Sports in Juneau

Posted: Thursday, January 22, 2004

UPCOMING EVENTS

Today, Jan. 22

• Middle school wrestling - Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School vs. Floyd Dryden Middle School, varsity 3:30-5:30 p.m., JV 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Floyd Dryden Middle School.

• Juneau Alpine Club - Auke Rec Tidal Exploration, this is a low-challenge event designed for families. Meet at 6 p.m. at the Auke Recreation Area to explore the tidal zone during an extreme low tide (minus-4 feet at 7:44 p.m.). A shelter may be rented for a fire and picnic, so call the group leader for more details. Info: Barb Turley, 789-7058.

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 24-25

• Juneau Ski Club - USSA Ptarmigan Race Series Super giant slalom races, lifts open 9:30 a.m., racing starts about 10 a.m. at Eaglecrest Ski Area. Saturday is for training with racing on Sunday. Also, on Sunday there is a Youth (age 12-younger) Ski League Series giant slalom race. Info: Juneau Ski Club race hotline, 790-RACE (790-7223); Eaglecrest Ski Area, 586-5284 downtown office, or 790-2001 on the mountain.

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MEETINGS / CLINICS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Raincountry Flyfishers monthly meeting - Meet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22, at the home of John Lyman near the end of Fritz Cove Road (there is about a half-mile walk to the house from the end of the road and rubber boots are advised). This month's meeting will feature the art of bamboo fly rod construction and Lyman will show off a number of rods in various stages of construction. Info: Tony Soltys, 789-9159, or Steve Martin, 790-2206.

• Juneau Tornadoes Youth Wrestling - Registration for the new season opened Jan. 17 and continues through Feb. 21. The Tornadoes youth wrestling club teaches wrestling skills in a fun and safe environment, and new wrestlers are welcome. The season begins on Feb. 2 and continues through April 28 on Monday and Wednesday evenings at the Juneau Gymnastics Academy. Practices are from 6-7 p.m. for ages 5-12, and from 7-8:30 p.m. for ages 12-18. Registration fee is $60 before Feb. 2 and $65 after. Info: Joe Paddock, 789-8484, or Bob Koenitzer, 789-0874.

• Juneau Ski Patrol - 2004 Level I Avalanche Course - This 22-hour course meets the curriculum standards of the American Avalanche Association. It teaches students how to recognize and evaluate important factors that may cause snow avalanches, and covers the fundamentals of self, group and organized rescue. It is required for all members of the Juneau Ski Patrol, and is open to other search and rescue organizations and government agencies. There will three three-hour evening classroom sessions on Jan. 27, 28 and 29; and two days of field sessions at Eaglecrest - either Jan. 31-Feb 1 or Feb. 3-4. Space is limited to 25 students; cost is $75, including texts. Info: Bob Janes, 364-2471.

• 2004 Nordic Ski Workshop - The Juneau Nordic Ski Club and Eaglecrest Ski School will cohost this popular nordic ski clinic that takes place on Feb. 6-8 at Eaglecrest Ski Area. This year's guest instructor is former U.S. Ski Team member and top college skier/coach Alan Watson of Salt Lake City. The course opens on Friday, Feb. 6, with an advanced classical course from 9 a.m. to noon and an advanced freestyle/skating class from 1-4 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 7, novice skiers (skiers should be comfortable moving about on skis) can take a classical lesson from 9-10:30 a.m. with a freestyle/skating class from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. An intermediate/advanced classical class takes place from 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, Feb. 8, there is another intermediate/advanced classical class from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by an intermediate/advanced freestyle/skating session from 1-4 p.m. Juneau Nordic Ski Club members will be given exclusive rights to register through Thursday, Jan. 22, after which the classes will be opened to the general public. Classes are limited to 10 skiers each and the price is $25 for a 1 1/2-hour class and $35 for a 3-hour class. An all-day Friday special is $60. There will be a free ski waxing clinic from 6-7:30 p.m. on Saturday night, Feb. 7, at a venue TBA. Info: Jeffra Clough of Eaglecrest Ski School, 790-2001, or Bart Watson of the Juneau Nordic Ski Club, 586-4139.

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OPEN GYMS / SCRIMMAGES / ONGOING

• Mount Jumbo Gym preschool open gym - This Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation program is open from 10:30 a.m. to noon every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 909 Fourth Street in Douglas for children ages 1-6 and their parents or caregivers. A ratio of four children to one adult must be met. Balls, mats, trikes, scooters, large building blocks, parachutes and a Little Tykes climber system will be available for use. There is a $1 per child per day charge (please no bills larger than $20). Punchcards are available. Info: Myiia Whistler, 586-5226, or by e-mail at Myiia_Whistler@ci.juneau.ak.us.

• Zach Gordon Youth Center climbing wall - Climbing wall hours are 3-7 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and 3-9 p.m. on Fridays. The climbing wall can be used by people of all ages. Climbers age 20-younger climb free, while adults 21-older pay $5 to use the wall. Youth-adult interaction is encouraged, so an adult climbing with a youth pays no fee. Private rental times are available for $25 per hour. Info and scheduling: Zach Gordon Youth Center, 586-2635.

• Treadwell Arena programs - The ice arena is open seven days a week with a variety of public open skates, youth open skates, pond hockey and rental times available (see Treadwell Arena Web site for details). The rink is closed for ice maintenance from 7:45-10:45 a.m. on Mondays and from 7:45 a.m. to noon on Fridays. Fees for open skates are $4 adults, $3 youths (age 17-younger) and $2 seniors (age 65-older). Fees for pond hockey are $5 adults, $4 youths and $3 seniors. Skate rental is $2 for adults and youths, and $1.90 for seniors. Passes are available for open skates, pond hockey and skate rental. Facility rental is $150 an hour. Info: Treadwell Arena, 586-0410, or check on the Web at http://www.juneau.org/parksrec/icerink/.

• Juneau 4-H Cross-Country Ski Club - Regular ski sessions will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Sundays through March 7, 2004, at various locations around Juneau. The club is run by Odin Brudie and Frankie Pillifant and is open for students in grades K-12, but parents are encouraged to ski with their children. Ski equipment is available for rent, but people renting equipment must participate in most of the club's events. A 4-H membership fee of $6 (good all year for all 4-H clubs) will be charged, and ski equipment can be rented for the season for $50 (with $20 refunded if you participate in seven 4-H ski days, scholarships available based on need). Info: Odin Brudie and Frankie Pillifant, 586-1453, or the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service, 465-8749.

• Open badminton gyms - Meet from 8-10 p.m. on Mondays and 7-10 p.m. on Thursdays at the Auke Bay Elementary School gym, or from 7- 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Gastineau Elementary School gym in Douglas. Auke Bay gyms open to adults and teens; Gastineau gyms open to all ages. $3 fee per session. All abilities welcomed, bring a racquet if you own one. Info: Auke Bay: Theresa Walden, 790-2499; Gastineau: Jag Yellesetty, 586-3598 or jagdishy@comcast.net.

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