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April 07, 2008

Ketchikan, Alaska - This week in Ketchikan, a Predator Management in Alaska presentations is an April Extra at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center on Tuesday, April 8th, at 7:00 pm. Last fall members of the Alaska Board of Game committed to informing the public about Alaska's intensive management law and the Department of Fish and Game's predator management program. Ron Somerville, former Board of Game member, will explain what predator management is and isn't, how it applies across the state, and some of the results. He will discuss different predator and prey species highlighting the legal, social, and biological reasons for predator control. Free and open to the public! Call 228-6220 for more info.
Friday Night Insights: Breeding Birds of Ketchikan. Andy Piston will give an overview of the Ketchikan breeding bird season and bird breeding biology on April 11. All images in the program will be of locally photographed birds and nests! Friday Night Insight programs begin at 7:00 pm at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, 50 Main Street, and are open to the public free of charge. Call 228-6220 for more info.
Ketchikan Community Concert Band's "Lightweight Concert: Beatles, Bugs and (P.D.Q.) Bach" A great performance for the whole family! Saturday, April 12th, 2008 at 7:04 pm, at Kayhi Auditorium. Disney music, Sgt. Pepper, and other fun noises! For more information, call McPherson Music at 225-8250. Tickets are $10 for Adults, Free for children under 18 years, available at McPherson Music, the Arts Council, Parnassus Books, through Band members, and at the door.
Sweet Second Saturdays April Folk Dance. Special Kids' and Family Dance on April 12th from 6 to 7pm at the Coast Guard Upper Base at the Crow's Nest. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. The regular monthly Contra, Square and Circle Dances will follow the kids' event. Live music by Paddy's Leather Breeches, no dance experience or partner required. $5 donations encouraged for those over 16 yrs.
UAS Summer Classes. The 2008 Summer Class Schedule is now available. For information or to register, call 907-228-4511, visit, or register at the Business Office in the Ziegler Building 2600 Seventh Avenue. Check out what UAS has to offer, from Anthropology, to Alaska Native Cultures, to Literature, to Welding.
Coming attractions: 
Southeast Alaska Music Festival. It's Ketchikan's turn to host this exciting program for student musicians of Southeast. Many exciting events are scheduled for April 16-19th at Kayhi, with choirs, bands, jazz groups, solo and ensembles performing before judges. Students will attend clinics in all of these areas of interest. Students from across Southeast converge for three days of music, and performances are open to the public. Call 225-8250 for more info.
RaWR! Readings and Wild Recitations. In honor of National Poetry Month and National Library Week, Ketchikan Public Library's Teen Advisory Group is hosting a poetry reading. Come Share YOUR favorite Poem, Quote, or Passage on Friday, April 18th beginning at 6:30 pm at the Public Library.
Friday Night Insights: Live Bird Presentation. Damon Hampel, bird curator for Deer Mountain Tribal Hatchery and Eagle Center, will discuss the hunting styles, habitats and physical adaptations of owls, hawks, and falcons in this live bird presentation on April 18. Friday Night Insight programs begin at 7:00 pm at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, 50 Main Street, and are open to the public free of charge. Call 228-6220 for more info.
Monthly Grind, Poets Past and Present. This month's Grind is April 19th, 7 pm at the Saxman Tribal House. Special guests include Pete Atria, Jaci Benitz, Nelson Hays, Natasha Turner, Pam Chandler, Fernando Rado, and Oil & Water. $5 for Adults, $1 for Kids. Bring a homemade dessert and get a refund.
"The Angels of Lemnos," a play by Jim Henry. There are angels everywhere, even among the ancient Greeks, even among the homeless. First City Players presents Jim Henry's poignant play "The Angels of Lemnos." The story begins with a man who lost his family in a fire, a young man who lost his sense of reality to a terrible childhood, and an abandoned infant. "Angels of Lemnos" will be performed April 18-19, April 25-26, and May 2-3. Shows are 7:30 pm at the Plaza Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and military, and are available at the First City Players box office in the Plaza, call 225-4792 or visit This play has adult themes and language. Talkback with playwright Jim Henry in person after the April 18th Show.
Forest Service Cabins 101.
It's an April Extra at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center on Thursday, April 24th. Have you ever wanted to rent a Forest Service cabin but were too overwhelmed to try? Let the recreation staff from the Ketchikan-Misty Fjords Ranger District ease your mind as they discuss "everything you ever wanted to know about Forest Service cabins." This includes cabin locations, reservations, transportation and what you need to prepare for to enjoy your stay at a Forest Service Cabin. Call 228-6220 for more info.
