Posted: Thursday, March 03, 2005

Symphony Showcase set for this weekend

JUNEAU - The Juneau Symphony will present its annual chamber music Symphony Showcase at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

The program includes Brahms' "Violin Sonata No. 3," Piazzolla's "Le Grand Tango," Reinecke's "Trio for Horn, Clarinet and Piano" and Manziarly's "Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano."

The musicians are Lisa Ibias, violin; Sue Kazama, piano; Jared Carlson, cello; Mary Watson, piano; John Schumann, horn; Sharon Hatch, clarinet; and Sally Schlichting, flute.

Tickets are $10 and available at the door. Season tickets are valid at both performances.

For more information, visit, or call the office at 586-HORN.

Dewitt to discuss tectonics at chat

JUNEAU - Chris Dewitt will lead "A Tectonic Masterpiece - The Geologic History of Southeast Alaska," a talk on the tectonic forces that have created the complex terrain of mineral-rich Southeast Alaska, during the weekly Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center's Fireside Chat, 6:30 and 8 p.m. Friday, March 4.

For more details, call 789-0097.

Tamora Pierce to visit Juneau on Saturday

JUNEAU -Award-winning author Tamora Pierce will host a writing workshop for young adults from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 5, at the Douglas library. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Registration is limited to 40 people.

Pierce will speak later that evening, 7 p.m., at the downtown library. She will also sign copies of her books.

For more details, call 586-0434.

Wilderness group seeks poems from Alaskans

ANCHORAGE - The World Wilderness Congress is seeking poetry about wild nature and people, in conjunction with the 8th Annual World Wilderness Congress, Sept. 30-Oct. 6 in Anchorage.

Submitted poems should celebrate the relationship between nature and people. For more information, check out

Entries should be no more than 30 lines and should be submitted electronically by April 1 to Only Alaska residents will be considered.

Work may be included in the congress program and may be published in the plenary proceedings (for trade distribution).

Launched by The WILD Foundation in 1977, the World Wilderness Congress is the longest-running public international and environmental forum.

Regional science fair open Friday, Saturday

JUNEAU - More than 100 students will display their investigations into botany, psychology, engineering, acoustics, ecology and a range of other fields, as part of the Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair.

The fair, open to all high school students in Southeast Alaska, is open to the public from 4:30-9 p.m. Friday, March 4, and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in the Marie Drake gymnasium. Admission is free.

KTOO to screen Alaska rail documentary

JUNEAU -KTOO will televise "Klondike Alaska: A Rail History," the story of man and machine's struggle to move mountains, at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9.

The documentary is produced and directed by Mark Cosson, of Fairbanks' KUAC-TV, a member of Alaska Public Television.

Besides the well-known Alaska Railroad and White Pass & Yukon Railroad, there were more than 24 other railroads that operated for at least a year in Alaska, the Yukon and British Columbia.

Author Hogan to appear Thursday at UAS

JUNEAU -Award-winning author Linda Hogan will visit the University of Alaska Southeast on Thursday, March 10, performing from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Auke Lake campus and speaking at 7 p.m. at the Egan Library.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Hogan has served on the National Endowment for the Arts poetry panel for two years. Her writing credits include works of prose, poetry and plays.

Her Chickasaw tribal affiliation and Native roots play a central role in her writing. Hogan says that much of her work concerns the traditional indigenous view of and relationship to the land, animals and plants. In her spare time, she volunteers for wildlife rehabilitation.

In July 1998, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas. She also received the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation in 1986 for "Seeing Through the Sun."

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