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Dee Longenbaugh wins
web-posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Juneau's Dee Longenbaugh, known to many as the long-time owner of The Observatory bookstore, has been honored with a 2015 Contributions to Literacy award from the Alaska Center for the Book. Longenbaugh, a historian and and book reviewer, was recognized along with Edna MacLean, formerly of Barrow and now of Anchorage, and Barrow author Debby Dahl Edwardson, author of "My Name is Not Easy." Also honored was The Alaska Spirit of Reading Program, grant-funded by the Alaska State Library since 2007. The Spirit of Reading won the Sue Sherif Literacy Award, a special CLIA award, named in honor of a librarian who retired from the Alaska State Library.
47th Annual Southeast Alaska State Fair, July 30-Aug. 2
web-posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The 47th Annual Southeast Alaska State Fair runs Thursday, July 30 through Sunday, Aug. 2, at the Fairgrounds in Haines. Along with annual fair offerings including games, contests, entertainment, vendors, and food, this year's fair will introduce new events such as a songwriter showcase, an all-star music jam, and a garden tour, among other attractions.
web-posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Kindred Post, a neighborhood post office, gift shop, and community gathering space, will host a Tiny Post Office Concert on July 29 with local jazz vocalists, Alyssa Fischer and Kari Groven, accompanied by Tom Locher on piano.
web-posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Mt. Juneau spans the horizon
web-posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council has announced the theme for this year's Wearable Art Extravaganza: "Reflections." The show will be Feb. 13 and 14.
Finding myself in a book
web-posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015
That's why we read, isn't it? To find ourselves. Maybe nor ourselves ourselves. Maybe not the 9-to-5 working grind selves. Maybe our pirate selves. Our magic-wielding selves. Our time-travelling Scottish selves.
Teaching formline
web-posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015
This week, Sealaska Heritage Institute released the results of a three-year project designed to help students learn the basics of formline -- the design elements around which most Northwest Coast Native art is built. The in-depth educational resource, designed for students in grades 5-8, was introduced to teachers from around the state Monday by Juneau School District art teacher Nancy Lehnhart during the 10th annual Basic Arts Institute at the University of Alaska Southeast on Monday.
web-posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015
An intensive three-day workshop for violin, viola, cello and double bass students in August will include group lessons, small and large ensembles, and orchestra class for string musicians ages 10 and older. Led by Seattle-based master teachers, violinist Tracy Helming and cellist Rajan Krishnaswami, the workshop will take place Aug. 12 through 14 at the University of Alaska Southeast's Egan Classrooms.
40 Years of Ketchikan's Blueberry Arts Festival
web-posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Ketchikan is gearing up to celebrate blueberries, the arts, and 40 years of the two combined at its 40th annual Blueberry Arts Festival.
21st annual Kake Dog  Salmon Festival, Aug. 1
web-posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The Kake Dog Salmon Festival, informally cofounded by former Kake Tribal Corporation President Gordon Jackson and Juneau resident Peter Metcalfe during a fisheries meeting in 1994, was first organized to celebrate the one millionth pound of salmon processed at the local plant. Now the festival celebrates area fisherman and past cannery workers, and has become a major community event; the town of just over 700 residents has seen as many as 400 visitors attend the day-long festival.
Art in unusual places
web-posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The CCW welcomes reader-submitted images of art in unusual or unexpected places. Photographers of all levels of ability are invited to send in images of natural or urban subjects that they find artistically inspiring or intriguing. Submit images to amy.fletcher@juneauempire.com.
Shipyard to raise totem pole
web-posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Vigor Alaska’s Ketchikan shipyard during the city’s 40th annual Blueberry Arts Festival will raise a 12-foot totem pole indicative of the kind of company it aims to be.
 Meals with Midgi: Not my mama’s steak and gravy
web-posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015
To say that my mom is a traditionalist is an understatement. I’m not sure why she is this way, but we have all learned to accept it without question.
web-posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015
HomeSkillet Fest will celebrate its 10th and final year this weekend in Sitka, running Thursday through Saturday, July 30-Aug. 1 at Ludvig's Bistro and the Sea Mountain Golf Course.
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