State Sen. Jesse Kiehl and State Reps. Andi Story and Sara Hannan, all Juneau Democrats, will hold a town hall meeting Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

State Sen. Jesse Kiehl and State Reps. Andi Story and Sara Hannan, all Juneau Democrats, will hold a town hall meeting Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Your weekend guide: Learn about rainforests and glaciers, lawmakers plan open house and more

Calendar of events in Juneau.

Today, Jan. 9

Chamber Luncheon, noon, Moose Lodge, 8335 Old Dairy Road. The Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce holds a weekly luncheon featuring a speaker. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Admission costs $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers or $12 just to hear the speaker. This week’s talk is titled “What’s New at Perseverance.”

Memory Cafe, 2-4 p.m., Mendenhall Valley Public Library, 3025 Dimond Park Loop. A Memory Cafe is a free event for persons living with dementia and their care partners to socialize and connect with the community. Cafes include refreshments, fun conversations, games and various types of entertainment.

Friday, Jan. 10

Girl Scout Cookie Rally, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Juneau Arts & Culture Center, 350 Whittier St. Juneau Girl Scouts will kick off cookie season with setting goals, reviewing sales pitches, learning about cookie safety and money management and samples. Girl Scouts will receive a patch. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Fireside Lecture, 7-8:30 p.m., Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, 6000 Glacier Spur Road. Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center Director Allison Bidlack will discuss ongoing research in the north Pacific coastal temperate rainforest and neighboring ocean ecosystems.

Saturday, Jan. 11

Visitor Industry Task Force Public Comment, 10 a.m.-noon, City Hall, 155 S. Seward St. Those wishing to comment will be limited to two minutes and should consider submitting written comments to the committee through the City Clerk’s office. Those can be submitted be emailing or noting the Visitor Industry Task Force in the subject line.

Death by Chocolate No. 1, 4-6 p.m., Juneau-Douglas City Museum, 114 W. Fourth St. This is a presentation by local historians, Ed Schoenfeld and Betsy Longenbaugh that will also feature a dessert. It will be about the 1902 death of N.C. Jones at the hands of Joseph MacDonald, the superintendent of the Treadwell mines Call City Museum to purchasetickets.ase

Sacred Grounds Presents: The Sing Off, 4-5 p.m., Sacred Grounds Cafe, 320 W. Willoughby Ave. The contest will be set up by audience who will choose a subject for singers to construct a song. The singers will have 10 minutes to write lyrics and practice. Contestants will sing their song. Best song will win a studio time to record a demo of their choice. The audience will pick the winner. Second prize will be a gift bag from Freya. Third prize will be $20.

Taku Glacier presentation/fundraiser, 7-8:30 p.m., University of Alaska Southeast Egan Lecture Hall, 11066 Auke Lake Way. Join glaciologists Roman Motyka and Jason Amundson, and the Southeast Alaska Land Trust for a visual exploration of the Taku glacier. As the largest glacier draining into the Juneau Icefield, a warming climate may now be ending decades of advance and the Taku could be poised for a calving retreat. The event benefits Southeast Alaska Land Trust, and there’s a $20 suggested donation.

Divariety, 8-10 p.m., Rendezvous, 184 S. Franklin St. Gigi Monroe and Delighted Tobehere present Divariety with celebrity illusion, live singing and comedy. Tickets cost $15-$25 in advance or $25-$35 at the door.

Sunday, Jan. 12

Triangle’s Chili Cook Off, 1:30 p.m., Triangle Club Bar, 251 Front St. Judging for the event starts at 1:30 p.m. Eating will start around 2 p.m. Contestants are being accepted. To sign up, stop at the bar or call 586-3140.

Monday, Jan. 13

Motherhood Is Sacred, 5-7:30 p.m. First Bank Building, 3075 Vintage Blvd. Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska is holding sessions to help mothers strengthen their families. Child care is provided. To register, call 463-7167 or 463-7161 or email or

“Miss Leavitt’s Stars: Unlock the Universe,” 7 p.m., Marie Drake Planetarium, 1415 Glacier Ave. Learn about astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, her scientific life at Harvard Observatory, Leavitt’s Law, yardsticks and variable stars today. Presented by Rosemary Walling and David Hanson.

Tuesday, Jan. 14

Invasive Species Workshop, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Mendenhall Valley Public Library 3025 Dimond Park Loop. This is a free workshop about a new invasive tree pest, the balsam woolly adelgid.

Wednesday, Jan. 15

Juneau Delegation Town Hall, 5-6:30 p.m., Mendenhall Valley Library, 3025 Dimond Park Loop Road. State Sen. Jesse Kiehl and State Reps. Sara Hannan and Andi Story will be present to answer questions and hear concerns. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Recurring events

Weekly Ukulele Jam, Sundays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., TK Maguire’s, 375 Whittier St. All ages and skill levels are welcome. For more information, visit the Juneau Jambusters Ukulele Facebook page.

