Briefly

Posted: Friday, January 12, 2001

Girl Scout cookies on sale

The Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council's Cookie Sale ordering begins today.

More than 1,400 girl and adult Girl Scouts in 17 Southeast Alaska communities are selling the cookies, which will arrive around the first of March. Funds go to support scout activities.

Program focuses on trees

A program on "Community Landmark Trees" will be presented from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center theater.

Sam Skaggs and Richard Carstensen of the Landmark Tree Project will present five areas designated as community landmark tree sites after five years of finding the largest trees in the Tongass National Forest. The program, suitable for all ages, will also focus on the natural history and ecology of old-growth forest in the area.

For more information call Dale Campbell, director of the visitors' center, at 790-7425, or Richard Carstensen at 463-5511.

4-H ski club still meeting

The 4-H Nordic Ski Club is continuing to meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sundays until March 10, despite a lack of snow. Members will participate in hikes if snow cover is not adequate.

The group is also seeking cross country skis for 20 youths. Ski sizes between 140 and 170 centimeters are needed, with 160 being the most commonly requested size. Poles and ski boots up to size 40 with NNN binding hookup are also being sought. All equipment should be in good working order.

Donations may be dropped off at the Alaska Cooperative Extension office at 3032 Vintage Blvd., Suite 104. Monetary donations may be mailed to the 4-H Nordic Ski Club, 3032 Vintage Blvd., Suite 104, Juneau, AK 99801.

For more information call 465-8749.

Food drive Monday

The Girl Scouts and Southeast Alaska Guidance Association will conduct a Day Off For Hunger A Day On For Service food drive Monday.

Girl Scouts will go door-to-door in various neighborhoods to collect non-perishable food items. Food can also be donated by bringing it to the Juneau-Douglas High School Commons between noon and 1 p.m.

For more information call 586-1710.

Aid program gets grant

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Juneau will receive a $252,00 grant over two years for renewal of their Continuum of Care program.

The agency owns and operates a 25-unit transitional housing facility for homeless families, and provides various support services to the homeless throughout Southeast Alaska. The program grant is from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Among members of the project are the AWARE shelter, Catholic Community Services, Gastineau Human Services, the Juneau Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Juneau Youth Services, the Southeast Alaska Guidance Association, The Glory Hole and the Southeast Alaska Food Bank.

Support services include housing assistance, child care, after school programs, food and nutrition services, job training, GED and ESL classes, domestic violence and substance abuse counseling, parenting groups, and assistance with medical and dental needs.

Anyone interested in the project or opportunities to serve the needy can call St. Vincent de Paul at 789-5535.



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