January 14, 2016 Community Happenings

SCT Presents

‘Broadway Night’

Sitka Community Theater presents Broadway Night, an evening of local celebrities and friends singing show tunes, 6:30 p.m. Friday, January 29, at Odess Theater. 

Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40, including wine, sales tax and hors d’ hoeuvres, available at Old Harbor Books. Tickets go on sale Jan. 15. 

Proceeds from the show will help cover the costs of producing SCT’s first musical production “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

For more information call 738-0602.

SCT is a project of the Greater Sitka Arts Council.


SCT to Hold

Auditions for

‘Spelling Bee’

Sitka Community Theater will hold auditions for the spring musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, and 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, in Room 108 at the Rasmuson Student Center, on the SJ Campus.

The play will be directed by Sotera Perez, and has nine main roles for those age high school through adult.

Those planning to audition should prepare 45 seconds of an a cappella song from a Broadway musical. Pages from the show will be provided for the acting portion of the audition. Call-backs will take place 6 p.m. Tuesday. A call-back list will be released following auditions. Call-back music and scenes will be provided for participants.

Those wanting to volunteer for scenery and other tech jobs may sign up at either audition.

Those with questions may call Shannon at 907-738-0602 or Sotera at 907-752-0634. SCT is a project of the Greater Sitka Arts Council.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” won the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book. 

A description of the play provided by organizers says: “An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming ‘ding’ of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.”






Alaska Day Festival

Plans for October

Coordinators for Sitka’s 2016 mid-October community Alaska Day Festival will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Sealing Cove Business Center, 601 Alice Loop.

On the agenda are election of trustees and proposals for a theme which might focus on an organization, activity, anniversary, or tradition important in Sitka’s heritage.

The Alaska Day Committee will meet each following third Tuesday of the month. Persons having comments about Festival activities or new volunteers are invited to attend the meetings or contact Chairman Ted Allio at 747-5124.


Tribal Council Meets

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska Tribal Council will meet 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, in the Sheet’ka Kwáan Naa Kahídi.

The meeting is open to the public, and features a “Tribal Citizens to be Heard” item for public comment. For information, contact Kathy Hope Erickson, 747-7352.


Harp Sing Set

The Sitka Sacred Harp group will meet 3:30-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Pioneers Home Chapel for a special sing with an out-of-town singing guest. Beginners and listeners always welcome. Call 738-2089 with questions.


Hospital Schedules

Audit Presentation

Sitka Community Hospital will present the FY15 audit presentation 12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, in the hospital classroom. It is open to the public. For further information, contact Wendy Fowler at 747-1725.


Children’s Museum

Open on SJ Campus

The Sitka Children’s Museum  opened its doors Wednesday at the Yaw building on the SJ Campus.

The Sitka Fine Arts Camp program is open 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays.  Admission is $5 a family.



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At a Glance

(updated 8-17-22)

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, August 17.

New cases as of Wednesday: 1,444

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 277,007

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,296

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,843

Case Rate per 100,000 – 198.11

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.

Case Rate per 100,000 – 211.20

Cases in last 7 days – 18

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,022

Hospitalizations (to date) – 29

Deceased (cumulative) – 7

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






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