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 23, 2015 Community Happenings

Caramel Apple

Sale Saturday

The Blatchley Middle School jazz band will hold a caramel apple fundraiser 9 a.m. until sold out on Saturday, Nov. 28, at the Wells Fargo Bank lobby.

Choose milk or dark chocolate over homemade caramel apples with peppermint, butter toffee, mini M&Ms or pecans.

Apples are $10 each. Proceeds benefit the BMS Jazz band and music departments.

Those with questions may email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 738-9160.


Restorative Yoga

Class Set Nov. 28

Lisa Sadleir-Hart will teach a restorative yoga class at Yoga Union 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28.

Email Lisa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 747-5985 to register. Yoga Union is a nonprofit organization.



Dinner at ANB

The Alaska Native Brotherhood, Camp 1, and Alaska Native Sisterhood, Camp 4, invite all to the community Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 26 at the ANB Founders Hall. Doors open at 1 p.m. and dinner is at 2 p.m.

Those with a turkey, or wishing to donate a dessert, salad or Native food item can drop it off through the ANS kitchen door between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, or starting 7 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. Beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, those who would like to volunteer to set up, food prep, or help with decorating the hall at 2 p.m., are welcome.

Any who are home or work bound,  call 752-0654, between 2 and 4:30 p.m. to have a dinner delivered Thanksgiving Day.

‘‘The generosity of many donors has made this dinner possible, and for that the ANB and ANS are grateful to them to host the community of Sitka, gathering for a Thanksgiving dinner,’’ organizers said.

For further information call Karen at 747-7803 or Kerry at 752-0654.


BECCC Raffle

Winners Told

The winners of the Betty Eliason Child Care Center National Children’s Day drawing are: Sue Doyle $1,000; Mary Magnuson $250; Nikki Martens $150; and Karen Iwamoto $100.

BECCC expressed its  appreciation to those who purchased tickets to raise money for playground improvements.


Chamber Plans

Annual Meeting

Sitka Chamber will hold its annual membership meeting and luncheon noon Wednesday at Westmark Sitka.

Executive Director Rachel Roy will present the year in review, Season’s End donation presentation, and annual membership meeting and board elections.

The meeting is open to the public.


Call Given for

Toys for Tots

A work party to prepare boxes and promotional signs for the Marine Corps League’s Toys for Tots campaign will be 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 27, at the Gil Truitt Activity Center on the Mt. Edgecumbe High School campus.

Marines and others are asked to take boxes that can be decorated and distributed to local businesses and schools.

Volunteers need not be active members of the Marine Corps League to participate. Those wanting further information can contact MCL Commandant Nels Lawson at 7470-6903 or Bernie Gurule at 966-3202.


Sweatsgiving Set

At Hames Center 

The Hames Center will host its guilt-free Thanksgiving Day Sweatsgiving Workout event 9-10 a.m. Nov. 26.

The one-hour workout alternates between spinning and total body conditioning.

Go to to reserve a spot or call 747-5080.

Hames Center will be open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thanksgiving 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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March 23, 2020



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