Saturday and Sunday, Juneau residents have an opportunity to put all their pleasures in one basket: eat cotton candy, giggle at clowns, enjoy entertainment and contribute to their favorite charities.
The occasion is the fourth annual Moose Lodge Charity Carnival at Dimond Park, next to Riverbend Elementary School. The carnival is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. There is no admission fee.
Patrons purchase $1 tickets, and use them to play about two dozen different games. All proceeds go to local charities, such as Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Juneau, the Juneau Pioneers' Home, the Gastineau Channel Senior Center, the Gastineau Humane Society, the Glory Hole, Healthy Nations, Crime Line, Meals on Wheels and Juneau Hospice, among others.
``We raise $15,000 to $16,000 in two days,'' said the charity carnival chairman, Rick Jacobsen. ``We shoot for 15; then it depends on the weather.''
Sponsors contribute about $3,500 ahead of time for expenses, which include thank-you advertising and the toys given as prizes. The Gold Rush Commission donates the tent, Jacobsen said.
The event is sponsored by Juneau Moose Lodge 700. For details, call Jacobsen at 789-0946.