Slideshow Presentation and Book Signing by Dr. Aubrey Stephens. On Thursday, April 25th, Dr. Aubrey Stephens talks about celebrating artful and healthy living, and her book "Breathing Life Through Dance." Doors open at 6:30 pm, program starts at 7:00 pm at the Ted Ferry civic Center. Admission is free. For more information, call Parnassus Books at 225-7690.
Emilio and the Enchanted Cow, performed by Marionetas de la Esquina. Mexico's foremost puppeteers  come to Ketchikan for the Torch Nights performance series! The KAAHC is proud to present the story of a boy named Emilio who fears the changes that come from his parents' separation. He is faced with a number of challenges, including living in a new home without his father. Luckily, Emilio has a vivid imagination and an imaginary friend called Cow. Your imagination will be sparked along with Emilio's by these masterful puppeteers. Marionetas, unlike other puppets that are controlled by the hand from inside or by rods and sticks, are animated by strings. Although the puppets cannot smile, frown, or blink, they can show tremendous emotion and expression through expertly controlled movements. This performance of a delightful story and impressive artistry promises to be fun for the whole family! Emilio and the Enchanted Cow will be performed on Friday, April 25th, 7:30 pm at Kayhi Auditorium. Tickets are $17.00 for Adults, and $12.00 for Students and Seniors. For tickets and information, call the Arts Council at 225-2211. TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Friday Night Insights: Cruising for Birds and Whales along the Aleutian Chain. On April 25th, Steve Heinl will show images and discuss the unique bird and whale species observed while guiding a birding cruise from Anchorage to Attu Island in the fall of 2006. Friday Night Insight programs begin at 7:00 pm at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, 50 Main Street, and are open to the public free of charge. Call 228-6220 for more info.
From Tip to Toe: The First Ever Art to Wear Fashion Show. Paris, Milan,..Ketchikan? Why not? The Art to Wear Committee, in association with the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, brings you a totally new show of fashion, jewelry, and accessories created by local and out-of-town artists. The event will be held at Ted Ferry Civic Center on Saturday, April 26th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 and are available at the KAAHC office, Soho Coho, TBC, McPherson Music, Madison Lumber, Rainforest Crafts, and Bar Harbor Restaurant. Tickets only available in advance. Bar Harbor Restaurant is providing light appetizers and one complimentary glass of wine per person. Lush Life will provide musical entertainment. There will be a no-host bar for beer and additional wine. In addition to the runway show, a Boutique will be held in the lounge at TFCC on Friday, April 25th from 3:00-5:30 pm, on Saturday, April 26th from noon to 6:00 pm and on Sunday, April 27th from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. The event is coordinated by the Art to Wear Committee, a KAAHC sponsored organization. Call Jean Bartos at 225-9296 or 617-7720 for more information.
Writer Ellen Hopkins visits Ketchikan. The Ketchikan Public Library welcomes popular Young Adult Author Ellen Hopkins on Tuesday, May 6 at 6:30 pm. Ellen lives in Reno, Nevada where she is a poet, young adult author, and freelance writer. Her best selling novels in verse include "Glass," "Crank," "Impulse," and "Burned." Before becoming a novelist, Ellen wrote several dozen non-fiction books for young people, most notably about aviation. You can learn more about Ellen and her work at Ellen will also be spending a day at Ketchikan High School. This visit is being coordinated by Ketchikan High School librarian David Miller, who can be reached at 225-9815 ext. 21 or
Upcoming Opportunities: calls, auditions, contests, artist opportunities, etc:
Registration for the Sitka Fine Arts Camp is going on NOW. The Sitka Fine Arts Camp announces dates and registration information for its 33rd annual camp, to be held in June and July 2008. The camp features classes in music, theater, dance, writing, visual arts, and Alaskan Native Arts taught by 43 faculty members from all over the country. Students stay at Mt. Edgecombe High School. Mini Camp for elementary students entering grades 1-6 in the fall will be held Monday, June 9th-Friday, June 13th. The Middle School Camp, for students entering grades 6-9, takes place Sunday, June 15th- Saturday, June 28th. The High School Camp, for students entering grades 9-12, takes place Sunday, June 29th- Sunday, July 13th. Registration for all three camp sessions opened on January 1st, and is on a first-come first-served basis. Online registration is available through the camp website at, along with a full listing of camp fees. Call (907) 747-3085 to reach the camp office. *Don't forget to apply for scholarships through the Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship!* The Sitka Fine Arts Camp has been Nationally Recognized! First Lady Laura Bush recognized the Sitka Fine Arts Camp with the Coming Up Taller Award, the nation's highest honor for out-of-school arts and humanities programs on January 28th!
