Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2000

Free weaving display and demonstration

Traditionally woven ravenstail robes, leggings and pouches will be on display, as will Northwest Coast style baskets, this weekend at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Members of the Ravenstail Weavers Guild and basketry students of Jan Crisswell will demonstrate their skills. Baskets woven from cedar bark, spruce roots and grasses will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the visitor center. Admission is free.

Dutch teacher leads dance workshop

Professional dancer and dance teacher Thea Huijgen (pronounced We-gin) from The Netherlands will teach three folk dance workshops this weekend in Juneau.

Huijgen leads a professional dance ensemble and has directed her own dance school for folk dance, ballet, jazz and creative movement. She has studied folk dance in Bulgaria and is a member of a performance dance group specializing in Bulgarian repertoire. She has taught and performed for almost 30 years.

She will teach a free introductory session at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Juneau Dance Unlimited Studio in the Scottish Rite Temple at Fourth and Seward streets. The public is invited.

A session will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the JuneauDouglas High School Commons. A session also will be held 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Poetry and prose reading at the Silverbow

Juneau writers Helena Fagan and Bridget Smith will be featured at a prose and poetry reading 7 p.m. Monday at the Back Room at the Silverbow.

Fagan is a teacher and writer and recently completed a manuscript on her life as the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. She also is working on a poetry collection.

Alexis Ross Miller, the organizer of the event, said Fagan may read a series of poems about her visit to the concentration camps in Poland with her mother and other survivors.

Smith is also a teacher and writer and has published a mystery, "Death of an Alaskan Princess," that was the basis for the locally made film "Raven's Blood." She has self-published a gardening book and a collection of essays by Alaska writers, "On People and Things Alaskan."

Miller said Smith will probably share a variety of pieces, including her social commentaries that air on KTOO and APRN.

Admission is $5 for general admission and $3 for students. The reading is a monthly event sponsored by a consortium of Juneau groups.

Arts information goes online

The Alaska State Council on the Arts has launched a Web site, which offers information about literary events and performances, museum and gallery exhibits and grants and art opportunities for artists. The site also has information about educational opportunities, the state's Silver Hand program and links to related arts groups.

The site also offers a virtual tour of the state's contemporary art collection. The site is at

Special ferry set for 'King Island Christmas'

The Lynn Canal Players in Haines are performing "King Island Christmas" at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Chilkat Center in Haines. The Alaska Marine Highway System has scheduled a special run of the ferry Taku between Juneau and Haines on Friday to enable Juneau residents to attend the production. Those interested can board the Taku at noon Friday. The ferry will return to Juneau on Friday night.

The show also will run Saturday and Sunday. Theresa Draper of the Lynn Canal Players will hold tickets for people interested in attending. She can be contacted at 907-766-2234 or 907-766-3456. Additional ferry schedule options can be found at or call 465-9941.

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