INTENSIVE – Professional dancer Adam McKinney formerly with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and choreographer Sarah Ashkin lead a rehearsal of an upcoming Summer Dance Intensive production Thursday in Allen Hall. Students will dance a 25-minute program Saturday 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. A five dollar donation is suggested at the door. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

February 4, 2014 Community Happenings

    Harp Sing Set   
    The Second Sunday Sitka Sacred Harp Sing 3:30-5 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Pioneers Home Chapel. Sacred harp singing is America’s oldest singing tradition. For more information go to Beginners and listeners are being encouraged to attend. Call 738-2089 for information.

    Local Writers
    Read Feb. 26
    Five local writers will perform 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in Yaw Chapel at the first Writers Read of the season.
    Michaela Dunlap, Kristen Green, Dar Joseph, Owen Kindig and Blossom Twitchell will read their own writing.  The event is open to everyone and is free, although donations are accepted.  Treats and tea are provided. Contact Brooke at 747-2996 with questions.

    Presentation On
    Licensed acupuncturist Susan Chartier will be giving a presentation on ‘‘Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine’’ at Kettleson Memorial Library 5 p.m. Feb. 9.
    All are invited to learn more about the ancient practice ‘‘based on traditional knowledge that connects all systems together and brings harmony above and below,’’ Chartier said.

    ‘Beer, Bawdry’ at
    Library Benefit
    The Friends of Kettleson Memorial Library will host “Beer, Bawdry and Beyond,” an evening beer tasting, appetizers, saucy readings with open mike, followed by desserts, Feb. 12, at Baranof Island Brewing Company.
    The event opens at 3 p.m., with appetizers at 4 p.m., saucy readings at 6 p.m. and desserts at 7 p.m.
    Performers include Kent Hanson, Suzan Brawnlyn, Paul Norwood, Brooke Schafer, and the duo of Jeff Budd and Josh Houston recreating Shakepeare’s Romeo and Juliet balcony scene.
    It is an open mike, so attendees are being encouraged to bring limericks and humorous readings to share. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Kettleson Memorial Library expansion project.

    Pacific High Sets
    Dedication Event
    Pacific High School will hold an open house and dedication ceremony of the new PHS building 5-7 p.m. Feb. 17.
    All community members are invited to attend. Call 747-0525 with questions.
    Dance to be Taught
    At KGH School
    Keet Gooshi Heen’s artist-in-residence Susan Michaels will teach students ‘‘Traditional American Dance’’ during their general music classes, twice a week for two weeks.
    Classes will culminate at a community barn dance 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in the KGH gym. Fishing for Cats will play.
    Michaels is from La Crescenta, Calif., and is a documentary TV writer by trade. A website about her writing and dancing is at
    She has been calling dances for more than 20 years. She was the artist-in-residence in April of 2010 .
    The grant for the artist-in-residence program is funded by the Alaska State Council for the Arts through Alaska Arts Southeast.

    AMSEA to Teach
    Marine Safety
    The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will conduct a six-day Marine Safety Instructor Training at AVTEC in Seward April 1-6.
    It is an intensive train-the-trainer course that prepares individuals to effectively teach cold-water survival procedures, use of marine safety equipment, and vessel safety drills. Upon completion of the course, participants will be prepared to teach AMSEA’s U.S. Coast Guard approved Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor training, pending authorization from the Coast Guard.
    Participants will co-teach a Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor training in Seward on April 7.
    The cost for the course is $875 for AMSEA members and $995 for non-members. For more information or to register call AMSEA at 747-3287 or visit the AMSEA website at

    Set to Register
    Parents of upcoming kindergartners are reminded to make appointments with health-care facilities to have their records ready for kindergarten registration to be held April 8-10. The cut-off birthdate for eligible kindergartners is Sept. 1.
    For more information call Baranof Elementary School at 747-5825.
    Grief Group
    Meets Feb. 12
    The Living with Loss adult grief support group will be held 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Brave Heart Volunteers office in the Manager’s House of the Pioneers Home.
    Open to all, the support group is a safe place to discuss grief with a professional counselor and peers. Those 18 and older are welcome. Call 747-4600 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

    Chief of Nursing
    Slated to Speak
    Raine Clarke, chief nursing officer of Sitka Community Hospital, will speak at the SCH Auxiliary meeting noon Feb. 11 in the lower level classroom of the hospital.
    Lunch will be available in the Basement Bistro. Clarke will talk about hospital services and respond to questions at SCH. The public is invited.

    Greenhouse is
    Meeting Topic
    The Sitka Community Greenhouse and Education Center committee of the Sitka Local Foods Network invites the public to attend its monthly meeting 5 p.m. Feb. 7 at Sprucecot Bed and Breakfest, 308 Peterson Street.
    Judy Johnstone, proprietor of Sprucecot Gardens, will host. Reports will be heard from committee members on possible building sites including the Blatchley campus, the old city shops site and a new site recently offered for the project.  For information call Kerry at 752-0654.

    Writer Straley
    To Speak Tonight
    Local mystery writer/poet, John Straley, will present his newest book, “Cold Storage, Alaska” at Kettleson Memorial Library 7 p.m. tonight.
    Tonight, is the first day his book is being made available in bookstores everywhere. Come to the library for Straley’s first public presentation of this brand new work, as he kicks off his book tour campaign.

    Library Board Meets
    The monthly Kettleson Memorial Library board meeting is 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at Centennial Hall.

    Open House for
    Supt. Finalists
    Sitka School Board will hold a community meet-and-greet for the three superintendent finalists 5-6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Sitka High School library.
    The three finalists are Eddie Campbell, Joseph Krause and Mary Wegner. The public is invited to attend.
    The board will be interviewing the candidates 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in the district office board room. The interviews are open to the public.

    USCG Issues
    Marine Safety
    Alert in Alaska
    Citing U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics showing commercial fishing is the second most dangerous occupation in the country, U.S. Coast Guard has issued a marine safety alert.
    In a news release it strongly  recommends that operators implement safety measures, including:
    – Develop and post safety plans that include identification of ‘‘pinch points’’ and other dangerous locations on deck;
    – Regularly conduct onboard safety training emphasizing on-deck hazards and other potential dangers;
    – Remain ever-vigilant to the changing nature of potential dangers in the presence of moving deck machinery, rigging and equipment;
    – Follow vessel safety procedures and avoid placing oneself in peril.
    Those with questions can contact LCDR Ken Morton, 757-398-6284, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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