Neighbors briefs

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2002

Alzheimer's Agency to hold education and support group

The Alzheimer's Resource Agency will hold an education and support group the last Tuesday of each month beginning Jan. 29.

The group will meet at the Juneau Empire building, 3100 Channel Drive, in the third floor conference room; an elevator is available. The time is 6 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

The program on Jan. 29 is "Stages of Alzheimer's Disease." The program on Feb. 26 is "Identifying Depression with Dementia." The program given March 26 is "Activities for Persons with Alzheimer's Disease." Those who wish to attend the educational portion of the meeting may attend the first half hour only. Those wishing to attend the support through may come from 6:30 to 7 p.m. only. The meetings will continue through 2002.

Please register by calling 586-6044.

UAS to host women, wellness conference

The Seventh Annual Women and Wellness Conference, "Mind, Body, Heart and Soul" will take place Jan. 25 at Harrigan Centennial Hall and Jan. 26 at UAS Sitka Campus from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The conference offers a holistic approach to women's health, connecting the mind, body and spirit. Dr. Lisa Fitzwilliams, the featured keynote presenter, will speak on becoming a well woman. In addition to a variety of presentations, the conference includes a luncheon program with local women poets and guest poet Dana Wildsmith, Jan. 25; a special track geared for girls ages 10-18 and their mothers, Jan. 26; exhibits and door prizes; on-site childcare; and refreshments.

The conference is sponsored by UAS-Sitka and SEARHC and will offer both continuing education and academic credit. A special rate for students and seniors is available, and girls ages 10-18 are free but must pre-register. Scholarships are also available. For details, call Jennifer Balda, 747-7733 or Liz Terry, 966-8735.

Gardening class offered

Do you have a gardening question? Call a Master Gardener. Better yet, become a Master Gardener. This year's Master Gardener class will start Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Floyd Dryden School and run for three weeks. The class is limited to the first 25 gardeners to sign up. It will be taught Jan. 28 and 30, and continue Feb. 11, 14, 16, 18, 20 and 23. Monday and Wednesday classes are from 7 to 10 p.m., and Saturday classes are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students must attend at least 33 hours of the class in order to graduate.

To become a Master Gardener, a gardener must have gardened at least two years in Southeast Alaska. The class covers botany, soils, composting, fruits and berries, lawns, pesticides, landscaping, pruning, shrubs, flowers, vegetables, greenhouses, houseplants, insects and diseases.

The class is taught by District Extension agent Jim Douglas and a number of Master Gardeners from previous classes. This year the Master Gardener class will cost $60. The increase in cost covers the Alaska Gardeners Manual and a complete set of lecture notes. Gardeners who take the class will have a 40 hour obligation to donate time back to the community. Some Master Gardeners will teach in schools, help with gardening classes, work with neighborhood gardens, help with the new community garden in the Auke Rec area, and all will be donating at least 10 hours of time to help with the Alaska Gardening Conference to be held in Juneau May 3 and 4, 2002. To enroll in the program call Alaska Cooperative Extension Service at 465-8749.

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