Neighbors Digest

Posted: Friday, December 24, 2004

UAS closed for the holiday season

The University of Alaska Southeast will be closed from Dec. 23 through Jan. 3. It will reopen for spring semester course registration on Jan. 4. Spring classes begin Jan. 18.

UNICEF cards are still available

UNICEF cards are for sale at Invisible World, 369 S. Franklin St. The store is open daily. Call a UNICEF volunteer for more information at 586-6457.

Community center closed Fridays

Center For Community in Juneau will be closed on Fridays, Dec. 24 and 31, 2004.

Glacier center to start up Fireside Chats

One of Juneau's most popular and long-standing free winter lecture series resumes Friday, Jan. 7 at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Fireside Chats will be held at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. every Friday night during January, February and March.

The 43rd annual Fireside Chat series covers a wide variety of topics ranging from brown bears and rainforest wolves to Nugget Creek's historic hydropower plant and undersea exploration of seamounts in the Gulf of Alaska.

After a record-breaking warm summer, during which the Mendenhall Glacier receded 600 feet, the talk on climate change will attempt to answer many of the questions people frequently ask of visitor center staff. Changing landscape views will be documented in a program of historic photos retaken from the same locations in present time.

A personal history by the former Forest Service employee who created the glacier's Fireside Chat series in 1962 will give a glimpse back over more than 40 years of life in Juneau and Angoon.

Other programs feature Southeast Alaska's geology and Berners Bay. Alaskan authors will talk about the subjects of their books on Southeast Alaska's natural world, a renowned grizzly bear attack and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Elvis, Mickey Mouse on display at museum

Come see what secrets lurk deep in the closets of your friends and neighbors during the Juneau-Douglas City Museum's three-part Juneau Collectors Series running from January through September 2005.

In three separate shows, Juneau collectors will have a chance to share their private gatherings of unusual items and quirky collectibles with the public.

An opening reception at 4:30 through 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 7, launches Part I of the series with Joel Orelove's Elvis Lives in Juneau! and Mickey Mouse Memorabilia collections.

In celebration of Elvis Presley's 75th birthday (Jan. 8), the City Museum will display almost 100 Elvis-themed treasures, including a real sample of his hair, several Elvis nesting matryoshka dolls, handcrafts such as dolls and quilts made here in Juneau, and a wide assortment of other fun items from Orelove's personal collection.

In the spirit of good old-fashioned American fun, the City Museum's opening reception for this show will feature Elvis music, Elvis impersonators and one of Elvis's own favorite treats - jelly-filled doughnuts.

Be sure not to miss the Tlingit King, Leonard R. Johnson, from Angoon, who will attend the event in his prize-winning Tlingit Elvis costume from last year's Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Wearable Arts Extravaganza.

For more information, contact 586-3572. Winter hours are noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is located at Fourth and Main streets and is a program of the Juneau Parks and Recreation Department.

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