Posted: Thursday, December 09, 2004

Skeins Fine Yarns to hold Fiber Works Show

JUNEAU - Skeins Fine Yarns, a new yarn shop in the Valley, is hosting a Fiber Works Show, Dec. 10-24, with three local textile and fiber artists.

Sherri Brown, who has shown drawings and charcoal works at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council gallery, will exhibit her hand-woven scarves. Candice Christie, a watercolor artist who has shown at Public Market and Annie Kaill's, will have hand-knit hats, scarves and bags. Jody Haas will display felted bags.

Skeins was opened in October by Nancy Huebschen, who also works at Annie Kaill's. The store is located in the 9100 block of Glacier Highway, behind Marlintini's and across the parking lot from Alaskan Dames and Gents, the Friends of the Library Book Store and Raintree Quilting.

The word "skeins" refers to a method for packing yarn.

The store sells imported yarn from Europe, as well as natural-fiber and high-quality novel yarn. Bobbi Daniels, a Sitka woman who spins and dyes her own yarn, will soon be selling to the shop.

"There's this huge demand for yarn, and some of my customers have been bringing in what they make," Huebschen said. "They make so many beautiful things, I decided that I'd have a show this Christmas season. I want to encourage artists."

Currently, Skeins is showing watercolors by Asha Falcon and drawings by B.J. Packard.

'SantaLand Diaries' extended for one week

JUNEAU - Perseverance Theatre's second-stage production of "SantaLand Diaries," adapted from David Sedaris' true-life short story about working as a holiday elf at Macy's, has been extended for another weekend.

About one hour long, "SantaLand" will play at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, in the theatre's Phoenix Room, to the left of the front doors.

Admission is pay-as-you-can and seating is limited. Theatergoers are advised to get there ahead of time, as four of the first seven shows sold out.

Ben Brown stars as the Elf.

JLO presentation of 'Messiah' returns

JUNEAU - The Juneau Lyric Opera will host its annual presentation of Handl's "Messiah," at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at St. Paul's Catholic Church and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

This year's performance will include accompaniment by the Amalga Chamber Orchestra.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and students and available at Hearthside Books or the door.

Alaska Youth Choir to hold concert Friday

JUNEAU - Soloists Catherine Pashigian and Dan Wayne will join the Alaska Youth Choir for its winter concert, "Angels Sing" at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at St. Paul's Catholic Church.

Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, $10 for adults, $20 for families and available at Hearthside Books or at the door.

Call Heather at 321-5673 for more information.

Writers' conference set for June 2005 in Homer

JUNEAU - The Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College/University of Alaska Anchorage will hold the state-wide Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference on June 10-14, 2005 at Land's End Resort in Homer.

Former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins will be the keynote presenter. Other out-of-state authors and poets include Eva Shaw, Jack Driscoll, Jan Harper Haines, Pamela Houston, Allison Hedge Coke and Gary Ferguson.

The conference offers daily workshops, craft discussion, manuscript reviews, panel presentations and evening readings in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and the business of writing and more. Free evening readings will be open to the public.

The general conference fee, including luncheons, opening dinner presentation and workshops is $245 before May 12; $295 after May 12. Advanced registration is required.

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