Neighbors Digest

Posted: Friday, July 06, 2007

UAS offers middle school adventure camp

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JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast will offer Middle School Adventure Camp for kids entering sixth to eighth grade the weeks of July 9, half-day camp, and July 16, full-day camp, at the UAS Student Recreation Center.

Half-day camp will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Full-day camp will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The camp will feature a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, indoor climbing, gun safety, orienteering, mountain biking and fishing.

For more information, call Shea at 796-6546 or visit

Tlingit curriculum series posted online

JUNEAU - Sealaska Heritage Institute produced a unique collection of Tlingit curriculum and distributed it to every school district in Southeast, in hopes of weaving more Native lessons into the public school system.

The curriculum, co-produced by the Juneau School District, is unique because it's the first Tlingit language and culture curriculum done on a broad scale that meets state academic and cultural standards.

The curriculum was distributed in hardcopy binders, some of which include CDs with computer games and audio of Tlingit words and songs. The 18-unit series of culture and language lessons also is posted online at The audio CDs are meant to encourage correct pronunciation of Tlingit language components. The interactive vocabulary games are an effort to make language learning fun, and to reach students through technology, said SHI President Rosita Worl.

The curriculum was developed and field-tested by primary teachers from the Juneau School District and SHI language specialists. The three-year project was funded by two grants from the U.S. Department of Education. SHI plans to release a similar set of curriculum for the Haida language and culture.

Teachers who want to use the hardcopy materials are encouraged to contact their superintendents or district curriculum libraries.

SEARHC provides more mobile mammograms

SITKA - The SEARHC Breast and Cervical Health Program has announced the tentative late summer and fall 2007 schedule for the Bartlett Regional Hospital's mobile mammogram program.

The mobile mammography van will visit Hoonah, Haines, Skagway, Prince of Wales Island and Metlakatla during the late summer and fall. The schedule is tentative, but hopefully will not change, program director Roz DeRensis said.

The van is scheduled to visit Hoonah on Aug. 21-24, Haines on Sept. 4-13, Skagway on Sept. 17-19, Klawock on Sept. 26-28, Craig on Oct. 1-3, Klawock again on Oct. 4-12, and Metlakatla on Oct. 19-24.

For more information, contact your local clinic, call 966-8782 in Sitka (dial 1-888-388-8782, toll-free in Alaska), or send e-mail to

SEARHC offers boating instructor course

SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Injury Prevention Department is partnering with the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association to host a recreational boating instructor course July 10-14 in Sitka.

This training program is designed to teach participants how to deliver recreational boating safety courses in their own communities. Participants will be trained in methods of instruction, hypothermia, alcohol and boating, signals and shelters, risk assessment, personal flotation device use, cold-water survival and shore survival.

The class size will be limited to 10 participants, and the class is targeted toward residents from Wrangell, Petersburg, Craig, Klawock, Hoonah, Angoon, Kake, Haines, Klukwan and Sitka. This is a custom AMSEA course designed to meet the demand for increased attention to injury prevention in recreational boating.

For more information about the recreational boating instructor course and scholarships, contact Amiee LeBlanc Gloe at (907) 966-8866 or Registration information can be found online at

Arts council accepts fellowship applications

JUNEAU - The Alaska State Council on the Arts is accepting applications for the 2007 Connie Boochever Fellowship.

This year's category is visual arts, which includes folk and traditional crafts, photography, painting, ceramics, sculpture and printmaking. The $2,500 fellowship is for emerging artists pursuing an art form on an ongoing basis.

Deadline for applications is Aug. 31. For guidelines and applications, visit the ASCA Web site or call (888) 278-7424.

Emmanuel Baptist holds Vacation Bible School

JUNEAU - Emmanuel Baptist Church will hold its annual Family Vacation Bible School, from 6:15 to 9 p.m. July 16-20 at the church, 10490 Glacier Highway.

This year's theme is "Game Day Central." Class are available for all ages, from 4 to adult. A nursery will be provided, and supper will be served from 5:30 to 6 p.m. each evening.

For more information or to enroll, call 789-3012.

Healing Hand Foundation seeks donations

JUNEAU - The Healing Hand Foundation is asking for donations to be used as drawing items in its new Employee Giving Incentive Program created by the Foundation to encourage our participating Employee Donors to sign up for payroll deduction donated to the Foundation.

Other organizations and employees participating are Goldbelt Inc., Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority, and Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Native entities that truly care and support foundations such as "Healing Hand with SEARHC."

All types of art items (or donations of any kind) will be accepted. The deadline for the Native art work donations for the first Employee Giving Monthly Drawing calendar is July 16. Artists or persons donating pieces will have their art work photographed and incorporated into a calendar. Artists also can have their names and their contact information included. Any and all artwork, such as beaded items, prints, carved items, cedar baskets and prints would be appreciated. Artwork may also be donated in "Loving Memory Of" or "In Honor Of" a relative or individual. Employees signing up to make regular donations from their payroll to the Foundation will be eligible to win a variety of prizes in regular monthly drawings.

Donations of a can or jar of salmon or other Native foods (bag of seaweed, jar of jam, etc.) can also go to Healing Hand Foundation's Native Food basket. Artists or persons donating pieces will have their works photographed and incorporated into a calendar. Artists also can have their names and phone numbers included. We would appreciate any and all artwork, such as prints. Artwork may also be donated in "Loving Memory Of" or "In Honor Of" a relative or individual. These donations will be used to make "Native Food Baskets" as door prizes or in our monthly drawing.

To give donations please contact Executive Director Dana Leask-Ruaro or her assistant, Mabel Pittman, at 3245 Hospital Drive, Juneau, AK, 99801, or at 364-4402.

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