Neighbors Digest

Posted: Friday, September 22, 2006

Meeting about school funding held Wednesday

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Would you like to learn more about how your child's school receives their funding?

Alaska Kids Count Network Treasurer and Glacier Valley Site Council Member Stephanie Allison will explain school funding from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Glacier Valley Elementary School library.

She will explain the annual allocation from the state Legislature down to the resources allocated to individual schools.

Diebels family to hold leukemia fundraiser

The friends of the Diebels family are hosting a Chili Feed and Silent Auction, from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 7 at St. Paul's Catholic Church, in honor of 4-year old Jonathan Diebels, who has been battling leukemia for over a year.

Tickets are $10 per person or $30 for a family, on sale at both JRC The Alaska Club locations. A silent auction will follow a dinner of several varieties of chili and cornbread. The Creating Place will be doing kids crafts, and there will also be a silent auction for kids.

For more information, contact Melissa at 790-3949.

South Indian dinner fundraiser held Saturday

The new nonprofit organization, Carmel Children's Hope Inc., will hold its first annual fundraising event with a South Indian dinner and auction at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau Senior Center.

Tickets are $30. The menu features chicken curry, salmon cutlets, shredded cabbage with carrot, cucumber and yogurt salad, rice with cashews and raisins, and desserts.

Carmel Children's Hope Inc., was organized in December 2005 to help improve the lives of underprivileged children around the world. For tickets or more information, call Pona or Priya at 789-2393.

Special Olympics has team openings

Special Olympics of Alaska offers year-round Olympic sports training in six different sports for a growing number of Juneau althletes ages 12 to 55.

Special Olympics of Alaska Juneau has openings on the Community Management Team, including assistant director, secretary, bookkeeper and fundraising chairperson. The team meets on a montly basis for one to two hours. Team members are expected to put in a few additional hours each month.

For more information, call 523-6018 or e-mail

Alaska State Council on the Arts has applications for arts educator grant

Alaska State Council on the Arts has applications available for the Arts Educator Grant. The two deadlines for this grant are Dec. 1, 2006, and March 1, 2007.

This grant is designed to encourage the reconnection of art teachers to the practice of their art. Four awards, each up to $3,000, are available for kindergarten through 12th grade arts educators.

Applications and guidelines are available at For more information, call (907) 265-6682 or (800) 278-7424.

Massad to hold three morning church services

Hanna Massad, pastor of Gaza Baptist Church, will preach and speak at three morning services and at 7 p.m. Sunday at Chapel by the Lake.

Massad will visit Juneau with his wife, Suhad, and two daughers, Joyce and Jolene. Born in Gaza and educated at Fuller Seminary in California, he also serves as director of Christian Mission in Gaza. His wife is director of the Gaza Palestinian Bible Society. Massad will give presentations and answer questions on life and ministry in Gaza.

For more information, call Chapel by the Lake at 789-7592.

Libraries accepting youth bookmark contest entries

Friends of the Juneau Public Library, Hearthside Books and the city of Juneau Public Libraries are sponsoring an annual Children's Bookmark Contest, for youth from pre-school to 12th grade. Entries will be accepted until Oct. 15 at any of the three public libraries - downtown, Douglas or valley.

This event in celebration of National Children's Book Week. Winners from each grade level will receive a $10 gift certificate from Hearthside Bookstore. All winners and honorable mentions will receive laminated copies of their bookmark design and $5 gift certificates from the Friends of the Library Amazing Book Store. These designs will be displayed on the library Web page.

For more information, contact Juneau Public Library's Youth Services at 586-5303.

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