September 6, 2013 Community Happenings

ANB/ANS to Meet
    A combined meeting of the Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 1 and the Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 4 will be 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at the ANB Founders Hall.
    All community members are being encouraged to attend.

    White E Shop
    Meeting Slated
    The White Elephant Shop monthly meeting will be 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Swan Lake Senior Center. Meetings are open to the public.

    Preschool to Hold
    Board Meeting
    The 3 to 5 Preschool will hold its annual board of directors meeting and parent orientation 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12  in the preschool’s classroom, Suite 110 in the Rasmuson Building on the SJ Campus.
    Contact Emily Seid at 747-6898 for more information.

    Hold Meeting
    A gathering of Sitka homeschoolers will be 1 p.m. Sept. 13 in the basement at the Sitka Assembly of God Church. All homeschooling parents and kids are invited. Contact Susan Jensen at 747-5454 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

    School Board Meets
    Sitka School Board will hold a regular meeting 7 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Sitka High library.
    The board will hold an executive session to discuss HSGQE waivers. The public is invited.

    Alaska Day Panel
    Meets Tuesday
    Alaska Day Festival coordinators will meet at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday in September at Centennial Hall.  Planning continues for the 2013 mid-October commemoration of the 1867 purchase transfer of Russian claim in Alaska to the United States.
    Celebrating 50 years of the Alaska Marine Highway System will be the theme this year.
    Persons having comments about Festival activities or new volunteers are invited to attend the meetings or contact Chairman Ted Allio at 747-5124 or Schedule Coordinator Elaine Strelow at 747-3469. The festival’s mailing address is P.O. Box 1355, Sitka, and its website is

    Library Plans
    Now on View
    Sitkans are invited to Kettleson Memorial Library to view the two final floor plans for the library expansion project.
    The planning committee and architects are gathering comments from the citizenry about the two proposals, as they develop their final design. Post-it notes have been provided for Sitkans to offer their ideas with architects and building design committee. The target date for final design and final cost estimate will be early November.

    Art Show Open
    House Sunday
    An open house for ‘‘creating with the creator’’ art classes is set 1-3 p.m. Sept. 8 at the First Presbyterian Church.
    The public is invited to see what participants have assembled over the past three weeks. it is free and open to all.
    for more information call Cyndy at 738-0655 or the church at 747-3356.

    Art Class Set
    All are invited to learn assemblage art in the free ‘‘creating with the creator’’ art class 3-5 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Sitka First Presbyterian Church.
    Call Cyndy at 738-0655 or the church at 747-3356 for more information.

    Public Invited to
    SAFV Training
    Sitkans Against Family Violence will start its free community training 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 408 Marine Street. 
    Scheduled are presentations about the history of violence against women, cultural considerations for those providing services to Alaska Natives, and self-care.
    The 6-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, session will be on the dynamics of domestic violence.
    All those interested in understanding the issues are welcome.
    ‘‘As a community, we must make an effort so that everyone can be safe in his or her home,’’ SAFV said.  For more information, call 747-3370.

    Climate Change is
    Topic of Program
    The final evening program of the season at Sitka National Historical Park visitor center will explore climate change and its impacts. The program is 7 p.m. Sept. 11.
    ‘‘Climate change is the greatest threat to our national parks, and to Sitka’s natural and cultural resources,’’ the park said. ‘‘What if climate change meant the salmon couldn’t come home?’’

    At Grace Harbor
    Grace Harbor will host a community “Singspiration” song service 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 15.
    Musicians from three local congregations will lead the music. Refreshments will be served afterwards. The event is free and open to the public.  Those with questions may call the church office at 747-5706.

    C:ARE Luncheon
    On Home Care
    “Fixing to Stay: Home Improvement for Accessibility, Aging and Home Care” will be presented by Karla Zervos at the C:ARE luncheon noon Sept. 18 at the Pioneers Home Manager’s House. Lunch will be provided.
    ‘‘People want to recuperate at home after injuries, medical procedures and when short- or long-term illnesses occur, but home health care rarely comes to mind when repairing, remodeling or building a house,’’ Brave Heart Volunteers said.
    Big and small improvements around the house designed to support convenience, safety and caregiving for people of all ages and abilities, Zervos said.
    For more information call Brave Heart Volunteers at 747-4600.

    Zumba on Tap
    The University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus will offer a Zumba class 5:15-6:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Sept. 9-Dec. 14 at the UAS Sitka Campus. The one-credit class will be taught by Emily Davis.
    To learn more about the class and others, stop by the campus, call 747-7700, or go online at

    Yoga at UAS
    University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus will offer a yoga class  noon-1 p.m. Mondays Sept. 8-Dec. 14 at the UAS Sitka Campus. The one-credit class will be taught by Kari Johnson.
    The class is designed to inspire students who are new to yoga and also to welcome experienced practitioners. The principles of alignment or biomechanics will be emphasized to show the practitioner how to explore the poses at a deeper level, Johnson said.
    A variety of sun salutations – simple poses linked – will be taught integrating the moves with breath work. To learn more about this class and others, stop by the campus, call 747-7700, or go online at

