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Neighbors Digest

Posted: Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Philosophy class to start

The Alaska Semester at the Sitka campus is offering a distance-delivered philosophy class beginning Oct. 13 and ending Dec. 12. Introduction to Eastern philosophy is Web-based, with audioconferences on Thursdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Participants will explore the main philosophical ideas of Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. They will also examine ideologies, and historical and cultural developments - especially in India, China and Japan. Bill Sallenbach will instruct. For more information or to register, call (907) 747-6653.

Alaska Junior Miss

The 2004 Alaska Junior Miss Scholarship Program, a franchised arm of America's Junior Miss, will be held in Soldotna, Feb. 1 to 8, 2004. This annual competition is part of a nationwide endeavor to reward high school senior girls for their accomplishments.

Contestants are evaluated on judges' interviews, scholastic achievement, creative and performing arts, fitness and poise. In addition to receiving scholarship money, the winner will represent Alaska in the national finals scheduled for June in Mobile, Ala. There is no entry fee and it's open to any young woman graduating in the spring of 2004. So pick up a contestant packet from your school counselor today.

For more information, contact Mary Green at 262-5495 or visit www.ajm.org/alaska.

Montessori election

Montessori School elected new members to its board of directors on Sept. 19.

They are Jennie Oxman, Jennifer Bowman Ryznar, Anna Eberhardt, Carol Austerman, Laura Mulgrew, Lindsay Campbell and Thea Howard.

The Juneau Montessori School is dedicated to helping children prepare themselves for life by providing exceptional, creative environments; by establishing a partnership of child, parent and teacher; and by fostering independence and compassion, as well as trust, respect, and responsibility to self, others and the world in order to inspire a lifelong love of learning.

Dog obedience training

Dogs and kids were meant for each other. Having a well trained dog makes it easier on the family. The 4-H program will start an advanced and a basic dog obedience training program on Oct. 13 at Riverbend Elementary School. Advanced obedience members will meet from 6 to 6:30 p.m. The program is open to youth in grades 3 through 12. Each training session runs for an hour and family members who also work with the dog are encouraged to attend and work with the dog.

4-H leader Gaile Haynes has more than 30 years experience in teaching both dog showmanship and obedience. She has discovered ways to make the class exciting, fun and educational for all members of the family. To enroll in the Juneau 4-H Dog Obedience club you need to contact Gaile at 789-0694. You may also call the Cooperative Extension Service at 465-8749 if you cannot reach Gaile.

Gaile would like all dogs to be at least 4 months old. She would prefer that the 4-H member outweigh the dog. The member must own the dog or, if not, the owner of the dog must live in the member's house. If this does not fit your situation, you may call Gaile and ask if she will make an exception.

At the first session on Oct. 13 please do not bring your dogs. At the first session you will need to pay your $6 4-H dues. You will also be getting a description of the items you will need to bring with you when you bring your dog.



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