Students at Yaaḵoosgé Daakahídi High School participate in a Financial Reality Fair. (Photo courtesy of John Paul / Yaaḵoosgé Daakahídi High School)

Students at Yaaḵoosgé Daakahídi High School participate in a Financial Reality Fair. (Photo courtesy of John Paul / Yaaḵoosgé Daakahídi High School)

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Skate to “Frozen” at Treadwell Arena’s Movie in the Park on March 23

For the first time in forever, Juneau Parks & Recreation is hosting a Movie in the Park at Treadwell Arena. Lace up your skates — or watch from the bleachers—for “Frozen” (PG) on Saturday, March 23. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the show begins at 5 p.m.

This event is presented by Juneau Pediatric Dentistry.

Space on the ice is limited to 150 skaters. Regular admission rates apply (passes are accepted) and include skate rental on a first-come, first-served basis. Space in the bleachers is free of charge—just remember to dress warmly, unless the cold never bothered you anyway.

Food and drink are welcome off the ice, and popcorn will be available for purchase.

For questions, contact Juneau Parks & Recreation at (907) 586-5226.

YDHS now considering applicants for students in grades 10-12 for next school year

Yaaḵoosgé Daakahídi High School recently hosted a Financial Reality Fair with help from the following local groups; True North Federal Credit Union, Global Credit Union, Cornerstone Home Lending, Alaska Department of Labor, Global Credit Union Insurance Brokers and Elgee Rehfeld LLC.

Students learned to apply credit scores to terms to buy a car and a house and pay for utilities and goods and services on a budget. YDHS is now considering applications for 10th-12th grade students for next year as it moves to Dzantik’I Heeni. Contact the school for an application and visit its website at https://ydhs.juneauschools.org for more information.

Lily Hope presents “The History and Future of Yeil Koowu”

Weaver, artist and University of Alaska Northwest Coast Studio Arts ProfessorLily Hope will present “History and Future of Yeil Kuwoo, Ravenstail Weaving,” a multimedia event and gathering of the robes at 5:30 p.m. April 30 at Centennial Hall. Tickets go on sale March 15.

Ravenstail ceremonial regalia were historically created and worn by the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian peoples of the Northwest coast of North America. These techniques “slept” for 100 years until researcher Cheryl Samuel woke them up by researching the few historic robes housed around the world. One of her students, Kay Parker of Juneau, has taught the techniques with historical integrity for more than 40 years, motivating hundreds of students to share story and identity through geometric woolen weavings.

Hope, the visionary for this event, has been dreaming of gathering the largest collection of Ravenstail robes for years. She’s been teaching the artform to weavers across North America since 2020 and realized a larger community opportunity when the cohort decided to weave child size robes.

“I hope the audience comes away with a resonant feeling of gratitude toward the artists who woke up this artform, carried it forward, and continue to teach with integrity. It’s significant that this world textile is being primarily taught again through Native hearts,” she said.

Rae Mills, who has been a long time apprentice of Hope’s and is helping organize the event, said “Nothing has ever happened to this extent for Yeil Koowu. It’s hard to verbalize how amazing this feels, because I’ve never felt more at home in my self than when I am teaching and weaving Yeil Koowu.”

This event will teach the audience the history of Ravenstail, honor Kay and Cheryl for their continued love and stewardship of this art, and feature a collection of over 24 newly created child-sized robes that will be danced by the TCLL (Tlingit Culture, Language, Literacy) class. These robes will then be displayed at the Juneau Douglas City Museum show titled “Yeilk’: Ravenstail Regalia for Our Future Clan Leaders,” opening May 3.

This event is made possible with major support by Sealaska Corp, Goldbelt Inc, and Wooshkindein Da.aat Lily Hope Weaver Studio, and generous support by Juneau Community Foundation, Sustainable Arts Foundation, and the Ravenstail Guild.

Tickets can be purchased at the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council’s box office or directly from www.lilyhope.com/yeilkoowu. More information is also available by contacting Taylor Vidic at (907) 209-6802 or taylor.vidic@gmail.com.

SEARHC acquires Juneau Physical Therapy

SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) has entered into an agreement with Juneau Physical Therapy (JPT) to become part of SEARHC. The transaction is expected to close on March 15.

Specializing in workplace, sports and orthopedic injuries and conditions, Juneau Physical Therapy has a long history of providing excellent, comprehensive rehabilitation services to the Juneau community. SEARHC believes the addition of this team will expand the orthopedic, sports medicine and wellness opportunities available to our patients.

“Our goal has always been to restore one’s active lifestyle and optimal health. Our integration into SEARHC allows us to continue building on our history and that goal, expanding high-quality services to our community and patients,” said Justin Dorn, owner of Juneau Physical Therapy. “I am particularly excited that all our patients and their families can benefit from the broad range of healthcare services available through SEARHC, beyond physical therapy.”

While SEARHC and JPT work though the necessary administrative items associated with such a transaction, it is JPT’s and SEARHC’s mutual intention that providers from Juneau Physical Therapy will begin seeing patients as employees of SEARHC effective March 18 at SEARHC’s Juneau Physical Rehabilitation Clinic, located at 1720 Crest St. in the Mendenhall Valley.

“Bringing this private practice into the SEARHC network allows us to expand our services and provide the best healthcare for our communities,” said William Spivey, PT, System Director of Rehabilitation Services. “We look forward to Juneau Physical Therapy joining the SEARHC team and furthering our ability to provide high-quality services and help people live their best lives.”

To learn more about SEARHC’s Physical Rehabilitation services in the Juneau area visit searhc.org/services or call (907) 463-6682.

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