Posted: Friday, May 16, 2003

College graduations

Julia Parish of Juneau will receive a bachelor of arts degree from Smith College in Northampton, Mass., on May 18. She majored in clinical psychology.

Parish, a 1999 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, is the daughter of David and Snova Parish of Juneau.

Crystal Novotney of Juneau received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M., on May 10.

Welcome home

The newly completed Habitat for Humanity home of Sharon Pratt will be dedicated at 4 p.m. Sunday. The house is at 4448 Kanat'a St.

For more information, call Linda at 789-2501. All are welcome to come to the dedication and enjoy the refreshments.

Training for arthritis programs

The Washington/Alaska chapter of the Arthritis Foundation will hold training sessions in Sitka for community program instructors.

The training is for people with a background in fitness, health care, physical education, chronic disease or geriatric care.

A training for the YMCA aquatics program will be held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 9 at Sheldon Jackson College.

The program is a warm-water-based exercise program designed for people with arthritis or related conditions. Classes are conducted at local indoor pools with a water temperature between 83 and 92 degrees.

A training for the program People with Arthritis Can Exercise will be held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 10 at the college.

PACE is a land-based exercise program designed specifically for people with arthritis and related conditions.

Each training session costs $80, but scholarships are available to the first 20 applicants.

Contact Shannon Holt with the Arthritis Foundation WA/AK Chapter at (206) 547-2707 Ext. 105, or at for more information.

Trail cleanup days

Trail lovers are invited to gather for a Scoop the Poop Walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Airport Dike Trail.

The event is the first in a series of Saturday cleanup walks sponsored by the Gastineau Humane Society.

"Some people haven't been cleaning up after their dogs, and as a result, the trails aren't very pleasant for anyone," said Chava Lee, executive director. "We don't want to see trails closed to dogs, as some suggest."

Volunteers are asked to bring a scoop and a sturdy plastic bag. The cleanup should take an hour or two.

Scoop the Poop walks are planned for 9 a.m. May 24 on the Outer Point and Rainforest trails on North Douglas, May 31 on the Brotherhood Bridge Trail, June 7 at Cope Park, and June 14 at Sandy Beach.

Young kids' hike

A Little People's Hike, sponsored by Trail Mix, will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17, on the Kaxdigoowu Heen Dei Trail.

Hikers should meet at the Brotherhood Bridge parking lot. The hike is for families with children who are toddlers to preschool-age. A parent must accompany the child.

Call 790-6406 for more information, or look at the Web site

Pet first aid

The American Red Cross will offer a pet first aid class from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at Suite 203 at 3200 Hospital Drive.

The class will cover choking, cardiac arrest, CPR, shock, burns, wounds, insect and animal bites, poisoning, frostbite, hypothermia, heatstroke and other topics.

The class is limited to 10 participants. To register call 463-5713.

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