PUBLISHED: 4:50 PM on Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Take a tropical break with Red Cross event
About this time of year, we are all thinking about getting away. We want to go someplace warm where the snow doesn't fall or fly or even come in the form of rain. Some place tropical, where the palm trees sway and the waves lull us into a peaceful, meditative state.

Unfortunately, airfare, hotel, food and tourist traps can be expensive and without a Clive Dinky's Tropical Dream Vacation and Spa Salon in the area, you can count on the Southeast District of the American Red Cross of Alaska to help provide relief for the winter blues.

This year, Bauer/Clifton Interiors and the Hawaiian Community will be taking us to spend a "Night in the Islands." The doors to Centennial Hall will open at 6:30 p.m. Guests will be able to claim their baggage with their baggage claim ticket. One of our beautiful volunteers will provide you with a lei as you step out of the lobby and into our tropical paradise.

We start things off with the Pu Pu platter and luau style seating. There will be time to peruse the silent auction items and to invest in the travel raffle with a prize donated by Cyndi's Cruise and Travel. Then we will have a presentation of some island dances. Jeff McCoy and Sharon from Taku 105 will emcee our way through the night, which will include more Polynesian dancing and music, good food and a hula lesson.

Zen will be manning our no host bar bringing their expertise in mixology to create some tropic taste sensations, and Nail Jazz will be providing some temporary airbrushed tattoos.

So run down to Choco to get your Hawaiian gear and receive 15 percent off your purchase with your "Night in the Islands" ticket. Because with our sponsors supporting us, including the Alaska Cruise Association, Coeur Alaska, GCI, KTOO, Printing Trade Company, Wells Fargo and Ron's Apothecary, you know that this will be a trip you won't want to miss.

Tickets are available at Annie Kaills, both KeyBank locations, Choco, and Juneau Urgent Care. Or you can call the Red Cross office at 463-5713.