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Story Last modified at 11:09 p.m. on Wednesday, January 5, 2011

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Library asks for donations, starts new hours

The Anchorage Library Foundation is asking friends and fans to support municipal libraries by making a gift with your PFD. Here's how the foundation suggests you donate: when you sign up for your PFD, look for "The Gift of Giving" option and select Southcentral, Third Judicial District and Anchorage Library Foundation. Registration begins Jan. 1. Go to www.pickclickgive.org or www.anchoragelibraryfoundation.org for more information.

The library system's Eagle River Branch also has new hours. Hours are noon-7 p.m. Tuesday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Senior center celebrates vehicle plug-ins

The Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center now has plug-ins for residents to use in cold weather, according to the center's most recent newsletter.

"The fast action of the Municipality and the dedicated support of Representative Bill Stoltze has allowed the residents to be able to use this amenity this winter, which is awesome," executive director Linda Hendrickson wrote. The center planned to hold a dedication ceremony with municipal officials and Stoltze today.

Survey helps track business trends

The Annual Economic Forecast Luncheon is set for Jan. 26, during which the Anchorage Economic Development Corp. will be releasing its third annual Business Confidence Index. The BCI offers insight into what the Anchorage business community thinks about the outlook for profits, sales, employment challenges and opportunities in the coming year. The 2010 BCI can be found at AEDCweb.com, under "reports."

In order to compile the data needed for this economic research, as many opinions as possible are needed. To participate in the 5- to 10-minute survey, follow this link: http://www.fmrsurvey.com/MG/AED3/AED3logn.htm. Your business name will not appear with your responses and will remain confidential.

Nominations open for Good News! Great Kids!

Nominations are open for the Municipality of Anchorage's Good News! Great Kids! program, which is in its 14th year and recognizes outstanding high school juniors and seniors who live in Anchorage and have overcome challenges, served the community and performed well in school.

The program is a partnership between the Mayor's Office, AT&T Alaska and the University of Alaska recognizing 10 students annually. The winners are recognized at a banquet in April with the mayor and UA president. For more information and nomination forms, call 343-7150 or go to www.muni.org.



This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, January 5, 2011.