Posted: Wednesday, March 01, 2000

Low-income housing class offered March 8

Housing First is offering an hour-long education session on a new home loan program it is offering for low-income Juneau residents from noon to 1 p.m. March 8 at the Gruening Park activity room, 1800 Northwood St. The session is free and pre-registration is not required. Additional classes will be scheduled this month.

The work session will offer information on the Home Opportunity Program, including an overview on how the program works. Anyone interested in applying for the loan program is required to take the class.

The Home Opportunity Program offers no-interest, forgivable loans to assist low-income people to buy homes. It may provide up to $25,000 in assistance to a qualified home buyer. The program is dependent on funds being available. Housing First has received $300,000 from the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. to provide loans in Juneau.

For more information, call Housing First at 364-3573.

Former CIA director to speak at Scout event

Former Presidential Adviser and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Dr. Robert Gates will be the featured speaker at the second annual Eagle Honors Banquet, sponsored by the Southeast Alaska Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, March 9 at Centennial Hall.

Gates served as CIA director from November 1991 to January 1993, the only career CIA officer in history to rise from entry-level employee to director. Prior to that he served as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Adviser at the White House. He currently serves as Interim Dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.

As a Boy Scout, Gates received his God and Country award in 1957, his Eagle Scout award in 1958 and became a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow in 1959. The recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout award in 1993, Gates is a member of the national executive board of the Boy Scouts of America and president of the National Eagle Scout Association.

All former Eagle Scouts and friends of Scouting in Alaska are invited to attend. Tickets are available from the Southeast Alaska Area Council office.

Grant applications for women's run being accepted

Grant applications for the Alaska Run for Women 2000 awards are now being sought. The application deadline is June 30 and winners will be announced in September.

The Alaska Run for Women is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that raises money for breast cancer programs through an annual running/walking event. More than $120,000 in grants were awarded to organizations across Alaska in September 1999, with an additional $43,500 given to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for research.

More than 4,000 women participated in the run last June. Participation is free, although women are encouraged to make a donation of any amount. Major sponsors underwrite the entire cost of the event, allowing 100 percent of participants' donations to go directly to the cause.

Information on this year's applications is available by writing the Grants Committee, Alaska Run for Women, P.O. Box 230929, Anchorage, AK 995223-0929, or by calling Dr. Brad Cruz at (907) 264-1246 or Jeanette Anderson Moores at (907) 261-5699.

The 2000 Alaska Run for Women takes place June 10. For more information call the run hotline at (907) 566-3151.

Volunteers for local teen retreats sought

The National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence is looking for volunteers to help with teen retreats in Juneau by sharing experiences and assisting with small group discussions. For more information call Jenni Lefing at 463-3755.

Series focuses on helping bereaved

Hospice & Home Care of Juneau is hosting a Community Bereavement Training series. The three-part program focuses on skills needed to work with the bereaved in order to support healing and growth.

The training is for hospice volunteers, counselors, nurses and other health care professionals, as well as interested community members. Part 1, ``Introduction to Grief,'' is from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. March 17 at the Bill Ray Center. Space is limited. The cost for the training is $40. Call Hospice & Home Care of Juneau at 463-3113 to register.

Seattle doctor to lecture on asthma

Dr. Charles Jackson of Seattle will present a talk on ``Pediatric Asthma and Inhaled Corticosteroids - risks, benefits, alternatives?'' at 6 p.m. March 16 at the Bartlett Regional Hospital Administration Building, 2nd floor Board Room.

This event, hosted by the Asthma and Allergy Support Group of Juneau, is free and snacks are provided. For more information call Cathy at 789-7936 or Judy at 789-0317.

Dinner, auction benefits charity

The Coast Guard Women's Association will host its annual charity auction and dinner fund raiser at 6 p.m. March 4 at The Prospector Hotel, 375 Whittier Street.

The dinner will be followed by a free auction at 7:00 pm. The cost of the dinner is $12 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the Prospector Hotel front desk on a first-come, first-served basis.

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