News from the grapevine

The Alaska Brain Injury Network and Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) present “Artistic Journey for Brain Injury Awareness,” May 11 in Anchorage, featuring folk music, art and educational presentations to highlight brain injuries and their impact on individuals and families. Informational booths will be on site, along with door prizes, raffles, and desserts provided by Sugar Spoon. The event takes place 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the ANTHC building, 4000 Ambassador Drive. Call 274-2824 or visit http://www.alaskabraininjury.net for more information.

Anchor Point Senior Center is putting together a team, in conjunction with the local VFW, to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay Walk for Life in Homer on June 7. For more information about the team, call Bobby Ness, 299-4071 or Debbie at the senior center, 235-7786. Information on the event is online at http://www.relayforlifeofhomer.org.

If you want to put on more miles, the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center is hosting a 5k run and walk June 13. Runners start at the Harry J. McDonald Center and run up and around Fire Lake. Walking will take place indoors at the McDonald Center. Vendors and entertainment will be on hand. For more information, call Linda, 688-2633.

Pioneers of Alaska Juneau Igloo 6 and Women’s Igloo 6 has a new Web site with information about the organization, different igloos, an events calendar, information about the annual convention, and much more. Check it out at http://www.pioneersofalaskajuneau.org. The annual convention, by the way, will be held in Juneau at Centennial Hall, Sept. 18-21.

Anchorage Senior Activity Center is signing up vendors for booths at its Spring Bazaar and Flea Market June 8. The event also features a plant sale and bake sale. If you have the entrepreneurial itch, call 770-2000, or download an application from the center’s Web site at http://www.anchorageseniorcenter.org.

Sterling Senior Center has resumed its “card night” each Thursday night. It’s an opportunity to get together with fun people and play some card games like “Hand’n Foot” and double deck pinochle. Some people also have been playing domino games like “Mexican Train” and “Chicken Foot”. The action kicks off with the potluck at 6 p.m., and games after. You don’t have to be a senior or member of the senior center, and it’s free. Call 283-4156 for more details.

Valdez Senior Center offers scholarships to members age 55 and older who want t to pursue education, be it at a university, trade school, online – use your imagination. Make an inquiry at the center, 835-5032. Applications are online at http://www.valdezseniorcenter.org.

Valdez Senior Center’s annual garage sale is coming up in June and donations are needed. Bring items to the center, or they will pick them up. Donations of time and effort are also appreciated. Call 835-5032.

Santa’s Senior Center in North Pole has scheduled a card-making session May 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The workshop is facilitated by Bonnie Majak, who brings card samples and all the materials to make greeting cards for $1.50 per card. Fore more details, call the center at 488-4663.

Also from North Pole, the senior center is resuming its Monday afternoon art group after the winter break. Anyone interested in participating should call Naomi King at 488-2779.

And one final item from North Pole: Santa’s Senior Center is pleased to announce that its 25th anniversary cookbooks are being reordered as the first press run has just about sold out.

Sterling Senior Center is having a Southern Fried Chicken Dinner on the evening of May 11. The price is $15 for adults, $ 7.50 for children (ages 3-10). Reservations are highly recommended. Call 262-6808.

Rambles is compiled from senior center newsletters, newspapers and reader tips from around the state. E-mail your Rambles items to seniorvoice@gci.net.