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 9, 2015 Community Happenings

STA Sets Annual

Children’s Party

Sitka Tribe of Alaska will host its annual Children’s Christmas party 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11.

This year’s theme is ‘‘Merry Grinchmas!’’

Children must be registered prior to event at the main STA building or at Social Services. Call for more information or questions call 747-7293.


Scholarships for

Women Offered

Applications for the Sitka Woman’s Club 2015 Waldo Mills Scholarship must be postmarked by Dec. 14.

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to single mothers engaged in an academic or vocational pursuit to become self-sufficient. 

For more information, call Karen, 747-7803.


Scholarships for

Women Offered

The Sitka Woman’s Club is offering two $1,000 scholarships to single mothers engaged in an academic or vocational pursuit to become self-sufficient in supporting and providing for her family. 

The deadline to apply for the 2015 Waldo Mills Scholarship is Dec. 15. Awards can be applied towards tuition for Alaskan college courses, vocational training or correspondence courses. Applicants must reside in Sitka, and may be part-time or full-time students. 

To apply for a scholarship, applicants are asked to write a one page letter describing your present situation, and stating your educational goals and objectives. Letters should be sent to the Sitka Woman’s Club, 300 Harbor Drive, Sitka, AK 99835. Applications must be postmarked by Dec. 14. Scholarships will be announced and awarded on Dec. 21. For more information, call Karen at 747-7803.



Playground Panel

To Meet Nov. 16

Those who want to see an ADA-compliant playground near downtown are invited to attend the Sitka Community Playground project committee meeting – a project of the 2015 Sitka Health Summit – 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at the Sitka Community Hospital classroom.

The goal of the project is to create an accessible, attractive, low maintenance and safe community playground that will meet the needs of both children and their families.

The community playground project initially was selected as a community wellness project at the 2011 Sitka Health Summit, but stalled after some initial work was done. The project was rekindled in 2014, when the city approved a site where the current Crescent Harbor playground is located, plus one of the three neighboring tennis courts.

The renewed project for 2015 will benefit from $2,000 in project seed money from the Sitka Health Summit. The committee also has been applying for other grants to help fund construction of the only Sitka playground that will be compliant with the American Disabilities Act accessibility requirements. Previously there had been some design work done for another place in Sitka, in partnership with local students, but the group hopes to revamp the design with a new group of students.

The Nov. 16 meeting is open to the public and volunteers are needed for the project. For more information, please contact Kealoha Harmon at 747-3500 or Kay Turner at 623-7878.


Greenhouse Project

Meeting on Tap

A rooftop greenhouse project from the Sitka Health Summit will meet 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the Sitka Pioneers Home Manager’s House/Brave Heart Volunteers office.

Sitka’s city-owned cold storage plant on Katlian Street is one place that has been suggested for a possible rooftop greenhouse.

After several years of running into problems finding useable land for a Sitka community greenhouse and education center that didn’t require large investments in remediation, the group hopes a rooftop greenhouse on a flat-roofed building, such as the city’s cold storage plant on Katlian Street, might be the solution. Not only would wasted heat be recaptured for the greenhouse, but moving it onto the roof would provide better sun exposure and fewer garden pests (such as snails and deer).

Rooftop greenhouses of all sizes are becoming more popular around the world, and several large ones have popped up in New York City, Chicago, Montréal, Berlin, and other communities. For more information, contact Charles Bingham at 623-7660 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


ANS to Meet

Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 4 will hold a regular meeting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the ANB Founders Hall. All are inviteded to attend.


Girl Scouts Set

Annual Coat Drive

Girl Scout Troop 4140 is accepting donations of clean, gently used coats, boots, hats/gloves and snow pants for its annual drive.

Items will be given to the Salvation Army and distributed free to families in need. All sizes are welcome.

Collection boxes will be available Nov. 9-14 at the Sitka Fire Department, Sea Mart and AC Lakeside Grocery. 

For more information call or text 738-2073 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Emblem Club

Meets Nov. 12

Sitka Emblem Club will hold its Welcome Home business and social meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Sitka Elks Lodge. 


SCT to Present

‘Pride & Prejudice,’

Old, New Works


Sitka Community Theater will present “Pride and Prejudice (in 20 minutes)” and other classic and original works 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the Performing Arts Center.

The format of the show is Live Radio Theater, with actors reading the plays on stage, with live sound effects also on stage.

The shows feature 20 actors performing two radio plays from the 1940s: the Jane Austen classic “Pride and Prejudice,” and “For Business Reasons,” a comedy about college babysitters.

 SCT will also premiere two new short works: “Fairy Play,” about what happens when a small town’s “visions” come true, by Rebecca Poulson; and “Milk Town 1999,” a mystery/comedy set in a small town whose dairy industry has fallen on hard times, by Zachary Desmond.

The shows will be recorded and played later on KCAW-FM Raven Radio.

Directors are Stefanie Ask, Shira Kahan, Zachary Desmond and Rebecca Poulson. Actors range in age from 15 to 93.

Tickets are $10, and $8 for students and seniors, at Old Harbor Books and the door.

Those with questions may call 738-0602. SCT is a project of the Greater Sitka Arts Council.






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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March 23, 2020



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