May 14, 2014 Community Happenings

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Regalia Classes
    Slated to Run
    Several regalia workshops are being scheduled in preparation for Celebration in June.
    The ANB Founders Hall will be open from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 15, and Thursday, May 22, and 2-6 p.m. May 29 and 30.
    Sitka Native Education Program’s seamstress, Carol Breece, has offered her sewing skills and a sewing machine. All are invited to take their own materials and spend some time with others who wish to complete regalia.
    SNEP students and assisting adults are especially invited to attend.
    Those with questions may call Jean at 623-7355.

    Pacific High Sets
    Graduation Event
    Pacific High School will hold its graduation ceremony 7-9 p.m. May 22 at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi. Graduates should arrive no later than 6:30 p.m.
    A finger foods potluck dinner will follow the ceremony. All family, friends, and alumni are welcome to attend. For further information, contact PHS at 747-0525.

    Dog Agility
     Set to Register
    Dog Agility, for dogs age 6 months and older that have taken either a basic obedience class, or on approval by the instructors, is offered 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays, May 20-June 24.
    The class will build the dog’s confidence and teach jumping, tunneling, retrieving, ‘‘pause’’ board and weave poles.
    The cost is $100 and taught by Susan Royce and Karen Kluting. For more information or to register for the UAS-Sitka Campus class, call 747-7762.
Sheldon Jackson. (Photo provided)
Museum to Celebrate Sheldon Jackson’s Birthday, Museum Day
    The Sheldon Jackson Museum invites the public to celebrate International Museum Day and Sheldon Jackson’s birthday on May 18.
    The museum will offer free admission all day and Jacqueline Fernandez, curator of collections, will give a presentation on Sheldon Jackson’s life and his collecting at 1 p.m. at the museum.
    It would have been the 180th birthday of Sheldon Jackson, who founded the museum in 1888 and who was passionately interested in collecting and preserving the material culture of Alaska’s Native cultures for future generations, the museum said.
    The museum that bears his name now houses more than 6,000 artifacts including pieces from all of Alaska’s Native groups. Admission will be free all day May 18 in his honor.
    Summer hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. General admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors. Students 18 and under are admitted free. The Sheldon Jackson Museum is located at 104 College Drive.

    Farmers Market
    Ready to Register
    Vendors looking to sell local food, arts and crafts, and other items at the Sitka Farmers Markets can find all the vendor forms, information sheets and regulations by going to the documents page on this site,, or look at the bottom of this post for the documents.
    The forms are in downloadable Acrobat PDF files.
    The Sitka Farmers Markets will be managed by Ellexis Howey and Debe Brincefield, who can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 738-8683 during the market season.
    Farmers markets will run 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on six alternating Saturdays starting in late June – June 28, July 12, 26, Aug. 9, 23 and Sept. 6 – at the ANB Founders Hall.
    Howey and Brincefield have set a pre-market meeting for potential market vendors 6:30 p.m. May 22 at the See House behind St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church.
    The Sitka Local Foods Network website is, or Facebook page,

    3 to 5 Preschool
    Seeks Applications
    Registration for 3 to 5 Preschool is under way for fall. Morning and afternoon classes are available.
    Scholarships are available. For more information e-mail 3 to 5 Preschool at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
    Melodrama Set
    For Sitka Stage
    ‘‘The Paris of the Pacific, a Sitka-ized Melodrama,’’ will be presented by the Greater Sitka Arts Council 7 p.m. June 16, 19, 23 and 26 at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi.
    Tickets are available at Old Harbor Books.
    Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , visit or call 747-4821 for more information.

    Gardener Kabler Painting
    Sitka With Colorful Plants

By Emma Bruhl, Intern,
Greater Sitka Arts Council
    Sitka’s recent blast of springtime weather had gardeners out digging, watering, and planting in hopes of transforming the canvas that is their backyards. Mollie Kabler, one of the hosts of The Garden Show on Raven Radio, spoke to me about gardening being more than simply cultivating a plot of land, but an actual art form.
    “It’s a combination of using color and foliage to give yourself a palate that looks interesting across the seasons,” said Kabler.
    Kabler comes from a scientific background, but found art in the designing of her garden.
    “I probably came to it more from the biological side of things,’’ Kabler said. ‘‘Once I got more seriously into gardening I started reading more the classic gardeners’ literature, looking at color design and thinking about what is needed to make it interesting to the eye.”
    Gardeners have two main media to work with: leaf color and diversity of leaf size.
    “Having that variety will really help your eye even if there isn’t something blooming,” Kabler said.
    In this way Kabler finds similarity between painting a picture and planting a garden.
    However, gardening differs from most art forms in that it is continually a work in progress.
    “I love my garden, I love working on it so it’s never done. I’m always looking around and thinking about what I can do differently,” said Kabler. “At this point the hardest part for me is taking things out that are doing well in order to make room for new plants and ideas.”
    For most, making those ideas happen is the hard part. Finding plants that will grow in the temperate southeast climate provides challenges for many gardeners and lots of time-consuming weeding for everyone.
    “People always comment on how much work it is, but I enjoy it, so I guess it’s like art. Kitty (LaBounty) and I both enjoy being in the garden and pulling weeds. It has that same meditative focus that you would get from painting a picture or practicing dance,” said Kabler.
    Like any artist, Kabler began learning her art form at an early age.
    “I started growing my own garden when I was a kid. My parents gave me a part of the yard and I got to plant whatever I wanted. One of the earliest plants that I remember growing was white and purple striped petunias. They were just a great enjoyment for me. It’s so satisfying to work with things that grow.’’
    That love of nurturing things that grow went on to inspire Kabler along with her good friend and fellow gardener LaBounty to start their springtime radio show. For 20 years  Kabler and Kitty LaBounty have been answering questions and sharing their knowledge of gardening on Raven Radio.
    They recently returned to the airwaves this spring and can be heard sharing their artistic tips and techniques on Saturdays from 5:30 to 6 p.m. The show runs from April through June.
    All aspiring garden artists are encouraged to call the show with gardening questions at 747-5877 between 5:30 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.
    This is one in a series of profiles of local artists.

