Staff reports

Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Learning to quill at the city museum

Learn the art of quilling in a workshop to be held Saturday, Jan. 29, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

The art of rolling and shaping narrow strips of paper into coils that are bent, shaped and then assembled into beautiful designs, quilling has been a major craft for hundreds of years. Also known as paper filigree, quilling is believed to have been around for up to 500 years. The art form derives its name from the instruments that the paper was once wrapped around in order to gain its form - porcupine quills. The stylistic elements of quilling are quite similar to that of metal filigree. However, the workability and easy accessibility of materials for quilling made this craft much more realistic for ladies of the 18th and 19th century, when quilling reached its height of popularity, becoming a fashionable hobby.

Quilling began to lose popularity in the mid-19th century, only to be resurrected recently. Now you can become part of this historic craft form by taking the Art of Quilling Class at the city museum. Back by popular demand, instructor Anne Castle will teach participants to make an elegant piece of quilling, suitable for framing. The class is for ages nine and older, with adults and children welcome. Class size is limited, and preregistration and pre-payment are required.

The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is at 4th and Main streets and is a program of the Juneau Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, call 586-3572.

Coast Guard grants

The Coast Guard Women's Association is currently accepting applications from local non-profit organizations in need of grants. Interested parties should visit or contact Debbie Meyer at 789-4843 for an application. All applications must be returned via United States Postal Service to CGWA of Juneau, P.O. Box 35121, Juneau, AK 99803 and postmarked by Monday, March 7, 2005. To ensure fairness in meeting the application deadline, no hand deliveries will be accepted.

Kerry Lansing

Coast Guard Women's Association

Gavel-to-gavel report

"Gavel-to-Gavel Alaska," a statewide cable television channel and Internet webcasting service, started its 10th year of Legislative broadcasts this week. The service will beam coverage of legislative sessions and committee meetings, news conferences and other important events of state government live into most Alaskan homes, schools and offices.

Gavel to Gavel Alaska is produced by KTOO-TV in Juneau. It will air Gov. Murkowski's State of the State address, expected to be delivered to a joint session of the Legislature today at 7 p.m.

Throughout the session, cameras in the state capitol will televise unedited, start-to-finish coverage of House and Senate floor sessions, key committee hearings, news conferences and other state government activity.

The cable television service is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. each weekday, with expanded coverage when legislative activity warrants. The City & Borough of Juneau has once again provided a major grant to support the coverage. ACS provides the Internet webcasting service. GCI Cable and several other cable systems are providing cable channels on 37 cable systems in the state.

KTOO is raising private sector funds to round out the $557,000 budget for the project. In addition to the City & Borough of Juneau, sponsors as of early January include ACS, GCI, the University of Alaska, AT&T Alascom, ConocoPhillips Alaska, the Alaska Association of School Boards, West Group, NEA-Alaska, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1547, the Alaska Power Association, Bartlett Regional Hospital, Alaska USA, the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, the Juneau Chamber of Commerce, Wostmann and Associates, AARP, the Juneau Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Alaska Conference of Mayors and The Alaska Committee.

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