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October 26, 2009

Ketchikan, Alaska - This week in Ketchikan it's Red Ribbon Week! Hang a red ribbon in your windows or doors to help raise awareness of drug abuse. Ketchikan, are you "Seeing Red"? This event is sponsored by Tongass Substance Screening.

Free Public Lecture- Ketchikan: Gateway to an Invasive-Free Future. Come to a free lecture at the Forest Service Discovery Center on Monday, October 26th at 7:00pm. The program features Gary Freitag, Marine Advisory Program Agent of the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, who presents: "Marine Invasive Species Sampling in Ketchikan, Alaska: A High Risk Area as the First Entry Point for Marine Traffic and Northerly Currents." Sarah Reichard, Associate Professor of the College of Forest Resources at the University of Washington, who presents "Ecological Impacts of Knotweed, an Invasive Plant Threatening Southeast Alaska Resources." For more information on the program or the conference, Contact Elizabeth Bella at , or call 907-664-2118.

Needle Felted Star Craft with Friends of the Library. Come down to the library from 6-8pm on Thursday, October 29th and help the Friends of the Library create needle felted stars to sell at the Winter Arts Faire to benefit the new library building fund. No experience necessary. For more info, call 225-0370.

Herds, Crowds, and Schools at the Main Street Gallery. FINAL WEEK!!! Join us for a multimedia installation by Jessica Davila on display October 2-30. Jessica explores the relationship between individuals and groups be creating large-scale works composed of intricate, hand-crafted creatures of the animal kingdom. Visit us at the Main Street Gallery, 330 Main Street, Monday through Friday 9am-5pm, and on Saturdays 11am to 3pm. Call the Arts Council at 225-2211 for more information.

TAG Double Feature Friday. The Teen Advisory Group invites teens to come to a costume party and watch the Addams Family and Hocus Pocus starting at 7:00pm on Friday, October 30th at the Library. Enter a costume contest with prizes in several categories! Call Kelly Johnson for more info.

Haunted Ghost Town. Get your little ghouls and goblins bundled up and head downtown for a map challenge with lots of fun activities! Get a stamp at each location, participate in games and crafts, and enter to win some great gift baskets! Get your map at the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau or any participating location, and have some Halloween fun on Friday, October 30th between 6 and 8pm! Visit to get your map!

Alaska Tour and Travel's Alaska's 50th Anniversary Photo Contest! Alaska Tour & Travel is celebrating Alaska's 50th Anniversary of Statehood by awarding one lucky photographer the limited edition Sydney Laurence print "Legacy of Alaska" depicting Alaska's Mt. McKinley. (See a copy on display at Scanlon's). This special print was signed on May 10th, 2008 by all of the living governors of Alaska, including Mike Stepovich, Walter Hickel, Keith Miller, Bill Sheffield, Steve Cooper, Tony Knowles, Frank Murkowski, and Sarah Palin. The print is marked with an embossed seal noting the 50th Anniversary of Alaska Statehood and has current retail value of $1500. The Sydney Laurence print can be viewed all summer at the Artique Gallery in Anchorage at 314 G Street. The Grand Prize print will be awarded to the photographer whose photo best depicts Alaska's spectacular wildlife, scenery, people or adventure. The contest is open to visitors and residents alike. To enter, just email us your photo to <> no later than October 31, 2009. Please include a brief description of the photo along with your name and hometown. We will post select entries on our Photo Contest Gallery at Be sure to click on LEARN MORE below for all of the contest rules.

Halloween BreastFest! Breast cancer benefit concert at the stARTled salmon, 500 Mission Street. See Pariah, DemoPhat, Damaged Justice, Pink cloud Project, Buck Up Little Kamper, and Peter Jacob on October 31st starting at 7:00pm. Tickets $5 at the door. Proceeds will be going to the First City Council on Cancer for breast cancer patients.

KRBD's Halloween Party! Boogie men and women are invited to. Well, boogie! It's an annual Halloween favorite, with dancing, a no-host bar, costume and dance contests- PRIZES!, and enough fun to wake the dead! Tickets are $20 at the door, must be 21 or over. 8-12pm on October 31st at the Cape Fox Lodge.

Trunk or Treat! It's the Rotary 2000's third annual Trunk or Treat! From 6-8pm on October 31st, you and your little spooks can trick-or-treat in a safe, dry spot-from the trunks of decorated cars! Head to the First Bank parking lot, and bring your treat basket!

Calling all Collectors: the Tongass Historical Museum is Requesting Works of Art from Private Collections to be included in the winter exhibit Off the Wall: Ketchikan Art from Private Collections. High quality artworks in any medium, created by a Ketchikan artist (past or present) or relating to Ketchikan, will be considered for inclusion in the exhibit. Contact the museum staff by Monday, November 2nd by 5pm at 225-5900 or send an email to to let us know if you would like to lend.

