SAIL Senior Hiking Club sets next hike for the afternoon of Thursday, May 23

The Sitka office of Southeast Alaska Independent Living Inc. (SAIL) has announced its next Senior Hiking Club and Yoga hike will feature yoga at Yoga Union from 1:30-2:45 p.m., followed by hiking on the Sitka National Historical Park totem trails from 3-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23. Seniors should meet at the Swan Lake Senior Center for transportation to Yoga Union and then the Sitka National Historical Park 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 jhanson@sailinc.org. The calendar includes hiking, orienteering, kayaking, and other events for seniors, youth, and the disabled.

• SAIL events calendar for May 2019

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SAIL Senior Hiking Club sets next hike for the afternoon of Thursday, May 16

The Sitka office of Southeast Alaska Independent Living Inc. (SAIL) has announced its next Senior Hiking Club hike will be from 1:30-4 p.m. on Thursday, May 16. Seniors should meet at the Swan Lake Senior Center for transportation to the Sitka Cross 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.

In addition, SAIL also will host a Senior Tea and Games Social event from 1:30-3 p.m. on Friday, May 17, at the Swan Lake Senior Center.

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 jhanson@sailinc.org. The calendar includes hiking, orienteering, kayaking, and other events for seniors, youth, and the disabled.

• SAIL events calendar for May 2019

SAIL Senior Hiking Club sets next hike for the afternoon of Thursday, May 9

The Sitka office of Southeast Alaska Independent Living Inc. (SAIL) has announced its next Senior Hiking Club hike will be from 1:30-4 p.m. on Thursday, May 9. Seniors should meet at the Swan Lake Senior Center for transportation to the Herring 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.

In addition, SAIL will host a wildlife and ice cream cruise from 1:15-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, leaving from Crescent Harbor. This special Allen Marine harbor cruise costs $50 (bring your mom for free if you buy a ticket), and is wheelchair-accessible. SAIL also will host a Senior Swimming event from 10:45 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, May 8, at the Blatchley Middle School swim pool, with a cost of $5.

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 jhanson@sailinc.org. The calendar includes hiking, orienteering, kayaking, and other events for seniors, youth, and the disabled.

• SAIL events calendar for May 2019

Walk MS Sitka on May 4 will raise money for multiple sclerosis research and awareness

 

Sitka will host its fifth Walk MS event on Saturday, May 4, but this year there will be some changes. This year there’s an earlier start to the event — 10 a.m. walk start (registration at 9:30 a.m.) — and the event starts and ends at the Crescent Harbor Shelter now instead of out by the industrial park. There also are some new partners helping host the event in Sitka.

This is the 29th anniversary of Walk MS, a national series of walks to raise money for programs and services, research, treatment and awareness of multiple sclerosis. Walk MS Sitka will feature a short course from Crescent Harbor Shelter along the Sitka Sea Walk to the Sitka Sound Science Center and back, and there’s a longer Stride 365 run/walk course that takes people from Crescent Harbor Shelter to the airport and back.

From left, Dillon Peavey, 9, Jaden Costelo 9, and Jaira Costelo, 8, lead the first Walk MS Sitka event Saturday morning, May 30, 2015. About 100 people participated in the walk from the Gary Paxton Industrial Park to Whale Park. Although donations were accepted, (2015 event) organizers Patricia Atkinson and Colleen Dahlquist said the event was held to raise awareness of the chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system. (Daily Sitka Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. It is thought to be an immune-mediated disorder, in which the immune system incorrectly attacks healthy tissue in the central nervous system. MS can cause many symptoms, including blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis, and blindness, and more. These problems may come and go or persist and worsen over time. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50 years old, although individuals as young as 2 and as old as 75 have developed it.

Participants can register as individuals or teams by going to the event’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/WalkMSSitka/. People also can register onsite at the Crescent Harbor Shelter. Participants can collect donations to help fight MS (those funds raised in Sitka stay in Alaska) by having people sponsor their teams or individual entries, but event organizers said it’s just as important to have people walk or run as it is to raise money.

To learn more about MS, go to http://www.nationalmssociety.org. To find other larger Walk MS events around the country, go to http://www.walkms.org. People also can register onsite at the Sawmill Cove Industrial Park. If you can’t make the actual walk, you still can go online and pledge your financial support. All money raised in Alaska stays in Alaska.

For more information, contact local coordinators Colleen Dahlquist at (907) 738-0477 or Heleena Van Veen at (907) 966-8915 in Sitka, or contact the National MS Society at (800) 344-4867. You also can like the Walk MS Sitka page on Facebook to get updates.

• Multiple Sclerosis 101 (facts about MS)

SAIL Senior Hiking Club sets next hike for the afternoon of Thursday, April 25

The Sitka office of Southeast Alaska Independent Living Inc. (SAIL) has announced its next Senior Hiking Club hike will be from 3-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25. There will be yoga from 1:30-3 p.m. at Yoga Union before the hike. Seniors should meet at the Swan Lake Senior Center for transportation to Yoga Union and then the Sitka National Historical Park Totem Trails.

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.

In addition, this week there also will be a senior tea and games social from 1:30-3 p.m. on Friday, April 26, at the Swan Lake Senior Center. SAIL also will host a wildlife and ice cream cruise from 1:15-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, leaving from Crescent Harbor. This special Allen Marine harbor cruise costs $50 (bring your mom for free if you buy a ticket), and is wheelchair-accessible.

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 jhanson@sailinc.org. The calendar includes hiking, orienteering, kayaking, and other events for seniors, youth, and the disabled.

• SAIL events calendar for April 2019

SAIL Senior Hiking Club sets next hike for the afternoon of Thursday, April 18

The Sitka office of Southeast Alaska Independent Living Inc. (SAIL) has announced its next Senior Hiking Club hike will be from 1:30-4 p.m. on Thursday, April 18. Seniors should meet at the Swan Lake Senior Center for transportation to the Herring 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 jhanson@sailinc.org. The calendar includes hiking, orienteering, kayaking, and other events for seniors, youth, and the disabled.

• SAIL events calendar for April 2019

SAIL Senior Hiking Club sets next hike for the afternoon of Thursday, April 11

The Sitka office of Southeast Alaska Independent Living Inc. (SAIL) has announced its next Senior Hiking Club hike will be from 1:30-4 p.m. on Thursday, April 11. 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.

In addition to this week’s senior hike, there is a senior swimming event from 10:45 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, April 10, at the Blatchley Swim Pool. This event has a $5 fee.

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 jhanson@sailinc.org. The calendar includes hiking, orienteering, kayaking, and other events for seniors, youth, and the disabled.

• SAIL events calendar for April 2019