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                                Sherry Patterson, Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium offfice manager and ROAR Conference Chair, speaks at last year’s Reclaim Own and Renew Women’s Conference.

File Photo Sherry Patterson, Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium offfice manager and ROAR Conference Chair, speaks at last year’s Reclaim Own and Renew Women’s Conference.

Conference comes ROAR-ing back, Gaming con is almost ready to roll and Native language lecture series starts soon

News briefs for the week of Jan. 9, 2020.

Annual gaming convention returns Jan. 24-26

Platypus Gaming, a local nonprofit, is running the sixth annual Platypus-Con: Board and Card Game Extravaganza. Platypus-Con is a convention with a large game-lending library, visiting game designers, open games to teach to participants, chances to win the games, tournaments and other events. The convention is designed to help people new to board games learn and have fun with the hobby while providing newer games for experienced players. Tickets cost $30 for a full-weekend pass, $20 for a one-day pass or $15 for a child weekend pass. The event will be from Jan. 24- Jan. 26 at Centennial Hall.

Hours for the event are 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Jan. 24, 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Jan. 25 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 26.

This year, Platypus Gaming is bringing in game designers from around the country to show off both new and old games and talk about the designing process. The guests for Platypus 2020 are Keith Baker and Jenn Ellis from Twogether Studios and Mike Selinker from Lone Shark Studios.

Platypus-Con has a lending library of over 2,000 board and card games for participants to check out and play at the convention. Participants borrowing select games will be entered to win a copy. Role-playing games will be featured for people seeking an introduction to those games. There will be tournaments running throughout the weekend with prizes for each. The spotlight tournament will be the National Qualifier for Catan on Saturday. The first 500 attendees will also receive a commemorative Platypus-Con die.

Reclaim Own and Renew event is almost here

SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium invites females interested in dynamic, empowering presenters to Juneau’s Centennial Hall, 101 Egan Drive, on Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1 for the annual Reclaim Own and Renew Women’s Conference.

The conference seeks to create a safe place and atmosphere for women to realize their potential to thrive, ROAR is building on the foundation set by the sold-out 2019 conference to further encourage personal and professional improvement.

“It’s a new year, a new decade, a new opportunity,” said Sherry Patterson, SEARHC Executive Office Manager and ROAR Conference Chair in a release. “The ROAR Women’s Conference will open doors for a new mindset and new beginnings. It is our hope that each woman who chooses to attend will be driven to abundantly thrive in 2020 and beyond.”

The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is actor, author and owner/CEO of the communication firm SpeakEtc. Robyn Hatcher. Hatcher will be joined by authors, Alaska Native leaders and medical professionals as presenters during the two-day event.

Tickets can be purchased through searhc.org/roar. General admission costs $89.

The conference starts at 6:45 p.m. Jan. 31, and runs 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 1.

Sealaska Institute hosts language-focused lectures

Sealaska Heritage Institute will host a series of lectures focused on Alaska Native language revitalization efforts.

All lectures will take place at 5 p.m. in the clan house at the Walter Soboleff Building. They will be free and open to the public.

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                                Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Walter Soboleff Building will be the site of a Native language-focused lecture series this month and in February.

File Photo Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Walter Soboleff Building will be the site of a Native language-focused lecture series this month and in February.

Lectures are scheduled for Jan. 15, Feb. 3, Feb. 12 and a fourth lecture’s date is yet to be determined.

X‘unei Lance Twitchell will be the presenter at the first lecture.

The lectures will be posted to SHI’s YouTube channel and presenters will be interviewed for a podcast.

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