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Posted: Friday, March 24, 2000

Kayaking adventures, award-winning fiction, playreading and the Oscars are all in store this weekend.

Tonight, kayak enthusiast Scott Foster will present a slide show and program called ``Watery Trails.'' Foster will talk about good sea-kayaking day trips in the Juneau area. He'll also include three extended trips, Juneau to Haines, Hoonah to Pelican and Sitka to Goddard Hot Springs.

Foster is an experienced kayaker and the former producer of KTOO's ``Rain Country'' series, and he knows how to put together a good program. ``Watery Trails'' is free. It's the final event in the Forest Service's Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Fireside Program Series. It will be held from 7:30 to 9 tonight at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

The Academy Awards Gala kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Centennial Hall. Sponsored by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, the event is a fund-raiser for their scholarship program. It features big-screen viewing of the Academy Awards, live music, hors d'oeuvres and voting for the best films. Tickets are $50.

There will be three opportunities to sit back and hear good writing this week. Award-winning novelist, widely-published short story author and creative writing teacher John Keeble will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the downtown library. He has a bunch of new work ready for publication and I imagine he'll feature that. The reading is free.

I enjoyed ``Out of the Channel,'' his book on the Exxon Valdez oil spill - it's a good blend of reporting and storytelling. Most of his work is fiction, and he's written four novels and many short stories. I'm also a fan of writer Raymond Carver and Keeble wrote a public television documentary about Carver a few years ago.

Keeble will also teach a writing workshop from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council gallery and the cost is $20. Call 586-2787 to register. If you like his work Tuesday, you might want to participate.

Perseverance Theatre's Playreading Festival, ``Voices From the Edge, continues this weekend. This is a chance to sit back and hear a group read through a play, and it's also free. Two plays will be read, one Saturday afternoon and the other Sunday.

``The Wooden Breeks,'' will be 2 p.m. Saturday. It's a dark comedy set in Scotland at the turn of the century. The other play,``Wit,'' which got good reviews in recent New York performances, will be read at 2 p.m. Sunday. Both are at Perseverance Theatre.

Wanda Seamster, artist, art historian and a documentarian of contemporary art is coming down from Anchorage for a presentation next week. She'll deliver a presentation, Women in the Visual Arts of Alaska from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Library 105 on the University of Alaska Southeast campus. It will include slides of works by Anchorage women artists, and is part of the Women's History Month presentations at the university.

Here's a tip for kids ages 6-12. The Alaska State Museum is sponsoring a free workshop on photography next weekend called Frozen Light. Photographers Jeff Brown, Ron Klein and Jeff Kunkel are leading it, and all are artists whose talents go beyond shooting pictures.

They'll show how images are produced, including digital imagery, create a photo montage, develop images using light sensitive paper, and look into the historical significance of photos.

This is part of an ongoing series and all of the museum's hand-on workshops for kids have been quite successful. There will be two opportunities, from 1 to 3 p.m. next Thursday, March 29, and again Friday, March 30. Call 465-2901 to register for either workshop and to find out more. They fill up fast.

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