January 28, 2014 Community Happenings

    Mental Health
    First Aid Class
    Open to Public
    SEARHC will partner with Trust Training Cooperative and Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Inc. to offer mental health first aid training in Sitka and Juneau.
    Similar to first aid and CPR, mental health first aid teaches how to help those experiencing mental health problems until professional help is available. It is designed to arm the public with skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.
    The Sitka training is 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 29 at the UAS Sitka Campus.
    Those who wish to attend either training must register through the TTC Learning Management System. To register online visit: http://ttclms.org/class_detail.php?z_classid=104848 or contact Jill Ramsey for more information at 907-264-6228 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The cost for each training session is $75 for training; $30 for continuing education units.
    The first 10 enrollees as well as SEARHC staff are eligible to have SEARHC pay their registration fee. Contact Maybelle Filler for either of these offers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 966-8739.

    SAFV Board Meets
    The board of Sitkans Against Family Violence will meet 5:30 p.m. Feb. 3 upstairs at 201 Lincoln Street. The meeting is open to the public. For more information call 747-3370.
    First Aid, CPR
    Training Feb. 8
    UAS- Sitka Campus Office of Continuing Education will offer an American Heart Association first aid and CPR training 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 8.
    Training fulfills OSHA and Coast Guard requirements. Participants who successfully complete this course will receive Heartsaver cards.
    The cost is $90 and includes the book. For more information or to register, call 747-7762.

    Social Security
    Topic of Class
    ‘‘Social Security, Your Questions Answered,’’ will be offered 6-7 p.m. Feb. 12 at UAS-Sitka Campus.
    The seminar will examine how Social Security fits into retirement income plans, when to start taking benefits and  how taxes may affect benefits.
    The fee is $19, and spouses will be charged $10.
    Steve Dalquist of Edward Jones will give a power point presentation followed by a question-and-answer period.  
    Call 747-7762 for more information or to register.

    Chowder, Dance
    Performance Set
    Sitka Kaagwaantaan will have a clam chowder and fry bread sale, along with a dance performance, Feb. 1 at the ANB Founders Hall.
    Food will be served at noon and performing at 3 p.m. Take-out will be available. Delivery orders will be taken that morning by calling 738-1200.

    Fiddle Grind
    Set Saturday
    The Monthly Grind will host the Fiddle Grind Feb. 1 at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the performance starts at 7 p.m. Tickets should  be purchased in advance and are available at Old Harbor Books. The $5 price will be refunded at the door to those who take a homemade dessert to share. The event is family friendly.


    Sitka Park’s
    ‘Prescription’
    Gets Award
    Sitka National Historical Park has received the Alaska Community Service Award for Health from the Alaska Public Health Association for its Park Prescriptions Program.
    ALPHA said the Sitka park was chosen for its “significant contribution to the health of Alaskans” by fostering “improved personal health through outdoor physical activity” in the park.
    John Quinley, assistant regional director from the National Park Service’s Alaska Regional Office, will accept the award on behalf of Sitka National Historical Park at the Alaska Health Summit Jan. 29 in Anchorage. 
    The park extended appreciation to the Sitka Heath Summit for its support of the program and to all of the local healthcare providers that have participated in the initiative. The park also thanks its partners at the Sitka Community Hospital Foundation for sponsoring the program’s participation incentives.
    Sitka NHP’s Park Prescriptions Program strengthens the connection between the healthcare system and public lands by promoting walking the trails at Sitka National Historical Park to improve physical health, as well as emotional and mental well-being.
    For more information about the program, contact Ranger Carin Farley at 747-0127.


    Fish Served
    At Local Schools
    Local fish will be offered at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School, Blatchley Middle School and Pacific High School Wednesday.

    Woman’s Club
To Meet Feb. 1
Sitka Woman’s Club will meet 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Fly In Fish Inn on Katlian Street.
The club, a service organization with roots in Sitka women’s groups going back to the turn of the last century, supports the community, with a focus on women and children.


Chamber to Meet
The Sitka Chamber of Commerce will hold its weekly luncheon noon Wednesday at the Westmark Sitka. Chuck Clement, president and CEO of SEARHC, will speak.
‘‘His presentation will give a brief look at how we can all benefit as a planned community partnership,’’ the Chamber said.
The luncheon is open to the public. For more information, call the Sitka Chamber office at 747-8604.

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