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Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 3:49 am | Updated: 1:04 pm, Wed Dec 26, 2012.

FAIRBANKS - The Red Cross responded to 40 fires and other local disasters in 2009.

So far this year, there have been six house fires that left people without a place to stay. In many cases, the Red Cross steps in to provide immediate shelter, food and clothing for a week.

In Eagle alone last year, the Red Cross spent $100,000 to deal with the Yukon River floods.

The Red Cross trains 60-120 students per month in first aid and CPR, relying on the use of 200 volunteers.

To help deal with disasters that have yet to happen and train more people in emergency response, Michell Daku, district director of the Red Cross, invites you to the Taste of Mardi Gras Fundraiser April 30 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge.

There will be live music, food from Bobby’s, the Regency Cove, the Finish Line and the Princess, along with a silent auction and other attractions.

“All money raised goes back into the community to support families within the Tanana Valley during time of disaster and for prevention and preparedness classes,” she said.

Tickets are $75 per person, $50 for military and $500 for a table of eight. For more details, call the Tanana Valley American Red Cross at 456-5937.

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LOTSA CANDLES: You only turn 446 once.

The Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre invites fans of the greatest writer in the English language for a birthday party Friday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the chancellor’s home at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Tickets are $30 in advance and available by calling 457-POET or by going to the theatre web site at www.fstalaska.org.

In addition to admission to this event, those who attend the birthday bash will receive a ticket to a performance of one of the summer shows, “Two Gentlemen of Verona” or “Measure for Measure.”

The evening is sponsored by UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers, Sherry Modrow and the theatre board of directors.

Shakespeare’s real birth date in April 1564 is not known, but since the 18th century it has usually been observed on April 23, perhaps because he died on or about April 23, 1616, which could have been his 52nd birthday.

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HELP WANTED: To mark Alaska Agriculture Day on May 4, there are 30 teachers who would like to have volunteers visit their classrooms and read something about agriculture, plant seeds or otherwise recognize the growing needs of Alaska.

For details, contact Tami Seekins at 479-3159, ext. 116 or education@gci.net.

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LOCAL RALLY: The Take Back the Night rally is Friday at 4 p.m. on the UAF campus in front of Wood Center. There will be a guest speaker and representatives from local organizations will be there to raise awareness about the continuing problems of domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska.

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STATE DOG: If you want to get a bill passed in the Legislature, it helps to have kids as the leading lobbyists.

That’s one lesson from Juneau on Sunday.

Thanks largely to a crusade of about 100 Anchorage kids at the Polaris K-12 school during the past three years, the Malamute is on its way to becoming the state dog, after a vote in the state Senate.

Sens. Joe Thomas and Joe Paskvan voted for the Malamute as the state dog, while Sen. John Coghill voted against it.

Unless the governor vetoes the bill, which is not likely, the Malamute will take its place next to the state fossil, the state insect, the state tree, state bird, etc.

Last year, when Coghill was in the state House, he voted for the Malamute measure when it was approved by the other half of the Legislature. I’m not sure why he voted against it this time around.

The main reason this campaign succeeded is that teachers and their students in Anchorage lobbied for the dog’s cause. No matter what they might think about the value of promoting one dog breed over another, legislators were reluctant to oppose something championed by children.

Contact Dermot Cole at 459-7530.

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