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Neighbors Digest

Posted: Friday, January 30, 2004

Parks and rec to accept shelter reservations Feb. 2

The city Parks and Recreation Department will begin taking reservations for shelters at Cope Park, Marine Park Pavilion, Riverside Rotary, Sandy Beach and Twin Lakes beginning Monday, Feb. 2.

Shelters will be available for rent from Friday, April 16, through Sunday, Sept. 19. Until after Feb. 6, reservations may only be made in person - no fax or mail requests will be accepted. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 586-5226.

Local Girl Scout selected for national committee

Anna Branch, a Senior Girl Scout with the Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council, was selected to serve on a national Girl Scout advisory committee called By Girls For Girls. She is the only Girl Scout named to the committee representing Alaska.

Branch is a freshman at Juneau-Douglas High School and has been involved in Girl Scouts for eight years.

Branch applied for the position because she wanted the opportunity to make the Girl Scout program more contemporary and appealing to older girls. Her commitment to serve includes several week-long meetings in Washington, D.C., and New York City, community assessment and performing in an advisory capacity.

Nationwide competition was keen for the seven committee positions available and is comprised of 16 Girl Scouts from all over the United States. The advisory committee is dedicated to helping serve older girls in a variety of new ways. Especially targeted is the new Studio 2B program, a program just for girls 11-years-old and older. Studio 2B is a complete and age-appropriate program for cutting-edge subject matter augmenting the traditional Girl Scout program.

Native youth leadership pageant seeks contestants

The Miss Tlingit Haida Youth Leadership Pageant 2004 is seeking contestants with knowledge of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments, culture, history, traditional customs and practices.

Contestants must be able to demonstrate their understanding of the concerns and interests of Natives on past, present, and future issues. They must have a strong history of scholastic achievement, demonstrate good communication skills, present themselves with poise and confidence and possess a friendly personality.

The Miss Tlingit and Haida Youth Leader will be selected in a process that includes a written essay, an interview, general observations of conduct and pageant activities. The pageant and judging will take place April 15 to 17 during the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Delegate Convention in Juneau. The contestant who wins Miss Tlingit Haida receives a scholarship of $2,000 and will compete in Miss National Congress of American Indians. First runner-up will receive a $1,500 scholarship, and the second runner-up gets a $1,000 scholarship.

Those interested need to be between the ages of 17 and 25 on or before April 1. To qualify, contestants must be an enrolled member of a Southeast Alaska Native tribe or a member of the Tlingit and Haida Central Council. The pageant is open to high school seniors, full-time college students or vocational training students.

Submit applications by March 15 to Tlingit and Haida Central Council, Miss Tlingit and Haida Youth Leadership Pageant, attention: Jackie Tagaban, pageant coordinator, 320 W. Willoughby Ave., suite 300, Juneau, AK 99801.

Openings now available at Juneau Co-op Nursery School

The Juneau Co-op Nursery School has immediate openings on Wednesday for children 18 months to 3 years old.

This parent-run nursery school is located in the downstairs nursery room of the Northern Lights Church at 400 11th St. The nursery school uses the preschool's climbing room, outdoor playground and the church's large upstairs room.

Six children attend from 9:30 to noon each weekday morning. For each day, there is also a designated substitute who can attend whenever a child is absent.

Semester tuition (through May) for a child to attend once a week is $40 for a regular slot or $20 for a substitute slot. Two parents work each day, so each parent works about once every three weeks. Each parent is also assigned a volunteer job and one seasonal cleanup session. Parents should not expect the nursery to be dependable child care. For registration information, call Kari Robinson at 789-5222 or Jackie Campbell at 364-2128.

Juneau Family Birth Center receives $10,000 donation

The Juneau Family Birth Center announced it has received a gift of $10,000 from the Skaggs Foundation. This generous contribution will bring added leverage to the organization's goal of constructing a new multi-use facility for families in Juneau.

This new center will not only meet a critical need in Juneau, but it will also serve families in smaller communities throughout Southeast Alaska who are without access to many health and social services.

It is the goal of the Strength in Families Project to provide one location for family health, social and educational services. These services will be uniquely preventative, family-centered, culturally respectful and based on a midwifery model of care (officially endorsed by the American Public Health Association in 2001).

In addition, this center will provide shared space for nonprofit agencies working on behalf of families and children.

4-H Shooting Sports program starts Feb. 10

The 4-H Shooting Sports program will run for nine Tuesdays starting at 7 p.m., Feb. 10, at the Juneau Gun Club on Montana Creek.

The program will be led by Tammy Kramer. The cost for the nine-week course will be $50. To enroll in the club, call Tammy Kramer at 790-7273.

Before shooting, the leaders will take each youth through a safety program and training on how to hit clays. The club is limited to 10 members who must be 11-years-old or older to attend.



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