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Posted: Wednesday, October 03, 2007

City Museum begins winter hours, season of free admission

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JUNEAU - Thanks to the generosity of local individual and organizations, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum is pleased to offer free winter admission for a seventh season! This year's sponsors are: October, Friends of the Gastineau Channel Historical Society and the Juneau-Douglas City Museum; November, A Friend of the Museum; December, Robert and Michelle Storer; January, A Friend of the Museum; February, The Pioneer Book Committee; March and April, Robert and Michelle Storer.

Free winter admission is a simple process by which an individual or organization sponsors the estimated admission cost for a month during the winter season (October through April); this sponsorship allows the museum to waive the $4 adult admission fee to visitors. Leading up to 2001, the museum's average number of winter visitors was 1,700, last year that number had risen to 5,308 visitors, the largest to date.

As we enter into the fall, the museum would also like to announce that we will be extending our winter hours. This year the museum will be open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, starting Oct. 1.

The museum would like to thank all of our Free Winter Admission sponsors and all who support the museum. If you or your organization would like more information about sponsoring a month of winter admission, or to hear about other ways to support your community museum please contact Museum Director Jane Lindsey at 586-3572.

The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is located at Fourth and Main Streets in Juneau. Summer hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, contact the museum at 907-586-3572 or online at The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is a facility of the Parks and Recreation Department.

United Way sponsors local Day of Caring on Thursday

JUNEAU - The United Way of Southeast Alaska is sponsoring a Day of Caring on Thursday.

The event will match approximately 120 volunteeers from 15 local businesses with projects at 14 area nonprofit organizations. Each team will volunteer its time and skills in order to complete much-needed service projects for the nonprofits, including painting dormitories, building an accessibility ramp, shampooing carpets, holding a food drive at local grocery stores and repainting the Mendenhall Valley skate park.

As a tangible sign of support from the business community, employers have agreed to donate employees for a 5-6-hour day. The University of Alaska Southeast students and staff will participate on Saturday. Food drives will be conducted Saturday by the Alaskan Brewing Co. at Wal-Mart and by Bartlett Regional Hospital at Super Bear.

SEARHC Kake Health Promotion plans breast cancer walk

KAKE - October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and cancer has had a growing impact on Alaska Native communities. So the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's Kake Health Promotion will host the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness on the last day of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Camp Convention. This event takes place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, and follows a short, flat course from the Kake Community Hall to Gunnuck Creek and back that is only a half-mile each way to make it accessible for elders and youth.

"This walk is a way to honor our people who have battled or are battling breast cancer, and to raise awareness of this disease that has affected all of our communities," said Georgie Reese, a SEARHC Community Wellness Advocate in Kake.

Reese said the walk will be held in memory of Debra Thomas, a cook at the Kake Senior Center and longtime teacher's aide at Kake Elementary School, who was 49 when she passed away in August after a lengthy battle with breast cancer. The walk also will honor all women (and some men) who have been diagnosed with the disease.

"The ANB Grand Camp encourages the women of our communities to utilize the mobile mammogram annually," said Dewey Skan, ANB Grand President. "Breast cancer has affected my family personally, as it has many families in our communities. We encourage everyone to take steps for early detection to protect yourselves and your families."

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and second-leading cause of cancer death (after lung cancer) among women. Early detection of breast cancer through regular breast self-exams, clinical breast exams and mammograms can increase the chances of long-term survival. All women are encouraged to get a complete annual health screening, which includes a heart health exam in addition to the breast exams.

The walk is open to all, including men and children. Participants are encouraged to wear pink or their Native regalia. The walk will be held even if it's raining, so bring raingear and umbrellas. Coffee and tea will be served after the walk.

For more information, contact Georgie Reese at 785-3260. For information on how to schedule annual women's health screenings, contact the SEARHC Kake Health Center at 785-3333 or the SEARHC Women's Health Program at (888) 388-8782. For online information on the SEARHC Women's Health Program, which includes the Breast and Cervical Health Program and WISEWOMAN, go to online to

Riverbend Elementary holds Healthy Futures Family Nights

JUNEAU - Riverbend Elementary School has invited Riverbend families to participate in their Healthy Futures Family Nights, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5, for kindergarteners to second-graders; and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10 for third- to fifth-graders.

The one-hour events will include stations of instruction in physical activity including the traverse wall, yoga, jumping rope and nutrition. Local fitness focused businesses and sporting associations are invited to participate. Come and learn how to lead a healthy lifestyle through healthy nutrition and some of Juneau's great physical activity options.

Healthy Futures is a statewide initiative of community partners collaborating to address the epidemic of overweight and sedentary youth in Alaska by focusing on the promotion of daily physical activity.

For more information, please call 523-1730.

Section of Chronic Disease offers class onself-management

JUNEAU - The state of Alaska Section of Chronic Disease will offer a free six-week self-management class, "Living Well with Chronic Illness," from 6:30 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday from Oct. 10 to Nov. 14 at the Bartlett Regional Hospital, Robert Valliant Building.

Workshops are facilitated from a detailed manual by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are peers with a chronic health condition themselves. Sessions are highly participative. Subjects covered include techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; appropriate exercises; and use of medications, nutrition and making informed treatment decisions.

To register or for more information, call Bob Chatfield at 796- 8622.

Filipino-AmericanAssociation holdsscholarship fundraiser

JUNEAU - The Filipino-American Association of Juneau will have its 2007 scholarship fundraising dinner and dessert auction from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Tlingit and Haida Community Center, 3235 Hospital Drive.

The menu includes chicken adobo, egg rolls, pancit noodles, rice, dessert and bottled water. Cost is $12. Soda will be sold separately for $1.

For more information or tickets, call Benny Cruz at 723-7055.

Juneau Soccer Club's youth soccer sign-ups have started for fall

JUNEAU - The sign-up period has started for the Juneau Soccer Club's youth soccer training program for competitive teams. The program takes kids in grades third to 12th. The teams are same age and same sex, except for 9- and 10-year-olds, whose teams are mixed age and gender.

The local program has been incredibly successful, with many local kids becoming outstanding statewide and national players. This year, the new fieldhouse at Dimond Park will be available for covered indoor play.

For more information, visit or call Nick Lyons at 523-9756 or Marty McKeowan at 957-2313.

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