BOX OF TREASURES – Haida artist Holly Churchill, of Ketchikan, shows Sitka High School senior Myles Magie a weaving technique on a cedar bark basket Wednesday in the Sitka High art room. Churchill finished a three-week residency today sponsored by the Sitka School District and Sealaska Heritage Institute's Sharing Our Box of Treasures" program. Her residency included work in the high school's new dual-credit program with UAS, the Northwest Coast Arts class, and sessions with Blatchley Middle School and the Sitka Native Education Program Culture Class. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

September 10, 2015 Community Happenings

‘Explain Pain’

Workshop Set

The public is invited to attend a free “Explain Pain” class noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 16 and 23, at Sitka Community Hospital in the classroom.

Bridget Hitchcock, physical therapist, will teach the physiology of chronic pain and how to manage it. For more information, call 747-1771.


Naturalist Hudson

Set to Lead Hike

John Hudson, aquatic entomologist and author of ‘‘Dragonflies of Alaska,’’ will lead a naturalist hike 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 19. It will begin and end at the parking lot just off Indian River Road where the trail begins along Indian River.

Hikers should meet in the parking lot, dressed for the weather, at 10 a.m.  Hudson comes to Sitka with the support of the Sitka Sound Science Center’s Scientists in the Schools program and will work with all fourth-grade students at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School on a watersheds unit.

The hike is co-hosted with Sitka Trail Works and is open to the public.  Contact Janet Clarke at the Sitka Sound Science Center 747-8878, extension 22 for more information. 


Babies and Books

Story Time Slated

Sitka Babies and Books will ‘‘Celebrate Autumn’’ with a story time program at Kettleson Memorial Library  10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26.

Readings, songs and an easy craft project for toddlers are included. Babies and preschoolers are also welcome, and no registration is required.

For more information call the library at 747-8708.


Story Time Set

‘‘Room for Bear’’ by Ciara Gavin will be one of the readings during the next preschool story time activities 10:30 a.m. Sept. 17 at Kettleson Library.

The program includes readings, rhymes, songs and a craft project. All are welcome.

For more information call the library at 747-8708.



Training at SAFV

Sitkans Against Family Violence’s free community training on all aspects of interpersonal violence continues 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 408 Marine Street, with sessions on women’s advocacy and the impact of domestic violence on children. 

On Sept. 14, sessions are offered on legal advocacy and mandatory reporting. The detailed schedule is available at or call 747-3370 for more information. 


Unit 4 Fall Bear

Season to Open

The brown bear hunting season in Game Management Unit 4 opens Sept. 15 and runs through Dec. 31.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game said that before hunting, hunters must obtain a locking big game tag, hunting license and registration permit. The registration permit is valid for taking one brown bear in GMU 4 which includes Admiralty, Baranof, and Chichagof Islands.

Hunters are reminded prior to registering for the hunt they must watch the brown bear identification video “Take a Closer Look.” It may be viewed online at ADF&G’s web page by typing “Take a Closer Look” in the search box. It is also available for loan at Fish and Game offices, and may be purchased online on the Alaska Outdoors Supersite.

ADF&G said that bear hunting during the fall season often means hunting in declining light and under inclement weather conditions.

‘‘These factors, in addition to more sows without cubs in the fall, can lead to hunters mistakenly targeting female bears as males,’’ Fish and Game said. ‘‘Only careful observation and preparation will prepare hunters to differentiate males from females under these conditions.’’

Nonresident and alien hunters must be accompanied by a guide. Successful hunters must report their kill to the Fish and Game office in Sitka or Douglas within 10 days of the kill date. The entire hide (claws attached) and skull must be salvaged. Evidence of sex (penis sheath or vaginal opening) must remain naturally attached to the hide until it is sealed. The unfrozen hide and skull must be sealed within 30 days of the kill date.

All permitted hunters, regardless if they hunted or not, must return hunt reports to the department by close of business Jan. 15, 2016. Hunters who fail to report by the required date may not be eligible to receive permits the next regulatory year. Additionally, the hunter’s name may be released to the Alaska Wildlife Troopers for possible enforcement action. Contact the Sitka area office at 747-5449 for additional information.



Karate Classes

Being Offered 

Kenwa Kai Karate of Sitka’s next monthly session begins Sept. 16. All karate classes are moving to the New Archangel Dancers studio.

Those ages 6 and older may choose to attend on Mondays 6-6:45 p.m., Wednesdays 6-6:45 p.m., and/or Saturdays 9-9:45 a.m.

Adults will meet Wednesdays 7-7:45 p.m., and Little Dragons (ages 4-5) on Saturdays, 10-10:30 a.m.

For more information or to register visit or call Sensei Laurinda Marcello at 738-2887.


Booth Space

Availability Given

The Greater Sitka Arts Council is alerting vendors that the Sitka Artisans Market has only a few booth spaces left. 

The Market will be held Friday, Dec. 11, through Sunday, Dec. 13 at Allen Hall.

A complete application with answers to questions is available at or call Sarah at 747-2787.


Story Lab Set

The first session of Story Lab, which offers free after-school creative writing classes, will be Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 304 Baranof Street.

Second- through fifth-graders will meet 3-4:30 p.m. every other Tuesday; 

sixth- through eighth-graders, 3:30-5 p.m. ever Wednesday; and ninth- through 12th-graders, 4:15-5:30 p.m. every Thursday.

Bus service from Keet Gooshi Heen and Blatchley is available.

Students this fall will contribute to Story Lab’s first anthology of student work. Students will edit for publication and learn to use the Island Institute’s bookmaking equipment. 

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.


Harp Sing Sunday

The second Sunday Sitka Sacred Harp Sing is scheduled 3:30-5 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Pioneers Home Chapel. No experience is necessary. Beginners and listeners are welcome. Call 738-2089 with questions.


Cohos to Meet

The Coho Clan will meet 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at the main Coho Clan house.

The clan is preparing for its next potlatch and will practice songs. All members are reminded to attend.


Boy, Girl Scouts

Set Registration

Boy Scout and Girl Scout registrations will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at Blatchley Middle School.

Girl Scouts is open to girls in kindergarten through 12th grades. The fee is $20.

Boys in first through 12th grades can register for Boy Scouts. The fee is approximately $12.

Adult volunteer leaders and co-leaders are needed for bothy groups.


For more Girl Scouts information contact Rose MacIntyre at 966-2599 and for Boy Scouts, Jennifer Brown, 907-957-6953 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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