Neighbors Digest

Posted: Friday, December 26, 2003

Museum to host events in January

The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is hosting various events for January.

The Family Bead Circle meets every Saturday from 4-5:30 p.m. It is a free event where families can bring in their ongoing bead and craft projects and spend creative time together.

Charity Green will hold a public reception to display her new work on Jan. 2, 4:30-7 p.m. Her realistic oil paintings focus on Alaskan commercial fishing and the fisherman who participate in it. This event is free.

Donald Gregory, Heendei, will be teaching a Halibut Hook Making Class for ages 8 and up. It meets Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Class registration and payment is required.

Gretchen Barnes is conducting an Altered Books Class for ages 18 and up on Jan. 17, 24 and 31, 12:30-3:30 p.m. The class takes a creative and personalized approach to collage and mixed media with existing books. Class registration and payment is required.

On Jan. 17, from 1-3 p.m., the Gastineau Channel Historical Society is co-sponsoring an event centered on Oral History documentation. Oral History is one of the oldest forms of documenting past events, and it presents people with an opportunity to share their life story, not only with the interviewer but generations to come. Alysia McLain, a master's candidate from the University of Oregon Interdisciplinary Studies in Folklore program, will discuss gathering historical information through tape-recorded and, more recently, videotaped interviews. The Gastineau Genealogical Society, a nondenominational organization, will also be available to answer questions and present tips on family history research. The Pioneer Book Committee will offer information about writing family stories.

The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is located at Fourth and Main streets and is part of the Juneau Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, call 586-3572.

Juneau Writers Group to meet Jan. 3

The newly formed Juneau Writers Group will be meeting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3 at 8452 Kimberly St. (off Mendenhall Loop Road). The main focus of the meeting will be listening to readings the writers present. Writers are encouraged to bring some written work and share it with the group.

Juneau authors who have participated include: Ann Chandonnet, author of 12 books including "Alaska's Arts, Crafts and Collectibles"; Dr. Wally Olson, author of many books including "Through Spanish Eyes, Spanish Voyages to Alaska, 1774-1792"; and Nancy Ferrell, author of 12 books including "Barrett Willougby, Alaska's Forgotten Lady." All the authors shared information on the creation of their books, general publishing tips, information for writers/self-publishers, and writing techniques and pointers.

All writers are invited to come and share information on their own writings, ask questions and propose new ideas for upcoming meetings. For further information, call 790-3038.

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