Neighbors Briefs

Posted: Friday, September 13, 2002

Group celebrates 10th anniversary

Trail Mix Inc. is celebrating its 10th year as Juneau's community trail organization, maintaining, and building trails throughout the City and Borough of Juneau.

Its 10th year anniversary and end of the season fall celebration will be held Sept. 14 at the Mount Roberts Tramway. This year's celebration includes a ride up the tram, dinner, a silent auction, a live auction, and live music.

All proceeds support Trail Mix's work to improve trails in Juneau. Guest of honor is Bill Chisham, a key person in the establishment of Trail Mix, and president of the Board until 1998.

Call Odlin Brudie at 586-1453, or James King at 790-6406 to contribute to the auction fund-raiser, or if you can volunteer some time to help with organizing the event. Also, call to reserve a table or tickets.

Tickets are on sale at Hearthside Books, and reservations can be made online as well as through the Trail Mix office or board members. Seating is limited to about 120.

Women's retreat set

The Women of Restored Destiny 2002 Women's Retreat will be held on Friday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Adlersheim Wilderness Lodge. Women of Restored Destiny is a ministry of Restoration Grace Outreach Center in Juneau. Frieda Jenkins from Victory Outreach International Church in Kansas City, Mo. will be the facilitator, and Sherry Patterson is the retreat coordinator. The registration fee is $60 per person. Call 790-9371 or 780-5121 for a registration form.

'Operation Christmas Child' schedules first meeting on Saturday

Its time for "Operation Christmas Child" to kick off. Ever wonder where your carefully packed shoe box ends up? Come see slides of Juneau's boxes being distributed to children in the Russian Far East.

Last year Juneau collected many towers of shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Over 1,500 boxes went out in 2001 to OCC a program of Samaritan's Purse and founded by Franklin Graham. Empty shoe boxes are filled with small gifts by local families. The boxes are designated to the appropriate age and sex. Then they are shipped out literally around the world to needy children. Often these children receive no other Christmas present. Operation Christmas Child is an enormous effort that crosses denominational, geographical and political boundaries.

The one hour kick-off meeting will be held at Valley Chapel on Friday, Sept. 13, from 7-8 p.m. Empty boxes and new material will be distributed. Child care is provided. Call Justine Emerson for information at 463-3321.

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