Earth Month activities include the 18th annual Parade of the Species, a youth eco-challenges event, free bus rides, and more

Earth Day is on Monday, April 22, and Earth Week this year is Sunday through Saturday, April 21-27. Sitka will host a variety of activities for Earth Week, including a couple of spring clean-up events, a couple of gardening classes, free bus rides, a herring potluck, and the 18th annual Earth Day Parade of the Species. For a calendar link to the events list, click here.

There is a community-wide spring clean-up event from April 20-28, when people can bring in a variety of large items and hazardous materials to the transfer station and the Sawmill Cove Scrap Yard (hazardous materials are only accepted April 27-28). This event is hosted by the City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department.

The RIDE public transit in Sitka will offer free bus rides again this year during Earth Week (April 22-26). This has been a yearly offering from the RIDE, which is operated by a partnership between Sitka Tribe of Alaska and the nonprofit Center for Community.

Exchange students in Sitka will take part in Community Conversations About Earth Day, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, at the Sheet’ká Kwáan Naa Kahídi.

The Ugly Side of Plastic art show takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 18-19 at 124 Lincoln Street, in the small upstairs entryway next to The Silver Basin store.

There is a Tlingít potato workshop from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19, hosted by the U.S. Forest Service Sitka Ranger District and Sitka Tribe of Alaska. This event takes place at the Sitka Ranger District office, 2108 Halibut Point Road.

The 18th annual Parade of Species, hosted by the Sitka Conservation Society, is on Friday, April 19. Parade participants are invited to dress as their favorite animal or plant and gallop, slither, swim, or fly with us. We will meet in Totem Square at 3:15 p.m. and parade down Lincoln Street to the Sitka Sound Science Center starting at 3:30 p.m. There will be a number of community organizations with hands-on Earth Day inspired activities for the whole family from 3:30-5:30 p.m. after the parade. Prizes will be awarded for Best Use of Recycled Material, Most Realistic, Best Local Plant, Best Local Animal, Best Group Costume, and Best Costume Age 18-plus. For more information, contact Claire Sanchez at claire@sitkawild.org or call 747-7509. Click this link for a slideshow of scenes from the 2018 Parade of the Species.

Sitka National Historical Park and Sitka Sound Science Center are hosting an Eco-Challenges event for youth of all ages from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 20, starting at the Sitka Conservation Society office above Old Harbor Books.

Alaskan Brewing Company will sponsor a Coastal CODE Cleanup from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, meeting at the Sitka Sound Science Center. There is a barbecue at 4 p.m. for all participants.

The Alaska Raptor Center will host an Earth Day celebration for the whole family from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, at the Alaska Raptor Center.

Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School and Sitka Conservation Society will host a “We Love Our Fisherfolk” lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, at the school.

Finally, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, in Room 229 at the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus, there will be a Natural History Seminar on Sitka’s Landslide Warning System. Future landslide geology studies and the related social science research on developing a landslide warning system unique to Sitka will be addressed. For more information, contact Cora Siebert at 747-8878, extension 11.

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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 thinkartthinksitka@gmail.com.

Sitka Sound Science Center visiting scientist to lead bird walk at Sitka National Historical Park

Ornithologist Allison Nelson, the Scientist in Residency Fellow at the Sitka Sound Science Center this summer, will lead a bird walk on the totem trails at Sitka National Historical Park on Saturday, June 9.

Participants should meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Sitka Sound Science Center’s Mill Building for coffee and bagels, with the walk taking place from 8-9 a.m. at Sitka National Historical Park. Allison has been focusing her research on the hermit thrush, a migratory songbird native to Sitka. Allison will discuss birds and her research. Families and young birders are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Tory O’Connell at the Sitka Sound Science Center, 747-8878, Ext. 7, or voconnell@sitkascience.org. This event is co-sponsored by the Sitka Sound Science Center, Sitka National Historical Park and Sitka Conservation Society.

Scenes from the 18th annual Parade of the Species through downtown Sitka

There were squid kids, a raven clan, and jellyfish galore during the 18th annual Parade of the Species, held Friday, April 20, through downtown Sitka as part of Earth Day and Earth Week activities hosted by the Sitka Conservation Society.

This year’s parade started from Totem Square and finished at the Sitka Sound Science Center, where there were a variety of activities for the kids such as making masks or drinking fresh smoothies.

A slideshow of photos from the parade is posted below.

