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December 14, 2009

Ketchikan, Alaska - TONIGHT!!! Chad Hymas Speaks at Kayhi! Who Needs Legs When You Have Wings? A motivating presentation must be accompanied with solutions that change and inspire lives. Today more than ever, people are looking not simply for entertainment, but for direction and solid answers. Chad Hymas has spent the last three years developing solutions that transformed his life. His stories are moving, his courage unprecedented, and his insights profound. His accomplishments provide a powerful litmus test to the validity of these dynamic principles! Enjoy an inspiring presentation by a man who has found inner strength and worked to overcome. Don't miss Chad Hymas at Kayhi Auditorium on Monday, December 14th, 6-7:30pm. $15 per person, kids under 12 Free with adult. Get tickets from a Lady King or call 225-2041. Tickets at the door until sold out.

Winter Concert by the Kayhi Music Department. Get in the holiday spirit with the Kayhi Chorus, Concert Choir, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble! It's an evening of variety and wintery cheer! Join the fun on Tuesday, December 15th, 7pm at Kayhi Auditorium.

Family Night at the Library. The Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC) and the public library presents another Family Night beginning at 5:30pm on Thursday, December 17th. Come to the library for food, fun, and free books. Space is limited so free tickets must be picked up in advance at the library. The theme this month is "Rock Your Socks Off" with live music for the holidays. Bring a plate of your favorite cookies with a copy of the recipe to share with other families.

Preschool Christmas Party. The library hosts another Preschool Christmas Party with songs, stories, food and fun beginning at 10:30am on Friday, December 18th. Santa has also been invited! Bring your little ones to the library for Christmas fun!

Funky Christmas Party for Teens! The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) invites teens to enjoy a Funky Christmas Party beginning at 6:30pm on Friday, December 18th at the Library. The evening includes a Hoola Hoop competition, make-your-own mini gingerbread houses, hemp crafts, a movie, and more until late in the evening!

Wearable Art Show Call to Artists DEADLINE FOR CLASSROOM PROJECTS THIS FRIDAY. The call is out for this year's runway extravaganza. We invite YOU to be a part of the 24th Annual Wearable Art Show: On the Rocks. We want to see your amazing wearable creation modeled on the runway on February 4, 5, and 6! Get your application at <> . Deadline for Classroom projects is Friday, December 18th, For Student Artists under 18: Monday, January 11, and for Adult Artists: Monday, January 18, 2009. All entries must be submitted at the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, 330 Main Street. Feel free to contact us with questions: 225-2211 or e-mail <> . PLEASE BE AWARE OF SOME CHANGES IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS AND THE RULES AND REGULATIONS! Artists will be limited to TWO PIECES this year. Each piece can contain multiple models and multiple outfits, but are one musical number each. Please see the Call to Artists for more information!

Friday Night Insights: The Life History of Unuk River Chinook Salmon. Jan Weller, from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Sport Fish Division, will provide a brief summary of the history, methods, and goals of the Unuk River Chinook salmon research project. The bulk of this presentation will summarize results and a recently revised estimate of the optimal spawning population needed for the system including possible management implications. Friday Night Insights are every Friday night starting at 7:00pm at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. Each week guest presenters cover an array of topics on the natural and cultural heritage of Southeast Alaska. Free and open to the public.

The Monthly Grind! It's time once again for us to gather together for homegrown entertainment and homemade dessert! This month's Grind features Chase Hoyt, Twelve Years Gone, NarKill Acrobats, Seven Year Cold, and Caleb and Erika Luther. The monthly Grind is the third Saturday of every month (December 19th) at 7:00pm at the Saxman Tribal House. Tickets are $5 for Adults, $1 for Kids, and if you bring a homemade dessert, you get a refund! See you at the Grind!

