Neighbors Digest

Posted: Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Republican dinner

Juneau's Capital City Republicans will hold their annual Lincoln Day Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at Centennial Hall. The keynote speaker will be California State Senator Tom McClintock.

Sen. McClintock ran for Governor in the historic California recall election in October. A well-respected Republican leader known for his unyielding honesty and independence, McClintock received more than one million votes in the recall election that removed Democrat Gray Davis and installed Arnold Schwarzenegger as Governor of California.

The Lincoln Day Dinner program includes the keynote address, a tribute to Ronald Reagan on the occasion of his 93rd birthday (Feb. 6) and a silent auction. For tickets, call 364-2219 or visit www.capitalcityrepublicans.org/ldd.

Swim club fund raiser

The Glacier Swim Club will kick off its annual Aqua Laps fund-raiser on Feb. 12. The swimmers will be collecting pledges through April 4 when Aqua Laps takes place. Athletes will swim between 50 and 200 laps, according to their ability, within two hours.

The money earned will be used for coaches' salaries, pool facilities, swim meet expenses, and equipment.

The Glacier Swim Club is a nonprofit organization offering a year-round swimming program for boys and girls ages 6 to 18. The participants learn correct swimming techniques, gain physical endurance, develop team spirit and sportsmanship. The swimmers represent Juneau in competition throughout Alaska.

Donations made to the club are tax-deductible. For more information about the fundraiser, call JoAnne Klein at 789-4850.

Children's dental-health fair

The SEARCH 14th annual Children's Dental Health Fair will be held Feb. 11. Each year this event gives children ages five and under an opportunity to tour the Dental Clinic. Our goal is to create an atmosphere that is fun and stress-fee. The Dental Clinic staff provides entertainment, such as songs and skits, and tours of the Clinic include an introduction to common dental instruments. Children can "meet the dentist," and get a healthy snack and drink. Based on previous years, we expect about 150 children.

Our theme for this year's event is "Have a Whale of a Smile!" The Clinic will be decorated with "under the sea" decorations, and the children will have their pictures taken to record the day.

There are no movies budgeted for the Health Fair, which forces the staff to be generous with their time and resources. We hope to give special OralB "Stages" toothbrushes, toothpaste and a small toy to each child. We will also provide a snack, consisting of a piece of fruit, a cheese stick and a small bottled water.

SEARHC is at 3245 Hospital Drive, and can be contacted by calling 463-4000.

Bereavement support group

Hospice & Home Care of Juneau is offering a six-week bereavement support group for any adult who has experienced a loss through death in the past two years. The group will meet Monday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. beginning on Feb. 16.

Grief counselors Jamie McLean and Mary Cook will facilitate the group. Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. There is a suggested donation of $50 for this group. Participants must pre-register by Feb. 13. Please call 463-6109 or 463-6134 for more information.

Boys and Girls Club receives grant

The Boys & Girls Club of Juneau received a community grant totaling $1,689.23 at the start of the New Year from the Juneau Fred Meyer Foundation Advisory Committee. The contributed funds will be used for scholarships for eighteen youth as well as to purchase after school and summer snacks for youth members.

Without the support of the local community, the Boys and Girls Club of Juneau would not be able to provide "the positive place for kids and teens." The Club would like to extend a big thank you to the local Fred Meyer Advisory Committee for selecting the Juneau Clubhouse as the recipient of the annual Employee Giving Campaign and Fred Meyer customers through their contributions made in the Make Change Count coin boxes and scan cards at the check stands.

The Boys and Girls Club of Juneau is at 8825 Mallard Street (behind the Nugget Mall). Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. during the school year and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the summer. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Williams, director, at (907) 790-4535 or ewilliams@bgcalaska.org.



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