READY FOR HIBERNATION – Matthew Brechl wears a bear suit and pushes a jogger as he races in last weekend's 10 K WhaleFest Run on Sawmill Creek Road. More than 100 runners turned out for the event. The annual WhaleFest included a well-attended marine science symposium with participants from the University of Alaska, Penninsula College and Fort Lewis College, a film festival, an art show, a whale watching tour, a market, a banquet, a concert and a variety show. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

August 27, 2013 Community Happenings

Drivers Given
    Heads-Up on
    Start of School
    The Sitka Police Department is reminding motorists to drive with caution beginning Wednesday, the first day of school.
    School zones and the bus routes will again be active during the mornings and afternoons.
    ‘‘Be extra attentive around the elementary schools where smaller children are going to be present, and around the bus stops,’’ SPD Lt. Barry Allen said. ‘‘Smaller children may not be visible as they walk between cars and around other visual obstructions. The smaller children tend to be the most active in the mornings and the most eager to get home in the afternoons. They may not be paying close attention to vehicles on the roadways.’’
   

    Basket Weaver
    Demientieff to be
    At SJ Museum
    The Friends of the Sheldon Jackson Museum will host Athabascan artist Daisy Demientieff of Anchorage at the museum on Sept. 1, 3-5 and 7.
    Demientieff will be working in the galleries most mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. She will give a lecture titled “My Mother’s Legacy,” about her work and her mother’s influence on her, 3 p.m. Sept. 5.
    Demientieff was born near Anvik on the Yukon River and raised in Holikachuk. She has been the CIRI elder of the year twice and has been a featured artist at the Smithsonian’s annual Folklife Festival.
    She is one of only three people alive today who are able to make willow root baskets, the museum said.
    The artist residency program is made possible with support from National Endowment for the Arts.
    Summer hours at the Sheldon Jackson Museum are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The museum is closed on holidays. Summer admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors. Visitors 18 and under are admitted free of charge. An annual pass that allows unlimited visits to the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka and the Alaska State Museum in Juneau is $15. Assistance is available for visitors with special needs. Contact the museum for more information at 747-8981.

    Causeway Tour
    Set for Aug. 31
    Sitka Trail Works will offer a guided tour of the Ft. Rousseau Causeway  Aug. 31. A $50 donation is requested.
    ‘‘This is an easy stroll with a few sections of scrambling over rock,’’ Sitka Trail Works said. ‘‘You’ll see ammunition bunkers, and machine gun platforms. If you intend to go inside the bunkers you’ll need a flashlight or headlamp.’’
    Water and a snack are suggested. Participants should meet at the Crescent Harbor parking area at 10 a.m. and return at approximately 3 p.m.
    For reservations or more information call 747-7244, or visit http://www.sitkatrailworks.org.

    Hames Lists
    Holiday Hours
    The Hames Center will be open on Labor Day, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 2.
     The facility offers cardio machines,  gym play and strength training options.  A lunch spin class is planned at 12:15 p.m. Sign-up is online at www.hamescenter.com or call 747-5080.

    Fishermen Sought
    For Fish Donation
    Commercial fishermen are being called for the second annual coho donation drive for the Fish to Schools program.
    Fishermen can donate fish when they sell fish to sponsors Sitka Sound Seafoods and Seafood Producers Coop.
    Donated cohos will be served at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School, Blatchley Middle School, Pacific High School, Sitka High School and Mt. Edgecumbe High School twice a month. For more information contact the Sitka Conservation Society at 747-7509.

    Park Advisory
    Board to Meet
    The Sitka State Parks Advisory Board will meet 7:30 a.m. Sept. 5 at Centennial Hall. The public is invited.


    Master Gardeners
    Make Sitka Stop
    Master gardeners aboard the Holland America cruise ship Westerdam will visit Sitka 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 11.
    Volunteers are needed to assist with local, non-commercial activities related to the International Master Gardener Conference Sitka stop. Those who have completed a master gardener course are especially being encouraged to participate.
    ‘‘This is a unique opportunity to showcase the challenges and methods used to garden in Sitka as well as interact with master gardeners from various locales,’’ local organizers said.
    Contact the Cooperative Extension Se5rvice Sitka District at 747-9440 to sign up for a volunteer time slot or for more information.

    Sitka Skippers
    Beginners Sought
    The Sitka Skippers jump rope team announces fall beginner class registration 4-6 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School gym
    The cost is $100. Participants must be able to demonstrate 20 jumps in a row. Ropes will be provided.
    Practices will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays in the KGH gym until Christmas break.
    Class size is limited. For more information contact Twila Keaveny at 738-3050 or Kristen Case, 738-5256.

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