Neighbors Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Cellular One incentive

Cellular One from Dobson Cellular Systems announces it is collecting school supplies for the Juneau School District as part of the "Activate Your School" promotion. Customers who bring a new school supply to Cellular One, 9400 Glacier Highway, Suite 1, will receive $10 off a new activation or 25 percent off a phone accessory of their choice.

School supply donations may be dropped off at Cellular One of Juneau throughout the month of August. Cellular One is aiming to collect at least 100 supplies for the Juneau School District.

Vaccinate Juneau Kids

The Vaccinate Juneau Kids Coalition is sponsoring Super Shot Saturday on Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Valley Medical Center, 3220 Hospital Drive. The coalition reminds all parents that school children will not be allowed to attend classes in the Juneau School District if their immunizations are not up-to-date. The coalition members, Juneau Public Health Center, Bartlett Regional Hospital, Valley Medical Center and SEARHC urge parents to bring their children, ages newborn to 18. Shots are free, and prizes will be awarded.

Bunnetts head tour group

The Rev. Thomas T. Bunnett, who was first known as the pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, will be in Juneau the weekend of Sunday, Aug. 24. The Bunnetts will be leading a tour group from Germany visiting Alaska, stopping in Juneau for two days. Faith Lutheran Church invites all friends and acquaintances to the worship service and fellowship with the Bunnetts and their party after the service.

Bunnett served the congregation for four years before entering the chaplaincy of the Armed Services. He served in that capacity for 30 years, retiring in August 1997. He and his wife, Thekla, built a home in Anchorage but had hardly become settled before he received a call to serve as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church and School in San Diego, Calif. He retired from that call in August 2002.

Christian Youth Exchange

The International Christian Youth Exchange is holding a reunion at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24, at Northern Light United Church, 400 W. 11th St. The reunion will be held in part, as a farewell celebration to longtime ICYE volunteers Jim and Corinne Griffin, who will be moving to Texas. Anyone who has hosted an ICYE exchange student or traveled abroad with ICYE is welcome to attend. Attendees are asked to bring a dish and memories to share. If you have pictures or items from your exchange, bring them also. For more information, call Linda Miller at 789-2501.

Girl Scouts in song

Girl Scouts who attended summer day or resident camps are invited to demonstrate their Scouting spirit in song at the Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council Salmon Bake Fund-raiser from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30. Singers will be admitted free, although parents who accompany them will be charged $25.

Girls who attended day camp this summer will perform from 6:30 to 7 p.m., and girls who attended resident camp will sing from 7 to 7:30. Performers are asked to wear something to identify them as Girl Scouts. Uniforms are best, and camp shirts are second best. If you are interested in performing, call Girl Scout Choir Director Kathy Buss, at 586-1710 before Aug. 26.

Computer classes for beginners

SERRC is offering free evening computer classes for beginners, starting Sept. 2 at the Juneau Adult Education Center, 210 Ferry Way. Classes will be held 5 to 7 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, with lab opening at 4:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning on Sept. 3, will include Parts 1-8 of "How to Start from Nowhere: Basic Computer Intro." Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Sept. 2, will cover Parts 1-9 of "Introduction to Excel." Call the Juneau Adult Education Center at 586-5718.

Shrine sponsors retreat

The Shrine of St. Therese is sponsoring a Living a Vision Labyrinth Retreat, which will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12, and end between 3:30 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14. Come register and select rooms and/or roommates before Aug. 30. Rooms are available on a first-come first-served basis.

This retreat will provide experiential and creative processes of identifying each participant's values, vision, mission and goals in the four areas of emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The workshop focuses on using a labyrinth's attributes, having a single or universal path leading to a center or goal, to help participants "find themselves."

From the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, professional coach and trainer Pamela Ramadei will teach leadership, communication, conflict resolution and mutually respectful human relationship skills at the retreat. Ramadei has traveled Europe and the British Isles photographing and walking many labyrinths. She will share some of her world-wide labyrinth adventures during the retreat process. She is a Reiki master and graduate of the Alfred Adler Institute of Minnesota.

Participants are asked to bring a snack food to share with the group. Please bring your own bed linens or a sleeping bag. Dress for the weather and bring casual clothing. Bringing a Bible, journal or notebook and colored pencils is recommended.

Suggested donation is $135 per person. Retreat fee includes meals on Saturday and Sunday, plus a beverage service. Scholarships are available upon request for those in need. Contact Shrine director Thomas Fitterer at 780-6112 to make reservations ( When making reservations please note any dietary allergies or restrictions. For additional information, contact Pamela Finney at 586-5080 (, or Janis Burns in the evenings at 789-2299 (

Waterfowl hunting regs

Beginning this fall, all persons intending to hunt waterfowl, snipe or cranes on the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge must obtain a waterfowl-hunting permit. The permit can be picked up only at Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Douglas, or at the Waterfowl Fair, which will be held on Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Juneau Gun Club. The permit will be enforced this fall.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game also claims that Hunters who present Alaskan wild ruminant (moose, Dall sheep, goats, caribou, deer, bison, elk, muskoxen) game trophies, meat, sausage or complete carcasses at a Canadian-American border port will be allowed to bring the shipment into the United States as long as they can show proof of a valid Alaska hunting license (photocopies are acceptable) and a valid driver's license under the same name. Hunters with questions can contact 465-4265.


The Gastineau Humane Society is seeking businesses, civic groups and individuals to adopt classrooms in the Juneau School District for the innovative Adopt-A-Classroom program, which teaches elementary school children to treat people, animals and the environment with kindness and respect.

Each $30 tax-deductible contribution made to the Gastineau Humane Society provides a K-6 teacher his or her class with a subscription to the classroom newspaper KIND News and one or more visits from a member of the KIND News speakers bureau. The bureau includes veterinarians and veterinary technicians, Humane Society staff, Kennel Club members, dog trainers and other individuals with animal specialties. KIND News features articles, activities, puzzles and celebrity interviews that emphasize the importance of kindness, helping children put basic values like compassion, responsibility and respect into practice.

Donors may select a specific classroom to receive these materials, or Gastineau Humane Society can make the selection from a list of classrooms waiting to be adopted. For more information about the Adopt-A-Classroon program, call the Gastineau Humane Society at 789-0260.

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