Sitka artists host their annual fall Sitka Art Walk on Friday, Nov. 27

Fall Gallery Walk 2015 Image-Purple

Sitka artists are hosting their annual fall Sitka Art Walk from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27, at several businesses around Sitka. This event takes place on Black Friday, which is a sales tax holiday in Sitka.

Fall Art Walk November 27 2015 Updated List of Artists HandoutNew this year, you could win $100 by participating. Visit each gallery listed in the Fall Art Walk passport (available from each participating venue on the night of the Art Walk). Each participating venue will give you a sticker, stick it under the venue name. Bring full passports with name and contact information to a drop box at Homeport Eatery and be entered in a drawing to win a $100 gift card.

Galleries and businesses participating in this fall’s art walk are:

For more information, contact Sarah Lawrie of the Greater Sitka Arts Council at 738-5234 or 747-2787, or email her at justsosarah@gmail.com.

SAIL Senior Hiking Club sets next hike for the morning of Thursday, Nov. 19

Senior Hiking Club Flyer November 2015

The Sitka office of Southeast Alaska Independent Living Inc. (SAIL) has announced its next Senior Hiking Club hike will be from 9:15-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19. Seniors should meet at the Swan Lake Senior Center for transportation to the trailhead.

Normally, the group usually 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 Claire Sanchez at 747-6859 or email her at csanchez@sailinc.org. The calendar below includes hiking, orienteering, kayaking, and other events for seniors, youth, and the disabled.

• November 2015 calendar of Sitka SAIL ORCA events

SAIL and Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H program to offer hiking club event on Thursday, Nov. 19

November SAIL and 4H hike

The Sitka office of Southeast Alaska Independent Living Inc. (SAIL) has announced a partnership with the Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H program to create a hiking club that will meet once a month. This month’s hike will be from 3:45-5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Cross Trail trailhead located behind Sitka High School.

The SAIL and 4-H Hiking Club is part of SAIL’s Youth Adventure Club program, with two monthly events (only one is the hike) on Wednesdays for youth of all abilities ages 7-14. SAIL Youth Adventure Club events have a $10 fee, but nobody will be turned away due to finances. Pick-up service is available from various Sitka schools with advance arrangements.

To learn more about the SAIL Youth Adventure Club, 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 Claire Sanchez at 747-6859 or email her at csanchez@sailinc.org. The calendar below includes hiking, orienteering, kayaking, and other events for seniors, youth, and the disabled.

The Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H program is coordinated by the Sitka Conservation Society, in partnership with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service (which operates the Alaska 4-H program throughout the state). For more information about the Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H program, contact Mary Wood or Molly Johnson of the Sitka Conservation Society at 747-7509 or mary@sitkawild.org or molly@sitkawild.org.

• November 2015 calendar of Sitka SAIL ORCA events