Neighbors Digest

Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Hospice celebrates hospice, palliative care month

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November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. In celebration, Hospice and Home Care of Juneau is sponsoring some community activites and events.

Epsilon Sigma Alpha, a womens' service organization, is hosting the High Tea for Hospice at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain View Senior Center, 12th Street and Eagan Drive. Included is a fashion show of handmade items, a silent auction and door prizes.

Hospice's own home health aide Molly Kay has donated a king size hand-crocheted rainbow bed spread to be raffled by Epsilon Sigma Alpha during this holiday season. All proceeds will benefit the hospice. Raffle tickets will be available at the Nugget Mall during their craft shows this month. For more information on the High Tea for Hospice, contact Cindy at or call 789-2331.

The Widowed Persons Service is sponsoring a holiday program at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the Mendenhall Valley library conference room. The program is designed to help you navigate through the holiday season following the death of a loved one. Presenters will be Jamie McLean and Debbie Sis, grief facilitator. For more information, contact Sue Nielsen 586-6424 or

A Remembrance Gathering, a ceremony in memory of those who are no longer with us, will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 at The Bridge Adult Day Center, 1803 Glacier Highway. There will be refreshments, live music and conversations. The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. For more information, contact Jean Jasmine at 463-6134;

The Light Up a Life tree in the Nugget Mall will be available from Nov. 23 to Dec. 23. Remember a loved one with a star, or honor a living person with a candle, while contributing financially to the ongoing charitable work of Hospice. Contact Michelle at or 463-6111 for an envelope to mail in a donation. The hospice staff will place the ornament of your choice on the tree.

Mary Szczepanski, a certified holistic nurse, will offer an Emotional Freedom Technique class 6-8 p.m. Thursday and a "Great American Smoke-Out Free Session" class from 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 15 at Healing Touch Alaska office, 9000 Glacier Highway, No. 302. For more information, call 790-2402 to register.

Gastineau Elementary School holds Healthy Futures Family Nights

JUNEAU - Gastineau Elementary School invites Gastineau families to participate in the school's Healthy Futures Family Nights on Thursday and Friday in the Gastineau Elementary School gym.

Students in grades three-five and their families are invited to attend from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Students in kindergarten-second grade and their families are invited to attend from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday.

The one-hour events will include stations of instruction in physical activity including the traverse wall, yoga, jumping rope and nutrition. Local fitness-focused businesses and sporting associations are invited to participate.

For more information, call 523-1730. Come and learn how to lead a healthy lifestyle through healthy nutrition and some of Juneau's great physical activity options. During the school year, every elementary school will host a Healthy Futures Family Night.

Juneau plans for 50th anniversary statehood celebration

JUNEAU - On Jan. 3, 1959, Alaska became the 49th United State. Now, as we approach the 50th anniversary of statehood, Alaskans statewide are planning events to celebrate.

Those interested in helping plan Juneau's 50th anniversary of statehood celebration can meet at noon Friday in the second-floor conference room of City Hall.

For more information, call Maria Gladziszewski at 586-0218.

Coffee & Collections Series continues with U.S. Bureau of Mines

JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is hosting its second presentation of its Coffee & Collections Series at 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. Curator of Collections & Exhibits Addison Field will talk about the U.S. Bureau of Mines fire assay lab which operated on Mayflower Island from the early 1950s until 1996.

This presentation is free and is inspired by recent acquisitions from the Bureau of Land Management and the opening of the fire assay lab diorama at the museum.

For more information, contact the museum at 586-3572 or go online to

Machamer Foundation donates to Juneau Community Foundation

JUNEAU - The Juneau Community Foundation announces the receipt of a $20,000 donation from the Simone Machamer Foundation.

The foundation is set up to make it easy for local and out-of-state donors to create funds and give back to the community of Juneau through their thoughtful and generous contributions or bequests.

Machamer is a visitor and part-time resident in Juneau who has made two significant unrestricted donations to our community foundation. Unrestricted donations are particularly valuable to the foundation as they help to fund basic operations or are available for community grants.

On behalf of the Juneau community, the foundation would like to thank Machamer and her foundation for the generous gift.

Unrestricted contributions go to the immediate needs of our community or to fund future community projects. These types of funds give the Juneau Community Foundation Board of Directors flexibility in responding to community needs.

This particular grant will help us build an endowment to make sure we have a perpetual well of income to help fund Juneau nonprofits. The foundation may set up donor advised funds or field of interest funds. It also can undertake community projects such as the new Dimond Park Indoor Recreation Center and a new youth philanthropy program at Juneau Douglas High School.

Machamer's donation adds to a growing list of funds set up with the Juneau Community Foundation.

For more information about the Juneau Community Foundation, including different options for giving, contact board President Reed Stoops at (907) 463-3223, or visit the foundation online at

Juneau to host 'Working Well in Alaska' on Nov. 16

JUNEAU - As health care costs and insurance rates continue to rise, many businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations are creating employee wellness programs to try and gain control of expenses.

To help work sites in Juneau learn how to create effective employee wellness programs, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, the Alaska Division of Public Health and the SEARHC Steps to a Healthier Souhteast Alaska program will host the "Working Well in Alaska" employee wellness training from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 16 in the Egan Room at Centennial Hall.

The training is modeled after the Well Workplace University training held last September in Juneau and is open to all employers and employees looking to create healthier worksites. This year's training will look at examples of how various Alaska workplaces have created and implemented successful employee wellness plans, for worksites with as few as five and as many as 1,000 employees.

Juneau worksites participating in the Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition this year will be eligible to apply for grants ranging from $800 to $2,400 from the Steps to a Healthier Southeast Alaska program so they can further their employee wellness efforts.

The training costs $20 per person, which includes a catered lunch. Pay for one registration and a second person from the same worksite will get in free. The registration deadline is 9 a.m. on Nov. 13. Registration forms are available from Bradelle Padon at

For more information on the "Working Well in Alaska" training in Juneau, call Bradelle Padon at 364-4404 or Carol White of Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska at 523-3407.

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