Sports in Juneau

Posted: Friday, December 19, 2003

NEW CALENDAR ITEMS

• Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation indoor soccer coaches - Coaches are needed for the 2004 youth indoor soccer season, which starts in January. This is a volunteer position and is supervised by Parks and Rec. Info: Erin Evans, Parks and Rec program assistant for youth sports, 586-5226.

• Waterfowl hunter reports sought - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reminds all waterfowl hunters to drop off or mail in their Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge permit reports to the Douglas ADF&G office. This is the first year hunters have had to complete this permit report, so please submit them as soon as possible. Info: Neil Barten, ADF&G area management biologist, 465-4267.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday, Dec. 20

• Juneau Gun Club - Christmas Turkey Shoot: Events take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Juneau Gun Club range on Montana Creek Road. Competition open to 12- and 20-gauge shotguns only. Loaner shotguns are available and ammunition will be provided. Events include a bubble shoot, card shoot, trap shoot and Annie Oakley shoot. Info: Juneau Gun Club hotline, 789-9844.

Saturday, Dec. 20-Sunday, Jan. 4

• Eaglecrest Ski Area Snowflake Festival - Events run Dec. 20 though Jan. 4, and participants age 19-older can enter to win a ski package for two to Alyeska Resort, a round-trip ticket for two on Wings of Alaska or a five-day booklet of lift tickets. Entry forms are available at the Eaglecrest rental/repair shop and the winner will be announced at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 4. The Christmas tree lighting is at 4 p.m. on Dec. 20 at the day lodge; there are holiday ski/snowboard camps for all ages on Dec. 22, 23, 24 and 26; there are Christmas Eve festivities starting at 2 p.m. on Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve events include a candy cane race and snow painting at 2 p.m., ornament decorating at 3:30 p.m., holiday music at 4:30 p.m., an adult torchlight parade at 5:30 p.m. and a children's torchlight parade at 6 p.m. and Santa arrives at 6:15 p.m. Register for torchlight parades by 1 p.m. at the ski school, 790-2001. Register kids for gifts from Santa before Christmas Eve at the Eaglecrest office, 586-5284, or the ski school, 790-2001); Christmas Day lifts open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; more ski/snowboard camps on Dec. 29, 30, 31 and Jan. 2; the Juneau Ski Club's USSA Timberwolf Gifts Race Series giant slalom races on Dec. 28; a New Year's Day brunch from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Jan. 1; the start of Mighty-Mites, Wee Ski and Mountain Explorer programs on Jan. 3-4; the announcement of the Snowflake Festival prize drawings and the winners of the Hilary Lindh Scholarship Ski Pass on Jan. 4; and the JSC Alpine Millennium Race Series slalom races on Jan. 4. Info: Eaglecrest Ski Area, 586-5284 downtown office, or 790-2001 on the mountain.

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MEETINGS / CLINICS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

• Juneau Alpine Club - Backcountry avalanche skills refresher sessions take place from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18, at the downtown library (classroom session) and the morning of Saturday, Dec. 20, at Eaglecrest Ski Area lodge (field session). Sarah Carter will lead the classroom session and will discuss risk evaluation, equipment, safe travel and rescue. Greg Bledsoe will lead the field session and will lead beacon searches. Bring a probe, avalanche beacon and shovel to the field session, if you have them. Info: Greg Bledsoe, 463-3211.

• Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska snowshoeing tryouts - Time trials for runners/snowshoers born in 1984 or later will take place on Friday, Dec. 19, and Tuesday, Dec. 23, at the Mendenhall Campground near Skater's Cabin. Friday's tryout is at 3 p.m. and Tuesday's is at 10:30 a.m. Each participant will complete a 2-mile and a 400-meter course for time, and the times will be compared statewide to determine the team. The 2004 Arctic Winter Games take place Feb. 28 through March 6 in Fort McMurray, Alberta. The cost per athlete is $555 (includes airfare, room and board and uniforms), plus a $70 coaching fee. Please call the time trial organizers to arrange use of snowshoes. Info: Guy Thibodeau, 463-8442, or Merry Ellefson, 586-1692, or on the Web at http://www.2004.teamalaska.org.

• Holiday Cup 2003 indoor soccer tournament - The annual indoor soccer tournament takes place Dec. 20-31, with five coed divisions - Elementary (grades 4-5), Middle School (grades 6-8), Junior (high school, ages 16-younger), Senior (high school-college, ages 17-21) and Masters (ages 22-222). Team rosters were due by Monday, Dec. 1. Electronic versions of the registration packet are available. This cost-free event is sponsored by the law offices of Dillon & Findley and by Juneau Community Schools. Info: Leslie Houston, 364-2657, or by e-mail at holidaycup2003@yahoo.com.

