May is halfway over, but the time for berry picking is just getting started — which is why the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan chose berries as the topic of the latest “AskUAS” lecture.

The latest presentation in the “AskUAS” lecture series was held virtually on Thursday evening, capping a sunny spring day that drove many people outside — fitting weather for the night’s topic of berries.

Ketchikan has been “hunkering down” for more than a month now, and numerous community organizations have jumped at the opportunity to make sure people can stay connected and entertained while fighting the spread of the coronavirus — for Ketchikan Museums, this means bringing exhibits online …

Whether donning dresses and suits or rocking a pair of pajamas and slippers, anyone can leave the coronavirus crisis behind for a night of music, dancing and memories during a virtual prom this weekend.

After just beginning the casting process for a spring production, First City Players’ usual bustle of activity was brought to a standstill by the spread of the novel coronavirus to Ketchikan this past month.

As Ketchikan hunkers down at home to fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus, many community organizations are continuing to provide normally scheduled activities — now modified to allow for social distancing.

In the aftermath of the February rockslide that hit the Tatsuda’s IGA Market building on Stedman Street, several pieces of local art were recovered — and one piece has been loaned to the Tongass Historical Museum.

During the age of social distancing and the “six feet apart” rule’s descent on society, some people may find themselves struggling to fill spare time and distract themselves from their constantly changing circumstances.

As “social distancing” in the time of COVID-19 forces communities to cancel or postpone a variety of social events, local musicians are bringing their shows to a virtual stage in order to provide a slice of normalcy for the First City.

From plane crashes to train chases, First City Players’ upcoming production of “The 39 Steps” is full of action and intrigue — with only four actors to bring it all to life.

For Ed Littlefield, working with students isn’t just about making a lasting art project — it’s all about combining music, art, theater skills and language to learn something new.

For many Ketchikan residents, the annual Wearable Arts Show is the event of the year — and with only days before the show, artists and models are putting the final touches on their projects.

All it takes to move to Alaska is a beat-up Volkswagen bus and a decrepit cabin waiting for you, nestled deep in the Kenai Peninsula – if one follows the lead of the characters in bestselling author Kristin Hannah’s newest book.

With Thanksgiving leftovers still stowed away in the fridge, the First City is already gearing up for the holiday season, and Ketchikan Theatre Ballet’s annual performance of “The Nutcracker” is one of the first events up on the Christmas celebration agenda.

This time of year wouldn’t be complete without the Winter Arts Faire, a First City holiday fixture that has thrived in Ketchikan for years.

 Few things are less entertaining than a plain white wall, which is why a small group of Ketchikan High School students are collaborating to bring a little color to W.F. Madden’s family entertainment center.

After two months of near non-stop rehearsals, First City Players’ latest musical production, “The Secret Garden,” is mere days away from its opening night.

Tara Westover’s education took place not in a classroom, but a junkyard on Buck’s Peak, a rugged mountain in a rural county in Idaho.

Next week, high school students will dust off their dancing shoes and show off their singing voices as auditions begin for “Bye, Bye Birdie,” Ketchikan High School’s first musical in over a decade.

Ketchikan storyteller Jack Finnegan, in August returned to his roots as a world-traveling teller of tales when he performed at the Festival Fringe event in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Literature lovers who long for the community atmosphere of a book club but dread the required reading can now join the “Free Style Book Club,” a laid-back approach to the traditional book club experience.

The Alaska State Fair isn't just about food, music and games – artists of many mediums flock to the fair from around the state to enter their masterpieces into a variety of competitive exhibits.

In the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Campus Library’s first Ask UAS talk of the school year this past week, Assistant Professor of Writing and Composition Steve Florian presented “Practicing the Art of Interpersonal Communication: Think Positive, Act Positive.”

 Artist Julie Berg-Linville will open her Main Street Gallery exhibit, “Perimeter” on Friday evening, showcasing her oil paintings of Ketchikan’s water, land and skies.

On Sept. 28, eight performers will sing, dance and charm their way to a crown during the annual First City Players “Divas and Divos” fundraiser.

Gardeners Charles Davidshofer and LoAnn Swanson explored Davidshofer’s North End garden this past Saturday, sharing wisdom on how to put one’s garden to bed for the winter and prep it for the upcoming spring season.

After traveling to the 51st annual Southeast Alaska State Fair in Haines, an array of handcrafted items including shawls, quilts, blankets, wooden vessels, sweaters and even a jar of habanero pepper jelly are on display through Sept. 3 at the Tongass Historical Museum.

The Ketchikan Public Utilities Live in Ketchikan second annual film festival is set to open its free community screening Friday evening at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center.

Before he was Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in “Star Trek,” George Takei was a curious Japanese-American boy who spent much of his early childhood in World War II internment camps.

Settlers Cove State Recreation Site has some new features to offer, thanks to a state grant and the hard work of Alaska Conservation Corps crewman Brieshan Kenoyer and Alaska State Parks Natural Resource Specialist Aaron Ostby.

The Austin Hays Trio, a band made up of three Ketchikan residents, has been a frequent feature at the Creek Street Cabaret with back-to-back performances this summer, with plans to continue throughout the year.

Ketchikan’s 44th annual Blueberry Arts Festival, produced by the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council and sponsored by Alaska Airlines, will kick off at 2 p.m. Friday with the Pet and Doll Parade that will start next to the Ketchikan Police Department on Main Street.

Author Emily Moore, who grew up in Ketchikan and now is an assistant professor of art history at Colorado State University, talked about the research presented in her new book, “Proud Raven, Panting Wolf: Carving Alaska’s New Deal Totem Parks,” on the afternoon of July 12 at the Kootéeyaa Ko…

The Compass Roses, a band of young Ketchikan sisters, has started gaining traction in the local music community by spreading their unique acoustic spin on rock and folk music to wider audiences.