GREEN LIGHT – Karen Lucas works in her Katlian Street garden this afternoon. Warm sunny weather this spring has been a boon for local gardeners. The Farmers' Almanac is predicting this summer will be warmer than normal, with the hottest period in early July. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

November 24, 2015 Community Happenings





SF Symphony

Brass to Perform

The world-renowned San Francisco Symphony Brass Section and friends will perform 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, for the annual Holiday Brass Concert.

The 10-piece brass ensemble will fill the Sitka Performing Arts Center with the sounds of the holiday season playing a variety of classical and traditional music.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, and are available at Old Harbor Books. For more information, call 747-3085.


Biotoxin Lab

Open House Set

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska Resource Protection Department will host its open house and the grand opening of  the new biotoxin lab 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, in the RPD offices, 429 Katlian Street.

The public is invited to learn about the department’s programs and projects, including the recently established regional harmful algal bloom monitoring network and the associated biotoxin testing lab. 


Christmas Bazaar

Slated for Dec. 5

Alaska Native Sisterhood will host its annual Christmas Bazaar 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, and the ANB Founders Hall.

All are invited to attend. Many local artists will sell their Native artwork, jewelry, jams/jellies, afghans and more.

Memberships may be renewed and ANS welcomes all new members. For information call Helen at 747-3410 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Ramshackle Cabaret 

Seeks Volunteers

‘‘The Ramshackle Cabaret: Ace in the Hole’’ is seeking all manner of talented folk and volunteers for the upcoming 2016 show.

‘‘Not only are we curious about unique and provocative performers, we are also recruiting bartenders, stagehands, sound/lighting folks, security, and other creative, hard-working individuals,’’ organizers said. 

Those interested in sharing their skills to support a worthy cause and become part of the group can contact Teal Gordon at tealgordon@gmail.

Casting/crew call will be 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Bayview Pub. 


SLFN Education

Panel to Meet

The Sitka Local Foods Network education committee will hold a brainstorming session on education activities for the upcoming year 6:30-8 p.m.  Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Sitka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 408 Marine Street. Parking is off Spruce Street.

Experienced gardeners are especially needed to attend. The group will discuss organizing a Sitka Garden Club.

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


Hames Center

Open Thanksgiving

The Hames Center will be open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, for Thanksgiving Day. 

Call 747-5080 or visit www.hamescenter.org for more information.


Holiday Grind

Set for Dec. 12

The Sitka Monthly Grind announces the Holiday’s Grind to be held Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi.

The philosophy of the Monthly Grind is affordable, non-political, and family entertainment. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Old Harbor Books. The cost is $5 for adults and $1 for children under 12. Those taking a plate of homemade dessert can have the price of their ticket refunded at the door.

Cups are encouraged to help reduce the trash. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. For more information call Jeff at 747-4821.


Work Party Set

On SJ Campus

The first fall Saturday volunteer work party on the SJ Campus is planned 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28.

Participants will meet at the Yaw Art building at 9 a.m., break for a hot lunch at noon, and continue until 3 p.m.

Tasks include cleaning out the Yaw art building attic, organizing costumes and props, and laying down a plywood attic floor. All are welcome to join at any time. Volunteers should wear warm clothes as work space is unheated.

Call Sitka Fine Arts Camp office 747-3085 with questions.  



4-H Hike Set

Members of 4-H and their families are invited to a hike 9-11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 27. Contact Mary at 747-7509 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested.


4-H Knitting On

A knitting class for 4-H members and their families is set 3:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at Knitting with Class. Contact Mary for more information about the knitting group at 747-7509 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


PFD Voter Ballot

Signatures Taken

Signatures are being collected to support the PFD voter ballot initiative, which would allow people to register to vote when they fill out their PFD application. 

Volunteers will be collecting signatures at Friday’s Art Walk downtown, at Saturday’s Christmas Bazaar at the SJ campus, and at Old Harbor Books during business hours this week. Contact Zoe at 207-807-4426 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.”


Science Center

Closure Noted

The Sitka Sound Science Center will be closed Nov. 25-27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Sitka Sprouts was canceled for today.

‘‘If you’re thankful for SSSC, and want to share our aquarium with visiting family and friends, swing by to see us on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,’’ the center said.


Advent Mass

At St. Gregory’s

St. Gregory’s Parish will hold its annual Advent Mass 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at Sweetland Hall on the SJ Campus. The community is invited.

The Mass will be followed by a community potluck. All are invited to take a dish to share.

Call Barbara DeLong, 738-0481, with questions.





Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 5-28-20)

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 10:55 a.m. Thursday.

New cases as of Wednesday: 13

Total statewide – 425

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 46, and the cumulative number of deaths is 10.

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



Welcome to the Sitka Sentinel's web page. In order to make the Sentinel's news more easily available during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken down the paywall to access articles on this page. Just click on an article headline to read the story. 

March 23, 2020



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