Posted: Thursday, June 30, 2005

Fine Arts Camp to host finale performance

JUNEAU -The Juneau Fine Arts Camp will hold a grand finale variety show at 7 p.m., Friday, July 1, at Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium. The event will include song, dance, clowning, creative writing, poetry, video animation, an operatic take on "Hansel and Gretel" and a look at the giant puppets made by the students in Vermont teacher Meredith Holch's course.

The camp has met throughout June at the high school. It includes kids up to high school age.

Admission on Friday is pay-as-you-can.

Also, at 5 p.m., Thursday, June 30, The Back Room at the Silverbow Inn will screen video animation and video production projects from the camp. There was a course for sixth- to eighth-graders, as well as one for adults.

Only Fools Run to hit streets Saturday night

JUNEAU - Registration will be accepted on the evening of Saturday, July 2, for this year's Only Fools Run one-mile run/walk and 5K.

The midnight run, actually at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, is known for its wild costumes, as well as its throng of runners winding through the streets of Juneau at dark.

Almost 500 people showed up last year, and race organizers are hoping for a similar turnout this year. All proceeds to go to S.A.I.L.

Both races begin in the Centennial Hall parking lot. The 5K starts on Willoughby Avenue, cuts up Capital Avenue, zigzags up to Berners Avenue, winds back to Glacier Avenue, then continues away from turn for a little over a mile before turning around and heading back to the hall.

"There are a couple hills, but there's a good amount of flat in it," race organizer Tristan Knutson-Lombardo said.

The mile run winds down Willoughby Avenue before heading back.

Registration is $20 for adults, $10 for kids 14 and under and $50 for a family of four. The night of the race, the booth will open at 10:30 p.m.

Food and refreshments will be available after the race. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, craziest centipede and age division finishers in the mile and 5K. Door prizes will also be handed out.

Knutson-Lombardo won last year's men's 5K, and Phoebe Rohrbacher was the top woman.

The Nettles to headline Camp D.A.M.P.

JUNEAU - The four-piece Pacific Northwest band The Nettles will be the guest band at Camp D.A.M.P., the 13th annual summer contra dance camp held July 15-17 at the Eagle River United Methodist Camp, 26 miles north of town.

About 75 dancers and musicians will gather for two and a half days of dances, workshops and song circles. Participants come from Southeast Alaska and the Lower 48. The weekend is also known for its fine cuisine.

Cost is $85 for adults, $30 for children ages 6-18 and $10 for children 2-5. For more information, call camp registrar Jan Caulfield at 463-3214. New dancers are welcome, and partners are not necessary.

The Nettles recently played Seattle's Folklife festival. The band includes Laura Brophy on fiddle, Kevin Johnsrude on guitar and bass, Todd Silverstein on saxophone and bouzouki and Rick Rubin on percussion. Silverstein is also the band's caller. Check out their Web site at ~brophyl/nettles.

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