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Earth Month activities include the Parade of the Species, a youth eco-detectives event, gardening classes, free bus rides, and more

Earth Day is on Sunday, April 22, and Earth Week this year is Monday through Sunday, April 16-22. Sitka will host a variety of activities for Earth Week, including a couple of spring clean-up events, a couple of gardening classes, free bus rides, a herring potluck, and the 17th annual Earth Day Parade of the Species.

 

There is a community-wide spring clean-up event from April 14-22, when people can bring in a variety of large items and hazardous materials to the transfer station and the Sawmill Cove Scrap Yard (hazardous materials are only April 21-22). This event is hosted by the City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department.

The “Starting a Cottage Foods Business” class on the poster, hosted by the Sitka Kitch and Juneau office of the UAF Cooperative Extension Service, scheduled for April 14 has been canceled due to low registration in Juneau (the class was to be videoconferenced to Sitka).

The RIDE public transit in Sitka will offer free bus rides again this year during Earth Week (April 16-20). This has been a yearly offering from the RIDE, which is operated by a partnership between Sitka Tribe of Alaska and the nonprofit Center for Community.

There is an Arctic Mission talk at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, at the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus. There also is an Earth Day Preschool Story Time at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, at the Sitka Public Library.

The Sitka Local Foods Network will host a free gardening class during Earth Week. Jennifer Carter and Michelle Putz will teach “Sitka Gardening 101,” which takes place from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at the Sitka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall (408 Marine Street, parking off Spruce Street). There also is a “Greenhouse Gardening” class taught by Andrea Fraga from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, at the Sitka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall. Contact Charles Bingham at 623-7760 or check the Sitka Local Foods Network website for more details of upcoming garden classes.

There is a Herring Potluck at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at Harrigan Centennial Hall, hosted by Sitka Tribe of Alaska.

There is a Tlingít potato workshop from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 20, hosted by the U.S. Forest Service Sitka Ranger District and Sitka Tribe of Alaska. This event takes place at the Sitka Ranger District office, 2108 Halibut Point Road.

The 17th annual Parade of Species, hosted by the Sitka Conservation Society, is on Friday, April 20. Parade participants are invited to dress as their favorite animal or plant and gallop, slither, swim, or fly with us. We will meet in Totem Square at 2:45 p.m. and parade down Lincoln Street to the Sitka Sound Science Center at 3:15 p.m. There will be a number of community organizations with hands-on Earth Day inspired activities for the whole family from 3:30-5:30 p.m. after the parade. Prizes will be awarded for Best Use of Recycled Material, Most Realistic, Best Local Plant/Animal, and Best Group Costume. For more information, contact Claire Sanchez at claire@sitkawild.org or call 747-7509. Click this link for a slideshow of scenes from the 2017 Parade of the Species.

Sitka Conservation Society, Sitka Sound Science Center and Bags For Change will host the movie, “Plastic Ocean,” at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 20, in Room 106 at UAS Sitka Campus.

Sitka National Historical Park and Sitka Sound Science Center are hosting an Eco-Detectives event from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 21, at Sitka National Historical Park for kids ages 5 and older.

The Sitka Cirque‘s Earth Day Showcase, “The Jungle Book,” takes place from 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22, at the Sitka Performing Arts Center.

Sitka Conservation Society and the U.S. Forest Service are hosting an Indian River Trash Pick-Up from 10-11:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 22.

Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School and Sitka Conservation Society will host a “We Love Our Fishermen” lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, at the school.

Sitka Conservation Society hosts a Tongass Trivia contest for adults age 21 and older from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, April 27, at Baranof Island Brewing Co.

Greater Sitka Arts Council to host annual Spring Art Walk on Friday, April 6

The Greater Sitka Arts Council will host its annual Spring Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, April 6, at several businesses in downtown Sitka.

The free art walk will give people a chance to see new art work and visit with your neighbors. Don’t forget to pick up a passport and get it stamped at each participating business to possibly win a gift certificate for $100 to a local business.

