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Roll the dice, Beat the Odds


The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is hosting “Bunco for Breast Cancer”, at Tlingit & Haida Community Center 3235 Hospital Drive, at 4:30 p.m. on March 10, 2012. Think of Bunco for Breast Cancer as a girl’s night out with a mission! Bunco for Breast Cancer is a chance to have fun with friends, roll some dice and raise money to help find a cure. When women work together we can make big things happen! Together we can make a real difference and help put an end to this disease that impacts so many women and families. No experience necessary. Bunco is fun and easy to play. Men are welcome to join in. We need 168 players.

At the event, there will be a raffle for a black hills gold necklace and players will have an opportunity to win door prizes. This is a potluck event so please bring a dish to share! Admission will be $25 and all proceeds go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. To sign up and save your place contact Tamara Collins Infusion/Chemotherapist at 796-8655/723-0826

This event is being sponsored by Tlingit & Haida Central Council and Women of the Moose.


It’s not Christmas unless...

The Juneau Cooperative Church Council will host the annual Advent Luncheon at Northern Light United Church on at noon on Thursday. The luncheon theme is, “It’s not Christmas unless...” There will be sharing from Hispanic, Filipino, and Orthodox traditions around Christmas. Please join us for soup, bread, cookies, song, and sharing of Christmas traditions. Free will donations will go to the Glory Hole.


Help Line available for holidays

During the sometimes stressful holiday season, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Behavioral Health/Suicide Prevention program and the “1 is 2 Many” regional suicide prevention task force would like to remind people that help is available for those who are stressed out and in need of care.

The holidays, tight budgets, dark nights and cold weather contribute to high levels of stress this time of year. The SEARHC Help Line (1-877-294-0074) is a 24-hour/7-day, toll-free resource, and licensed, professional counselors answer the calls.

“You don’t have to wait until you are absolutely stressed out or feel like you have no place else to turn,” SEARHC Behavioral Health/Suicide Prevention Program Manager Wilbur Brown Jr. said. “You can call the SEARHC Help Line at any time. It is open to all residents of Southeast Alaska.”

Tléil Ayeelaxàajeekl (Don’t despair). If you are stressed out and need help, if you’re in a crisis, or if you just need to talk with somebody, call the SEARHC Help Line at 877-294-0074. The SEARHC Help Line is offered as a free resource to complement the care provided at SEARHC Behavioral Health clinics.


Swing in the New Year with JJ&C

Tickets are on sale for the second annual Swing in the New Year! with the Thunder Mountain Big Band. Presented by Juneau Jazz & Classics and the Maas family, the new year’s eve gala at the JACC promises to be a swinging big band affair in the mode of a 1930s New York ballroom. A benefit for the 2012 Festival, the evening will feature special guests trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and jazz drummer Jon Wikan, both back from last year by popular demand, as well as catered hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and a complimentary midnight champagne toast. Party-goers are invited to get a jump on the evening with complimentary swing lessons just prior to the band’s first number.

Swing in the New Year! was a sold-out event last New Year’s Eve. Tickets are $50 and available at, the JACC, Hearthside, or Rainy Retreat.

Dance lessons are at 8p.m. and showtime is at 9p.m., all at the JACC. The evening is made possible by the generous support of the Maas Family, as well as the Baranof Hotel, the Juneau Empire, the Alaskan Brewing Company and KRNN Rain Country Radio.

Juneau Jazz & Classics brings world-class jazz, blues, and classical music to Alaska’s Capital City each spring. The 2012 festival will mark its 26th year of making exceptional music accessible with year-round community outreach, events, workshops, & educational. All proceeds benefit the Juneau Jazz & Classics Festival, May 4-19, 2012.

Juneau’s own Thunder Mountain Big Band, led by trumpeter Ron Maas, is composed of clarinet, sax, trumpet, trombone, percussion, string bass and piano. The band, which also showcases vocalists Vicki Van Fleet, John Haywood, and the PMS trio, plays a variety of dance favorites: swing, jazz, Latin and waltzes.

Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen is called one of the 25 most important improvising musicians of the future. She has played with top jazz musicians, including Chick Corea and the Marie Schneider Band. Jon Wikan is a jazz drummer originally from Petersburg. He has played with a cross-section of leaders, from singers Ernestine Anderson, Mark Murphy and Freddy Cole to established horn players such as Bud Shank and Pete Cristlieb.

For more information contact or 463-3378.


Christ Lutheran Church welcomes new pastor

Christ Lutheran Church will install its new pastor, Steven Wall, on Tuesday. Members of the community are invited to this special 7 p.m. service. Christ Lutheran Church is located at 10300 Glacier Highway, across from the Department of Motor Vehicles A reception will follow the service in the church basement.

Wall was born at Hill Air Force Base near Ogden Utah. His father, Robert, was serving in the Air Force as a F-4 Phantom pilot. His mother, Marci, was working as a nurse. At the age of 2, his family moved to Eagle River, where his father eventually retired from the Air Force. 

Wall graduated from Chugiak High School in 1995. He entered Martin Lutheran College in New Ulm, Minn. planning to get his teaching degree and then return to Alaska. But he felt God had other plans for him. During his first semester he joined the basketball team. The gruff old coach told him he ought to be studying to be a pastor. He agreed.

After graduating in 2000, he enrolled in Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wisc. During his course of studies he was assigned to work with the pastor of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Port Washington, Wisc. It was there he met his future wife, Kelly Petri. 

In May of 2004, Wall graduated and received a call to serve at Immanuel Lutheran Church near LaCresent, Minn. and Zion Lutheran in Hokah, Minn. Two days after graduation, he and Kelly wed. They have three children: August, Robbie, and Elinor. Their fourth is due at the end of January.

Wall enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports , especially basketball, camping and fishing. Kelly enjoys cooking, baking and singing. Please help us welcome them to their new home.


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