Neighbors Digest

Posted: Friday, February 06, 2004

Hunters need to turn in new permit

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game would like to remind hunters to drop off or mail in their Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge waterfowl permit report to its Douglas office.

This is the first year hunters have had to complete this permit report. The information from this report will allow Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists to gather data on the importance of the refuge to duck hunters. The permit needs to be turned in as soon as possible.

Jazz pianist to hold cabaret workshop

Juneau Jazz & Classics will present special guest teacher and jazz pianist Barney McClure for a Winter Cabaret Workshop on Feb. 29 through March 4 at the Mountainview Senior Center.

The workshop is an opportunity for local singers to learn to arrange and present a vocal performance with Barney McClure, a professional jazz pianist now residing in Fairbanks.

Five days of workshop training includes learning microphone techniques and bandstand protocol, selecting material that best showcases the singer's voice and constructing an arrangement that makes the vocalist's interpretation uniquely their own. The audience of friends, neighbors, family and music enthusiasts will be amazed at the degree of quality and fun their hometown performers will produce.

Workshop participants will perform live at a benefit event for Juneau Jazz & Classics, Swingin' in the Rain on Friday, March 5.

Space is limited. To register, call 463-3378 or visit www.jazzandclassics.org.

Boy Scouts to hold 2nd annual auction

The Southeast Alaska Area Council Boy Scouts of America will hold its second annual charity auction on Friday, Feb. 13, at the Juneau Yacht Club.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks will be served. A no-host bar will also be available.

Auction items include a cruise to Mexico, airline tickets, local tours, Mount Roberts Tramway passes, art, sporting goods, a JRC membership, a fishing charter and more.

Tickets are available at the Boy Scout office at 9220 Lee Smith Drive or at Hearthside Books. For more information, call 789-8440 or e-mail seacbsa@alaska.com.

Alaska Scottish Rite Masons honored

Scottish Rite Masons from across Alaska were recently honored in ceremonies held in Juneau.

The Scottish Rite Supreme Council, based in Washington, D.C., conferred honors on 20 of its Alaska members in recognition of their work within Masonic organizations and in their communities. The honorees included Mike Race, Russ Shivers, Bob Cartmill and Dan McCrummen of Juneau; and Ken Stedman and Lloyd Hames of Sitka.

Local Masonic organizations include the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Shrine Club, Order of the Eastern Star and the International Order of Rainbow for Girls. These organizations award of over $30,000 annually in scholarships and recently purchased a Newborn Hearing Screening Device for Bartlett Regional Hospital in addition to continuing to support Shrine Children's hospitals.

Tourism association to host conference

The Alaska Wilderness Recreation and Tourism Association will host its 11th annual Ecotourism Conference on March 1-3 in Sitka at the Harrigan Centennial Hall.

The conference theme is "Still Wild at 40: Celebrating 40 Years of the Wilderness Act." The conference will highlight ways that eco-tourism links business, community and conservation. For registration and conference information, call (907) 258-3171 or visit the AWRTA Web site at www.awrta.org.

Applications available for memorial

Applications are available for those who want to add names of local commercial fishermen to the Alaska Commercial Fisherman's Memorial in Juneau.

The memorial must receive applications and full payment by April 15. The names will be engraved on the memorial just before this year's Blessing of the Fleet and Dedication of Names, which will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 1.

For more information, call Bruce Weyhrauch at (907) 463-5566.



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