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Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2002

JCVB offers travel packaging seminar and workshop

The Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau invites members and nonmembers to attend a travel packaging seminar and workshop.

Participants will work in small groups to create a travel package and learn how to work with tour operators. Seminar fees are $45 for members and $65 for nonmembers. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. and wind up at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Centennial Hall. For more information call 586-1737.

McConnochie at minority home ownership meeting

Juneau businesswoman PeggyAnn McConnochie, vice president of the National Association of Realtors and chairwoman of the NAR's Housing Opportunity Program, represented the NAR at a White House conference on increasing minority home ownership in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 15.

The conference, during which President Bush unveiled his "Blueprint for the American Dream," included a home ownership education panel, which McConnochie attended.

"We applaud President Bush for his tremendous commitment to increasing minority home ownership," McConnochie said. "We believe Realtors can be the catalyst for change by ... building support and cooperation among state and local governments, businesses, charitable organizations, lenders and home builders."

McConnochie has been a member of the NAR, a professional organization for real estate agents, since she got her real estate license in Juneau in 1982. She will serve as vice president of the organization for one year. "Realtor" is a registered trademark of the NAR.

President Bush announced in June his goal of increasing minority home ownership in the United States by 5.5 million before the end of the decade. Resources in Juneau to meet this goal will include an NAR Internet site for local groups and Realtors to see what programs are available in Juneau for minority home owners, McConnochie said.

Rainsong Gallery is moving

Rainsong Gallery is closing its South Franklin Street location to merge with its partner store, Custom Framing, in the Marine View Building.

The fine art gallery and gift shop, which are owned by Colleen Kennedy, will offer the same services and products in its new location, said John Chapman, store manager and framer.

Oct. 12 was Rainsong's last day open to the public at its South Franklin location, and the move will take place over the next few weeks, Chapman said. The Marine View store will stay open to the public during the move.

The address of the gallery and frame shop is 230 S. Franklin, Suite 110, on Ferry Way and South Franklin.

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