Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2005

Eaglecrest to start year with a bang

JUNEAU - With or without snow, the Coldwell Banker Race Realty and KINY/KSUP Fireworks Mountain Explo-sion will light up the skies on New Year's Day at the Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Festivities start at 3 p.m. with the band Zuya Chante with Teri Tibbett performing in the Day Lodge. Outdoor bonfires and tents with goodies for purchase will keep everyone warm and toasty. The fireworks are slated to begin at 5 p.m.

McGilvray returns for mid-winter vocal fest

JUNEAU - The Juneau Lyric Opera's annual Mid-Winter Vocal Festival's group voice and festival chorus workshops begin Monday, Jan. 2.

Byron McGilvray is returning for the 17th year and also will lead a workshop in small ensemble singing, which begins Thursday, Dec. 29.

All rehearsals are at McPhetres Hall, with the closing concert, a performance of Argentinian composer Ariel Ramirez's "Misa Criolla" at Northern Light United Church.

McGilvray also will teach private lessons.

For more information, call 789-4064 or visit

'King Island' items on display at downtown library

JUNEAU - The downtown branch of the Juneau Public Libraries is exhibiting a collection of pictures and memorabilia related to "King Island Christmas," a holiday musical based on a children's book by Juneau author Jean Rogers and illustrator Rie Muñoz.

The exhibit includes photographs of King Island and several carved ivory pieces from the 1950s, when Muñoz lived there and worked as a teacher, librarian Carol Race said. The display also includes a 1954 National Geographic article written about the community.

Rogers wrote the book based on Muñoz's experiences on King Island. Perseverance Theatre has staged the Juneau-born musical five times since 1997. It has been produced in more than 30 cities around the United States and Australia.

The exhibit items are on display through January and are courtesy of the Muñoz family.

Student symphonies to hold auditions

JUNEAU - The Juneau Student Symphonies will hold its mid-season auditions from 6 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 2, 4 and 6 at the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School commons.

Auditions are open to musicians of all ages who play orchestral instruments such as the flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, piano, violin, viola, cello or bass.

For more information, visit and click on the Student Symphonies link. Contact Rick Trostel at 586-1915 for an audition appointment.

Chandonnet releases 'Alaskan Gold Rush'

JUNEAU -Juneau author Ann Chandonnet has completed a 32-page, full-color souvenir book, "Alaskan Gold Rush," which is aimed at the tourist market.

The book includes sidebars of gold rush sites to visit and mining vocabulary. It's illustrated with period photos from the Anchorage Museum of History and Art's Alaska Historical Collection as well as the University of Washington Libraries' Special Collections, the Consortium Library of University of Alaska Anchorage and the Valdez Museum & Historical Archive. Contemporary background photos are by Craig Brandt and Gene Jansen of Accent Alaska and others.

Earlier this year, Chandonnet released the food history "Gold Rush Grub," published in hard cover in July by the University of Alaska Press. She has also edited biographies of Soapy Smith and Dawson City founder Joe LaDue in the last few years.

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