Neighbors Digest

Posted: Friday, January 19, 2007

Bowl for Kids' Sake kickoff on Saturday

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Juneau announces the kickoff event for the 27th Annual Bowl For Kids' Sake from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Nugget Mall. Come and sign up your bowling team.

For more information call, Amy Skilbred at 586-3350 or visit and click on the Bowl For Kids' Sake link.

Community forums on education start Jan. 24

The Juneau School District Advisory Committee will meet to examine best practices from 6-8:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at Tlingit and Haida Regional Vocational Training and Resource Center. The purpose of the first round of community forums is to gather input from community members on what they would like education to be for the students in Juneau. This feedback will then be used by the Advisory Committee to select appropriate, best practice, research based high school programs.

The Next Generation public forums for the first round will be as follows: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Filipino Hall; 6-8 p.m. Jan. 23 at the valley library; 5-7 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall; 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at Juneau Community Charter School; 5:15-7:15 p.m. Feb. 5 at YaaKoosge Daakahidi High School;6-8 p.m. Feb. 5 at Floyd Dryden Middle School; 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Juneau-Douglas High School; 5-7 p.m. Feb. 7 at Glacier Valley Elementary School; 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Auke Bay Elementary School; 5-7 p.m. Feb. 12 Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School; 5-7 p.m. Feb. 12 at Gastineau Elementary School; 5-7 p.m. Feb. 12 at Harborview Elementary School; 6-8 p.m. Feb. 12 at Mendenhall River Elementary School; and 6-8 p.m. Feb. 12 at Riverbend Elementary School.

The Next Generation public forums for the first round will be as follows: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. March 19 in the Centennial Hall, Egan Room; 3 p.m.-8 p.m. March 20 at the Douglas library; and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. March 22 at the valley library.

The purpose of the second round of forums will be to present and receive input on several programs that have been selected, based on research and community input from the first forums. This round of forums will be scheduled during the week of March 19 as "open times" for the public to stop in when it's convenient.

FASD conference for region starts Jan. 25

Northern Light United Church, along with a number of other community and state organizations are sponsoring a free Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder regional conference from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 25 and 26, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Centennial Hall. A public reception will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25.

National and state leaders in the field of FASD prevention and intervention will be speaking and presenting workshops. The conference is a chance for locals, parents, teachers, students, care-givers, pastors or any community member to better understand FASD and intervention strategies that work.

For more information, contact K.J. Metcalf at 586-6738.

Diabetes Support Group hosts speaker

The Juneau Diabetes Support Group will host guest speaker Dr. Robert Weldy Jr. from 7-9 p.m. on Feb. 13, in the SEARHC-WIC classroom (first floor of SEARHC Dental Building) as part of its "Learning to Live Healthy With Diabetes" series.

Dr. Weldy is a licensed marriage and family therapist and was the Behavioral Health Department director for the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Juneau Medical Center. His talk is titled "Diabetes and Your Mental Well-Being: Staying Healthy ABOVE the Brow." He will discuss a possible link between depression and diabetes, how to decrease depressive moods and how to create a family focus for better health.

For more information, contact SEARHC community/diabetes dietitian Christy Wallace at 364-4457 or at The meeting will be co-facilitated by Emma Widmark, retired home economist for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service.

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