Hames Center to launch twice-weekly walking program for seniors


Seniors, now you can walk your way to better health and connect with friends.

Beginning Tuesday, April 5, join us from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Hames Center for our walking program designed for seniors to make new friends and meet their fitness goals.

Led by trained Hames Center instructors, this program is donation-based and open to all seniors, caregivers, and those with specialized walking needs. Pedometers are available to track your progress while you gain strength and balance.

For more information, call 747-5080 or visit http://www.hamescenter.org/

Use Park Prescriptions hikes of Sitka National Historical Park for an Active April

Walk and Win Park RX Active April Final #1 (1)

Several local groups are using the Park Prescriptions program to promote an Active April with hikes of the Sitka National Historical Park. If you take the challenge, you can win prizes by hiking the park trails during April.

Park Prescriptions is an award-winning program started in 2011 where local health providers tell you to go take a hike, and then write it up as a prescription. By taking your Park Prescriptions with you and getting it stamped when you hike the totem trails at Sitka National Historical Park, you can become eligible to win a variety of prizes, including cash from the Sitka Community Hospital Foundation and merchandise from local merchants. Just turn in your Park Prescriptions RX card by April 30 after completing some hikes of the park.

The Active April Challenge is hosted by the Sitka Community Hospital Foundation, Sitka Community Hospital, SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), and the Sitka National Historical Park. Help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service by hiking the park.

Click this link to hear Ryan Carpenter of the Sitka National Historical Park, Doug Osborne of Sitka Community Hospital, and Lauren Hughey of SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) discussing the new Active April Challenge during a recent Morning Interview on KCAW-Raven Radio.

Greater Sitka Arts Council to host Spring Art Walk on April 1

Spring Art Walk 2016 Flier

No foolin’, the Greater Sitka Arts Council will host its annual Spring Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, April 1.

This event will feature art presentations at a variety of local art galleries, businesses, and public buildings. Walkers can pick up a passport from any of the participating galleries, with the opportunity to win a $100 gift card from a drawing of all the completed passports. Just get your passport stamped at each gallery, and when your passport is full drop it off at the Island Artists Gallery to be entered in the drawing.

This year’s event didn’t list which artists are at each gallery, but here’s a list of the participating galleries and businesses:

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

SAIL Senior Hiking Club sets next hike for the afternoon of Thursday, March 24

Senior Hiking Club March 2016

The Sitka office of Southeast Alaska Independent Living Inc. (SAIL) has announced its next Senior Hiking Club hike will be from 1-3:15 p.m. (note time change) on Thursday, March 24. Seniors should meet at the Swan Lake Senior Center for transportation to the Mosquito Cove 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.

• March 2016 calendar of Sitka SAIL ORCA events

Seventh annual Choose Respect March to take place on Thursday, March 24

Choose Respect poster

Join the Sitka Youth Leadership Committee and Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV) and walk in the Seventh Annual Choose Respect March from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 24.

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.

If you are an employer, please allow your staff members to participate in this community event. Our goal is to be seen, state wide, as a community that cares.

Almost every other woman in Sitka (47 person) 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.