ALASKAN FLAVOR – Young dancers Eloise Branch, Ella Haley Colliver, Maddox Dozier, Molly Hames, Maddy McDevitt, Aurora Phillips and Annie White emerge from the skirt of Mother Ginger, played by Jill Kisaka, during a rehearsal for “The Nutcracker” Wednesday. The Alaska-themed ballet opens 7 p.m. tonight at the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are on sale at and at the door. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

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January 17, 2023, Community Happenings

History, Dessert

Fundraiser on Tap

The Sitka Maritime Heritage Society will present a history and dessert fundraiser, “1920: Murder in Chatham Strait,” by Betsy Longenbaugh and Ed Schoenfeld, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Centennial Hall.

Tickets, $35, include a dessert by Wild Flour Bakery. Tickets are available at and at Old Harbor Books.

The historic presentation sheds light on the world, and underworld, of prohibition-era maritime Alaska. Longenbaugh, formerly of Sitka and a retired newspaper reporter, is author of “Forgotten Murders from Alaska” from Epicenter Press. Schoenfeld is a retired newspaper and broadcast reporter and editor. For more information, go to, email or call (907) 623-8054.


The maritime murder covered in the program took place about 40 miles east of Sitka.


AFS Seeking

New Families

The Sitka AFS high school exchange program is seeking four Sitka families to host a student for the next school year.

Hosted students this year are from Latvia, Morocco, Cameroon and Bosnia/Herzegovina.

Local training and support are available for hosting a student.

Students arrive in August and stay until early June. Call Connie Kreiss at 747-5387 or Erika Knox at 738-9204 for information or go to


Chinese New Year

Program On Tap

Sitka Babies and Books invites families of children ages birth to 4 years to a celebration of the Chinese New Year 10:30 a.m. Jan. 21 at the Sitka Public Library.

Children, parents and caregivers are welcome to enjoy a morning of readings and activities. Registration is required to receive a copy of a free book about the program’s theme. 

Books are purchased with a grant from Sitka Legacy Foundation, an affiliate of the Alaska Community Foundation. 

For information call the library at 907-747-4020 or e-mail Maite at 


‘Into the White’

Film to Show

A free showing of the Norwegian film “Into the White” will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 408 Marine Street.

Set during World War II, the film is based on the true story of German and British pilots who crash in the mountains of Norway in the winter.  In order to survive, they must set aside the rules of war.

It is open to the public.


Keet Family

Night Thursday

Keet Gooshi Heen families are invited to a family night event 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19.

A meal of pancit, vegetable spring rolls and fruit will be served. The night will include art activities, an open gym, American sign language, math and board games, Legos, ping-pong and strawberry-dipping.

It is sponsored by the Sitka Rotary Club, Nana Corporation, and AC Lakeside. Text or call Kari at 752-7323 with questions.


Baranof Students

Invited to Event

Kindergartners and first-graders are invited to attend a free after-school Good News Club after school until 3:30 p.m. Thursdays Jan. 26-April 13 at  the school.

Activities will include games, crafts, puppet Bible stories, and other activities.

Registration forms are at Baranof School or e-mail Mary Stevens at  Parents should the student with the signed forms to take to their first session.  Call Mary Stevens (907)752-2048 with questions.


Harp Sing Set

All are invited to learn to sing four-part a capella harmony in the Sacred Harp (shape note) tradition 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Pioneers Home chapel.

Beginners and listeners are welcome. Singing is from the red Denson  and Christmas books. Loaner books are available. Masks are optional. For information call Sara at 747-2915.


School Budget

Session Tonight

The Sitka School Board will hold a budget work session 6 p.m. tonight at the Sitka School District district office. No action will be taken.



Combined Meeting

A combined meeting of Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 1 and Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 4 is scheduled 5:30 p.m. Jan. 26 .at the ANB Founders Hall on Katlian Street.

Planning for Elizabeth Peratrovich Day activities on Feb. 16 is on the agenda. All members are being encouraged to attend and to take a friend. The meeting is open to the public. 


ANS to Meet

Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 4 will gather for a regular business meeting 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Swan Lake Terrace senior housing at 414 Hollywood Way.

The meeting in the commons area is open to the public. For information call Karen at 747-7803.

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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.






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