Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2001

'Between the Lines' hosts Marie

Former Juneau resident Christine Marie will share her poetry and spiritual journey in a May 28 reading, 7 p.m., at The Back Room.

Marie, 47, moved to Sitka six years ago. She began writing poetry at 16, and is the author of one published compilation, "Love Song to a Mountain." Her other works include numerous plays and two unpublished novels, both of which are set in Juneau.

The current focus of Marie's work is her spiritual journey. Born and raised Catholic, she is now attending Seattle University and pursuing an appointment as an Episcopal minister. Tickets to the reading are $5 for adults and $3 for students, and can be purchased at the door.

Storytelling festival features artists

The Fourth Annual North to the Yukon Storytelling Festival takes place this week and will feature two guest artists. Storyteller Michael McCarty and storyteller and balloon-artist Michael Ouchi will be joined by local storyteller Mary Lou Spartz and emcee Becky Bear for a 7 p.m. Concert in the Park on Wednesday, May 30. McCarty and Ouchi will also offer workshops in, respectively, storytellers' skills and balloon art at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, in the KTOO TV studio and conference room. Cost is $30 each; the concert is free.

"This is not just storytelling for kids," Bear said. "It's storytelling for all ages. Some of it will be very appropriate for adults - but not racy, of course."

The festival will be broadcast simultaneously on KTOO-FM, Bear said.

Lunch-cruise explores lighthouses

The Gastineau Channel Historical Society is sponsoring a cruise to Sentinel Island, Eldred Rock and Point Retreat Lighthouses, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 2.

Tickets are $75 for members, $100 for nonmembers. The cost includes lunch, music by members of the Juneau Symphony, a shipwreck program by Mike Burble, a lighthouse program by Gary Gillette and a preview of the PBS documentary, "Legendary Lighthouses of Alaska," which will air this fall.

"We will have people on board who lived on various lighthouses, which is pretty exciting," said Renee Hughes, chief volunteer.

Proceeds benefit Preservation of Alaska Lighthouses. Call 586-5338 for information and reservations.

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