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Posted: Friday, September 14, 2007

SEARHC to host wellness training in Sitka on Sept. 27

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SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, Sitka Community Hospital and SEARHC Steps to a Healthier Southeast Alaska program will host the "Working Well in Alaska" employee wellness training from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, at Harrigan Centennial Hall. The training is modeled after the Well Workplace University training held in Sitka last September and is open to employers and employees looking to create healthier worksites. This year's training will look at how various Alaska workplaces have created and implemented successful employee wellness plans, for worksites with as few as five and as many as 1,000 employees.

The training costs $20 per person, which includes a lunch from the Galley Deli. Pay for one registration and a second person from the same worksite will get in free (to encourage the creation of employee wellness teams).

In conjunction with Thursday's training, there will be a separate "Partnering for Well Worksites" event from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 28, at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Friday's event is designed to help employers learn how to work with their insurance representatives to support their employee wellness efforts.

For more information on the "Working Well in Alaska" training on Thursday, call Doug Osborne at 966-8734, Bradelle Padon at 364-4404, or Jennifer Spriggel at 747-0313. For information on Friday's "Partnering for Well Worksites" training, contact Doug Osborne at 966-8734 or Paula Scott of Paula Scott Insurance at 338-3567.

Times reporter Revkin to speak on climate change on Tuesday

JUNEAU - New York Times environment writer Andrew C. Revkin will present "On the Front Lines of Climate Change: From the North Pole to the White House" at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the University of Alaska Southeast Egan Library.

Revkin's lecture draws on nearly 20 years of covering climate research and politics in magazines, two books and more than 300 climate stories for the New York Times.

He will also discuss his trip to the North Pole with a hardy climate-research team and sign copies of "The North Pole Was Here: Puzzles and Perils at the Top of the World," his award-winning new book on the once and future Arctic, which is written for the whole family.

Revkin's visit is part of the University of Alaska's contribution to the International Polar Year effort to promote research, education and outreach activities that focus on the Arctic and the Antarctic regions. For more information, visit

Sitka to host Safe Routes to School training today

SITKA - Sitka's Bicycle Friendly Community project will host League of American Bicyclists trainer Preston Tyree for a work session on the federal Safe Routes To School program and how those ideals can be applied in Sitka.

The work session is 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. today at Harrigan Centennial Hall. During the training, Tyree will discuss the Safe Routes To School program and how Sitka can make it safer for schoolchildren to walk or ride their bikes to school. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Tyree also will present a Road I cycling course today and Saturday. He will train Sitka residents to become certified league cycling instructors Monday-Wednesday.

For more information, contact SEARHC Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska School and Workplace Coordinator Bradelle Padon at 364-4404. For information on the Web about the national Safe Routes To School program, go to

For information on the two cycling training sessions, contact SEARHC health educator Doug Osborne at (907) 966-8734 or Matthew Turner at (907) 747-3665.

Alaska museums seek candidates for museum collections committee

JUNEAU - The Alaska State Museums - Alaska State Museum, Juneau-Douglas City Museum and the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka - are seeking candidates for appointment to the Museum Collections Advisory Committee, which is responsible for approving donations, acquisitions and deaccessions for the Alaska State Museum.

Members serve a three-year term without compensation. A minimum of two teleconferences are held annually in the sping and fall. Candidates should have knowledge and significant experience in at least one of the following areas: Alaska history, fine arts, natural history, archaeology, anthropology or museology.

Interested individiuals should send a letter of interest and resume by Oct. 26 to Bruce Kato, Alaska State Museum, 395 Whittier St., Juneau, AK, 99801-1718. For more information before applying, call 465-2901.

Juneau artist carves canoe bound for Smithsonian in D.C.

JUNEAU - Sealaska Heritage Institute has commissioned Tlingit artist Doug (Kevin) Chilton, of Juneau, to make a traditional, cedar canoe for exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Chilton will carve the full size, Northwest Coast ocean-going dugout canoe at the Sealaska Plaza in Juneau, where the project will be broadcast live on the Internet.

The plan is to paddle the finished canoe up the Potomac River to Ocean Hall, an exhibit celebrating global oceans scheduled to open in September 2008. Ocean Hall will inhabit a grand, newly renovated space that spans one of the museum's three central halls. The canoe will be part of the museum's permanent collection.

The log was donated by Sealaska Corporation, which held a tree ceremony when the cedar was felled in April on Prince of Wales Island. During the ceremony, Native people thanked the tree and explained to the tree how they would use it, offered food to the spirit of the tree and spread a blanket and feathers to catch the tree and ensure its safety in falling.

Chilton, the canoe carver, made an address to the tree's spirit at the ceremony. Chilton (Yaa is a Tlingit of the Raven moiety, Deisheetaan Clan, Raven House of Angoon. He will be assisted by Tlingit artist Donald Gregory.

The project may be watched live on the Internet at . The institute plans to have a finished canoe by the end of the year.

Juneau-Gastineau Rotary bulbs for sale through Sept. 22

JUNEAU - Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Club is taking orders through Sept. 22 for its spring bulb sale. The bulbs will be ready for distribution between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sept. 29 at AEL&P.

Proceeds from this sale help the Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Club support the Glory Hole, University of Alaska Southeast scholarships, the Pillars of American Freedom series, Senior Home repair, Family Day at the Lake and many other worthwhile projects.

The clubs are offering the following mixes: tulip, daffodil, iris, oriental lily, crocus and a la carte selections. Visit for more information.

Community Schools fall class schedule still available online

JUNEAU - Community Schools fall class offerings are available online at Click on "Departments," then "Community Schools," or call 523-1773 for a paper copy.

Check out the variety of physical, acting, self help and arts courses, including woodworking, yoga, fiction writing, bread making, card making, conversational Spanish, a variety of martial arts and much more.

Registration is from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Nugget Mall and continues the next week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Community Schools Office.

For more information call 523-1774.

Online tutorial available to help the public be Red Cross Ready

JUNEAU - The Red Cross has put together a free online tutorial to show the public just how simple it is to 1) get a kit, 2) make a plan and 3) be informed - the three steps to be "Red Cross Ready."

Facing a disaster without being Red Cross Ready would be a lot like going on vacation without packing or making reservations - extremely inconvenient and potentially expensive and dangerous.

Being prepared for a disaster doesn't take a lot of time, doesn't call for expensive equipment and doesn't require a lot of training. The American Red Cross of Alaska urges all of its neighbors to make a commitment to preparing and protecting themselves and their loved ones.

Visit or contact the American Red Cross at (888) 345-4376.

Children's Writers Group invites writers, illustrators to meetings

JUNEAU - Juneau's local Children's Writers Group, sponsored by the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators, is seeking individuals interested in writing for children.

Writing for children encompasses a wide age range, from picture books for the very young, to novels for the teen market. In addition to critiquing manuscripts, the Children's Writers Group provides support and advice to aspiring authors. Local authors and illustrators are invited to share their expertise as they have done in the past.

The group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month in the large conference room of the downtown. For more information, contact Dordie Carter at 736-2311 or

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