Neighbors Digest

Youth Action Committee targets high-risk teen behaviors


The Youth Action Committee (YAC), of the Juneau Community Foundation, is issuing grants to Juneau charities with the goal of addressing the needs of teens engaged in high-risk behaviors. Grant focus topics include, but are not limited to: unsafe sexual activities, drug and alcohol use, poor diet and exercise, and unhealthy relationships.

Organizations may apply for grants up to $5,000. The YAC members will review all proposals and make site visits to the top applicants. Applications are available online at For more information, please call 463-3223.

With the help of the Juneau Community Foundation and local organizations, YAC members strive to improve the lives of their peers. They encourage organizations in the community to respond to the YAC goals and submit grant proposals.


Grief, loss and the holidays

The Widowed Persons Program will host a public program entitled “Grief, Loss and the Holidays”. It will be held at 5 p.m., Nov. 15 in the Mendenhall Library Conference Room.

Debbie Sis, CHTP, Healing Touch Practitioner and Hospice Volunteer will be presenting this program for families and friends who have lost a loved one through death. This program will offer suggestions on how to navigate the holiday season and learn how to create new traditions that pay tribute to the memory of the loved one.

This public program is sponsored by the Widowed Persons Program which provides events, activities, and support for men and women of all ages who have been widowed. Program social activities include monthly brunches, picnics, dinners, and support group meetings.

The Widowed Persons Program invites everyone who has lost a loved one through death to attend this public program. For further information on this event or the Widowed Persons Program, please contact Sue Nielse at or 586-6424 or Sandy DeLong at 789-0355.


Trail Mix auction and dinner to benefit Juneau trails

Trail Mix, Inc. will host its annual Auction and Barbecue on at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday in Centennial Hall. All proceeds from this celebration of Juneau’s trails will support Trail Mix’s efforts to expand and improve Juneau’s trail system, including major improvements on the Peterson Lake Trail scheduled for 2012.

Admission includes a buffet dinner by Abby’s Kitchen, music and dancing with Fai Do Do Juneau, a no- host bar provided by The Rendezvous, and more than 100 auction items.

Tickets cost $40 for Trail Mix members, or $50 for non-members, including a one year membership.

Trail Mix, Inc. is a nonprofit partnership among government agencies and local trail users dedicated to improving and expanding Juneau’s world class trail system. For more information on this or any other trail project in Juneau, please call (907) 790-6406.


Tibetan master returns to teach in Juneau

Khentrul Rinpoche will be in Juneau for the continuation of the teaching “Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva, Part III.” The event will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4, at the Thunder Mountain High School library and will cost $75 per day, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Rinpoche began this teaching in Juneau in with Part I in 2009 and Part II in 2010 and will continue with Part III this year. Many Juneau residents have participated in Rinpoche’s visits in the past. He returns annually to offer the ancient teachings of Tibetan masters.

Rinpoche has taught for many years at monasteries in Tibet and India, and is the abbot of Katog Mardo Tashi Choling in Eastern Tibet, where he established a retreat center, library, and shedra (higher philosophical studies institute). He currently directs the education and spiritual practice for more than three hundred monks, and is building a school for the monastery’s children.

Rinpoche studied dharma intensively for more than 30 years at the feet of his teachers in Mardo Tashi Choling and Katog monasteries in eastern Tibet and holds many titles and honors.

Rinpoche first came to the United States in Sept. 2002, and has been constantly traveling around the United States, tirelessly teaching and sharing his knowledge. He has established his own non-profit organization to support dharma activity in the west called Katog Choling and is presently creating a retreat center in Arkansas called Katog Choling Rit’hröd. He also visits many dharma practice groups around the United States and other countries where he supports many students in their pursuit of dharma. Khentrul Rinpoche has been teaching in Juneau and Anchorage for several years.

For more information, contact Pat at 780-6643 or Peggy at 723-7062, or e-mail at or visit the website


Annual Holiday Bazaar

The tradition continues Saturday as Northern Light United Church holds its annual Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the church. All proceeds from the Bazaar go to support mission projects for women and children locally and internationally.

Available this year are hand-crafted items including beautifully dressed collectible dolls, hand-turned wooden bowls, décor items, home-baked goods, lovely gift items from around the world offered by SERRV, as well as some ‘attic treasures.’

A hearty lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. consisting of a variety of homemade soups, delicious bread, a slice of pie and a beverage for $8.

Northern Light United Church, a United Methodist and Presbyterian (USA) congregation, is located on West 11th and ‘A’ Streets downtown.

Community Thanksgiving service

The Evangelical Pastors Fellowship will sponsor a community Thanksgiving service to be held at 7 p.m. the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 23. The service will be held at the Auke Bay Bible Church at 11970 Glacier Highway. Pastor Gordon Mills of the Glacier Valley Baptist Church will deliver the Thanksgiving message. All are welcome. For more information, contact Patrick Brayton at 789-3573.


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