Neighbors Digest

Posted: Friday, May 25, 2007

Art grant program to be available July 1

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JUNEAU - The Alaska State Council on the Arts will launch an American Masterpieces grant program available to Alaskan organizations beginning July 1. Application deadline is June 1.

The National Endowment for the Arts' recently launched initiative, "American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius," is designed to honor American master artists and masterworks. The new grant program will highlight the best of American or Alaskan artists, exhibits or productions.

For more information, visit www.eed.state.ak.us/aksca or call ASCA at (888) 278-7424 or (907) 269-6610.

Home can sealer clinic held Friday

JUNEAU - Dr. Bret Luick, Cooperative Extension Service specialist for the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will provide a home can sealer clinic in one-hour sessions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, June 1, at the Juneau District Cooperative Extension office located in the Vintage Business Park, 3032 Vintage Blvd., Suite 104.

Reserve a one-hour session to review the assembly process, evaluate the can seams and make adjustments to ensure the seams are free from defects.

The clinic is free, but reservations are required. Contact Mary LeBon from 8 a.m. to noon at (907) 474-6339 or e-mail fnmml@uaf.edu. For more information on the clinic, contact Sonja at the Juneau office, 465-8756.

Symphony holds 'Carmen' auditions

JUNEAU - Juneau Symphony Artistic Director and Conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett will hold vocal auditions for the Symphony's concert production of Bizet's "Carmen" at 5 p.m. on June 1 at Northern Light United Church.

The Juneau Symphony will perform "Carmen" in concert on Feb. 2 and 3, 2008.

All roles except Michaela will be auditioned. Participants are asked to prepare one solo piece with piano accompaniment. Participants must bring their own accompanist. It is preferred but not required that the audition piece be sung in French.

Participants should call the Juneau Symphony office at 586-4676 to schedule a 10-minute audition. For more information, visit www.juneausymphony.org.

Tribal child support unit open for business

JUNEAU - The Employment and Training Tribal Child Support Unit - created to ensure that Tlingit and Haida children receive the emotional and financial support of both their parents and their parent's extended family - has received full funding for its Comprehensive IV-D Program and is open for business.

The TCSU provides the following services to all applicants: family assessment on child support needs; referral to appropriate agencies for support services needed by the family; location of parents and assets; paternity establishment and enrollment; support obligation establishment and modification; enforcement of court orders; tracking, collection and distribution of payments; and intergovernmental case processing and assistance.

Any one may apply to TCSU for services. There are no application requirements. For more information or to set an appointment to open your child support case with Tlingit and Haida Tribal Child Support, contact Carlene Nore at (800) 344-1432 ext. 7132.

Moose Lodge sponsors dinner fundraiser

JUNEAU - The Juneau Moose Lodge is sponsoring an all-you-can-eat dinner fundraiser for 12-year-old Taylee Escalante on June 2 at the Moose Lodge.

The event includes a spaghetti and garlic bread dinner, dessert auction and silent goods auction. Cost is $10.

Funds will go to Escalante, who was diagnosed with a rare immunosuppressant disease called P ANKA Vasculitis, an aggressive disease that primarily attacks the immune system and causes organ failure. Escalante prognosis is not favorable.

Escalante needs assistance in defraying travel costs associated with monthly visits to children's hospital for infused chemotherapy treatments and subsequent medical costs. Goods or money will be accepted.

For more information, call Elsie Rado at 586-3987 or Mary Thomas at 789-6719.



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