March 4, 2014 Community Happenings

FASD Support
    Group to Meet
    The FASD community support group will meet 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pioneers Home Manager’s House.
    The parent support program of Accountable Kids will be presented for discussion. Accountable Kids helps children from age 3 to teens take responsibility for home tasks and chores using a type of visual scheduling.
    Networking time will be offered. Parents, professions and youths are invited. Light refreshments will be served. Call 747-7978 with questions.

    Chamber to Meet
    SEARHC Employee Wellness, Recognition and Training Coordinator Doug Osborne will be speaker of the Chamber of Commerce luncheon noon Wednesday at the Westmark Sitka.
    Luncheons are open to the public. For more information, call the Chamber at 747-8604. Visit the website at www.sitkachamber.com for the calendar of events and upcoming lunches.


    Benefit Set Weds.
    For Sitka Skippers
    Ludvig’s Bistro will host a “Fill the Bistro Night” event 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, to benefit the Sitka Skippers Jump Rope Team.
    Call 966-3663 for reservations.

    STA Panel Meets
    The Sitka Tribe of Alaska Cultural, Customary and Traditional Committee will meet noon March 7 at the STA Resource Protection Department Office at 429 Katlian St.
    A light lunch will be provided. The public is invited to attend.
    Those with questions may call Jeff Feldpausch at 747-7469.

    Quilting Taught
    Sitka Community School will offer a beginners quilting class for adults 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays starting March 12 at Blatchley Middle School.
    Sabra Jenkins will teach a log cabin quilt class for five weeks. The cost is $30, which does not include materials. Registration is open at Sitka Community Schools. Those with questions may call Sabra at 747-5071 or SCS  at 747-8670.

    National Park to Host
    Wilderness Art Exhibit
    Sitka National Historical Park welcomes the Voices of the Wilderness traveling art exhibit March 7 through April 7.
    The multimedia pieces that make up the exhibit celebrate the diversity of Alaskan wilderness and were created by artists from across the United States and the world, many of whom were artists-in-residence hosted by agencies that manage federally designated wilderness. This exhibit is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The traveling show was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act.
    Managers of Alaska’s public lands have hosted artists in wilderness areas throughout the state. Through the Voices of the Wilderness artist residency program, artists spend up to two weeks in one of Alaska’s wilderness areas with a ranger participating in stewardship duties, such as pulling invasive weeds, helping with wildlife research, cleaning up garbage and marine debris, and monitoring air quality.
    Through a variety of media, including poetry, sculpture, painting, photography, fiber arts and music, artists translate how the wilderness has inspired them.
    The exhibit displays artwork inspired by 20 different wilderness areas, including pieces from the nearby West Chichagof-Yakobi, South Baranof and St.Lazaria Wilderness areas. Come experience the wild beauty and varied perspectives of Alaskan wilderness.
    Special events include a Gallery Walk, Friday, March 14. It will be open   5-9 p.m. in honor of the Arti-Gras Arts and Music Festival Gallery Walk.
    An opening reception will be Saturday, March 15. Guest speaker Doug Scott, former wilderness lobbyist for the Wilderness Society, Sierra Club and Pew Charitable Trust, will discuss John Muir and the road to the Wilderness Act and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.
    After Sitka, the exhibit will travel to six other Alaskan cities: Ketchikan, Juneau, Fairbanks, Homer, Kenai and Anchorage. The Voices of the Wilderness Traveling art exhibit is made possible with funding by Rasmuson Foundation through the Harper Arts Touring Fund, and is administered, under contract, by the Alaska State Council on the Arts. Additional support for this show is provided by Sitka Conservation Society and Alaska Geographic.
    Sitka National Historical Park is open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information visit www.nps.gov/sitk/.

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