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February 12, 2009

Ketchikan, Alaska - This week in Ketchikan Quilting in the Rain XVIII: the Annual Quilt Show and Raffle will be held. Rainy Day Quilters presents their annual quilt show and raffle as part of Festival of the North "Quilting in the Rain XVII." See hand-crafted quilts in contemporary and traditional styles. Over 200 beautiful quilts created by local artisans, antique quilts, and a special quilt raffle and sale are featured in this exhibition! This event is free and open to the public, and runs on February 14th-15th, upstairs at the Plaza mall.

Festival of Pacific NW Wines. Come taste what the Northwest has to offer at the Ted Ferry Civic Center on February 13th, 6:30-9:00pm. The UAS Alumni Association, Ketchikan Chapter, invites you to the 4th Annual Festival of Pacific Northwest Wines! Local wine and food aficionados share their wisdom on matching wine with food for an exquisite culinary experience! Wine selections are courtesy of Odom Company & K&L Distributors. This event offers not only delicious tastes, there is also a Silent and Live Auction. New this year is the Premium Tasting Room. For $75, get your ticket to sample some of the best Pacific Northwest wines with exquisite food pairings. You have access to all the wines at the event, but tickets are limited! Call 228-4511 or 228-4537 today for your reservation. General tickets are $30 per person, must be 21 years of age or over.

Friday Night Insights. "The History of Creek Street." Join longtime resident Jack Shay as he tells some of the infamous stories of Ketchikan's very own Creek Street on Friday, February 13th at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. Travel through time, back to those thrilling days of yesteryear. Lean about the great hero Emery Tobin's rescue of the hapless citizens from sin and shame. Programs begin at 7pm and are open to the public free of charge and held in the theater at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, 50 Main Street, Ketchikan, AK. Call 228-6220 for more information. Each week guest presenters cover an array of topics on the natural and cultural heritage of Southeast Alaska.

Kids Craft. Make Fimo Clay Pins at 3:00pm on Saturday, February 14th at the Ketchikan Public Library- Free and open to the public, but space is limited, so please register. Call 225-0370 for more info!

Act Out! First City Players' ActOut winter theatre program for youth is starting up on February 14th, so if you've got young thespians in your family, age 5-17, or among your friends, take a look at our ActOut Flyer and registration form on our website: <> . We're structuring our program on two different shows this year: The Great Grey Ghost of Old Spook Lane and the Pied Piper. The entire program runs from February 14th to April 18th or 25th, depending on the show. Cost is either $150 or $250 depending on your choice in class. Scholarships and payment plans are available. Don't hesitate to call First City Players at 225-4792 with any questions. Class sizes are limited, so act soon!

Sitka Fine Arts Camp Registration. Registration for the 2009 Sitka Fine Arts Camp is now open on a first-come, first-served basis. The camp offers over 60 classes per session in music, dance, theatre, visual arts, writing, and Alaskan Native Arts. The camp includes two sessions for different student age groups: The Middle School Camp, for students entering grades 6-9 runs from Sunday, June 14th through Saturday, June 27th, and the High School Camp, for students entering grades 9-12 runs from Sunday, June 28th through Sunday, July 12th. Online registration is available through the camp website at <> . Registration is also available via the camp office at (907) 747-3085.

Coming attractions:

Elizabeth Peratrovich Day. Celebrate the contributions of Elizabeth Peratrovich to Alaska's Civil Rights! On Monday, February 16th, the Native Alaskan Brotherhood and Sisterhood host several events and activities at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. Events include a Native Oratory Contest hosted by KIC, and several booths!

Family Night. On February 19th, beginning at 5:30 pm, the Ketchikan Public Library offers and evening of food, fun, and new books for families with preschool age children. This month fitness professional Sharli Hayter will talk about selecting healthy foods and making exercise fun. Tickets are free and available in advance in the children's library as space is limited. Call 225-0370 for more information.

An Evening of Music YOUR MUSIC. The Teen Advisory Group is hosting a Silent Rave and Acoustic Karaoke on Friday, February 20th downstairs at the Ketchikan Public Library. Bring your tunes, and get ready to sing karaoke accompanied by Atomic Workforce. Doors Open at 7pm.

Monthly Grind. This Month's Grind is on Saturday, February 21st, hosted by Rudy Saccomanno. Be entertained by A. J. Slagle, Carl Richey and Andy Pankow, Sluice Box Slim, Rebecca Valentine, Seven Year Cold, and Cindy Barber! Come out for homegrown entertainment, and homemade dessert at Saxman Tribal House Tickets are $5 for Adults, and $1 for Kids- Bring a homemade dessert and get a refund!

