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4th of July Closure

The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus will be closed Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in observation of Independence Day.

Published as a Public Service Announcement by SitNEws.

Posted: Mon, 26 Jun. 2017
Expires: Thu, 6 Jul. 2017
Alaska’s Education Challenge

Listen to Meetings of Alaska’s Education Challenge Committees


Audio conferenced meetings of Alaska’s Education Challenge committees have begun. The public is encouraged to listen to a livestream of meeting audio at Here is the master schedule:


More information, including meeting agendas, will be posted to the main webpage at


The committees are developing recommendations to transform Alaska’s public schools. Governor Bill Walker introduced Alaska’s Education Challenge in his State of the State Address in January. He challenged Alaskans to establish an efficient, sustainable, and comprehensive system to provide an excellent education for every student.

Posted: Mon, 19 Jun. 2017
Expires: Fri, 18 Aug. 2017
Wearable Artists!

Wearable Artists! Celebrate the 4th with the Arts Council


The Arts Council is walking in the 4th of July parade and you are invited to dig out a piece or to and walk with us!! We want to celebrate wearable art in the community and promote Youth Wearable as we kickstart our next programming season with a focus on wearable art in the schools and in the community. 


Walking in the parade is open to ANYONE!! Borrow an old piece from a friend, mix and match or find a little wearable art in your closet! 


Contact the Arts Council at 225-2211 if you would like to join us! 

Posted: Mon, 19 Jun. 2017
Expires: Mon, 3 Jul. 2017
4th of July Volunteers Needed

Posted: Mon, 19 Jun. 2017
Expires: Sat, 1 Jul. 2017
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Posted: Fri, 16 Jun. 2017
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Veterinary Clinic SUMMER hours
Island to Island Veterinary Clinic will be opening our doors again in Ketchikan to see appointments, pharmacy refills, & retail shop on Wednesday 9-3 throughout the entire summer.

Summer hours will be: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 8:30-5:30 & Wednesday 9:00-3:00.

Posted: Tue, 13 Jun. 2017
Expires: Thu, 13 Jul. 2017
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Gigglefeet Dance Festival

Gigglefeet Dance Festival


Deadline to apply: Friday, July 14

The Gigglefeet Dance Festival is a community celebration of dance co-sponsored by the First City Players, Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council, and Ketchikan Theatre Ballet. The mission of the Festival is to strengthen the dance community by:


  • Providing performance opportunities for both emerging and established dancers, choreographers, and technical theatre personnel in the greater Ketchikan area;
  • Providing a venue for the works of adult dancers and choreographers;
  • Providing a supportive environment for a diversity of dance forms, including works that are provocative and challenging;
  • Encouraging participation and appreciation of dance, for artists and audiences alike, by presenting a broad variety of dance forms.

Are you a dancer or choreographer that would like to participate in the Gigglefeet Dance Festival?


Click here or on the website below for application and information.

Posted: Mon, 12 Jun. 2017
Expires: Wed, 12 Jul. 2017
Elders in Art

Here and Now


LivingArts: Elders in Arts


In May, KAAAHC wrapped up its final Elders in Arts project, funded by a grant from the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition, Here and Now. Seniors in our community were given disposable cameras and asked to photo document the beauty of their world. Local photographer Kelsey McNeil worked with them to curate the final sixteen images chosen to display.


The project was created to celebrate beauty found in the daily lives of the elders in our community. We have been given the opportunity to look through a lens that is rich in life experience and well-versed in the unfolding of time. The selected images represent our seniors' unique perspective, the "Here and Now". 


A special thank you to ALL our photographers, to the Rendezvous Day Center, Peace Health Long Term Care, and Ketchikan Pioneer Home and to Kelsey McNeil.


Want to see all the photographs? Visit the photo album on our Facebook Page. To view the photographs, you must be a member of Facebook or join.

Posted: Mon, 12 Jun. 2017
Expires: Wed, 12 Jul. 2017
Marine Safety Instructor Training
The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) is conducting a six-day Marine Safety Instructor Training (MSIT) at the Public Safety Training Academy in Sitka, Alaska, from September 19, 2016 to September 24, 2016. This is an intensive train-the-trainer course that prepares individuals to effectively teach cold-water survival procedures, use of marine safety equipment, and vessel safety drills.
Taught by experienced mariners, the MSIT provides practical, hands-on experience in survival equipment use and procedures. Topics covered during the course include preparation for emergencies, cold-water near drowning, hypothermia, cold-water survival, survival equipment, procedures & onboard drills, risk assessment, ergonomics, and methods of instruction. AMSEA recommends this workshop for anyone that wants to provide cold-water survival & survival, shore-side survival, or marine safety instruction, like the U.S.C.G.-required drill conductor certification for commercial fishermen.
Upon completion of the course, participants will be prepared to teach AMSEA’s U.S. Coast Guard approved Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor training, pending authorization from the Coast Guard. Participants may elect to co-teach a Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor training in Sitka on September 25, 2017.
This workshop is free to commercial fishermen on approval, thanks to support from the U.S. Coast Guard and NIOSH. The cost for all others is $875 for AMSEA members and $995 for non-members. Interested mariners can register online at or call (907) 747-3287.

Posted: Mon, 5 Jun. 2017
Expires: Sun, 3 Sep. 2017
smART Classes

Summer Wearable smART Classes begin!


There is still time to sign up! 


Wearable Artist Loren McCue will lead a very special wearable workshop!


Saturdays, June 3, 10, 17, 24 & July 1

9:00 am - 11:00 am: 3rd - 6th grade

11:30 am - 1:30 pm 7th - 9th grade


This session is all about Wearable Art! Ketchikan has some amazing wearable artists as we see every year in our annual Wearable Arts Show. Learn to design and make wearable pieces from fabric, nature, scrap art, and upcycled objects. Learn to see the potential for art in everything. Students will be able to walk in the 4th of July parade in their Creations.


Limit 12 students per class! Sign up now, spaces fill up quickly! $110.00 per student.


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Discount for 2017 Family Benefits Card holders & multiple students. Financial Assistance Available or eligible KIC members and through Love in Action.


Posted: Thu, 1 Jun. 2017
Expires: Sat, 1 Jul. 2017
Music on the Docks

Music on the Docks starts this week! 


Thursday and Friday, June through August


12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


Grab your lunch and take to the docks! City of Ketchikan's Music on the Dock celebrates local musical talent. Sunny days we'll be at berth 2 and rainy days we'll be under shelter at at berth 3, come out and support the musicians and enjoy the hustle bustle of the docks in the summer.


Print a schedule here [PDF} and plan your lunch hour around some great live music!

Posted: Thu, 1 Jun. 2017
Expires: Wed, 30 Aug. 2017
Artists of Ketchikan

Artists of Ketchikan Invitational


Friday, June 2, 2017
5:00 pm -7:00 pm

Main Street Gallery


Please join us for the Opening Reception of the "Artists of Ketchikan" Invitational Exhibit


Our 2nd Annual "Artists of Ketchikan" is a wonderful sampling of some of the amazing creative talent in our community.


Featuring artwork by Carmel Anderson, Hall Anderson, Rhonda Green, Jim Guenther, Mary Ida Henrikson, Norman Jackson, Danelle Landis, Terry Lieberman, Maida Kelly, Sandy Shepard, Nancy Tietje , Steven Villano, Felix Wong, Evon Zerbetz, and more!


The exhibit will be at the Main Street Gallery June 2nd to July 28th.

Posted: Thu, 1 Jun. 2017
Expires: Mon, 31 Jul. 2017



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