“Curiosities of Alaska” by Junnie Chup, which won first place in Kindred Post’s 2024 statewide postcard art contest. (Photo courtesy of Kindred Post)

“Curiosities of Alaska” by Junnie Chup, which won first place in Kindred Post’s 2024 statewide postcard art contest. (Photo courtesy of Kindred Post)

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Kindred Post announces 2024 statewide postcard art contest winners

Kindred Post on Wednesday announced the 10 winners of their statewide postcard art contest. Each of the 10 top finalists picked by judges from all over Alaska will receive $100 and have their work printed on 1,000 postcards to be featured at Kindred Post. This year we included a public voting portion between the 10 finalists where three winners were picked by the community. The top three finalists receive various cash prizes, KP swag and more.

The contest winners were chosen from nearly 70 submissions from across the state. Selections are made by a panel of judges composed by community members. This year’s judges included Lance (X̱’unei) A. Twitchell, June Pardue, Mariano Gonzales, and Bonilyn Parker.

The art depicted in the submissions represented a diversity of mediums as well as identities. “This contest is so fun and interesting because it gives us a chance to see how a wide range of people are experiencing Alaska,” said Kindred Post owner Tressa Furner. “There were many different ages, worldviews and mediums present in these submissions – we were very impressed with the work and are excited for these to be sent all over the world.”

The first-place winner is “Curiosities of Alaska” by Junnie Chup, an Alaskan artist who paints landscapes with different mediums. Second place went to “Choir of Herring” by Christine Kleinhenz, a Juneau resident who explores the natural surroundings to find inspiration for her art. Third place went to “Kindred Post” by Rick Kauzlarich, a multidisciplinary artist in Juneau who encompasses the realms of painting and, more recently, digital art.

National Trails Day celebration, volunteer day hosted by Trail Mix on Saturday

Trail Mix is hosting a National Trails Day celebration and volunteer day on June 1st at the Kingfisher Loop Trail in Lemon Creek.

At 9:30 a.m. the Juneau Audubon Society will host a bird walk around the trail, and then from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. a volunteer project will take place. Hike for a Pint passports will also be available and remain on sale through June 20, which in collaboration with the Juneau Audubon Society will include informational hikes where passports can be traded for drinks at Amalga or Coppa.

Author of book about The Red Dog Saloon holds signing at saloon on Sunday

Juneau author W.R. Kozey will be performing a signing of his book “Tall Tales of Alaska: The Red Dog Saloon” at the Red Dog Saloon Mercantile from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The book is a collection of historical fiction stories written about the historic saloon and Juneau as a whole during the Alaskan gold rush in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Red Dog Saloon opened in the heyday of Juneau’s mining boom and became famous for its patrons. Among the book’s tales are why Wyatt Earp’s pistol is on the wall to why the floors in Alaska bars are covered in sawdust.

The book, released April 1, was illustrated by Juneau freelance graphic designer Sam Grubitz.

Town hall offers overview of Mendenhall Glacier flood monitoring Monday at UAS

Local science and emergency management experts will discuss glacier outburst flood monitoring and forecasting at a town hall meeting on Monday, June 3, at 7 p.m. in the University of Alaska Southeast Egan Lecture Hall.

The talk will give an overview of what is new or different this season at Suicide Basin. Topics include instruments in the basin, research efforts, forecasts, the monitoring web page, and emergency management best practices to be prepared for potential flooding events — as well as plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

Featured speakers are Jamie Pierce of the U.S. Geological Survey, Eran Hood of UAS, Aaron Jacobs of the National Weather Service, and CBJ Emergency Programs Manager Tom Mattice.

This event is free.

The Suicide Basin monitoring page is at weather.gov/ajk/suicideBasin.

Applications for Fourth of July Vendor spots at Savikko Park being accepted

The City and Borough of Juneau Parks & Recreation Department is accepting vending permit applications for Fourth of July festivities at Savikko Park. All permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline to apply is Monday, June 24, at 4:30 p.m. Learn more on the Parks and Recreation Vending Permits webpage.

All food vendors will be located near Treadwell Arena. There are 19 food vending spots available including a bigger space to accommodate a large food truck. For non-food vendors, there are five spots available along Savikko Road. Parks and Recreation supplies the vending space only. All other equipment – like tables, tents and generators – must be provided by the vendor.

