Registration open as the 2020 Alaska Walk and Bike Conference goes virtual and free

The 2020 Alaska Walk and Bike Conference is going virtual, and now it’s free. It will take place from 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday, June 9-12.

Each day will open with a specialist discussing the science and evidence of that day’s theme, followed by another speaker who will feature an Alaska example. There will be an opportunity for attendees to ‘chat’ and share information after each day’s events.

The themes for each day are:

  • Tuesday, June 9 — Walking to Connect
  • Wednesday, June 10 — Walking is Good Medicine
  • Thursday, June 11 — Parks and Health
  • Friday, June 12 — Biking to Health

Some of our speakers include Ana Lucaci and Nicole Huegenin of Denver-based Walk2Connect, Dr. Elliot Bruhl of SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC, Chief Medical Officer based in Sitka), Bonita Banks BSN RN of South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alfgeir Kristjannson PhD from the University of West Virginia and Reykjavik University (Iceland), Maeve Nevins-Lavtar from the Municipality of Anchorage Department of Parks and Recreation, Dr Frederick Foote MD, Sarana Schell of AARP Alaska, Ken McLeod JD policy director of the League of American Bicyclists, Lee Hart of the Alaska Outdoor Alliance, and Scott Menzies and Charlie Lowell of the Sustina Bicycle Institute.

Click this link, https://www.kcaw.org/2020/05/18/alaska-walk-and-bike-conference-goes-virtual-this-june/, to hear Sitka’s Doug Osborne of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and Anchorage’s Dawn Groth RN BSN of the Alaska Division of Public Health discuss the conference during a May 18 morning interview on Sitka’s KCAW-Raven Radio.

A tentative agenda is posted below. To register for this free, virtual conference, click this link, https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_u_Hpx4yzQtK4khFeIX5BMg. For more information, contact Dawn Groth at dawn.groth@alaska.gov.

• Alaska Walk and Bike Conference flier (PDF for printing)

• Tentative Agenda for the Alaska Walk and Bike Conference (updated May 19)

Greater Sitka Arts Council to host annual Fall Art Walk on Friday, Nov. 29

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The Greater Sitka Arts Council will host its annual Fall Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29, at several businesses in downtown Sitka.

Lincoln Street will be closed to traffic for this event, and there will be some events in the street by the New Archangel Dancers and from the Nutcracker by Sitka Studio of Dance.

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. 29, is a sales tax holiday in Sitka, so you won’t have to pay tax on any art you buy.

Here are highlights from some of the participating businesses:

  • SITKA ROSE GALLERY, 419 LINCOLN ST. — Artwork from all over Alaska.
  • GREATER SITKA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE / VISIT SITKA, 104 LAKE ST. — Sign up for your Greater Sitka Arts Council annual membership and get a free mug. Music by David Nichols. Membership drive sponsored by Northrim Bank.
  • CABIN FEVER GALLERY AND GIFTS, 321 LINCOLN ST. — Featuring artwork by local artists.
  • ARTIST COVE GALLERY, 241 LINCOLN ST. — Featuring the artwork of Mark Sixbey.
  • ALASKA PURE SEA SALT, 239 LINCOLN ST. — With Sweet Sister Caramels. New holiday flavors and delicious gifts.
  • ABBY’S REFLECTION APPAREL & QUILTWORKS, 231 LINCOLN ST. — A guide of supplies from A to Z.
  • SITKA LUTHERAN CHURCH, 224 LINCOLN ST. — Photography by Sandra Rudd.
  • ISLAND ARTISTS GALLERY, 205 LINCOLN ST. — Norm Campbell will do calligraphy during Art Walk. Also with new works from a multitude of local artists, including Route 66 photography by Janet Berlin, watercolors from Newfoundland by Pat Kehoe, pottery from Auriella Hughes, silver bracelets from Sarah Winfield, hand-painted purses and bags by Amy Sweeney, ammonite jewelry from Liz Faulkner, evocative imaginary landscapes by Norm Campbell, basket-weave-illusion wooden bowls by Jim Kirkness, beaded jewelry by Cass Pook, acrylic paintings from David Gross, painted drums and beaded jewelry from Helen Mercado, moccasins and beaded works from Linda Janecek, Sitka photographs by Roberta White, lightcatchers by Barb Bingham, wildlife photography from Dan Kilkeary, stained glass pieces by Kate Cluff, dichroic glass jewelry by Catherine Weaver, cast silver jewelry by Doug Dabrowski, handmade rare jewels and accessories by Amelia Mosher, macramé jewelry and artworks by Cayla Pook, metal works by Marcus Lee, paintings by Frances Braun, prints from Steve Lawrie and Nora Skeele, jewelry by Joella and Cloe Turner, fish prints by Jerry Wright, whimsical works from Jan Steinbright, hand-painted silk scarves by Lori Lang, and colorful hats and stickers from Raven Shaw. Appetizers and libations also available.
  • GALANIN + KLEIN, 203 LINCOLN ST. — Featuring fine-crafted knives by artist Adam Fondel and silver carver Jerrod Galanin.
  • SITKA CONSERVATION SOCIETY, 201 LINCOLN ST., SUITE NO. 4 (UPSTAIRS, ABOVE OLD HARBOR BOOKS) — Featuring the photography haiku of Lione Clare.
  • OLD HARBOR BOOKS, 201 LINCOLN ST. — Paintings by James Poulson and music by Bellymeat.
  • GALLERY BY THE SEA (FORMERLY ROBERTSON’S ART GALLERY AND CUSTOM FRAMING), 128 LINCOLN ST. — Live jazz music by Stephanie Patton.
  • SITKA HOTEL, RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE, 118 LINCOLN ST. — Music by Summerfall.
  • 57 PEAKS, 102 LINCOLN ST. — Watercolors by Dixie Peterson.
  • BEAK RESTAURANT AND KCAW-RAVEN RADIO, 2 LINCOLN ST. — Uilleann bagpipes by John Ingman, beaded jewelry by Haley Angus, nature photography by Matt Goff. The KCAW-Raven Radio Retail Shop will be open.