Ocean Prints. Head to the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center on Sunday, February 22nd from 2-3pm to learn about the inter-tidal zone of the Tongass National Forest and make nature prints using a Japanese technique known as "Gyotaku" (gee-oh-TAH-koo). This is a hundred year old technique traditionally used by fishermen to record their daily catch and now is used to create works of art. In conjunction with Ketchikan's art celebration Festival of the North, the Discovery Center is offering two opportunities for families to explore art and nature of the Tongass National Forest. These programs are aimed for first through sixth graders accompanied by an adult. There is no participation fee, but reservations are required. And can be made by contacting the Discovery Center at 228-6220.

An Evening of Dance Ketchikan Theatre Ballet presents An Evening of Dance at Kayhi Auditorium on Tuesday, February 24th, 7:00pm. This annual performance showcases Ketchikan Theater Ballet's Junior and Senior Company Dancers in a diverse presentation of dance styles from classical ballet to funky modern, tap to lyrical jazz. This year, KTB is proud to welcome guest performers: Petersburg's "Steppin' Out" Dancers! Tickets are $15 for Adults, $10 for Students and Seniors. Call Ketchikan Theatre Ballet at 225-9311 for tickets and information.

O.R.C.A. Pizza Sale!!! Take-and-Bake Pizzas for just $10!!! This is a non-profit fundraiser for ORCA (Outdoor Recreation and Community Access) that helps raise money to pay for scholarships for people with disabilities to participate in recreational activities. You have a choice of Pepperoni Sausage, or Extra Cheese. Place your order at the SAIL Office (602 Dock Street, Suite 107). You may pick up your pizzas at the high school on Tuesday, February 24th from 4:00-5:30. Contact the SAIL offices for any questions at 225-4737.

Richie Havens, Torch Nights Performance. The Arts Council presents Richie Havens in concert on Wednesday, February 25th, 7:30pm at Kayhi Auditorium. Richie Havens is gifted with one of the most recognizable voices in popular music. His fiery, poignant, soulful singing style has remained unique and ageless since he first emerged from the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 1960's. Havens' historic appearance at the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Fair proved to be a major turning point in his career. As the festival's opening act, his distinctive stage presence held the multitudes spellbound for nearly three hours. Called back for multiple encores, and having exhausted his repertoire, he improvised a song based on the spiritual "Motherless child" that became "Freedom," a song that has subsequently reached an audience of millions. Tickets are $20 for Adults, and $16 for students and seniors. Call the Arts Council at 225-2211 for information and tickets.

Mad as a March Hare-KRBD Fundraiser. Head up to Ted Ferry Civic Center on Saturday, February 28th, 7:00-11:00pm! Join the mad men and women of KRBD for a fundraiser sure to have you hopping! This event features croquet, an auction of clocks, a hat contest, the crowning of the King and Queen of Hearts, a no-host bar, plus music and dancing! Wear your most outrageous hat, and velvet is always in style. Tickets are $15. You must be 21+ to attend!

Upcoming Opportunities: calls, auditions, contests, artist opportunities, etc:

Native Oratory Contest. The Ketchikan Indian Community is sponsoring a Native Oratory Contest on Monday, February 16th, on Elizabeth Peratrovich day. The local contest is being held in conjunction with a similar region-wide contest that is sponsored by the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. The Native Oratory Contest provides a forum for Native ideas, histories and traditions to be shared with a broad audience. In some ways, the contest represents a modernization of our Native traditions and offers a platform for tomorrow's leaders to reflect on our past and share their ideas for the future. Contestants can participate in four categories: oratory, Dramatic Declaration, Storytelling, and Native Language. Entry to the contest will be open to the general public, but targets high school and college students for participation. Contestants with exemplary performances are awarded with cash and gift prizes, including tickets to Torch Nights performances. One grand-prize winner of our local contest, who must be a UAS student to qualify, will win the opportunity to compete at the regional contest in Juneau on March 7th, 2009. For more information, contact Cara Wallace at 228-5162.

Mainstay Gallery's Call to Artists and Curators. The Call for artists for the Mainstay Gallery's 2009-2010 Season is now available! If you are an artist, or have an idea for curating a show, we invite you to apply for one of 9 available months in the NEW gallery space! We welcome solo or group shows, invitational or open call exhibits, and any level of experience. Application forms are available at the Arts Council offices, 716 Totem Way, or online at <> . You will need to submit a cover letter, a resume, ten slides or digital images, and a numbered listing of images to be considered. Applications are reviewed by a panel of judges selected by the Gallery Committee, and are made anonymous for judging. Deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm on Friday, February 27th, 2009. Remember to check out the layout of the new gallery space available online or at the Arts Council. Call 225-2211 for more information.

