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Posted: Friday, January 21, 2005

Historical society to hold meeting

The Gastineau Channel Historical Society will hold its January meeting at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Juneau Senior Center.

A program commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Alaska Constitutional Convention will be presented by George Rogers. He will discuss the premise that many things contributed to this being the right time in history for the drafting and approval of the state's constitution and Alaska's becoming the 49th state.

The public is invited, and refreshments will be served. For further information, call President June Hall at 586-6790, or Marie Darlin at 586-3637.

Tennison retirement party set for Jan. 25

Centennial Hall manager Dayle Tennison is retiring after 20 years of service.

The public is invited to join the Parks and Recreation Department staff in sending off Dayle and to thank her for her years of service to the community of Juneau. Her retirement reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the Egan Room in Centennial Hall.

For further information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 586-5226.

Learn to Ski Weekend to be held Jan. 29-30

The Eaglecrest Snowsports School will hold the 24th annual Learn to Ski Weekend on Jan. 29-30 at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

The Learn to Ski Weekend is for children in third through fifth grades who have never skied before. A drawing will be held to select the 45 participants.

Application forms are available at all elementary schools, Foggy Mountain Shop, Nugget Alaskan Outfitter, Play It Again Sports, Eaglecrest Snowsports School and the Eaglecrest Business Office.

Completed applications must be returned by 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25 to the Elementary School office or the Eaglecrest Business Office. Winners will be announced Wednesday, Jan. 26 on KINY's Capital Chat.

4th graders want to learn about Alaska

The fourth grade class Gifford Grade School in Gifford, Ill., is studying the United States and would like to enlist Juneau's help.

Send postcards or letters telling the students about Alaska. Send the information to: Fourth Grade U.S.A. Project, Gifford Grade School No. 188, P.O. Box 70, Gifford, IL 61847-0070.

Gardeners to host statewide conference

The Central Peninsula Master Gardeners are already thinking spring. This year the group will host a statewide garden conference designed for anyone interested in gardening.

The conference will be held Feb. 11-12 at the Kenai Peninsula College. It will cost $50 to attend both days of the conference, $20 for Friday and $40 for Saturday.

Following is a list of speakers and topics: Suzanne and Sandy Williams, "Growing Fabulous Veggies in Alaska"; Jeff Smeek, "Organic Growing and Odd Ball Marketing"; Roseann Leiner, "Growing Gourmet Baby Greens"; Bill Campbell, "Potatoes, Varieties for All Occasions"; Verna Pratt, "Germinating Native Plants for the Home Garden"; Diana Reeck, "Shade Plants, Dwarf Conifers and Seeds in the Wild"; Julie Riley, "Growing and Enjoying Herbs"; Dan Elliott, "Growing Great Apples and Varieties to Enjoy"; Teena Garay, "Shade Plants for Alaska"; Rita Jo Shoultz, "Outstanding Plant Combinations"; and Janice Chumley, "Garden Invasives Not to Plant."

There will be time for questions and answers as well as a host of vendors.

Contact Rosemary Kimball for additional information regarding the conference, registration forms or vendor space at or (907) 260-6187. Information is also available at ~gardener/.

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