    Weight-Training for
    Women Class Set
    A weight training class for women will run noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Sept. 10-Dec. 14 at the UAS Sitka Campus. The one-credit class will be taught by Amanda Johnson.
    Students will participate in a variety of muscle toning and resistance activities using hand weights, rubber tubing, stability balls and body weight. The course is appropriate for women at all fitness levels who are in generally good health.
    To learn more, stop by the campus, call 747-7700, or go online at

    Ravenstail Weaving
    Art Class at UAS
     A Ravenstail Northwest Coast art class will run Oct. 7-19 at the UAS Sitka Campus. The two-credit class will be taught by award-winning weaver Teri Rofkar of Sitka.
    The introduction to traditional twining techniques that were used in ceremonial garments along the Northwest Coast will be studied through creation of regalia. Discussion of the history of twined regalia, dyeing and spinning techniques, as well as traditional designs will be taught.
    To learn more stop by the UAS Sitka Campus, call 747-7700, or go online at

    Tlingit Language
    Offered at UAS
    University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus will offer Tlingit language classes 4-5 p.m. Mondays, beginning Sept. 9 at the UAS Sitka Campus. The one-credit class will be taught by Roby Littlefield.
    The class is an introduction to basic Tlingit grammatical structures and vocabulary with an emphasis on the development of listening and speaking skills.
    To register, stop by the campus, call 747-7700, or go online at

    Spreadsheets Topic
    Of UAS Workshop
    The spreadsheets in the workplace class will be taught Sept. 23-Dec. 14 at the UAS Sitka Campus. The one-credit class will be taught by Susie Feero.
    It introduces the use of electronic spreadsheet software for reporting and analyzing information. Covers creating, designing, and modifying spreadsheets, simple formulas and charts.
    To learn more about the class and other UAS Sitka Campus programs, stop by the campus, call 747-7700, or go online at

    Golf on Course
    A golf class will be taught 1-3 p.m. Sundays Sept. 8-Oct. 27. The one-credit class will be taught by John Rennie.
    The course is designed for the beginner and intermediate golfer, and those that would like to tune-up on their swing. To learn more about this class and other UAS Sitka Campus programs, stop by the campus, call 747-7700, or go online at

    Ceramics Taught
    The UAS Sitka Campus will offer  a ceramics class 6-9 p.m. Mondays beginning Sept. 9 at the UAS Sitka Campus. The three-credit class will be taught by Liz Zacher.
    It will be an introduction to the making and firing of clay objects. Intermediate and advanced students will learn the potter’s wheel, glaze, calculations and plaster.
    To learn more, stop by the campus, call 747-7700, or go online at

    Harp Sing Set
    The second Sunday Sitka Sacred Harp Sing is set 3:30-5 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Pioneers Home Chapel. It is the America’s oldest singing tradition. Beginners and listeners are welcome. For more information, call 738-2089.

    ‘Hatmaking’ for
    Alaska Day Taught
    UAS-Sitka Campus, Office of Continuing Education, will offer an Alaska Day hatmaking workshop 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Oct. 5. Participants will have a choice of making one of several different style of ladies hats, including a Juliet (or teardop) hat, the Boater or riding hat, the Fanchon, the open crown, the Pork Pie hat, or the Spoon Bonnet, each appropriate to the 1860s era.
    A variety of ribbons, tulle, fabric, feathers and flowers, as well as a variety of other trimmings, such as beaded trim and braids, will be available for use.
    Each participant will be able to complete a unique hat in the four-hour class. Gayle Hammons will instruct.  The cost is $35 for an adult, and $20 for age 7 years and younger.
    For more information or to register, call 747-7762.

    Scouts to Register
    Boy Scout and Girl Scout registrations will be 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 13 at Centennial Hall. Boy Scouts is open to boys in first through 12th grades. Girl Scouts is open to girls in kindergarten to 12 grades.
    The Girl Scout registration fee is $20 plus the cost of uniform, books and supplies.
    Adult volunteer leaders and co-leaders are needed in both groups. For more Boy Scout information contact Eve Fish at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Call Rose MacIntyre at 966-2599 for more information about Girl Scouts.

    Native Evangelist
    Slated to Speak
    Johanna Hotch, evangelist, teacher and intercessor of Glory to God Ministries, will speak 7 p.m. Sept. 10, 11 and 12 at the First Presbyterian Church, 505 Sawmill Creek Road. All are invited.

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At a Glance

(updated 5-25-22)

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 11:55 pm Wednesday, May 25.

New cases as of Wednesday: 1,911

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 251,425

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,252

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,776

Current Hospitalizations – 46

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

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "medium.'' Case statistics are as of Wednesday.

Cases in last 7 days – 25

Cumulative Sitka cases – 2,658

Hospitalizations (to date) – 32

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.





May 2002


From Sitka’s Past by Robert DeArmond: May 14, 1878 – The steamer California brought a cannery crew to Sitka for one of the first two salmon canneries in Alaska. The cannery, located at Starrigavan, operated for only two seasons and was abandoned.

May 1972

 The work of four Sitka artists will be represented in the Ketchikan Arts and Crafts Guild Traveling Show. The artists are Alice Bergdoll, Linda Larsen, Marilyn Nevers and Clint Miller.