FIT FOR DUTY – Thirty-seven recruits graduating from the Alaska Department of Public Safety Training Academy's Law Enforcement Training Session 1802 take the oath of office this afternoon at the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi. The audience was told that during the rigorous 16-week session recruits lost a combined 200 pounds of body fat. The graduates will be taking law enforcement positions around the state from the North Slope Borough Police Department to statewide Alaska Wildlife Troopers to the Ketchikan Police Department. Speaker at the ceremony was DPS Deputy Commissioner William Comer, who graduated from the academy in 1985. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

March 20, 2014 Community Happenings

Youth Shooting
    Open House Set
    An Alaska Scholastic Clay Target Program open house is slated 1 p.m. April 5 at the Sitka Sportsmen’s Association, 5211 Halibut Point Road.
    The program is open to youths in fourth through 12th grades. Parents and prospective coaches are welcome.
    For more information contact Noel Hutton, head coach, 738-4860, by call or text. The Alaska SCTP website is www.aksctp.org.   


    Dance Party
    Set March 21
    An all-ages, alcohol and drug-free dance party is set 7 p.m.-10 p.m. March 21 at the Sitka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 408-A Marine Street.  Dancers are encouraged to take songs and donate $2 to cover the rent.
    For more information call Brandie at 687-9927.
 
    Nonprofit Directors
    Sought for Meeting         An informal support gathering for nonprofit directors is set 5:30 p.m. March 26 at the Baranof Island Brewing Company.
    Directors are invited to ‘‘come share, listen and learn from each other,’’ organizers said. For more information  contact Mim at 738-2888 or Willow at 747-4600.

    ANS to Meet
    Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 4 will meet 6:30 p.m. March 25 at the ANB Founders Hall.
    All are welcome. Those interested in becoming Grand Camp delegates this fall in Petersburg are especially being encouraged to attend.
    Those with questions may call Jean at 623-7355.

    SEDA to Meet
    On March 27
    Sitka Community Development Corporation will meet 5-8 p.m. March 27 at Brave Heart Volunteers in the Pioneers Home Manager’s House.
    SCDC is a community supported non-profit working to establish permanently affordable housing in Sitka. Members of the public are being encouraged to attend. For more information call 747-2860.

    Barn Dance Set
    For March 29
    A community barn dance will be 7-9:30 p.m. March 29 at Blatchley Middle School.
    All are invited to participate in mixers, circles and contra dances, or simply listen to the live music of Sitka’s Fishing for Cats band.
    Beginners and seasoned dancers of all ages are invited.
    Dances are taught and called. No partner is needed and no dancing experience is necessary. The first hour of the dance will be geared to beginners and young dancers.
    The dance is a non-alcohol and smoke-free Community Schools event. For more information call 747-3412.

    Art Auction Set
    Children and local artists are teaming up for a silent art auction at the Homeport Eatery April 2.
    Art pieces are being created at the Ventures after-school program. The auction will raise money for the Imagination Library to continue providing free books to children ages 5 and under in Sitka.
    The fundraiser is a collaboration between the Ventures after-school program and the Early Learning Program.

    Hours Given for
    Spring Bazaar
    The annual Alaska Native Sisterhood spring bazaar will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the ANB Founders Hall. The public is welcome.
    Local artists, crafters and beaders will sell Native artwork, jams, jellies and handmade items.
    Those wanting to reserve a table may call Helen at 747-3410 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .. Tables are limited and the cost is $20. ANS memberships may be renewed. New members are invited to sign up.

    OSU Alumni is
    Sought for Project
    Sitka alumni of Oregon State University will participate in the university’s annual Community Day of Service May 17.
    Each year the university encourages its alumni to volunteer on the national service day to make a positive impact in their local community.
    Local organizers have chosen the Sitka Sound Science Center for their volunteer project.
    RSVP to Jan or Terry Lovett at 747-3653 to be included in the event. All OSU alumni and friends are being invited to participate.

    Chili Feed at
    Salvation Army
    Three kinds of chili will be served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 22 at the Salvation Army. The event is a fundraiser for travel to congress in Kake.
    Vegetarian, chicken and beef chili will be served with fry bread and coffee, tea or juice for $8 or a donation. Also by donation will be cookies and brownies.
   
    Natural History
    Seminar on Tap       
    Dr. Jackie Grebmeier, SIRF fellow at Sitka Sound Science Center, will be the featured speaker at the next natural history seminar, 7:30 p.m. March 26 at UAS-Sitka Campus.
    His topic will be ‘‘A Tale of Clams, Seaducks, Walrus and Sea Ice in the Northern Bering Sea.’’
    The scientist in residence program is funded by the National Science Foundation: the seminar series by a grant to the Sitka Sound Science Center by the Sitka Alaska Permanent Charitable Trust and by support from the University of Alaska.
    Those with questions may contact Kitty LaBounty at 747-9432 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Troll Fishery
    Meetings Set
    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will hold a commercial troll public meeting 6 p.m. April 10 in the NSRAA Conference room.
    Meeting topics will include, but are not limited to, plans for the 2014 spring and summer troll fisheries, the 2014 Pacific Salmon Treaty Chinook salmon abundance index and quota, and a review of the 2013 troll season.
    Those with an interest in the troll fishery are invited to attend.

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