2008 Fish Follies. The Cordova Historical Museum welcomes the annual return of the Copper River wild salmon with a celebration of art. Fish Follies is a juried national art show featuring artwork with a fishy theme. Deadline for postmarks is April 25th, and the call is open to all artists 18 and over, working in any media. Entries are limited to two works, not to exceed 72" high or wide, and not to exceed 50 lbs, created in 2006 or after, and all works must be for sale. Artists will be notified of acceptance on May 9th. Spectacular Alaska Wild Seafood prizes will be awarded for Best of Show, 2nd Place, Three Honorable Mentions and "Most Fishy." For more information, call (907) 424-6665, Fax (907) 424-6666, or email
Call to Artists: Juneau Arts Council invites Artists to Submit Work to be Considered for Solo Exhibition. Artists interested in being considered for a solo exhibit at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Gallery during the 2008-2009 Season may apply by April 30th, 2008, at 5:00 pm. Applications available to download from: Our next gallery season runs from September 2008-August 2009. For more information, contact the JAHC at 907-586-2787 or
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.
Calling all writers: interested in getting together to write and talk about your writing with others?  Call Elizabeth Flom to get something started or get involved, 247-1313.
Ongoing attractions:
Ketch-O-Matic! An exhibit of Art Vending machines is now showing at the Mainstay Gallery during the month of April. Local Ketchikan artists have taken on the challenge of decorating several vending machines to hang on the gallery walls, each manufactured vender recreated into a unique art piece. The vending machines will dispense handmade art objects at prices ranging from $5-$25. Ketch-O-Matic brings art to the public at a very reasonable price! Please join us at the Mainstay Gallery, 716 Totem Way, and bring some crisp bills!
Alaska Hummingbird Festival Juried Art Show. The Ketchikan Visitors Bureau will display original artwork inspired by the Spring Migratory Bird List from April 4th-19th. Artwork is created in any media, both two- and three- dimensional works are included, and have been created by both new and experienced artists. The Ketchikan Visitor's Bureau will present prizes for Adult and Student Best of Show, as well as First Prizes and Honorable Mentions in both categories. Come to the free opening reception at the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau on Friday, April 4th, from 6-8pm. Artists are encouraged to attend!
The Hunt Photos. Image of Early Ketchikan will be on display at the Tongass Historical Museum beginning on March 7th, showing through April 13th 2008. This amazing collection features vivid images of Ketchikan's early days, and the people who built it, captured on film by Harriet Hunt, Forest Hunt, and Berth Hunt Wells. On display through April 13th. Call 225-5600 for more information.
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.
Speakeasy: A Monthly Event at Parnassus Books.
This is an opportunity to read aloud your own work, or a passage, poem or story written by your favorite author.  Join us at Parnassus the last Friday night of each month at 5:30 pm for music by the Rainy Day Recorders. Readings will begin at 6:30pm, refreshments will be served. Sponsored by University of Alaska Southeast and Parnassus Books. Contact Rod Landis at 228-4547 or Maggie Freitag at 225-7690 for more information.
Jam to Gospel/ Bluegrass music every Thursday night at 7pm at the stARTled Salmon Ketchikan Arts Hatchery in the Salmon Landing Market.  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.
Jazz Jammin' at the Salmon, hosted by Austin Hays, come jam the night away at the stARTled salmon Ketchikan Arts Hatchery, starting at 7pm every Friday night.  Call the Arts Council for more info, 225-2211
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.
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.
Monthly Grind at the Tribal House. The Monthly Grind provides a chance for us to enjoy local talent at a friendly venue every third Saturday at 7pm, 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 617-5081 for more info.
2007-2008 Torch Nights Performing Arts Series Season Tickets on Sale Now!! Subscribe to the rest of the season and you can save up to 35% (Arts Council Members save the most!). This year's remaining events include: Turtle Island String Quartet (string jazz quartet), John Gorka & Susan Werner (contemporary American folk), Marionetas de la Esquina (Mexican puppet company performs Emil and the Magic Cow), and The 11th Annual Gigglefeet Dance Festival. Brochures are available at the Arts Council, 716 Totem Way, 225-2211.
First City Players: 2007-2008 Season Tickets Available Now. Buy tickets for an incredible season of performances, including James Henry's "Angels of Lemnos," and Christopher Durang's "Miss Witherspoon," to list only a few. Save money by purchasing season seats, and don't forget to sign up for Membership. Get the "Play Time" brochure at First City Players, 2417 Tongass Ave, Suite 218. For more information, call 225-4792, or email    
Workshops & Classes:
Winter Arts 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.
Winter Arts Classes. 3 week sessions are available in Calligraphy, Cooking, Beginning sewing,
Meetings and Gatherings:
Ketchikan Community Concert Band meets every Monday from 7-9pm at McPherson Music.  Call 225-3650 to reserve your space or for more information.
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. Next Meeting is April 29th.
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 (NEW LOCATION!!!). 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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