Neighbors Digest

Posted: Friday, December 10, 2004

Montessori school receives accreditation

The Juneau Montessori School received a certificate of recognition on Nov. 9 from the Association Montessori Internationale accrediting it as an AMI Montessori School for children ages 0 to 6-plus. This accreditation confirms the school's commitment to the highest standards of education for young children by securing AMI trained teachers at the appropriate age level in each class, maintaining a complete set of Montessori materials in each classroom, and following a philosophical approach consistent with the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori.

Virginia McHugh Goodwin, AMI-USA executive director, told JMS school director Lupita Alvarez that, "Your efforts for the children you serve is commendable and deserving of the highest praise. You should be proud that your program has achieved this exceptional distinction. It is of important significance to parents nationwide."

JAHC announces grant recipients

The Board of Trustees of the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the FY05 mini, individual and major grant programs. A wide variety of arts organizations and individual artists were awarded.

The Individual Artists Assistance program awards funds to experienced artists to produce original works of art. Artists of any creative discipline may apply. The Individual artists awarded grants were: Mark Daughhetee, David Depew, Stefan Hakenberg, Ernestine Hayes, Corle LaForce, Heidi Reifenstein, Jane Roodenberg, John Schimpf and Devita Stipek Writer.

The Mini Grant program provides assistance to organizations who propose a special project which stimulates understanding and appreciation of the arts and humanities in the community. The 2004 Mini Grant recipient was the JUMP Society.

The Major Grant program assists organizations whose primary purpose is to encourage creative expression, stimulate understanding and appreciation of the arts and humanities, and to encourage community support of the arts and humanities. Major grantees for 2004 were: CrossSound, Juneau Dance Unlimited, Juneau Student Symphony, Juneau Symphony, Opera to GO! and Thursday Night Contras.

Funding assistance for this program is provided by the city of Juneau; JAHC's annual fund-raiser, the Wearable Art Extravaganza; and JAHC membership.

Alaska State Museum adds winter exhibit

The Alaska State Museum has added a new exhibition to its winter roster. "Baby It's Cold Outside" draws on images and objects from the museum's permanent collection that feature ice, glaciers and cold temperature activities.

The exhibit will be on view through April. General admission is $3. Visitors 18 and under are admitted free of charge. An annual pass that allows unlimited visits to the Alaska State Museum and the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka is available for $15. Details: 465-2901.

Chanukah potluck to be held Sunday

The Juneau Jewish Community will hold its annual Chanukah potluck at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at Northern Light Church. All are invited. Bring a plate of latkes to share and a covered dish, traditional to the season. Details: 789-6392.

Tomlinson's paintings on display at KTOO

Oil paintings by Elise Tomlinson are on display this month at KTOO-FM's downstairs conference room. Tomlinson's work was inspired by flights over alluvial plains in Southeast Alaska. Also featured upstairs is the work of Gerry Bigelow, Josh Edward, Skip Gray, Andy Grossman, John Kelly, Matt Miller, Ceann Murphy, Mike and Cathy Price, Rob Roys and Jason Soza.

KTOO is located at 360 Egan Drive. Stop by during normal business hours.

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