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.
LAST CHANCE ART SALE
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.
Halloween is always on October 31, and the stores are filled with candy, costumes, and pumpkins. There are lots of opinions about Halloween. In my classes, some students really like it and have connections to similar traditions in their home countries while others are bothered by the skeletons and witches. What do you think?! Learn some history about this holiday and find out how it has evolved (changed) over time.
Halloween is this Thursday, and if you leave your porch light on, you may have trick-or-treaters showing up on your doorstep expecting candy!
Click on the green links button to access (use) two websites with info about Halloween.
There is a Health Fair, open to the Kodiak Community, this weekend at the Kodiak College. What is a health fair? It's a place where people gather (get together) to share information about health. What is health? Health is when we are not sick or hurt, either in our body or our mind.
Saturday, October 19, from 8 am - 12 pm
Benny Benson Building, Kodiak College
For more information, call 481-2424
You can receive:
Free Health Screenings (mini tests) for blood pressure, vision (eyes, sight), height & weight.
Free Health Education (information) on heart disease, safety, and nutrition.
You can buy:
Flu shots for $20.00
If you are 18 years or older, you can buy:
blood typing tests: $20
thyroid tests: $30
Prostate tests: $25
There are exhibitions where you can learn about many topics related to health.
M*A*S*H* stands for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, and joining it are hysterical and unpredictable Hawkeye and Duke, two of the best surgeons in South Korea. The T.V show version of MASH is the most well-known version of the M*A*S*H
works and one of the highest rated shows in U.S. television history. In this Kodiak production, full of characters and comedic antics familiar to fans of the television series, the surgeons launch a campaign to get a young Korean student to the United States for medical school. This is a show that might have American English idioms. Fun and family-friendly!
Friday, October 18 & Saturday, October 19 at 7 pm
Sunday, October 20 at 3 pm
Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium
Tickets available at the Kodiak Arts Council.
Need help buying tickets? Email me for more information.
Want to volunteer and get in for free?! Call the Arts Council at 486-5291.
Check out your books now!
The last day the A. Holmes Johnson Memorial Library will be open is
Thursday, October 17th, 2013.
Our new Kodiak Library will open December 10th, 2013.
Any books you get now, you will be allowed to keep until December.
Then you return the books to the new library.
Citizenship class meets every
Thursday night from 7 - 8:15 pm in room 112
in the Benny Benson Building at Kodiak College. Free!
Adult Basic Education is CLOSED:
Monday, October 8th, CLOSED from 9 am - 6 pm, but OPEN 6 pm - 9 pm
Tuesday, October 9th, CLOSED from 9 am - 6 pm, OPEN 6 pm - 9 pm
Wednesday, October 10th, CLOSED ALL DAY & EVENING
Adult Basic Education opens again on Thursday, October 11th, with regular hours.
September 28 and September 29
Who is Edgar Allan Poe?
What is The Big Read?
Come celebrate the beginning of The Big Read in Kodiak, September 28, 7 pm, at the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium. The Big Read is a program to introduce classic literature in communities.
The Big Read Kodiak is focused on the works of Edgar Allan Poe. There will be many events from September - June exploring Poe's work.
Saturday's Kick Off (starting) Event features Michael Oakes, who will present Poe's life and work. Kodiak's Isle Bells (hand bell choir) will provide live music. There will be FREE (!!) giveaways of books and graphic novels if you attend.
Tickets are $10 per person or $25 for a family. You can buy tickets at the Baranov Museum.
Are you on Facebook? Look at The Big Read Kodiak Facebook page for updates, contests, and chances to win tickets and book prizes. Go to our links page above to connect to the Facebook page.
Class Trip to the Book Swap
Sunday, 3-5 pm, Kodiak Island Brewery
Bring your old books to donate (give) to the Kodiak Public Library Association. Buy used books at cheap prices. This all supports our new Kodiak Library! You can buy a bag there, or you can bring your own bag to fill up with new (to you) books.
This is a daytime, community, family- oriented event. Just because it is at the Brewery does not mean you have to drink! There are many cultural differences around drinking. Remember that Kodiak is very casual, and we are lucky the Brewery (next to McDonald's) offers up its big space for this book sale.
I will be there at 3 pm on Sunday to meet any of you who want to go to the book swap. If you need a ride, please email me or talk to me in class.