PUBLISHED: 3:53 PM on Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Sitka Fun Fair takes place April 21
SITKA -When was the last time you took your kids on a bike ride? Have you been to the driving range lately to hit a few golf balls? Has it been awhile since you took your partner dancing? Isn't it about time you had some fun?

The second annual Sitka Fun Fair takes place on Saturday, April 21, at a variety of times and locations around town. Sitka residents can sample a wide range of fun (and healthy) activities during the day, then they can dance the night away at "Dancing Through the Decades" from 7-11 p.m. at the Sheldon Jackson College's Hames PE Center.

The Sitka Fun Fair is sponsored by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska, the SEARHC Lifestyle Balance and the SEARHC Diabetes programs. It's designed to help Sitka residents find fun and creative ways to incorporate more physical activity into their daily lives.

"Remember, there are 1,440 minutes in a day, so let's make 30 of them active," said event coordinator Renae Mathson, a Community Project Assistant for the Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska program.

This year's events include a guided bike ride, kayak trials, a variety of dance lessons in several different styles, T'ai Chi Chih lessons, a guided hike on the Beaver Lake trail, an assortment of yoga lessons, an exercise ball class, an open gym for kids ages 8 and younger (with parents) at Blatchley Middle School, a Tlingit canoe paddle with Kaduksh?kxi Y?s (the Sitka Traditional Canoe Club); an open gym for women, a demonstration about stretching your muscles for gardening, a fly-fishing lesson and a triathlon clinic for the upcoming Sitka Women's Triathlon/Walk (scheduled for April 28). Also, there will be two events on Friday, April 20 - some introductory biofeedback sessions for stress management and a community Earth Day bike ride.

The Sitka Fun Fair dance is a non-alcoholic, family oriented event. There will be several door prizes given away during the night.

For more information, contact Renae Mathson at 966-8797 or

Sitka organizations that promote healthy, physical activities can call Renae if they'd like to provide a free activity during the Sitka Fun Fair.