Neighbors Briefs

Posted: Friday, January 17, 2003

Book discussion group to meet

The Juneau Public Libraries would like to invite people to join a book discussion group, which will be a prelude to welcoming author Megan Whalen Turner to Juneau in March.

Megan Whalen Turner writes fantasy for young adults and adults. Her first book, "Instead of Three Wishes," is a collection of seven stories. Her second book, "The Thief" and third book, "The Queen of Attolia" are novels of wit and adventure and the recipients of numerous awards, including a Newbery Honor in 1997.

"The Thief" is a story of gifted young Eugenides who, imprisoned for life, is offered a chance to win his freedom with a daring attempt to obtain an ancient treasure of much value. Intrigue and adventure are interwoven with mythological stories of the three countries of Eddis, Sounis and Attolia. Multiple copies of "The Thief" and "The Queen of Attolia" are available at the library for borrowing. The book discussion group will be held at 7 p.m. at the Valley Library on Feb. 27. Megan Whalen Turner will be at the downtown library at 7 p.m. on March 9, for a reception and presentation.

For more information, please contact Carol Race at 586-0434 or

Live radio celebration set

KTOO-FM's annual celebration of live radio, LIVE DAY, is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 25. Performers who are interested in taking part are encouraged to call Jeff Brown at KTOO, 586-1670.

Coast Guard Auxiliary reorganizes

The 17th District, U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the civilian arm of the United States Coast Guard in Alaska, has undergone its first major reorganization since 1975 and elected new leaders for 2003-2004. On Jan. 1, the Auxiliary, which encompasses about 400 members in 13 Alaska communities, divide its current Division 2 in SouthcentralAlaska in half, chartering a new Division 3.

"The creation of the third division will provide more leadership opportunities for the members and an additional voice on the Auxiliary District Board," said Commodore-elect Gary Taylor, a member of the Anchorage Flotilla.

one of the flotillas that will be a part of the new division, served the past two years as district vice commodore. An Auxiliary volunteer for 22 years, Taylor succeeds Commodore Craig Forrest of Homer.

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