OPEN AIR CONCERT – From left, musicians Ross Venneberg, Brian Neal, Wade Demmert and Roger Schmidt perform an outdoor brass concert for residents of the Pioneers Home Monday. The professional musicians, who are hunkered down in Sitka, are regulars at the annual Holiday Brass Concert. The Pioneers Home has been closed to visitors during the pandemic. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

November 6, 2015 Community Happenings

Softball Association

Meeting Changed

The Sitka Softball Association post-season/Mudball Tournament meeting will be 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 8 at the Elks Lodge.

The meeting time was changed for those wanting to attend the celebration of life service for Calvin Carlson being held that afternoon.

The meeting has been set up by the 2015 Mudball Planning Committee which represents 12 different men’s, women’s and coed teams from this last season.

Any interested SSA members and all teams are asked to have a representative be part of the meeting so everyone can stay informed and have input in the future of the league.


Elections Ahead

For Kayaani Panel

The Kayaaní Commission will hold elections for two seats – a three-year term reserved for a Tribal citizen and a one-year, at-large term.

Elections will be scheduled 6 p.m.  Monday, Nov. 16, at the Healing House, 429 Katlian Street. For more information, contact Kitty Sopow at 747-7167.


Story Lab Offers

Class for Adults

The Sitka Story Lab will offer its first creative writing and storytelling workshop for ages 18 and older 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Island Institute, 304 Baranof Street.

The workshop aims to jump start adults’ creativity through hands-on activities and games, such as a life-sized board game or paper airplane memoirs. The workshop is free. No previous writing experience is necessary. 

Story Lab typically hosts weekly after-school classes for students, as follows: second- through fifth-graders, every other Tuesday, 3-4:30 p.m.; sixth- through eighth-graders, 3:30-5 p.m. every Wednesday; and ninth- through 12th-graders, 4:15-5:30 p.m. every Thursday.


Eisele to Speak

At Fellowship

Kimi Eisele will be the guest speaker at Sunday’s Unitarian Fellowship meeting. Fellowship begins at 10:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 10:45 a.m. 

Eisele is the current artist in residence at the Island Institute. She uses the body to explore what it means to “attune to” other living beings – wild animals, cacti, trees – in an effort to deepen relationships with those beings and expand the notion of community.

She will show several of her projects in visual and performing arts and lead a discussion and activity about how they relate to the wild. Eisele is a writer, dancer and choreographer, and visual artist from Tucson, Ariz.

Soup and bread follow the program at noon. The Fellowship Hall is located at 408 Marine Street, with parking behind off Spruce Street.


‘Social Security’

Presentation Set

Edward Jones financial advisers Steve Dalquist and Nic Lewis will host a free presentation titled ‘‘Social Security: Your Questions Answered’’ 6 p.m.  Nov. 18 at UAS-Sitka Campus.

The presentation will discuss: How does Social Security fit into my retirement income plan? When should I start taking benefits? and What about taxes?

The presentation is free, but space is limited. To make a reservation, call Kim Rice at 747-1001.


Chronic Pain

Topic of Group

The chronic pain and illness support group will meet noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at Sitka Community Hospital in the downstairs classroom.


White E Shop

Sale Saturday

The White Elephant Shop will have a special sale noon-3 p.m. Saturday.

Clothes, shoes, household items, books and anything that will fit in a grocery bag will be $1 per bag. The sale will be in both the main store and children’s shop.

Halloween costumes still available to go for $1.


White E Closure

The White Elephant Shop will be closed Monday, as volunteers will be preparing for the Christmas sale.

It will reopen noon-3 p.m. Thursday.  


White E Meeting

Slated Wednesday

The White Elephant Shop monthly meeting will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday at Swan Lake Senior Center. Meetings are open to all interested.


SLFN Garden

Families Sought

The Sitka Local Foods Network is recruiting new families for its garden mentor program. The program is for novice gardeners who want some guidance as they try to grow food for the first time. 

In past years the group has had three first-year families who also have an option for a second year.

Interested families should respond by 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15. For more information, contact Michelle Putz at 747-2708.


Foods Network

Panel to Meet

Sitka Local Foods Network will hold an education brainstorming session 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Sitka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 408 Marine Street, parking off Spruce Street.

The group is seeking an experienced gardener who might be willing to help teach a class about growing food in Sitka, or have them tour their garden. A  Sitka Garden Club and upcoming activities will be discussed.

For more information, contact Jennifer Carter at 747-0520.


Park Program on

Silver Jim Jacobs

Visiting archivist Zachary R. Jones will present ‘‘Silver Jim Jacobs: The Life and Works of a Sitka Master Tlingit Artist’’ 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, at the Sitka National Historical Park visitor center.

Jim Jacobs (1846-1941), often known as Silver Jim, was a master Tlingit artist of the Koosk’eidí clan, Xhaas hít of Sitka. His Tlingit names were Yéilnaawú and Kíchxhaak. Silver Jim’s skills included woodcarving, formline painting and making silver jewelry.

Although more widely known for his abilities as a jeweler, some of his monumental art pieces include the Sitka Kaagwaantaan Eagle Nest House Screen (c. 1900), the Sitka Kaagwaantaan Panting Wolf House Post (1904), and the Yakutat Teikhweidí Golden Eagle House Screen (1905).

Jacobs’ Panting Wolf House Posts are cared for and can be seen inside the Sitka National Historical Park visitor center lobby. Although Silver Jim’s works are present in museums, private collections, and in use within the Tlingit community, much of his life and work have remained undocumented.

The presentation seeks to acknowledge the life and work of Jacobs, the contexts of Tlingit art, and his place in Alaskan and Northwest Coast art history. 

Jones is an archivist II at the Alaska State Archives and adjunct instructor of history/anthropology at the University of Alaska Southeast. Jones is also a doctoral candidate in ethnohistory at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He  previously worked as the archivist and collection manager at Sealaska Heritage Institute from 2007 to 2014.    








Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-7-20)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 11:15 p.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Sunday: 19

Total statewide – 1,184

Total (cumulative) deaths – 17

Active cases in Sitka – 8 (3 resident; 5 non-resident)

Recovered cases in Sitka – 12 (10 resident; 2 non-resident)

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 78.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.



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