ICE BREAKER – Sitka Fire Department crew members use the department's ladder truck to knock down a heavy ice dam from the roof of the Pioneers Home Tuesday evening. Temperatures are forecast to be well above freezing through the weekend. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

July 20, 2015 Community Happenings

40-Day Party for

Archie Nielsen

A 40-day party for Archie Nielsen is scheduled Sunday, July 26, at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi following church services.

Those with questions can call James J. Nielsen, 738-5031.


AFS Seeking

Host Family

AFS Sitka is looking for a fourth host family for the upcoming school year.

Three Sitka families will host high school students from Tajikistan, Germany and Thailand. The fourth student might come from Turkey, the West Bank, Indonesia or Egypt. Students will arrive in mid-August 2015 and stay until June. AFS in Sitka has a long history, and provides advice and support to hosting families. Call Connie Kreiss 747-5387 or Julia Smith 747-6333 for more information.


Open Mic Set

The Greater Sitka Arts Council and Sitka Folk are hosting a benefit open mic at the Larkspur Cafe 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 26.

Sign up is at 6:30 p.m. Call 747-5482 for more information.


Seafood Festival

Contests Listed

The 6th annual Sitka Seafood Festival contests will start at Crescent Harbor with the tote race at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 8, followed by the parade leading to SJ Campus for daylong festivities. 

Contests will include: a fish head toss; fish head bobbing; crab race; a three-legged race and sack races; and possible surprise contests.

Call Linda with questions at 747 6985.


Ranger-Led Park

Programs on Tap

Sitka National Historical Park offers daily guided programs teaching visitors about the park’s natural and cultural resources.

This week includes:

Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. Russian-American History Walking Toury, 11 a.m. Battle Walk, 1 p.m. Totem Walk, 2 p.m. Sea Otter Talk, 3 p.m. Salmon Talk;

Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. Russian-American History Walking Tour; 1 p.m. Totem Walk; 2:30 p.m. Salmon Discovery Talk.

Thursday, 10:30 a.m. Russian-American History Walking Tour, 10 a.m. Totem Walk, 1 p.m. Totem Walk, 2 p.m Battle Walk; 3 p.m. Sea Otter Discovery Talk;

Friday, 10:30 a.m. Russian-American History Walking Tour; 2 p.m. Totem Walk and 3 p.m. Salmon Discovery Talk;

Saturday, noon Totem Walk, 1:30 p.m. Sea Otter Discovery Talk, 2 p.m. Battle Walk, 3:30 p.m. Sea Otter Discovery Talk.

The Russian-American History Walking Tour leaves from the Russian Bishop’s House. All others meet at the visitor center on Lincoln Street.

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


Sabbath Poetry

Retreat July 25

St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church invites the community to a Sabbath Poetry Retreat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 25 at the church, 611 Lincoln Street.


Attendees will reflect on scriptures and sabbath poetry from the book  “This Day: Collected & New Sabbath Poems” by Wendell Berry. Email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or call (907-747-3977) the church to pre-register by July 23.

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