Darcie Ziel. (Photo provided)

    Diabetes Program
    Coordinator Hired
    Sitka Community Hospital welcomes Darcie Ziel, R.N., as diabetes educator/case manager.
    Ziel is originally from Tenakee Springs and has lived in Sitka for almost three years. She has worked in the field of nursing for 10 years, focusing on neuroscience, rehabilitation, and staff and patient education.
    “Being a diabetic educator utilizes my interpersonal skills as an educator and caregiver, as well as my passion for wellness and health promotion,” Ziel said.

    SSF Home Brew
    Contest Saturday
    Sitka Seafood Festival will hold its annual Home Brew Contest 4 p.m. May 17 at the U.S. Coast Guard gazebo.
     ‘‘There is a lot going on this weekend, and you don’t have to miss anything,’’ the festival said. ‘‘SSF will offer a free shuttle between the home brew contest, the Sitka Sound Slayers roller derby bout, and the carnival between 7-8 p.m.’’
    Tickets are on sale at Old Harbor Books for $35 for the SSF event, which includes a souvenir beer glass, food, live music, and local beer including Baranof Island Brewery.
    For more information or to enter the contest, contact Eric at 206-681-8841.
    SSF extended appreciation to Baranof Island Brewing Company, Tribal Tours, and the Sitka Home Brew Club.

    Adult Spelling
    Bee Set June 1
    The adult spelling bee is slated 4 p.m. June 1 at Kettleson Memorial Library.
    Sign up is available at the library to be on a team or call Sarah at 738-5396. The cost is $20 per person to compete. Bake sale items are also needed for the event.
    The public is invited to attend.

    Warblers of SE
    Presentation Set
    “Warblers of Southeast Alaska” is the topic of a presentation by Melissa Cady, U.S. Forest Service wildlife biologist 7-8 p.m. May 24 at Kettleson Memorial Library.
    Cady will help Sitkans learn to identify local warblers by sight and sound.

    STA Group Meets
    The Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s Cultural Customary and Traditional Committee will meet noon May 16 at the Resource Protection office. A light lunch will be provided. The public is invited to attend.

    Carnival in Sitka;
    Starts Thursday
    Golden Wheel Amusements will be in Sitka for the Summer City Fair May 15-18 at the Mt. Edgecumbe High School parking lot.
    Carnival rides, games, food and live entertainment are being offered.
    Times, weather permitting, are 6 p.m.-10 p.m. May 15, noon-11 p.m. May 16, noon-11 p.m. May 17 and noon-6 p.m. May 18.
    Advance tickets may be purchased at Those purchasing in advance will get $10 off of a package. A $50 purchase will get 45 ride tickets/10 games tickets and a foot-long corn dog. There is no admission charge to enter the grounds.

    Family History
    Library Open
    The Sitka Alaska Family History Library will host an open house 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 17 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, at the corner of Sawmill Creek Road and Shotgun Alley.
    A special half-hour presentation will be at 1 p.m. Those with questions may call 747-5407.

    Hike Saturday
    The public is invited to a free guided hike on the Starrigavan Recreation Area trails May 17.
    Participants should meet with Sara Bell, Sitka Trail Works board member, at Old Sitka State Park at 9 a.m. to hike the Forest and Muskegs trail, Starrigavan Estuary trail and Mosquito Cove trail.
    On May 24, a bike ride on Kruzof Island is planned. Call 747-7244 for more information.

    AC Lakeside
    Gives Salmon
    Derby Prize
    With a $1,500 cash donation, AC Lakeside has continued its long tradition of support for the Sitka Salmon Derby set for May 24-26 and May 31-June 1 by Sitka Sportsman’s Association.
    Donations of prizes to be awarded to successful anglers for Derby kings can still be added to the donor listings and other publicity.  Local businesses, organizations, and individuals are asked to phone SSA President Foy Nevers or Elaine Strelow at 747-3469, or Derby Barge Chairman John McCrehin at 738-8636, to pledge certificates toward cost of goods or services or cash amounts of any size.
    Derby entry tickets are now being sold at Murray Pacific Supply and at Orion Sporting Goods.