EARTH DAY – Pacific High School freshman Hailey Kane plants a Tlingit potato in a garden next to the U.S. Forest Service District office building on Halibut Point Road, Friday. More than a dozen Sitkans, including several from Pacific High's gardening class, helped plant the heirloom potatoes as part of local Earth Day events. This was the third year for the program which is a collaboration between the USDA Forest Service Ranger District and Sitka Tribe of Alaska. Program organizer Michelle Putz said the low-maintenance potatoes originated in Mexico or South America and have been planted in Tlingit gardens for more than 200 years. Last year the garden yielded 90 pounds of spuds. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

August 17, 2015 Community Happenings

Walks, Talks

Slated at Park

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

This week’s schedule includes:

Tuesday: 10 a.m.  and 2 p.m. Totem Walks and 2:30 p.m. Salmon Talk. 

Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. Russian American Walking Tour and noon Salmon Talk.

Thursday: 10:30 a.m. Russian American Walking Tour; 1 p.m. Totem Walk; 3 p.m. Salmon Talk. 

Friday: 10:30 p.m. Russian American Walking Tour; 1 p.m. Battle Walk. 

The Russian-American History Walking Tour leaves from the Russian Bishop’s House. All other ranger-led tours meet at the Sitka NHP visitor center on Lincoln Street. 

For more information about the ranger-guided tours at Sitka NHP, call the visitor center at 747-0110. 

 

Fiber Friends Set

Fiber Friends, a meeting of spinners and weavers will be noon-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at Alice Johnstone’s house, 213 Shotgun Alley.

 

School Board Meets

The Sitka School Board will hold a regular meeting 6 p.m. Aug. 26 in the District Office board room. The public is invited.

 

School Board Sets

Work Session

Members of the Sitka School Board will hold a work session in the District Office board room 4-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, to discuss board goals. 

 

Trail Works Hike

Set for Saturday

Sitka Trail Works will offer a free guided hike 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22. Sitka Trail Works president Brian Hanson will lead the hike from Thimbleberry Trailhead to Heart Lake and back. The 3.6-mile scenic hike is along two lakes. 

Hikers should meet at the Thimbleberry Trail head at 9 a.m. Those with  questions can call 747-7244.

 

BMS Gives Back

Event Aug. 27

Seventh- and eighth-graders can sign up for Blatchley Gives Back! community service 9-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 27. A pizza lunch will be provided at the school following volunteer work.

Students can sign up for a community service event at BMS. No transportation will be provided to and from the school on volunteer day.

Sixth-graders are reminded that this is the first day of classes.

For more information call the Blatchley office at 747-8672.

 

 

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