s a lot of stuff happening in town, too.”