Neighbors Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2001

SAIL offers training for disabled Alaskans

Southeast Alaska Independent Living, SAIL, would like to invite people of all ages with disabilities to contact the organization for information on independent living.

SAIL offers training in independent living skills such as how to use a cane, how to use eating utensils specially designed for hands that can't move as they used to, how to use public transportation, or how to cook with limited vision. The organization freely loans equipment to make life easier for persons with poor vision, compromised hearing, or limited movement.

SAIL also educates people and their families about their options for independent living. "We show them choices, then let people decide for themselves what's best," said Cheryl Hull, assistant director of SAIL. She emphasized the importance of people making their own choices rather than someone else (such as a family member) making it for them. Peer support is available, as well as recreational activities through ORCA, SAIL's recreational component.

Call 586-4920 for more information.

Flu shot clinics set for November

Hospice and Home Care of Juneau will sponsor flu shot clinics at various locations around Juneau and Douglas in November. The cost for the clinics is free to seniors with Medicare Part B coverage, and $10 to anyone else. The sites for the clinics are:

Monday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-noon, Mendenhall Apartments.

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m.-noon, Douglas Senior Center.

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-noon, Valley Senior Center.

Thursday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m.-noon, Juneau Senior Center.

For more information, contact Hospice and Home Care of Juneau.

Kantola completes kayaking course

Shawn Kantola, of Juneau completed a 31-day Alaska sea-kayaking course with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) this spring.

The course explored the coastline of Southeast Alaska. Students learned how to work in groups, overcome hardships and use low-impact camping skills. They honed wilderness and leadership skills in the ideal classroom offered by Southeast Alaska.

Shawn, 17, is the son of William and Christi Kantola. He is a home-school student working on his senior year of high school.

Jubilee to discuss All Saint's Day

This Thursday, Nov. 1, Jubilee Community United Church will celebrate together All Saint's Day. We will talk about what saints are historically and personally. Please take a moment to think about the saints in your lives, those persons who have had a great influence on your life and if you are willing to share a story with the group please come prepared to do so. If you happen to have a picture of your saint perhaps you could bring it to share as well.

The event will be held Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the Park Shore Condominiums (800 F Street) Clubhouse.

Halloween stressful, dangerous for pets

The Gastineau Humane Society would like to remind Juneau pet-owners that Halloween can be a stressful and even dangerous time of year for pets. The society offers these common-sense tips to help pet-owners keep their pets safe:

Don't leave your pet in the yard on Halloween. Keep cats, especially all-black or all-white cats, inside before and after Halloween. Past incidents have shown that pets are more likely to be injured or even killed by pranksters around this time.

Don't feed your pet trick-or-treat candy. Chocolate is poisonous to many animals, and candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed.

Be careful of pets around lit pumpkins. They could be burned, or knock the candle over and start a fire.

Don't dress your dog or cat in costume unless you know that he or she loves it. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn't annoying or unsafe, and doesn't obstruct your pet's vision.

All dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room during trick-or-treat visiting hours; too many strangers in strange garb can be frightening for a dog or cat.

Make sure your pet is wearing proper identification.

For more advice about caring for your pet, call The Gastineau Humane Society at 789-0260 or visit

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