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 8, 2015 Community Happenings

Photo Retakes at

Baranof Elementary

Baranof Elementary School photo  retakes will be the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Also, students who were absent on the original picture day will have them taken. Parents wanting to order pictures, should return the order form with payment to the child’s teacher by Oct. 21.

Pictures with problems, such as fuzzy, off-centered or eyes closed, should be returned in the original packet by Oct. 21 to request retakes.

Call Campus Photography at 877-789-7486 with questions..


Twig Furniture

Workshop on Tap

A workshop is being offered to those wanting to learn how to make their own chairs, footstools, beds and other items with alder, poplar and spruce.

A $100 pre-registration payment is required, with a minimum of 10 participants by Oct. 31. All supplies are provided except participants will need to take hammer, handsaw, tape measure and pruners.

The workshop is sponsored by the Greater Sitka Arts Council and will be 5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 in Yaw Room 101.

For more information contact Sarah at 738-5234 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Meeting on Tap

Sitka’s Human Services Transportation Advisory Committee will meet 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Sitka Tribe of Alaska, 456 Katlian Street.

Agenda items include a review and setting priorities for applications for human services transportation projects. The public is invited. Teleconference access available. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Oct. 13 for access codes. For more information, call Gerry Hope 747-5910 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Pumpkin Patch

Benefit Oct. 10

The 3 to 5 Preschool will present its third annual Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, on the SJ Campus.

Admission includes pumpkin races, harvest-themed games for young children, a hay ride and sing-along, face painting, photo booth, craft projects, and mini pumpkins for kids.

Also available are larger pumpkins with a percentage of sales benefiting 3 to 5 Preschool. The event will include fry bread, walk-away tacos, a bake sale and more.

The cost is $5 per person or $20 for a family of four or more.

The event is sponsored by AC Lakeside.


Evangelist Paulose

To Speak Oct. 15

Billy Graham Paulose will present 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15,  at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi. All are invited to attend.

Paulose has been serving the people in India since 1979 through Body of Christ Ministries. He and his family live on Rameswaram, a small island at the southern tip of India, and provide an extensive school for children whose families cannot afford their education. The majority of the 1,500 students come from Muslim and Hindu families.

‘‘Hear the miracle of India from one who lives it and also works with lepers and mentally ill people who are brought to and abandoned by their families in Rameswaram,’’ organizers said. ‘‘They are loving some of the lowliest and most needy on our planet.’’

Call Dug Jensen, Calvary Chapel Sitka, at 747-5454 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.


Open Sewing

Session Saturday

    Ocean Wave Quilters sponsors free open sewing sessions the first Saturday after each monthly meeting for anyone wishing to work on sewing projects.

    The next session is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 10, at Church of Christ.

    Ironing boards,  irons and extension cords are provided and attendees are invited to participate in potluck lunches.

    For more information, call Megan Pasternak at 738-2290.


Aerobic, Strength

Training on Tap

Those who want to learn how to properly use strength training cardio equipment and seeking guidance in getting fit and sign up for ‘‘aerobic and strength training 101’’ 5-7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Hames Center.

Alicia Haseltine, PT, DPT, and Jessica Pyatt, PT, DPT, OCS, from Sitka Physical Therapy will teach how to  safely and efficiently use weight machines and cardio equipment, and design a workout plan. The cost is $5 per member or $13 for nonmembers. For registration and more information, visit  www.hamescenter.org or call 747-5080.


New Archangel

Dancers Perform

The New Archangel Dancers will  open the weeklong events for Alaska Day with a performance extravaganza celebrating Sitka through Russian Dance 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at the Performing Arts Center.

The “big show” performance is a season-culminating event that highlights new and graduating dancers, and includes special dance performances not seen during its summer season. Tickets are $5. Proceeds go to the Alaska Day Committee. 

All are welcome and invited.



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