NEW CALENDAR ITEMS
Alaska Department of Fish & Game hunter education course - The Alaska Department of Fish & Game will hold its next hunter education course on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 18-19, at the indoor shooting range on Montana Creek Road. The course will meet from 6-9 p.m. on Feb. 18 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Feb. 19. Students must pick up a study packet, costing $10, at the shooting range or from ADF&G's Douglas office, room 210. The course covers firearms safety and handling, wildlife conservation and management, game laws and regulations, hunter ethics and hunter responsibility. Info: Alaska Department of Fish & Game, 586-4101.
Evening Masters Swimming program - The Augustus Brown pool will host a twice-weekly Evening Masters Swimming program starting Tuesday, Feb 20. The program will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m., and is designed to promote and improve the physical and mental well-being of adults age 19-over. Participants must be able to swim crawlstroke and backstroke. Info: Augustus Brown pool, 586-5325.
Today, Jan. 30
Juneau Adult Hockey Association - A fund-raising game between the Northern Lights Construction age 19-35 team and the Juneau Aces age 35-older team takes place at 2 p.m. at Treadwell Arena. The game is a fund-raiser for the Northern Lights Construction team, which will be participating in a tournament Feb. 4-6 in Watson Lake, Yukon Territory. The team also is having bake sales at the Waffle Company, will be grilling food at the game and will be having a used equipment drive with Play-It-Again Sports. Info: Blake Galvin, 780-6305.
Friday-Saturday, Feb. 4-5
Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball - The Crimson Bears host the Sitka Wolves for a pair of Southeast Conference-Class 4A games at the JDHS main gym. Tentative game times are 4:30 p.m. for C team, 6:15 p.m. for JV and 8 p.m. for varsity each night.
MEETINGS / CLINICS / ANNOUNCEMENTS
Indoor shooting range public shooting hours changing - The Alaska Department of Fish & Game's Hunter Education Facility and Indoor Shooting Range on Montana Creek Road has changed its public shooting hours. The new hours will be Monday and Tuesday, 5:30-9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1:30-7:30 p.m. Info: Indoor Shooting Range, 586-4101.
Eaglecrest Ski Area February activities - February is "Love the Snow Month" at Eaglecrest Ski Area. From Feb. 5-21, adults may enter to win a ski trip to Alyeska each time they visit the mountain. In addition to a full slate of ski and snowboard classes, special events include: "Free Your Heels" Telemark classes starting Feb. 6; Juneau Ski Club slalom races on Feb. 12; "Yes You Can!" annual women's ski workshop on Feb. 19; Nordic ski clinics on Feb. 19-21; and "Get Out of Your Rut!" adult ski workshop on Feb, 20. Info: Eaglecrest Ski School, 790-2001, or on the Web at http://www.skijuneau.com.
Gastineau Channel Little League spaghetti feed - The eighth annual Little League Spahetti Feed will be held Sunday, Jan. 30, from 3:30-6 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, 8335 Old Dairy Road. Cost is $5 per person or $15 per family. The event will include early registration for the 2005 season, All-Star Team recognition and volunteer recognition. Guests are invited to donate a dessert to the dessert auction. Info: Laurie Logsdon, 790-4768, or on the Web at http://www.eteamz.com/gcllak.
Gastineau Channel Little League on-line registration - On-line registration for the 2005 season runs through Feb. 28. Early registration rates are valid through Jan. 30. Info: GCLL, 789-9803, or on the Web at http://www.eteamz.com/gcllak.
Juneau Alpine Club monthly meeting and annual elections - Meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at the Douglas Library meeting room, located next to the Douglas Fire Station. Pizza will be served and annual elections will take place. Info: Don Larsen, 789-2036.
Yukon River Quest 2005 registration - The longest annual canoe and kayak race in the world is accepting applications for its 2005 race. The race takes place June 29 through July 3, and the 460-mile (740-kilometer) course follows the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City, Yukon Territory. The deadline for entries is May 26, 2005, and more information is available on the event's Web site at http://www.yukonriverquest.com. Last year 51 teams from around the world, including racers from Southeast Alaska, started the race and 35 teams finished. A limit of 70 teams has been set for 2005 and the race is open to tandem and solo kayaks and recreational tandem canoes and voyageur canoes (that seat 6-14 paddlers). Entry fees are $600 (Canadian) for tandem canoes and kayaks, $300 for solo kayaks and $200 per person for voyageur canoes. The total purse for the race is $15,500 (Canadian), which is distributed among the top 10 teams overall and to category winners. The first-place team receives $3,000 and an entry into the 2006 race. Info: Peter Coates (of Whitehorse), YRMPA president, by e-mail at email@example.com, or Jeff Brady (of Skagway), YRMPA vice president, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OPEN GYMS / SCRIMMAGES / ONGOING
Youth open gyms - Meet from 8-11 p.m. on Saturdays at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School gym. Youth open gyms are free for students in grades 5-12. Info: Community schools director Joyce Kitka, 463-1700, Ext. 327.
Mount Jumbo preschool open gym - Preschool open gyms for children ages 1-6 and an adult parent or caregiver take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through April. There must be at least one adult present for every four kids. There is a $1 per child fee, or punchcards for $10 and $50 can be bought at the gym, which is located at 909 4th Street in Douglas. Tricycles, mats, balls, a Little Tykes climber, building blocks and a kid-sized basketball hoop are available. Info: Myiia Whistler, Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation, 586-5226, or by e-mail at Myiia_Whistler@ci.juneau.ak.us.
Treadwell Arena schedule - An ice rink schedule is posted on the arena's Web site. Info: Treadwell Arena, 586-0410, or on the Web at http://www.juneau.org/parksrec/icerink/.
Juneau Community Schools open gyms - Basketball, volleyball and soccer open gyms for adults are available several times a week. Basketball and volleyball open gyms are held Fridays and Sundays from 7-9 p.m. at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. Soccer open gyms are held Saturdays from 6-8 p.m. at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School and Sundays from 6:45-8:45 p.m. at Floyd Dryden Middle School. The cost is $5 per session, and 10-session punchcards are available for $40 each. Info: Juneau Community Schools, 463-1717.
Recreational badminton - Auke Bay group: This group meets from 8-10 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Auke Bay Community School gym. This badminton open gym is for teens and adults of all skill levels and it costs $3 per person per night. Bring a racquet, if you have one. Info: Theresa Walden, 790-2499.