New Fall Class Schedule for the Totem Heritage Center Native Studies Program. Time to sign up for learning Native Arts! Take Introduction to Power Tools, Intermediate Northwest Coast Carving: Masks, Intermediate and Advanced Cedar Bark Weaving, Introduction to Northwest Coast Design and Carving, and Cedar Bark Weaving. Classes start up in September, so be sure to sign up! For more information, visit . To register, call 225-5900, or stop by the Totem Heritage Center at 629 Dock Street.


Coming attractions:

The Wizard of Oz. Tickets are on sale now for First City Player's presentation of the Wizard of Oz! An exciting story, charming characters, wonderful songs and characters flying above the stage! Our fall musical has it all. Adapted from L. Frank Baum's classic American fairy tale, the Wizard of Oz lifts young Dorothy Gale from Kansas and into her dreams of life over the rainbow. With her beloved dog, Toto, she drops into Oz and finds the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion for a thrilling adventure of self-discovery. Courage, heart and smarts sustain our heroes as they fight the tyrannical Wicked Witch of the West. The stage musical, adapted from the historic 1939 MGM film, features delightful songs by Harold Arien and Yip Harburg. You'll enjoy "Over the Rainbow," "Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead," "If I Only had a Brain," and "We're Off to See the Wizard," among other familiar tunes. Don't miss your chance to take a theatrical walk down the yellow brick road! Shows are November 5, 6, 7, at 7:30pm at Kayhi Auditorium, with a family matinee on November 8th at 2:30pm. Call First City Players at 225-4792 for tickets and info!

FRIDAY NIGHT INSIGHTS. Friday Night Insights re free one hour long programs for all ages from 7:00pm to 8:00pm at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. Guest speakers give presentations covering a variety of topics on the natural and cultural history of Alaska. Friday Night Insights start in November, with Mary Kowalczyk, Priscilla Schulte, and John Autrey presenting "The Preservation of Totem Bight: History and Future" on Friday, November 6th.

BUOY BALL! It's the Second Annual Buoy Ball on Saturday, November 14th, 7:30pm at the Ted Ferry Civic Center! Buoy your spirits and dance the night away Grab your favorite dance partner, don your steppin' shoes, and comb your beard! Need to polish up your swing steps? Take Buoy Ball dance classes with local and visiting instructors to prepare for the magical night! Try fox trots, waltzes, rumbas, tangos, or free-style! Join us for a fun night of fabulous raffle prizes, food, a no-host bar, contests, and more dancing than should be legal! Black Tie Optional, XTRATUFs Acceptable, Hawaiian Shirts Questionable! Call the Arts Council at 225-2211 for tickets and info.


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

WINTER ARTS FAIRE!!! Fine artists and craftspersons, reserve your booth today! The deadline for new booth holders is November 6th. Be sure to fill out your registration form- get it online at <> , or stop by 330 Main Street. For more information, call 225-2211, or e-mail <> . The annual Winter Arts Faire is on November 27th and 28th, a fun chance for the community to holiday shop for original creations! This is a family-friendly event, with visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, a kids craft room, and food booths. Remember, the most festive booth earns you a free booth for next year!

Fish and Game Photo Contest. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game Sport Fish Division is conducting a photo contest. The winning photo will appear on the cover of the 2010 Southeast Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations booklet. To be considered for the contest the primary person in the photo must be under age 18 and the photo must have been taken in Southeast Alaska. Photos can be e-mailed to or mailed to Sportfish Photo Contest, 802 Third St. Douglas Alaska, 99824. Entries must be received no later than 5 pm on December 10, 2009. For more information call 907-465-4270.

Band Instrument Scholarship Opportunity! Ketchikan Community Concert Band would like to announce a new scholarship program for beginning band students! The program provides instruments and lessons for students who want to learn to play a band instrument but don't have the financial means. The instruments will be donated by community members, refurbished by McPherson's Music, and distributed by music teachers in consultation with classroom teachers. The lessons will be provided by McPherson's Music using scholarship funds and given on the recommendation of band teachers on a case by case basis. This is where you come in, KCCB musicians and community members!!! : Do you have band instruments that are not being used? You can make a tax-deductable donation of a band instrument to KCCB and help a child learn to play! We are especially interested in flutes, clarinets, trumpets, trombones and baritones. Please contact McPherson Music if you have any questions. 225-3650.

Calling All Videographers! KPU invites videographers of all skill levels to submit videos of their creation to air on the new KPU Channel 611. From documentaries, to musical performances, local events, and humorous skits all submissions are welcome. After watching the videos, you can go to <> and vote for your favorite! Each month the most popular video wins a great prize!

