Friday, March 7, from 5 -7 pm at the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium Foyer

Come look at altered books...what is an altered book? Alter = change.  Altered books are books that people have changed into pieces of art!  Books are cut, painted, sewn, folded...Kodiak has some amazing artists, and this Friday you can see the artwork!

I'll be there, and one of our students has art in the show. She loves to sew and make mosaics. Can you guess who it is?

If you can't come Friday night, the altered (or changed) books will be on display for most of March in the lobby or foyer (area in front of) of the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium in the Kodiak High School. It's free to attend, and there are other art shows around town during First Friday Art Walk.
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began on Sunday.  It's in all the Alaskan newspapers and online.  The race starts in Willow, Alaska, and ends in Nome, Alaska.  This race follows part of the route (trail) that dog mushers (people who have dog teams for transportation) used in 1925 to get medicine to Nome during a diptheria epidemic (wave of sickness).

Two fun activities are happening Friday night:

Iceland--Rugged Jewel of the North Atlantic 
February 21, at 7 pm, in Benny Benson Building room 106 at the Kodiak College. 
Dave Kubiak talks about Iceland in this event is hosted by Kodiak Audubon Society. Iceland is located right below the Arctic Circle--so it's farther north than Nome or Fairbanks, Alaska.  Come learn about Iceland!  Free.

Friday Night Movie 
February 21 at 6:30 pm the Kodiak Public Library. 
Come watch a romantic comedy for the romantic month of February: Sleepless in Seattle, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Free.
Special Community Health Insurance Enrollment Event For All
This is a special session to help people get health insurance.  This is in addition to regular, ongoing health insurance enrollment.

Date: Feb. 21 & 22

Times: Friday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Place: 194 Alimaq Dr. KANA Community Services Building on Near Island in the Koniag Conference Room.


Sponsored by: Kodiak Community Health Center, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center, KANA and Enroll Alaska

·     A Kodiak enrollment representative (someone who will help you) is available FREE OF CHARGE to anyone who needs help, information, or guidance on how to sign up for health insurance as required by the Affordable Care Act.
·     This is open to all, is FREE, and the person is located inside the Kodiak Community Health Center. This health center is located downstairs at the hospital (Providence Kodiak Island Medical at 1911 E. Rezanof Dr.
·     The deadline to sign up for health insurance required by the Affordable Care Act is March 31.
Click below for more info in English and in Tagalog.  I do not have it in Spanish yet.
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Classes start next week!  Here is the schedule:

Starting January 21, 2014
10 am - 12 pm Tuesdays & Thursdays.  Intermediate ESL class. 

Starting January 22, 2014
9:30 am - 11 am, Mondays & Wednesdays. Advanced Grammar. 
(Teacher permission required for this class)

Starting  January 28, 2014
12:30 pm -1:30 pm Beginning ESL

Starting January 29, 2014
Wednesday pm 7:00 - 8:15 pm English for Citizenship
I know I said we shouldn't put personal information on our class blog, but I have to tell you about two students who have been in the Kodiak Daily Mirror!  Wow! Congratulations!  Click on our links button (above  right) so you can find the links to read the articles. (If for some reason the links don't work, please tell me.)

The new library opens this month, and local students are making music.  These are FREE things to do in Kodiak! 
Don't forget events happening THIS weekend--look farther down the page.
Challenge yourself to do something new this month!

Monday, December 9, 5:30 pm

This is YOUR new public library.
The grand opening is Monday night at 5:30, and the library will be open for business on Tuesday, December 10.

It is an amazing building with an amazing new director and an amazing staff. All for us!!  Kodiak is so lucky!

We will have a class field trip to the library in the new year.

Look for library links above.