Handel's Messiah performed by Ketchikan Community Chorus. December 19th and 20th Ketchikan Community Chorus will perform Handel's Messiah accompanied by organ and piano. There will also be guest singers from other areas joining our local musicians. The many and varied solos will be sung by Lallette Kistler and Michael Fitzgerald, Hollie Levine of Wrangell and Margaret Hayward of Metlakatla. We'll also hear some outstanding first time soloists including Chuck Slagle and Brenda Kline. Hear those lyrical strains of "For unto us a child is born" and the majestic, powerful "Hallelujah Chorus." Join the Ketchikan Community Chorus on Saturday, December 19th, 7:30pm and Sunday, December 20th at 2:00pm at the Ketchikan Presbyterian Church at 2711 Second Avenue for the 2009 presentation of Handel's Messiah. Tickets are available at KAAHC and McPherson Music.


Coming attractions:

Classic Christmas Cartoons! The children's library staff will select some Classic Christmas Cartoons to show on the big screen beginning at 3:00pm on Wednesday, December 23rd at the children's library. Films such as "Charlie Brown Christmas," "Frosty the Snowman," and "Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer" are on the list of possibilities, so fun for the whole family is guaranteed. Refreshments will be served.

Puzzle Fun at the Library! School's out and the kids are bored so come on down to the children's library for an afternoon of Puzzle Fun from 3:00-5:00pm on Wednesday, December 30th. There will be tables with jigsaw puzzles and word games for all ages, yummy snacks and lively tunes to entertain you!

Midwinter Medieval Feast 2010. The Ketchikan Medieval and Renaissance Society invites you to become a Noble for a Night! Enjoy authentic Medieval dining, feast with the King, enjoy entertainment, and wear period dress and your finery! Enjoy fine food and entertainment on Saturday, January 9th starting as 6pm at the North Tongass Community Hall. Get your tickets at the KAAHC's Main Street Gallery, 330 Main Street. Tickets are $35 each or two for $60.


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

National Art Honor Society in Ketchikan! A group of ambitious and artistic Kayhi students have taken the initiative to start an NAHS chapter in Ketchikan! Participation in the National Art Honor Society helps students bring their talent and art to the school and community, encourages community service and active participation, and makes students eligible for scholarships. The group plans to participate in and create group and individual exhibits, hold workshops with local artists and art businesses, participate in community art events, and devote themselves to career preparation and exploration. The new chapter of NAHS needs your support to make it happen! Encourage these dedicated students with a donation. Send payment to NAHS c/o Gerard Scarzela at Ketchikan High School, 2610 4th Ave, Ketchikan AK, 99901. Please include your name and contact information to receive acknowledgement and updates on the group's progress!

Jazz and Cabaret Classes and Workshops! Gift Certificates are now available for you to give the perfect gift to your favorite musician! Vocal Workshops, Jazz Choir, Master Classes, and instrumental Master Classes are all available! To find out more or to register, Call First City Players at 225-4792. You can also give the gift of tickets to the show- Evenings of Jazz and Cabaret are $15-$20, and the Dixieland Brunch is $40. This year's Jazz and Cabaret Festival is January 22, 23, and 24th, and the Dixieland Brunch is on Sunday, January 17th.

Call for Art for the new Thomas Stewart Legislative Office!!! Representative Kyle Johansen has just made the Arts Council aware of a new opportunity for artists! Representative John Harris, Chairman of the Legislative Council, would like to purchase Alaskan art for the new Thomas Stewart Legislative Office Building. They are seeking art from around the state to display in the hallways, House and Senate Conference Rooms and new Beltz Committee Room. Please e-mail an image of the artwork, dimensions, cost, and name of the artist to Rep. Kyle Johansen at <> . Don't miss this incredible opportunity to display your work and to represent the artwork of Southeast Alaska!

Give the gift of your own music for the Holidays! Now is the time to get in and record at the stARTled Salmon if you want to give the gift of your own music! It is easy to make MP3s and CD's to send as gifts. Or give a recording session gift certificate to your favorite musician! Contact the stARTled Salmon at 247-2787, or e-mail <> to set up your session. Check out what they've been up to so far at: <> and <> .

