May 23, 2014 Community Happenings

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Created on Friday, 23 May 2014 11:28
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Guided Walks at
    National Park
    Sitka National Historical Park offers daily guided programs teaching visitors about the park’s natural and cultural resources.
    The battle walk is to the battleground and former fort site of the Tlingit-Russian Battle of 1804, which was pivotal in determining the history of the Alaska region. Offered daily, this guided walk is approximately three-quarters of a mile, and lasts about 45 minutes to one hour.
    The carved history walk tells the stories and legends of the totem poles on the Totem Loop Trail, focusing on the common totem figures, the origins of the 1903 John Brady collection, carving methods, and the Native culture of Southeast Alaska. Offered daily, the walk is approximately one mile, and lasts about one hour.
    The discovery talk features topics ranging from local flora to banana slugs to cultural history. Offered daily, the walk duration varies with the program.
    Ranger-guided schedules this week are: Sunday – 9 a.m. Battle Walk, 10 a.m. Totem Walk, 2 p.m. Discovery Talk; Monday – 9 a.m. Battle Walk, 10 a.m. Totem Walk, 2 p.m. Discovery Talk; Tuesday – 9 a.m. Battle Walk, 10 a.m. Totem Walk, noon Totem Walk, 2 p.m. Discovery Talk, 2:30 p.m. Discovery Talk; Wednesday – 9 a.m.  Totem Walk, 10 a.m. Battle Walk, noon Totem Walk, 1:30 p.m. Discovery Talk; Thursday – 9 a.m.  Battle Walk, 10 a.m. Totem Walk, noon Totem Walk, 12:30 p.m. Discovery Talk; May 30 – 9 a.m.  Battle Walk, 10 a.m. Totem Walk, 2:30 p.m. Discovery Talk; May 31 – 10 a.m.   Totem Walk, and 2 p.m. Discovery Talk.
    All ranger-led tours meet at the Sitka NHP visitor center on Lincoln Street.
    For more information about the ranger-guided tours at the park, call the visitor center at 747-0110.
    Raven CAB
    Meets May 27
    Raven Radio’s community advisory board will meet 6:30 p.m.  May 27.
    The board will discuss its statement of purpose and review the tallied comments from the last four drives.
    The public is welcome to attend. Those wanting to become a member of the board can contact Program Director Rebecca LaGuire at 747-5877.

    23ANS to Meet
    The Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 4 will hold a regular meeting 6:30 p.m. May 27 at the ANB Founders Hall. All are welcome. Those with questions may call Jean at 523-7355.

    Centennial Hall
    Renewal Discussed
    Meetings will be held on June 3-4 at Centennial Hall to develop plans for renewal of the building.
    The building design committee and members of the various building focus groups are soliciting input from community users of the facility on all aspects of the renewal including: artifacts and display, interior design and finishes, audio-visual needs, exterior design and finishes, museum and building use, and building art.
    Call Kelli Cropper for more information at 747-1888.

    4-H to Register
    Alaska Way of Life 4-H summer program registration is open.
    Participants are invited to get out and explore the the forest, beach, sky and water. Cooking with wild and cultivated edibles is planned.
    New members are being encouraged to join. It is open to kindergarten through eighth grades. Contact Mary at the Sitka Conservation Society, 747-7509 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , for more information or to register.

    Soccer Camp Set
    The Sitka Community Soccer Camp for ages 10 and older will be June 2-6 at the Krueger Field Kimsham Complex.
    The camps are sponsored by Challenger Sports. Youths ages 10-14 will attend 9 a.m.-noon followed by ages 15-18 from 1 to 4 p.m.
    For more information or to register go to

    Adult Fine Arts
    Camp in June
    Registration for Adult Fine Arts Camp, running the first two weeks of June, is being taken.
    Individuals can choose from a variety of classes including Shakespeare, Sonic Boom and Exploring Printmaking. For a complete list of this summer’s classes or to register online visit For more information call Sitka Fine Arts Camp at 747-3085.

    Injury Prevention
    Workshop June 12
    AMSEA will conduct a free injury prevention workshop in Sitka June 12.
    The workshop title is “Strains, Sprains and Pains: Ergonomic Injury Prevention for Commercial Fishermen.” Participants will learn about ways to avoid musculoskeletal problems common in commercial fishing and share ideas on ergonomic changes that fishermen have made on their vessels.
    Fishermen may take a mat to practice some exercises to “tune up” their bodies before, during and after the season.
    The workshop will be held 6-8 p.m. at Centennial Hall, and is free to commercial fishermen. To register, contact AMSEA at 747-3287.

