September 1, 2015 Community Happenings

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Created on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 10:23
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BB to Honor

Diaz Brothers

Hames Center is hosting open basketball play 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and Friday to honor brothers Elmer and Ulises Diaz, who were killed in an Aug. 18 landslide.

‘‘Hames Center has had the privilege of watching Elmer and Uli Diaz play basketball here for almost five years,’’ a press release from Hames said. ‘‘Their smiles and great personalities will be deeply missed on this court. This week, we invite the friends and family of our basketball stars to come play Tuesday and Friday nights, 6-8 p.m. (“it’s on us” ... so, come be our guest). We’ll shoot hoops, play in their honor and remember their love of the game.’’


Landslide, Flooding

Assistance Offered

The state is offering financial relief to individuals and families who have damages to their primary residence or essential personal property lost in the August flooding and landslide disaster in Sitka.

To apply for state individual assistance, call 1-855-445-7131 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at

The deadline to apply is Oct. 26; however, the state is encouraging individuals to apply as soon as possible.

The state requires the following information: description of damages and/or losses; home ownership documentation; insurance information; personal identification; proof of occupancy, such as a utility bill.


Island Institute

Open House Set

The Island Institute will hold an open house and art exhibition 3-5 p.m.   Saturday, Sept. 5, at 304 Baranof Street, featuring art by Kristina Cranston.

Attendees are invited to view Cranston’s work and hear about the Island Institute’s upcoming programming in the new space.

Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Peter Bradley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 747-3794.


Memory Screenings

Offered Sept. 10

Memory screenings will be offered Sept. 10 at Brave Heart Volunteers, in the Pioneer Home Manager’s House. Amber Smith, M.D., and educational specialist for Alzheimer’s Resources of Alaska, will conduct the 30-minute screenings. 

Memory screenings are designed for those having concerns about memory loss and the difference between normal aging and cognitive impairment for themselves or for a loved one.

“A memory screening consists of a series of questions and tasks to test memory, language skills, thinking ability and other intellectual functions. It can indicate whether an additional checkup by a qualified health care professional is needed. A screening is not used to diagnose any particular illness and does not replace consultation with a qualified physician or other health care providers,” organizers said.

No fees will be charged for the screening but appointments are required. Contact Krisanne Rice at Brave Heart Volunteers, 747-4600, or Amber Smith, Alzheimer’s Resources of Alaska at 907-586-6044 for additional details.


SAIL’s Youth

Club to Meet

SAIL’s Youth Adventure Club meets 3:30-5 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of September.

The group will be painting with different texture paintbrushes, and celebrating fall with a scavenger hunt. Volunteers with skills in these areas are being encouraged to accompany the events.

For more information, or to receive a monthly calendar, contact Claire at 747-6859 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


SAIL Program

Seeks Volunteers

The SAIL program is seeking volunteers.

‘‘SAIL believes that individuals do their best in environments where they are included and valued as equal and participating members,’’ a press release from SAIL stated. ‘‘Through inclusive outdoor recreation and community access in Sitka, we are turning this belief into a reality.’’

Those who want to volunteer, or  share a skill through the recreation program, can contact SAIL at 747-6859. 



ANB to Meet

Alaska Native Brotherhood will meet 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5,  at the ANB Founders Hall.

The group will discuss matters concerning resolutions to be presented at the upcoming Grand Camp in Petersburg.



Season’s End Celebration & Running of the Boots

The 7th Annual Season’s End Celebration and Running of the Boots is planned 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 3.

The Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce will present the event, sponsored by Cruise Lines International Association Alaska (Alaska Cruise Association) as a thank you to the community for its hospitality over the summer season.

Their support allows visitor industry businesses to serve free hot dogs and hamburgers.

Co-sponsors include Seafood Producers Coop, Sitka Sound Seafoods and Silver Bay Seafoods, who will be preparing and serving salmon and coleslaw, as their thank you. 

Additional sponsors include Allen Marine, Sea Mart Quality Foods and AC Lakeside.

The event will include live music by local artists.

Registration for the Running of the Boots is at 10 a.m. under the white tent on Lincoln Street. The race begins at 11 a.m.

Hamburgers, hot dogs and fish will be served free from noon to 3 p.m.

A beer garden will serve beer from the Baranof Island Brewing Company.


Ocean Wave

Quilters Meet

Ocean Wave Quilt Guild will hold its first meeting of the fall 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1,  at Grace Harbor Church, across from Sea Mart.

The business meeting will be followed by show-and-tell and refreshments. All are welcome. Those with questions may call 738-7272.