December 28, 2015 Community Happenings



Marine Mammal

Panel to Meet

The Sitka Marine Mammal Commission will meet 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, in the STA resource protection department office, 429 Katlian Street. The public is invited to attend.


‘Lotsa Helping

Hands’ on Tap 

‘‘Lotsa Helping Hands’’ will be the focus of an interactive presentation 4-5 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Sealing Cove Business Center, 601 Alice Loop Road. Light refreshments will be served.

Erin Matthes, Brave Heart Volunteers therapeutic program director, will lead the presentation. 

Lotsa Helping Hands is a confidential online tool that has been used with families in Sitka and thousands worldwide to provide coordination, communication, and support for caregivers from family and friends who want to help during times of caregiver exhaustion. Childcare, transportation, visiting, meal preparation, snow removal, gardening and check-in phone calls are a few of the tasks caregivers may need. Caregivers identify specific tasks and friends choose and sign up for tasks they can do. The tool is useful to those providing care from a distance as well as for those caring for someone locally.

“The tool removes the awkwardness of having to ask for help during a stressful time when a caregiver needs to focus on caregiving, not asking for and scheduling help,” organizers said. “Lotsa can strengthen Sitka by being a place where everyone can give and receive help through the power of community.”

Attendees are asked to take their own laptop, smartphone, or tablet if available; however, they are not required.

For further information, contact BHV, 747-4600.

Youth, Adult

Hip Hop Taught

Hames Center is offering youth and adult hip hop classes beginning Sunday, Jan. 3.

Individuals can sign up for the four-week series and learn new moves while getting a great workout, organizers said.

Those ages 13 and under start at 1 p.m. and ages 14 and up start at 2 p.m. Students who attend all four classes will receive full class credit for any future Hames Center purchases.

Sign up at or 747-5080.


TRX Classes Set

The Hames Center will offer TRX Fusion drop-in classes with Michalene and Dawn 4-4:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Jan. 4.

TRX is a low-impact, suspension training workout designed by Navy Seals. 

Classes offer a blend of TRX with functional fitness using kettlebells, medicine balls and other equipment.

Grace will teach TRX-plus 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and TRX basic 11:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday Jan. 4-29.

Sign up at or 747-5080.


Quilters Meet

Ocean Wave Quilt Guild will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Grace Harbor Church across from Sea Mart.

A potluck dinner will be at 6 p.m. Members should also take their own tableware. For more information, call Megan Pasternak at 747-5943.



Open Sewing Listed

Ocean Wave Quilt Guild will sponsor open sewing 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Church of Christ on Kashevaroff Street.

The event is open to members and non-members for fellowship and a potluck lunch. Call Audrey at 907-623-0301 with questions.



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At a Glance

(updated 6-29-22)

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 12:15 pm Wednesday, June 29.

New cases as of Wednesday: 2,123

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 261,987

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,252

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,772

Current Hospitalizations – 87

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

COVID in Sitka

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

Cases in last 7 days – 22

Cumulative Sitka cases – 2,763

Hospitalizations (to date) – 29

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






June 2002

Photo caption: The ANB team celebrates after winning the Sitka Major League tournament. From left are Billy Allery, Gordon Reeder, Chris Scott, Ross Venneberg, Cole Venneberg, Kale Vilandre, Cedar Mayo, Rhys Kimmel, Leslie Isaacs, Ian Blair, Kory Hansen and Kyle Foot.



June 1972

For the second year in a row, Don Barton Jr., a Washington state logger, has walked off with the All-Alaska Logging Championship all-around logger trophy. Two other former winners, Mike McGraw (1968) and Jack Adams (1970), again placed high.