Neighbors Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2002

Eagles vs. Ravens Walk Contest set

The fourth annual Eagles vs. Ravens Walk Contest will inspire traditional clan competition as walkers earn points for exercise over the course of six weeks, starting June 12.

The walk is open to the public and is intended as a fun way to get exercise. Participants sign up as teams of five or less and earn points for every 30 minutes of physical activity. At the end of the contest, points are tallied and awards are presented during a special picnic for all of the walkers.

Inspired by a similar contest held in Klukwan, Andrea Ebona-Michel has coordinated the Eagles vs. Ravens Walk since 1999. What began as a small event has grown into a yearly contest, greatly anticipated by the Native community.

This year's theme is "Take the Challenge, Walk to be Fit," and it promises to be even bigger than last year. There are new contest rules that reflect the growing numbers. Traditionally, the walk separated all participants into the Tlingit moieties Eagle and Raven for competition, and gave winning prizes to individuals and teams. This year, a new element has been added. Teams are separated into three different fitness levels: Beginner, intermediate and advanced.

The opening ceremony will take place at ANB Hall on June 12, but registration starts as early as May 15. The awards ceremony will be held Aug. 4 at Sandy Beach.

Anyone interested in joining this year's Eagles vs. Ravens Walk Contest can contact Walk Coordinator Andrea Ebona-Michel at 463-5850.

Migratory Bird Day event scheduled

There will be an International Migratory Bird Day Celebration and slideshow Thursday May 16 at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center from 7 to 9 p.m. Featured speakers will be natural history author Robert Armstrong discussing bird photography and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Michelle Kissling on Kittlitz's murrelets. The program is free. All ages are welcome.

For more information please call Gwen Baluss at 790-7425.

Church to host peace vigil on Thursday

Resurrection Lutheran Church will host an all-community, all-faiths silent vigil for world peace from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, May 16. People of all faiths and denominations are encouraged to come to pray or meditate, whichever their faith practices.

The sanctuary has pews to sit on and an altar to kneel at. For those who prefer, there will be space to stand or sit on the floor. An olive tree with doves will be the focal point. Meditative music from many faiths will be playing in the fellowship area at the entrance.

All are welcome to come for the entire time or as schedules allow. Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Sikh, Muslim, Baha'i, Buddhist, Hindu and other community members are planning this event.

For more information, call Lucy Merrell at 586-9449 or 586-1741.

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