GIVING TIME – Debe Brincefield of the Sitka Salvation Army helps distribute food at the Salvation Army on Sawmill Creek Road this afternoon. More than 50 Sitkans were lined up at noon to receive Thanksgiving baskets that included frozen turkeys and fresh vegetables. Food drives were held recently at all Sitka grocery stores to help stock the pantry. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

November 19, 2013 Community Happenings

Easter Group
    Sets to Work
    The Easter Group will hold a Project Homeless Connect work session noon-1 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Sitka School District board room, 300 Kostrometinoff Street.
    The Easter Group works with other service providers in Sitka to end extreme poverty and empower people. For more information, contact Dorrie Farrell at 747-4109, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Monthly Grind
    Slated Dec. 14
    The Sitka Monthly Grind announces the Elvis Grind will be held 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi.
    The philosophy of the Monthly Grind is affordable, non-political, and family entertainment. Tickets are sold in advance at Old Harbor Books for $5 for adults, $1 for children, or free with a plate of homemade desserts. Those taking a dessert must purchase a ticket in advance and be reimbursed at the door.
    Taking coffee cups is encouraged to help reduce the trash. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information call Jeff at 747-4821.

    ANB to Meet
    Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 1 will meet 6-8 p.m. Nov. 25 at the ANB Founders Hall.
    The ANB welcomes community and ANB/ANS members to participate in the meeting.
    To request a copy of the tentative agenda for the meeting, to volunteer, request information about joining the ANB or for general information about use of the ANB Founders Hall, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Great American Smokeout this Thursday!
    Nov. 21 marks the 38th annual American Cancer Society‘s Great American Smokeout, a day highlighting the dangers of tobacco use and the challenges of quitting.
    ACS encourages smokers to use the annual date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. The number-one thing tobacco users can do to improve their health and extend their life is to quit, ACS said.
    The SEARHC Tobacco Program, Sitka Community Hospital and Sitkans for Health Coalition members will have a booth at AC Lakeside Grocery  4-6 p.m. Nov. 21 to share information about programs that assist tobacco users to quit the habit for the day, and for life. A drawing will take place with the grand prize of a frozen turkey, encouraging people to quit with nicotine replacement and support, or “cold turkey.”
    Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in Alaska, causing nearly 600 deaths each year. In fact, tobacco use causes more deaths each year in Alaska than suicide, motor vehicle crashes, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, homicide and HIV/AIDS combined, the program said.
    Reducing the use of tobacco in Alaska begins one person at a time. Smoke-free policies can also help people to quit tobacco, protect people from the dangers of secondhand smoke exposure, and reduce youth initiation.
    Quitting tobacco is hard, but getting help increases the chances of success. Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line is free and confidential, and provides the resources and support that can increase chances of quitting successfully. To learn more call, Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit alaskaquitline.com or facebook.com/Alaska Quitline. For assistance locally to quit tobacco, call Patrick Williams at Sitka Community Hospital at 747-0349. For more information on ACS GASO, visit cancer.org/smoke out.

    Drill Conductor
    Course on Tap
    AMSEA will conduct a one-day fishing vessel drill conductor training course 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 7 at the NSRAA. The course is free for commercial fishermen and costs $175 for all others. To register, call AMSEA at 747-3287 or register online at www.amsea.org.

    In Food Program
    Betty Eliason Child Care Center announces its participation in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program administered by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. Meals will be made available to enrolled children at no separate charge without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

    Green Business
    Nominations On
    Sitkans are invited to nominate a local business, not-for-profit group, agency, or school – their own or someone else – that is doing good things for the community and the environment for a 2014 Sitka Green Business Award.
    Nominations are being taken by individuals and groups.
    Sitka Global Warming Group is taking nominations by individuals or groups until Jan. 15. Nomination forms are available at www.sitkaglobalwarming.org or by calling 747-2708. The nomination deadline for the first round of awards is Jan. 15.

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