Frugal living: Clean a cloudy vase

Dear Sara: I have a small vase that has become cloudy after having water in it. Do you have a remedy for this? I know that you can purchase CLR, but I do not need that much. Thank you. — Carol, Florida

Dear Carol: You can add dry rice and vinegar and water or a squirt of dishwashing liquid and water and swish the rice around the vase. You can use a baby bottle brush, too. Sometimes, a quick wipe with nail polish remover works. Afterward, wash the vase thoroughly with dish soap and water. You can use a toothbrush and scrub the vase with white toothpaste and rinse. Try a denture tablet such as Efferdent with water, and let the vase soak or rub petroleum jelly inside it and leave it for a few days. Then wash it as usual. Hopefully, one of the above methods will work. But it’s possible the vase is permanently etched.

Dear Sara: I need gift ideas for 20 ladies. At the end of the year (usually early December), before we break for the holiday, my dance class has a little party where we eat a lot of food at a potluck, listen to music, dance a little and exchange small gifts. The gifts are in no way obligatory, but I like to give them and have to buy in quantity. In the past I have given homemade bath salts, small silver pendants, bracelets, and last year I gave earrings. I got them wholesale for about $1 a pair and they were pretty nice. Some of the other girls gave candles, incense and jewelry. I’m looking for new ideas for nice, small gifts that I can buy 20 or 30 at a time without shelling out too much. My budget is about $1.50 per person, a total of about $30. I’ve looked at eBay and have not come up with much. Prices have gone up, of course! I appreciate any suggestions. — C.H., Missouri

Dear C.H.: Dollar stores, Target and Michaels all have dollar items. Check Oriental Trading Company, too; it has candy sticks that would be nice bundled as a gift. You can make custom wrappers for candy bars. Create your own by using the retail wrapper as a template or visit for felt wrappers or visit for free printable wrappers.

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Mon, 02/27/2017 - 08:39

Communications scholarship open

Alaska Professional Communicators are offering two $1,000 scholarships for students planning a career in communications and majoring in any phase of public communications, including public relations, advertising, radio-television, video and print.

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Mon, 02/27/2017 - 08:39

Thank you from Big Brothers Big Sisters

Thanks to the City and Borough of Juneau tax revenue and the CBJ Activities Grant, five big and little matches in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program enjoyed an afternoon of free skating at the Treadwell Ice Arena!

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Mon, 02/27/2017 - 08:38

Thank you from the American Red Cross of Alaska

On Feb. 17, 2017 we celebrated our 100-year anniversary as the American Red Cross of Alaska. It was very important to us to kick-off the year in Juneau as the original Red Cross of Alaska Charter was in Juneau. We are so happy we did! We have so many people to thank for making the evening not only fun, but heart-warming as well. We first have to thank the volunteers that worked so hard. Thank you to Buddy Custard, board member extraordinaire, for all of your guidance, humor, and hard work. Thank you Teresa Maria Abella for asking Senator Egan to be our Honorary Chair, for plastering the town with posters, for your fundraising efforts, your excitement, your photography, and just in general for being such a blessing to the Red Cross team. Senator Egan and Jesse Keihl, what can we say? You were amazing and helpful and patient. I will miss our meetings and the laughter that always ensued. We would be very remiss if we did not thank Governor Walker for giving us your time and for sharing your Red Cross story. Your commitment and support are deeply appreciated and we were touched beyond measure by your decision to attend and speak at our celebration. Lt. Governor Mallott and Mrs. Mallott, thank you for attending and supporting our mission. You bring such a sense of calm and grace wherever you go, we are humbled that you shared that with us. Last, but most definitely not least, we must thank all of our volunteers. The American Red Cross is a volunteer-run organization with only 14 staff for the entire state of Alaska. We could not help the hundreds of Alaskans that we do without volunteers. Our volunteers are the ones that get up at 2 a.m. when we receive a call about a house fire. They leave their homes and families to help others if there is a large disaster either in Alaska or in some other part of the country. I have said it many times, and will continue to say it: Red Cross volunteers are the best in the world. They are selfless, kind, generous people who only want to help. For this celebration there are a few in particular we need to thank: Karen Petersen, Peter Chaille, June Johnson, Joyce Levine, Michelle Brown, Carolyn and Dan Garcia, Chip Wagoner, Rebecca Trude, Rick Janelle, Patricia and Kyle Lamson, Bob Bassett, and T Iputi! Thank you Juneau and Southeast Alaska for supporting the American Red Cross of Alaska’s first 100 years; we look forward to the next 100!

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Mon, 02/27/2017 - 08:38

Planetarium presents ‘Aurora’

The Marie Drake Planetarium will present “Aurora” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, followed by “The Sky Tonight” on the Spitz projector. The event is free and for all ages.

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