MEETINGS / CLINICS / ANNOUNCEMENTS
Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team annual Christmas tree sale - Sale 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.
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 http://www.eteamz.com/gcllak. Info: GCLL, 789-9803.
Juneau 4-H cross-country ski program sign-up - Registration for the Juneau 4-H cross-country ski program will be held on Sunday, Dec. 12, at Riverbend Elementary School. Sign-up will be from 1:30-2 p.m. for returning skiers, and 2-4:30 p.m. for those new to the program. Cost is $6 to join 4-H, and $50 for ski equipment for the season ($20 will be refunded if the member attends at least seven of the 10 sessions). Sessions will be held 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoons from January 2 through March 7. Info: Judy Covey at 4-H, 465-8749.
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 http://www.juneauhockey.org. Info: Suzanne Hebert, 364-5264.
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 http://www.skijuneau.com or call 790-2001.
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.
OPEN GYMS / SCRIMMAGES / ONGOING
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.
Recreational badminton - Auke Bay group: This group meets from 8-10 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays at the Auke Bay Community School gym. This badminton open gym is for teens and adults of all skill levels and it costs $3 per person per night. Bring a racquet, if you have one. Info: Theresa Walden, 790-2499.
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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