Outdoor Council banquet
The Territorial Sportsmen are sponsoring a fundraiser that will benefit the Juneau chapter of the Alaska Outdoor Council. The fundraiser takes the form of a banquet at Centennial Hall, March 15, from 6 to 10 p.m.
The surf and turf dinner features prime rib of beef and prawns. The event will include an auction of prints by R.T. Wallen, noted local wildlife artist, portraitist and sculptor.
To purchase banquet tickets, call 463-3830 or 789-5210. For other details, call 789-7065 or Wayne Nicolls at 780-6318.
Juneau Master Gardeners in cooperation with the University of Alaska's Cooperative Extension Service is offering a series of gardening classes for Juneau residents who wish their thumbs were greener. The series will be offered every Thursday in March from 7 to 9:30 p.m. All classes will be held in Hendrickson Annex, room 101, at the University of Alaska Southeast campus.
Master gardeners and extension agent Jim Douglas will teach the classes. The course fee will be used to help provide support dollars for Master Gardener projects throughout the community. Cost is $5 per class. There is limited space, so enroll by calling 465-8749.
The March 15 class will deal with garden pests, vegetables and controls. The March 22 class will deal with fruits and berries, lawns and moss control. The March 29 class will deal with simple landscaping, and trees and shrubs suitable for Juneau, as well as pruning.
Contact: Jim Douglas, 465-8749.
The Center for Young Families and the Zach Gordon Youth Center are coordinating with the Teen Family Health Center to sponsor the second annual Teen Health Fair. The free event takes place at Juneau-Douglas High School from 3 to 5 p.m., March 15.
Topics covered at the fair include skin care, smokeless tobacco, sports medicine, teen parenting, handling stress, recognizing depression, building healthy relationships and preparing nutritious snacks. Experts on these topics will be paired with informed teens at each booth. Refreshments will be served. There will be door prizes and a grand prize of $100.
For details, call Bridget Easaw at 463-KIDS.
Sonja Cary of Juneau has been awarded a $500 scholarship for the 2000-01 school year at Eastern Washington University. The scholarship is awarded to deserving social work students. Cary is the daughter of Dorothy and Terry Cary. She graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1985. She is a second-year graduate student in the Masters of Social Work program.
Spring art exhibit
A Spring Art Exhibit will be held at the Mendenhall Center March 16-17. The exhibit will overlap an antiques and collectibles show running at the center from March 12-18.
Twenty-five to 40 local artists will show their work in the three-day exhibit. The artists include Patti Baumgartner, Marie Bojarski, Herb Bonnett, Sue Deems, Sally Dwyer, Julie Fenumiai, Melissa Goese-Goble, Glen Hamilton, Skip Henderson, Pattie Hendry, Pat Marlin, Tion Kasnick, Merridy Magnusson, Madeline Morris, Ellen Northup, Steve and Bonnie Pennoyer, Judi Rice, Tisket and Dion Seslar, Sue Whitehead and Paul Wright.
On March 16, there will be an artists' reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Exhibit hours on March 17 are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; on March 18, noon to 5 p.m.
Commissions on all sales will be donated to the Meals on Wheels Senior Nutrition Program.
For details, contact the coordinator, Ted Vadman, 780-4881.
The Eaglecrest Ski & Snowboard School announces its 21st annual Learn to Ski Weekend, March 17 and 18. The weekend is sponsored by Mendenhall Auto Center and Subaru. The weekend is for youngsters in grades 3, 4 and 5 who have never skied before. A drawing has been established to select the 45 participants.
Details: Jeffra Clough, 790-2001.
Grants to teachers
Apple orchards, greenhouses, fossils and silver salmon DNA codes are just a few of the unique projects more than 30 inventive teachers will have on display in Juneau on March 29 and 30. The Teachers Conference is part of the Alaska Science & Technology Foundation's Direct Grants to Teachers program through which Alaska teachers show off the science, math, statistics and technology projects they're implementing in their classrooms.
The ASTF Spring Teachers Conference is held annually for teachers who have implemented an ASTF grant (up to $5,000) in their classrooms to make science and math come alive.
Teachers who received a grant in 2000 set up a booth at Centennial Hall to demonstrate their classroom projects and have the opportunity to do something interactive at each booth, similar to what students experience in the classroom.
"Teachers who will receive grants this year can learn from the experienced teachers, and everyone learns from networking and sharing innovative ideas and teaching methods during the conference," said Sharon Charnell Fisher, ASTF Outreach Administrator.
"The teachers showcase their projects for the public, other teachers and students. It's a time for them to share what they've learned, gain new skills and knowledge, and show how exciting and relevant math and science are in the classroom," she said.
"At ASTF, we're convinced this program is an important way to introduce students to real-life science and math in an innovative, hands-on way. Projects are based on phenomena present in Alaska, which gives students a context of being close to home. A number of projects will produce knowledge that Alaskans can use," said Fisher. "For many students, it sparks a lifelong love for science and math, and that leads some of them to choose careers in these fields. That's our goal."
Teachers who win ASTF grants are awarded travel money and are required to attend two ASTF Teacher Conferences. A complete list of teachers attending the 2001 Spring Teacher's Conference, including the schools and communities they represent, is attached.
The Alaska Science & Technology Foundation is a state agency created in 1988 that invests to improve Alaska's economy and to increase the state's science and engineering capabilities. ASTF supplies grants for small and large business development and research projects as well as the teacher grant program, which encourages the development of science and technology in Alaska's K-12 schools.
The Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest is open to children in kindergarten, first, second and third Grades. Each grade level will be judged separately. Children of employees of Reading Rainbow, GPN, Nebraska ETV Network, WNED-TV, Lancit Media, the Public Broadcasting System and public broadcasting stations are not eligible.
Only one entry per person will be accepted. Only single-author stories qualify (no co-authored stories). Stories can be fact or fiction, prose or poetry.
Kindergarten and first grade stories must contain 50-200 words
Second and third grade stories must contain 100-350 words.
Illustrations must have at least five original, clear and colorful illustrations.
This contest encourages, challenges and rewards children - kindergarten through third grade - to tell their own stories in their own words and with their own pictures. Parents, teachers and libraries are encouraged to help facilitate children's involvement.
The official entry form must be complete, legible, and must include parent and if appropriate, a teacher's signature.
Official Entry Forms can be obtained from the local libraries or from your school library. You may also contact KTOO at 586-1670 for more information.
The local deadline for submission: April 6 at 5:00 p.m.
Judging will take place April 7, and winners will be notified April 9.
All first-place winners will be submitted to the 7th Annual National Contest.
Of course, you are a winner just by entering the contest.
It's time to gather your four-legged companions and get ready for the third annual Clicks for Licks pet portrait benefit Friday, April 20, noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The program is presented by Alaska Pet-ography and is a fundraiser that provides an opportunity to capture your dogs, cats and family on celluloid. Each session costs $40, which includes an $8 donation to support Gastineau Humane Society.
Sessions are by appointment only, so register in advance by calling Gastineau Humane Society at 789-0260.
Teen health award
The Juneau Teen Health Center at Juneau Douglas High School was recently honored with an award from the Alaska Public Health Association. At the Alaska Health Summit held in Anchorage, the association presented a Community Service Award to the center. The award is given to organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the health of Alaskans.
The Juneau Teen Health Center was established eight years ago in response to concern in the community about its teenagers. The center's purpose is to improve the availability of health care to low-income teens and to improve the access for all teens to health care that is tailored to their needs and issues.