April 22, 2014 Community Happenings

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Big Rig Rally
    Set Saturday
    The second annual Big Rig Rally is set 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 26 at the UAS-Sitka Campus parking lot.
    The 3-5 Preschool fundraiser will include a variety of rigs.  Demonstration, tough- and climb-on, no-touch, and kiddie areas are planned.
    All will be entered into the free drawing for a ride on the fire department’s big ladder truck. The cost is $5 per person, $15 for a family of four and $3 per person if more than four. Children under age 2 are admitted free.
    Bake sale items, homemade tamales, pizza by the slice and walk-away tacos will be for sale.
    Sponsors are Tisher Construction, Absolute Tree Care, S&S General Contractors, Coastal Excavation, Arrowhead Transfer and Sitka Dental.
    Those who have a rigor vehicle to share and show, or who would like to volunteer to help, may leave a message at 747-3071.

    Patrons Asked to
    Use Library Cards
    Kettleson Memorial Library is asking patrons to use their library card when borrowing materials.
    Staff members said they are working to improve accuracy and provide better customer service.
    Those who mislaid their library card can have it replaced free of charge from April 21 to July 4.

    ‘Explain Pain’
    Classes on Tap
    The public is invited to attend two free ‘‘Explain Pain’’ classes noon-1 p.m. May 2 and 9 at Oceanside Therapy Center, 805 Halibut Point Road.
    Bridget Hitchcock, physical therapist, will teach the physiology of chronic pain.
    Hitchcock said research shows understanding pain can help lessen one’s pain. For more information call 747-1771.

    Jehovah’s Witnesses
    To Gather in Sitka
    Jehovah’s Witnesses from Southeast Alaska will gather at Centennial Hall April 26-27 for their annual Circuit Assembly Program.
    The theme for the two-day event is ‘‘God’s Word is Beneficial For Teaching,’’ based on 2 Timothy 3:16.
    The 10 a.m. Saturday opening program is ‘‘The Grand Instructor Teaches Us to Benefit Ourselves.’’ The symposium ‘‘Reject Strange Teachings’’ will follow at 1:45 p.m.
    On Sunday, at 10:10 a.m. will be a four-part symposium on the theme, ‘‘How God’s Word is Beneficial for Teaching, for Reproving, for Setting Things Straight and for Disciplining in Righteousness.’’ The public talk ‘‘who is ‘Rocking’ the Nations and How’’ will follow at 1:40 p.m..
    All are open to the public.

    Rasmuson Group
    Gives Sitka Awards
    The Rasmuson Foundation has announced 31 first-quarter Tier 1 awards, totaling $674,713. Two Sitka program are among recipients.
    Brave Heart Volunteers will receive a grant for furnishings and technology upgrades in Sitka, totaling $13.613.
    Center for Community was awarded $15,899 for technology improvements for a home care service organization in Sitka.
    The Tier 1 program is a cornerstone of Rasmuson Foundation’s grantmaking and provides grants up to $25,000 for capital projects, technology upgrades, capacity building, program expansion, and creative works. Applications are accepted year-round.

    Wine-Tasting for
    Seafood Festival
    Sitka Seafood Festival and the Homeport Eatery will host a Mother’s Day wine-tasting event 6-8 p.m. May 9 at the Homeport Eatery.
    Door prizes and a live auction for a two-hour, sight-seeing tour for six with Captain Black Bart’s Charters are planned.
    Tickets are $25 each, with a maximum of 75 tickets being sold. They are available at Homeport Eatery, Old Harbor Books and the House of Liquor.
    The event is sponsored by the House of Liquor, Specialty Imports, K&L Distributos and Odom Corporation for the Sitka Seafood Festival.
    For more information call Linda at 747-6985.

    Girl Scouts Set
    Car Wash Event
    Girl Scout Troop 4140 will have a benefit car wash at Sea Mart 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. April 26.
    The troop is raising funds for a trip to the Pacific Northwest where they will volunteer with the Special Olympics and do a service project with the Food Lifeline of Seattle. Call 738-2073 with questions.

    Harp Sing Slated
    The fourth Sunday Sitka sacred harp sing is set 3:30-5 p.m. April 27 at the Pioneers Home Chapel.
    Beginners and listeners are invited to attend. Call 738-2089 for more information.

    Easter Group
    Meets May 9
    The Easter Group will meet 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 9 at the Sitka School District board room, 300 Kostrometinoff Street.
    The Easter Group works with other service providers in Sitka to end extreme poverty and empower people. For more information, contact 747-4109 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    ANB to Meet
    Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 1 will meet 6:30 p.m. May 17 at the ANB Founders Hall.
    For more information about hall rentals and use, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sitka Piano Students Sign Up
For Annual National Auditions   
    Piano students from the class of Jammie Wileman, NCTM, have registered as candidates for membership in the National Fraternity of Student Musicians, sponsored by the National Guild of Piano Teachers, Teacher Division of the American College of Musicians, of which Wileman is a member.
    The pianists will perform in the National Piano Playing Auditions, to be held at Wileman Music Studio May 5-6. Students will strive for Pledge, Local, District, State, National, International, Hobbyist, Duet and Ensemble honors.
    Students participating for honors are: Zia Allen, Mia Anderson, Slater Nova Anderson, Tessa Anderson, Brandal Arnold, Lucas Arnold, Sheridan Bacon, Jaira Jade A. Costelo, Levi Danielson, Zofia Danielson, Kira Jaydelyn Davis, Sydney Davis,Jayme DeTemple, Booklyn Sudnikovich-Eddy, Isabella Reneé Eddy, Evangelina Estes, Connor Fulton, Owen Fulton, Grace Gjertsen, Kai Griffin, Tomas Harris, Alyssa Kae Henshaw, David Lee Hill, Emily Gail Hill, Katherine Anne Holmgren, Delaney Jayne McAdams, Kasiana M. Mork, James Morland, Katheryn Morse, Joseph Pate, Virginia Christine Pearson, Jesse Puletau, Lea Angela P. Ramil, Audrey Saiz, Sophia Schwantes, Makenna Smith, Jeanne Stolberg, Emma Warren, Taya D. Warren, Kayaani Rae Weathers, and Rawl Weathers.

