Neighbors Digest

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Posted: Friday, February 25, 2005

Commission on aging to sponsor event in Juneau

In preparation for the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, the Alaska Commission on Aging will sponsor forums in a number of Alaska communities to gather ideas and suggestions on significant senior issues from community members.

The first forum, co-sponsored by the Juneau Commission on Aging, will be held 1-4 p.m., today at the Juneau Senior Center.

Seniors and others with an interest in the concerns of seniors are encouraged to attend. Discussion topics will include Social Security, services for seniors, jobs for older workers, care-giver needs, long-term care, housing for seniors, community involvement and preventive health.

The White House Conference on Aging is held about every 10 years to develop policy recommendations on aging issues for the upcoming decade. The theme of this year's conference, to be held in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 23- 26, is "The Booming Dynamics of Aging: From Awareness to Action."

The conference will also focus on planning for the 76 million baby boomers who will begin to reach retirement age during the next 10 years.

Public input from all regional and local events will be compiled into a report and a list of Alaska's recommendations, to be submitted to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging.

Capitol designs on display for one more day at library

The Capitol Design Competition Finalist Concept Design Boards will be on display through Saturday at the downtown library. They can be viewed during regular library hours.

Montessori to host fund-raiser on Monday

Adolescent Montessori Program is selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28, at the following locations:

• Gas N Go (Western Auto)

• Heritage Glacier Café at the Mendenhall Center

• Wee Fishie

• Bill Chalmers house (across from Juneau-Douglas High School)

• Wharf (downtown)

One dozen doughnuts costs $10.

Holland America line accepts grant applications

Applications are now being accepted by the Holland America Line Community Advisory Board for grants to local service and nonprofit groups in Juneau.

Applications can be picked up at the Westmark Baranof and should be mailed to Kathy Newman, Holland America Line, 745 W. Fourth Ave., No. 304, Anchorage, 99501.

Applications are due no later than the morning of March 2. The Juneau CAB will be making decisions about grant applicants at its meeting on March 22. For more information, contact Kathy Newman at (907) 264-2128.

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