Neighbors Digest

Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Service for Jensen Sunday in garden donated to city

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A memorial service for Caroline Jensen will be at 1:30 p.m., May 21, in her garden at 24 mile North Glacier Highway.

Caroline donated her property at Pearl Harbor to the city of Juneau for an arboretum.

The public is invited to the event. Car pooling is recommended as parking is limited. Persons interested in a ride to the event should contact Terry Hinkley today at 364-2828.

For further information, call 789-5028

Free inspections available for child-safety seats

Safe Kids Juneau, with assistance from State Farm community volunteers, will provide free inspections of child-safety seats from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 20 at State Farm Insurance in Juneau.

State Farm is hosting its sixth annual Child Safety Day at more than 150 locations across the country. The event focuses on the importance of car seats, booster seats and seat belts for children riding in motor vehicles.

For more information, visit their Web site at

The newly formed Widowed Persons Service hosts brunch

The Widowed Persons Service is hosting a brunch at 12:30 p.m., May 21 at the Breakwater Inn Restaurant and Lodge. All widows and widowers are invited to attend.

The Widowed Persons Program in Juneau hopes to provide some social events and a support group for the newly widowed.

To request a personal invitation for a widowed person to this luncheon or for further information regarding the WPS program, contact Sue Nielsen at 586-6424. This program is sponsored by the AARP Alaska Widowed Persons Service.

Parts of glacier area closed due to migrating terns

On May 3, long-distance migrating Arctic Terns returned to the sandbar in front of Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Because these rare birds are ground nesting, the flat vegetated area directly below photo point has been closed. Blue signs are posted along the perimeter. People and dogs should avoid the vicinity, and dogs must be leashed in all paved areas and on the Steep Creek salmon-viewing trail.

Killdeer is another species nesting on the ground near the visitor center. Their breeding sites are also closed and marked with signs.

Summer hours at the visitor center began May 7. The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. through September. Admission is $3 per person for people 16 years and over.

Weekly Kids Day and Junior Ranger programs will resume on May 26 at the outside covered viewing area.

Fire safety program offers workshop for homeowners

The Environmental Program at Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska has trained six specialists to lead its summer Firewise Program, which provides community education and outreach about wildland and structure-to-structure fires.

The Firewise Program will host a communitywide workshop at 5 p.m., May 25 at the downtown library. Local agency officials from the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration, United States Forest Service and Capital City Fire and Rescue will discuss their involvement in fire management. Homeowners will be provided with knowledge to improve their own home's vulnerability to wildland and structure-to-structure fires.

For more information or to schedule a free fire-risk assessment, call Miriah Killam at 463-7193.

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