UA president to speak at event honoring scouts
University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton will be the keynote speaker at the Boy Scouts of Americas Third Annual Eagle Honors Banquet on Feb. 13 at Centennial Hall. Reservations for the event must be made by 5 p.m. today.
The event will featuring the honoring of 13 new Eagle Scouts. Seating is $30 per person, with the event beginning at 6:30 p.m.
For more information call 789-8440.
Students for college prep program sought
The Rural Alaska Honors Institute is looking for students interested in a six-week academic enrichment and college prep program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks this summer.
The program offers eight to 10 college credits. Courses are offered in Alaska Native studies, math, chemistry and computer science. The program is offered to high school juniors and seniors.
Applications are due by March 31. For more information call (800) 478-6886.
Fireside program focuses on underwater life
A Fireside Program featuring underwater slide shows and presentations is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. today at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center theater.
Local diver and underwater photographer John Lachelt will present a combined slide show and video presentation entitled "The Largest Territory in the World." Annette Smith, a student of Lachelt's, will present "Rainbows and Faces Underwater."
For more information call Dale Campbell, director of the center, at 790-7425.
Retreat at Shrine of St. Therese Feb. 16-18
A retreat focusing on "A Closer Look at the Human Jesus" is being offered at the Shrine of St. Therese Feb. 16-18.
Roger Bonneau of The National Shrine of St. Therese in Darien, Ill., will lead the event. There is a suggested donation of $100. Registration is required for all participants, paying or not, with early registration possible by sending a non-refundable $25 deposit to the Shrine of St. Therese, 5933 Lund St., Juneau, AK 99801.
For more information call 780-6112.
Library bookstore plans two-for-one sale
The Friends of the Juneau Public Library Amazing Bookstore will hold a Double Days Sale, with the store providing credit equal to customer purchases, Feb. 13-15 at the Airport Shopping Center.
The store is a nonprofit organization which provides funds for library purchases. For more information call 789-7582.
St. Ann's conducts food drive for Humane Society
A food drive for animals at the Gastineau Humane Society is being conducted this month by the staff and residents of St. Ann's Care Center.
Those interested in donating are asked to call Cathy or Rosemary at 586-3883, ext. 425, or visit the center at 415 6th Street. A donation box is located at the center.
State focuses on alcohol dangers at pregnancy
State officials are spearheading a letter-writing campaign to persuade pharmaceutical companies to add an alcohol warning to home pregnancy tests.
The warning would inform women of the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Even one binge drinking episode during pregnancy can result in learning disabilities for the child, according to the state Department of Health and Social Services' Office of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
"Your letter or e-mail of support should include your story of raising or caring for a child who has challenges resulting from binge episodes and how important it is for a woman to know early in the pregnancy about the dangers of alcohol to the fetus," according to a press release from the office.
Letters should be addressed to "to whom it may concern" and sent to True North Consulting, 16935 Park Place, Suite 4, Eagle River, AK 99577. Letters may also be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
City task force for alcohol issues named
A 10-member city Task Force on Sobriety has been named and will begin meeting this month.
Members of the task force are Cindy Cashen of Mothers Against Drunk Driving; Joe Thomas Sr. of the Alcohol Beverage Control Board; Ethan Billings, co-owner of Marlintinis; Pam Watts of the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse; Dr. Aric Ludwig of Juneau Recovery Unit and Emergency Room Care; Greg Pease of Gastineau Human Services; Judge Peter Froehlich of the youth courst and judicial system; Del Smith, deputy commissioner of the state Department of Public Safety; Sgt. Steve Hernandez of the Juneau Police Department; and Matt Felix of the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Disease.