NEW CALENDAR ITEM
Juneau 4-H Spring Running Club - This program is for runners in grades 1-5, with a separate club for runners in grades 6-8. There will be a registration meeting at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, at the Twin Lakes covered picnic area. Bring a water bottle and be dressed to run. The club meets at 5:30 p.m. every Thursday at various locations around town through the spring and summer, at least through the Douglas Two-Mile run on July 4. If you can't attend the first meeting, please contact the University of Alaska Extension Office to register. Local runners John and Jamie Bursell lead the group for grades 1-5, while Craig Farrington leads the middle school group. Parents are encouraged to run with their kids. The cost to join this program is $6 with checks made out to Juneau 4-H. Info: John and Jamie Bursell, 789-5997, Craig Farrington, 789-7963, or the UA Extension Office, 465-8749.
Saturday-Today, March 20-21
Eaglecrest Ski Area - UAS Winter Games: This event is open to the general public with pre-registration. Events include a giant slalom race on Lower Hilary's Run at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, a slopestyle competition at the Terrain Park at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nordic skate and classical races on the Lower Loop course at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, a team race (four-person teams with one Telemark skier, one alpine skier, one snowboarder and one wildcard person, with bonus points for costumes) at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, and a chili feed and awards ceremony with live music at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Info: Eaglecrest Ski Area, 790-2001, or on the Web at http://www.juneau.org/eaglecrest/.
Today, March 21
58th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament - B Bracket: Klawock vs. Kake Tlingit Heat, 11 a.m.; Haines Merchants vs. Hydaburg, 2 p.m.; Yakutat ANB vs. Huna Totem, 5:30 p.m.; Metlakatla Merchants vs. Angoon ANB, 9 p.m. C Bracket: Juneau Green Team vs. Klukwan Chilkats, 9:30 a.m.; Klawock Old Totems vs. Angoon, 12:30 p.m.; Yakutat vs. Kake ANB, 4 p.m.; Huna Totem vs. Metlakatla, 7:30 p.m. All games at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym.
Monday, March 22
58th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament - B Bracket: Haines Merchants-Hydaburg winner vs. Klawock-Kake Tlingit Heat winner, 5:30 p.m.; Yakutat ANB-Huna Totem winner vs. Metlakatla Merchants-Angoon ANB winner, 7:30 p.m. C Bracket: Juneau Green Team-Klukwan Chilkats winner vs. Klawock Old Totems-Angoon winner, 4 p.m.; Yakutat-Kake ANB winner vs. Huna Totem-Metlakatla winner, 9 p.m. Women's Bracket: Angoon Kwaan vs. Metlakatla Women, 12:30 p.m.; Mystery Team vs. Huna ANS, 2 p.m. All games at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym.
Friday-Sunday, March 26-28
2004 Herb Jaenicke Memorial Badminton Tournament - This tournament takes place Friday through Sunday, March 26-28, at the Mendenhall Valley location of JRC-The Racquet Club. The deadline to enter this tournament is Monday, March 22. This tournament is open to players of all skill levels. Entry fee includes a tournament t-shirt, game birdies, court time and prizes for the top two finishers in each division. Entry fees are $25 (plus tax for all fees) for JRC-The Alaska Club members, $30 for non-members and $15 for juniors (age younger than 13). Registration info is available at the two JRC-The Alaska Club locations and on the Web at http://www.thealaskaclub.com. Info: Eileen Wilson, 789-2181.
MEETINGS / CLINICS / ANNOUNCEMENTS
Buckwheat Ski Classic - Registration forms are available in Juneau at Foggy Mountain Shop for this annual event that takes place in Skagway on Saturday, March 27. Events include 10-kilometer, 25K and 50K ski races, a 5K kids' race and a 5K snowshoe sprint. The registration deadline was Monday, March 15. Info: Foggy Mountain Shop, 586-6780, or on the Web at http://www.skagwaynews.com.
Juneau Sports Association adult slow pitch softball registration - Team registration takes place on Tuesday, March 30, at the Travelodge Hotel Meeting Room. Registration for coed division teams is at 6 p.m. and for men's and women's teams is at 7:30 p.m. Team registration papers are available on the JSA Web site, http://www.jsaweb.org. Info: Tina Lee, JSA director, 463-3633.
