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Sports in Juneau

Posted: Sunday, February 13, 2005

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday-Monday, Feb. 19-21

• Juneau Alpine Club - Eagle Glacier Cabin trip: Contact trip leaders Kim Turley or Gerry Landry for more details on this moderate trek. Info: Kim Turley or Gerry Landry, 789-7058.

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MEETINGS / CLINICS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

• 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: "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. There is also free public racing for all ages and abilities on Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. Info: Eaglecrest Ski School, 790-2001, or on the Web at http://www.skijuneau.com.

• 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 Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday. 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 21. The program will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and is designed to promote and improve the physical and mental well-being of adults age 19-older. Participants must be able to swim crawlstroke and backstroke. Info: Augustus Brown swim pool, 586-5325.

• Women's self-defense class - There will be a women's self-defense class taught on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m.-noon at the KTOO building on the corner of Egan and Whittier. The cost of the class is $20, and will include instruction on basic techniques and awareness. Enrollment is limited to 30 people. Info: Instructor Tiffany Farrell, 463-6741.

• Gastineau Channel Little League registration - GCLL volunteers will be at Nugget Mall on weekends through the month of February to sign up youths age 5-17. Registration will take place on Saturdays - Feb. 19 and 26 - from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sundays - Feb. 13, 20 and 27 - from noon to 4 p.m. Online registration also is available (see other listing). Info: GCLL, 789-9803, 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 Monday, Feb. 28. Info: GCLL, 789-9803, or on the Web at http://www.eteamz.com/gcllak.

• Juneau Parks and Rec youth activity grants - The Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation is accepting proposals from public and private non-profit organizations that deliver youth activity programs. Youth Activity Grant applications are available at the JPR office in City Hall and the application deadline is at 4:30 p.m on Tuesday, March 1. Info: Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation, 586-5226.

• 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 petercoates@sun.com, or Jeff Brady (of Skagway), YRMPA vice president, by e-mail at dotjeff@aptalaska.net.

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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.

• Zach Gordon Youth Center climbing wall - New climbing wall hours are 5-7 p.m. on Mondays, and 3:30-7 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The climbing wall can be used by people of all ages. Climbers age 20-younger climb free, while adults 21-older pay $5 to use the wall. Youth-adult interaction is encouraged, so an adult climbing with a youth pays no fee. Private rental times are available for $25 per hour. Info and scheduling: Zach Gordon Youth Center, 586-2635.

• 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 Archery Club youth shooting - Archery shooting is held on Friday nights, with sessions at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost of each session is $1, and they are designed to help youngsters learn the basics of archery. Info: John Cooper, 789-3422, or by e-mail at jcooper@gci.net.

• Indoor shooting range public shooting hours - The Alaska Department of Fish & Game's Hunter Education Facility and Indoor Shooting Range on Montana Creek Road holds public shooting hours from 5:30-9 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, and from 1:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Info: Indoor Shooting Range, 586-4101.

• ADF&G Indoor Shooting Range closure - Due to a turnover of staff at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's indoor shooting range, the range will be suspend normal public shooting hours beginning Monday, Feb. 14. The department's Division of Wildlife Conservation is working to fill staff vacancies and hopes to reopen the range to public shooting in a few weeks. Additional information about range activities may be found on the Web at www.wildlife.alaska.gov. Info: Alaska Department of Fish & Game, 586-4101.

• 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.

• Basketball/volleyball court rentals available - The Juneau Community Schools program has basketball/volleyball court rental times available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. The cost to rent the court is $20 per hour, which must be paid at the time of rental. This is for adult activities only. 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.

• Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation Wednesday and Saturday hikes - For updates on locations of Wednesday and Saturday group hikes, call the Juneau Parks and Recreation Hikes Hotline. Always remember to bring plenty of food and water, wear warm layers of clothing and proper footwear for the hike. No dogs or firearms are allowed. Wednesday hikes are limited to hikers 18 years of age or older. Saturday hikes are open to families, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Info: Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation Hikes Hotline, 586-0428.



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