Applications and related material should be emailed to Recreation Supervisor Dave Pusich at Dave.Pusich@juneau.gov by the June 24 deadline.

Pickleball offering Wednesdays at Treadwell Arena in June

CBJ Parks and Recreation is offering drop-in pickleball at Treadwell Arena every Wednesday in June. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Sessions take place from 3-5 p.m. on June 5, 12, 19, and 26. Admission is $5. Equipment is provided and no registration is required.

The full Treadwell Arena cement season schedule at treadwellarena.org.

Applications being accepted for 2024 Path to Prosperity Business Competition

For 11 years, more than 378 businesses and start-ups in 23 Southeast Alaska communities applied to the Path to Prosperity Business Competition, recognizing businesses with a positive economic, environmental and community impact on Southeast Alaska.

So far the program has trained 157 entrepreneurs and awarded 24 winners a total of $720,000 to build their local businesses.

On April 29, Spruce Root announced the winners of the 2023 Business Competition: Four Winds Farm, Muskeg Munchkins and Adventure Harvest, with each winner awarded $20,000 to grow their businesses.

The winners’ announcement also kicks off our application period for the 2024 Business Competition. The deadline to apply is June 30.

This year’s competition cycle is open to all businesses based in Southeast Alaska that intend to have a positive social, ecological and economic impact on their communities. Entries can be for a new business startup, diversification of an existing business, or extension of a current business activity.

Businesses are judged based on their feasibility and their contributions to community development. The competition includes intensive, in-person training, which takes place in Juneau in mid-September and awards $40,000 annually to two winning businesses.

Businesses must be located and operate primarily in Southeast Alaska and owners must be residents of Southeast Alaska. We especially encourage participation from entrepreneurs who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color and/or those outside of Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan.

To learn more about Path to Prosperity or Spruce Root’s other services visit www.spruceroot.org or email grow@spruceroot.org.

New pay stations intended to make hourly parking easier

New pay stations at CBJ hourly parking locations — Shopper’s Lot, North Franklin Lot, the Marine Park Garage (Level 1), Taku Lot, and Statter Harbor — are designed to make it easier and more convenient to pay for parking. Customers can now use credit/debit cards as well as coins to pay in person at the new pay stations, or use the free ParkSmarter app (available for iOS and Android) to pay or add time from their phone.

There are no changes to parking fees or enforcement hours. Rates are $.75 per hour in the downtown business area locations, $2 per hour at Taku Lot (3 hour maximum), and $1 per hour or $5 per day at Statter Harbor (30 day maximum). Parking fees are enforced from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday to Friday downtown, from 6 a.m. – 5 p.m. seven days a week at Taku Lot, and 24 hours a day, seven days a week at Statter Harbor.

Pay with the app: Use the free ParkSmarter app to pay for parking with a credit/debit card, add time to parking session, or obtain a receipt.

Pay at the pay station: Pay using coins or credit/debit cards at physical pay stations installed in each parking location. You can choose to print a receipt or receive it via email.

Whether paying with the app or via the pay stations, enter your license plate number to serve as a virtual hourly permit.

The app and pay stations are now live in all three downtown Juneau hourly parking locations and the Docks and Harbors paid parking lots.

For questions CBJ Parks and Recreation at parks.rec@juneau.gov or (907) 586-5226 ext. 2.

Critical need for blood donors with blood types O negative and O positive

Blood Bank of Alaska has a critical need for blood donors due to patients in need. Blood types O positive and O negative are in high demand to help support trauma patients at local area hospitals.

O negative blood donors are known as universal donors as their blood can be transfused to patients with all other blood types.

Donor can give blood at centers located in Juneau, Anchorage, Wasilla, Fairbank, and the Kenai Peninsula. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. On average a blood donation takes approximately one hour to complete. For more information call (907) 222-5630 or visit bloodbankofalaska.org.

2024 Individual Artist Award applications available

The Juneau Community Foundation is accepting applications for its Arts Vibrancy Endowment’s Individual Artist Award program. Four awards at $2,500 each and one $5,000 award are available. All art forms and idioms including, but not limited to, visual arts, dance, music, fabric arts, photography, theater, and literary arts are eligible for funding from the Individual Artist Award.

The program has provided over $115,000 so far directly to artists, pursuing a variety of artistic mediums, to support their work.

Eligibility information and an application for Individual Artist Awards can be found at https://www.juneaucf.org/individual-artist-award. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Aug. 15.

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