WINTER CONCERTS, Tuesday, December 10, & Thursday, December 12, 7 pm

The Kodiak Middle School and High School band, choir, and orchestra have two performances scheduled. The Middle School will perform Tuesday, December 10th, and the High School will perform Thursday, December 12, at 7 pm both nights.  These performances are free, and they celebrate the talent of local students and their teachers.
Friday, December 13, 5-8 pm
Saturday, December 14, 10 am -3 pm

Come in from the weather for a cozy evening & enjoy appetizers, something to drink, & local artwork.  12 local artists will show their work at this "Last Chance" art sale and get-together. The art show will be held downtown. 

The art show is in the same building as the movie theater and the Rookery (yarn shop), but all the way around the back of the building. The storefront has steps up to a door on an alley (tiny street between buildings)--you do not use the main doors that take you to the Rookery.  Go around the side of the building!  (This is an empty store--the artists are using it just for one weekend.) Look at at the map below.

CLASSES end soon.  Classes start again in January.

Read and Discuss (Tues and Thurs, 10 -12) finishes up on Tuesday, December 10.
Beginning ESL (Tues and Thurs, 12:30 -1:30) finishes up on THURSDAY, December 12.
Citizenship (Thurs. night, 7 pm) finishes up on THURSDAY, December 12.
Don't miss your last day of Beginning ESL or Citizenship!
It's winter in Kodiak, and while some of us have holidays to celebrate in the next few months, it can also be a cold and lonely time of year. There are many ways to stay positive and be healthy, both physically and mentally.  We see Christmas everywhere in Kodiak even though not all of our students celebrate it.  Many of the holiday activities around Kodiak can still be fun and entertaining.  I will keep updating my calendar of events, but be sure to check the local paper. Getting out of the house and experiencing something new is a nice way to fill a rainy, dark day!

I CHALLENGE you to do something new and different! Be an explorer and discover Kodiak this winter.

Calendar of Events

November 28--Thanksgiving Day. This is the perfect holiday because it doesn't matter who you are, where you are from, or what color you are. This holiday celebrates being thankful for what we have.  Make your favorite meal and light a candle.  

Thank you for being my students!
November 30--Isle Bells 
Holiday Bells Concert. 
Two concerts: 4 pm and 7 pm. 
Kodiak Harbor Convention Center.

Buy your tickets in advance at Kodiak Arts Council or at Adult Basic Education before Wednesday. (Remember many offices will be closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.)  
Guest performances by local musicians.
$10/adult; $5 children under 12; $25 for family.
The music is amazing, the concerts are very popular, and tickets go fast!

Guess who plays with Isle Bells?!  The director at Adult Basic Education!

December 7, 10 am - ? Father Christmas and Babushka 
Father Christmas and Babushka will be hearing wish lists and spreading good cheer.  Bring your cameras and we'll help snap a family picture with the jolly pair in front of our Kodiak bears.  There will be free admission to the museum, a children's craft activity and a great sale in our gift shop.  Stop by and warm up around the samovar!

While this is aimed at the holiday season, it's also a good time to see the museum's collection of materials showing Kodiak's history.

For more information contact the Baranov Museum at 486-5920. 
December 6, 7, & 8--Nutcracker
Friday, December 6 at 7 pm
Saturday, December 7 at 2 pm & 7 pm
Sunday, December 8 at 2 pm
Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium.  
Set to the timeless music of Tchaikovsky, the story of the Nutcracker centers on a young girl named Clara and a Nutcracker Prince who, in her dream, comes to life.  The pair journey together to many lands, all the way to the Kingdom of the Sweets.  This is a Kodiak holiday tradition featuring visiting artists and dozens of local dancers of all ages.   
Get your tickets now!

There are several ways to contribute to fundraising efforts for the Philippines.  In Kodiak, you can pre-order  eggrolls for pick up tomorrow (Friday Nov 15) or go to a Zumba exercise class on Saturday (Nov 16), and the money will go to the Philippines. You can also contribute to international organizations. Click on the "documents" button (upper right) to find more information.  There should be several documents in there. Look for the fundraising document and the Philippines Disaster document.

Kodiak has a large Filipino community. We hope everyone's family and friends are safe.

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