Photography Contest! The North Pacific Research Board is seeking images of coastal seascapes or sea life within U.S. waters from the Gulf of Alaska, Prince William Sound, Aleutian Islands, Bering Sea, Bering Strait or Beaufort/Chukchi Seas. The entry deadline is March 1, 2009, Winners will be announced May 15, 2009. Prizes will be awarded to Youth 17 and under for First ($600), Second ($400), and Third ($200), and for Adult 18 and over for First ($1,200), Second ($600, and Third ($300). See the NPRB website <> for official rules before entering images. For more information, e-mail <> or call (907) 644-6707.

Alaska Hummingbird Festival Juried Show- Call for Artists! The Ketchikan Visitors Bureau is seeking Artwork by Alaskan artists in any medium that includes birds, avian habitat and/or migratory patterns of birds from the Spring Migratory Bird List. Cash Prizes will be awarded for Adult Best in Show ($500), 1st Prize ($300), and Honorable Mention ($200), Juvenile Best of Show ($100), 1st Prize ($75), and Honorable Mention ($50). Be sure to pick up an Entry Form with the complete criteria and Spring Migratory Bird List at the KVB or the Arts Council. The deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday, March 27, 2009 at the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau, c/o Alaska Hummingbird Festival Juried Art Show, 131 Front Street, Ketchikan, Alaska 99901. Opening reception will be held at the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau on Friday, April 3, 2009 from 5-7pm. Free and Open to the Public! Contact Leslie Swada at 907-228-6247 or <>

Thoreau's Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming. From Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the nineteenth century to Rachel Carson and E.O. Wilson in the twentieth, writers have played a profound role in drawing attention to our natural environment and inspiring people to protect it. To continue this tradition and inspire action on global warming, the Union of Concerned Scientists has partnered with literary publisher Penguin Classics to encourage the public to submit essays and images about climate change for publication in a new online book, Thoreau's Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming. To participate, write a 200-500 word first-person account of global warming that relates to your life or the world around you. Is there a place that holds a special meaning to you that you want to protect? What people, animals, or activities that you love are at risk from a changing climate? Are you taking steps in your own life to stem the tide of global warming? Tell us your story, or send us a photograph related to topics like these. The best submissions will be included in Thoreau's Legacy, which will be published online in spring 2009 and in a limited-edition hardcover version. For registration and to submit, visit <>

Attention All Native Artists! "Our" Living Legends Gallery is currently seeking vendors, artists, and instructors! Consignments are now being accepted: You set the Price of your work, with 20% of purchase price retained by the gallery. This shared artist space is now looking for creative people who can teach others to make their native crafts quickly and easily for a fee. Lots of opportunities are now available at 331 Stedman Street. Call for available space even if you just need a place to work on your project! Call Alice at (907) 225-5558.

Venue for musicians at St. John's Episcopal Church: Members of St. John's are offering the use of the sanctuary for rehearsal and performance space during non-service times. Please contact the church office for availability at 225-3680.

Teen Advisory Group Seeking Crafts Teachers! This summer, T.A.G. will offer crafts for teens through Get Creative at the Library, and they want YOU to lead! Do you have a great craft idea that teens would love to try? What artistic skill can you pass along to the youth of Ketchikan? If you are able to put together a craft project for the Teen Advisory Group this coming summer, please contact Kelly Johnson at 225-3331.

Ongoing attractions:

The Art of Terry Pyles. The Tongass Historical Museum displays a retrospective exhibition of artwork by one of Ketchikan's incredible artistic talents. His work is known for its incredible detail and realism- and often features the wildlife and scenery of Ketchikan.

Quilts on Display! Quilts make up the current art display at the Presbyterian Church. Quilts have long played a significant role in the faith expressions of American women, and six quilts currently on display at the Ketchikan Presbyterian Church make homage to that tradition. Three of the quilts were made by grandmothers of church members- an Amish Maple Leaf quilt, a Norwegian scrap quilt, and a lap quilt made as part of a Methodist women's group project. The display also includes two quilted wall hangings- one made and given as an anniversary gift, and an anonymously made cross wall hanging that belongs to the church's permanent collection. The Presbyterian Church is located at 2711 Second Avenue. The quilts will be on display until shortly after Easter. They can be seen on Sundays from 9am until 12:30pm, and on other days by appointment.

Thursday Food and Flicks! The Ketchikan Coffee Company and the New York Hotel will show films every Thursday starting at 6pm. This week (January 8th) features the Academy Award Nominated Norwegian Film "Elling." The Café will be open from 5-9:30pm serving up delicious food, specialty coffee beverages, draft and bottled beer and wine! Feed your body and your mind! Call 247-BEAN for more info!

