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Flags fly outside the Juneau Arts and Culture Center on July 25, just before the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council officially celebrated its 50 anniversary. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire File)

Neighbors: Juneau ranked eighth among 10 most arts-vibrant small communities in the nation

SMU DataArts, the National Center for Arts Research, on Oct. 26 released its 8th Arts Vibrancy Index, which identifies Juneau as number eight in the… Continue reading

Flags fly outside the Juneau Arts and Culture Center on July 25, just before the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council officially celebrated its 50 anniversary. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire File)
Works by the six artists chosen for the solo exhibition series at the Alaska State Museum. (Courtesy of the Alaska State Museum)

Neighbors: Alaska artists awarded solo exhibits at state museum

Every few years, the Alaska State Museum invites Alaskan artists to submit their portfolios and apply for the solo exhibition series. This year the museum’s… Continue reading

Works by the six artists chosen for the solo exhibition series at the Alaska State Museum. (Courtesy of the Alaska State Museum)
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Neighbors: Juneau Community Foundation announces 2023 Individual Artist Awards

The Juneau Community Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s Individual Artist Awards. Through the Foundation’s Arts Vibrancy Endowment, the Individual Artist Award grant program… Continue reading

(Courtesy of the Juneau Community Foundation)
Sunlight is cast over part of Mount Juneau on Dec. 16, 2021. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

Living and Growing: Light and beauty

October is the start of fall festivities, it ushers in Halloween, Thanksgiving and then Christmas, along with Alaska Day and Veterans Day, and other holiday… Continue reading

Sunlight is cast over part of Mount Juneau on Dec. 16, 2021. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)
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Gimme A Smile: If I go to the doctor on Halloween, will a vampire take my blood?

I have a doctor’s appointment on Halloween. How can that be good? I can picture the scene in the lab: me holding out my arm… Continue reading

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Fall colors at Mendenhall Lake. (Photo by Bob Armstrong)
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On the Trails: Plants’ sensory world and other things

If you think about it, plants are really quite remarkable organisms. They don’t have hearts or brains, and they can’t run or hop around, but… Continue reading

Fall colors at Mendenhall Lake. (Photo by Bob Armstrong)
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Sending submissions for Neighbors

Welcome to Neighbors. The Neighbors page focuses on community-oriented news — nonprofit organizations, church and social service groups, club meetings, students awards, fundraising activities, and… Continue reading

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Letter: Thanks for support at annual church BBQ

Family Promise of Juneau would like to extend a heartfelt thanks for all the support at the second annual BBQ at Sandy Beach in August.… Continue reading

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Philip and Ivy White stand next to the “most square/straight/round stack” winner in the first-ever Pioneers of Alaska wood stacking contest. (Photo courtesy of Shannon Crossley/Pioneers of Alaska)

Pioneers of Alaska in Juneau hold first-ever Wood Stacking Contest

Stockpiling firewood for the winter has moved up a notch, as participants in the first annual Pioneers of Alaska wood stacking contest can attest. Competitors… Continue reading

Philip and Ivy White stand next to the “most square/straight/round stack” winner in the first-ever Pioneers of Alaska wood stacking contest. (Photo courtesy of Shannon Crossley/Pioneers of Alaska)
Lily Hope is presented with the $5,000 Marie Darlin Prize at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum on Oct. 12. (Photo courtesy of Juneau-Douglas City Museum)

Lily Hope awarded 2023 Marie Darlin Prize

Juneau artist Lily Hope has been awarded the 2023 Marie Darlin Prize. The $5,000 Marie Darlin Prize is administered through the Juneau-Douglas City Museum (JDCM)… Continue reading

Lily Hope is presented with the $5,000 Marie Darlin Prize at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum on Oct. 12. (Photo courtesy of Juneau-Douglas City Museum)
Dan Earl stands in front of his home, which is temporarily transformed into Earl’s Haunted Garage around the time of Halloween in Juneau for nearly the last 20 years, in early October of 2022. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire File)

