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This week in Ketchikan


June 23, 2008

Ketchikan, Alaska - This week in Ketchikan, the Tongass Historical Society will present THE HUNT PHOTOS: A CLOSER LOOK, a free slide show featuring photographs of early Ketchikan by Harriet, Bertha, and Forest Hunt. The Hunt Family photographs in the Ketchikan Museums collection constitute an invaluable historical record of our town from 1900 through the 1920's. The slide show is a follow-up to a recent exhibit of Hunt Family photos at the Tongass Historical Museum. According to Museum officials, many of those who saw the exhibit expressed an interest in learning more about the historical details revealed in the images. Thursday's program will provide that opportunity. Museum staff members will discuss the photos as they are shown, pointing out aspects of the images that are particularly significant. Sharing of information and recollections by the audience will be encouraged. THE HUNT PHOTOS: A CLOSER LOOK will begin at 7:00 PM on Thursday, June 26th, at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. Admission is free, and all are welcome. Contact Michael Naab at 225-5600 for more info. (Related feature story: Hunt Photos Show Ketchikan in Pioneer Days By DAVE KIFFER)


Family Film "A Bug's Life" Come see a great show for the whole family beginning at 3:00 pm on Friday, June 27th in the Children's Annex. Free popcorn and lemonade will be served. The film is rated G and runs 1 hour and 35 minutes.


Foolish Folk Dance. Sweet Second Saturdays is on the FOURTH SATURDAY this month! Come out to the StARTled Salmon at 7:00 pm on June 28th for dancing and music by Paddy's Leather Breeches. No dance experience or partner required. Enjoy the dance, then Run with the Fools!


Only Fools Run at Midnight, 2008. Meet up at the Discovery Center at 11:59 pm on Saturday, June 28th for a 5k run, or 1 mile walk/wheel. T-Shirts for the first 125 to register, water bottles for the next 50! Prizes for Best Costumes and Centipedes! Pre-register by June 26th at the Rec Center, Fat Stan's the SAIL office (602 Dock St., Suite 107, or <> . Day of race registration begins at 10:30 pm at the Discovery Center. Pledges must be in by June 26th! Collect Pledges and Win: 2 RT Alaska Airlines Tickets, Local Tours and Trips. Only Fools Run at Midnight is a fundraiser to benefit SAIL (Southeast Alaska Independent Living)/ORCA. For more information, call 225-4735 or visit <>


"Scratching the Surface" Now Showing at the Mainstay Gallery. FINAL WEEK!!! Stop by the Mainstay Gallery, 716 Totem Way, through June 27th for a free opening reception for Dorene Smith's show of scratchboard art, "Scratching the Surface." Dorene's work ranges in subject matter from landscapes and boats to pet portraiture. All works are incredibly detailed, created by scratching away layers using a needle. Come see this unusual medium and what it is capable of! For more information, call 225-2211.

Coming attractions:

Magician Jeff Brown. The Juneau magician returns again to enchant the entire family with his fanciful magic and balloon animals. There will be two shows at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm on Saturday, July 12th at the Ketchikan Public Library. This is a ticketed event, so pick up your FREE TICKETS in advance at the children's library as space will be limited. Call 225-0370 for information.


Teddy Bear Picnic. The staff of the children's library welcomes you to the 26th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 19th. This Ketchikan tradition is an event for young children. Families are encouraged to bring a blanket, sack lunch and favorite stuffed animal to the library for a picnic. There will be live music from "Lush Life," cookies, punch and special surprises. Call Charlotte for more information. Tickets for this event are free, but must be picked up in advance at the library as space is limited.


Fish Pirate's Daughter. Warm Butter and a Hero! Hiss the villain, cheer the hero, crack the crab! Ketchikan's original musical melodrama is served up with an all-you-can-eat crab feast. Join us and bring your out-of-town guests for a comical evening of slightly exaggerated Ketchikan history, set to charming songs. Fridays and Saturdays during the Month of July at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. Call 225-4792 or visit www.ketchikanarts/fcp <http://www.ketchikanarts/fcp> for info and tickets.


Rick Gonzalez, Singer-Songwriter. The Ketchikan Plaza will be hosting a special performance featuring singer-songwriter Rick Gonzalez during its Saturday Market on July 5th from noon-2pm. Originally from Chicago, Rick draws from many genres and styles, from R&B, Blues and Jazz to Folk, Rock and Country. His latest CD, Garage Sale, is a mix of heartfelt ballads and musical stories reminiscent of James Taylor, Harry Chapin and Dan Fogelberg. For more info, visit <> , or check out Rick Gonzalez at <>

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

First Book Southeast Chapter: Seeking Board Members! Get Involved!!!! Meetings are the second Thursday every month in the Landing Hotel meeting room at 5:00 pm. These meetings are open to the public. First Book is a national organization that provides books to low income children so they can build home libraries. The teachers and group leaders in their lives get to select the books from thousands of titles and distribute one a month to each child in their care. It's a great program, similar to Reading is Fundamental, and the national office more than matches what we raise locally in the form of Borders' Books gift cards. Ketchikan's chapter got $6,000 last year alone in Borders Cards to distribute locally. That money for books goes a long way at Head Start, Boys and Girls Club or Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Other recipients have been local daycares, preschools, libraries, and child advocacy agencies such as the Association for the Education of Young Children which sponsors Family Night at the Library. First Book is also accepting Grant Applications right now for our next round of grants. Contact Charlotte Glover at 225-0370 for more info.


