SAIL Senior Hiking Club sets next hike for the afternoon of Thursday, March 30

The Sitka office of Southeast Alaska Independent Living Inc. (SAIL) has announced its next Senior Hiking Club hike will be from 1-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 30 (note time change from usual schedule). Seniors should meet at the Swan Lake Senior Center for transportation to the trailhead, which will be chosen by the group participating that day.

Normally, the group picks the trail on the day of the hike, but occasionally a trail is picked before the event. SAIL makes trekking poles available for hikers to use (trekking poles are great on ice or uneven terrain, and they help seniors keep their balance), and hikers are encouraged to bring ice cleats such as YakTrax during the icy months of winter.

SAIL offers Senior Hiking Club events for those age 60 or older once a month, usually on the second or third Thursday. There is a $5 fee, but nobody will be turned away because of finances. The hikes are open to people of all abilities and fitness levels. To learn more about the Senior Hiking Club, check out our January 2013 post introducing the club.

To learn more about the Senior Hiking Club, senior and adaptive kayaking trips, senior cycling events, and and a variety of other outdoors skills and survival classes, contact SAIL ORCA (Outdoor Recreation and Community Access) program coordinator Steve Hutchinson at 747-6859 or email him at shutchinson@sailinc.org. The calendar includes hiking, orienteering, kayaking, and other events for seniors, youth, and the disabled.

• SAIL events calendar for March 2017

Eighth annual Choose Respect March to take place on Thursday, March 23

Join the Sitka Youth Leadership Committee and Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV) and walk in the Eighth Annual Choose Respect March from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 23. There also will be a sign-making event from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, at The Island Institute, on Baranof Street across from Baranof Elementary School.

We’ll start at Totem Square at noon, head down Lincoln Street and gather at the Crescent Harbor Shelter. Let everyone know that you support the movement to stop the epidemic of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse in Alaska. At the rally, you will learn about some of the exciting programs in the community which empower youth to prevent violence before it ever occurs.

“When we started planning, we thought it would be timely to widen the focus from intimate partner violence to all kinds of violence we are witnessing these days,” said Martina Kurzer, SAFV Community Coordinator. “We’ll march for equality and diversity, and against violence and oppression. So immigration, LGBTQIA, poverty, abuse of power, are all issues we can express in this event. Our hope is to offer another opportunity for making a statement. We’ll have some speakers there, including Kathy Hope-Erickson, Phil Burdick, and hopefully, some student council members. The event will be over by 12:45 pm.”

Even though the state no longer provides support for statewide Choose Respect March events, SAFV is keeping the Sitka event going. If you are an employer, please allow your staff members to participate in this community event. Our goal is to be seen, statewide, as a community that cares.

Nearly one out of every two women in Sitka (47 percent) has experienced domestic violence, sexual violence, or both in her lifetime, according to a 2012 survey by the UAA Justice Center.

For questions, please call Martina or Julia at SAFV, 747-3370. We look forward to seeing you there.

SAIL Senior Hiking Club sets next hike for the afternoon of Thursday, March 9

The Sitka office of Southeast Alaska Independent Living Inc. (SAIL) has announced its next Senior Hiking Club hike will be from 1-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 9. Seniors should meet at the Swan Lake Senior Center for transportation to the trailhead for Forest and Muskeg Trail.

Normally, the group picks the trail on the day of the hike, but occasionally a trail is picked before the event. SAIL makes trekking poles available for hikers to use (trekking poles are great on ice or uneven terrain, and they help seniors keep their balance), and hikers are encouraged to bring ice cleats such as YakTrax during the icy months of winter.

SAIL offers Senior Hiking Club events for those age 60 or older once a month, usually on the second or third Thursday. There is a $5 fee, but nobody will be turned away because of finances. The hikes are open to people of all abilities and fitness levels. To learn more about the Senior Hiking Club, check out our January 2013 post introducing the club.

To learn more about the Senior Hiking Club, senior and adaptive kayaking trips, senior cycling events, and and a variety of other outdoors skills and survival classes, contact SAIL ORCA (Outdoor Recreation and Community Access) program coordinator Steve Hutchinson at 747-6859 or email him at shutchinson@sailinc.org. The calendar includes hiking, orienteering, kayaking, and other events for seniors, youth, and the disabled.