Letter: Earls Haunted Garage 2023 to benefit food bank scheduled Oct. 27-31

We want to take a moment to thank the Juneau Community for the last 20 years of food donations and support. With all the local… Continue reading

Dan Earl stands in front of his home, which is temporarily transformed into Earl’s Haunted Garage around the time of Halloween in Juneau for nearly the last 20 years, in early October of 2022. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire File)
Holly Helena Huber of Juneau was named Miss Alaska Volunteer at the Miss Alaska Volunteer Educational Scholarship Program pageant. (Courtesy of Miss Alaska Volunteer Scholarship Pageant)

Neighbors briefs

Holly Helena Huber named Miss Alaska Volunteer Holly Helena Huber of Juneau was named Miss Alaska Volunteer at the Miss Alaska Volunteer Educational Scholarship Program… Continue reading

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Holly Helena Huber of Juneau was named Miss Alaska Volunteer at the Miss Alaska Volunteer Educational Scholarship Program pageant. (Courtesy of Miss Alaska Volunteer Scholarship Pageant)
Carolyn Brown, a Juneau resident who worked as a physician in Alaska for more than 50 years, was inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame)

Juneau public health advocate Carolyn Brown inducted in the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame

Carolyn Brown of Juneau was inducted in the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame during a virtual ceremony Oct 18. She was the lone Juneau resident… Continue reading

Carolyn Brown, a Juneau resident who worked as a physician in Alaska for more than 50 years, was inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame)
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Living and Growing: An ancient history of meditation in the Christian tradition

St. Paul encourages us to “not be anxious about anything.” But how to attain such peace in our world so filled with peril and strife,… Continue reading

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American avocet on the wetlands in September. (Photo by Kelly Kirkpatrick)

On the Trails: September walks

With a piece of good luck, despite the forecast of yet more rain, blue skies appeared one morning in mid-September. That called for a walk… Continue reading

American avocet on the wetlands in September. (Photo by Kelly Kirkpatrick)
Maj. Gina Halverson is co-leader of The Salvation Army Juneau Corps. (Robert DeBerry/The Salvation Army)

Living and Growing: Impossible to possible

Some of the greatest moments in life get branded into our memories: Branded Moments Shannon has moved 2,000 miles away from her abusive husband and… Continue reading

Maj. Gina Halverson is co-leader of The Salvation Army Juneau Corps. (Robert DeBerry/The Salvation Army)
Eyebright has a long flowering season, continuing even into October. (Photo by Mary F. Willson)

On the Trails: What do you see?

When you take a walk, what do you see? I mean really SEE. Sometimes I don’t really see (to notice) anything — I am talking… Continue reading

Eyebright has a long flowering season, continuing even into October. (Photo by Mary F. Willson)
A rosary the author got during a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2018. (Photo by Gina Del Rosario)

Living and Growing: The Holy Rosary — our spiritual sword

Do you have a favorite song that brings back to your heart precious events in your life that you want to keep alive? Praying the… Continue reading

A rosary the author got during a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2018. (Photo by Gina Del Rosario)
A rainbow bench downtown on Sept. 8. (Photo by Denise Carroll)

Art in Unusual Places

The Juneau Empire welcomes reader-submitted photos of art in unusual or unexpected places in Alaska. To submit, email your photos and captions to editor@juneauempire.com.… Continue reading

A rainbow bench downtown on Sept. 8. (Photo by Denise Carroll)
A sooty grouse alertly watches some approaching humans. (Photo by Pam Bergeson)

On the Trails: From Switzer Creek to Mount Roberts

A September morning stroll with a friend on the Switzer Creek Trail (and the nearby DZ Loop Trail) found the streams teeming with pink salmon.… Continue reading

A sooty grouse alertly watches some approaching humans. (Photo by Pam Bergeson)