Sitka residents learn how to pickle and ferment fruits and vegetables at Sitka Kitch. (KCAW file photo)

Kathy Jones, executive chef at the Westmark, talks about Sitka Kitch culinary classes and Shannon Haugland, with the Sitka Film Society, chats about upcoming screenings.

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Sitka Kitch is offering classes on basic culinary skills.  Designed to help students develop skills to work in the field, the classes are taught by Kathy Jones. Cost for each class is $25 plus a small materials fee. There is a $20 discount for those registering and paying for all four classes. Registration for each class closes at 5 p.m. the Friday before each class. For more information email sitkakitch@sitkawild.org or go to sitkakitch.eventsmart.com.

The Sitka Film Society and Coliseum Theater will be presenting a series of Oscar-nominated films in the next month:  “Amy” and “Cartel Land.”

“Amy,” an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, is the story of Amy Winehouse, her battle with drug addiction and her tragic death, will play March 11.

“Cartel Land,” another Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, takes viewers to the front lines of the drug wars in southern Mexico, where local groups have armed themselves against the cartels in the absence of government help. It plays March 18.

All shows are 5:30 p.m. Fridays at the Downtown Coliseum Theater. Tickets are $8 per show and available at Old Harbor Books.