This coming week’s athletic endeavors begins today, or rather, resumes today as the Glacier Swim Club hosts the final day of the Southeast Age Group Swim Championships at Dimond Park Aquatics Center. This is a good day to spend in doors after an early morning ski or run and thaw out watching the swimming super stars you missed during the high school season and their younger teammates that are just getting started in the pools around Southeast Alaska. Meet records have already fallen in Friday and Saturday competitions so grab a coffee or a cocoa and watch the water boil at DPAC. Preliminaries 9 a.m.-11 a.m., finals 2 p.m.-until finish.
The Juneau Roller Girls are inviting the public to their Intro To Skate Class, 1-3 p.m., Marie Drake Gym. The public is invited to learn the basic quad-skating skills with our local roller derby team, the Juneau Rollergirls. The class will be held from 1-3 p.m. every Sunday at Marie Drake through Dec. 16. All you need is gear and a smile. Registration is $40 for the whole class. Sign up with Community Schools at 523-1552. Get more information at email@example.com. Children are welcome with adult supervision.
This coming Friday and Saturday is the season debut of two local high school basketball teams. At 6:15 p.m. the Thunder Mountain girls host the Sitka Wolves (JV 4:30) at TMHS and at 8 p.m. the Juneau-Douglas boys host the West Anchorage Eagles at JDHS.
Also on Saturday is the joyous Jingle Bell Triathlon, 9 a.m., at Dimond Park Aquatic Center. Event features a 400-yard swim, 10-mile bike (on ride-trainers inside), and 3-mile run (outside). Must be at least 18 years old. Registration forms now available at Dimond Park Aquatic Center (3045 Riverside Drive). Contact Daniel Chase at 586-2782 or Jamie Bursell at 723-7872.
In other sport news, the HoopTime basketball registration is taking place for players in grades 4-8. The 2013 HoopTime season begins January 5. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration deadline is December 15. Late registration may be accepted with an additional fee if there is space available. Online registration may be found at www.hooptime.org or http://hoptime.bonzidev.com/home.php. For info call Shelly at 723-8309.
Don’t forget that ORCA is seeking Ski and Snowboard volunteers for 2013 Winter season. Southeast Alaska Independent Living’s (SAIL) ORCA program is currently soliciting volunteers to help provide individuals who experience disabilities the opportunity to recreate in an inclusive, accessible environment. Volunteers are needed for the ski and snowboard season and ORCA will provide instruction and ski buddies for alpine and Nordic skiing, as well as snowboarding. Volunteers have the opportunity to earn free Eaglecrest lift tickets through their volunteer efforts. A “meet and greet” info night was held at the Rookery Cafe. For more information visit www.sailinc.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 586-4920. Volunteers must attend Dec. 15-16 training days (Jan. make-up session TBA).
Monday, Dec. 17 - Dec. 31
Returning college kids, local players, youth and old stars, and ringers should be finalizing their soccer skills for the Holiday Cup 2012, which begins at 5 p.m., at Dimond Park Field House. The 20th Annual Holiday Cup Soccer Tournament will be held from Dec. 17-31. There are six coed divisions: Elementary (age 9 minimum); Middle School; High School (2 divisions); Masters; and Classics. Get registration materials and more information at www.juneaudouglasholidaycup.com. Teams must have submitted a roster by Nov. 26, with a drop-off at the Law Offices of Dillon & Findley, 350 N. Franklin Street or email email@example.com - Team Entries only. Youth Divisions are free. All info on website. Details 586-4000. If you missed the deadline see if you can sweet talk someone into getting in, if not, come watch the action.
On Thursday Dec. 20, the newest Cycle Alaska Adventure series will be presented at 5:30 p.m. at Cycle Alaska. “Vagabonds On Bikes In The Mountains Of France.” Anne Fuller and Mike Sakarias will give a lecture series on their approach to bike touring in France and show photos of some of the fascinating and beautiful places bicycles can take you in that bike friendly country. Lectures at Cycle Alaska, 1107 w. Eighth St. Details at 780-2253.