NEW CALENDAR ITEMS
Juneau-Douglas Fish and Game Advisory Committee meeting - Meet from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7, at the commissioner's conference room at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's headquarters, 1255 W. 8th St. Agenda items include game proposals for Units 1, 2, 3 and 4, and providing written comments to the Alaska Board of Game for its Nov. 2-5 meeting. Info: Committee chair Kathy Hansen, 586-6652, or the Alaska Department of Fish and Game office, 465-4111.
Hunter Education Instructor training course - This two-day class takes place from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, at the state's new indoor shooting range on Montana Creek Road. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will lead these classes, which helps train people how to teach basic safe-hunting and other hunter education courses. All persons interested in this class must complete a background check with the Alaska State Troopers before the first session (there is a $20 fee for the background check that is reimbursed). Background checks can be completed from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays at 2760 Sherwood Lane or 450 Whittier St. Bring two forms of identification, including one with a photo. Info: Douglas office of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, 465-4265.
Juneau Soccer Club registration - Registration for the 2004-05 season is underway through October. This program is for young soccer players in grades 4-12 of all skill levels. There are year-round developmental teams and competitive programs that travel to state and regional tournaments. Players are grouped by age and gender. Info: Noel Shima, 789-1525, or Amy Skilbred, 780-4649, or on the Web at http://www.juneausoccer.org.
Friday, Oct. 8
Juneau Youth Football League playoffs - Junior Division: Third place vs. fourth place, 6 p.m.; championship game, 8 p.m.; both games at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.
Saturday, Oct. 9
Juneau Youth Football League playoffs - Senior Division: Third place vs. Sitka, 11 a.m., and championship game, 2 p.m. All games at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.
Juneau Freewheelers cycling club - Dimond Park Long Course Mountain Bike Race: Meet at 10:30 a.m. at Dimond Park for an 11 a.m. race start. Course is TBA. Info: Chris Chiles, 789-5138 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Juneau Alpine Club - The Mounts Gastineau, Roberts, Sheep and Clark Traverse originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 25, has been changed to Saturday, Oct. 9. Please RSVP with the trip leader for this moderate-difficulty trek. Info: Dave Lefebvre, 789-4099.
MEETINGS / CLINICS / ANNOUNCEMENTS
Midnight Suns Fastpitch Softball Association fall tryouts - Fall tryouts for the 2005 season take place on Saturday, Oct. 2, Sunday, Oct. 3, and Wednesday, Oct. 6, at the Riverbend Elementary School gym. On Saturday, tryout times are 12:30 p.m. for ages 16U and 18U girls, 1:30 p.m. for age 14U, 3 p.m. for age 12U and 4:30 p.m. for age 10U. On Sunday, the times are 12:30 p.m. for age 10U girls, 1:30 p.m. for age 12U, 3 p.m. for age 14U and 4:30 p.m. for age 16U. On Wednesday, there is an all-ages make-up tryout at 6:30 p.m., a parent meeting at 7:30 p.m., and at 8 p.m. team calendar pictures will be taken for all ages. Info: Midnight Suns Fastpitch Softball Association president Glen Alt, 586-1439.
Volunteer youth basketball coaches needed - Coaches are needed to help develop players in the Juneau Parks and Rec youth basketball league. The season runs from Oct. 2 through Dec. 11, so potential coaches need to make contact with Parks and Rec this week. Two coaches are needed for age 14-18 boys teams, one coach is needed for an age 12-13 boys team and a co-coach is needed for an age 10-11 boys team. Volunteer applications and background checks are required before working with a team. Training materials are available at the Parks and Rec office downtown at 155 Seward St. Info: Myiia Whistler, 586-5226, or by e-mail at Myiia_Whistler@ci.juneau.ak.us.
Raincountry Flyfishers monthly meeting - Meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7, at the Mendenhall River Community School library. Mark Vinsel will have a presentation on fly rod building and repair. Bring your current fly rod projects to the meeting for pointers. Info: Steve Martin, 790-2206.
Juneau-Douglas High School Dance Team clinics/tryouts - The JDHS Dance Team will hold a series of clinics leading up to team tryouts next month. Clinics are open to all JDHS students and will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7; from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 9; from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 11; and from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12. Tryouts will be held from 5 p.m. until they are done on Wednesday, Oct. 13. All sessions will be in the Marie Drake gym. Info: Christa Baxter, 364-3502.
Juneau Douglas Ice Association youth hockey registration - Registration for the youth hockey program (ages 5-18) and the learn hockey program (ages 4-18) is in progress. Registration forms are available at Treadwell Arena, Skater's Edge, or on the Web at http://www.usahockey.com/juneaudouglasice/. The season starts the first week of October. Info: Ken Collison, 790-2763.
Juneau Parks and Recreation Adult Ordway Basketball team registration - Registration will be held on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 5 p.m. in the Assembly Chambers at City Hall. Late registration will be held on Friday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Juneau Parks and Recreation office. League play begins Nov. 7 and continues through the first week of February. Info: Juneau Parks and Rec, 586-5226, or on the Web at http://www.juneau.org/parksrec/adult/ordway.php.
Juneau Rowing Club fall membership meeting and spaghetti feed - Meet at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15, at the Douglas Island Bible Church on David Street. Please RSVP if you plan to attend so enough food can be prepared. Info: Toy Campbell, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on the Web at http://www.juneaurowing.com.
