Thank you letters for Sept. 9, 2018

Thank you letters for Sept. 9, 2018

• Thank you for supporting the Youth Activity Grant program. With funds from this program, distributed by the Parks and Recreation Department, the Friends of the Alaska State Library, Archives and Museum (FoSLAM) and staff at the Alaska State Library, Archives and Museum (APK) presented 13 Exploring the Arts at the APK children’s activity workshops from October 2017 through May 2018. In the free workshops organized by Public Services Librarian Claire Imamura, Alaskan artists from around the state worked with 356 Juneau children as they created their own books, painted landscapes, drew dog portraits, sculpted clay, constructed collages, decorated masks, made hats and visors and learned about Alaska history, culture and art. It was tons of fun.

If you missed the 2017-2018 workshops, don’t despair. Art and Science at the APK in 2018-2019 promises to please. On the first Saturday of each month, October through May, we’ll create cartoons; tell stories through embroidered images; learn formline design, printmaking and archeological field sketching using mystery objects; and create dinosaur and fish drawings with Ray Troll. Family Fair in January is for preschoolers to grandparents. In a community collaborative workshop, participants will use small found objects to fabricate a giant octopus emerging from the ceiling of the Museum’s Children’s room and oozing toward the masts of the good ship Discovery. This obstreperous octopus will be a long-term addition to the children’s room to remind us of the out-of-control effects of plastic pollution. For more information, see

Please join us at the APK each month for First Friday exhibit openings, First Saturday children’s activities, artist and author lectures, and mask-making workshops for the entire family, $5 per mask, on Oct. 13 in preparation for Halloween and the Friends’ Oct. 20 Mask-erade Ball, a sure-fire fun-raising fundraiser.

Mary Lou Gerbi,

President of the Board,

Friends of the Alaska State Library, Archives and Museum

• Cancer Connection’s 27th Annual “Beat the Odds — A Race Against Cancer” was held on Aug. 25. Thank you to the 400 who came in support. This is our major fundraiser for our Travel Reimbursement Program.

Our Sponsors: Alaska Airlines, Alaskan Outdoor Wearhouse & Embroidery, Anchor Electric, Bartlett Regional Hospital, Baxter Bruce & Sullivan, Elgee Rehfeld, GCI, IBUPAK, Juneau Obstetrics & Gynecology, Juneau Radio Center, KATH-TV, K3 Radio, Latitude 58 Real Estate Group, Longaberger — Northern Lights Team Juneau, McDonald’s, NAO, Printing Trade Company, RE/MAX of Juneau, Shoefly, Solorad, LLC, Southeast Radiation Oncology Center, Super Bear, Tish’s Wishes, Valley Medical Care, Valley Paint Center and Wells Fargo. Our Supporters: AK Commercial Contractors, Inc., Foggy Mountain, The Alaska Club, Pavitt Health & Fitness, The Grind Coffee Company, Raintree Quilting, Simpson, Tillinghast, & Lorensen, P.C., Southeast Medical Clinic, Southeast Radiology Consultants, & United Way.

Door Prizes: Alaska Airlines, Alaskan Fudge Company, Allen Marine Tours, Ann Doty, Annie Kaill’s, Art Matters, Cheri’s Therapeutic Massage, Columbia Sportswear, Eaglecrest, El Sombrero, Heritage Coffee Roasting Co., Foggy Mountain, Kym Mauseth, Juneau Artists Gallery, Kandi Claassen, Longaberger — Northern Lights Team Juneau, Mark Kelley Photography, NAO, Pavitt’s Health & Fitness, Papa John’s, Roy’s Custom Embroidery, Safeway, The Alaska Club, and TLC Massage — Traci Gilmour. Fox River/Wigwam donated socks for everyone.

We thank those from Elgee Rehfeld (April & Carlene Conway, Karen Tarver, Sarah Griffith, Mark Mesdag, Jill Smith & Janelle Anderson) who handled the flurry of registration, Cathy Tide & the race timers (Alicia Miller, Carole Triem, Colleen & Kevin Sullivan, Gabrielle Aberle, Jennifer Watson, Jim Grammel, Liz Smith, Marian Clough, Michael Schuler, Shawn Miller, & Sherry Tamone), The Pre-Registration team (Brooke Gunstrom, Kelley Gottshlick, Delaney Jones, Myron Welling, Nancy Kniivila, & Teresa Robinson), Julie Hamilton — our guest speaker, Cancer Connection Board Members (Ruth Johnson, Mark Mickelson, Emily Ricci, Julie Hamilton, April Conway, Kym Mauseth, & Chris Urata), J.P. Oudekerk from Super Bear donated food/drink items, Mary George donated proceeds from chair massages, extra hands (Fred Schmitz, Steve Johnson, Charlie Williams, Kevin Mitchell, Cathy Jeans, Charmaine Weeks, Shannon West, Janet Henderson, & Johanna Crosset) and many others who stepped in where help was needed. Thank you!

Funds raised from this event stay right here in Southeast Alaska giving assistance to those dealing with cancer and their families. We also sponsor education programs and awareness events with the intent of prevention and early detection of cancer.

Jody Schmitz,

Cancer Connection

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