Neighbors Digest

Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Friends of the Flags accepts donations

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Friends of the Flags, an advisory committee of the city of Juneau, is accepting donations to fund their annual flag project.

Every spring, Friends of the Flags installs all 50 state flags atop the light standards, from Marine Park to Tenth Street, terminating at the Douglas Bridge.

Donations may be sent to Friends of the Flags, P.O. Box 32201, Juneau, AK, 99803.

UAS honors Alaska's founding fathers

The University of Alaska Southeast is commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Alaska Constitutional Convention with a day of events honoring Alaska's founding fathers. The Creating Alaska events begin at 1 p.m. Friday, April 21 in the Egan Lecture Hall, with a panel discussion comprised of the surviving founders, lead by Alaska Constitutional scholar Gordon Harrison.

At 3 p.m., the local delegates from the Conference of Young Alaskans will provide an overview of the meeting that took place February in Fairbanks and share the inspiring vision that arose from that conference.

At 5 p.m., a public reception and dedication of the Gov. William Egan portrait, donated to UAS from Alaska's first First Lady Neva Egan, will take place in the Egan Library atrium near Spike's Café.

At 7 p.m., a one-hour documentary, "The 49th Star: Creating Alaska," will be screened in the Egan Lecture Hall. The documentary chronicles the story of 55 people who gathered for 75 days in sub-zero temperatures for the Constitutional Convention.

For more information on this event, contact Kevin Myers at 796-6530.

StrongWomen training available

Health professionals and community members interested in leading a strength-training program are invited to participate in the StrongWomen Group Leader Training 8-hour workshop, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., May 8 at the University of Alaska Southeast Recreational Center.

The workshop is sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Service, SEARHC Steps to a Healthier Southeast Alaska and WISEWOMAN programs and the UAS Recreational Center.

The $50 registration fee covers the training toolkit, snacks and lunch, exercise demonstrations and practice. Registration deadline is April 24. For further information, contact Dr. Sonja Koukel at 465-8756.

Earth Day celebrated Saturday

Earth Day Festival 2006 will be celebrated from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 22 at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center.

The theme of the festival is "You can make a difference," with emphasis on actions or lifestyles that allow individuals an opportunity to connect with and improve their environment. There will be activities for children, visits with Woodsy the Owl and speakers and musicians throughout the day.

For more information, contact Irene Morris at 789-0097.

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