April is Month of the Military Child, and Alaskans are asked to “purple up” on April 21 to honor military youth. Candi Dierenfield, the Alaska 4-H Military Partnerships program director, said wearing purple is a visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices.
Alaska Sea Grant will host the Kodiak Area Marine Science Symposium from April 18-21 at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center. The event connects the Kodiak community to regional marine science research.
The Georgeson Botanical Garden Society will host a Spring Green Up fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at The Hub. The community is invited to meet members of the society and fellow gardeners and to discover what’s new at the Georgeson Botanical Garden in 2017.
A short film developed in part by UAF faculty and students will be shown in the Hess Recreation Center on April 15 as a part of the Thaw Out Film Festival hosted by the UAF Film Club. The festival starts at 7 p.m. “Feels Good,” was written and directed by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean of Barrow, Alaska. Maya Salganek, UAF assistant professor of film and media arts, served as executive producer, and UAF students in the Film Reel Alaska Mentoring Experience program worked as crew.
The annual Permafrost Book Prize Reading will feature authors Anand Prahlad and Scott Russell Sanders at 7 p.m. Friday, April 14, in the University of Alaska Museum of the North auditorium. Prahlad won the 2016 Permafrost Book Prize offered by Permafrost, the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ literary journal. Sanders judged the entries.
The Seventh Annual International Cyber-Conference on Dispute Resolution will be held from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 12 in the Wood Center ballroom. The conference, hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Liberal Arts, will feature two sessions — one on reducing terrorism and another on creating safer communities and indigenous peacemaking circles.
Alaska Sea Grant is offering a new class aimed at helping Alaskans understand and comply with new federal regulations on food safety. Taught by Alaska Sea Grant seafood specialists Chris Sannito and Brian Himelbloom, the Preventive Controls for Human Food class will be held in Kodiak on April 12-14. Commercial food producers are the main audience for the course, including small, medium and large processors.
Leonard Kamerling, University of Alaska Museum of the North’s film curator, will present “Worth a Thousand Words: Preserving Alaska’s Visual History” at noon April 20 in the museum auditorium.