EMERGENCY RESPONSE – Members of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood this week organized a city-wide food drive for residents of Angoon and other villages affected by the lack of Alaska Marine Highway System ferry service. Hundreds of pounds of food were collected at Sitka High School and other drop off sites. Thursday night about three dozen people attended a meeting at ANB Founders Hall to discuss the ferry situation and prepare food for shipping. Laurie Serka, outstation manager for Alaska Seaplanes, said Alaska Seaplanes, Sitka Custom Marine and Dr. Sul Ross Thorward donated shipping costs for the perishable food donated by AC Lakeside. Tom Gamble is planning to take a load of food to Angoon aboard his boat. Donations for shipping food to Kake are currently being sought. Contact for the donations is Nancy Furlow, ANS Camp 4 president, 907 227-9102. PHOTOS: clockwise from top left, Laurie Serka, Steve Schmidt and Marjo Vidad of Alaska Seaplanes load food bound for Angoon this morning. Tom Gamble and Chad Titell  deliver boxes of food from Sitka High School to ANB Founders Hall Thursday night. Paulette Moreno, ANS Grand Camp president, addresses volunteers Thursday night. Sitkans gather in a circle at ANB Founders Hall Thursday to brainstorm responses to the lack of state ferry service. (Sentinel Photos by James Poulson)

October 6, 2015 Community Happenings

Easter Group

Meets on Oct. 30

The Easter Group will meet noon Friday, Oct. 30, at St. Peter’s See House. 

The Easter Group works with other service providers in Sitka to end extreme poverty and empower people, and interested people are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Julia Smith at 738-6336, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


SCDC Seeking


Sitka Community Development Corporation is seeking qualified homebuyers for its Sitka Community Land Trust program. 

Applications are available online at www.sitkaafordablehousing.org. Prospective homebuyers must have AHFC HomeChoice certification.

Either a free eight-hour Home Buyer Education Class or a home-study course will be offered if classes are not available. Currently, no classes are scheduled for Sitka. For more information call 1-800-459-2921. 

Homes will be built for local, limited-income households. They will be built to SCDC specifications with contractor funding or through the buyer’s construction loan, SCDC said.

When there is more than one qualified buyer, being longer on the list is an advantage. For more information about the CLT program, call 747-2860.


Free Lectures

On Massage

In observance of National Physical Therapy Month, Sitka Physical Therapy is holding multiple free lectures to the public.

On Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. at Sitka Physical Therapy, manual physical therapy including techniques in mobilizations, manipulations and muscle energy techniques will be taught. The group will practice partner massages.

For more information contact Alicia at 747-4559 or sitkaphysicaltherapy.com.


Better Breathers

Club Meets Oct. 9

The Better Breathers Club will meet 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at the Swan Lake Senior Center.

Guest speaker Jessica Holland will discuss better eating for better breathing. Better Breathers Clubs offer the opportunity to learn ways to better cope with COPD while getting the support of others who share in the struggles. These support groups give you the tools you need to live the best quality of life you can.

Better Breathers Clubs meet regularly and feature educational presentations on a wide range of relevant topics.

For more information contact Trish at 966-2102.


Women’s Book

Group to Meet

The Women’s Book Group will discuss ‘‘Dirt work: An Education in the Woods,’’ by Christine Byl, downstairs in the Pioneers Home Recreation Room 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13.

All women are being encouraged to participate. For more information call Dorothy at 747-3412.


Sitkan Featured

In Native Film

Documentary shorts about Alaska Natives, including ‘‘Harvest: Quyurciq’’ featuring Peter Paul Kawagaelg Williams (Yup’ik) of Sitka, will be shown 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Anchorage Museum auditorium.

A question-and-answer session with Williams will follow the screening.


SCH Foundation

To Meet Oct. 12

The Sitka Community Hospital Foundation will hold its quarterly meeting noon Monday, Oct. 12, in the hospital classroom. 

Lunch will be provided from the Bistro. On the agenda will be investment of our endowment fund, fundraising efforts, distribution of funds and grants. The meeting is open to all members and those wanting more information about the group.

For more information call Ann Wilkinson at 747-2707.


Sewing, Quilting

Class to Begin

An open sewing and quilting class is set Thursday, March 26-May 28, at the Blatchley Middle School home economics room.

Basic sewing and beginning quilting are being offered with the student selecting what he or she wants to learn.

In past classes, instructor Sabra Jenkins has taught about sewing machines and sergers, simple alterations such as hemming pants and mending, bags, pillowcases, paper piecing and log cabin quilts.

Some machines are available for use. The class is for adults only and registration is at Community Schools. The cost is $35. For information contact Jenkins, 747-5071.


New Archangel

Dancers Audition

New Archangel Dancers will hold auditions 7-9:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and 29 at its dance studio, 208 Smith Street.

Leotards and tights or leggings, or other exercise wear, are preferred. Some dance shoes are available to borrow at the studio.

Those who have conflicts with the schedule are asked to call Linda Speerstra at 747-8316.


Music Concert

Set for Oct. 13

Select Sitka High music groups and Blatchley Middle School 4B band students will perform in concert 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Performing Arts Center.

For further information email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



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