Community News

Posted: Monday, December 10, 2001

Arts fellowship available

The Alaska State Council on the Arts is now accepting applications for the Connie Boochever Arts Fellowship in the fields of performing, literary and media arts. Up to four fellowships for $2,500 each will be granted for 2002. The deadline for application is Feb. 1 In 2003, fellowships will be awarded in the areas of visual arts and arts education.

The Connie Boochever Arts Fellowship is a program of the Connie Boochever Endowment for the Arts, a fund started by the Boochever family in honor of Connie Boochever and administered by the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

Connie Boochever was a performer, director and producer of community theater and a lifelong patron and advocate of the arts. She died in 1999. For more information on the Connie Boochever Arts Fellowship, contact Charlotte Fox at (907) 278-7424 or charlotte_fox@eed.state.ak.us

Girl Scouts council receives grant

The Girl Scouts Susitna Council in Anchorage, which includes the Kenai Peninsula Girl Scouts, has received an Equipped 2 Play grant. Equipped 2 Play is a grant program established by the Women's Sports Foundation and the Gatorade Company that provides sports equipment and apparel to girls' sports programs at schools, clubs or other recreational organizations. The Girl Scouts Susitna Council was one of 66 grant recipients.

House to be raffled off

Alpine Alternatives is raffling off a new home at Lot 28, Block 5 Ira Drive in the Olympus Subdivision in Anchorage. The house is 1,601 square feet, has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an optional fourth bedroom or family room and a double car garage. Tickets sell for $100 and are good for a chance at the home or other prizes. The drawing date is March 17 at the AHBA home and remodeling show at the Sullivan Arena.

Proceeds from the raffle benefit Alpine Alternatives, a which provides accessible educational and recreational opportunities to Alaskans experiencing disabilities, and the Simon Youth Foundation, which provides educational and career development for young people. The raffle is open statewide. For more information, contact Alpine Alternatives at (907) 561-6655 or online at www.alpinealternatives.org

Homer Community Schools announcements

The winter Community Schools class catalog will be out next week in 99603 zip code boxes or in various businesses around Anchor Point and Homer. They will also be available at the Homer Public Library and in the Community School office at Homer High School.

Anyone interested in being a tutor or in need of a tutor can call Homer Community Schools. For more information, call 235-6090.

Alaska SeaLife Center Update

ALSC gears up for Jason Project

The ASLC will be one of two featured sites in Alaska, along with Portage Glacier, for the Jason XIII: Frozen Worlds distance learning expedition. The project focuses on how people and animals have adapted to life in Alaska and Antarctica, how glaciers change over time, early exploration of polar regions and how Alaska Natives use marine resources.

The Jason Project offers students and teachers in grades four through nine a comprehensive, multimedia approach to enhance teaching and learning in science, technology, math, geography and associated disciplines. The project delivers its educational content through a print curriculum, videos, fully interactive Internet programming and live satellite broadcasts. The project reaches over one million teachers and students in the united States and other countries. Students all over Alaska, and many in the rest of the U.S., can watch live programs that will be broadcast from the Center five times a day from Jan. 28 to Feb. 8. For more information, go to www.jasonproject.org.

Track ASLC rehab seals with Project Master

In September 2000 the ASLC was awarded $117,000 grant to develop an education program that focuses on satellite telemetry and how it is used in rehabilitation and research. The project makes the same data that scientists use to better understand marine mammal behavior available to students and teachers for use in the classroom. Some of the marine mammals treated at the ALSC are released with satellite tracking devices attached.

These devices gather data and transmit it via satellite, providing near real-time information on the animal's locations, dive depths and dive durations. This is valuable data for scientists trying to understand how these animals survive in the wild. It is also the basis for an interactive, Internet-based learning experience for students and anyone else with an interest in marine mammals. Students and visitors will find the latest information on the animals being tracked at the Project Master Web site at www.alaskasealife.org/master



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