WEEKEND HANGOUT – Gina Lusher, foreground right, and other Sitka Cirque aerialists rehearse Thursday night for this weekend’s show, Cirque Noir, at the 207 Smith Street studio. The show includes cage dancers, live music and champagne. Kids from first grade through high school will have a separate fundraiser showcase event Saturday afternoon from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tickets for both shows are available online at sitkacirque.com. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

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November 22, 2022, Community Happenings

Ocean Wave

Quilters Meet

Ocean Wave Quilters will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at United Methodist Church.

Those wishing to participate in the Christmas gift exchange should take a wrapped quilting-related gift to the meeting.

Monthly meetings, September through June, are open to all, members or not. Those wishing to pay the $25 dues receive a monthly newsletter, discounts on classes and other benefits.

For more information call President Sarah Jordan at 907-738-7272.


Open Sewing

Session Offered

Ocean Wave Quilters will sponsor an open sewing session 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at United Methodist Church.

All are invited to attend. Irons, ironing boards, tables and chairs are provided. Lunch is a potluck.

For more information call Linda Swanson at 907-747-3471.


Woman’s Club

Scholarship Set

The Sitka Woman’s Club is offering the $1,000 Waldo Mills Scholarship to a single mother living in Sitka who is pursuing an education.

Considered enrollment for the spring  semester are: part time or full time, in-person or online. The scholarship opportunity is open to single mothers enrolled in college, vocational programming or certification classes.  

Applicants can submit a one-page letter describing their present situation and educational goals and aims. The school’s name and their registrar’s office contact phone number should be included. 

Send application letter by email to  sitkawomansclub@gmail.com or mail to Sitka Woman’s Club, 300 Harbor Drive, Sitka AK 99835.

All submissions must be emailed or postmarked by Dec. 23.


Winter Monthly

Grind is Dec. 10

The Sitka Winter Wonderland Monthly Grind will be Dec. 10 at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi. Doors open 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Attendees can take a homemade dessert to share and be part of the dessert contest. The grind philosophy remains, in its 28th year, nonpolitical, affordable and family entertainment.

Tickets are available for $5 at Old Harbor Books. 

‘‘Take note, we have been selling out,’’ Jeff Budd said. ‘‘We always welcome people, young and old, who would like to be in the show, let us know.’’

Call Budd at (907) 747-4821 with questions.


Mariner’s First Aid,

CPR Class in Sitka

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer a Mariner’s First Aid and CPR/AED class 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 7 at NSRAA, 1308 Sawmill Creek Road.

The cost for the class is $125, including sales tax. Mariners may register online at www.amsea.org or call (907) 747-3287.

The class will cover CPR & automatic external defibrillators (AED); treatment of choking; medical emergencies; trauma; environmental hazards; patient assessment; medical communications; drowning & hypothermia; and common fishing injuries. Attendees will receive a U.S. Coast Guard-accepted, two-year certificate issued by the American Safety & Health Institute.


F/V Drill Conductor

Training in Sitka

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer a fishing vessel drill conductor class 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 9 at NSRAA, 1308 Sawmill Creek Road.

The cost for the class is $125 for commercial fishermen and $225 for all others. Register online at www.amsea.org or call (907) 747-3287.

It meets the U.S. Coast Guard training requirements for drill conductors on commercial fishing vessels.

Participants can gain hands-on training with marine safety equipment and learn best practices for surviving emergencies at sea. AMSEA is offering this class at a reduced cost to commercial fishermen with support from the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, and AMSEA members.


Preschool Storytime

Offered at Library 

Preschool storytime at Sitka Public Library will be offered in-person 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1.

‘‘The Worst Teddy Ever’’ by Marcelo Verdad will be one of the books featured in a program that includes rhymes, songs and a craft project.

All are invited to attend. For information call 907-747-4020.

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At a Glance

(updated 9-12-2023)

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 8:57 a.m. Tuesday, September 12.

New cases as of Tuesday: 278

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 301,513

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,485

Case Rate per 100,000 – 38.14

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

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "Low.'' Case statistics are as of Tuesday.

Case Rate/100,000 – 152.50

Cases in last 7 days – 13

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,575

Deceased (cumulative) – 10

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






December 2003

The Sawmill Cove Industrial Park board of directors endorsed a final contract tuesday for the city to sell a minimum of 40 million gallons of reservoir water per year to an export company based in New York City. ... under the contract Quest would have the right to purchase up to 1 billion gallons of water per year at 1 cent per gallon



December 1973

 The City and Borough of Sitka conducted a community public opinion poll evaluating municipal services and facilities. ... The overall results gave this priority order: 1. roads and highways; 2. water and sewer; 3. downtown parking; 4. garbage collection and disposal; 5. hospital and medical facilities; 6. planning and zoning; 7. boat harbors.


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