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Out & About - May 29, 2014


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Artists to paint the town

Plein air painters will descend on Seward this weekend to record colorful vignettes in moments captured on canvas, beginning with a 9 a.m. briefing at the Seward Hotel on Saturday. Seward artists are encouraged to join in the planning activity. At noon on Sunday works produced during the event will be on display at Resurrect Art Coffee House and Gallery where the public can talk with the artists as well as view or purchase a small, unframed, still wet piece of art.

Planting party at chamber

A community garden planting party is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 31 at the Seward Chamber of Commerce. The chamber is treating helpers to pizza during a lunch break, but volunteers are welcome to stop by any time during the event.

Halibut derby starts Sunday

The month long Seward Halibut Tournament begins at 6 a.m., June 1. Cash prizes for the largest catches have been slashed to create more opportunity for catching tagged fish. Daily tickets are $10, with a 3-day weekender ticket for $25, and are available from vendors in the Seward small boat harbor and Seward Military Resort. For information call 224-8051.

SVFD open house features earthquake

The Seward Volunteer Fire Department will hold an open house all day May 31. The State of Alaska mobile earthquake simulator will be on scene to educate, not amuse, as it rolls into Seward to shake and rattle like a 8.0 temblor. The schedule calls for the quake trailer to be in Moose Pass on May 30 and in Seward for the following two days. Call 224-3445 for information.

Preschool accepting applications now

Seeds of Faith Preschool is accepting applications for the 2014-15 school year. Children may be 3 to 5 years of age. Preschool will meet from 9 to 11:30 a.m., either two or three mornings a week, depending on enrollment and scholarships are available. For information or to receive an enrollment form, call 224-7368 or e-mail

Start fires naturally

A fire making workshop will be held in the parking lot of Qutekcak Native Tribe from 1 to 3 p.m. on May 28. Learn to make a fire without matches or lighters using materials available in primitive or wilderness conditions. The classes will not be held under rainy conditions. Call 224-3118 ext. 3 for information.

Library to host author

Author and former Anchorage Police Department detective Glen Klinkhart will lead a short discussion at the Seward Community Library Museum on June 9 about his new true crime memoir, “Finding Bethany.” A book signing will follow. Friends of the Library members can get early access to the author at 7:30 p.m. and the public discussion and book signing is set for 8 p.m.

Library group focusses on art

The Seward Community Library Association will be showcasing a door depicting Alaska life scenes painted by a Moose Pass artist and a couple of other artworks at the Seward Community Library and Museum during the First Friday Art Walk on June 6 beginning at 6 p.m. SCLA is also seeking local residents to serve on its art committee. Email for information.

Marathon committee needs volunteers

The Mount Marathon Race Committee is recruiting volunteers for a variety of tasks over two days. There are assignments for both preparation and race day jobs including indoors chores like registration and T-shirt/patch pickup and outside work like crowd control and traffic control as well as mountain details for logistics as well as timing over the junior, women’s, or men’s races. Get information or volunteer via e-mail at

Community center survey underway

The Community Center action team is surveying residents to find out what support exists for building a community center in Seward. The survey is available at Enter to win an ice hike for two on Exit Glacier with Adventure Sixty North. The survey is available thru May 31.

AVTEC cafe open for reservations

Online reservations have opened and are required at The Academy Café for evenings Tuesday through Friday between May 16 through June 14. The menu consists of Mediterranean dishes created and presented by AVTEC culinary students. To make reservations visit and click on the link to Academy Café reservations under hot topics.

Oceans Day art sought

World Oceans Day is June 7 and there is still time to be included in the Art of Conservation, Our Oceans art book project by Chugach Arts Council. Artists of all ages and abilities, from anywhere are invited to submit art in any medium to be included in the upcoming publications. An application form is available on the website


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