Get hoofing on Friday, April 5, for the 2019 Spring Art Walk

The Greater Sitka Arts Council, in partnership with Alaska Airlines, will host the annual Spring Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, April 5, at various locations in downtown Sitka.

For more information about featured artists and locations, go to https://www.facebook.com/greatersitkaartscouncil (note, this is the correct link and not the one on the flier). And click this link to access an interactive map with locations and artists (click on the yellow map pins to see the artists scheduled for each location).

Enter at each participating location for a chance to win two first-class upgrades from Alaska Airlines. Also, don’t forget to go to the Megan Palmer and Bob Lewis “An Evening Of Great Americana Music” concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 5, at the Sheet’ká Kwáan Naa Kahídi.

For more details, contact Amelia Mosher of the Greater Sitka Arts Council at 747-2787 or thinkartthinksitka@gmail.com.

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SEARHC, Sitka Tribe host Walk To Keep Our Children Safe on Saturday, April 21

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Join the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and Sitka Tribe of Alaska from 3-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, as we walk from Crescent Harbor to Sheet’ká Kwáan Naa Kahídi to inspire our community to get involved and help prevent child abuse.

After the walk, enjoy drumming, dance performances, art activities for the kids, and snacks at the Sheet’ká Kwáan Naa Kahídi. For more information, please contact Monica Chase at 966.8307 or mchase@searhc.org.

SEARHC to host Sitka Walk For Life on Saturday, April 15

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Suicide Prevention and Domestic Violence Prevention Programs will host the Sitka Walk For Life at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 15.

This event starts at the Crescent Harbor Shelter and ends at the Sheet’ká Kwáan Naa Kahídi, where there will be a potluck, drumming and dancing by the Mount Edgecumbe High School Yup’ik Dancers, Sheet’ká Kwáan Dancers and the Haa Toowu Litseen Group.

In addition, there will be guest speakers and raffle drawings. Other groups participating in the event include Youth Advocates for Sitka, Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV), SEARHC Behavioral Health, and SEARHC Health Promotion.

For more information, contact Lanore Hahn at lanoreh@searhc.org

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.

Seventh annual Sitka Health Summit helps celebrate a culture of wellness in Sitka

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The seventh annual Sitka Health Summit is coming up, and this year’s event features health fair, lunch-and-learn, community planning day and community wellness awards.

This annual event got its start in 2007, when leaders from Sitka Community Hospital and the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) got together to try and build bridges between their health organizations. Working with other partners, they created the Sitka Health Summit as a way to help improve the health culture in Sitka.

Summit_LogoThis year’s summit opens with the Sitka Community Health Fair, which takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Sweetland Hall on the Sheldon Jackson Campus. This event features workers from the Alaska Health Fair Inc., who will provide a variety of medical tests such as cholesterol checks, glucose tests, vision screenings, flu shots, and more. It also includes informational booths from a variety of health-related programs in Sitka.

WalkLunchAndLearnAt noon on Monday, Sept. 23, at Kettleson Memorial Library will be a lunch-and-learn with Dr. Don Lehmann, a local physician and sports medicine specialist. He will give a brief talk called “Whistle While You Walk,” which will feature highlights about Sitka’s trail system. Participants can enter for a chance to win a set of walking sticks.

The “Community Planning Day: Selecting Sitka’s Wellness Goals” is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, at Sweetland Hall. This all-day event is when members of the community get together and select two community wellness projects to work on this year. The two projects will receive $1,500 in seed money, plus facilitation to help get the project going. Last year’s three winning projects included the Sitka Downtown Revitalization project, Walk Sitka‘s work in applying for a Walk Friendly Communities award, and the Sitka Community Food Assessment. Some of the top projects from previous years include the Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community award applications in 2008 and 2012, the Choose Respect mural at Blatchley Middle School to raise awareness about sexual and domestic violence, the Sitka Outdoor Recreation Coalition’s Get Out, Sitka! project to get more families and kids outdoors, supporting the Hames Athletic and Wellness Center as a community resource, etc. There also have been several projects related to local foods, such as creating a Sitka Farmers Market, expanding community gardens and building a community greenhouse, planting dozens of fruit trees around town, promoting more local fish in school lunches, community composting,, and more. The first 65 people to RSVP will receive a free lunch (contact Clara Gray at clara.gray@searhc.org).

Finally, this year’s Sitka Community Wellness Champion Awards will be presented as part of the Monthly Grind at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, at the Sheet’ká Kwáan Naa Kahídi on Katlian Street. The awards are made in a variety of categories, such as physical fitness, nutrition, tobacco control and policy, holistic health, injury prevention, and general wellness.

For more information, call Doug Osborne at 966-8734 or go to the Sitka Health Summit’s website at http://www.sitkahealthsummitak.org/.

SEARHC suicide prevention program hosts third annual Southeast ‘Walk for Life’ event Saturday, May 11, in Sitka

revised 2013 Walk for life flier Sitka

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) suicide prevention program and “1 is 2 Many” regional suicide prevention task force will host its third annual Southeast “Walk for Life” event in Sitka at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. Participants will walk from the Crescent Harbor shelter to the Sheet’ká Kwáan Naa Kahídi to show their support for suicide prevention and awareness.

This is one of several similar walks that will take place throughout the region on Saturday, with other walks scheduled for the Southeast communities of Angoon, Coffman Cove, Craig, Haines, Hoonah, Hydaburg, Juneau, Kake, Kasaan, Ketchikan, Klawock, Klukwan, Metlakatla, Thorne Bay, Wrangell and Yakutat. In addition, there will be similar walks in other parts of the state, including the Northwest Arctic Borough, North Slope Borough, Bering Straits, Fairbanks and Bethel areas.

“The SEARHC Behavioral Health/Suicide Prevention Program is happy to sponsor this event,” program manager Wilbur Brown Jr. said. “We look forward to raising awareness about suicide and our prevention efforts such as the ‘1 is 2 Many’ regional suicide task force.”

Also, the 24/7 toll-free SEARHC Help Line (1-877-294-0074) is available for use by any Southeast Alaska resident who might need help working through a crisis. The SEARHC Help Line is staffed by a team of master’s-degree-level mental health therapists who will listen and provide effective, compassionate and confidential care. The SEARHC Help Line is offered as a free resource to complement the care provided at SEARHC Behavioral Health clinics throughout the region.

For more information about the Sitka “Walk for Life” event, contact Rena Wallace at 966-8755.