Sunday, Dec. 19
Juneau Skating Club holiday exhibition skate - Performance starts at 4 p.m. at Treadwell Arena. There will be four skating performances by 13 members from the club, then the public is invited to join the skaters on the ice until 6:15 p.m. Santa Claus is scheduled to make an appearance. Info: Beth Rhoden, 586-4436 evening, 789-2817 days.
Juneau Rifle and Pistol Club - The last match of the year is a combined 50-shot high-power rifle match and 32-shot hunter rifle match. Registration takes place at 8:30 a.m., a safety meeting at 9:15 a.m. and first shots fired at 9:30 a.m. at the Hank Harmon Rifle Range on Montana Creek Road. This is the club's last match until the last Sunday in March, 2005. Info: Mal Menzies, by e-mail at email@example.com.
Tuesday, Dec. 21
Juneau-Douglas High School girls and boys basketball - The Crimson Bears host their annual alumni games at the JDHS main gym. Girls play at 6 p.m. and boys at 8 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 23
Juneau Alpine Club - Gastineau Peak Moonlight Hike: There is a full moon the morning of Sunday, Dec. 26, but the hike is a couple of days early because of the holidays. Bring a headlamp to this moderate-challenge event. Please RSVP with the trip leader if you plan to attend. Info: Trip leader Dave Lefebvre, 789-4099.
Sunday, Dec. 26
Juneau Ski Club - Timberwolf Gifts Series giant slalom: This season-opening event is for J4-M skiers at Eaglecrest Ski Area and will take place if there's enough snow. Times are TBA. Info: Heidi Reifenstein, 723-1557, Doug Wahto, 586-2564, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on the Web at http://www.juneauskiracing.org.
Juneau Alpine Club - John Muir Cabin Day Hike: Bring a headlamp and skis or snowshoes to this moderate-challenge event. Please RSVP with the trip leader if you plan to attend. Info: Trip leader Dave Lefebvre, 789-4099.
MEETINGS / CLINICS / ANNOUNCEMENTS
JRC/The Alaska Club winter break sports camps - Register by Friday, Dec. 17, for eight days of sports and games for school children during the holiday break. Activities include racquetball, basketball, soccer, badminton, tennis, wallyball and more. The cost is $120 plus tax for four days and $240 plus tax for eight days for JRC/The Alaska Club members, and $135 plus tax and $270 plus tax for non-club members. Day rates are available. Camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and before care (7-9 a.m.) and after care (4-6 p.m.) is available for an extra $20 per week. No camp takes place on Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve. Info and registration packets: Eileen Wilson, 789-2181, on the Web at http://www.thealaskaclub.com, or at both JRC/The Alaska Club locations.
Eaglecrest Ski Area Snowflake Festival - Eaglecrest's annual Snowflake Festival is scheduled to run from Dec. 18 to Jan. 2, depending on snow conditions. The festival is set to kick off on Dec. 18 at 3:30 p.m. with an outdoor tree lighting ceremony in front of the lodge. On Dec. 24, the Christmas Eve celebration starts at 3:30 p.m. and will include ornament decorating, holiday music, the traditional torchlight parade at 5:30 p.m., a kids' torchlight parade at 6 p.m. and the arrival of Santa at 6:15 p.m. On New Year's Day there will be live music and fireworks, and at 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 2 there will be a drawing for a trip for two to Alyeska Ski Resort - enter each time you visit. U.S. Telemark Ski Team member Matt Beedle of Juneau will offer an all-day World Cup Telemark skiing clinic on Jan. 2, and there will be two ski and snowboard holiday camp sessions - Dec. 20-24 and Dec. 27-31. For more information, look on the Web at http://www.skijuneau.com or call 790-2001.
Juneau Parks and Recreation - 2005 coed volleyball registration: Team registration will take place on Thursday, Jan. 6 at 5 p.m. in the Assembly chambers at Juneau City Hall. Late registration - with a $10 late fee - will take place on Friday, Jan. 7 at the Parks and Rec office at city hall. Team registration information is available on the Parks and Rec Web site at http://www.juneau.org/parksrec/adult/coedvolleyball.php. Managers' packets can be picked up at the Parks and Rec office. Info: Juneau Parks and Recreation, 586-5226.
