Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s office building on the corner of  Siginaka Way and Katlian Street is pictured Tuesday. The building’s HVAC system was replaced using Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. The Supreme Court recently ruled that Alaska Native corporations are also eligible for CARES Act funding. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

October 13, 2015 Community Happenings

Yellow Cedar

Walk Oct. 17

All are invited to join Kimi Eisele, the Island Institute artist in residence, for a free, interactive walk to nearby yellow cedar trees, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Participants should meet at 304 Baranof Street, ready to walk. 

The trees will be explored through conversations, duets, and spontaneous serenades, the Island Institite said. Families are welcome.

Call 747-3794 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.


Shadow Puppet

Workshops Set

Free shadow puppetry workshops for all ages will be held at the Island Institute, 304 Baranof Street, with artist-in-residence Kimi Eisele 2-4 p.m. Oct. 24 and 5-7 p.m. Oct. 28. 

Registration is required and may be done by calling 747-3794 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Participants will have the opportunity to help create the final Yellow Cedar Shadow Puppet Performance on Wednesday, Nov. 11. More details will be given at the workshop.


Writer’s Read 

Set for Oct. 21

The first Writer’s Read of the season, “At the Kitchen Table,” will be 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Island Institute, 304 Baranof Street.

Blue Canoe and Mt. Edgecumbe Brave writers will share stories inspired by the theme “At the Kitchen Table.” Fall-time treats and hot drinks will be available.

Those with questions may call 747-3794 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


‘Peter Pan’ Staged

At Odess Theater

The Sitka Fine Arts Camp Young Performers Theater program will present ‘‘Peter Pan,’’ written by JM Barrie and directed by Zeke Blackwell, 7 p.m. Oct. 23, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 24, and 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Odess Theater in Allen Hall.

Tickets for the family event are available at Old Harbor Books and at the door for $10 general, $5 students and seniors, and free for children under 5.


Annual Book Sale

At Library Oct. 17

The annual Friends of Kettleson Memorial Library Alaska Day Book Sale will be held 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, on the second floor of the library’s temporary home at 831 Lincoln Street.

‘‘This may be your last opportunity for some time to peruse and take home these books and other media,’’ the Friends said. ‘‘So, get a jump on the holiday season. Supplies should go quickly and they are available in exchange for your donations, with all proceeds going to support the library expansion project.’’

Volunteers willing to help with the sale are also needed. 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.


 Centennial Hall

Story to be Told

“Meet Me at Centennial” is the program focus 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the fellowship hall of Sitka Lutheran Church. Long-time city employees at the Centennial Building/Centennial Hall Don Kluting and David Patt will present its 50 years’ history of many uses from 1960s origins to present day and plans for the future.

Stories from Blatchley Middle School students will be displayed as reflections of the many and varied experiences at the civic center.

Light refreshments will be served as Alaska Day Committee members honor those of the past whose vision and efforts led to Sitka’s significant building.

Church entry is downstairs at 224 Lincoln Street or by driveway from Harbor Drive.


Winter Blanket

Drive in Progress

St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church will hold a winter blanket drive over the next few weeks for an upcoming Project Homeless Connect Resource Event scheduled Nov. 4 at the Salvation Army.

Blankets may be dropped off at the church, 611 Lincoln Street, by Sunday Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sundays.

For additional information, call the church office at 747-3977 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


‘The Intouchables’

Film to Show

SAIL will show the award-winning French film ‘‘The Intouchables’’ 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Larkspur Cafe.

The film is based on a true story of friendship between a millionaire with paraplegia and a man living life after prison. English subtitles are provided, and the film contains profanity. Contact Claire with questions at 747-6859.


Karate Classes Set

Kenwa Kai Karate of Sitka’s next monthly session begins Oct. 17 at the New Archangel Dancers studio.

Little Dragons (age 4-5) meet 10-10:45 a.m. Saturdays. Those age 6 and older may choose to attend on Saturdays 9-9:45 a.m., Mondays 6-6:45 p.m., and/or Wednesdays 6-6:45 p.m. Adults meet Wednesdays 7-7:45 p.m. New and returning students are welcome. 

For more info or to register visit or call Sensei Laurinda Marcello at 738-2887.


Hames to Host

Halloween Party

Hames gymnastics is hosting Parent’s Night Out 6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 as a fundraiser.

Parents who need a babysitter for Stardust Ball, or just wanting to relax for the rest of the evening while their kids burn off some trick-or-treating energy are invited to sign up their kids. 

Costumes are encouraged. Group activities and games will be played followed by the showing of a PG movie.

The event is for children ages 3-11. The price is $25 for the first child and $15 for each additional child in the family.

