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Posted: Friday, July 13, 2007

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JUNEAU - Donate old cell phones to the Juneau Watershed Partnership to help raise funds to hire an Americorps volunteer.

Old cell phones, chargers and batteries can be dropped off at the JWP office in the Senate Mall, fourth floor, Room 424, between now and Oct. 31. In partnership with the Recycling Alliance, JWP will recycle these phones and receive anywhere from 50 cents to $25 for every cell phone collected.

Keep cell phones out of the landfill and help support the local watershed council. Call JWP at 586-6853 for more information.

SEARHC takes Juneau Eagles vs. Ravens event online

JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Eagles vs. Ravens Wellness Challenge is going online for 2007, making it easier for Juneau residents to record their points from home or if they have to travel.

The 2007 challenge takes place Aug. 1 through Sept. 30. Online registration opens on July 15, which is when the Eagles vs. Ravens Web site address will be released. Online registration closes on Aug. 15. The contest is open to the entire Juneau community, and people can participate as individuals, on teams of two to eight people, and for their respective moieties. Family and business teams are encouraged.

Eagles vs. Ravens began as a 1998 walking contest in Klukwan, with the losing moiety providing the winners with a picnic. Since then, the contest has expanded into other communities and it now takes a more holistic approach toward improving a person's overall health. People still can earn points for doing physical activity, such as walking, cycling, running, kayaking or even playing hopscotch. But participants also now can earn points for other wellness activities, such as quitting tobacco, improving their nutrition, getting annual check-ups, reducing their stress, drinking water, mentoring, or for taking part in or attending community or cultural events.

The kickoff celebration for Juneau's 2007 challenge takes place from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, at the Tling t-Haida Community Center, 3235 Hospital Drive. The celebration will feature registration, Native dancing, food and t-shirts for the first 400 registrants. Two hours into the celebration, participants will walk over to Twin Lakes for a play session for kids and adults at the new Project Playground.

Besides the kick-off celebration, this year's Eagles vs. Ravens includes several weekly events such as family swims, walking clubs and indoor rock climbing. An open house with biometric screenings takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the SEARHC Juneau Health Promotion Office, 3245 Hospital Drive. The closing ceremony and awards will be presented from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Tling t-Haida Community Center.

For more information, contact Alan Travasso at 364-4458, Cachet Garrett at 463-4092, Christa Lott at 364-4460 or Christy Wallace at 364-4457. When the link is announced, it will be distributed to local media and posted on the SEARHC Web site,

WeWhoWalk Tour visits Juneau Tuesday

JUNEAU - As part of a national campaign to spread the message of wellness through walking, the WeWhoWalk Tour will make its fifth tour stop on Tuesday in Juneau.

Juneau-area leaders will participate in pre-walk festivities in the Westmark Baranof, 127 N. Franklin St., at 7:30 a.m. The five-mile walk on a specially selected safe and scenic route that showcases Juneau, will begin at 8:30 a.m., and be led by Sue Parks, CEO of WalkStyles Inc., originator of the tour and other local community leaders.

The WeWhoWalk Tour is the idea of Parks, whose company WalkStyles is dedicated to helping people live a healthier, more balanced lifestyle that includes walking. Parks enlisted the sponsorship of United Healthcare to move this concept forward. Additional sponsors are American Airlines, Citracal, Lindora Comprehensive Weight Control, Foot Solutions and Liberty Fitness. Nationally syndicated radio program, the Satellite Sisters (, recently joined as a sponsor and will periodically feature Parks on their show during the tour.

Crystal Lake camp set for next week

JUNEAU - Forest Service naturalists are holding a Crystal Lake Day Camp, on rocks minerals, and glaciers in the Tongass, from July 16-20 at Dredge Lake. The camp will run Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Participants will meet at the new Forest Service office on Back Loop Road (adjacent to the weather station).

Space is available for children 10-13 and activities will include mineral testing, gold panning, garnet hunting, and making your own icefield and glaciers.

Weekly sessions will continue until Aug. 10, offering a different topic each week.

For more information and registration, call 789-6267 or 209-8600.

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