Capital City Soccer League - women's classic indoor soccer registration - Registration for the CCSL's women's classic indoor soccer league continues until Jan. 8, with games starting on Jan. 11. There is no experience necessary, and older women and new players are encouraged to participate. Teams play one game each week, at 6 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at Mount Jumbo Gym. The registration fee is $30, and forms are available at the Zach Gordon Youth Center, or by sending an e-mail to email@example.com. Info: Chris, 586-6650.
Gastineau Channel Little League on-line registration - On-line registration for the 2005 season runs through Feb. 28. Early registration rates are valid through Jan. 30. Look on the Web at http://www.eteamz.com/gcllak Info: GCLL, 789-9803.
Yukon River Quest 2005 registration - The longest annual canoe and kayak race in the world is accepting applications for its 2005 race. The race takes place June 29 through July 3, and the 460-mile(740-kilometer) course follows the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City, Yukon Territory. The deadline for entries is May 26, 2005, and more information is available on the event's Web site at http://www.yukonriverquest.com. Last year 51 teams from around the world, including racers from Southeast Alaska, started the race and 35 teams finished. A limit of 70 teams has been set for 2005 and the race is open to tandem and solo kayaks and recreational tandem canoes and voyageur canoes (that seat 6-14 paddlers). Entry fees are $600 (Canadian) for tandem canoes and kayaks, $300 for solo kayaks and $200 per person for voyageur canoes. The total purse for the race is $15,500 (Canadian), which is distributed among the top 10 teams overall and to category winners. The first-place team receives $3,000 and an entry into the 2006 race. Info: Peter Coates (of Whitehorse), YRMPA president, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jeff Brady(of Skagway), YRMPA vice president, by e-mail at email@example.com.
Note to waterfowl hunters - Hunters seeking waterfowl hunting permits to take waterfowl, snipe or cranes on the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge can obtain the permits at Western Auto, Rayco Sales or at the Douglas office of the Alaska Department of Fish & Game. The permit is meant as an orientation for hunters using the refuge and also allows ADF&G to collect duck hunting effort and harvest data. All hunters should pay careful attention to the orientation information that comes with the permit. Info: Douglas office of ADF&G, 465-4265.
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.
Mount Jumbo preschool open gym - Preschool open gyms for children ages 1-6 and an adult parent or caregiver take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through April. There must be at least one adult present for every four kids. There is a $1 per child fee, or punchcards for $10 and $50 can be bought at the gym, which is located at 909 4th Street in Douglas. Tricycles, mats, balls, a Little Tykes climber, building blocks and a mkid-sized basketball hoop are available. Info:Myiia Whistler, Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation, 586-5226, or by e-mail at Myiia_Whistler@ci.juneau.ak.us.
Zach Gordon Youth Center climbing wall - New climbing wall hours are 5-7 p.m. on Mondays, and 3:30-7 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 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 schedule - An ice rink schedule is posted on the arena's Web site. Info: Treadwell Arena, 586-0410, or on the Web at http://www.juneau.org/parksrec/icerink/.
Juneau Community Schools open gyms - Basketball, volleyball and soccer open gyms for adults are available several times a week. Basketball and volleyball open gyms are held Fridays and Sundays from 7-9 p.m. at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. Soccer open gyms are held Saturdays from 6-8 p.m. at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School and Sundays from 6:45-8:45 p.m. at Floyd Dryden Middle School. The cost is $5 per session, and 10-session punchcards are available for $40 each. Info: Juneau Community Schools, 463-1717.
Basketball/volleyball court rentals available - The Juneau Community Schools program has basketball/volleyball court rental times available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. The cost to rent the court is $20 per hour, which must be paid at the time of rental. This is for adult activities only. Info: Juneau Community Schools, 463-1717.
Recreational badminton - Auke Bay group: This group meets from 8-10 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays at the Auke Bay Community School gym. **SCHEDULE REVISION: The badminton group will not meet over the school's winter break, from Dec. 19 through Jan. 2. After the break, the group will meet just once a week, on Tuesdays, with the first session on Jan. 4. This badminton open gym is for teens and adults of all skill levels and it costs $3 per person per night. Bring a racquet, if you have one. Info: Theresa Walden, 790-2499.
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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