Alia Franklin

Special Events & Community Relations Coordinator: Alia Franklin

Alia Franklin grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated from Lafayette High School in May of 2014. All throughout high school, Alia volunteered at her local library and Boys and Girls Club. After high school, she studied Marketing and Public Relations at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. While babysitting her way through college, she realized her passion for working with children. She is looking forward to obtaining her full Bachelor’s in Child Psychology to further her career in Children’s Counseling.

Since Alia moved to Unalaska in December 2021. She has fallen in love with all of the beauty the island has to offer. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring the island with her husband, Angelo, baking homemade goodies, and cooking/sharing Louisiana food.

View of Heart of the Aleutians Festival

Heart of the Aleutians Festival:

The Heart of the Aleutians Festival is our Annual Music festival hosted in mid-August.  It is around this time that many community members are returning from family summer vacations and this event serves as a welcome back/end of summer event.  The focus of this festival has become local arts, especially crafts, baked goods and music.

Each summer we feature a music tent with a great lineup of local bands as well as a vendor tent where festival goers are treated to culinary delights from many of the nationalities represented on the Island.  We also have plenty of games and prizes for the children and feature the department’s lineup of inflatables for all day fun!   

Father Daughter Valentine Dance participants

Father Daughter Valentine Dance:

This event is a dance designed to give father’s a chance to show their daughters just how important they are to them. Fathers and daughters of all ages are welcome to participate.  We feature a great spread of fancy hors d’oeuvres followed by dancing, get to know you games, and (my favorite part of the evening) a share time that allows dads and daughters the chance to share special memories and thoughts about each other.