• Hilary Lindh Eaglecrest Ski Area Season Pass Scholarship - Applications are being accepted for this year's scholarships, which go to a boy and a girl in grades K-12. The scholarship was established in 1992 after Juneau's Hilary Lindh won an Olympic silver medal in the downhill and serves as a way to help younger Juneau skiers develop their talent. Applications are available at all Juneau schools, at Eaglecrest's downtown office and at the ski area, Foggy Mountain Shoppe and Nugget Alaskan Outfitter. Completed applications are due by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, at the Eaglecrest business office in the downtown municipal building. Winners will be announced on Sunday, Jan. 4. Info: Eaglecrest Ski Area, 586-5284 (business office) or 790-2001 (mountain).

• Juneau Adult Hockey Association women's hockey registration - The last day to register for the winter season is Jan. 5, 2004. The winter season starts Jan. 12 and teams play one game a week through mid-April at Treadwell Arena. The registration fee is $125 (players new to JAHA) and $85 (players who competed in the fall 2003 season). The league is limited to 90 women, no late registration. Spots also are open in the coed leagues, which are open to all players age 18-older. Info: Aurah Landau, 586-6114; Jan Rumble, 780-2552; Emily Nelson (coed), 586-1070; or on the Web at http://www.juneauhockey.org.

• Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation 2004 coed volleyball registration - Team manager packets are available at the Parks and Rec office, Room 218 of the municipal building downtown (155 South Seward Street). Team registration takes place at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8, in Assembly Chambers at the municipal building. Late registration takes place on Friday, Jan. 9, at the Parks and Rec office ($10 late fee charged). Teams will be accepted on a space-available basis only. Team registration information is available on the Web at http://www.juneau.org/parksrec/adult/coedvolleyball.php/. Info: Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation, 586-5226.

• Women's classic indoor soccer registration - Registration for the upcoming women's classic indoor soccer season is open until Jan. 9. The season begins on Jan. 12. Teams play once a week on Mondays; no experience necessary, older women and new players are welcomed and encouraged. Registration forms are available at the CBJ Parks and Recreation Department office. The program is sponsored by the Capital City Soccer League. Info: Amy, 364-3266 or 586-1070.

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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.

• Adult volleyball/basketball open gyms - Meet from 7-9 p.m. on Fridays and from 7-9 p.m. on Sundays at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School gym. Cost is $4 and open gym is limited to adults (age 18-older) only. Info: Community Schools, 463-1700, Ext. 325.

• Zach Gordon Youth Center climbing wall - Climbing wall hours are 3-7 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and 3-9 p.m. on Fridays. 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 programs - The ice arena is open seven days a week with a variety of public open skates, youth open skates, pond hockey and rental times available (see Treadwell Arena Web site for details). The rink is closed for ice maintenance from 7:45-10:45 a.m. on Mondays and from 7:45 a.m. to noon on Fridays. Fees for open skates are $4 adults, $3 youths (age 17-younger) and $2 seniors (age 65-older). Fees for pond hockey are $5 adults, $4 youths and $3 seniors. Skate rental is $2 for adults and youths, and $1.90 for seniors. Passes are available for open skates, pond hockey and skate rental. Facility rental is $150 an hour. Info: Treadwell Arena, 586-0410, or check on the Web at http://www.juneau.org/parksrec/icerink/.

• Juneau 4-H Cross-Country Ski Club - The first Juneau 4-H Cross-Country Ski Club ski session takes place on Jan. 4, 2004, with regular ski sessions from 1-3 p.m. on Sundays through March 7, 2004, at various locations around Juneau. The club is run by Odin Brudie and Frankie Pillifant and is open for students in grades K-12, but parents are encouraged to ski with their children. Ski equipment is available for rent, but people renting equipment must participate in most of the club's events. A 4-H membership fee of $6 (good all year for all 4-H clubs) will be charged, and ski equipment can be rented for the season for $50 (with $20 refunded if you participate in seven 4-H ski days, scholarships available based on need). Info: Odin Brudie and Frankie Pillifant, 586-1453, or the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service, 465-8749.

• Adult indoor soccer open gyms - Sessions are held from 7 to 9 p.m. Upcoming open gyms are: Dec. 18 at Harborview Elementary School gym; Jan. 1 at Harborview; Jan. 8 at Harborview; Jan. 11 at Floyd Dryden Middle School gym; Jan. 15 at Harborview; Jan. 16 at Harborview; Jan. 18 at Floyd Dryden; Jan. 22 at Harborview; Jan. 25 at Floyd Dryden; and Jan. 29 at Harborview. Check www.juneausoccer.com for updated schedules. Open to players 18 and older; cost is $5 per session. Contact: Pat Race, 586-3440.

• Juneau Nordic Ski Club - The latest ski reports for local nordic skiers can be found on the club's Web site, http://home.gci.net/~jnordski.

• 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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