Sports in Juneau

Posted: Friday, December 03, 2004

NEW CALENDAR ITEMS

• Gastineau Channel Little League on-line registration - On-line registration for the 2005 season begins on December 8 and runs through February 28. Early registration rates are valid through January 30. Look on the Web at www.eteamz.com/gcllak. Info: GCLL, 789-9803.

• Eaglecrest Ski Area Snowflake Festival - Eaglecrest's annual Snowflake Festival is scheduled to run from December 18 to January 2. The festival kicks off on December 18 at 3:30 p.m. with an outdoor tree lighting ceremony in front of the lodge. On December 24, the Christmas Eve celebration starts at 3:30 p.m. and will include ornament decorating, holiday music, the traditional torchlight parade at 5:30 p.m., a kids' torchlight parade at 6 p.m. and the arrival of Santa at 6:15 p.m. On New Year's Day there will be live music and fireworks, and at 12:30 p.m. on January 2, there will be a drawing for a trip for two to Alyeska Ski Resort - enter each time you visit. Juneau skier Matt Beedle will offer an all-day World Cup Telemark skiing clinic on January 2, and there will be two ski and snowboard holiday camp sessions - Dec. 20-24 and Dec. 27-31. For more information, look on the Web at www.skijuneau.com or call 790-2001.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Today

• Roughhouse Friday boxing - Bouts start at 9 p.m. at Marlintini's Lounge in the Airport Shopping Center. Highlighting the card are Anchorage champion Jesse Fleming vs. Southeast champion Glen Lufenburger, and a rematch between Rudy Vonda and Shawn Beard. Tickets are available at Marlintini's Lounge and at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. This is an age 21-older only show. Info: Marlintini's Lounge, 789-0799.

Saturday, Dec. 4

• Juneau Jumpers annual holiday fund-raising show and pie sale - The internationally known youth jump rope club will perform at 7 p.m. at the Glacier Valley Elementary School gym. The group, which has 54 active members in grades 2-12, will perform choreographed jump-rope routines to music and will demonstrate skills that have won members national and international awards. Pies and cakes will be auctioned off as a fund-raiser during the show. Admission is $3 per child, $5 per adult and $10 per family. Info: John and Judy Neary, 789-0317, or by e-mail at paradise@gci.net.

• 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.

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MEETINGS / CLINICS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team annual Christmas tree sale - Sale started Tuesday, Nov. 30, and continues until all trees are sold at the Fred Meyer parking lot next to Juneau Electronics. Hours are 5-8 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Info: JDHS swim coach John Wray, 789-1759.

• Juneau Adult Hockey Association registration - The JAHA is accepting registrations now through December 15 for its winter 2005 coed adult recreation hockey league. The league offers four tiers of play - beginner, intermediate and advanced coed, and women's - and is open to players age 18 and older. The 14-week season starts January 10. For more information, including all necessary registration paperwork, visit JAHA's Web site at www.juneauhockey.org. Info: Suzanne Hebert, 364-5264.

• JRC/The Alaska Club winter break sports camps - Register by Friday, Dec. 17, for eight days of sports and games for school children during the holiday break. Activities include racquetball, basketball, soccer, badminton, tennis, wallyball and more. The cost is $120 plus tax for four days and $240 plus tax for eight days for JRC/The Alaska Club members, and $135 plus tax and $270 plus tax for non-club members. Day rates are available. Camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and before care (7-9 a.m.) and after care (4-6 p.m.) is available for an extra $20 per week. No camp takes place on Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve. Info and registration packets: Eileen Wilson, 789-2181, on the Web at http://www.thealaskaclub.com, or at both JRC/The Alaska Club locations.

• Juneau Skating Club holiday exhibition skate - Performance starts at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19, at Treadwell Arena. There will be four skating performances by 13 members from the club, then the public is invited to join the skaters on the ice until 6:15 p.m. Santa Claus is scheduled to make an appearance. Info: Beth Rhoden, 586-4436 evening, 789-2817 days.

• 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 petercoates@sun.com, or Jeff Brady (of Skagway), YRMPA vice president, by e-mail at dotjeff@aptalaska.net.

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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.

• 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.

• 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.



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