VIGIL – More than 300 people share seven minutes of silence on Totem Square during a vigil for George Floyd, who died last week while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The large turnout for event made it difficult for participants to maintain the six-foot social distance that organizers had hoped for. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

November 13, 2013 Community Happenings

Benefit Friday for
    Disaster Relief
    Blatchley Middle School will hold a cotton candy and bake sale fundraiser for Philippines disaster relief 2:15-4:15 p.m.  Friday outside of Blatchley Middle School.
    Items are being sold; however, donations will be accepted.
    Baked goods and other items are needed for the sale. Call Kari at 752-7323 to help out.

    Kreiss-Tomkins to
    Hold Office Hours
    Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins will hold office hours in Sitka Nov. 16. He will be at the BackDoor 9-11 a.m., and the Highliner 2-4 p.m. No appointment is needed.

    Affordable Care
    Act Discussed
    Sitkans are invited to take their lunch and join, via videoconference, Alaska Director for the Division of Insurance Bret Kolb for an informative session on the Affordable Care Act, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Kettleson Memorial Library.
    Attendees will learn how the health exchanges are set up in Alaska and how to sign up for them.

    Emblem Club Meets
    Emblem Club 142 will hold a combined business and social meeting 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Elks Lodge. A special dinner will be served.

    Food Drive For
    Salvation Army
    The KIFW/Salvation Army food drive is set 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 16 at Sea Mart and AC Lakeside.
    This year’s goal is to raise 12,500 pounds of food and $12,500.
    KIFW’s Larry Snider will broadcast live all day from Sea Mart and Danny B from AC Lakeside. They will update totals throughout the day.
    Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will be going door-to-door all day to collect food for the event.

    Scouts Collect
    Food for Event
    Sitka Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will be going door-to-door Nov. 16 to collect food for the annual food drive organized by KIFW for the Salvation Army.
    PAC at KGH
    Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School will have a PAC meeting 6 p.m. Nov. 19 in the KGH library.
    Items on the agenda include the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, fundraising for student activity scholarships and the Mentoring Project.
    Call the school office, 747-8395, with questions.

    Woodworking Set
    Those who have woodworking experience and have a project in the works can have access to the Blatchley Middle School wood shop 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays Dec. 4-Feb. 6.
    The class is supervised by Don Seesz. The cost is $60, which is payable at the Community Schools office.

    Seniors Hike
    SAIL’s senior hiking club will meet 9:30 a.m. Nov. 21 at the Swan Lake Senior Center.
    All hiking levels are welcome to join and hike at their own pace. A guest hiker from the Sitka Conservation Society will be on hand. Hikers will arrive back by 11:30 a.m. The cost is $5 and transportation is included. Call Alli at 747-6859 with questions.

    Families to Make
    Sun, Moon Masks
    The Sheldon Jackson Museum invites the public to attend a free family program 10 a.m. Nov. 16 to learn about and make Northwest Coast sun and moon masks.
    The activity is part of At Saxán (Love of All Things) Saturdays.
    Every third Saturday of the month children and their families have a chance to learn more about Alaska Native culture and peoples and the museum’s ethnographic collection through hands-on arts and crafts activities, story-telling and games.
    The majority of programs will require pre-registration and last one and half to two hours. Most programs will be free, but some will require a small fee to cover material costs. All programs will be at the Sheldon Jackson Museum at 104 College Drive.
    Special support for programming comes from the Friends of the Sheldon Jackson Museum. To register or for more information, call 747-8904 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Earthquakes in
    S.E. Discussed
    ‘‘Exploring the Queen Charlotte–Fairweather fault and earthquake behavior in Southeast Alaska’’ is the title of the next talk in the Natural History seminar series 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at UAS-Sitka Campus in room 229.
    USGS geophysicist Emily Roland will present a brief overview of what is currently known and not known about the Queen Charlotte-Fairweather fault, as well as describe some of the research that has been conducted following the past year’s earthquake activity, including the SouthEast Alaska Rapid Aftershock Experiment.
    SEARAE is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Coast Guard (including the Sitka-based USCG Cutter Maple, and Cutter Sycamore), and the University of Texas. Twelve ocean bottom seismographs were deployed in a “rapid” effort in May of 2013 to record aftershock activity on the Queen Charlotte-Fairweather fault offshore Prince of Wales Island following the January 2013 Mw 7.5 earthquake.
    Roland will briefly describe the technical aspects of the ocean bottom seismic instruments, present some initial results from the study offshore of Craig, and talk about future scientific goals for the area
    Funding for the seminar series is provided by a grant to the Sitka Sound Science Center by the Sitka Alaska Permanent Charitable Trust.

    Quilt Class Offered
    The Ocean Wave Quilters Guild is offering the class “Let’s Twist Again” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 23.
    The quilt design uses a “twister tool” or template to create interlocking pinwheels on quilts ranging in size from mini to queen/king. Samples of quilts may be seen at Abby’s Reflection Apparel and Quilt Works.
    The intermediate (or very confident beginner) quilt class will be taught by Jane Seesz. The cost is $35 for OWQ members and $45 for non-members. Stop by Abby’s for more information and to register.

    Celtic Dance
    Recital on Tap
    The Sitka Spruce Celtic Dance Recital will be 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Sitka Performing Arts Center. The third annual recital includes new dancers and dances and additional performers.
    Dance selections from the upcoming ‘‘Nutcracker’’ will be performed. A performance from the Children’s Theater production of Beatrix Potter also is planned.
    Exhibits from the Yaw after-school program will be on display in the lobby. The Sitka Spruce Celtic Dancers have  new costumes.
    Turkey Shoot
    Set for Nov. 23
    The Sitka Sportsman’s Association annual turkey shoot is planned 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 23 at 5211 Halibut Point Road.
    All shooters are welcome. A few loaner club shotguns will be available. Call 747-3057, Jerry, for more information. The event is open to the public.



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 6-2-20)

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 10:20 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 20

Total statewide – 487

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 47, and the cumulative number of deaths is 10.

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



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March 23, 2020



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