September 24, 2013 Community Happenings

    Emblem Club Meets
    Sitka Emblem Club will hold a social meeting 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Sitka Elks Lodge. New members will be initiated.

    Michael Mao Dance
    Company in Sitka
    The Michael Mao Dance company will be on stage 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Sitka Performing Arts Center.
    Sitka Fine Arts Camp invites the public to a night of music, movement, and multicultural dance.
    Michael Mao Dance is a critically acclaimed New York-based modern dance company with an international corps of accomplished dancers.
    ‘‘Performers display enormous dexterity, ability, strength, and skill in a theatrical presentation on the beauty and power of the human body,’’ the local organizers said.
    They have performed worldwide. He has created over 50 works for his company that have been presented in New York City at the Joyce, Dance Theater Workshop, Kaye Playhouse, City Center Danspace, Symphony Space, Riverside Theatre, Madison Square Garden and at Purchase College. The group has toured in Europe, throughout the continental U.S. and Mexico, and the major cities of China.
    Tickets are on sale at Old Harbor Books at $15 for students and seniors, and $20 for adults. For more information, call Sitka Fine Arts Camp at 747-3085.
    Chamber to Host
    Candidate Forum
    The Sitka Chamber of Commerce will host a forum for Sitka Assembly candidates noon Sept. 25 at the Westmark Sitka.
    Attendees will hear from candidates on a variety of issues and be given an opportunity to ask questions of their own, the Chamber said.
    Luncheons are open to the public. For more information, call the Sitka Chamber office at 747-8604. Check out the website at for a calendar of events and upcoming lunches.

    Birthday Party
    For Mike Mayo
    A birthday celebration will be held for Mike Mayo 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 408 Marine Street.
    Friends and family are invited to take a potluck dish and stories to roast and toast Mike for his birthday.
    For more information, call 738-5092.

    City League
    Basketball Set
    The City League basketball season begins Oct. 14 at the Blatchley gym.
    Players fees are $75. Sponsor fees are $400 a team.
    Teams can sign up for two practices on Oct. 7 or 13.

    Park Advisory Meets
    The Sitka State Parks Advisory Board will meet 7:30 a.m. Oct. 8 at Centennial Hall. The public is invited to attend.

TAP Class Set
A Training for Alcohol Professions class will be held 9 a.m. Sept. 28 at Westmark Sitka in the banquet room.
The class fulfills the State of Alaska education requirements for servers and sellers of beverage alcohol. Cost is $45 and ID cards required.
Those who have an expired TAM card less than 6 months expired may simply take the test. Cost is $45 and individuals must arrive by 8:30 a.m.
Call Helen at 747-6738 for more information.

    Free Rocks
    The Sitka Sound Science Center has gone through the geology collection and has a variety of rocks that are free to a good home or garden. Those interested should swing by the center this week 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Mini Coopers
    To be in Parade
    A planning meeting is set 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Larkspur Cafe to gather Mini Coopers for the Alaska Day parade.
    Those wanting to talk to fellow mini people about using their cars to support various local activities and non-profits can attend the meeting, or call Ellen at 738-2174 or Sherie at 738-0388.
    Line-up for the parade is 12:30 p.m. and the parade starts at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 18.

    Open Mic Set
    Sitka Folk and the Greater Sitka Arts Council will host a benefit open mic at the Larkspur Cafe 7 p.m. Sept. 29. Sign-up starts at 6:30 p.m.
    Those with questions may call Ted Howard at 747-5482.

    Vegetables on Sale
    At Saturday Event
    Sitkans will be given their last chance to stock up on local vegetables during the end-of-the-season event Sept. 28.
    Sitka Local Foods Network will have root veggies and greens at the Running of the Boots 10 a.m.-noon  Sept. 28.  A tent will be set up by St. Michael’s Church. WIC clients can use their Farmers Market vouchers. For more information call Cathy, 747-3702.

    Event to Honor
    Duck Didrickson
    Friends, family and community members at-large are invited to honor, celebrate and remember the life events of Donald “Duck” Didrickson 3-6 p.m.  Sept. 29 at the ANB Founders Hall.
    Didrickson was diagnosed with late-stage cancer. In lieu of any cultural ceremonies that friends, family, clans and community members may want to host in his memory, Didrickson requests that this event be held in his honor.
    Volunteers are asked to call Tom Gamble at 738-1040.

    Art Auction to
    Seek Donations
    The Sitka Seafood Festival and fishermen’s Eye Gallery are accepting donations for a live art auction Oct. 5.
    Those wanting to donate an item, or have questions, can call Linda at 747-6985 or Vern at 738-6088.
    The auction is planned 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Westmark Sitka banquet room. The preview is at 6 p.m. It will include a no-host bar, light refreshments and door prizes. All proceeds benefit the Sitka Seafood Festival.

    Pioneers of Alaska
    Meeting on Tap
    The Pioneers of Alaska regular potluck, program and meeting is set Oct. 1 at the Sitka Methodist church on Kimsham Street.
    Social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., dinner at at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting.
    A split-the-pot raffle and door prize will be part of the program, as well as reports from the delegates to the annual convention.

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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.