At last a comprehensive guide to Arts & Events in Alaska to be published this summer by the same people that did the new Whittier Visitor Guide.
The link below outlines the project, the goals & purpose. Join with us in making this a relevant, informative & valuable resource for visitors & residents alike.
As a thank you for your support, a selection of prints by artist & photgrapher, David Wagner.
**Update** — CLASS IS NOW FULL — Email if you’d like to be placed on the waiting list or get on the mailing list to receive information directly about future tai chi classes. Thank you!
Starting next Tuesday, April 24th, Julie Rosier will offer a 9-week community sampler series of Beginner Tai Chi at REZ Fitness Gym. Classes will continue every Tuesday evening, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., until June 26th. If interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your spot. Space is limited, so please register early. Preference will be given to students who can attend all nine classes.
Tai Chi Ch’uan is an ancient martial art that fuses exercise and spirituality, the embodiment of Chinese Taoist philosophy. Physically, the cultivation and circulation of Chi, or life force energy, increases muscle strength, balance and flexibility. On a spiritual level, it fosters relaxation and the harmonization of opposing forces.
Julie Rosier teaches the Yang-style short form of Tai Chi, developed by Cheng Man-Ch’ing. Known by his students simply as “The Professor,” Cheng Man-Ch’ing was instrumental in introducing Tai Chi in the U.S. during the 1960s. Both of Julie’s teachers, Maggie Newman, in New York City, and Carol Yamaski, in Detroit, studied directly with Professor Cheng. Watch a video of Cheng Man-Ch’ing practicing the form here.
In my first/second grade classroom at Seward Elementary School, we are beginning a unit on Seward history. As many of you know, the museum is already being packed up for its move into the new building!
We hope that community members will help fill the gaps in our studies by writing to our class and sharing their personal stories and photos about experiences with Seward that relate to its history. We hope you can share stories with us about historic places and events such as the tsunami in 1964, historic buildings in town, the AK Railroad, and the Alaskan Flag. Perhaps you are related to someone who lived in the Jesse Lee home or a Seward pioneer? Maybe you live or work in one of Seward’s historic buildings. We’d love it if you would share with us!
Please note that since much of what we learn during this unit will be shared with the public, you may find some facts or tidbits from your letters in the newspaper or on a website!
Thank you kindly for your help!
Mrs. Ray’s First and Second Graders
Seward Elementary School
The Science and Engineering Experience Kamp (SEEK) Trust is offering partial scholarships for SEEK Alaska summer camp to students entering grades 7 through 10. SEEK Alaska is a five-day summer camp where science, math, and engineering principles are presented in a way that young people will enjoy and learn. The camp is held at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The two camps this year are held 12-16 July or 19-23 July. Scholarships of $375 are available on a first come first served basis. This brings the cost of a 5-day resident camp at UAA to only $200! This expanded scholarship program is only available through 19 June 2010, so please act now. Please visit www.seekalaska.org to register or call 907 830-3595 for more information.
The Seward Community Foundation and The Foraker Group invite you to attend training for your non-profit organization in Seward, December 16, 2009.
Understanding Financial Statements 11:00 1:00 pm
Do your eyes glaze-over during the financial reports? Do you want to better understand what the financial report says about the health of your organization? Do you want to focus on the issues that matter most and less on the minutia? As nonprofit organizations become more complex, so do their finances. Members of the boards finance committee and others who look over the bottom line bear a significant responsibility to assure the fiscal health of their organizations.
Board Financial Oversight 5:00 7:00 pm
Do you wonder how best to financially oversee your organization as a board member? Are you prepared to have board discussions about money? Do you worry that your board is not paying enough attention to the financial side of your business? Without sound financial systems, organizations quickly disintegrate. Board members and staff share the responsibility of assuring that their organization is fiscally sound.
Understanding Financial Statements, deals more specifically with the details of managing financial issues and is appropriate for finance committee members and staff. Board Financial Oversight is designed primarily for board members who need a broad view of the way finances are handled.
Steve Mahoney, Esq. – Instructor
Steve provides the agency service of Planned Giving. He is retired from ARCO Alaska where he served as the company’s Vice President of Tax and is currently “of counsel” with Hughes Thorsness in Anchorage. In addition to specializing in tax law, Steve is a CPA, giving him a broad base of knowledge from which to structure planning giving vehicles. He has served on a number of nonprofit boards in Anchorage, including the Boy Scouts, Association of Fund Raising Professionals, Diabetes Association and Performing Arts Center. Steve holds a B.S. degree in Accounting and Computer Sciences from Pennsylvania State University and earned a J.D. at the University of San Francisco.
The cost for either class: Foraker partners $25 Nonpartners $65
To sign up and learn more about these classes please visit The Foraker Group web site www.forakergroup.org or call 743-1200
Date: Thursday, June 4th, 2009
Time: 4pm AST; 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern
In 2005, Maya Frost and her husband sold everything and left their suburban American lifestyle behind in order to have an adventure abroad. The tricky part: they had to shepherd their four teenage daughters through high school, into college and beyond in nontraditional ways. Her book, The New Global Student: Skip the SAT, Save Thousands on Tuition, and Get a Truly International Education, has just been published and we’ll be talking about the affordable, accessible, and stunningly advantageous options they stumbled upon that any student can leverage to get an outrageously relevant global education.
Maya’s book is intended to help other families take advantage of the lessons they learned and the loopholes they discovered. As a former ESL teacher she’s spent the last few years paying attention to the ways in which we educate our children, and she shows parents how to completely avoid the angst and expense of the traditional college-prep process and give their kids a personalized, relevant and exhilarating global education that doesn’t cost a fortune. Maya introduces us to savvy U.S. students who are gliding into the global economy at 19 or 20 with a four-year degree, sizzling 21st-century skills, a blazing sense of direction–and NO DEBT. Although she lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Maya is joining us today from New York.
Location: In Elluminate. Log in at http://tinyurl.com/learncentral-tv. The Elluminate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Elluminate, please visit http://www.elluminate.com/support.
Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event.
Scientists who study the ecosystems of the National Park Units in Southwest Alaska (Katmai, Kenai Fjords, Lake Clark, Aniakchak, Alagnak) are coming to Seward to share their work with the public. Join us for the 3rd Biennial Long-term Monitoring Symposium: Understanding How Park Ecosystems Are Changing, Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at the Alaska SeaLife Center-Bear Mountain Conference Room in Seward. Presentations begin at 12:30pm and continue through 4:30pm. The evening program and poster session will run from 6:00pm 8:30pm.
For more details on the symposium talks go to: http://science.nature.nps.gov/im/units/swan/
Please review the “Little readers” information on page 6 of this weeks Phoenix Log. I was so excited to read that the KPBSD has adopted the Headsprout (www.headsprout.com) online reading program and is making it available for FREE to all incoming kindergarteners. I had incredible success using this program last year with my step son who is a late reader. He absolutely loved the interactive online lessons and all the fun headsprout characters. He was 7 when he began the program. I would encourage any other parents of children who are not performing at grade level or parents of young children who are “ready to read” to check out this program out. This is a great way to get them to continue to improve their reading during the summer. I sent a letter to the district encouraging them to extend their offer to any parents in the KPBSD who believe their K-2 students need a little extra help and support. But the cost is very reasonable if the district is not able to expand their offer. There are free online lessons available so your child can give the program a test drive and see if it is a good match.