Activities will be guided and supervised by qualified adult volunteers.

Separate play areas will be set up for ages 3-5 and 6-11.

Signups are available online at or stop by the Hames Center to reserve a spot.


Shoebox Project

Donations Sought

The annual Operation Christmas Child Shoebox project is in full swing.

Individuals can pack a shoebox filled with small gifts to be given to a child somewhere in a developing country. Information on how to fill a shoebox can be found online at

Contact Calvary Chapel at 747-5454 for more information, to get an empty Christmas Child shoebox, or to have a filled shoebox picked up.

Shoeboxes are due by Nov. 1 and can also be dropped off 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at Grace Harbor Church.

The church expressed appreciation to AML for providing the shipping to Juneau.


Thanksgiving Items

On Sale at White E

Starting Thursday, The White Elephant Shop will have fall and Thanksgiving items available to purchase. Store hours will be noon to 3 p.m. The sale will continue noon-3 p.m. Saturday.



Raven Radio

Board to Meet

The Raven Radio board of directors will meet 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the station.

Call 747-5877 for more information.


Women’s Pistol

League Starting

The Sitka Sportsman’s Association announces the start of a Women’s Sunday night pistol league. 

Signups, range familiarization and practice will be held 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14. League shooting will be each Sunday at 7:30 p.m. starting on Oct. 18.

For more information, call Steve at 738-7267.


Trap and Skeet

Updates Given

The Sitka Sportsman’s Association will host the Alaska Day Biathlon Saturday, Oct. 17. 

As a result, no trap and skeet shooting will be offered that day. Activities will resume Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and will be offered every week.


Alaska Day Russian

Re-Enactors Sought

The re-enactment Russian naval unit is seeking new recruits this year for the Alaska Day Festival. 

Those interested can contact Cory Baggen or staff at Samson Tug and Barge at 747-8559. Costumes can be picked up at 329 Harbor Drive.

In the parade on Alaska Day afternoon, Sunday, Oct. 18, volunteers will march under the “imperial double-headed eagle” to Castle Hill for the transfer re-enactment in which they lower the Russian flag. They may also appear as greeters at various events.

Costumes are provided, including the white sailcloth shirts, dark wool pants and black wool “bezkozirka,” the official visorless cap piped in white, that was first introduced in the Russian navy in 1811.


Army Band

To Perform

On Oct. 16

Members of the 9th Army Band will again be part of Alaska Day Festival events in Sitka. The 25 soldiers will present a concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16 at the Performing Arts Center.

The band describes its program as “a tribute to our nation’s cultural, musical, and historical diversity. Please join us as we take you on a tour of different musical styles and ensembles that embody the American spirit! From American military marches to Dixieland, and from Jazz to Rock n’ Roll, this concert will feature something for everyone.”

Coming from Fort Wainwright near Fairbanks, band members will also appear in school programs this week. Groups from the band provide dance music for the ball on Saturday, Oct. 17, march in the parade on Sunday, Oct. 18, and provide ceremonial music for the transfer re-enactment ceremony on Castle Hill. 

Local military liaison Joan Berge, 738-2640, has more details.


Food Booths

Set up for

Alaska Day

Alaska Day Festival food booths will be open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. both Saturday, Oct. 17, and Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Sizzling Chow Restaurant on Lincoln Street.

Filipino food, nachos, shrimp po’boy sandwiches and reindeer dogs will be for sale.


Annual Meeting

Oct. 14 For Sitka

Historical Society

The public is invited to the Sitka Historical Society and Museum annual membership meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the ANB Founders Hall.

The presentations will include:          findings of NSF/SHS archaeological dives and excavation of survivors camp of Russian shipwreck, NEVA;           sesquicentennial – 150th commemorative; historic costuming project, with Carol Hughey unveiling the first stages of re-production of Princess Maksutov’s gown; and a walk-through of the new museum plans.

Light refreshments will be served.




August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 8-4-21)

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 11:27 a.m. Wednesday.

New cases as of Tuesday: 323

Total statewide – 72,584

Total (cumulative) deaths – 385

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,738

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

The City of Sitka posted the following update on COVID-19 cases in Sitka as of 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Active cases in Sitka – 123

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 37

Cumulative Sitka cases – 873 (797 resident; 76 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 748

Deceased (cumulative) – 2

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.

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Sitka Vax Stats 

The State of Alaska DHSS reported Wednesday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 5,682 (77%)

Fully vaccinated – 5,242 (71%)

Total population (12+) – 7,385

Sitka has vaccinated fully vaccinated 79 percent of its senior population (1,478 total), age 65 and older. 

Vaccination data for the City and Borough of Sitka can be found online at:





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