    Discovery Days
    At Science Center
    Earth Week will be celebrated at the final Discovery Days event of the school year with activities and crafts 10 a.m.-noon April 26 at the Sitka Sound Science Center.
    Discovery Days are SSSC annual pass holder events, but passes can be purchased at the door for $50 per family or $30 for an individual for the year.

    Alaska Pioneers
    Meet on May 1
    The Pioneers of Alaska will hold a regular potluck and meeting May 1 at Sitka Methodist Church on Kimsham Street.
    The event will be hosted by Men’s Igloo 22 in honor of Mother’s Day. Social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., followed by a program honoring Women’s Igloo 12 and a brief business meeting.

    Scientist Featured
    At UAS Seminar
    Dr. Alex Werth, scientist in residency fellow at Sitka Sound Science Center, will be the featured speaker at the next natural history seminar 7:30 p.m. April 24 at UAS-Sitka Campus, Room 229.
    The seminar, titled “Becoming Jonah: How to Study Filtration in the Whale Mouth,” will take a closer look at how baleen whales eat.
    A basic understanding of how whales feed on plankton or fish is known, but scientists don’t really know the details of just how the whale’s baleen filter actually works, a press release from UAS said.
    Using several forms of investigation, including anatomy, flow tank experiments, and even 3D printed models, Werth will get to the heart of the mystery, explaining why whale baleen in many whales doesn’t really act like a sieve and why it never gets clogged.
    The Sitka Sound Science Center, through funding from the National Science Foundation, has established a scientist in residency fellowship. For the past three years fellowships have been awarded to preeminent marine scientists from across the country.
    The SIRF program brings scientists to Sitka for one-month sabbaticals to allow them time to work undisturbed by their usual daily routine. The program will also provide community engagement opportunities for scientists to share their research and to help improve ocean literacy in the community.
    For more information about the seminar, contact Kitty LaBounty at 747-9432

    Jump Rope
    Clinic on Tap
    The Sitka Skippers will teach a jump rope clinic 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. May 3 in the Blatchley gym.
    The cost is $45 and includes a custom fit jump rope to keep and lunch provided by Subway. Sign up at community schools, call Twila at 966-1441 for more
    Sport Fishers Get
    Regulation Update
    Marine boat anglers returning to ports where and when on-site Alaska Department of Fish and Game creel surveys are conducted are not to fillet, mutilate or de-head sport-caught lingcod, non-pelagic rockfish, and king and coho salmon.
    Anglers returning to Sitka 12:01 a.m. April 28 through 11:59 p.m. Sept. 14 may not fillet, mutilate, or de-head these fish until the fish have been brought to shore and offloaded, unless the fish have been consumed or preserved on board.
    Southeast Alaska management plans adopted by the Alaska Board of Fisheries require length and sex information for lingcod, length information for non-pelagic rockfish, and identification of tagged king and coho salmon, which can be obtained only when fish are intact. On-site sampling is conducted during the fishing season at many harbors to estimate sport fishing effort and harvest, and contribution of hatchery and wild stocks of king and coho salmon to regional sport fisheries.
    The action doesn’t prohibit gutting and gilling fish before returning to the ports. Anglers may fillet and head king and coho salmon, lingcod, and non-pelagic rockfish on board a vessel once it is tied up at a docking facility where the fish will be offloaded.
    For further information, contact the nearest ADF&G office or visit: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSportFishingInfo.eonr


    Garden Classes
    Slated in Sitka
    First-time vegetable gardeners are invited to free classes to learn how to grow food in Sitka with Sitka Local Foods Network’s new garden mentoring program families.
    The first class, ‘‘Preparing for a Garden,’’ will be 5 p.m. April 23 and repeated 4 p.m. April 27 at the homes of the selected families. A free planter box will be given to one participant in each garden-prep class.
    The second class, ‘‘Easy Plants and How to Plant Them,’’ will be 5 p.m. May 2 and repeated 4 p.m. May 4 at  the homes of selected families.
    Call Michelle at 747-2708 to get locations and sign up for a class.

    ‘Clean the Scene’
    Activities on Tap
    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game said that over the past week and weekend Clean the Scene efforts across Sitka continued.
    Baranof Island Housing Authority BIHA personnel cleaned trash caches in Indian River valley; U.S. Forest Service and ADF&G personnel cleaned the Benchland Road and the 4200 block of Halibut Point Road; and the Girls Scouts, 4-H Club, Sitka Conservation Society, ADF&G, and young residents tackled the Cross Trail from Kramer Avenue to Kimsham Street, a cache above the Sitka High School, and an area on the upper Granite Creek Road.
     To date, Clean the Scene efforts have brought in 1,950 pounds of trash to the transfer station for disposal, said Phil Mooney of Fish and Game.
    Cleanup efforts will continue this week. Call ADF&G at 747-5449 to join in the work.