INTENSIVE – Professional dancer Adam McKinney formerly with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and choreographer Sarah Ashkin lead a rehearsal of an upcoming Summer Dance Intensive production Thursday in Allen Hall. Students will dance a 25-minute program Saturday 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. A five dollar donation is suggested at the door. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

June 9, 2015 Community Happenings

Lil Dragons

Karate on Tap

Lil Dragons Karate, for 4- and 5-year-olds, will run 9:50-10:20 a.m. Saturdays June 20-Aug. 8 at Baranof Elementary School.

Registration is open at Sitka Community Schools. Call 747-8670 with questions.


 Karate Offered

Ken Wa Kai Karate of Sitka is available for ages 6 and older.

Classes run Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays June 15-July 14. Participants can choose one, two or all three class times: 5:45-6:30 p.m. Mondays, 7-7:45 p.m. Wednesdays and 9-9:45 a.m. Saturdays.

The adult class meets 6:30-7:15 p.m.  Tuesdays.

Registration is open at Sitka Community Schools. For more information call 747-8670.


Gavan Hill Hike

Set for June 20

Sitka Trail Works will offer a free, guided, 6-mile hike up Gavan Hill to Harbor Mountain 9 a.m. Saturday, June 20.

Hikers will meet at the trailhead parking area in the Sitka High parking lot. For more information, call 747-7244.


Scripture Walks

Planned in Park

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church invites the community to join “Scripture Walks in the Park” on Monday evenings. 

Participants will meet at Totem Park/Totem Loop Trail on Lincoln Street side at 5:30 p.m. beginning June 29, and continuing on Mondays through Aug. 24.

For more information, call the church 747-3977.


Sabbath Poetry

Retreat June 27

St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church invites the community to a Sabbath Poetry Retreat 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 27 at the church, 611 Lincoln Street.

Participants will reflect on scriptures and sabbath poetry from the book  “This Day: Collected and New Sabbath Poems” by Wendell Berry. For more information e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 747-3977 the church to pre-register by June 25. 


Mt. Edgecumbe

Hike on June 27

Sitka Trail Works and Allen Marine will offer a hike up Mt. Edgecumbe Saturday, June 27.

The boat will leave Crescent Harbor at 8:30 a.m. and return at 7:15 p.m.The trail is 7 miles up the volcano to the top.

‘‘This is a difficult hike, but well worth the effort,’’ Sitka Trail Works said. ‘‘There are beautiful views of the ocean below.’’ 

Participants should dress for the weather and pack a lunch. Call the Sitka Trail Works office at 747-7244 to purchase a $100 hike ticket. 



Parade Set Aug. 8

The Sitka Seafood Festival’s maritime-themed parade will be noon Saturday, Aug. 8.

Businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to participate.

‘‘You could ride a float using a truck, a boat, a 4-wheeler, a wagon, a tote. You could walk wearing any maritime-related costumes: sea creatures, mermaids, pirates or fisher-persons. You could dress individually or as a group – think snaking down Lincoln as an eel or a really big fish or the Loch Ness monster,’’ Sitka Seafood Festival said. ‘‘You, or a representative, could carry a business or organization banner.’’

Participants should line up at 11:30 a.m. at Crescent Harbor parking lot. The parade will begin as soon as the tote race ends. It will follow Lincoln Street to Sheldon Jackson Campus. 

Call Linda at 747 6985 or 206-229-1061 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or to get in the line-up.


Open Skate Set

Sitka Community Schools will offer open skate starting June 23 to run 3-5 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday at Blatchley Middle School.

The cost is $2 for students and seniors and $4 for adults. The skate rental is $2, with limited sizes.

Those 10 years of age and younger must be accompanied by a responsible adult, 16 or older. Helmets and pads are not supplied but recommended, SCS said.


Farewell Set for

Pastor Llenado

A farewell picnic potluck for Pastor Ferdinand Llenado from the Sitka United Methodist Church will be 11 a.m. Sunday, June 14. It will be followed by a special program.

Llenado is moving to the Seattle area. The community is invited to participate. For more information contact Sitka United Methodist Church at 747-8775.


Bach’s Lunch Set

The Sitka Summer Music Festival will present a free lunchtime concert 12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 11, in the Odess Theater.

