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Ketchikan Events


May 05, 2008

Ketchikan, Alaska - This week in Ketchikan a Swan-Tyee Intertie Open House will be held. The Tyee Lake Project has surplus electrical energy. A transmission intertie is planned to deliver renewable hydroelectric power to Ketchikan and displace fossil fuel generation. You are invited to attend the Swan-Tyee Intertie Open House on Wednesday, May 7, 7:00 pm at the Civic Center. Representatives of the Four Dam Pool Power Agency and project contractor representatives will be in attendance to explain the project schedule and answer questions. For more information, call 258-2281.

Writer Ellen Hopkins visits Ketchikan this week. 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

Ketchikan Theatre Ballet Spring Gala. This year's Spring Gala performance is "Broadway Review." The Ketchikan Theatre Ballet invites everyone to come to their lively spring performance on Friday, May 9th, and Saturday, May 10th at 7:30 pm at Kayhi Auditorium. This year's recital features dance from some of the most famous Broadway Musicals, with a tremendous variety from traditional favorites from 50 years ago to some hot new numbers from the last few years. Don't miss out! Tickets are $15 for Adults, $10 for Children, Students, and Seniors, and Family Packs are $45. The Spring Gala features all of Ketchikan Theatre Ballet's dancers from their full range of classes. Saturday's 2:00 pm matinee performance at Kayhi, "Kids on Broadway" features the ballet's youngest dancers. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children, students and seniors. Tickets to both shows are available at First City Players, Seaside Trading, McPherson Music, the KTB Studio, or at the door. Call KTB at 225-9311 for more information.

I'm Going to College! The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan will be hosting approximately 50 fifth grade students from Fawn Mountain and North Point Higgins Elementary Schools for the I'm Going to College program on Thursday, May 8th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the UAS Ketchikan Main Campus. Through IGTC, elementary students experience a day in college courtesy of their college host, who designs an age-appropriate curriculum with a hands-on focus. Prior to this event, the invited students work with their elementary teachers to complete an IGTC activity book where they explore different types of colleges, financial aid programs and career choices. This program is statewide at several UA campuses. For more information, call Marianne Ledford at 228-4555.

Art to Wear Gallery Show. Come see beautifully hand-crafted works that are truly art to be worn, including bags, shoes, hats, scarves, jewelry, and garments. The amazing pieces that graced the runway show of Art to Wear, along with some additional pieces, will adorn the walls of the Mainstay Gallery for the month of May. See the rich patterns, intricate stitching, and beautiful beadwork up close! For info, call the Arts Council at 225-2211.

Blueberry Festival booth registration for RENEWERS, opens on Wednesday, May 7th. Booth holders from 2007 have the chance to renew before open registration begins on June 4th. Call the arts council at 225-2211.

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:

Jazz Night. The Jerry Galley Memorial Scholarship Concert will feature several Local Jazz ensembles. Come out for this exciting evening of Jazz benefiting a good cause! The concert will be at 7:00 pm at Kayhi Auditorium on Tuesday, May 13th.

Charlotte Fox, executive director of Alaska State Council on the Arts comes to Ketchikan. The Arts Council is hosting a discussion at the Mainstay Gallery on Wednesday, May 15th, 5:00 pm, so local artists have the opportunity to meet with Charlotte Fox, an excellent resource! Charlotte will answer questions about grants and talk to folks about their projects, education, and what opportunities are out there. We're lucky to have her in town, so don't miss out! Call the Arts Council at 225-2211 for more info.

Art Show and Open House. Revilla High School Students and Staff invite you to visit! Come to Revilla High School on Thursday, May 15th from 1-3pm for Pottery, Beadwork, Watercolors, Graphic design, Poetry, and Paragraphs.

Ketchikan Community Concert Band's Spring Concert. The Concert Band presents "Today is a Gift," on Friday May 16th at 7:00 pm at Kayhi Auditorium. With many fine selections, including Maltby's "Hail to the Fleet," Copland's "Old American Songs," Grainger's "Children's March," John William's "Evening at the Pops," Hazo's "Today Is The Gift," Saucedo's "Hymn for the Cream and Crimson" and "Glenn Miller In Concert." Tickets are $10.00 for Adults, and kids under 18 are FREE, Tickets available at McPherson Music, Parnassus Books, KAAHC, through Band Members, and at the door. Call McPherson Music at 225-3650 for information.

The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show 9th Annual Community Show and Charity Drive. On Friday, May 16th come out to the Lumberjack Show for a terrific event featuring the local group, Famous Amos and the Skookum Jukes playing, plus a beer garden and hot dogs available for purchase on site. In the past over $15,000 and more than 5 tons of food have been raised to help our community. This year, we hope to go above and beyond. As usual, admission will be a donation of canned goods or cash for the Salvation Army. We are also asking local businesses to contribute monetary donations for Women in Safe Homes- they haven't had new bedding in over 10 years! Call 225-9050 for info, or visit <>

