GRAB AND GO - Library patron Tina Johnson, left, and Joanna Perensovich, information services librarian, wear masks in the Sitka Library this afternoon. The library no longer has couches for patrons, but does have computer desks widely spaced apart for people to access for one-hour periods. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

August 4, 2015 Community Happenings

Pioneers Home

Sets Art Show

Sitka Pioneers Home will have an art show 1:30-5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, All are invited to check out the artwork by residents, staff and local community members. The show will be held in the main lounge.


STA Health Panel

Meets Aug. 7

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska Health Committee will meet noon-1 p.m. Aug. 7 at the STA Social Services building, 110 American Street. Lunch will be provided.

Those wanting to join the committee can call 747-7293.


Golf Tourney

Set for Sunday

The ‘‘Who’s Your Buddy? Who’s Your Pal?’’ 18-hole golf tournament will be 9 a.m. Aug. 9 at the Sea Mountain Golf Course.

It includes men’s and women’s divisions, two-man team and alternate shot. Cost is $150 a team which includes golf and a sack lunch.

The event is sponsored by the Sitka Seafood Festival and Sea Mountain Scholarship Fund.

Call 747-5663 to sign up.


Live Music Set

At Photo Event

Live music is planned 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday during the circa 1980s black-and-white fishing photo exhibit at Allen Hall on the SJ Campus.

Music will be provided by ChordPlay with Colin Herforth on guitar and Jeff Arndt on flute; and Ceoltóirí Sitka with members Debby LeVeck,  violin and vocals; Steve Warren, guitar and vocals; and Bryan O’Callaghan, accordion and pennywhistle.

Photographer Jana M. Suchy’s 300 large photos will be on display. A book-signing, photo sales, refreshments and a no-host bar are scheduled.

The event is free and open to the public.


Auditions Set for

‘Paris of the Pacific’

Auditions for ‘‘Paris of the Pacific’’ melodrama will be 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24 and Thursday, Aug. 27 at the Pioneers Home Chapel.

The performance date is Oct. 17. Destony Rosas will direct the play.


Sitka Karate 

Academy on Tap

Sitka Karate Academy will offer classes Aug. 10 through Sept. 12 at the Blatchley Middle School multipurpose room.

Classes are 5-5:45 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays for ages 6 and older ($85); 6-7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays for adults ($85); and 10-10:30 a.m.  Saturdays, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten ($40).

Registration is open at Community Schools at Blatchley Middle School.


Raven Board Meets

The Raven Radio board of directors will meet 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4,  at the station. For more information, call 747-5877.


Dementia Group

Meeting on Tap

Caring for Loved Ones Together, a statewide phone support group for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s and other dementia, will  meet 2-3 p.m. Aug. 5 at Brave Heart Volunteers, in the Pioneers Home Manager’s House.

Pam Kelley, education director of Alzheimer’s Resources of Alaska, will lead the call. Kelly  is also a care partner and attorney.

Alzheimer’s Resources of Alaska and Brave Heart Volunteers jointly facilitate the support group on the first and third Wednesday of each month for caregivers to gain understanding about ADRD, learn helpful tips and build support for each other. The call is appropriate for those providing care for a loved one in Sitka as well as for those providing care from a distance.

Participants are asked to come shortly before 2 p.m. and are welcome to stay after the call to lend support for each other. Individuals may also call in directly from their homes by dialing  1-877-216-1555, Code 927989. Registration is not necessary.

For further information, contact Krisanne Rice at BHV, 747-4600.



Book Signing Set

Chef Kirsten Dixon of Tutka Bay Wilderness Lodge will be on hand to sign copies of her latest cookbook noon Thursday, Aug. 20, at Old Harbor Books.


Mudball Discussed

The Mudball organizational meeting will be 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, at Blatchley Middle School.

Those who want to help organize the tournament are invited to attend. Umpires, bookkeepers and field maintenance personnel are also needed.

Call 747-3815 with questions.


Vacation Bible

School Aug. 10-14

The ‘‘Journey Off the Map, Unknown to Us, Known to Him’’ vacation Bible school will be 5:30-8:30 p.m. nightly Aug. 10-14 at the First Baptist Church.

Children in kindergarten to fourth grade are invited. For more information call Pastor Cooper at 752-1949 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-10-20)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of noon Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 51

Total statewide – 1,323

Total (cumulative) deaths – 17

Active cases in Sitka – 5 (2 resident; 3 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 13 (11 resident; 2 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 80.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 




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March 23, 2020



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