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 August 1st and 3rd 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 15th 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 at the Arts Council, First City Players, and Ketchikan Theatre Ballet. Call 225-4792 or 225-2211 for more information. Gigglefeet is a cooperative event produced jointly by First City Players, Ketchikan Theatre Ballet, and the Arts Council.


Shape Note Singing Workshop. Don't miss your opportunity to participate in a workshop focusing on the art of Sacred Harp Singing led by Kari Lundgren! Sacred Harp singing is a haunting form of four part acapella hymn singing with deep roots in the American south. The name "Sacred Harp" refers to the human voice. Many of the tones and melodies originate from Elizabethan English and Scottish/Irish folk music, including the tradition of the 4-note solfege (Fa, So La and Mi). The New York Times recently described it as, "where Gregorian chant meets Bluegrass." Kari Lundgren has practiced Shape Note singing for over 10 years, and has traveled to numerous singing conventions across the US. She has led annual workshops at the Juneau Folk festival, and in her hometown of Sitka where she directs a Shape Note singing group. This workshop is for men and women and will address the history and basics of Shape Note singing. Participants will leave the class with a core of songs sung and enjoyed. Workshop materials are provided, and no experience is necessary. The Shape Note workshop at Sugar Hill Community Hall begins Friday, July 18th with documentary "Awake My Soul" and dessert potluck from 7-9:30pm, followed by a Workshop for singers on Saturday, July 19th, from 10am-2pm with a catered lunch, and concludes on Sunday, July 20th, with a workshop and potluck dinner- visitors are welcome at 4pm. The workshop is free! Please RSVP by Wednesday, July 16th for food and songbooks. Call Sher at 254-1862 to participate.


Blueberry Festival booth OPEN REGISTRATION. You have until July 23rd to sign up for a booth in this year's Blueberry Arts Festival, Saturday, August 2nd. Booths are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to get your registration form in! Call the Arts Council at 225-2211, stop by 716 Totem Way, or get a form on our website, <> .


Blueberry Arts Festival Juried Show. The Mainstay Gallery invites artists to submit works for the annual exhibit opening on Friday, August 1st to help kick off the Blueberry Arts Festival. 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, or visit


Battle of the Bands! Calling Musicians and Songwriters of all genres! Register Now to enter in the Battle of the Bands Competition at this year's Blueberry Arts Festival on August 2nd. Cash prizes will be awarded for Best Performance and Best Original Blueberry Song. Limited Space is available, between 12:00 and 5:00 pm, so sign up NOW! Registration is due by 5:00 pm on July 25th. Call the Arts Council at 225-2211 for more information, stop by 716 Totem Way for a registration form, or print one off from <>


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:


Catch the Reading Bug! The Summer Reading Club runs from June 7 to August 2, 2008 in the Ketchikan Public Library Annex. The reading club is for students from grades 1 to 8, and features special events and reading to win prizes! For more info, call 225-0370


"Metamorphosis" Teen Summer Reading Club. Kids who have finished seventh grade through twelfth can win prizes by filling out comment cards about library books, audio, movies, music and downloads. Summer Reading Club runs through August 31st. Call Kelly at 225-0370 for more info.


Summer at the Club. Looking for something for your students to do now that school is out? The Boys and Girls Club is open from Monday through Friday at Noon throughout the summer. Free Lunch and Snack at 12:30 and 3:30 pm, plus tons of activities including Field Trips, Pool, Ping-Pong, Painting, Photography, Art, Leadership Club, Snack Bar, Car Games, Guitar, and Cooking. The Upstairs is for ages 7-12, and is open until 6:00 pm. The Teen Floor, for ages 13-18 is open until 7:00 pm, Open until 9:00 pm on Fridays. The Boys and Girls Club of Ketchikan is located at 2409 1st Ave. Call 247-CLUB for information.


Xaadas Takanlang Haida Descendant Dancers. Northwest Coast Dancers will perform one Friday per month through September at Totem Bight Clan House, 6:30-7:30 pm. The Haida dancers perform traditional and contemporary songs in traditional regalia with the guidance of Gloria Burns. Learn about Haida culture and lineage and see storytelling, blessing, honor, and lessons conveyed through dance. Performances are June 13, July 11, August 8, and September 12. For more information, call 247-8574. Totem Bight performances are co-sponsored by Alaska State Parks and Alaska Geographic.


Southeast Sea Kayaks. Attention Locals!!! Want to try kayaking or meet other paddlers? Come out for our local paddles! No experience is necessary. Family paddles are every Sunday at 2:30 pm, Adults are $35 and Kids ages 6-12 are $25. Evening Paddles are every Tuesday at 5:15 pm, adults only $25. Call Southeast Sea Kayaks for more information or to book: 225-1258.


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.


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.

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:

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 July 15th.


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.


Source of News:

Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council


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