Friday Night Insights. Every Friday, beginning in November, the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center hosts a lecture or discussion on a wide range of topics from guest presenters. Programs begin at 7:00 pm every Friday and are open to the public free of charge in the Discovery Center Theater. For more information on specific programs, call 228-6220.

Figure Drawing! A new figure drawing group will meet the second Tuesday of every month for two hours of drawing the human form from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Art Room (205) at Schoenbar Middle School. This is a great chance to communicate with other artists in the community and practice your skills! Models will be clothed. Each member will agree to sign up for one month. During their month they can model or pay for another model. All ages are encouraged to participate! The first session is October 14th, 2008. Questions? Contact Angel Williams at 225-4471!

Storyhour at the Library continues regularly throughout the year on Thursday and Friday at 10:30am. After some playtime, the librarian reads stories, sings songs, does finger plays and shows a short film beginning around 10:40 am. Different story themes each week! This program is appropriate for infants through pre-school age children. Please note that there will be no Storyhour on Tuesdays until further notice. Call 225-0370 for more information.

Jam to Gospel/ Bluegrass music every Thursday night at 7:30pm at the stARTled Salmon in the Cape Fox Market Place, 500 Mission Street #5. Sponsored by Squares and Contras, call 225-2211 for more info.

Live Music Every Friday at the New York Café. Stop by for an evening of bluegrass jams every Friday of the winter months from 6pm to midnight. Light dinners and appetizers served from 5pm-9pm. Bring your instrument and join in the music making or just come to listen. For more info, call 225-0246.

Saturday is Open Mic Night at Wired Alaska Internet Café. From 7-10pm every Saturday, come out to the Internet Café between the Police Station and the tunnel on Grant. Call 225-6119 for more information.

Speakeasy. Enjoy music and an author/writer reading or presentation on the third Friday of the month! Music starts at 6:00pm, and an author presents from 6:30-7:30pm at the UAS Ketchikan Campus Library. Speakeasy is scheduled for January 23rd, February 20th, March 27th, and April 17th. See you there!

The Monthly Grind. The Monthly Grind provides a chance for us to enjoy local talent at a friendly venue every third Saturday at 7pm at Saxman Tribal House, September through May. Tickets are available at Soho Coho, McPherson Music and TBC. Bring a homemade dessert for a refund. Contact Tom LeCompte 617-0769 or Peggy Hovik at 617-5081 for more information.

Sweet Second Saturdays: Dances will be held every second Saturday of the month at 7pm in the Schoenbar Commons. Donations of $5 will be accepted for those 16 and older.

Workshops & Classes:

Art Classes available now. Sign up for three week sessions learning Calligraphy, Cooking, Beginning Sewing, Beginning Quilting, Painting and Drawing. For information on costs, times, ages and locations, call Trudy at 225-0401 or 617-2748.

Bigfoot Pottery Studios at 325 Bawden, downstairs. Classes are again available, Monday-Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm, and Sundays 4:00-7:00 pm. Call Erik or Leif at 225-POTS for more information.

Beading, Knitting, and other fabric art sessions are ongoing throughout the year at The Bead and Yarn Shoppe located in Salmon Landing Market. Call Cheri Pyles at 225-2858 for more information.

Sewing, Quilting and other fabric art sessions are available through Rainforest Crafts. For more info and to register call Rainforest Crafts at 247-2738.

Quilting classes: The Silver Thimble Quilt Shop is hosting a variety of quilting classes for the beginner to more experienced quilters, available at varying times. Please call the Quilt Shop for more information and registration at 225-5422.

Meetings and Gatherings:

Ketchikan Community Concert Band meets every Monday at McPherson Music from 7-9pm. Call 225-3650 for more info. Rehearsals will begin again on January 19th after a holiday hiatus.

Rainy Day Recorders meet every Tuesday at 4:30 pm. For information, contact MJ Turek at 225-2592.

Ketchikan Community Chorus meets every Tuesday from 7-9pm at the Presbyterian Church. Call 247-2356 for more information.

The Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council Board of Directors meets the third Tuesday of every month at 6pm at the Mainstay Gallery, 716 Totem Way.

Rainy Day Quilters meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month, at 6:45pm, at Holy Name.

First City Toastmasters meet Thursdays at noon at the Presbyterian Church, 2711 2nd Ave. Come practice your public speaking, guests are welcome! Call 225-3519 for more info.

Yarn Bee. One Sunday each month in the adult library from 1-3 pm. Each session will begin with a short presentation about new knitting, crochet and craft books at the library, then participants will be free to socialize and work on projects. Refreshments will be served. Call 225-0370 for more information.

Book Talk on KRBD Ketchikan each Thursday evening from 6:30-7pm at 105.3. Listen to news about the library, books, and book reviews.



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