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Posted: Friday, March 17, 2006

Workshops for and related to those with low vision

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The Alaska Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Assistive Technology for Alaskans and Southeast Alaska Independent Living host "Through Our Eyes," a program for health care providers and members of the public who want to be updated on resources to help adults with vision loss.

The program will run 5:30 to 7 p.m., March 21 at the Juneau Senior Center. The program will sample the latest technology for people who are visually impaired.

A free "Living Well with Vision Loss" workshop will be from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., March 22 at the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. This workshop is for Alaskans with low vision, their families and caregivers.

To register and reserve a spot for either workshop, call 800-770-7517.

Dance workshop available during spring break

The Janice D. Holst Spring Break 2006 Dance Adventure workshop will be March 27 to 31 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall.

The week will include dance and dance-related activities arranged for appropriate age groups and dance abilities, dance videos, choreography, arts and crafts with special guests, and classes on make-up and health topics.

Participants will receive a ten percent discount if signed up before March 20. To register or for more information, call 586-1462.

Family Night first Tuesday of month

More than 50 people came to KTOO for the most recent Family Night on March 7. On the first Tuesday of each month, KTOO hosts Family Night, teaching kids and parents to View-Read-Do. Parents are encouraged to view television with their children and to use the opportunity to find a book and activity related to the program they're watching.

KTOO-TV received a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to promote literacy in Southeast Alaska. As part of this outreach, KTOO has joined with the Association for the Education of Young Children - Southeast Alaska to hold monthly "Family Nights" in Juneau and will hold other workshops throughout Southeast. Each child who attends a KTOO workshop receives a free children's book to take home. The program encourages parents read at least a book a day to their young children.

The next family night will be 5:30 p.m., April 4. The topic of the sixth in the series will be outdoor safety with guests from Safe Kids, SEADOGS and Trail Mix.

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