Alaska Salmon Culture Techniques Class. The University of Alaska Southeast Fisheries Technology Program is offering a 2-credit special topics class, to be held in Sitka November 9-13. Sign up to learn about the importance of salmon in the lives of Alaskan residents past and present, the complete life history of Pacific salmon, the role of salmon hatcheries in Alaska's fisheries, basic salmon hatcheries in Alaska's fisheries, basic salmon hatchery methods commonly practiced in Alaska, how fisheries scientists evaluate the impact of salmon hatchery production. There will be 3 pre-lectures for students offered visa the internet using live, interactive Elluminate software, followed by hands-on lab sessions in Sitka. Students will be provided an overview of salmon culture techniques commonly used in Southeast Alaskan salmon enhancement facilities and have an opportunity to practice these techniques under the guidance of Assistant Professor of fisheries Technology Jim Seeland. Mr. Seeland has over 25 years of salmon production experience in Southeast Alaska. This course is being offered in partnership with Jan Straley at UAS Sitka, NSRAA (Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association) and SSSC (Sitka Sound Science Center). For more information about the course, contact Jim Seeland at 907-738-1190 or, or Barbara Morgan at 907-228 4546 or .

ARTFULLY ATTIRED, the successor of the 2008 ART TO WEAR show, will be held October 9, 2010. The event will showcase handmade fashions, jewelry, and accessories, and will include a boutique and a runway fashion show. In a nutshell, there will be a jury process, submissions must be original and of high quality, and we hope for a broad spectrum of entries. Full details will be available in late November, 2009. Please share this information with friends who might be interested. For more information, email Jean Bartos at <> or Jackie Keizer at <> .

String Ensemble in Ketchikan!!! Heidi Nelson is organizing a string ensemble! Want to play? There are two classes per month, and all skill levels of string players are welcome! Rehearsals are at the Cape Fox Market Place. E-mail Heidi for more information and to sign up: <> . There is a monthly per student fee.

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) 225-2266.

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.

Need Studio Space??? If you are interested in renting space to work and create, an opportunity may be on its way! A local building owner is interested in constructing artist's space, approximately 2,000 square feet of studio floor for local artists to use- think of the potential! Please let us know of your interest. Call 225-2211!


Ongoing attractions:

Torch Nights Season Tickets! We've got everything from African, to Blues, to folk, to Wearable, to vaudeville to keep the winter season bright! The Arts Council's Torch Nights Season is now available, don't miss your chance to save big and reserve your seats for this year's line-up! The next event of the Special Events Subscription is the Buoy Ball on Saturday, November 14th!!!!! For more information, contact the Arts Council at 225-2211, or visit <> . Season brochures are available online, or stop by 330 Main Street!

Scattered Sunshine Trombone Choir! There's a new musical group in town! They've been rehearsing for a few months at McPherson Music on Thursday nights getting ready to start performing at the schools and other local venues. Ketchikan, welcome the new Trombone Choir! Members are Stan Aegerter, Ralph Beardsworth, Rob Holston, Wayne Houtcooper, Eddie Snodderly, Don Struthers, Roy McPherson and Tina McPherson bringing us a little sunshine! Contact McPherson Music for more information.

Totem Entertainment presents Chapter 6, and Chapter 4 & 5 Albums- Now Available! The Southside Totems have cd's for sale at RadioShack, South Tongass Service, Everyday Alaskan Gifts, Our Living Legends, and House of Haida support local musicians!!! To find out more, visit , or .

Tidal Echoes now Available! The 2009 edition of the University of Alaska Southeast Literary & Arts Journal, Tidal Echoes, has just been released. This is the seventh edition of the journal and this year it features pieces by Ketchikan residents Rod Landis, UAS Ketchikan Associate Professor of English; The Reverend George Pasley, poet; and Mary Ida Henrikson, artist and UAS Ketchikan Adjunct Assistant Professor. Be sure to get your copy of this annual showcase of writers and artists of Southeast Alaska at the UAS Ketchikan Campus bookstore, 2600 Seventh Avenue, and at Parnassus Books, 5 Creek Street Upstairs.

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.

FRIDAY NIGHT INSIGHTS. Friday Night Insights re free one hour long programs for all ages from 7:00pm to 8:00pm at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. Guest speakers give presentations covering a variety of topics on the natural and cultural history of Alaska. Friday Night Insights start in November, with Mary Kowalczyk, Priscilla Schulte, and John Autrey presenting "The Preservation of Totem Bight: History and Future" on Friday, November 6th.

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, lower. Drop-In Pottery is on Saturdays 10-12pm, and 1-3pm. Come in and play with some clay! Classes and Birthday Parties are available. Call Erik or Leif at 225-POTS for more information.

Beading, Knitting, and other fabric art sessions are ongoing throughout the year at The Point, 25 Jefferson Way. 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 7-8:30pm. Call 225-3650 for more info.

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 Main Street Gallery, 330 Main Street!!!

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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