Today-Saturday, Nov. 19-20
Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling - Brandon Pilot Invitational: Wrestling teams from across Southeast Alaska will be in town for this annual tournament at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym, starting at 6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday. Championship matches will start at 7 p.m. Saturday. It will be Juneau's first home meet of the season, and one of just two home events overall for this season's Crimson Bear squad.
Saturday, Nov. 20
Juneau Gun Club - Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot: The Juneau Gun Club's annual Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the club's range, Mile 0.5 Montana Creek Road. Gather for games of skill and chance, with prizes of turkey, bacon and ham. Info: Juneau Gun Club, 789-9844.
Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL)/Outdoor Recreation Community Access (ORCA) annual auction: SAIL/ORCA's sixth annual auction will be held at the Baranof Hotel. Doors open and the silent auction starts at 6 p.m., and the live auction begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door, and the evening also will include hors d'oeuveres, desserts, live music and door prizes. Auction items include vacation packages to Gustavus, Haines and Skagway, fishing charters, a diamond tennis bracelet and a Carlos Boozer-autographed basketball. Info: SAIL/ORCA, 586-4920.
Sunday, Nov. 21
Hockey exhibition game fund-raiser - Geezers in Breezers vs. Chicks with Sticks: Men's hockey players age 50-older will take on women's hockey players at 10:30 a.m. at the Treadwell Arena in a benefit game for the Culture Club youth hockey program, which introduces local youths to the sport. Donations will be collected at the door for this first-ever "battle of the sexes" exhibition game. Info: Bill Spear, 586-2209.
Saturday, Dec. 4
JRC/The Alaska Club 11th annual Jingle Jog: Check in at 9:30 a.m. for a 10 a.m. race start at JRC/The Alaska Club's Mendenhall Valley location. This 5-kilometer run/1-mile walk is sponsored by JRC/The Alaska Club's Aerobics Conference team and is open to everyone. There will be prizes, and Santa will be on hand to give out candy canes. Race fee is $10 for adults ($12 day of race), $3 for kids age 12 and under. Advance registration is available at either JRC/The Alaska Club location. Info: Terri Calvin, 586-2907.
MEETINGS / CLINICS / ANNOUNCEMENTS
Juneau Parks and Recreation youth indoor soccer registration - Registration for the 2005 season runs from Nov. 8-22. In-person registration is available at the Parks and Rec main office in City Hall, or at the Zach Gordon Youth Center. Forms also may be downloaded off the Web at http://www.juneau.org/parksrec/youth/youthsports.php, and faxed or mailed. The season runs from Jan. 8 to March 19, 2005, with one practice and one game per week. Fee is $40 per player, with a discount for families with three or more players. There is limited space available. Volunteer coaches and paid referees are also needed. Info: Juneau Parks and Rec, 586-5226, or by e-mail at Myiia_Whistler@ci.juneau.ak.us.
Holiday Cup 2004 indoor soccer tournament registration - Registration will be held through November 30 for the Holiday Cup 2004 competitive indoor soccer tournament. The tourney, to be played Dec. 18-31, will have five coed divisions: Elementary (grades 4-5), Middle School (grades 6-8), Junior (high school age 16-younger), Senior (ages 17-20) and Masters (age 21-older). Coaches and managers interested in organizing a team must submit a roster by Nov.r 30. There is no registration fee; the tournament is sponsored by Juneau Community Schools and the law offices of Dillon & Findley. Info and registration packets: Leslie Houston, 364-2657.
Yukon River Quest 2005 registration - The longest annual canoe and kayak race in the world is accepting applications for its 2005 race. The race takes place June 29 through July 3, and the 460-mile (740-kilometer) course follows the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City, Yukon Territory. The deadline for entries is May 26, 2005, and more information is available on the event's Web site at http://www.yukonriverquest.com. Last year 51 teams from around the world, including racers from Southeast Alaska, started the race and 35 teams finished. A limit of 70 teams has been set for 2005 and the race is open to tandem and solo kayaks and recreational tandem canoes and voyageur canoes (that seat 6-14 paddlers). Entry fees are $600 (Canadian) for tandem canoes and kayaks, $300 for solo kayaks and $200 per person for voyageur canoes. The total purse for the race is $15,500 (Canadian), which is distributed among the top 10 teams overall and to category winners. The first-place team receives $3,000 and an entry into the 2006 race. Info: Peter Coates (of Whitehorse), YRMPA president, by e-mail at email@example.com, or Jeff Brady (of Skagway), YRMPA vice president, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note to waterfowl hunters - Hunters seeking waterfowl hunting permits to take waterfowl, snipe or cranes on the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge can obtain the permits at Western Auto, Rayco Sales or at the Douglas office of the Alaska Department of Fish & Game. The permit is meant as an orientation for hunters using the refuge and also allows ADF&G to collect duck hunting effort and harvest data. All hunters should pay careful attention to the orientation information that comes with the permit. Info: Douglas office of ADF&G, 465-4265.
OPEN GYMS / SCRIMMAGES / ONGOING
Youth open gyms - Meet from 8-11 p.m. on Saturdays at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School gym. Youth open gyms are free for students in grades 5-12. Info: Community schools director Joyce Kitka, 463-1700, Ext. 327.
Mount Jumbo preschool open gym - Preschool open gyms for children ages 1-6 and an adult parent or caregiver take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through April. There must be at least one adult present for every four kids. There is a $1 per child fee, or punchcards for $10 and $50 can be bought at the gym, which is located at 909 4th Street in Douglas. Tricycles, mats, balls, a Little Tykes climber, building blocks and a kid-sized basketball hoop are available. Info: Myiia Whistler, Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation, 586-5226, or by e-mail at Myiia_Whistler@ci.juneau.ak.us.
Zach Gordon Youth Center climbing wall - New climbing wall hours are 5-7 p.m. on Mondays, and 3:30-7 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The climbing wall can be used by people of all ages. Climbers age 20-younger climb free, while adults 21-older pay $5 to use the wall. Youth-adult interaction is encouraged, so an adult climbing with a youth pays no fee. Private rental times are available for $25 per hour. Info and scheduling: Zach Gordon Youth Center, 586-2635.
Treadwell Arena schedule - An ice rink schedule is posted on the arena's Web site. Info: Treadwell Arena, 586-0410, or on the Web at http://www.juneau.org/parksrec/icerink/.
Juneau Community Schools open gyms - Basketball, volleyball and soccer open gyms for adults are available several times a week. Basketball and volleyball open gyms are held Fridays and Sundays from 7-9 p.m. at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. Soccer open gyms are held Saturdays from 6-8 p.m. at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School and Sundays from 6:45-8:45 p.m. at Floyd Dryden Middle School. The cost is $5 per session, and 10-session punchcards are available for $40 each. Info: Juneau Community Schools, 463-1717.
Basketball/volleyball court rentals available - The Juneau Community Schools program has basketball/volleyball court rental times available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. The cost to rent the court is $20 per hour, which must be paid at the time of rental. This is for adult activities only. Info: Juneau Community Schools, 463-1717.
Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation Wednesday and Saturday hikes - For updates on locations of Wednesday and Saturday group hikes, call the Juneau Parks and Recreation Hikes Hotline. Always remember to bring plenty of food and water, wear warm layers of clothing and proper footwear for the hike. No dogs or firearms are allowed. Wednesday hikes are limited to hikers 18 years of age or older. Saturday hikes are open to families, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Info: Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation Hikes Hotline, 586-0428.