Neighbors Digest

Posted: Friday, October 12, 2007

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center offers photo workshop

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JUNEAU - The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center will host a free photography workshop from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, in the visitor center auditorium. Professional photographers Robert Armstrong and Jeff Gnass will lead the informal workshop. Seating is limited.

The workshop will be a question and answer format for advanced beginners and intermediate level photographers. Digital photography information will be emphasized.

Armstrong is author of several books on Southeast flora and fauna. Titles include "Birds of Alaska," "Whistlers on the Mountain," "Dragonflies," "Southeast Alaska's Natural World" and his newest book, "Life Around Mendenhall Glacier."

Gnass's landscape photography is featured in numerous calendars and books. Titles include "Nowhere Is A Place: Travels in Patagonia," "Desert Awakenings," "Idaho: Magnificent Wilderness," "Hawaii: Magnificent Wilderness" and "Fodor's Compass American Guide: Nevada."

For details on the workshop, call the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center at 789-6640. Winter hours at the visitor center are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday- Sunday.

Light-Up-A-Life celebration to be held Nov. 23-Dec. 23

JUNEAU - This year's Light-Up-A-Life celebration will be held from Nov. 23 to December 23 at Nugget Mall. The annual celebration and fundraiser is traditionally held from the day after Thanksgiving until the day before Christmas Eve. It's another way to remember deceased loved ones and to honor our living loved ones and heroes during the holidays.

"People come back year after year to place ornaments on the tree" Jean Jasmine said. Stars memorialize loved ones no longer physically with us, and candles honor living persons who have contributed significantly to our lives. Each ornament also represents a financial contribution toward the non-reimbursed work of Hospice and Home Care of Juneau.

This year, donors will be invited to decorate their candles and stars with a photo of their loved ones.

"Each star can be unique," Jasmine said-"a very special remembrance of someone who brought light and joy into our lives."

★★CJ staff and volunteers are taking over responsibility for the event from Peggie Ward, who received the 2007 United Way Volunteer of the Year award for her work in creating and nurturing Light-Up-A-Life since the year 2000.

Hospice and Home Care offers bereavement volunteer training

JUNEAU - On Oct. 9, Hospice and Home Care of Juneau began offering training for persons who would like to help facilitate hospice grief support groups or provide individual support following a death.

Conducted by staff and experienced volunteers, the 26-hour training will include: an overview of Catholic Community Services and ★★CJ; depression and anxiety; how it feels to lose control; ★★CJ grief support groups; group facilitation techniques; the grief process; death as a spiritual teacher; library and Web resources; Alaskan Memorial Park; Juneau Pioneer Home; dementia; life coaching; hospice chaplaincy; memorial arts and crafts; vigil care; healing touch; recording lives lived; deep listening; ★★CJ Threshold Choir and Wildflower Court. Participants will also view outstanding videos about the hospice movement and helping children in grief.

To request an application please call Jean Jasmine at 463-6134.

Bereavement support group offers solace, understanding

JUNEAU - ★★CJ will sponsor a 7-week Bereavement Support Group for adults who have lost a loved one through death. The group, to be facilitated by ★★CJ volunteer Debbie Sis, will focus on grief: how we experience it and how we can help ourselves during its challenging times.

This is a closed group, meaning that six to nine participants will begin the series together and attend each evening, barring emergencies, for the entire series. Meetings begin on Monday, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and will continue for seven Monday evenings, ending on Nov. 26. A donation of $70 for the series is suggested, but no one will be turned away due to inability to pay. The series is open to all members of the Juneau commu- nity, whether or not they have used the services of ★★JC.

Please call Jean Jasmine, 463-6134, to pre-register.

Tuvan throat singers to play Centennial Hall on Oct. 26

JUNEAU - Huun-Huur-Tu, a group of throat singers from the republic of Tuva, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Centennial Hall.

The show will be the first in the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council's 35th season.

Tuva is a small republic between Siberia and Mongolia. The music has been called hypnotic, haunting, other-worldly and deeply spiritual. The group formed in 1992 and has produced more than 10 albums,

Tickets cost $22 for general admission, $18 for students and seniors, $10 for kids and are available at Rainy Day Books, Hearthside Books or the arts council's office. There's a 15 percent discount for groups of five or more, if tickets are purchased directly from the arts council.

Huun-Huur-Tu will lead a throat-singing workshop at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, the arts council's gallery at the former National Guard Armory at 350 Whittier St. Admission is $40. To register, call the arts council at 586-ARTS.