    23Tick Found in
    Sitka Identified
    An engorged tick found inside the Alaska Airlines terminal in Sitka near the baggage claim area earlier this month has been confirmed  by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game wildlife veterinarian as a female American dog tick, dermacenter variabilis.
    The species is not native to Alaska and is a vector of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Tularemia and other serious diseases, which cause illnesses in pets and humans.
    On May 19 an additional tick was submitted to ADF&G in Sitka from a dog recently transported to Sitka from Washington. This tick has been submitted for identification as well.
    Before traveling from the Lower 48 with a pet via the marine ferry or airlines into Sitka, or anywhere in Alaska, pet owners are reminded that it is important to use tick preventive medications and inspect pets for ticks. If ticks are located on a pet, in addition to following up with a veterinarian for treatment, ADF&G asks owners to contact the ADF&G office at 747-5449, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
    Ticks can be taken live, frozen or preserved in alcohol, in a tightly sealed container, so they can be identified.

Bob and LaVerne Reid. (Photo provided)

    23Lutheran Volunteers
    Return to Sitka
    For Fine Arts Camp
    Bob and LaVerne Reid, Lutherans from Round Rock, Texas, will return to Sitka for a fourth time to volunteer; however, this time they will work at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp.
    In past years the couple has volunteered at the church.
    For more than 40 years, LaVerne Reid worked in the federal service with FAA and the Department of the Interior. Her work in property management took her to all regions of the United States, including Aalska where she was employed for many years.
    In his work with Wien and Alaska airlines, Bob Reid was a board member ofthe Worldwide Airlines Customer Relations Associaiton, a position that took him from Singapore to Budapest, and points in between. He also helped to participate in the inception of Stellar Secondary School and radio station KSKA-FM in Anchorage.
    Both are lifetime volunteers with service in many parts of the nation, and are eager to return to Sitka.
    They said if they have a spare monent it is possible they will be assisting Sitka Lutheran Church with tourists.
    Tern Festival
    Set in Yakutat;
    All are Invited
    The Fourth Annual Yakutat Tern Festival is June 5-8. The festival is a celebration of the natural and cultural resources of Yakutat.
    Yakutat is home to one of the largest and southernmost known nesting colonies of Aleutian terns, as well as Arctic terns, and up to 200 other bird species that nest in, or migrate through, the area. The festival is family friendly and offers activities for birders as well as non-birders, including field trips, seminars, kids activities, evening banquets, bird banding demonstration, an art exhibit and other programs.
    The keynote speaker is Heather Renner, wildlife biologist with the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Featured artist is filmmaker Douglas Gayeton, writer, photographer, and co-founder of the Lexicon of Sustainability Project (
    Alaska-based linocut artist Evon Zerbetz will also be conducting youth and adult workshops and displaying her art. Other area activities include sightseeing, hiking, fishing, surfing, canoeing, kayaking and beach-combing.
    In conjunction with the festival the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act will be marked by the showing of the wilderness film ‘‘The Meaning of Wild’’ is showing at the high school at 4 p.m. on Friday, after 11:46 a.m. on Saturday, and 1:15 p.m. on Sunday. The short film, developed by the Sitka Conservation Society, illustrates the beauty and diversity of Tongass National Forest Wilderness Areas.
    Two Russell Fiord Wilderness field trips are also planned.   
    Visit the web page, visit Facebook, or call the Yakutat Ranger District at 907-784-3359 for a complete schedule and more information.

    Backcountry Cook
    Series to be Held
    The Sitka Conservation Society will offer a backcountry cooking series June 19, 26, July 10 and 17.
    Participants will learn how to prepare environmentally responsible gourmet meals in the backcountry.
    The cost is $6 a class for SCS members and $10 a class for nonmembers. Call 747-7509 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

    Fellowship Set
    The Presbyterian Fellowship will meet 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Yaw Chapel on the SJ Campus.
    All are welcome – young and old – for singing, scripture and sharing.

    Museum Closed
    The Sheldon Jackson Museum will be closed May 26 in observance of Memorial Day. Summer hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.