KYI Fun(d)Raiser. On Saturday, May 17th from 6:30-9:00pm bring your family and friends out to Skinner Sales and Service for tons of fun and a good cause, featuring an auction with humongous items, fun events for all ages, Bar-B-Q and fry bread, and Door and Game Prizes. Tickets are $10 for single tickets and $25 family of four. Ketchikan Youth Initiative sponsors youth-led, adult-mentored activities and programs and the Youth to Work job readiness program. For info, to donate, or buy tickets, call 225-2250, or visit <>

Divas! On May 17th, First City Players' 2008 Ketchikan Divas, each armed with two hot songs and a great dress, will convene with 250 First City Players supporters to determine who will be crowned the First City Diva of 2008. The diva who receives the most votes wins the crown. It's a talented field this year, with Tricia Funk, Deb Turnbull, Roxanne Larson, Stephanie Patton, Kathy Graham, Renee McLaughlin, Nicole Bush, Lallette Kistler, Stephanie Patton and Heidi Hays all in the running. Reigning Diva Katy Graves Hopkins will be there to defend her crown. Voting has already begun, and Funk has an early lead. Each vote costs $2, and is a tax deductible donation to First City Players. Proceeds will help make the performing arts more accessible to youth through scholarships and First City Players' new $5 per student ticket price, and will offset high production costs. Don't miss this great Saturday night out at Ted Ferry Civic Center. Tickets include food and beverages, and are $15 each. Divas! Is sponsored by John and Nancy DeCherney, Fat Stan's and the Cape Fox Lodge. Call 225-4330 for more info.

Sole-stice Shoe Auction. Join the Ketchikan General Hospital Foundation for an annual event featuring a shoe auction, drinks and hors d'oeuvres on Friday, June 20th at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. Doors Open at 5:30 pm, and the Auction begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $30 each, and are available at Exploration Gallery, McPherson Music, Silver Basin, and the KGH Foundation Office. For more information, call 228-8300 ext. 7035.

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. Edgecumbe 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!

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 .

Blueberry Festival booth registration for RENEWERS, opens on Wednesday, May 7th. Booth holders from 2007 have the chance to renew before open registration begins on June 4th. Call the arts council at 225-2211.

Call For Manuscripts. Alaska Sisters in Crime is compiling an anthology of narratives by visiting authors along with the best work of aspiring writers from visited communities. The Anthology is titled: "A Stranger Comes to Town: Mystery Writers Explore Alaska, an "Authors to the Bush" Anthology by Alaska Sisters in Crime." Works are inspired by a phrase written by Mystery Writer Denise Hamilton's visit to Alaska:

A delirious change

Sleepy, winter mode

Vaudeville lumberjacks

The long wet winter

No one can hear you scream

The giant eye of a whale

Problematic for a killer

You may submit one or all of the following: An original poem including one or more of the words or phrases above. Your poem can be of any style or type; The opening paragraph or paragraphs for a story, include one or more of the words or phrases above; A paragraph or paragraphs of personal experience, including one or more of the words or phrases above. Each submission must be 250 words or less, and must have the words used from the phrase in bold type. Submissions are due on May 15th, 2008. E-mail your work as Word or Word Perfect attachments to Deb Vanasse, Associate Editor, at <> . Make sure to note your name and community on your submission. You must also include a signed and initialed Offer to Publish agreement with your work. Email the offer to publish as a PDF attachment, or fax to 907-770-1351.

Calling all Choreographers and Dancers! One of Ketchikan's best-loved summer events is quickly approaching. First City Players, Ketchikan Theatre Ballet, and the Arts Council invite all choreographers, dancers, and technical theater personnel to participate in the 11th Annual Gigglefeet Dance Festival, taking place in conjunction with the Blueberry Arts Festival, the first weekend of August, in the Kayhi Auditorium. This community celebration of open-form and provocative dance encourages all styles and skill levels to be a part of this summer festival. The deadline to register your piece is July 18th at the First City Players' offices at the Plaza. The Gigglefeet Committee is available to assist you with any aspect of your piece; do not hesitate to ask. Registration forms are available at <> and tat the Arts Council, First City Players, and Ketchikan Theatre Ballet. Call 225-2211 for more information.

Blueberry Arts Festival Juried Show. The Mainstay Gallery invites artists to submit works for this annual exhibit. Artwork can be created by any artists in any media, but is limited to two entries per person. Submission is free to Arts Council Members, $25 for non-members. To become a KAAHC member, call the Arts Council or visit Artwork must not have been previously exhibited in Ketchikan. All two-dimensional entries must be framed and ready to hang. All three-dimensional entries must be ready for display. For larger entries, please check in advance with the Arts Council to ensure that we can accommodate your piece. Submitted artworks can be fore sale. The KAAHC receives a 25% donation on all sales. Several prizes will be awarded by local businesses for First, Second, and Third Place Entries. Announcements of what great awards will be distributed are coming soon, so time to start painting, drawing, sculpting, and creating! Entry deadline is Friday, July 25th by 5:00 pm at the Mainstay Gallery, 716 Totem Way. For more information, call the Arts Council at 225-2211.

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:

Town on Tongass Narrows, The History of Ketchikan. The Tongass Historical Museum presents a new show of historical photographs running through September 28th, 2008. Come see how our city started. Call 225-5600 for more info.

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 6:00pm, 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.

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 May 19th.

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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Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council


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