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 14, 2015 Community Happenings


Group to Meet

The Community Playground action group will meet 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14,  at the Sitka Community Hospital classroom.

Building an accessible, attractive and sustainable community playground was selected as a top goal at the 2015 Sitka Health Summit.



Story Time Set

Old Harbor Books will host a free kids story time 10:30 a.m. Dec. 15 at  201 Lincoln Street.


Spin Classes Set

At Hames Center

The Hames Center currently offers 16 spin classes each week.

Cindy also will offer a Jingle Spin Ride  1-2 p.m. Christmas Day. The  full spin schedule is at hamescenter.org or call 747-5080.

Hames Center Sets

Parent Power Hour

Parents wanting to fit in a workout who have a little one at home are invited to Parent Power Hour 8:15-10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Hames Center.

Hames personnel will entertain the kids while parents work out.

Visit hamescenter.org or call 747-5080 for more information.


Writers Workshop

Slated Dec. 19

The 49 Writers Workshop and the Island Institute will host a writing workshop led by poet Caroline Goodwin 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Dec. 19.

The workshop, “List and Litany,” will provide writing prompts designed to spark ideas, help participants identify patterns in their writing, and guide them in developing a piece of writing using lists.

The workshop is $45 for members and $55 for non-members of 49 Writers or the Island Institute. Participants will have the opportunity to send a piece of writing to the instructor via snail mail for a brief written response. 

Goodwin was born and raised in Anchorage and moved to California from Sitka in 1999 to attend Stanford as a Wallace Stegner fellow in poetry. She is currently serving as the first Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, California, and teaching in the MFA writing program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. 

Registration is at 49writingcenter.org. For more information, contact Erin Hollowell at (907) 491-1001 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Letters to Santa

Letters posted here will be forwarded to Santa Claus at the North Pole. Letters may be dropped off at the Sentinel office or at Sitka True Value to be printed in the newspaper and placed here.


Dear Santa: Here’s an additional letter from Pacific Learning Center. Others were published in Friday’s Sentinel:


Dear Santa: Christmas Santa, I want red mittens, Frosty the Snowman and a carrot and coal eyes for Frosty. Bring a present for Gramma please, she wants a blue present.  Love, Malaya


Kaagwaantaans Meet

The community is invited to participate in a traditional Tlingit event to welcome the return of the sun 6 p.m. Dec. 21 at Pioneer Park, by Sea Mart.

A fire will be built. Participants are asked to take a potluck dish. The event will include traditional singing and visiting with relatives and friends.

The event is sponsored by Sitka Kaagwaantaan. 



PEAK Program

Open for Break

The PEAK Program will be open for students on winter break 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 21-23 and Dec. 28-30.

The PEAK Program is open to children ages 5 to 12, who live in Sitka or are visiting. Students will engage in a variety of educational lessons that promote STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities.

Students must provide a daily sack lunch, two pocket snacks and warm clothes. 

Registration paperwork can be emailed or picked up at the PEAK Program. Full-time and part-time rates are available.

Contact Karla Horner Raffaele at 747-6224 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information.





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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March 23, 2020



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