Christian Lende has landed a job as cook at a Quality Inn in Margaret River, West Australia, and plans to spend a year on the continent under a travel work visa program available to people under 30 years old. Mom Heather Lende said Christian recently was in Bali, surfing. Margaret River is a tourist hub in a wine-growing region about 170 miles south of Perth.
Haines artist Joe Parnell is touring visitor attractions in southern California, including the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links and Hearst Castle. Parnell’s wanderings also have taken him to Santa Barbara, which he described as a “cornucopia of capitalism.” Parnell said he is “focused on getting my tiger suit done.” It’s part of a planned “Pet Project,” featuring 10 animals in different cages, he said.
Larry and Teresa Hura recently returned from a month in Tucson, Ariz. Their travels included seeing Ron and Jean Smith and Fran and Rodger Tuenge in Sun City. In Tucson, they enjoyed hiking and visiting with friends from Juneau and Tenakee Springs. On their way home they saw Annie and Robyn Reid in Moab, Utah. Annie is sister of Bart Henderson. Biking, swimming in outdoor pools and playing golf were highlights.
Aaron Davidman performed his critically acclaimed one-man play “Wrestling Jerusalem” at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council March 3-6. The play is an account of the Israel-Palestine conflict, as told by 17 characters Davidman portrays. The play will be performed next month in New York City. Davidman is the partner of summertime yoga instructor Sarana Miller.
Kristin Hathhorne left on New Year’s day to teach for six weeks in Naknek for the Bristol Bay School District. She mentored a new high school language arts teacher and taught three classes in the afternoon. While she was there she hung out with Jen Tally’s aunt, Mo Knudsen, ice skating, walking, hiking, and swimming. Husband Mark Battaion came out for her final 10 days, helping out in first grade. Mark and Kristin then went to Bozeman, Mont., to visit Kristin’s parents. While there, they watched Kristin’s nieces and nephews’ basketball games, sampled the area’s microbreweries and met up with Tim June and Sue Nelson and Laurie Dadourian for meals.
Julie Rae is a grandmom again. Son and daughter-in-law Jeremy and Tracy Woodrow welcomed Ellis Eivan Woodrow on March 11 at Bartlett Hospital. Ellis weighed 7 pounds, 2 oz. Ellis joins older sister Evelyn, 2. Jeremy is spokesperson for the state Department of Transportation.
Kim Larson of the Haines Venturer Scouts said she is looking for a group to take over publishing the Haines community birthday calendar. The Scouts have published the calendar three years and will be making calls in the coming weeks for the 2016-17 edition. The calendar includes listings of local birthdays and anniversaries. Larson said the June to May calendar is a good fundraiser and she would help its new organizer learn the ropes. Call her at 766-3885.
Friends and staff of Haines Animal Rescue Kennel tried “paw printing” at the group’s annual meeting Saturday at the Chilkat Center. Owners dipped their pets’ paws into non-toxic acrylic paint and transferred them onto canvas. “Everybody really liked their artwork, so we’ll probably do that again,” said executive director Tracy Mikowski. The event included hors d’oeuvres by Cambria Goodwin, music by Burl Sheldon and Nancy Berland and an animal slide show put together by Mikowski’s son Ansel Wooters. HARK president Tara Bicknell spoke.
Jessica Edwards and Sara Chapell ran in Portland’s Shamrock Run half-marathon March 13, along with Rachel Freeman, sister of resident Sally Andersen. Edwards said a hard rain fell during the event. “When I flew into Portland, every low spot was submerged.” The friends enjoyed dinners of Peruvian food and sushi and Chapell got to visit with former Haines residents living in Oregon.