Singers perform during the 2017 Holiday Pops Concert in December 2017. (Courtesy Photo | Juneau Arts & Humanities Council)

Singers perform during the 2017 Holiday Pops Concert in December 2017. (Courtesy Photo | Juneau Arts & Humanities Council)

Holiday pops, a Gallery Walk street closure and a New Years Eve party announced

News briefs for the week of Dec. 5, 2019.

Annual concerts are popping up

Juneau Arts & Humanities Council will present the 12th annual Holiday Pops Concert next weekend.

Holiday Pops is a choral concert made possible by the director Sally Smith and accompanist Lorrie Heagy with support from several individual donors and in collaboration with the University of Alaska Southeast.

The concerts will be at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, and at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center Sunday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m.

The event features the Holiday Pops Chorus, led by Smith and accompanied by Heagy and Laurie Clough. Featured guests include the Holiday Pops Brass Quintet, and Queens, a local women’s ensemble, who will perform 30 minutes prior to each show.

Tickets are on sale now at The Juneau Arts & Culture Center, Hearthside Books and at Tickets are $8-10.

JPD announces street closures for Gallery Walk

On Friday, Dec. 6, the Downtown Business Association will be sponsoring a Gallery Walk in downtown Juneau.

Beginning at approximately 2 p.m., Front Street will be closed between Franklin Street and Seward Street for the event. The street will remain closed to vehicular traffic until approximately 9:30 p.m.

Any questions about this event may be directed to Kristy Speciale at 523-2324.

Juneau Jazz & Classics, Juneau Big Band team up for dance party

Juneau Jazz & Classics and the Maas Family will start the New Year with revelers on Tuesday, Dec. 31st with Swing in the New Year.

People are invited to grab some friends, get dressed up and party the night away to the sounds of the Juneau Big Band. There will be complimentary hors d’oeuvres and desserts, along with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. There will also be door prizes and plenty of photo ops.

The fun starts with a free dance lesson at 8:30 p.m. from instructor Eric Oravsky, then the Juneau Big Band starts swinging at 9:30 p.m. You can reserve a table for four or a table for 10, and there will be wine waiting for you when you arrive.

A single ticket costs $50, a reservation for four includes a bottle of wine and costs $50, a table reservation for 10 includes three bottles of wine and costs $625.

Tickets are available at, the JACC Box Office, Hearthside Books or by calling JJ&C office at 463-3378. All proceeds benefit the 34th Annual Juneau Jazz & Classics Festival May 1-9, 2020.

UAS places 2nd, earns awards at 2019 GEO Hack international competition

The University of Alaska Southeast hosted the Geohackathon workshop for Southeast Alaska as part of the 2019 GEO Hack online event with Australia’s National University in Canberra, Australia and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research, Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Germany.

The hackathon is described as a hardware and software marathon in which participants have 36 hours to work on a solution to a societal challenge using Earth Observation (EO) data.

UAS students worked remotely to summarize the concept into a short, narrated slide show. This proposed solution was then submitted to the GEO Hack 2019 challenge in Australia. Four judges reviewed entries from 13 teams across Peru, India, Australia, the United States, Thailand and the Philippines. UAS took second place in the international contest. The team was also presented the Societal Value and the Usability and User Interface awards.

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