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AEYC Child Care Food Program


Thanks to all of the child care providers who help boost the level of fitness and health for young children in Southeast Alaska. The Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC) administers the Child Care Food Program to Approved and Licensed family child care programs in Juneau, Haines, and Wrangell. Part of the program includes health and activity grants that provide programs with learning materials and play equipment like those used at Turf for Tots (open gym time at the Dimond Field House for young children up to age 5) in Juneau. Last year over 89,000 healthy meals and snacks were served to young children who also participated in fun movement activities.

AEYC participates in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program administered by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. Meals are made available to enrolled children at no separate charge without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Anyone who believes they have been discriminated against should write immediately to the USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington D.C. 20250-9410 or call 202-720-5964.

For more information about AEYC or the Child Care Food Program, please contact Nikki Morris, AEYC Child Care Food Program Coordinator, 907-789-1767 or toll free 1-888-785-1235,


SEARHC Holiday Closures

All SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) health care facilities will be closed tomorrow for Christmas and on Jan. 2, for New Year’s. These closures are so SEARHC employees can spend time with their families during the holidays.

The SEARHC Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau will offer reduced Saturday services on Dec. 24 (open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. instead of 10-5), and regular Saturday services on Dec. 31. The Juneau clinic will not offer its normal Sunday services (noon to 4 p.m.) on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1.

The SEARHC urgent care department at S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, for walk-in patients. But all other regular Saturday clinics offered at SEARHC facilities throughout the consortium will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.

In addition, SEARHC will have staff working during the holidays to take care of any inpatients staying at the hospital in Sitka, and there will be 24-hour emergency room staff available at the hospital during the holidays. All SEARHC village clinics that normally provide off-hour emergency services will have staff on call during the holidays. SEARHC wishes everybody a safe and happy holiday season.


Free January computer classes

Introduction to Microsoft Access 2010, offered on Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 4 and ending Jan. 30, from 5-7 p.m.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Jan. 3, and ending Jan. 31, from 5-7 p.m.

Job Search and Resume Creation Using ALEXsys, offered on Jan. 5 and Jan. 19, from 10 a.m.-noon

The Juneau Job Center staff along with The Learning Connection staff will present and offer hands-on guidance regarding job search.

All classes take place at The Learning Connection at 210 Ferry Way

Stop in or call 586-5718 to register for one or more classes


Door-To-Door Transportation Available

Have you ever seen one of the Care-A-Van vehicles passing by and wondered if you may be eligible to ride? The Care-A-Van Transportation Service is for anyone over the age of 60 and for people with disabilities of any age who are unable to use the Capital Transit bus due to their disability.

People who have never tried the Care-A-Van are encouraged to call Robert Milton, the Lead Driver, at 500-2069 to find out how it works. Robert can help complete the one-page Care-A-Van registration form, mail out a Rider’s Manual with other written information, and explain how the Care-A-Van works.

For example, did you know that the passenger can bring a friend or family member with them until they feel comfortable riding it by themselves?

If a person has already signed up (registered) for Care-A-Van, they can call in their reservation as soon as they know they’ll need the ride and the Care-A-Van staff will already have the information they need to schedule the ride.

For example, the Care-A-Van staff will need to know where someone lives so they can pick them up there and they will already have that information from the registration form.

The Care-A-Van is operated by Southeast Senior Services, a division of Catholic Community Service.

The Care-A-Van drivers are professionally trained in defensive driving and passenger safety and service. Although the service is primarily funded through a contract with the City and Borough of Juneau, the service also receives financial support from Medicaid Waiver revenues, a grant from the Alaska Division of Senior and Disabilities Services, and passenger contributions.

Door-to-door transportation is available the same hours as the bus system: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. through 11:30 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The reservations office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 2 to 4 p.m.

To arrange a ride, eligible people (or those advocating on their behalf) should call 463-6194. They will need to give the pick-up location, where they are going, and the desired date and time to reach the destination. Planning ahead and requesting a ride at least one day in advance will help one’s chances of getting the ride when he or she wants it. Passengers are also encouraged to reserve their return trips when making the initial reservation.

For more information, call Robert at 500-2069.


20th Annual Polar Bear Dip

Looking for a refreshing start to the new year? The 20th Annual Polar Bear Dip will take place at 1 p.m. on New Year’s Day at Auke Bay Recreation Area, main shelter. Come and dip to ring in the new year. Participants should bring warm clothes. For more information, contact Monika Bethers at 321-5543.

This is the 20th anniversary of the day when Eaglecrest skiers Barb and Earl Greening, Mary Bardone, Bill Platte and daughter Piper, and Len Cedar and daughter Eva finished such a great day of skiing that, since the sun was still out, they decided to dip into Auke Bay waters, according to a previous article.

Though the Cedars and Plattes have moved out of town, Earl Greening will be traveling and Barb Greening died earlier this year, Bethers felt the tradition was worth keeping alive and took the lead this year.


Juneau Senior Center Invites Juneau’s Seniors to Lunch and More

All seniors ages 60 and over are invited to participate in lunch and other activities at the Juneau Senior Center located just off Egan at 895 West 12th Street. A hot, nutritious lunch is served weekdays at noon.

The weekly menu is posted in the Sunday Neighbors section of the Juneau Empire. Other on-going activities include Ceramics from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Bridge at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday, a Diabetic Support Group at 1 p.m. every 2nd Monday of the month, a Low Vision Support Group at 1 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month, and a bimonthly Foot Care Clinic. Coming soon:

Jan. 3, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. will begin a new, five-week Tai Chi Exercise class, taught by Glen Ray.

Jan. 19, 2012 at 1 p.m. the Juneau Senior Center will host an open house. We want to invite Juneau Seniors to come to the center, have a look around and share your ideas with us for making the center a place you’ll want to visit often. Why not come early, have lunch and stay for the open house? We sincerely want to hear your ideas.

February 2011. AARP Tax specialists will be at the center to help you do your taxes. The service will be by appointment only starting in February and offered until mid- April.

For an appointment for foot care or information about our activities, please call Carol at the Juneau Senior Center at 463-6175.


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