OPEN AIR CONCERT – From left, musicians Ross Venneberg, Brian Neal, Wade Demmert and Roger Schmidt perform an outdoor brass concert for residents of the Pioneers Home Monday. The professional musicians, who are hunkered down in Sitka, are regulars at the annual Holiday Brass Concert. The Pioneers Home has been closed to visitors during the pandemic. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

June 11, 2019, Community Happenings

KCAW Names

Summer Intern

Nina Sparling is KCAW’s summer reporting intern. She’s a master’s candidate at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where she’s studying radio and narrative writing. 

She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2014. Since then, she has worked a variety of odd jobs – everything from a cheesemonger in Brooklyn to an English teacher in Paris – to support herself while writing. 

Nina has covered stories that range from voting rights restoration in Alabama to indoor, vertical farming in New Jersey. This summer, she’s eager to hear from Sitkans about the issues and happenings that matter to them.


Earns Scholarship

Hannah Kimber of Sitka has been awarded an out-of-state tuition waiver to Missouri State University.

The university recently awarded scholarships to incoming students for the upcoming academic year.

Students were selected based on their ACT scores, GPA, standing in graduating class, and leadership shown in community and school activities.

She is the daughter of Mike and Charlotte Kimber of Sitka. She is a 2016 Mt. Edgecumbe High School graduate.


Bach’s Lunch Set

For Music Festival

All are invited to take their lunch for a free all-ages concert presented by the Sitka Summer Music Festival 12:15 p.m. June 6 at the Odess Theater on the SJ Campus.

The Bach’s Lunch program features Natasha Paremski performing Rachmaninoff and Matt Herzkowitz’s CD release. Festival details can be found at or 747-6774.


Be-Tweens Invited

To Sitka Library

Sitka Public Library invites Be-Tweens Summer Club members to participate in ‘‘A Sky Full of Stories’’ evening 6-7 p.m. Friday, June 14.

The club is a place for ages 11 to 13 years. The program will appeal to tweens craving independence and connection. Tweens of all abilities are welcome but registration is required.

The initiative is part of ‘‘A Universe of Stories!’’ Summer Library Program. For information, call the library at 747-8708 or visit the Library Teen Website.


Evening Summer

Music Concerts On

The Sitka Summer Music Festival will present concerts on Friday and Saturday at Centennial Hall.

Pianist Matt Herskowitz will perform 7:30 p.m. Friday. Festival founder Paul Rosenthal and other guests will perform Shostakovich and Beethoven.

On Saturday, Natasha Paremski will perform one of Ravel’s Gaspard de lu nuit. William Walton’s Cello Concerto also will be featured. The concert is sponsored by White’s Incorporated.

Pre-concert conversations are at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are available at Old Harbor Books, online at, or at the door. 


Crab Feed Sunday

The Sitka Summer Music Festival will offer its annual Dungeness crab feast 3 p.m. Sunday, June 16, served under the Crescent Harbor shelter.

Tickets are available at Old Harbor Books or online. Call 747-6774 or visit for information.



SAFV Board Meets

The board of Sitkans Against Family Violence will meet 4:30 p.m. June 17 at the interim office, 601 Alice Loop, Room 109.

The meeting is open to the public. For information, call 747-3370. 


Emblem Meets

Sitka Emblem Club 142 will have its June business meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at the Sitka Elks Lodge.



Wildlife Cruise

Benefits Nonprofit

The Sitka Maritime Heritage Society will host its annual July 4 history and wildlife cruise. Boarding will begin at 3:15 p.m. at Crescent Harbor, with departure at 3:45 p.m. The approximate return time is 6:15 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now at Adult tickets are $50, and age 12 and younger, $30.


For information contact 907-623-8054 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-7-20)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 11:15 p.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Sunday: 19

Total statewide – 1,184

Total (cumulative) deaths – 17

Active cases in Sitka – 8 (3 resident; 5 non-resident)

Recovered cases in Sitka – 12 (10 resident; 2 non-resident)

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 78.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.



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March 23, 2020



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