Neighbors Digest

TLC offers free ESL and citizenship classes


The Learning Connection (TLC) offers free English as a second language and citizenship classes in three Juneau locations. Classes take place at The Learning Connection downtown, Gruening Park, and at the University of Alaska Southeast campus.

New students are encouraged to attend a Global Breakfast Jan. 27, at Gruening Park from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to learn more about these classes. This event is free and will feature foods from around the world.

The Learning Connection is located downtown at 210 Ferry Way, at Gruening Park 1800 Northwood Drive (Apt. G-49) and at the UAS Campus in the Egan building room 115.

For more information, call The Learning Connection at 586-5718.


Bunco for breast cancer: Roll the dice, beat the odds

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is hosting Bunco for Breast Cancer at the Tlingit and Haida Community Center at 3235 Hospital Drive, at 4:30 p.m., March 10.

Organizers encourage residents to think of Bunco for Breast Cancer as a fun 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. Working together can make big things happen.

The goal for the event is to get people together to raise money to help put an end to this disease that impacts so many individuals and families, according to organizers.

No experience is necessary to participate. Bunco is described as a fun and easy to play game.

Men are welcome to participate as well as women. For this setup, 168 players are needed.

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 participants are asked to bring a dish to share.

Admission will be $25.00 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 or e-mail

Please make checks out to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for admission cost.

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

About the game

Bunco is a progressive dice game of chance, and is named for when a player rolls three 1s, which count for 21. The first pair of players to get 21 wins. The game is typically played by a group of 12, each of whom contributes to a pot that is awarded to the winners of the game. Most groups play once a month. The game’s popularity has surged in recent years, extending from Wisconsin to Ohio to Arizona and Alaska. There are an estimate 25,000 Bunco groups in the US alone.


SEARHC clinics to recognize Elizabeth Peratrovich Day

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) will honor the achievements of Alaska Native civil rights leader Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich by observing Elizabeth Peratrovich Day on Feb. 16.

Elizabeth Peratrovich Day is a special day for SEARHC’s Alaska Native patients and staff, and it is important that we honor her achievements. Our outpatient clinics will be closed that Thursday for Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, but we will have on-call staff available to provide emergency services at those clinics that offer emergency services. We also will have regular staff working at S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital to take care of our patients who are hospitalized.

It was Peratrovich’s impassioned testimony before the Alaska Territorial Legislature in 1945 that led to the passage of an Anti-Discrimination Bill eliminating the blatant discrimination policies faced by Alaska Natives. Until the bill passed, many Alaska businesses wouldn’t serve Natives and treated Natives as second-class citizens.

In 1988, the Alaska Legislature established Feb. 16 as Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, using the anniversary date of the bill’s signing in 1945. It is a day set aside so Alaskans can pause to remember the former Grand Camp President of the Alaska Native Sisterhood and honor her efforts to preserve equality and justice for all Alaskans regardless of race, creed and ethnic background.


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