Neighbors Digest

Posted: Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Downtown Business Association relocates

Due to the recent fire on Front Street at our former location, the Downtown Business Association has now relocated. Our new office is in the Senate Building at 175 S. Franklin St., Suite 312. The mailing address is P.O. Box 20849, Juneau, AK 99801. Our phone number is 463-3222, the fax number is 463-3729, and our e-mail is downtown@acsalaska.net.

Downtown Business Association Board Members are: Ann House, President; Larry Spencer, Jill Ramiel, Pam Brewer, Stephanie Sheakley, Leeann Thomas, Holle Bierkortte, Kirk Stagg, and Ginger Blaisdell.

State Parks looking for summer volunteers

If you are interested in working as a volunteer in Alaska State Parks during the summer of 2005, the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation has approximately 140 volunteer positions from which to choose. The 2005 Volunteer Program Catalog is now available and State Parks is now taking applications for summer and winter volunteer positions.

Approximately 60 campground host positions are available across the state. Another 80 volunteers are needed in a variety of positions such as archaeological assistant, ranger assistant, trail crew, natural history interpreter, and park caretaker. For a catalog, write the Volunteer Coordinator, Alaska State Parks, 550 W. 7th Ave., Suite 1380, Anchorage, AK 99501-3561, or call (907) 269-8708. An e-mail request can be sent to: volunteer@dnr.state.ak.us. The catalog is also available on line at: www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks/vip.

Dates change for Valley Eckankar classes

The dates have changed for a free four-week class on Harold Klemps Past Lives, Dreams, and Soul Travel. The series will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursdays, on Oct. 28, and Nov. 4, 11 and 18 at the Valley library.

The class will be presented by the Alaska Satsang Society, a chartered affiliate of Eckankar. Participants will learn how to recall and resolve past-life lessons, interpret dreams with the help of a Dream Master, and discover their natural ability to Soul Travel.

Klemps book is recommended but not required. Copies will be available at Hearthside Books. If sold out, books can purchased by calling the Juneau Eckankar Center.

For more information, contact Juneau Eckankar Center at 586-5955 or visit www.eckalaska.org. To preregister, contact the center.

Sealaska Heritage lauded for language program

Sealaska Heritage Institute is one of two organizations to receive the Governors Humanities Distinguished Cultural Service Award this year for its Native language program.

The award recognizes organizations for making significant contributions to the cultural heritage in Alaska through their efforts in revitalization of Alaska Native languages, according to the Alaska Humanities Forum, which sponsors the program with the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

The institute operates numerous workshops and other projects in Southeast Alaska to perpetuate Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian.

Language revitalization is a top priority of Sealaska Heritage Institute, so its an honor to be recognized for our efforts to perpetuate our Native languages, said SHI President Rosita Worl, noting 2004 was a pivotal year because the institutes language students for the first time were able to teach Tlingit to others during SHIs summer language workshops.

I think we have now trained a whole new generation of Tlingit teachers, and were ready to send them out into the world, Worl said.

The awards will be presented to SHI language staff Keri Edwards and David Katzeek by Gov. Frank Murkowski at 6 p.m., Oct. 29, at the 4th Avenue Theater in Anchorage. To view the entire list of award recipients, see http://www.akhf.org/.

Sealaska Heritage Institute is a private nonprofit founded in 1981 to administer cultural and educational programs for Sealaska Corp. The institute is governed by an all-Native board of trustees. Its mission is to perpetuate and enhance the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska.

Kathy Dye

Sealaska Heritage Institute

Juneau



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