OPEN GYMS / SCRIMMAGES / ONGOING
Youth open gyms - Meet from 8-11 p.m. on Saturdays at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School gym. Youth open gyms are free for students in grades 5-12. Info: Community schools director Joyce Kitka, 463-1700, Ext. 327.
Adult volleyball/basketball open gyms - Meet from 7-9 p.m. on Fridays and from 7-9 p.m. on Sundays at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School gym. Cost is $4 and open gym is limited to adults (age 18-older) only. Info: Community Schools, 463-1700, Ext. 325.
Mount Jumbo Gym preschool open gym - This Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation program is open from 10:30 a.m. to noon every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 909 Fourth Street in Douglas for children ages 1-6 and their parents or caregivers. A ratio of four children to one adult must be met. Balls, mats, trikes, scooters, large building blocks, parachutes and a Little Tykes climber system will be available for use. There is a $1 per child per day charge (please no bills larger than $20). Punchcards are available. Info: Myiia Whistler, 586-5226, or by e-mail at Myiia_Whistler@ci.juneau.ak.us.
Zach Gordon Youth Center climbing wall - Climbing wall hours are 3-7 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and 3-9 p.m. on Fridays. The climbing wall can be used by people of all ages. Climbers age 20-younger climb free, while adults 21-older pay $5 to use the wall. Youth-adult interaction is encouraged, so an adult climbing with a youth pays no fee. Private rental times are available for $25 per hour. Info and scheduling: Zach Gordon Youth Center, 586-2635.
Treadwell Arena programs - The ice arena is open seven days a week with a variety of public open skates, youth open skates, pond hockey and rental times available (see Treadwell Arena Web site for details). The rink is closed for ice maintenance from 7:45-10:45 a.m. on Mondays and from 7:45 a.m. to noon on Fridays. Fees for open skates are $4 adults, $3 youths (age 17-younger) and $2 seniors (age 65-older). Fees for pond hockey are $5 adults, $4 youths and $3 seniors. Skate rental is $2 for adults and youths, and $1.90 for seniors. Passes are available for open skates, pond hockey and skate rental. Facility rental is $150 an hour. Info: Treadwell Arena, 586-0410, or check on the Web at http://www.juneau.org/parksrec/icerink/.
Eaglecrest Ski Area nordic ski lessons - Nordic ski lessons are available through the Eaglecrest Ski and Snowboard School. A 2-hour learn-to-classic-ski lesson or a learn-to-skate-ski lesson costs $17 each, while 2-hour intermediate and advanced clinics cost $20. Learn-to-Telemark-ski lessons are $17 and include and all-day surface lift ticket, while 2-hour intermediate and advanced classes cost $20. During the month of February, the Telemark series takes place from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays and costs $30 or $48 with a lift ticket. Info: Eaglecrest Ski and Snowboard School, 790-2001.
Adult indoor soccer open gyms - Sessions are held from 7-9 p.m. on Sundays and most Fridays at Floyd Dryden Middle School. Check http://www.juneausoccer.com for updated schedules. Open to players 18 and older; cost is $5 per session. Contact: Pat Race, 586-3440.
Open badminton gyms - Meet from 8-10 p.m. on Mondays and 7-10 p.m. on Thursdays at the Auke Bay Elementary School gym, or from 7- 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Gastineau Elementary School gym in Douglas. Auke Bay gyms open to adults and teens; Gastineau gyms open to all ages. $3 fee per session. All abilities welcomed, bring a racquet if you own one. Info: Auke Bay: Theresa Walden, 790-2499; Gastineau: Jag Yellesetty, 586-3598 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gastineau Channel Little League baseball open gyms - GCLL baseball open gyms for kids ages 8-12 will be held at Auke Bay School from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sundays beginning Feb. 21. Bring tennis shoes and a baseball mitt. Info: Lisa Baker, 789-4486.
Juneau Nordic Ski Club - The latest ski reports for local nordic skiers can be found on the club's Web site, http://home.gci.net/~jnordski.
Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation Wednesday and Saturday hikes - For updates on locations of Wednesday and Saturday group hikes, call the Juneau Parks and Recreation Hikes Hotline. Always remember to bring plenty of food and water, wear warm layers of clothing and proper footwear for the hike. No dogs or firearms are allowed. Wednesday hikes are limited to hikers 18 years of age or older. Saturday hikes are open to families, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Info: Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation Hikes Hotline, 586-0428.
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