Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2004

Autumn festival set for Sept. 25 at Marine Park

JUNEAU - Marine Park will host an autumn harvest festival from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.

A street fair (farmer's market with produce, local businesses, food vendors, information booths, local artists, roaming theater, music and voter registration) will last from 2 to 8 p.m. The afternoon includes the Autumn Pour Homebrew Competition Awards at 4 p.m. under the Marine Park shelter. All brewers are welcome to enter.

For more information, or for booth space, contact Rachel at or 364-4684.

A Rock the Vote concert (organized by Teri Tibbett with permission from will coincide with the fest from 2 to 10 p.m., with a punk show beginning around 7 or 8 p.m. The punk lineup includes What Remains, Groping for Elmo, Faithless, Lifted, and Angry Angry Death Slug. Tentative afternoon bands include: Daddy-O, Brown Haven, Bob Cole, Patrice Helmar, Teri Tibbett, Jason Caputo and John Unzicker

Centennial Hall to host barn dance on Saturday

JUNEAU - The Grateful Celtics, with dance caller Jim Grammel, will play the monthly Saturday Barn Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 at Centennial Hall.

The evening will be preceded by a short instructional course for beginners at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is $8 for the public, $5 for students and seniors, and available at the door.

Dancers should wear cool, comfortable clothing and clean, soft shoes. Everybody is welcome. All dances are called and taught. Partners and experience are not necessary.

The Thursday night contra dance series will resume on Sept. 23 at the Harborview School gymnasium with Leif Saya and Friends, and caller Tom Paul. Dances are not being held at the Capital School gymnasium this month.

For more information, call Sally at 586-5621 or visit

Author, illustrator to speak at downtown library

JUNEAU - Award-winning author and illustrator Janell Cannon will appear at the downtown public library at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, to discuss her 12-year career as a children's book writer and her three decades of experience as a graphic artist.

Cannon will present a slide show on her work. It includes anatomically detailed drawings of various creatures - bats, dragons and snakes in particular. She has researched entomology and uses Liquitex acrylics and Prismacolor pencils on bristol board.

Cannon was born in St. Paul, Minn., in 1957. Her family moved to Eagan, Minn., when she was 2. With her siblings, she began to explore the wild woods and farmland that adjoined her suburb.

"We had a nearby pond that teemed with life - turtles, frogs, salamanders, snakes and many types of fish," she said in a press release. "I developed a fascination for these creatures and loved to study and draw them. I remember one winter, I looked into the frozen pond and saw a frog suspended in the ice! Later, I would learn that come spring, this hardy being might thaw and resume his amphibious life. My interest in biological science was sparked."

Cannon worked as a freelance graphic designer for many years and was later hired as a graphic artist at the Carlsbad City Library in Carlsbad, Calif. Her first book, "Stellaluna," about bats and friendship, was published in 1993. Six more - "Trupp," "Verdi," "Crickwing," "Little Yau" and "Pinduli" - followed between then and 1994. All have been published by Harcourt.

Saturday's program is free and intended for all ages. For more information, call Carol at 586-0434.

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