SHARING LANGUAGE – Coho clan leader Herman Davis speaks to about two dozen people attending a Tlingit language lesson Sunday afternoon in Centennial Hall. Davis is one of about 100 remaining Tlingit speakers who learned the language as children from relatives. Lance Twitchell, University of Alaska Southeast associate professor of Alaska Native languages in Juneau, hosted the free lesson, which was the second of three. The third lesson will be held Saturday noon to 2 p.m. at Centennial Hall. Twitchell is in Sitka teaching at The Outer Coast Summer Seminar. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

July 8, 2015 Community Happenings

Geo-Caching Hike,

Kayak Tour Sat.

Sitka Trail Works will offer two different activities on Sitka’s trail system Saturday, July 11 – a geo-caching hike and a kayak and hiking tour of Fort Rousseau Causeway Park. 

The public is invited to join a free guided geo-caching tutorial hike beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Sitka High School entrance to the Cross Trail. Geocaching is a type of treasure hunt and more information can be found at Trail Works Board member Gio Villanueva will teach geocaching techniques and etiquette. A GPS-enabled device or a smartphone with the geocaching application downloaded can be used, but is not required.

The Causeway kayak tour is a discounted activity especially for members and supporters of Sitka Trail Works and is offered through Sitka Sound Ocean Adventures. Participants can meet at the blue bus at Centennial Hall at 9:15 a.m. The tour is 4.5 hours long with half the time spent paddling and the other half hiking and exploring the historic World War II command center, ammo magazines and gun mounts along pathways improved by Sitka Trail Works. A $105 donation is requested. 

Contact the Sitka Trail Works office at 747-7244 for more information. 


YAS Board Meets

Youth Advocates of Sitka’s board of directors will meet 5:15-7 p.m. Monday at YAS, 805 Lincoln Street office. The meetings are open to the public.


STA Health

Panel to Meet

The STA Health Committee will meet noon-1 p.m. Friday, July 10, at the STA Social Services building, 110 American Street.

Lunch will be provided. Those wanting to join the committee are asked to call 747-7293.


Sherman Strain

Services July 31

Services for Sherman Max Strain, 81, will be 1 p.m. July 31 at the National Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Sitka Elks Lodge.

The longtime Sitka resident died June 13 at the Sitka Pioneers Home. 


‘Explain Pain’

Class July 22

An “Explain Pain” class with speaker Bridget Hitchcock, P.T., will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, at Sitka Community Hospital.

The class will cover the physiology of pain including our danger alarm system, the brain’s involvement in the perception of pain, and how the alarm system can become sensitized or altered in chronic pain situations.

The class will also cover ways to overcome chronic pain as an active participant on the road to wellness, organizers said. The free class is open to the public and sponsored by Sitka Community Hospital. Call 747-1771 with questions. 


Karate Taught

Kenwa Kai Karate of Sitka’s next session is July 15-Aug. 12.

Ages 6 and older meet 5:45-6:30 p.m. Mondays, 7-7:45 p.m. Wednesdays and 9-9:45 a.m. Saturdays.

Little Dragons, age 4-5, meet 9:40-10:20 a.m. Saturdays.

Adults karate lessons are 6:45-7:30 p.m. Mondays.

For more info go to or call Sensei Laurinda Marcello at 738-2887. Registration is open at Sitka Community Schools.


Printmaking Class

Set for Sunday

A free printmaking class will be taught by Yup’ik and Inupiaq artist Drew Michael 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at the Sheldon Jackson Museum.

The class is open to all, but space is limited and registration is required. Students must take supplies to the class.

Michael will be an artist in residence at the museum until July 19 and will be working in the gallery most days 1-5 p.m. He will give an informal Recap Residency Talk 2 p.m. Saturday, July 18, and show what he worked on during his time at the museum with the general public. 

Michael was born in Bethel in 1984. He and his twin brother were adopted by a non-Native family and moved to Eagle River. 

In 1997, Michael created his first mask in an art class with renowned Inupiaq carver Joe Senungetuk. He continued to carve part-time, while at the same time working in the oil fields of Alaska. He also apprenticed with famed multi-media Alaskan mask carver Kathleen Carlo. Michael is now a full-time artist and his works have been collected by the Alaska State Museum, Anchorage Museum and Sheldon Jackson Museum and numerous private collectors.

For more information, and to register for this free program, call 747-8981.


Job Center Hours

Sitka Job Center will be open limited hours during the week of July 12-17. Hours will be 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.


On Honor Roll

Two Sitka residents have been named to the scholastic honor roll spring term at Oregon State University, Corvallis.

Earning a 3.5 or better grade point average are: Kaycie L. Coleman, freshman, university exploratory studies; and Soren T. White, junior, biohealth sciences.



BASEBALL BENEFIT – Austin Inman of the Sitka Elks Lodge 1662, center, presents a $3,467 check to Karen Case, Sitka Little League president, at left, and Bec Austin Little League, fundraiser chairperson. The money was raised during a fish-and-chips dinner at the Elks Lodge recently. (Photo provided to the Sentinel)


Music Festival

Seeks Volunteers

Concert support staff is being sought for the upcoming Homeskillet Music Festival.

Those who help receive free admission. Contact Sarah Lawrie, Greater Sitka Arts Council executive director, at 738-5234 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up.

All ages of volunteers are needed.


Chautaqua Music

Group in Sitka

The New Old Time Chautauqua will be in Sitka Sunday, July 12.

A parade is planned for 12:30 p.m. with all Sitkans and musicians being invited to participate. Participants should meet at the ANB Harbor. The parade route will be down Katlian Street to Lincoln Street, up Lake Street to the Performing Arts Center at Sitka High School.

The New Old Time Chautauqua will have a 50-person marching band. ‘‘Don’t be shy – join right in,’’ participants said.

Workshops are being planned all Sunday afternoon at the PAC for free. It includes juggling, mask-making, slack line, a kiddie corral, stilt walking, song swapping, theater games, Ukulele playing, cooking, clowning, cooking, magic, hula hoops and more.

The 7 p.m. Sunday vaudeville show at will be at the PAC. It is $20 for adults, $5 for kids, and free for elders. Tickets are on sale at Old Harbor Books. Those with questions can call Jeff at 747-4821.


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