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)

December 1, 2015 Community Happenings


Winter Concerts

Staged for KGH

The public is invited to Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School winter concerts at the Performing Arts Center.

The dates are: third grade, Tuesday, Dec. 8; fourth grade, Thursday, Dec. 10; second grade, Monday, Dec. 14; and fifth grade, Tuesday, Dec. 15.

All concerts are at 7 p.m. Admission is free of charge. Contact the KGH office at 747-8395 with any questions. 


Quilters Meet

Ocean Wave Quilt Guild will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Grace Harbor Church across from Sea Mart.

A wrapped gift exchange is planned for members who choose to participate. Call Sarah with questions at 747-6743.



Parade Dec. 20 

The annual Landlubbers Christmas Parade will be 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20.

The parade will start on Lincoln Street at City Hall. It will travel down Lincoln Street to Kettleson Library, at its Stratton Library location on the SJ Campus, where Santa will be delivered.

Santa’s Helpers will be at the library to hand out holiday treats and have photos with Santa.

Lineup will be at the ANB parking lot at 3 p.m. Groups and individuals are welcome to participate in the parade to help bring in the holiday season, organizers said.

For more information call Jim at 747-6201 or Linda at 747-6985.


Sea Otters Topic

Of Story Time

Parents and tots will join park rangers for a story about sea otters during December’s preschool story time at Sitka National Historical Park 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7, in the visitor center.

Attendees will hear a story, sing songs, have a snack, create a sea otter craft and distribute a take-home activity. Participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of the program.

For more information about the story time contact Becky Latanich at 747-0132.


Library Panel

Meets Dec. 2

A meeting of City and Borough of Sitka’s Library Commission is scheduled 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, on the second floor of the Kettleson Memorial Library’s temporary location at 831 Lincoln Street.

Probable agenda items include timelines for the library expansion project/move and upcoming/recent library programming. The public is invited to attend. For further information, contact Robb Farmer at 747-8708 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Toys for Tots

Campaign Starts

The local Marine Corps League, Robert B. Johnstone Detachment, is working with the Salvation Army to collect toys for families in need.

New, unwrapped toys can be left in decorated boxes placed at several locations including Sea Mart, AC Lakeside Grocery, Market Center, True Value, Ben Franklin, White’s Pharmacy, Harry Race Pharmacy, SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, The Cellar, Sitka High School, Mt. Edgecumbe High School, Blatchley Middle School, Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School and Baranof Elementary School.

The official box pickup date is Dec. 12.

To have a box placed at a business or other location call Bernie Gurule at 966-3202.

Toys for Tots has been a program of the Marine Corps Reserve since 1947. For more information contact Marine Corps League Commander Nels Lawson, 747-6903, or Gurule.

‘‘Thank you very much for your help in making this Christmas a little brighter for children in Sitka and Southeast Alaska,’’ the league said.


Living with Grief

Group to Meet

Living with Grief Through the Holidays, a peer support group for families and friends who have lost a loved one, will be offered 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Brave Heart Volunteers, in the Pioneers Home Manager’s House.

Erin Matthes, BHV therapeutic program director, will facilitate the group.

Participants can expect an evening of peer support, new holiday traditions, and light refreshments.

For further information, contact Erin Matthes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 747-4600.


4-Hers to Hike

4-Hers are invited to a night hike 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday. Contact Molly at 747-7509 for more information.


4-H Bird Group

To Meet Dec. 4

The 4-H bird group will meet at 2:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, at the Sitka National Historial Park visitor center.

Contact Mary for more information at 747-7509.


4-H Members

‘Radical Re-Users’

4-H Alaska Way of Life will begin the “Radical Re-users” six-week series to learn how to turn trash into treasure 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesdays (mixed age) and 2-4 p.m. Fridays 2-4 (mixed ages)  December through January.

The series will begin Wednesday, Dec. 9, and Friday, Dec. 11. Registration for the entire series is $15. Scholarships are available. Contact 747-7509 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


Santa Sale Set

For Iota Chapter

Iota chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma educational sorority will meet for its annual “Santa Sale” 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 5, at the home of Jan Love.

Members are invited to take items to sell for the scholarship fund-raising event.  


Past and Present

ANS Members

Sought for Photo

Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 4 members – past, present and future – are being sought for a historic photo to be taken 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the ANB Founders Hall.

Members should wear their ANS koogeena and cap. White dress or suit is preferred. Those who do not yet have these items may wear a white blouse and black pants.

‘‘We have over 90 members in Sitka and a very rich history,’’ said Paulette Moreno, ANS Camp 4 president. ‘‘We are always ready to welcome new members.’’


STA Health Panel

Meets Dec. 4

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska health committee will meet noon-1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at the STA Social Services building, 110 American Street.

Lunch will be provided. Those wanting to join can attend the meeting or call 747-7293.


Cookie Drive

In Full Swing

A cookie drive in memory of the late Lois Perensovich is set noon-2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at St. Gregory’s Corrigan Hall on Lincoln Street.

Lois prepared countless trays of baked Christmas cookies which she gave to others during her life.

A donation of three dozen Christmas cookies is being requested by individuals to continue the annual tradition.

Cookies will be packaged at St. Gregory’s, then delivered by the Salvation Army during its Christmas distribution to families.

Those needing further information can call Nancy at 747-3814.


Women’s Book

Group to Meet

The Women’s Book Group will discuss the ‘‘Invention of Wings’’ by Sue Monk Kidd at the Pioneers Home Chapel 7 p.m. Dec. 8.

All women are invited to participate. Those with questions can call Dorothy at 747-3412.



New Arrivals

Baby Girl Kyle

Sally Jane Kyle was born 12:53 p.m. on Nov. 6 at SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe hospital to Frank and Tamara Kyle of Sitka.

At birth, the infant weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 21-1/2 inches long.

The father and mother are self-employed commercial fishermen.

Maternal grandparents are Ron and Karmon Conatser of Rice, Wash. Paternal grandmother is Kathy Kyle of Sitka. Great-grandparents are Shirley and Kenny Kimball of Sitka, and Georgia Planck of Poulsbo, Wash.

This is the couple’s first child.


Giving Tree Up

At Wells Fargo

The Giving Tree at Wells Fargo Bank lobby is up through Dec. 18.

Everyone is invited to stop by and pick up a tag for a child, youth or elder in need of a Christmas gift or two. Unwrapped gifts are to be returned to Wells Fargo Bank with the tag attached. The Giving Tee is sponsored by the United Methodist Church of Sitka. Call Julia Smith at 747-6333 with questions.


Park Board Meets


The State Parks Board will meet 7:30 a.m. Dec. 8 in Room 208 at 601 Alice Loop. The meeting is open to the public.



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.



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