International Folk Dancers, Sundays, 6-8 p.m., studio at The Alaska Club downtown. For more information, call Bruce at 723-9999.

Music on the Fly, Sundays, 7-8 p.m. Juneau International Airport, 1873 Shell Simmons Dr. Live music in baggage claim area as you meet or leave on Alaska Airlines No. 66 or 67.

Mount Juneau Cribbage Club, 5:45 p.m., Mondays September through May, Juneau Senior Center, 895 W. 12th St. Attendees can enter through the rear cafeteria door. For more details, call Wayne 789-9295.

Tlingit Language Learners Group, Mondays, 6-7 p.m., large conference room of Downtown Juneau Public Library. Tlingit language learners is free and open to everyone in the community, regardless of language experience.

Juneau’s Cancer Survivor Support Group, 6:30-8 p.m., 3225 Hospital Drive. The support group meets the third Tuesday of every month. For more information, call 796-2273.

Women Living Sober, 7-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 9055 Atlin Drive. For more information call Dawn at 209-8373.

Low Vision Support Group, 1 p.m., third Tuesday of the month, Juneau Senior Center, 895 W. 12th St. Linda Newman is the support group’s facilitator. For questions, call her at 209-7555 or call the Southeast Alaska Independent Living office at 586-4920.

Juneau Six-Game Peggers, 5:45 p.m., Wednesdays September through May, Juneau Senior Center, 895 W. 12th St. Attendees can enter through the rear cafeteria door. For more details call Tom 209-1102.

Alanon Back to Basic meeting, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Smith Hall, 8616 Teal St. For details or more information call Sally at 321-6884.

Old Time Music Jam, 7 p.m., Wednesdays, Alaskan Hotel and Bar, 167 S. Franklin St. There is a weekly jam session open to everyone no matter their level of experience.

Open Mic with Teri Tibbet or Matt Barnes, 9 p.m.-midnight, Thursdays, Alaskan Hotel & Bar, 167 S. Franklin St. The free open mic is for ages 21 and older.

Tango Dancing, Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., Channel Dance Studio, 2686 Channel Vista Drive. Tango every Thursday. The event is free. For more information, call 586-1213.

AbbyOke Karaoke Thursdays, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., McGivney’s Sports Bar & Grill, 9107 Mendenhall Mall Road. Free karaoke. For more information, call 789-0501.

KTOO Board of Directors, 5- 6-p.m., KTOO Conference Room, 360 Egan Drive. The KTOO board meets on the first Thursday of every month except August and December. Meetings are open to the public, and members are welcome to attend.

Thursday Night Jazz, 7:30-10:30 p.m., The Narrows Bar, 148 S. Franklin St. There is live music Thursdays at the Narrows Bar.

PFLAG LGBTQ Potluck, 6-8 p.m., second Friday of the month, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 9161 Cinema Drive. This is a family-friendly event for the LGBTQ+ community and allies. Come and share a favorite dish.

Kimball Theatre Organ Concert, Fridays, noon-1 p.m., State Office Building, 333 Willoughby Ave.

Free Karaoke, Friday and Saturdays, 9 p.m.- 1 a.m., Sandbar & Grill, 2525 Industrial Blvd.

Veterans For Peace, 8:15 a.m., first and third Saturdays of the month, Bartlett Regional Hospital, 3260 Hospital Drive. Meetings take place in the cafeteria. All are invited to attend.

Saturday Staying Alive Al Anon Family Group, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Saturdays, Resurrection Lutheran Church, 740 W. 10th St. The group offers support, strength and hope for families and friends of alcoholics.

Saturday Carving Sessions, 1 p.m., Saturdays, Gajaa Hit, Sealaska Heritage Institute is offering carving practice at Gajaa Hit on Willoughby Avenue for participants 18 and older with a maximum of 12 participants at a time. People can apply for the free classes through

Sm’algyax Language Learners Group, Saturdays, noon-1 p.m., conference room of the Edward K. Thomas Building, 9097 Glacier Highway. All who wish to speak Sm’algyax, the language of the Tsimshian people, are welcome.

The Juneau Douglas City Museum will host a Death By Chocolate event Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

The Juneau Douglas City Museum will host a Death By Chocolate event Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

The Tongass National Forest sign on the way to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. The visitor center will host a Fireside Lecture Friday, Jan. 10. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

The Tongass National Forest sign on the way to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. The visitor center will host a Fireside Lecture Friday, Jan. 10. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

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