• SAIL events calendar for March 2017

SAIL Senior Hiking Club sets next hike for the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 23

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The Sitka office of Southeast Alaska Independent Living Inc. (SAIL) has announced its next Senior Hiking Club hike will be from 1-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 (note time change from usual schedule). Seniors should meet at the Swan Lake Senior Center for transportation to the trailhead, which will be chosen by the group participating that day.

Normally, the group picks the trail on the day of the hike, but occasionally a trail is picked before the event. SAIL makes trekking poles available for hikers to use (trekking poles are great on ice or uneven terrain, and they help seniors keep their balance), and hikers are encouraged to bring ice cleats such as YakTrax during the icy months of winter.

SAIL offers Senior Hiking Club events for those age 60 or older once a month, usually on the second or third Thursday. There is a $5 fee, but nobody will be turned away because of finances. The hikes are open to people of all abilities and fitness levels. To learn more about the Senior Hiking Club, check out our January 2013 post introducing the club.

To learn more about the Senior Hiking Club, senior and adaptive kayaking trips, senior cycling events, and and a variety of other outdoors skills and survival classes, contact SAIL ORCA (Outdoor Recreation and Community Access) program coordinator Steve Hutchinson at 747-6859 or email him at shutchinson@sailinc.org. The calendar includes hiking, orienteering, kayaking, and other events for seniors, youth, and the disabled.

• SAIL events calendar for February 2017

Sitka National Historical Park to host battlefield restoration meetings, including a walking meeting

Photo courtesy of Sitka National Historical Park

Photo courtesy of Sitka National Historical Park

SitkaNationalHistoricalParkSignSitka National Historical Park invites the public to attend two meetings and a “Walk-and-Talk” in February to comment on park plans to restore the view to the sea from the Tlingít fort site of Shis’kí Noow. The project goal is to restore the landscape to an appearance more closely representative of what it looked like in 1804, and provide visitors a more accurate and better physical representation of the 1804 Tlingít-Russian battlefield.

The two public meetings will begin with a presentation by the park’s Chief of Resources, Brinnen Carter PhD, at 5 p.m., on Wednesdays, Feb. 15 and Feb. 22 at the Sitka National Historical Park Visitor Center. The “Walk-and-Talk” will be held at noon on Feb. 15, starting at the Visitor Center, and will last approximately one hour.

At all three events, Dr. Carter will present the scope of the project, answer questions, and gather public opinion. Work is scheduled to take place this summer.

For more information, please contact Angie Richman at 747-0132.

SEARHC Health Promotion to host lunchtime walking group for heart health

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searhc-logo-rgb-150-webThe SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Health Promotion Program is hosting a lunchtime healthy lifestyle walking program from 12:15-12:45 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the main entrance of Sitka National Historical Park. This walking program was launched in celebration of American Heart Month in February.

Heart disease is the leading killer for men and women in the United States, and one in every four deaths each year is related to heart disease. Walking and similar healthy physical activity is a good way to reduce your risk for heart disease.

We’re “just trying to encourage physical activity for a healthy heart,” SEARHC Health Educator Heleena Van Veen said. The free walking program is open to all, and there is no target age group. For more information, contact Heleena at 966-8914 or heleena.vanveen@searhc.org.

SAIL Senior Hiking Club sets next hike for the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 9

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The Sitka office of Southeast Alaska Independent Living Inc. (SAIL) has announced its next Senior Hiking Club hike will be from 1-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9. Seniors should meet at the Swan Lake Senior Center for transportation to the trailhead for Mosquito Cove Trail.

Normally, the group picks the trail on the day of the hike, but occasionally a trail is picked before the event. SAIL makes trekking poles available for hikers to use (trekking poles are great on ice or uneven terrain, and they help seniors keep their balance), and hikers are encouraged to bring ice cleats such as YakTrax during the icy months of winter.

SAIL offers Senior Hiking Club events for those age 60 or older once a month, usually on the second or third Thursday. There is a $5 fee, but nobody will be turned away because of finances. The hikes are open to people of all abilities and fitness levels. To learn more about the Senior Hiking Club, check out our January 2013 post introducing the club.

To learn more about the Senior Hiking Club, senior and adaptive kayaking trips, senior cycling events, and and a variety of other outdoors skills and survival classes, contact SAIL ORCA (Outdoor Recreation and Community Access) program coordinator Steve Hutchinson at 747-6859 or email him at shutchinson@sailinc.org. The calendar includes hiking, orienteering, kayaking, and other events for seniors, youth, and the disabled.

• SAIL events calendar for February 2017