More galleries and artists may be added later. For more information, contact thinkartthinksitka@gmail.com.

Help us do walking/biking traffic counts and walk audits around Sitka

Hello, my name is Charles Bingham and I run the Walk Sitka website. In April, I was named to the Walking College Fellowship program coordinated by the national walking advocacy nonprofit America Walks. As part of the Walking College program, I have to work on a walking action plan for the community, and I need your help.

Over the last few years, I’ve written Sitka’s two Walk Friendly Communities program applications, and we earned a Bronze designation in 2013 and repeated at the Bronze level in 2017. In the report card we were given after the application process, one of our weaknesses was in the Evaluation part of the Five E’s (Education, Encouragement, Engineering, Enforcement and Evaluation), the main five question categories in the application. To improve our score in the Evaluation part of the application, we need to gather more data. If we don’t have good data to know how walking and biking traffic moves through Sitka, then we can’t make sure we have adequate infrastructure to handle the needs.

Part of my walking action plan will be focused on gathering this data by conducting walking/biking traffic counts at different intersections at various times of the day, and doing some walk audits/walk assessments where people walk some of our streets and note problems such as broken sidewalks, power poles blocking sidewalks, poor lighting, accessibility issues for someone in a wheelchair, etc. This is where I need your help.

As I mentioned in my Morning Interview on Tuesday, May 29, on KCAW-Raven Radio, I need volunteers to help me do walking/biking traffic counts at various intersections and to do walk audits along some of our streets. These will only take an hour or two of your time, and you can pick the time, day, and intersection to count or street to audit. We need a good mix of times and conditions for the traffic counts (mornings, nights, cruise ship days, non-cruise ship days, etc.), and it’s good to get a variety of streets audited.

If you want to help, you can print out the forms posted below and go out and record your findings. Or you can give me a call at 907-623-7660 or email me at charleswbingham3@gmail.com. Your help is greatly appreciated. All data collected will be shared with the Sitka Planning Department to help plan future walking and biking upgrades in Sitka.

• Three-Page Walking/Biking Traffic Count Form

• Walkability and Walking Tour Assessment of Land Use (City of Sitka document for Katlian Street, but can be modified for other streets)

• AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit

• AARP Walk Audit Leader Guide

KCAW-Raven Radio highlights Sitka’s renewal as a Bronze-level Walk Friendly Community

Click this link to hear an Oct. 31 story from KCAW-Raven Radio about how Sitka became a two-time Bronze-level Walk Friendly Community.

The story includes part of an interview KCAW news director Robert Woolsey did with Charles Bingham, who wrote the original Walk Friendly Community application in 2013 and the renewal application in 2017. In the interview, they discuss the 40-page application and what goes into a walkable community.

KCAW-Raven Radio to host Only Fools Run At Midnight on Saturday, June 24

Mark your calendars! Sitka’s wildest running event, the 14th annual Only Fools Run at Midnight, is coming up at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, with a brand new course. The race starts and finishes at Harrigan Centennial Hall and follows the Sitka Sea Walk (so no roads to cross, making it safer at night). KCAW-Raven Radio is delighted to bring you this costume-clad evening full of family fun and prizes.

Registration info and race details are available at kcaw.org, and the entry fee is $20 ($25 the night of the race). Prizes will be awarded for fastest finishers, best costumes, and wackiest centipede (five or more people attached in some form or fashion). Creativity is encouraged.

There are t-shirts for the first 200 to register, and lots of entertainment and fun to keep folks wide awake for the midnight run. Funky pre-race entertainment will be provided by the Sitka Fine Arts Camp staff.

For questions and more information, visit www.kcaw.org or contact Ken or Rachel Fate at 747-5877 or send email to foolsrun@kcaw.org.

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Sitka Museum Walk helps kick off Sesquicentennial Celebration

Sitka is kicking off its sesquicentennial celebration this week, and one of the events is the Sitka Museum Walk from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 31.

This event will take people to a variety of locations in town, including Sitka National Historical Park, Sheldon Jackson Museum, Russian Bishop’s House, St. Michael’s Cathedral, Sitka Maritime Heritage Society, and Sitka History Museum. There will be free refreshments and free transportation available. The museum walk is sponsored by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and Sitka Tribal Tours.

To learn more about the Sitka Museum Walk, listen to the morning interview from Monday, March 27, on KCAW-Raven Radio featuring Jeff Budd, Jenya Anichenko, and Caitlin Rogers. To learn more about the sesquicentennial celebration, listen to the morning interview from Friday, March 24, on KCAW-Raven Radio with Pat Alexander, Hal Spackman, and Ryan Carpenter. KCAW also aired this story on Monday, March 27.

KCAW-Raven Radio to host Only Fools Run At Midnight on June 25

 

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Mark your calendars! Sitka’s wildest running event, the 13th annual Only Fools Run at Midnight, is coming up at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, at the Sitka Fire Hall. KCAW-Raven Radio is delighted to bring you this costume-clad evening full of family fun and prizes.

Registration is open at kcaw.org and the entry fee is $20. Prizes awarded for fastest finishers, best costumes, and wackiest centipede (five or more people attached in some form or fashion). Creativity is encouraged.

We’ll have t-shirts for the first 175 to register, and lots of entertainment and fun to keep folks wide awake for the midnight run.

For questions and more information, visit www.kcaw.org or contact 747-5877 or send email to foolsrun@kcaw.org.

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