Sports in Juneau

Posted: Thursday, December 09, 2004

NEW CALENDAR ITEM

• Capital City Soccer League - women's classic indoor soccer registration - Registration for the CCSL's women's classic indoor soccer league continues until Jan. 8, with games starting on Jan. 11. There is no experience necessary, and older women and new players are encouraged to participate. Teams play one game each week, at 6 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at Mount Jumbo Gym. The registration fee is $30, and forms are available at the Zach Gordon Youth Center, or by sending an e-mail to ashen@alaska.com. Info: Chris, 586-6650.

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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 www.eteamz.com/gcllak. Info: GCLL, 789-9803.

• Juneau-Douglas Ice Association - youth hockey registration: Registration for youth hockey (ages 5-18) and introduction to hockey (age 4-older) will be held Saturday, Dec. 11 from noon-5 p.m. at Nugget Mall. Scholarships and loaner equipment are available. Registration forms are available on the Web at www.usahockey.com/juneaudouglasice, or in person at Skater's Edge, Play it Again Sports and the Treadwell Arena. Info: Ken or Jeannette, 790-2763.

• 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 Jan. 2 through March 7. Info: Judy Covey at 4-H, 465-8749.

• Juneau Adult Hockey Association registration - The JAHA is accepting registrations now through Dec. 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 Jan. 10. For more information, including all necessary registration paperwork, visit JAHA's Web site at www.juneauhockey.org. Info: Suzanne Hebert, 364-5264.

• Eaglecrest Ski Area Snowflake Festival - Eaglecrest's annual Snowflake Festival is scheduled to run from Dec.18 to Jan. 2. The festival kicks off on Dec. 18 at 3:30 p.m. with an outdoor tree lighting ceremony in front of the lodge. On Dec. 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 Jan. 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 Jan. 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.

• 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.

• Juneau Parks and Recreation - 2005 coed volleyball registration: Team registration will take place on Thursday, Jan. 6 at 5 p.m. in the Assembly chambers at Juneau City Hall. Late registration - with a $10 late fee - will take place on Friday, Jan. 7 at the Parks and Rec office at city hall. Team registration information is available on the Parks and Rec Web site at www.juneau.org/parksrec/adult/ coedvolleyball.php. Managers' packets can be picked up at the Parks and Rec office. Info: Juneau Parks and Recreation, 586-5226.

• 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.

• Note to waterfowl hunters - Hunters seeking waterfowl hunting permits to take waterfowl, snipe or cranes on the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge can obtain the permits at Western Auto, Rayco Sales or at the Douglas office of the Alaska Department of Fish & Game. The permit is meant as an orientation for hunters using the refuge and also allows ADF&G to collect duck hunting effort and harvest data. All hunters should pay careful attention to the orientation information that comes with the permit. Info: Douglas office of ADF&G, 465-4265.

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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.

• Recreational badminton - Auke Bay group: This group meets from 8-10 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays at the Auke Bay Community School gym. **SCHEDULE REVISION: The badminton group will not meet over the school's winter break, from Dec. 19-Jan. 2. After the break, the group will meet just once a week, on Tuesdays, with the first session on January 4. 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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