SAIL Senior Hiking Club sets next hike for the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 29

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. 29. Seniors should meet at the Swan Lake Senior Center for transportation to the Mosquito Cove Trail trailhead.

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 Joel Hanson at 747-6859 or email him at The calendar includes hiking, orienteering, kayaking, and other events for seniors, youth, and the disabled.

• SAIL events calendar for November 2018

Greater Sitka Arts Council to host annual Fall Art Walk on Friday, Nov. 23

The Greater Sitka Arts Council will host its annual Fall Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, 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. Friday, Nov. 23, is a sales tax holiday in Sitka, so you won’t have to pay tax on any art you buy.

The Greater Sitka Arts Council will distribute its regular passports at the event (there is a $2 requested donation to participate). Once people fill their passports from stamps at all of the participating galleries, they can return to the Goldsmith Gallery or Beak restaurant to be entered into a drawing to win $100 cash from the GSAC or $25 gift certificates from Beak or Bev’s Flowers & Gifts. The drawing takes place on Nov. 30.

Here are highlights from some of the participating businesses:

More galleries and artists may be added later. For more information, contact

SEARHC, Stride 365 co-host 22nd annual WhaleFest Fun Run on Saturday, Nov. 3

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and Run Sitka’s Stride 365 program will co-host the 22nd annual WhaleFest Fun Run on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Runners should meet at 9 a.m. for a 10 a.m. race start at Whale Park, 2500 Sawmill Creek Road. The cost of the five-kilometer and 10K races is $5, and the two-mile walk is free. Proceeds benefit the Sitka Sound Science Center and Sitka WhaleFest. Please park at the Thimbleberry Trail parking lot or along the sidewalk to Whale Park.

Pre-registration is available from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Registration also is available online at The WhaleFest Fun Run t-shirts and medals for first through third places are donated by SEARHC.

Each month SEARHC and Run Sitka (#runsitka) host a Stride 365 event, with proceeds going to a different charity in Sitka. For more information, please contact Lesa Way by email at, or by phone at 966-8804 or 738-3924.