Posted: Thursday, April 07, 2005

Kids author Ryder to appear at library

JUNEAU -Children's author Joanne Ryder will visit the downtown library for a presentation and book signing at 7 p.m. Friday.

She will be at the Mendenhall Valley library for a children's program at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Ryder's books combine poetry and science and include "My Father's Hands," "Each Living Thing," "Little Panda" and more. Her "Just for a Day" series brings children into the world of animals, from sea otters to dinosaurs.

Ryder won the American Nature Study Society's Eva L. Gordon Award for Excellence in Writing for Children in 1995 and the Gold Medal in Children's Literature from the New York Academy of Science for "The Snail's Spell."

Rohrbacher to lead tempera workshop

JUNEAU -Douglas iconographer Charles Rohrbacher will lead a workshop in egg tempera painting over the next four Saturdays, April 9, 16, 23 and 30, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council gallery.

Admission is $50 and class size is limited to 12 people. Workshop attendees should bring watercolor brushes, water vessels and good quality drawing paper.

A May 7 class may be added if needed.

Class 1 will cover ground and support. Learn how to gesso panels and prepare your surface. Class 2 will discuss silver point and toned grounds.

Class 3 will touch on pigments and preliminary drawing, and Class 4 will cover glazes and varnishing.

To register, call JAHC at 586-ARTS, or e-mail at Or contact coordinator Sybil Davis at 465-6604, 586-3376 or

AP reporter to speak about war coverage

JUNEAU - Associated Press reporter Kimberly Hefling will speak about covering the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, at home and abroad, at a gathering in Juneau on Wednesday.

Hefling will speak at 7 p.m. at the Lake Room in the Mourant Building on the University of Alaska Southeast's Auke Lake Campus. The talk is free and open to the public.

Until a recent promotion, Hefling was a reporter based in Evansville, Ind., and covered the 101st Airborne Division and other units at nearby Fort Campbell, Ky. Hefling was an embedded reporter in Iraq and Afghanistan, and also reported extensively on the effects of war at home, on soldiers and their families.

In 2004, Hefling's coverage of the war and its effects at home won the AP's Charles Rowe Award, honoring distinguished reporting in the organization's state bureaus.

Hefling's visit is sponsored by the Alaska Press Club, the Juneau Empire, The Associated Press and the University of Alaska Southeast. The Juneau talk is being held in association with the Alaska Press Club's annual J-Week conference, to be held in Anchorage on April 14-16.

For more information, contact Andrew Krueger at 586-3740, ext. 295, or by e-mail at

Ruby Room to explore 'Dreams' in May

JUNEAU - "Dreams" is the topic for May at the Ruby Room, the new art gallery on the lower level of the Emporium Mall, in Lucid Reverie headquarters near Heritage Coffee.

All artists are welcome to submit pieces related to "Dreams" for display in May's exhibition. First Friday is May 6, and work is due May 2.

The gallery is open on the weekdays and is showing its "Color" exhibit through the month of April.

For more information, call Sarah Asper-Smith at Lucid Reverie at 586-3440.

Thunder Mountain Big Band returns to Elks

JUNEAU - The Thunder Mountain Big Band will return to the Elks Lodge on Friday for the third in its ongoing series of monthly dances. All ages are welcome.

The evening begins at 8 p.m., with dance instruction lasting until 8:30 p.m. and the night continuing for about three hours.

Vicki Van Fleet will sing with the group, known for its adaptations of torch and swing standards. Admission is $10 at the door.

The Elks Lodge is located at 109 S. Franklin St.

JAHC now accepting applications

JUNEAU - The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council is now accepting applications for its 2005 scholarships.

The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, April 22.

Talented dance, drama, music, creative writing, visual arts and technical theater students are encouraged to apply. Forms are available from all secondary school counselors, the financial aid office, and the JAHC office.

For more information, call 586-ARTS.

Rarefied Light 2004 show to close

JUNEAU - Rarefied Light 2004, an exhibition of contemporary photographs at the Alaska State Museum, will close on Saturday.

The annual exhibition is organized by the Alaska Photographic Center in Anchorage. This year, 300 photos were submitted by 73 artists statewide.

General museum admission is $3. Visitors 18 and under are free.

Wygant to play during Norwegian breakfast

JUNEAU -Dale Wygant will play the accordion during the Sons of Norway's Norwegian breakfast from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau Yacht Club, near the Aurora Harbor.

The menu will include: sour cream waffles with strawberries and whipping cream, Norwegian eggs supreme, hash brown casserole, sausage-egg casserole, Norwegian rolls, pickled herring, gjetost cheese and coffee, tea and orange juice.

Suggested donations are: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors-students and $6 for children 12 and under. For more information, call 790-3038.

History grant apps available at museum

JUNEAU - Applications are available for the 2005-2006 Juneau History Grant at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

Students, teachers, organizations and individuals are encourage to apply for up to $1,000 to assist in the completion of a project that will document, preserve or improve access to the history of the Juneau-Douglas area. Applications are due May 16. Funded projects are due by May 2, 2006.

The Juneau History Grant has awarded 23 grants over the last 14 years, totaling $15,217. The grant committee encourages projects that are of historic value to the greater community.

Projects might include live performances, public presentations, research papers, recordings, video productions or use of other media. Awards have been made to school groups and individuals alike, and anyone interested is encouraged to apply.

Applications are available at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum located at Fourth and Main streets, by phone at 586-3572, or visit the museum's Web site at for more information.

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