Neighbors Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, December 04, 2002

Ann Chandonnet to write for 'Encyclopedia of American Food'

Local writer Ann Chandonnet has signed a contract with Oxford University Press to write an article about Alaskan food for the forthcoming Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink.

The two-volume, illustrated encyclopedia, with Andrew F. Smith as editor in-chief, will be published in 2004.

Various writers and food historians have been contracted for several hundred scholarly articles, each with its own bibliography. Someone will write an overview of "Regional Food," and others will be assigned 11 regions, with the West being broken into two sub-regions. Alaska and Hawaii are allotted separate articles.

Chandonnet will also write articles about honey and New Year's celebrations for the encyclopedia.

Chandonnet is a 30-year resident of Alaska, the last three and a half years in Juneau. She was the police and court reporter for the Juneau Empire for two years, but is now working on freelance projects. She is the author of the Alaska Heritage Seafood Cookbook, Alaska's Arts Crafts & Collectibles and several children's books. She wrote Alaska magazine's "Frontier Fare" column for a number of years and recently won a national award for journalism on the topic of sailing.

Oxford University Press specializes in comprehensive and respected books such as The Oxford History of Islam by John Esposito, The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare, and the six-volume International Encyclopedia of Dance. For more on the press, go to its Web site at www.oup http://www.oup.

St. Vincent de Paul offering assistance to local families

St. Vincent de Paul Society would like to announce its annual Adopt-A-Family Program. Families needing assistance this holiday season must register in person at the main office located at 8617 Teal St. Registration forms are available now through Friday, Dec. 13. Presents will be available for pick-up on Thursday Dec. 18 and Friday Dec. 19. SVdP also seeks volunteers to help sponsor families and distribute the presents. To sign up please call 789 -5535. Holiday food donations are also welcomed.

JDHS swim team selling Christmas trees

The Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team's annual Christmas tree sale started Nov. 30 and will go until Dec. 22, at the Fred Meyer parking lot. This is a fund-raiser to support the student-athletes who participate in the highly successful swim/dive program at JDHS. Noble and grand firs available.

Sharing Tree on display

The fifth annual Foster Child Christmas Sharing Tree is on display at the Nugget (by the Broiler) and Mendenhall Malls (outside of Gottschalks). Once again our community has the opportunity to select an ornament from the tree and then purchase an age appropriate gift for a foster child. The gift must be placed, unwrapped, in the decorated box located in Hearthside Book Store (Nugget Mall) or Schooner's (Mendenhall Mall).

Please have gifts to the box by Dec. 17. For more information you may call Candice with the division of family and youth services at 465-3740.

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