Bozhi Sebens and parents Tod and Margaret Sebens celebrated Bozhi’s eighteenth birthday by attending their first professional basketball game in Portland, Ore. The Portland Trail Blazers beat the New Orleans Pelicans in a thriller. They capped the holiday with a drive to Coos Bay, Ore. for Thanksgiving dinner with Tod’s mother Loraine Brooks and his sister Pamela Brooks.

Words from literature will be the focus of the 2017 Alaska State Spelling Bee for grades 4-8 that will be held Feb. 24. Linnus Danner will lead a Spelling Club that will meet Mondays from 3:30 to 4 p.m. starting Jan. 8 in the art room. Word lists are available in the school art room.

Haley Stout was here from Wasilla to spend Thanksgiving with grandparents Diann and Roc Ahrens, Aunt Doris Bell and her cousin Russ Bell. Haley spent nearly a week, visiting old friends and using her photography skills to capture snow, the tree at the library and Thanksgiving Day. Diann appreciated having Haley help her to set up her snowmen decorations for Christmas.

Elena Horner credits Nate Malone for posting a scholarship opportunity through the Mike Rowe Works Foundation, which featured her this week as a student receiving their scholarship this fall. Elena will graduate in May from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. Mike Rowe is the host of the television show “Dirty Jobs.”

Terry Pardee has returned from visiting everyone’s favorite butcher, Clint Amox, in Lone Star, Texas. Clint hasn’t changed a bit and still works part-time as a butcher. Wife Glenda Amox keeps herself busy in their town of 1,500. Clint and Terry traveled around Oklahoma and Louisiana and visited Preston Amox, who followed his father’s footsteps and cuts meat for a large corporation in Texas. Clint was a butcher for decades at Food Center and Olerud’s Market.

The annual Thanksgiving performance of King Island Christmas in Juneau this year was dedicated to former superintendent Steve McPhetres. Family members JanSamShannonWendyOwen and Emily McPhetres and Catherine Knowles were in attendance. Steve served as narrator for the production for nearly 20 years.

Natalia Taylor made it home from the University of Alaska in Anchorage to spend the holiday with mom Amber Winkle and brother Andy Winkle. Flight delays prevented Todd Winkle from getting home from the North Slope. The family loaded up the turkey and fixings and jumped on the ferry headed to Juneau so they could spend Thanksgiving together before Natalia went back to Anchorage.

Patty Brown made a four-day trip to Moab, Utah, for a weekend dance workshop that included hiking in Arches National Park and mountain biking. This was the second year for the Salsa-Bachata dance festival “Bailando with a View,” created by former resident Aurita Maldonado. The festival is scheduled for Veteran’s Day weekend and all vets can attend for free. All abilities are welcome.

Annie Boyce and Paul Swift donated the 16-foot Stone pine tree at the library. They bought the tree as a seedling at Canadian Tire about 20 years ago, but it had gotten too big for the yard.

More than 200 people attended Saturday’s Lighting of the Library. Bill Broste’s beautiful cross-stitched “Stocking Tree” took top bid during a silent auction of miniature trees created by volunteers. Non-traditional creations included “Driftwood Tree” by Lizzy Jurgeleit and “Felted Tree” by Joanie Wagner. Haines School students made an “I Spy” Tree based on the popular “I Spy” books by Jean Marzollo. Scott Doddridge won the event’s $500 cash raffle. Rebekah McCoy played piano and Mark and Matt Davis and John Hunt performed as a brass ensemble.

Artworks and products created here were offered at the 2016 Public Market in Juneau last weekend. Vendors from Haines included Melina ShieldsMandy RamseyTim Hockin, Melissa GaneyKaitlin CombsTeri Bastable-PodsikiJulie Vance, Lindsey JohnsonGraham Kraft and Jim Green.

The third annual Haines Turkey Trot hosted by Body IQ attracted about 30 runners and walkers. They traversed the Small Tracts Road loop on Thanksgiving morning. Hudson SageSeth Waldo, Ketch JacobsonPatrick CunninghamDylan Swinton and about 12 others played football in a “Turkey Bowl” game near Fort Seward’s historic firehall.