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Posted: Thursday, May 04, 2000

Local writers explain food chain to kids

JUNEAU - Biologists Rita O'Clair and Katherine Hocker have published a new book for children illustrating the food chain. ``Where is Dinah Diatom'' uses rhyming text and colorful pictures to trace the steps in a marine food chain from diatom to orca.

O'Clair and Hocker will offer a family presentation on their new book from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the downtown Juneau library.

O'Clair co-authored ``The Nature of Southeast Alaska'' and ``North Pacific Seaweeds.'' She is a full-time writer and a former professor of biology at the University of Alaska Southeast. Hocker is also a biologist and science teacher who studied scientific illustration. She currently teaches with Discovery Southeast.

The presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries and is free. ``Where is Dinah Diatom'' retails for about $8.35 and will be available at the presentation.

Explorations 2000 invites submissions

JUNEAU - Explorations, the annual literary publication of the University of Alaska Southeast, is accepting poetry, art and short fiction. The deadline is May 15, and writers and artists need not be UAS students to submit entries.

First place prize for poetry or fiction is $1,000, and second place, which will go to a writer in a different genre than that of first place, is $500. Two $100 third place prizes are awarded. A special prize of $100 is awarded to Alaska Native writers focusing on Alaska Native themes. Three prizes of $150, $100, and $50 are awarded for black-and-white art, and there is no submission fee for artwork.

Entry fees are $6 for one or two poems, and $3 for three to five poems. Poems must be less than 60 lines each. The required entry fee for fiction is $6 per story. Stories should not exceed 3,000 words.

UAS English professor Art Petersen, who co-founded Explorations 19 years ago, is serving as the editor and judge this year. The magazine will be published in July.

For more information, contact Petersen at 465-6418. Submissions may be sent to 11120 Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK, 99801-8761, or e-mailed to jfamp@uas.alaska.edu

Park concerts series starts June 2

JUNEAU - The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council invites performers to participate in the summer Concerts in the Park series.

Concerts begin June 2 and run every Friday evening through Aug. 11 at Marine Park in downtown Juneau. The concerts are from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and three acts perform sets of about 25 minutes. A sound technician will set up and run a sound system. There is no admission charge and the outdoor concerts are open to the public.

Past performers have included dance groups, magicians and solo and ensemble musicians of all styles. Bluegrass bands, singer-songwriters, Dixieland jazz and big band groups have performed as well as belly dancers and square dancers.

Interested performers can sign up at the arts council office at 206 North Franklin St. For more information, call 586-2787.

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