Neighbors Briefs

Posted: Friday, December 13, 2002

Charter school now taking applications

The Juneau Community Charter School is accepting third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade student applications to fill an immediate opening. Applications are available at the school, located downtown at Fourth and Harris streets. It is a public school and charges no tuition.

For an application or information about the arts-integrated program, contact the school at 586-2526. The application deadline is 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19.

4-H teens accepting food donations

The 4-H Teen Club will accept food donations at Alaskan and Proud Market and Safeway's between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 14, Donated food will help support Christmas baskets for local families. All food gathered at Alaskan and Proud will be donated to the Salvation Army. Food from Safeway will go to St. Vincent de Paul.

As you enter the front door of each store, you will be handed suggested food items needed for the baskets. While shopping please pick up one or two of the needed items and help make the season an even merrier one for local families.

Advent Evensong set

The choir of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church invites the public to an Advent Evensong at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.

The practice of singing evening prayers is as old as the church itself. The Anglican service of Evening Prayer was the result of the joining of two of the ancient monastic offices - Vespers and Compline - into one service by Thomas Cranmer, the first Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury. When the prayers are set to music and sung, either by the congregation, or on the behalf of the congregation by the choir, it is called Evening Song, or Evensong in Elizabethan English. It is supposed to be sung every evening as thanks to God for the day and a prayer for protection during the coming night.

Evensong is a service of reflection - of leaving oneself open that God may speak to us through the psalms and readings and canticles, which are the core of the service.

For more information, please contact Lena Simmons, 789-4604.

Lutheran church play scheduled

The youth from Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church will perform an Advent play called, "What are We Waiting For?" at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. The play addresses contemporary issues, such as homelessness, and is suitable for the whole family. The public is welcome to come and stay for soup, bread and dessert immediately following the play.

Shepherd of the Valley is located at 4212 Mendenhall Loop Rd. For more information, call the Rev. Larry Rorem at 789-4093 or Kathy Buss at 586-3666.

Group sets toy drive

JDHS Health Media Marketers is organizing a toy drive for needy families served by the Glory Hole. The goal is to provide toys to children who otherwise wouldn't receive them at this time of the year.

New toys can be dropped off at the following locations: The Observatory bookstore at the corner of 2nd and North Franklin streets, the Juneau Empire on Channel Drive, Super Bear in the Mendenhall Mall, and the Juneau-Douglas High School Teen Health Center. Toys can be dropped off through Monday, Dec. 16.

The JDHS Health Media Marketers are a group of students who want to help the community.

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