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Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2005

Weeklong diversity festivities starts Monday

JUNEAU - Juneau will celebrate Diversity Week from Monday, March 28, to Sunday, April 3, with an assortment of lectures, exhibits and presentations. The week has been organized by community volunteers and is chaired by Juneau Assembly member Randy Wanamaker.

For more information and a complete list of events, visit http://www.juneaudiversity.org. Events include:

• 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31 - International Food Fair, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory; Diversity Celebration, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall, with Alaska Children's Choir, Alitaptap, All Nation's Children, Drums of Light, Voice of Praise and a speech by Father Michael Oleksa.

• Noon Friday, April 1 - University of Alaska-Anchorage history professor Stephen Haycox will present "The Diversity Challenge: Overcoming History" at the Alaska State Museum.

• 7 p.m. Saturday, April 2 - Friendly Planet, 200 Seward St., hosts storytellers, including Becky Bear, Della Chaney, Carolyn Garcia, Pete Griffin, Allan Hayton, George Holly, Pat McLear and Liana Wallace.

•1 p.m. Sunday, April 3 - Interfaith gathering at Centennial Hall.

Woven Harmony to arrive for one-week visit

JUNEAU - Woven Harmony, a husband-and-wife team of classical guitarist Robert Bluestone and fiber artist Rebecca Bluestone, will begin a weeklong residency in town on Monday, April 28.

Rebecca Bluestone will display her woven hand-dyed silks and tapestries from 4:30-6:30 p.m. that evening at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council gallery, and the couple will also play for 30 minutes. The reception is free.

The Bluestones will host a free marketing and management workshop at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at JAHC. They will talk with cancer survivors and share some of their own experiences at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the University of Alaska Southeast's Student Activities Center.

Robert Bluestone will lead a master class at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31 at the Juneau-Douglas High School library. The residency will conclude with a community concert at 7 p.m. Friday, April 1, at the JDHS auditorium. Admission is $15.

For more information, call 586-ARTS.

'12X12' to wrap up at City Museum

JUNEAU - "12X12," the Juneau-Douglas City Museum's ongoing monthlong installation, will culminate with a closing reception from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, March 25. The event is free and open to the public.

More than 40 artists have been creating temporary works of art in the museum's gallery since March 1. The show will also be open on Saturday, March 26, before the room is painted over, beginning Monday, March 28.

For more information, call 586-3572.

Miller to discuss ANWR at Glacier Center

JUNEAU - Author Debbie Miller will discuss the culture of the Athabaskan Indians, the natural history of the arctic and the splendors of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge during the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center's upcoming fireside chat, 6:30 and 8 p.m. Friday, March 25.

Miller has written books for children and adults about her observations of caribou herds, wolves, bears, oxen, birds and other Alaska animals. Some of her books will be available at the visitor center's bookstore.

For more information, call 789-0097.

Stewart Ely show canceled

JUNEAU - Friday night's Stewart Ely concert at The Friendly Planet has been canceled.

The store, 200 Seward St., is open at limited hours due to the Seward Street construction.

Juneau Writers to meet Saturday in Valley

JUNEAU - The Juneau Writers will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at 8452 Kimberly St. in the Mendenhall Valley.

Writer and editor Riley Woodford will lecture on his experiences as a professional writer and will cover research, organization, creating leads and hooks, presentation and enterprise.

Group members will share their current work and discussing upcoming writers' conferences. The group is open to all writers. Call Barbara at 790-3038 for more information.

Eaglecrest prepares for Easter festivities

JUNEAU -The Easter Bunny will make an appearance at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 27, at the Eaglecrest Ski Area day lodge for the hill's annual Easter festivities.

The events are: juried Easter bonnet contest, open to all ages, 12:30 p.m.; bunny chase, at the top of Platter lift, open to young skiers, 1 p.m.; Easter egg hunt, top of Platter, for young skiers, 1;30 p.m.; bunny chase for children 6 and under, top of Hooter chairlift, 2 p.m.; bunny chase for kids 7 and older, top of Hooter, 2:30 p.m.; bunny's Easter surprise, tubing hill, all ages, 3 p.m.

The cafeteria will hold an Easter brunch from 8:30-11 a.m., and Easter dinner from 11:30-2:30 p.m.

For more information, visit http://www.skijuneau.com or call 790-2001.

DeWitt to lead minerals course at City Museum

JUNEAU -Chris DeWitt, supervisor of Juneau's John Rishel Mineral Information Center, will host a class on Southeast Alaska minerals from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

DeWitt will discuss minerals, their properties and their use. The class is free and open to everyone, 9 and older. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.

Call 586-3572 for more information.



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