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Posted: Thursday, December 02, 2004

Salsa Borealis to play Holiday Salsa Fiesta at VFW Hall

JUNEAU - Juneau dance band Salsa Borealis will headline the Holiday Salsa Fiesta from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at the VFW Hall.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students, and free for kids under 10.

The fiesta includes Latin American food, a piñata, limbo contest, dance contest, prizes and DJ Antonio Diaz.

Diaz and Heather Haugland organized the evening, in part, because high school kids that turn out for their weekly salsa instruction at the Juneau Dance Unlimited studios aren't able to see Salsa Borealis in bars. Also, Diaz and Haugland hoped it would be a chance for parents to bring their children to the show, in the spirit of a multi-generational party.

"We're excited to give that opportunity to local families," Haugland said. "I would say that in the Latino community it's traditional to have multi-generational parties, and again, you don't have that opportunity where you have a big party with a band and everyone dancing and kids and adults together.

"I'm also excited to give our many high school salsa students a chance to dance to live music," she said.

Salsa Borealis probably will play three sets, interspersed with DJ-ing.

Ray Troll to speak, show art at Hearthside during Gallery Walk

JUNEAU - Ketchikan artist Ray Troll will stop in Juneau during Gallery Walk to discuss and sign copies of "Rapture of the Deep: The Art of Ray Troll," a retrospective of his more-than-two-decade career.

Troll will be at the downtown Hearthside Books, near the corner of Front and Franklin streets, at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. He will stop by the Nugget Mall location for a slide show and talk from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. The talk should begin by 1:30 p.m.

"The Rapture" is 129 pages long and collects dozens of images of his work. His most famous piece, "Spawn Till You Die," is available on t-shirts and cards at marine stores throughout the state.

Troll's art has been shown in dozens of magazines and newspapers, and he's created several best-selling books. In 2005, he will release, "Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway," with text by paleontologist Kirk Johnson. Troll also has an exhibit, "Sharkabet," opening at the Alaska State Museum on May 15, 2005. It's based on his recent children's book, "Sharkabet: A Sea of Sharks from A to Z."

Brad Matsen, an author, documentary screenwriter and frequent Troll collaborator, wrote the text for "The Rapture."

Zerbetz returns to library for card workshops

JUNEAU - Ketchikan illustrator Evon Zerbetz will return to town on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 5, for a workshop about creating artists' cards.

Zerbetz will appear at the Douglas public library from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, and the Valley public library from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Both workshops are for adults and young adults.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call Carol at 586-0434 or e-mail carolr@juneau.lib.ak.us.

Zerbetz worked for the state Department of Fish and Game for 10 years before devoting her full-time energies to art.

She and Juneau author Neal Gilbertsen released "Little Red Snapperhood," a book about a yelloweye rockfish with a tiger rockfish for a mother and a quillback for a grandmother, in 2003.

Juneau Jumpers to perform at Glacier Valley school

JUNEAU - The Juneau Jumpers will perform at the Glacier Valley Elementary School gymnasium at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

Tickets are $3 for children, $5 for adults or $10 for families.

The Juneau Jumpers are a multi-age, rope-skipping team that performs choreographed jump-rope routines to music. The team formed in 1987 and now has 54 jumpers ranging from second graders to 12th graders. They compete at local, regional, national and international levels.

Pies and cakes will be auctioned at the show as a fund-raiser.

Colorado professor to speak about Prince of Wales cave

PRINCE OF WALES - Dr. E. James Dixon from the University of Colorado at Boulder will host "Archaeological Investigations at On Your Knees Cave, Prince of Wales Island," a lecture and discussion at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

In July 1996, paleontologists at the northern Prince of Wales Island cave discovered the partial skeleton of a man whose remains were dated at more than 10,000 years old. Dixon has just completed his fifth season of investigations at the On Your Knees Cave, and will share the results of his findings and his theories on the peopling of the Americas.

Dixon holds a teaching and research position with the University of Colorado Museum and Field Studies Program and the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research. He has been the curator for archaeology at the Denver Museum of Science and Nature. Before moving south in the early 1990s, Dixon was professor of anthropology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the curator of archaeology at the University Museum.

For more details, call 789-0097.

Alaska Lighthouse Association to host silent auction

JUNEAU - The Alaska Lighthouse Association will hold a silent auction fund-raiser from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at the Hangar Ballroom to raise funds for the renovation of Point Retreat.

A large selection of artwork, gifts for the home, gifts for the outdoors person and weekend getaways, both in and out of town, will be auctioned. Food and music will be provided.



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