Wearable Art Show Call to Artists. The call is out for this year's runway extravaganza. We invite YOU to be a part of the 24th Annual Wearable Art Show: On the Rocks. We want to see your amazing wearable creation modeled on the runway on February 4, 5, and 6! Get your application at <> . Deadline for Classroom projects is Friday, December 18th, For Student Artists under 18: Monday, January 11, and for Adult Artists: Monday, January 18, 2009. All entries must be submitted at the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, 330 Main Street. Feel free to contact us with questions: 225-2211 or e-mail <> . PLEASE BE AWARE OF SOME CHANGES IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS AND THE RULES AND REGULATIONS! Artists will be limited to TWO PIECES this year. Each piece can contain multiple models and multiple outfits, but are one musical number each. Please see the Call to Artists for more information!

Harvey Auditions. Be in the 1945 Pulitzer-prize winning comedy presented by First City Players! The show runs February 25-27 2010. Roles are available for both men and women, but sorry, not for the giant rabbit. Auditions are at First City Players at the Plaza, 7:00pm on December 28, 29, and 30, and at 7:00pm on January 2 and 3. Call 225-4792 for more information.

Sam Pitcher Music Scholarship. The application for this year's scholarships for youth musicians is now available! This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Seming "Sam" Pitcher, a gifted young man who was active in the various music programs available in Ketchikan, active in several groups and ensembles, and who played an impressive number of instruments. Awards of up to $1,000 will be provided to a Ketchikan youth(s) in grades 7-12 for use at a summer music program. Awards will be paid directly to the program in the name of the applicant. Awards will be based on the applicant's musical ability, goals, and motivation. It is the applicant's responsibility to research programs and provide requested information to the selection committee. Be sure you complete the application form, submit a minimum of two reference forms with at least one completed by a music educator, and if you are selected as a finalist, you may be contacted regarding an audition in January. Get an application online at <> , from McPherson's Music, or stop by the Arts Council at 330 Main Street. Talk to your music teacher about this amazing opportunity! Deadline for applications is January 1st, 2010.

THE ART OF FORGIVENESS. The Main Street Gallery's January show is an open-call exhibit called "The Art of Forgiveness," curated by MJ Cadle and Lauren Johnson. Artists working in any media, including music and written word, are invited to be a part of this powerful show. The exhibit will feature works of artistic expression exploring the journey to forgiveness. The deadline for entries is Monday, January 4th, 2010, the show opens on Friday, January 8th. For the Call to Artists, visit <> .

YWCA RAGS Guild: Call for Entries for its 16th Annual juried wearable art show and sale. The YWCA RAGS Guild in Tacoma, WA, is seeking wearable art in any medium- garments, fashion, accessories, and jewelry. The show will take place March 11-14, 2010 at the Mercedes-Benz of Tacoma. The show takes place March 11-14, 2010. There are two entry types with nonrefundable fees: 1) Gallery- competition of one-of-a-kind artist made pieces ($15 per entry, up to 3 entries); 2) Marketplace- boutique-style sale ($35 per entry). All entries are juried by digital image. Accepted gallery entries are judged for award from actual works in late February. Cash prizes to gallery winners in garments, accessories/jewelry, and best of show. As a benefit for domestic violence programs of the YWCA Pierce County, RAGS retains 33% of sales in Marketplace; 40% of sales in Gallery. For prospectus and entry information, visit: <> .

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!

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 has put together 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:

Off the Wall, Ketchikan Art from Private Collections. The winter exhibit at the Tongass Historical Museum will open with a reception on Friday, December 4th from 5-8pm during the Winter Art Walk. Artwork of all kinds will fill the exhibit gallery for a two-month run. Art collectors, and just plain folks (the rest of us), have lent favorite pieces from their homes and offices for the exhibit, giving the community an opportunity to view a wide variety of rarely seen, Ketchikan-related art. This exhibit will feature works by Ketchikan artists of yore, well-known artists of today, as well as up-and-coming artists all working in a variety of media. Over 60 works from 30 art collections will be on display. Off the Wall is on display until Sunday, January 31st, 2010. For more information, call 225-5900.

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 is the Wearable Art Show, February 4, 5 & 6!!!!! 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 ­ stay posted for location. 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!!! There will not be a meeting in December.

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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