ALASKA DAY – A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka color guard pauses on their march down Lincoln Street as Jayhawk helicopters fly over St. Michael's Cathedral during the Alaska Day parade Friday. Hundreds turned out for the parade and a full schedule of events over the weekend. More photos from the Alaska Day Festival are printed on page 8 of today's Sentinel. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

May 18, 2015 Community Happenings


With Artists Set

The Sitka Fine Arts Camp and the Greater Sitka Arts Council will present the Conversations with Artists series, a presentation and discussion about art. The first program will be 6:30 p.m. May 21 at the Yaw Art Center on the Sheldon Jackson Campus.

Conversations will be with folk artist Cara Murray, mixed media artist Chad Vickery and poet and gallery owner Eugene Solovyov.



Arts Council Meets

The Greater Sitka Arts Council annual meeting will be 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, in the Yaw Building, Room 108.

It is open to the public. Call Sarah, 738-5234, for more information.


Music in Poetry

Concert on Tap

Kettleson Memorial Library will host “Music in Poetry: Where Words and Music Meet,” a free concert by Primal Mates, a chamber jazz duo from Portland, Oregon, 4 p.m. Sunday, June 7, at Kettleson Memorial Library.

Featuring Chris Lee on vibes and percussion and Colleen O’Brien’s voice and cello work, the concert will be devoted to a melding of literature and sound, with poems that have been set to music, music that has been set to poems, and music by some well-known writers who were also accomplished composers.

For further information, contact Robb Farmer at 747-8708 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Guided Walks

To Begin at Park

Sitka National Historical Park will offer daily guided programs throughout the summer teaching visitors about the park’s natural and cultural resources.

The Battle Walk returns 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. The guided walk is approximately three-quarters of a mile, and lasts about 45 minutes to one hour. 

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 are included in the Totem Walk. It is approximately one mile, and lasts about one hour. 

The Sea Otter Discovery Talk teaches visitors about the ecological, cultural and historical importance of sea otters and how they are adapted to their ocean environment. The talk lasts about 15 minutes. 

Visitors learn how to identify migrant and resident bird species that are found in the park during the Spring Migration Bird Walk. The walk lasts about two hours. 

The week’s schedule includes: Monday, May 18, noon Totem Walk and 1 p.m. Sea Otter Discovery Talk; Tuesday, May 19, 10 a.m. and noon Totem Walks; May 20, 10:30 a.m. Sea Otter Discovery Talk and noon Totem Walk; May 21, 9 a.m. Battle Walk, 10 a.m. Totem Walk, 2 p.m. Totem Walk, 3 p.m. Sea Otter Discovery Talk, 4 p.m. Sea Otter Discovery Talk; May 22, 10 a.m. Totem Walk, 1:30 p.m. Sea Otter Discovery Talk; and May 23, 8 a.m. Spring Migration Bird Walk, 10 a.m. Totem Walk, and 2 p.m. Totem Walk

All ranger-led tours meet at the Sitka NHP visitor center on Lincoln Street. 

For more information, call the visitor center at 747-0110. 


SSF Home-Brew

Contest on Hold

The Sitka Seafood Festival Home Brew Contest scheduled for June 6 has been postponed due to the U.S. Coast Guard Gazebo being unavailable.

The festival will announce when a date and venue are scheduled.


Marine Mammal

Panel Set to Meet

The Sitka Marine Mammal Commission will meet 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, in the STA Resource Protection Department office, 429 Katlian Street. The public is invited to attend.

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska encourages tribal citizen participation in all of its committees and commissions. For more information contact Jeff Feldpausch at 747-7469. 


Sea Lion Cove

Cruise May 24

The Annual Sitka Trail Works and Allen Marine Sea Lion Cove hike is scheduled Sunday, May 24.

The hike is across northern Kruzof Island. It is a 2.5-mile hike up to and along a lake, then down to the outer coast (a 1-mile-long sandy beach). Seats are still available.

The boat will depart Crescent Harbor at 6:30 a.m. and depart Kalinin Bay at 4:30 p.m, with an arrival time back to Crescent Harbor at approximately 6 p.m. Cost for a hike ticket is $100. To make reservations, have a credit card handy and call 747-7244.


Easter Group

Meets May 22

The Easter Group will meet 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, at St. Peter’s See House.

The meeting is a continuation of the annual meeting and will include election of officers. The public is invited to attend. Contact Julia Smith, 738-6336, for further information.


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