Neighbors Digest

Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Church council hosts Advent lunch

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JUNEAU - The Juneau Cooperative Church Council is sponsoring its annual Advent lunch at noon on Thursday, Dec. 20, at Northern Light United Church, 400 W. 11th St.

The lunch will consist of homemade soup, bread and cookies provided by members of local churches. There will be a short musical performance and an opportunity to sing Christmas carols. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Steve Olmstead.

A donation of $5 is recommended. All proceeds will be shared between the Glory Hole and a new program to help prisoners called "Success Inside & Out." Parking is available at Northern Light, but if you are coming from downtown and don't want to drive, there will be a van parked on Fourth Street, just off of Main Street across from the entrance to the State Office Building.

Dan Wanders, from Aldersgate United Methodist Church will transport people from downtown to the luncheon and return them to the same place by 1 p.m., if requested. All are invited. For more information, call 364-2468.

City Museum to host presentation on China Joe

JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas City Museum will host a presentation by Mark Whitman on the life of China Joe, who had the first bakery in Juneau during the Gold Rush and after, at 10 a.m. on Feb. 2.

Joe is famed for his generosity. He gave credit to starving gold miners and Tlingit workers who were waiting for work during a cold winter when flour supplies didn't get in. In addition, he gave free coffee and snacks to the firefighters and children.

The museum, with Community Schools, have written to organizations in Juneau to hold a fundraiser in China Joe's name for the Southeast Alaska Foodbank before Feb. 2 and present the check at the event on Feb. 2. Tea and Chinese pastries will be provided at the reception. The public is welcome to bring favorite tea or pastries.

For more information, call 364 3698 during the evenings or e-mail

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