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Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2001

Salvation Army seeking gift applicants

JUNEAU -- The Salvation Army will be taking applications for its Christmas Assistance program beginning Nov. 1.

The program provides toys and food to people meeting Salvation Army low-income requirements. Applicants must present identification for all family members, as well as proof of residency and income, such as a utility bill and paycheck stub, the organization said.

Airport: Hold the masks, makeup

JUNEAU -- Due to heightened security at Juneau Airport and nationwide threat alerts, no one will be allowed inside the terminal building or airport property wearing masks or heavy makeup of any kind that makes someone unrecognizable, airport officials said.

Disaster training offered next month

JUNEAU -- Preparing Juneau's residents and neighborhoods for disaster is the focus of free training that starts next month.

Classes will include instruction in first aid, search and rescue, firefighting and disaster psychology. Participants will learn how to organize a neighborhood response team and how to prepare their family and themselves for an emergency, said Nick Meacher, a dispatcher with the Juneau Police Department, who will lead the training of community emergency response teams. Anyone age 12 and older is welcome to take part, he said.

"Once they've done the basic training, people can get involved at whatever level they're comfortable doing," Meacher said.

The training method was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles fire department in 1985 and used nationally, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Classes were offered in Juneau in 1999.

Setting up neighborhood teams to respond during an emergency can help ease the burden on the city's firefighters, police officers and emergency medical personnel, Meacher said.

"The teams can communicate needs to the city's emergency operations center. If everybody calls 911, it overloads the system," he said.

The training starts at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, across from Western Auto on Glacier Highway. Students should bring work gloves, eye protection and appropriate footwear.

Pre-registration is encouraged by contacting city disaster plan manager Cheryl Easterwood at 586-0221 or by e-mail at cheryl_easterwood@ci.juneau.ak.us.

Dates set for Native Celebration

JUNEAU -- Celebration 2002, a three-day festival of Native Alaskan art, history, dance and culture, will be held June 6, 7 and 8 in Juneau, announced the Sealaska Heritage Institute.

Celebration is held every other year. More than 5,000 people participated in Celebration 2000, many of them from outside Juneau. Almost 1,800 dancers with 40 dance groups performed and a Native arts fair featured 40 artists. Dance groups from Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, and the Lower 48 are expected to attend Celebration 2002.

Coinciding with this 20th anniversary event will be the First Sealaska Juried Art Show. More than $10,000 in prizes will be awarded in the art competition, the institute said. Haida artist Robert Davidson will serve as the head judge. The Alaska State Museum also is assisting with the juried art show and will exhibit the winning piece of the art competition from June 7 to July 7, 2002.

The theme for Celebration 2002 is "Haa At.ow, Our Treasures." It focuses on clan-owned ceremonial objects, crests, stories and songs. The art show's theme, "Art and At.ow," highlights the distinction between art and clan crests.

The Sealaska Heritage Institute urges Native dance groups and participants to plan early for hotel, travel, and transportation because the event will occur during the peak tourism month.

Dr. Walter Soboleff, chairman of the board of trustees of Sealaska Heritage Institute, said the success of Celebration depends on donations from the public and the volunteer services of individuals.

For questions regarding Celebration 2002 or to help as a volunteer, call Don Bremner, Celebration 2002 coordinator, at 586-9261 or E-mail don.bremner @sealaska.com.

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