After the non-stop activities of last weekend, this week looks a little slow, but there are definitely some interesting things to check out.
The most unusual event for the weekend is the midnight celebration of the release of ``Harry Potter IV'' at Hearthside Books in the Nugget Mall. The arrival of this book has been anticipated for months and Potter fans, some of whom are not kids, can't wait to find out what's next in the magical journey. In appreciation of its local supporters, Hearthside has planned a party that will run from 12:01 to 1 a.m. Saturday morning. The owners encourage people to call ahead, reserve their copy and come down to the store at midnight to collect the book. If you can't stay up that late, you can pick up your reserved copy any time, but calling ahead to claim a copy is a good idea, according to the owners, who anticipate brisk sales. If you go to the midnight party, use the back door for the book store since the main entrance to the mall will be closed.
Later on Saturday, you may want to drop by the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center for their ongoing free program for children 7 to 12 years old. This week's session, ``Lost and Getting Found,'' is designed to teach kids how to prevent themselves from getting lost in the woods. It also will explore what kids can do to stay safe if they find themselves alone after losing their friends or family. Children under 7 are welcome to attend, but the younger kids need an adult to accompany them throughout the whole class. The program, taught by a U.S. Forest Service naturalist, runs for an hour starting at 11 a.m.
Another good deal for families is the Haa Aani Culture Camp that starts Monday and runs through Aug. 21. It's sponsored by the Douglas Indian Association, Sealaska Heritage Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every weekday at Gastineau Elementary School. Along with teaching the Tlingit language, the camp will focus on the cultural ties between traditional Tlingit culture and modern science. Plus master carver Mick Beasly will teach carving and two-dimensional design. The camp is free and open to children ages 8 to 14. For more information or to register, call 364-3567.
For the writers in the community, Bread Loaf School of English, which offers a summer program in Juneau, will host a free class from 7 to 10 p.m., on Tuesday at the Egan Library on the UAS Campus. ``Taking Literature From Page to Stage'' focuses on how drama can help people write, teach and express themselves more fully. Visiting educators and performers, Annie Scurria and Barry Press, will lead the workshop designed to take the written word off the page.
Tonight, there's a reception for the art exhibit ``Portrait Out of Our Heads'' from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Gallery. This new exhibit features the work of Pia Reilly and Susan Christensen of Petersburg. ``These women are technically very accomplished and confident and their work is very evocative. They have some beautiful pieces,'' said Sybil Davis, executive director of the council.
Despite lackluster reviews, movies at the local theaters are doing a brisk business. Out of all the recently released films in town, ``The Perfect Storm'' is the most popular and selling out almost every show.
For the people who don't like the big blockbuster mentality of most summer movies, the Back Room Cinema is a good alternative. ``Babbette's Feast'' plays on Saturday and ``Eat, Drink, Man, Woman'' starts on Tuesday. Both films are excellent.
Riley Woodford will resume writing this column next week.