Neighbors Digest

Posted: Friday, December 19, 2003

Holiday model train rally set for this weekend

The Juneau-Douglas City Museum will host a holiday model train rally from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20. All are welcome to come view various sizes and types of moving train sets from the '40s, '50s and '60s.

Hot cider and cookies will be served. Indoor caroling will begin at 3 p.m., followed by figgy pudding.

For more information on the Holiday Model Train Rally and other City Museum activities and programs, contact the City Museum at 586-3572. The City Museum is located at Fourth and Main streets and is a program of the Parks and Recreation Department.

Mendenhall Visitor Center to close for the holidays

The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center will be closed on Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1. The regular hours for the winter are Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call the Visitor Center at 789-0097.

Eaglecrest now accepting applications for ski passes

The Eaglecrest Ski Area Board of Directors is accepting applications for this year's Hilary Lindh Eaglecrest Season Pass Scholarship Program. The program was established in 1992 in recognition of Hilary's silver medal in the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics. Each year, the Eaglecrest Board awards two season passes to a deserving boy and girl in grades kindergarten through high school.

Applications are available from the Eaglecrest Business office, Eaglecrest Ski and Snowboard School and the elementary school, middle school and high school administrative offices. Applications are also available at the Foggy Mountain Shop and Nugget Alaskan Outfitter. Completed applications must be returned to the Eaglecrest Business Office by close of business on Wednesday, Dec. 24. Winners will be announced on Jan. 4, 2004. Call 586-5284 or 790-2001 with any questions.

Candlelight vigil for homelessness to be held

On Sunday, Dec. 21, local and national groups and people experiencing homelessness will mourn those who died over the years. Locally, a candlelight memorial service will take place at the Glory Hole. The memorial service will begin at 2:30 p.m., and the Rev. Larry Rorem of the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church will officiate. The service will precede the Glory Hole's annual Christmas party, which will begin at 3 p.m. For more information, call 586-4159.

Letters, thank yous, words of encouragement needed

There are hundreds of brave soldiers who have not received any mail, packages or kind words from home since their departure.

Please bring unsealed Christmas cards, letters, notes of thanks or words of encouragement to a drop box at one of the following locations: All three entrances of the Nugget Mall, Alaskan & Proud market (next to the mocha entrance) or the customer service center at Fred Meyer.

The boxes will be checked daily if needed and will be shipped out to soldiers overseas on Dec. 22. The letters will not arrive by Christmas, but the soldiers will receive them. Boxes will be removed on Sunday evening, Dec. 21. For more information, call 321-0129.

Judge-author to speak out on war on drugs in Anchorage

Judge James P. Gray, author of "Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed and What You Can Do About It: A Judicial Indictment of the War On Drugs," will be in Anchorage for events on Dec. 21-22.

Gray is a California Superior Court Judge and national spokesperson for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).

On Dec. 21, Gray will be the featured speaker at a Winter Solstice Party from 6-9 p.m. at the Organic Oasis Restaurant at 2610 Spenard Road. Food and drinks are available. Matt Tullar of Yukon Ryder and percussionist Jason Agree will provide music. Cost is $12 per person or $20 per couple. Admission is free with the purchase of five raffle tickets from the Alaska Libertarian Party. Call 884-6260 to purchase tickets.

On Dec. 22, from 7-9 p.m., the Anchorage Bar Association will be hosting a debate on the "Merits of the Drug War" between Gray and Wev Shea, former U.S. attorney for Alaska. The debate will be at the Wilda Marston Auditorium at the Loussac Library. This event is free. For more about Judge Gray, visit

UAS Sitka offers hazardous waste training workshop

The University of Alaska Southeast Sitka campus is offering a 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations Certification training workshop, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Jan. 5-9. The 40-hour workshop will be followed by an 8-hour Hazwoper Renewal workshop on Jan. 10, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Students must show documentation of the Hazwoper 40-Hour certification or most current annual 8-Hour re-certification to be accepted for the Hazwoper Renewal.

The training meets the requirements of the State of Alaska Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Environmental Protection Agency. Call 1-800-478-6653, ext. 762, or 747-7762 for details to register.

Augustus Brown Pool to host water safety course

The Augustus Brown Pool is hosting a Water Safety Instructor Aide course 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday from Jan. 10 to Feb. 21. The cost is $39.50 plus an $8 certification fee. This course is designed for individuals 10-years of age or older who exhibit a strong sense of maturity and responsibility. Water Safety Instructor Aide candidates must be able to demonstrate the skills listed as completion requirements for Level IV of the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program. For more information, contact the pool at 586-5325.

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