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Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Donation to Catholic Community Services

The Glacier Valley, Alaska Native Sisterhood, Camp No. 70, is pleased to announce that the members met on Jan. 3 and donated $1,000 to Catholic Community Services to assist them in their work. ANS Camp No. 70 especially would like to recognize Catholic Community Services programs that benefit Alaska Natives and are open to all community members in Southeast Alaska. CCS provides services to seniors by operating an adult day program, care coordination, chore and homemaker services, door-to-door transportation services, in-home counseling and the Meals on Wheels program and other needed senior services. CCS operates the Hospice and Home Care of Juneau that provides many services to patients at the end of life and their families. CCS offers child care and family resource programs such as child care assistance, child advocacy, healthy families programs and parenting classes and Parents Anonymous for child care for parents who need a break from their children, and many other services for children and families.

Glacier Valley ANS Camp No. 70 fundraises throughout the year. As money is available, upon the vote of the membership, we donate to organizations that benefit Alaska Native people and that otherwise fit the donation policy criteria. ANS Camp No. 70 welcomes new members and meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority conference room at 5446 Jenkins Drive in the Lemon Creek area. ANS Camp No. 70 gratefully acknowledges THRHA for the gratis use of this meeting space on a regular basis.

Freda Westman, Secretary

Glacier Valley ANS Camp No. 70

Red Cross benefit

The American Red Cross of Alaska invites everyone aboard a slow boat to China for the second annual Red Cross Ball, 7:30 p.m., Saturday Jan. 22, at Centennial Hall in Juneau. Sponsored by the North West Cruiseship Association, this year's theme, "A Night in Shanghai," features music and dancing to Ron Maas' Thunder Mountain Big Band, with vocalist Vicki Van Fleet. There will be a silent auction and a light supper of elegant hors d'oeuvres. Raffle tickets for a Royal Caribbean Cruise for two will be available throughout the evening, and surprise entertainment will precede the drawing of the winning ticket. Additional Southeast travel package getaways will be offered at out-cry auction.

$45 advance tickets are available at Hearthside Books, and the Red Cross offices. Prices slightly higher at the door. For information on reserving tables or credit card ticket purchases, call Kristine at 463-5713.

Cultural knowledge in the schools

A community meeting with public, university and Alaska Native educators will take place from 4 to 5:15 p.m., on Jan. 20, in the main conference room at the downtown library. The purpose of this meeting is to enhance the network of knowledge being built around Native arts, storytelling, crafts, oratory, dancing and other forms of education in the Alaska Native worldview, and to increase tolerance and respect for Alaska Native cultures and other cultures in Alaska. Please come with ideas, comments and a willingness to meet people interested in incorporating Native cultural knowledge in the schools. Please RSVP, and if you have any questions, call Ishmael Hope, director of community outreach at Perseverance Theatre at 364-2421, extension 226.

Saturday Market vendors sought

Community Schools is hosting a Saturday Market from 8 a.m. to noon, on Saturday Jan. 22, at Juneau-Douglas High School. Individuals and groups are encouraged to rent a booth space and sell their goods. Booth space rental is $20. Community Schools will provide a table and two chairs per rental space. Call Community Schools at 463-1717.

Coalition marks Roe v. Wade decision

The Juneau Pro-Choice Coalition invites the Juneau community to a reception, march and rally for reproductive freedom on Jan. 22, in honor of Roe v. Wade, the Jan. 22 1973, U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

The reception will be held at 3 p.m. in the Silverbow Bakery's Backroom, where Anna Franks, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Alaska, will address participants. She will be followed by the annual raffle drawing for prizes donated to benefit Planned Parenthood of Alaska Juneau clinic. After the drawing, participants will march on the Capitol where Anchorage attorney Joyce Bamberger will address the rally from the Capitol steps. Bamberger and Franks will speak of the increasing attacks on women's reproductive rights by President Bush, the U.S. Congress and the State of Alaska's legislature, including the state-sponsored anti-abortion Web site.

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in 1973 provided that a woman's right to privacy protected her right to terminate her pregnancy, and that personal decision is not subject to interference by state or federal law. Prior to that decision, each year an estimated 1.2 million women in the U.S. resorted to unsafe, illegal abortion procedures with as many as 5000 women dying annually as a result of botched abortions.

The JPCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to public education and the promotion of safe, affordable, and confidential reproductive healthcare.

For further information, contact JPCC at 463-1548 or visit our Web site at

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