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Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2005

Comedian to perform at Marlintini's

JUNEAU -New York comedian Rich Guzzi will bring his Self Help Tour to Marlintini's Lounge for two shows, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23 and 24.

Guzzi, a longtime comedian on stage and radio, considers himself a mix of Tony Robbins and Tony Soprano. His show is a combination of hypnosis, self-help and motivation.

A nonsmoker and allergic to cigarette smoke, he often lectures on quitting smoking.

Saturday's show is nonsmoking. Tickets for either night are $12 in advance or at the door, free if you buy a meal at DocWater's Pub this week and ask for a ticket.

For more information, visit http://www.richguzzi.com.

Genealogy society to host free fair Saturday

JUNEAU - The Gastineau Genealogy Society will sponsor a free genealogy fair from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The society will have displays of genealogy material, genealogists to answer search questions and lectures for beginners and more-experienced researchers.

The fair is free and open to the public.

Daughters of New Moon bring 'Aziza' to town

JUNEAU - Daughters of the New Moon, a Middle Eastern dance troupe in Juneau, is bringing international coach and teacher Aziza to town for the group's 29th anniversary "Midnight at the Oasis" dinner performance at the Baranof Hotel.

The event is Friday, Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m. Call Susan at 463-6238 for prices and seating.

Aziza splits her time between Montreal and the Pacific Northwest and has been studying Middle Eastern dance since 1988. She also works with African, modern, lyrical Jazz, Tahitian and classical forms. She is one of the featured artists at Rakkasah West, one of the world's largest Middle Eastern dance festivals. For more, visit www.azizashimmy.com.

Aziza will also lead a three-day workshop, Sept. 29 and Oct. 1-2, at the American Legion Hall in Auke Bay, 12480 Glacier Highway.

Thursday's class (7-9:30 p.m., $50) covers classic dancing, with a lecture and demonstration. Saturday (10 a.m.-3 p.m., $80) features isolations, drills and conditioning, and drum solo technique and routine. Sunday (10 a.m.-3 p.m., $80) spotlights advanced veil technique, choreography and zill technique.

For more information call Kathleen Gamble at 780-4387 or Diana Ground at 586-6002.

Registration is limited to 35 dancers, and doors will open 30 minutes before each workshop for late registration and sign-in.

Festival of Seafood set for Saturday

JUNEAU - KTOO-FM, Taku Smokeries/Fisheries and Alaska Brewing Co. are sponsoring the annual Festival of Seafood on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Juneau Yacht Club.

A tutored beer tasting starts at 4 p.m. and costs $10.

There are two dinner seatings, 5 and 6:15 p.m. The menu includes halibut, salmon, Gerry's shrimp creole, salads and Alaskan Oatmeal Stout gingerbread.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids and available at KTOO, Hearthside Books and the door.

Arts and humanities awards announced

ANCHORAGE -Gov. Frank Murkowski's office has announced the winners of the 2005 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities. The awards will be presented Friday, Oct. 21, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Arts Advocacy Award -Herta Prechtel, Fairbanks, former executive director of the Fairbanks Concert Association; Arts Business Leadership Award -The Rasmuson Foundation; Arts Education Award -Barbara Short, Fairbanks, art coordinator of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District; Arts Organization Award - Alaska Dance Theater Co., Anchorage

Individual Artist Award - Jerry Harper, Anchorage, founder of Eccentric Theater Co. (posthumous); Margaret Nick Cooke Award for Native Arts & Languages - Eliza Jones, Koyukuk, translator and researcher of the Athabaskan language; Alaska Native Artist - Pamyua, Anchorage and Bethel

Governor's Lifetime Achieve-ment Award - Lydia Black, Kodiak, scholar of Aleut and Russian Alaska history; Governor's Distinguished Cultural Service Award - Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association, Anchorage, an institution dedicated to the preservation of Alaska's film and video history; Governor's Alaska Muse Award - Augie Hiebert, Anchorage, the father of Alaska broadcasting; Humanities Civic Advocate Award (two awards) - Karen Parr, Fairbanks, educator and community advocate; Clem & Diana Tillion, Halibut Cove, civic and cultural leaders since before statehood.

For more information, call the Alaska State Council on the Arts at 1-888-278-7424 or the Alaska Humanities Forum at 907-272-5338.

Engstroms to speak at Juneau Writers meeting

JUNEAU -Elton and Allan Engstrom, co-authors of "Alexander Baranov, A Pacific Empire," will speak during the Juneau Writers meeting, 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Mendenhall Library meeting room in the Mendenhall Mall

Refreshments will be served at 2 p.m., and the Engstroms will begin at 2:15. Questions and answers will start at 3 p.m., and writers will share their work at 3:30.

The meeting is free and open to all writers and authors. For more information call Barbara at 790-3038.

Center to celebrate Nat'l Public Lands Day

JUNEAU - The U.S. Forest Service will celebrate the 12th annual National Public Lands Day with kids' programs and guided hikes on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

The center will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and the $3 admission fee will be waived.

At 11 a.m., ranger Dick Callahan will host the weekly one-hour Kids Day program in the outdoor covered viewing area. Kids ages 4-6 are invited, accompanied by an adult.

Rangers will lead guided hikes throughout the day, and the center staff will show kids' movies in the auditorium from 1-3 p.m. Two guests from the Juneau Raptor Center - Galileo the barred owl and AJ the northern harrier - will visit the covered viewing area from 12-2 p.m.

Stey to share literacy tips at library

JUNEAU -Martha Stey will be at the downtown Juneau Public Library from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 24, to teach adults methods of extending literacy through music.

The free program is intended for parents, caregivers, teachers and other interested adults.

For more information, contact Carol Race at 586-0434.

KTOO quilt show to open Friday

JUNEAU -KTOO will host a show of 14 colorful quilts made for foster children and struggling families. The exhibition opens Sept. 23 and will be on display during business hours at the station, 360 Egan Drive.

The Monday Night Sewing Circle will display 11 of its quilts, and the Gold Street Quilters will show three.

Nine of the sewing circle quilts were made in "round robin" fashion - designed by one person, then worked on by each other person in turn. The quilts illustrate a variety of themes: pets, African village fabrics, all-white textures, fabrics with optical illusions and all pink floral fabrics. Since 1998, the group has created quilts for children in state foster care.

The Gold Street quilts are exercises in learning new sewing and quilting skills, using donated fabric. They are on loan from the Healthy Families program, funded by Catholic Community Services.

Hearthside Books to celebrate birthday

JUNEAU -Hearthside Books will recognize Banned Books Week with drawings and displays at its downtown and Nugget Mall stores from Saturday, Sept. 24, to Saturday, Oct. 1.

Both stores will exhibit formerly banned books in their window displays, distribute handouts and give out prizes through the week.

For more information about Banned Books Week, check out http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/bannedbooksweek/bannedbooksweek.htm.

Hearthside will also celebrate its 30th anniversary from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at both locations. Cake will be served, the store will set up historical displays and there will be drawings for Hearthside gift cards.



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