TESTIMONY – Subsistence harvester Harvey Kitka leads off oral public comment Tuesday night at Harrigan Centennial Hall during a subsistence hearing held as part of the USDA Forest Service Alaska specific Roadless Rule change proposals. About 100 Sitkans attended an information meeting and question-and-answer session about the Roadless Rule-making process held prior to the subsistence hearing. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

December 12, 2013 Community Happenings

Science Center
    Training on Tap
    Those interested in helping the Sitka Sound Science Center share its understanding of Sitka’s science legacy are invited to sign up for docent and junior docent programs.
    Docent training sessions, beginning the first week in March, will equip students with a breadth of knowledge on local organisms and science center projects.
    To register, or for more information, contact Ashley at 747-8878 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .”

    Fine Arts Camp
    Offers Workshops
    The Sitka Fine Arts Camp is offering workshops and classes for adults starting next month.
    Students can learn the basics of digital photography with instructor Adam Andis or take one of Frances Donohoe’s three workshops learning a range of dance from tango, salsa, and swing to contact improvisation.
    A list of classes is available on line at fineartscamp.org. Sign up by calling the Fine Arts Camp at 747-3085, or stop by the Rasmuson building on the SJ campus.

    SEARHC Plans
    Holiday Bazaar
    The annual SEARHC Christmas Bazaar is set 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 13 in the conference room area just off the Lighthouse cafeteria on the ground floor, and is open to the public.
    For booth space, contact Rachel Moreno at 738-6595.

    Gift of Health
    Fund Started
    The Hames Center is asking Sitkans to give the gift of health this year by helping families in need.
    Individuals may sponsor monthly family memberships, monthly youth passes, a workshop pass, or make a simple donation to the Hames Wellness Fund. The program partners with local service agencies to provide motivated families and individuals with health and fitness opportunities.
    For more information contact Caitlin Blaisdell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or stop by the Hames Center.

    KGH, BES Set
    Math Meetings
    Keet Gooshi Heen and Baranof elementary schools will hold a math committee meeting 2:45-4:45 p.m. Dec. 18 at Keet in Room 3.
    The group will discuss and review math materials and alignment to the common core standards. Members of the public are invited.

    Vigil Planned
    For Homeless
    The Easter Group will hold a Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Candlelight Vigil 4-4:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Crescent Harbor shelter.
    ‘‘On the darkest night of the year, come help shed light on homelessness, and remember all those who have died recently without homes in Sitka,’’ said Dorrie Farrell of the Easter Group.
    The ceremony will be conducted by the Salvation Army. Candles will be provided. For more information, contact Farrell at 747-4109 or email her at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Affordable Care
    Act Discussed
    “Understanding the Affordable Care Act,” a videoconference originating in Anchorage from the Loussac Library, will be offered 12:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Kettleson Memorial Library. The approximately hourlong videoconference is interactive. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions of the speaker.

    GMOs Topic of
    Library Program
    Brett Wilcox, author of “We’re Monsanto-Feeding the World,” will be at Kettleson Memorial Library 5 p.m. Dec. 15, to discuss what he has learned while researching and writing his book about genetically modified food.
    He will also tell about the cross-country bicycle trip he and his teenage son will be undertaking in 2014. The purpose of the trip is to highlight and educate people about the impact of genetically modified crops being grown around the world.
    Copies of Wilcox’s book will be available after the presentation.

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