I live and write on Lingít Aaní, and gratefully acknowledge the past, present and future caretakers of this beautiful place, the Jilkaat Kwaan and Jilkoot Kwaan.

Okay, I’m back in the groove– So, I wanted to let you know what’s going on– and there’s a ton– though I don’t have it all but I have a few highlights, anyway. First, the bears are out so be careful. There’s been bears at the beach, bears at the boat harbor, bears on the ramp at the cannery. A baby bear was hit by a car by the airport. There’s a sow with three cubs sleeping on Pyramid Island, bears at Lutak and bears crossing the roads in town. Make sure your trash is secure and the electric fence is on. Tonight there’s a free dinner for all first responders at the Legion at 6, and it’s 15 dollars for everyone else.  Beginning at 4 today and continuing through tomorrow the library will be full of presentations and discussions as southeast and first nations tribes gather for a cultural exchange. Check the library website or stop by or call for the schedule. (766-2545).  Also, the moose hunt begins Sunday, and there’s an informational meeting for hunters 7 pm Thursday at the bald eagle foundation. Thursday the planning commission meets too, at 6:30, and I’m going to that to talk about the Chilkat beaches and the reasons why they should remain non-motorized, you may want to go to– and there’s a parent night at the school from 6:30-7:30. Storyteller Tom Cosgrove will tell stories of healing and loss and grief that he says are “an entertaining treatment of life’s toughest topic” Saturday evening 7-8 in the senior center. There will be refreshments and a suggested donation. The event is sponsored by Hospice of Haines. Tickets are going fast for the Monday Sept. 23 Hot Club of Cowtown concert sponsored by the Arts Council. Get them at the Babbling Book. Also on the 24th, the Arts Confluence is hosting a harvest of the arts fundraising wine and cheese evening at the Chilkat Center, featuring a silent auction, local performers, and I’ll be reading. (This is the group responsible for the great windows at Howsers on Main Street featuring local art, and a lot more–  a worthy cause for sure.) Then beginning on the 24th the state museum conference will be held in Haines through that weekend. It’s a big deal with lots of folks coming, check with the museum for  the schedule or to volunteer.  Speaking of art and culture, The Forget Me Not Gallery  owned by artist and writer Debi Knight-Kennedy is having a sale. It’s  the fun bright blue place with the murals behind the Chilkat Center.There are also all kinds of exercise classes from Morning Muscles and Zumba to yoga and open gym, so check with your favorites or find out the fall activity schedules at the school,  pool, Chilkat Center, and Zumba studio.There’s no excuse not to be active  these days.

Well, except the fire is kind of nice, isn’t it?