The Matt Herskowitz Trio with cellist Zuill Bailey will perform a mixture of Bach, Brubeck, Gershwin and others. More information may be found at


 Musical Movie

Night June 11

The Sitka Summer Music Festival will present its musical movie series on Thursdays in June.

On June 11, at 7:30 a.m., “August Rush,” the story about an orphaned musical prodigy starring Robin Williams, will be shown at UAS-Sitka Campus, Room 229. Admission is free; donations are appreciated.


Evening Concert

Slated for Friday

The Sitka Summer Music Festival will present the Matt Herskowitz Trio performing their own interpretations of Chopin’s ‘‘Etudes’’ 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Centennial Hall.

Pianist Natasha Paremski will perform “Pictures at an Exhibition” as the second half of the program. There will be a pre-concert conversation at 6:45. Tickets are available at Old Harbor Books, online at, or at the door.


SSMF Concert

Listed Saturday

Cellist Zuill Bailey will perform Claude Bolling’s ‘‘Jazz Suite for Cello’’ with the Matt Herskowitz Trio as part of the Sitka Summer Music Festival 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at Centennial Hall.

Pianist Natasha Paremski will also join Bailey onstage with the Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata, and the Herskowitz Trio will play their version of a Chopin Sonata. 

A free pre-concert conversation begins at 6:45. More information is at


Annual Crab Feed

Sunday for SSMF

The Sitka Summer Music Festival will host the Silver Bay Seafoods Crab Feed Picnic 3 p.m. Sunday, June 14,  at the Crescent Harbor shelter.

Tanner crab plus salads and desserts will be served. Tickets are available at Old Harbor Books, online at, or at the shelter until they’re sold out.


Readers to Make

Duct-Tape Wallet

Children in second to sixth grades are invited to a ‘‘Make Your Own Super Hero Duct-Tape Wallet’’ program 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 16, at Kettleson Memorial Library.

The program is free and materials will be provided; however, registration is required. Children of all abilities are welcome.

The workshop is part of ‘‘Every Hero Has a Story,’’ the 2015 Summer Reading Program at the library that runs May 30 to Aug. 8.

For more information, call the library at 747-8708.


Children to Make

Superhero Puppets

Children 6 years and older are invited to create their own super hero puppet 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 20, at Kettleson Memorial Library.

The program is free, and different materials will be provided. Children will make a very special type of puppet guided by Suzan Brawnlyn. Registration is required to participate in this program.

The workshop is part of Every Hero Has a Story, the 2015 Summer Reading Program at the library that runs to Aug 8. Children of all abilities are welcome.

For more information call the library at 747-8708.


Emblem Club

Meets June 11

Sitka Emblem Club will hold its business meeting Thursday, June 11, at the Sitka Elks Lodge.



Celtic Dance

Class Listed

Those who would you like to try a Celtic dance class with the Sitka Spruce Celtic Dancers are invited to sign up for classes on June 15 and 22.

Those preschool age to third grade will dance 10:30-11:15 a.m. and fourth grade and older will dance 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the New Archangel Dance Studio. The cost of each class is $10.

For more information contact Sitka Spruce Celtic Dancers representative Kris Fulton at 738-3103.


Relay for Life

Benefit on Tap

Tickets are on sale for a craft beer tasting fundraiser for Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.

The benefit is 6-8 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at Westmark Sitka banquet room. The cost is $25 a ticket, with $10 going to the nonprofit. Tickets are at Watson Point Liquor, Silver Basin and Cascade Convenience Center.

The event will include 20 craft beers, food, door prizes and free beer mugs.

It is hosted by Watson Point Liquors with beer vendors Baranof Island Brewing, Denali Brewing, Silver Gulch, Sam Adams, Deschutes, Rogue, Elysian and others.


Chinook Futures

Meeting June 15

The Chinook Futures Coalition will hsot a port meeting 6 p.m. Monday, June 15, at the Sitka Sound Science Center’s Karsh Classroom.

Information will be given about the Snake River fall chinook petition for delisting. Other topics of interest will be discussed, including the latest information on the abundance index and possible scenarios for the upcoming chinook fisheries.

Refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Howard Pendell, president, 738-3137.


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