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 10, 2015 Community Happenings




‘Birding in Alaska’

Topic of Seminar

The Natural History seminar ‘‘Birding in Alaska” is set 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at UAS-Sitka Campus in Room 229.

Participants can take a virtual tour of their vast and varied state as Matt Goff and friends talk about their bird-motivated travels to all corners of Alaska. 

Among the speakers will be Gwen Baluss, U.S. Forest Service biologist and master bird bander, who will be in town for the fourth year of an ongoing project investigating Sitka’s wintering song birds.

Banding will take place around town and with classes at Sitka High, Blatchley Middle  and Keet Gooshi Heen. For more information about the winter bird banding project go to website

Funding for the seminar series is provided by a grant to the Sitka Sound Science Center by the Sitka Alaska  Permanent Charitable Trust in partnership with the University of Alaska Southeast. Those with questions can  contact Kitty LaBounty at 747-9432 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Yoga, Live Music

Set at Yoga Union

Yoga Union will offer a special, live-music, power vinyasa flow yoga class 5-6:15 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22.

 Corrie Bosman will instruct and music will be provided by Ellen Sevigny. Those with questions can call 623-7022.


SCT to Present

4 Radio Plays

Sitka Community Theater will present four plays in an evening of Live Radio Theater 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the Sitka Performing Arts Center.

The evening will feature Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice (in 20 minutes),” a classic radio comedy “For Business Reasons” and two new works by Rebecca Poulson and Zach Desmond. The show is appropriate for family audiences.

Tickets are $10, and $8 for students and seniors at Old Harbor Books. SCT is a project of the Greater Sitka Arts Council.


‘Deer Processing’

Topic at 4-H Class

Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s language and education instructor Chuck Miller will teach 4-H members and STA culture class students respect for and how to process the Sitka black-tailed deer 3:45-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Contact Mary Wood at 747-7509 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve a spot in the class. Space is limited.


4-H Bird Banding

Slated for Nov. 17

Bird banding will be taught to 4-H members after school on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Contact Mary Wood for more information and to sign up at 747-7509 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


4-H Hike Set

4-H will host a night hike from 3:45-5:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19.

 Contact Molly at 747-7509 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details


Elks Dinner Set

For Gymnastics

A benefit dinner to support the Hames Center gymnastics program will be 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Sitka Elks Lodge.

The $15 dinner includes spaghetti, side salad and garlic bread.  Beverages can be purchased separately.

The dessert auction begins at 7 p.m. Desserts are still needed for the fundraiser.

For more information contact Trisha Bessert, head gymnastics coach, at 715-610-5722.


Better Breathers 

Club to Meet

The Better Breathers Club will meet 1-2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at the Swan Lake Senior Center. 

The Better Breathers Club is a support group for patients with chronic lung disease (especially COPD, but also asthma, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer and other chronic lung diseases). The meeting is also open to caregivers, family, friends and support persons.

Call Rose Manning 747-5167 for more information.


‘Concussions in

Youth Sports’ Topic

Don Lehmann, MD, FACSM, and Eric Speck, PT, ATC, will give a free lecture about concussions and the youth athlete 6 p.m. tonight at Sitka Physical Therapy.

It is open to the public, geared towards all athletes, parents, coaches, and anyone else interested in the topic.  For more information, contact Eric at Sitka Physical Therapy at 747-4559


Raffle Tickets for

Youth Shotgun Team

A fundraising raffle for the youth shotgun team Sitka Shore Shots is underway.

Tickets are $10 each. Among the prizes is $1,000 cash.

Call or text 738-6766, or stop by Orion Sporting Goods, for more information or tickets.


Advent Season

Programs Listed

St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church invites the community to participate in special Advent Season Program offerings.

On Nov. 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., an advent quiet day retreat will be held.

An advent lessons and carols service will be held 10 a.m. Nov. 29.

Beginning Thursday, Dec 3, at 11 a.m., a weekly book/Bible study (Advent 2015: The Gift of New Hope) will be held. The last Bible study group will be held on Wednesday Dec 23. For more info on any of the offerings, please contact the church office at 747-3977 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Wreath, Garland

Sale Underway

Mt. Edgecumbe Preschool’s wreath and garland sale has been set in motion. 

A 22-inch rustic cedar wreath is $33 with a decorative ribbon bow or $30 without a bow. The garland is $30 for 15 feet or $120 for the 75-foot length. The cedar garland can be draped around a door or both can be cut to length. Wreaths are made of noble fir, cedar and juniper berries. Special orders for large 36-inch rustic cedar wreaths are available for $67.

To place an order call 966-2675 or order online at under Special Events.

 Wreaths and garlands will be available for pick-up 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, during the Sitka Counseling Holiday Bazaar in Sweetland Hall on the SJ Campus.


‘Kiss Me Deadly’

To be Screened

Kettleson Memorial Library’s Film Noir Club will screen the 1955 classic “Kiss Me Deadly,”  7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the library.

Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be provided. Call the library at 747-8708 for more information.



White E Sale Set

Christmas decorations will be available at the noon Thursday opening of the White Elephant Shop.

Included will be lights, garlands, candles and other types of decorations.  In the children’s store, holiday dresses, winter jackets, snow pants, hats, and gloves will be available.


SJ Museum Closure

Sheldon Jackson Museum will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.





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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