Neighbors Digest

Posted: Friday, June 15, 2007

Registration now open for wellness program

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SITKA - Registration is open for the next class session of the award-winning Community Wellness Advocate program.

The Community Wellness Advocate program is a cooperative effort of SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Health Promotion and the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka campus. The CWA program is modeled after the state's Community health aide/practitioner program that trains village health workers, but the CWA program is geared toward disease prevention and health behavior change rather than clinical work.

The first 1.5-hour audio-conference for the instruction to health promotion and public health course is Sept. 3-7, and the first week of residency in Sitka takes place Sept. 10-14. All prospective students will need to take part in a pre-course interview with SEARHC health educator Lisa Sadleir-Hart, the CWA program coordinator, or SEARHC health educator Doug Osborne, a CWA program instructor. Space is limited, and registration through UAS needs to be completed before Aug. 20.

For more information on the CWA program, contact Lisa Sadleir-Hart at (907) 966-8735, Doug Osborne at (907) 966-8734, or Bob Love, of the UAS Sitka campus, at (907) 747-7777. Information about the CWA program is available online at for program details and for UAS admissions forms and additional information.

Arts council seeks award nominations

JUNEAU - The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council invites nominations for its first Mayor's Awards for the Arts to be presented at a fundraising luncheon, sponsored by Princess Cruises, at 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 9 aboard the Island Princess.

Awards will be presented in five categories: volunteer/patron of the arts, business leadership in the arts, artist, innovative application of the arts and arts in education.

Nomination forms are available at the JAHC offices or online at Nominations will be accepted through June 23. Winners of the awards will be announced on June 27 and will be nominated for the Governor's Arts Awards.

Tickets for the awards luncheon are $25 and go on sale Friday at Hearthside Books, Rainy Day Books and at the JAHC offices. For more information, call Nancy DeCherney at 586-2787.

Ocean adventure race takes place Saturday

SITKA - Racers in kayaks, canoes, rowing shells, paddle boats, Tlingit warrior canoes and other human-powered watercraft will compete in the inaugural Sitka Sound Ocean Adventure Race on Saturday, starting and finishing at the Mount Edgecumbe High School boat ramp on Sitka's Japonski Island.

A benefit for the Sitka Maritime Heritage Society, the race will feature two courses -a long course of 23 miles, starting at 8:30 a.m., and a short course of 13.3 miles, at 9:30 a.m.

The two courses will head north on Sitka Sound and follow a counter-clockwise circle around various islands in the area (a map is posted online). A community potluck picnic will take place after the race at 3 p.m.

All racers must attend a pre-race safety meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Rasmussen Center at Sheldon Jackson College. The entry fee is $40 for the first person and $25 for each additional person competing in the same boat.

For more information, call (907) 747-2552. Race information, safety tips and entry forms can be found online at

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