AWARE sponsors womens self-defense class, fundraiser

JUNEAU - In celebration of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies and the Southeast Road Runners are sponsoring the "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" 1-mile walk or 5K run and fundraiser at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Sandy Beach.

The fundraiser is part of AWARE's White Ribbon Campaign: Pledge to not commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women. Participants may run in their Halloween costumes or walk a mile in high heels. Serious runners are welcome. Cost is $20 for adults. Children 10 and under free. Scholarships are available.

Registration forms can be picked up at JRC The Alaska Club, Pavitt's Health and Fitness, Fitness Essentials, Foggy Mountain or AWARE. Cost on the day of race is $25. For more information, call AWARE at 586-6623.

AWARE and the Juneau Shotokan Karate are also hosting a Women's self-defense class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Zach Gordon Youth Center, 396 Whittier Ave. All participants must pre-register with AWARE by calling 586-6623. Cost is $10. Scholarships available.

UAS to host premiere of Alaska College Track 2 Wednesday

JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast will host the premiere of Alaska College Track 2, a one-hour documentary, from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the UAS Egan Lecture Hall. Immediately following will be an open discussion about the transition from high school to college, with panelists including UAS Chancellor John Pugh and High School Counselor Frank Coenraad. The event is free and open to the public.

The Alaska College Track series began in 2004 as a local companion to a national PBS College Track series, which explored equal access issues in the American educational system on the 50th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision. The local version was told through the viewpoint and struggles of first-generation college students from Yakutat, Craig, and Hydaburg as they made their transitions from villages to college campuses.

Alaska College Track 2 reacquaints viewers with the students from the original series. It shares how one student used the heartbreaking loss of her brother to reassess her goals and get back on the college track. The documentary takes viewers from UA campuses in Juneau, Anchorage, and Fairbanks to show how cultural identity and traditions are helping rural students stay in school. The documentary raises issues such as the High School Qualifying Exam, cultural differences, and the expectation gap between high schools and post-secondary educators.

Alaska College Track 2 is a KTOO-TV production with funding from First National Bank Alaska.and the University of Alaska Foundation using funds provided by BP/ConocoPhillips

UAS Director of PR Kevin Myers: 796-6530

KTOO Producer Katie Bausler: 364-3129

UAS continues Apocalypse When? science exploration

JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast Natural Science Department continues its quest for your knowledge with its Last Thursday Science Exploration series at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Backroom of the Silverbow Inn, downtown.

This month's theme is "Apocalypse When?" People are encouraged to bring their ideas of how the world will end. All types of theories are welcome to share with the audience, especially those that are science-based.

Will an alien attack bring about the end of the world as we know it, or will a Nostradamus prediction or religious prophecy come true? Will the sun expand, incinerating the Earth, or will the universe get sucked into a black hole. Come to the Silverbow with a theory to share and some basis that helps explain your theory.

A computer projector and laptop will be available to aid in illustrating your thoughts on the end of the world. Please bring any remediation efforts you might suggest. For more information, visit

Group to host monthly walk-in clinics at Juneau Jobs Center

JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Women, Infants and Children Program will host once-a-month walk-in clinics at the Juneau Jobs Center.

Clients will be served on a first-come, first-served basis at these walk-in clinics, which take place at the Job Center Building, 10002 Glacier Highway (out past Don Abel). The last two walk-in clinics of 2007 are from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, and on Monday, Dec. 3. The first several clinics of 2008 take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4; Friday, Feb. 1; Monday, March 3; Tuesday, April 1; Friday, May 2; and Monday, June 2.

"Our aim is to make it as easy as possible for clients to access our services," said Susan Hennon, SEARHC WIC program coordinator and registered dietitian. "If a client is eligible for food stamps, Medicaid, Denali KidCare or public assistance, they are eligible to apply for WIC, so what better way to increase access than to partner with public assistance."

WIC is a federally funded, state-managed nutrition and health program designed to help pregnant women, new mothers and young children (up to age 5) eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. WIC provides free healthy food, nutrition education, breastfeeding support and supplies, and referrals to other needed services. Fathers, guardians and foster parents are encouraged to apply for their children.

In Southeast Alaska, the WIC program is provided through SEARHC to those people who meet the state's eligibility guidelines. SEARHC offers regular weekly walk-in clinics from 1-6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the SEARHC Juneau Medical Center, 3245 Hospital Drive (first floor below SEARHC Dental). Clients are helped on a first-come, first-served basis, but receive same-day services and benefits. For information, call the SEARHC WIC office at 463-4099 or go to

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the base of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room

326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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