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Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Widowed Persons Service to host picnic at Lena Beach

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JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Service will host a picnic at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lena Beach picnic area. Burgers, condiments, chips and coffee will be provided. Please bring a potluck dish to share.

All widows and widowers are invited to bring a guest and join us for this social event. Watch for balloons to designate our picnic area.

The WPS Support Group also meets every Tuesday evening during the summer for dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Rodfather's Restaurant, formerly The Broiler, in the Nugget Mall. The next meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Parlor at Fireweed Place, 415 Willoughby Ave. The next Brunch will be at noon on Aug. 5 at the Breakwater Restaurant.

Contact Sue Nielsen at 586-6424 or Sandy DeLong at 789-0355 with any questions. This program is sponsored by the AARP Alaska Widowed Persons Service.

Jensen-Olson Arboretum to open to public, for education and beauty

JUNEAU - Gardener Caroline Jensen, in a plan with the Southeast Alaska Land Trust and the city of Juneau to create a conservation easement in 1998, transformed her property to a public arboretum. Upon her passing in February 2006, the city assumed management of the property and laid the groundwork for the Jensen-Olson Arboretum.

The arboretum will officially open for the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 23035 Glacier Highway, just under a mile north of the Shrine of St Therese. Visitation is free.

Starting from a master plan that Jensen commissioned from local landscape designer Judy Sherburne, arboretum manager Merrill Jensen will enhance the existing plant beds and install new plantings to augment the current plant palette for educational purposes. Contact Merrill at 789-0139 or for information.

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