Juneau Parks and Recreation Women's Classic Basketball League - Registration forms are due by Oct. 22 for this league, which is open to women who want to play team basketball but are older, new to the game or have limited time available due to other commitments. Aggressive play is strongly discouraged. Preseason practices begin in November, with one game a week on Wednesdays - 10 games total - through Feb. 2. The cost is $47.25 per player. Juneau Parks and Rec staff will assemble teams. Info: Juneau Parks and Rec, 586-5226, or on the Web at http://www.juneau.org/parksrec/adult/classic.php.
Paid basketball referees needed - The Juneau Parks and Recreation Department is seeking referees for its youth basketball program (ages 8-18). Applicants must be at least 14 years old to officiate, and games start on Oct. 25. A good knowledge of the game is helpful, and prior experience as a referee is not necessary. Training is available. Applications are available at the Parks and Rec office downtown at 155 Seward St. Info: Myiia Whistler, 586-5226, or by e-mail at Myiia_Whistler@ci.juneau.ak.us.
Augustus Brown Pool/American Red Cross Lifeguard instructor class - A lifeguard instructor class will be held Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 28-31, at the Augustus G. Brown Swimming Pool. The class is open to those age 17-older with a current Fundamental of Instructor Training certificate. Participants must pass a pre-course written and skills test that will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9. The test will include demonstrations of CPR, first aid and lifeguarding skills. Info: Augustus Brown Swim Pool, 586-5325.
Note to waterfowl hunters - Hunters seeking waterfowl hunting permits to take waterfowl, snipe or cranes on the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge can obtain the permits at Western Auto, Rayco Sales or at the Douglas office of the Alaska Department of Fish & Game. The permit is meant as an orientation for hunters using the refuge and also allows ADF&G to collect duck hunting effort and harvest data. All hunters should pay careful attention to the orientation information that comes with the permit. Info: Douglas office of ADF&G, 465-4265.
Juneau Parks and Recreation Department survey - Juneau Parks and Rec invites sports participants and parents to complete an Internet survey about P&R sports programs. To combat declining participation the department is considering changing when sports are offered through the year, and it is seeking public feedback. The survey can be found on the Web at http://www.juneau.org/parksrec/youth/form/survey.htm. Hard copies can be picked up at the Parks and Rec office in City Hall or at the Zach Gordon Youth Center. Info: Recreation supervisor Myiia Whistler, 586-5226, or by e-mail at Myiia_Whistler@ci.juneau.ak.us.
OPEN GYMS / SCRIMMAGES / ONGOING
Youth open gyms - Meet from 8-11 p.m. on Saturdays at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School gym. Youth open gyms are free for students in grades 5-12. Info: Community schools director Joyce Kitka, 463-1700, Ext. 327.
Mount Jumbo preschool open gym - Preschool open gyms for children ages 1-6 and an adult parent or caregiver take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through April. There must be at least one adult present for every four kids. There is a $1 per child fee, or punchcards for $10 and $50 can be bought at the gym, which is located at 909 4th Street in Douglas. Tricycles, mats, balls, a Little Tykes climber, building blocks and a kid-sized basketball hoop are available. Info: Myiia Whistler, Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation, 586-5226, or by e-mail at Myiia_Whistler@ci.juneau.ak.us.
Zach Gordon Youth Center climbing wall - New climbing wall hours are 5-7 p.m. on Mondays, and 3:30-7 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The climbing wall can be used by people of all ages. Climbers age 20-younger climb free, while adults 21-older pay $5 to use the wall. Youth-adult interaction is encouraged, so an adult climbing with a youth pays no fee. Private rental times are available for $25 per hour. Info and scheduling: Zach Gordon Youth Center, 586-2635.
Treadwell Arena schedule - The arena is now open with ice. A schedule is posted on the rink's Web site. Info: Treadwell Arena, 586-0410, or on the Web at http://www.juneau.org/parksrec/icerink/.
Juneau Community Schools open gyms - Basketball, volleyball and soccer open gyms for adults are available several times a week. Basketball and volleyball open gyms are held Fridays and Sundays from 7-9 p.m. at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. Soccer open gyms are held Saturdays from 6-8 p.m. at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School and Sundays from 6:45-8:45 p.m. at Floyd Dryden Middle School. The cost is $5 per session, and 10-session punchcards are available for $40 each. Info: Juneau Community Schools, 463-1717.
Basketball/volleyball court rentals available - The Juneau Community Schools program has basketball/volleyball court rental times available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. The cost to rent the court is $20 per hour, which must be paid at the time of rental. This is for adult activities only. Info: Juneau Community Schools, 463-1717.
Recreational badminton - Auke Bay group: This group meets from 8-10 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays at the Auke Bay Community School gym. This badminton open gym is for teens and adults of all skill levels and it costs $3 per person per night. Bring a racquet, if you have one. Info: Theresa Walden, 790-2499.
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center guided hikes - The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center offers twice-daily, one-hour guided hikes on the Trail of Time. The free hikes, led by a naturalist from the visitor center, meet at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the flagpoles in the first parking lot. Info: Wayne Ward, 789-6640.
Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation Wednesday and Saturday hikes - For updates on locations of Wednesday and Saturday group hikes, call the Juneau Parks and Recreation Hikes Hotline. Always remember to bring plenty of food and water, wear warm layers of clothing and proper footwear for the hike. No dogs or firearms are allowed. Wednesday hikes are limited to hikers 18 years of age or older. Saturday hikes are open to families, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Info: Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation Hikes Hotline, 586-0428.