Here are highlights from some of the participating businesses:

  • Baranof Elementary School, 305 Baranof St — Creative works by Baranof students including holiday ornaments available for purchase.
  • Southeast Alaska Career Center, 205 Baranof Street, between Pacific High School and Baranof School — Works by student artists from Blatchley Middle School, Sitka Native Education Program Culture Class and Sitka High School.
  • Sitka Rose Gallery, 419 Lincoln St. — Old and new wood engravings and original blocks by Eric Bealer from Pelican.
  • Keith Greba / Water Colors of Alaska, 407 Lincoln St. (Bayview Building) — Unique and original Alaskan artwork by Keith Greba.
  • Goldsmith Gallery, 407 Lincoln St # 100 (Bayview Building) — Get first dibs on new jewelry lines and works by local artists.
  • North Sisters Crepe and Juice Co., 327 Seward St #2 — Collaborative performance piece featuring creative movement by Kasey Davis, two-dimensional illustration by Sarah Lawrie, and video presentation by Stephen Lawrie. Featured showtimes occurring at 6 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm, and 8:00 pm. Open reception beforehand from 5 to 6 pm.
  • Cabin Fever Gallery and Gifts, 321 Lincoln St. — Works including jewelry, cards, prints and original watercolors by artists Grace Harang, Kay McCarty, Kelly Goeden, Sandy Greba and Tracie Harang.
  • Artists Cove Gallery, 241 Lincoln St. — New wire-wrapped jewelry by Linda Wilson, jewelry by Katia Olivova, engraving by Pete Esquiro and Jennifer Younger, metal clay by JoElla Swanson, wood carving by Mark Sixbey, paintings by Libby Stortz and beading by Laura Kaltenstein, Fran Hartman and Cat Lieser.
  • Abby’s Reflection Apparel & Quiltworks, 231 Lincoln St. — Quilt making kits, new digitally printed quilting panels including images of Alaskan bear, eagles and wolves, Sitka Cancer Survivors’ Society 2018 raffle quilt and Bonnie Richards of SCSS featuring raffle tickets and connected prizes [raffle proceeds to benefit SCSS mini grant program]. Kathi Goddard, of Out On a Whim, offers new spring retro merchandise in her vintage collectible section within the store.
  • Island Artists Gallery, 205 B Lincoln St. — Featured works by artist Cara Murray and music by Summerfall. Additional highlights include beaded jewelry by Cass Pook, painted drums and beaded raven tail jewelry by Helen Mercado, wooden bowls by Zach LaPerriere, and tiled pieces and paintings on wood by Amy Sweeney.
  • Old Harbor Books, 201 Lincoln St. — “Fiber Friends: A Fiber Arts Exhibit.” A collection of weavings and textiles by local artisans using materials including wool, silk, and upcycled flannel sheets.
  • Backdoor Cafe, 104 Barracks St. — Limited edition hand printed block prints by Juneau artist Christine Kleinhenz.
  • Sitka Conservation Society, 201 Lincoln Street, Room 4 (Above Old Harbor Books) — Collection of local art including a preview of the award winning film, The Salmon Forest. Copies of the film will be available for purchase as well as SCS t-shirts, hoodies and bags. Parade of the Species costume creation activity offered from 5 to 7 pm.
  • Sitka Pioneers Home, 120 Katlian St. — Creative works by Pioneers Home residents.
  • Robertson’s Art Gallery and Custom Framing, 128 Lincoln St. — Works by Tom Crestodina, Rie Mumoz, Barbara Lavallee and Zach LaPerriere.
  • Sitka Flowers & The Chocolate Moose, 104 Lincoln St. — Jewelry by Jennifer Younger, floral wall backdrop and flower bouquets by Angela Ketah, and delicious chocolate and wine offerings.
  • City and Borough of Sitka William Stortz Gallery, 100 Lincoln St. — ‘Editorial Illustrations’, collection of acrylic paintings by D. Bennion.
  • BEAK Restaurant, 2 Lincoln St, Suite A — Original songs and covers by singer/songwriter and Sitka Winter Fellow Julia Carnes [two sets at 5:30-6:00 and 6:45-7:15]. Ceramics for sale by contemporary artist Liz Zacher. Photography for sale by local artist Bethany Sonsini Goodrich.
  • Mean Queen, 205 Harbor Dr., Downstairs — Kayak Shed Studios shares their latest photography collection in the venue’s lower level.

More galleries and artists may be added later. This event is sponsored by the Greater Sitka Arts Council, Alaska Airlines, the City and Borough of Sitka, and SEARHC. For more information, contact thinkartthinksitka@gmail.com.

Greater Sitka Arts Council to host annual Fall Art Walk on Friday, Nov. 24

The Greater Sitka Arts Council will host its annual Fall Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24, 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. 24, 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:

More galleries and artists may be added later. This event is sponsored by the Greater Sitka Arts Council, Alaska Airlines, the City and Borough of Sitka, and SEARHC. For more information, contact thinkartthinksitka@gmail.com.