Summer is here in Southeast Alaska, and the fishing season is off to a glorious start. With the start of the season comes a fresh opportunity to get involved with Alaskan's Own, a Sitka-based community supported fishery that offers a subscription-based monthly basket of fish to customers in Juneau, Sitka, Anchorage, and Seattle. As Alaska's only CSF, this summer initiative supports the sustainable fisheries and local ocean conservation efforts of the Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust, a nonprofit organization in Southeast Alaska.
The Capital City Weekly welcomes reader-submitted images of art in unusual or unexpected places. Photographers of all levels of ability are invited to send in images of natural or urban subjects that they find artistically inspiring or intriguing.
Perseverance Theatre is once again preparing to host its STAR program, a five-week theater training program for youth ages 10-18. This program is designed for young actors who are committed to theater and performance and is suitable for young people with little experience. Through specialized training - which culminates in fully-realized productions - students learn theater skills as well as teamwork, discipline, and creative thinking, and will participate in daily workshops on voice, movement and acting technique. Students aged 10-18 will perform one of three plays: the musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.", a collection of scenes and monologues known as Shakespeare's STARs, or the original play, "My Juneau."
Juneau Career Fire Fighters will present its fourth annual "Summer Family Rockfest: Tribute To Beatlemania" concert Sunday featuring performances by the original "Beatlemania" Broadway musical and movie cast members. The acoustic concert takes place at 6 p.m. at the JDHS Auditorium.
Following the publication of a June 10 article on Kake's totem pole, the Capital City Weekly received additional information on the carvers who worked on the project, provided by Alaska Indian Arts in Haines.
In my 30s I interviewed for a part-time position at a college in New Jersey. In the colorized haze of my memories, I remember the professor who interviewed me as one of those annoying academic twits-overly intellectual, but not very smart. In a pinched, nasally voice he told me "Now I'm not going to be upset if a student has a few grammatical errors or run-on sentences here and there. But I am going to be upset if a student is unable to find his or her own voice."
Stories told about Native Alaskans' first contact with European Americans tend to be negative, said Yakutat Tlingit Tribe President Victoria Demmert. But not all of them are - and the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe, in collaboration with the Rasmuson Foundation, on June 29 will raise a totem pole both commemorating the Rasmuson family's relationship with Yakutat and celebrating the foundation's 60th anniversary.
I've noticed that beer festivals in Alaska have matured significantly over the last couple of years. When craft beer emerged in the mid 1980s, Alaska was slow to follow and the love for craft beer was slow to emerge. We lagged behind the Lower 48 by a number of years.
Is this a great time of year or what? It's summer solstice week. My fellow pagans lit their bonfires at beaches all over Southeast on the June 21. Rowing sculls glide "v" wakes under the bridge in early mornings. Spring kings are in the channel. Juneau's gillnet fleet went buzzing all around town to grocery stores, marine hardware dealers, the fuel docks, and under low-flying tourist float planes in the cruise ship basin to the cold storage for ice. Then they emptied out of the harbors headed for this year's first sockeye opening in Taku Inlet and Lynn Canal. The fish are excited.