SAIL Senior Hiking Club sets next hike for the afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 8

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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, Dec. 8 (note time change from usual schedule). Seniors should meet at the Swan Lake Senior Center for transportation to the trailhead of the Thimbleberry 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 her at shutchinson@sailinc.org. The calendar includes hiking, orienteering, kayaking, and other events for seniors, youth, and the disabled.

• SAIL events calendar for December 2016

Sitka Trail Works, City of Sitka to host meeting for Phase 6 of the Sitka Cross Trail system

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SitkaTrailWorksLogoSitka Trail Works, in partnership with the City and Borough of Sitka, is planning Phase 6 improvements to the Sitka Cross Trail system. A public meeting to receive comment on the project will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Detailed maps and information about this project will be shared at this meeting.

The Phase 6 project will build a new multi-use component of the Cross Trail system extending from the Harbor Mountain Road to Starrigavan. The public input received at the public meeting will be a major factor in determining the final trail alignment.

Questions about the project may be directed to Lynne Brandon of Sitka Trail Works at 747-7244 or trail@gci.net. Please send an email or written comments may be mailed to Sitka Trail Works at 801 Halibut Point Road, Sitka, Alaska, 99835. Comments need to be received by Dec. 14.

Greater Sitka Arts Council and Sitka Folk to host annual Fall Art Walk on Friday, Nov. 25

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fall-art-mini-posterThe Greater Sitka Arts Council and Sitka Folk will host its annual Fall Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, at several businesses in downtown Sitka.

The free art walk will give people a chance to see new art work, visit with your neighbors, and maybe get an early gift idea for the holidays.

Here are highlights from some of the participating businesses:

  • THE LARKSPUR CAFÉ, 2 LINCOLN ST. — Artists TBA
  • WILLIAM STORTZ GALLERY AT CITY HALL, 100 LINCOLN ST. — Tlingít language revitalization photo exhibit by Pundit Productions
  • FOR ME & MY HOUSE / KNITTING WITH CLASS, 102 LINCOLN ST. — Ellen has all things unique for your home. Laura provides beautiful natural fibers and knitted garments.
  • ISLAND ARTISTS GALLERY, 205 B. LINCOLN ST. — Artists TBA
  • OLD HARBOR BOOKS, 201 LINCOLN ST. — Original oil paintings depicting scenes of Sitka by James Poulson
  • ABBY’S REFLECTION APPAREL & QUILTWORKS, 231 LINCOLN ST. — DJ and Morgan Robidou of Sea Dreams Designs
  • FISHERMEN’S EYE GALLERY, 239 LINCOLN ST. — Charcoal drawings by Heather Bauscher, wood-turned bowls by Zach LaPerriere, music by Debby LeVeck & friends
  • ARTIST COVE GALLERY, 241 LINCOLN ST. — Copper jewelry by Tlingít artist Jennifer Olney-Miller, art and music by Mark Sixbey, sculpted wire jewelry by Linda Wilson
  • SITKA ROSE GALLERY, 419 LINCOLN ST. — Artists TBA
  • THE LOFT, 408 OJA WAY, SUITE A — An exhibition of new works on paper by Sarah Lawrie

After the Fall Art Walk, join us forAn Evening With The Artists, from 8-10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, at The Loft (408 Oja Way, Suite A, upstairs). This event features an exhibition of new works on paper by Sarah Lawrie and original songs from Denise DenHerder and Ted Howard. The admission fee for this event is $10 and tickets are available at Old Harbor Books or at the door. Only 45 tickets will be sold

For more information, contact thinkartthinksitka@gmail.com.

Sitka National Historical Park consulting with Sitka Tribe of Alaska on Sitka Sea Walk expansion

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Sitka National Historical Park is in consultation with the Sitka Tribe of Alaska as part of its government-to-government responsibility to consult as a federal agency.

Members of the park’s planning team have attended meetings with the Customary, Cultural and Traditional Committee and the Sitka Tribal Enterprises Committee to discuss options for the completion of the Sitka Sea Walk. Also, the park’s team will look ahead to projects requiring consultation in the coming year.

Public meetings have been held to gather input regarding the Sitka Sea Walk extension. In the future public and government-to-government meetings will be held to seek input on upcoming projects affecting public use of the park.

Sitka National Historical Park is responsible for managing park resources and providing opportunities for government-to-government and public input on projects that affect public use and park resources.

For more information, please call Ryan Carpenter at 747-0121.

Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving to raise funds for Sitka Community Playground project

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scp-web-logoSitka Community Hospital is sponsoring the five-kilometer Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 24.

The fun run/walk starts at 9 a.m. at Harrigan Centennial Hall, and all the money raised will go toward the Sitka Community Playground project. The registration fee is $11, for an extra $13 dollars ($24 total) runners will get  a long sleeve t-shirt to commemorate this year’s event. Same-day registration is $15.

For more information call Amber Hulon at 747-0353 or ahulon@sitkahospital.org, visit ultrasignup.com or go to the Sitka Community Hospital page on Facebook.

Mamie Clare to give presentation on hiking Appalachian Trail on Monday at Sitka Public Library

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Sitka resident Mamie Clare will give a presentation about her hike of the Appalachian Trail at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21, at the Sitka Public Library.

In 2016, Mamie hiked the entire 2,189.1-mile trail from Georgia to Maine. Mamie hiked the trail with Taylor Ciambra, a former Jesuit Volunteer who worked in Sitka in 2014. Together they wrote a blog called Blisters Before Misters that recounts their tales of the trail. This event is free.

 

SAIL Senior Hiking Club sets next hike for the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 10

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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, Nov. 10 (note time change from usual schedule). Seniors should meet at the Swan Lake Senior Center for transportation to the trailhead of the Cross 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 her at shutchinson@sailinc.org. The calendar includes hiking, orienteering, kayaking, and other events for seniors, youth, and the disabled.

• SAIL events calendar for November 2016