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Library holds novel writing month kick-off

Friends of the Homer Library holds a National November Writing Month —NaNoWriMo — Kick-Off from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Homer Public Library. Come share your writing project ideas.

There will be refreshments, writing prompts, and of, course books to check out. Then come to the library over the month of November to work on your novel. Be sure to sign in and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to The Homer Bookstore.

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Youth orchestra plays at K-Bay Caffé Saturday

The Homer Youth String Orchestra Club performs from noon-1 p.m. Saturday at K-Bay Caffé on Pioneer Avenue. Come and hear what the young musicians have been practicing.


Down East holds lip-syncing contest; grand prize, $150

The Down East Saloon holds a lip-syncing contest at 9 p.m. Saturday. The grand prize is $150, and there also are prizes for second and third place. Contestants will perform two songs each, and will be judged on lip-sync ability, choreography and attire.

Dia de los Muertos explores death, loss in creative ways

At the quarter point between the equinox and the solstice, spiritual and secular celebrations appear in numerous cultures, such as the Celtic tradition of Samhain, the Christian tradition of Allhallowtide and the secular holiday of Halloween.

Christians honor the dead, saints and martyrs, and Pagans mark the end of the harvest and the transition into winter, when spirits and fairies more easily come into our world.

Mexicans in the United States and Mexico honor the dead with a similar festival, Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, traditionally held on Nov. 2.

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HPL Book Club reads Chiappone’s ‘Liar’s Code’

For October, the Homer Public Library Book Club reads Homer writer Rich Chiappone’s “Liar’s Code,” a collection of essays and stories about fishing.

The club meets from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the library. Chiappone will join the club to answer questions.


Proposals for Giving Salmon sculpture being sought

Bunnell Artist in Residence brings poetic sensibility

After several years of Bunnell Street Arts Center artist residencies, the concept has evolved into a simple but elegant concept. Invite an artist to stay in one of the Old Inlet Trading Post apartments. Give them a corner of the gallery to set up a studio. Let them enjoy life in a small arts town with an awesome natural setting. Ask them to conduct workshops on their craft and art. Step back.

First Friday events: New shows reflect change of seasons

It might be October and well beyond the end of the summer tourist season, but First Friday this month promises to be lively — if a bit morbid — with group shows at the Homer Council on the Arts and the Pratt Museum. Individual artists also show their work.

Topping off the list is a reception for Rasmuson Artist in Residence Claudio Orso-Giacone at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Born in Italy, Orso-Giacone now lives in Oberlin, Ohio, and brings his extensive talents in maskmaking, paper art and wood-cut block printmaking.

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‘Rubber Ducky’ shows Friday

Local filmmaker Silas Firth and Standing Tide Productions holds the world premiere of his short film, “Rubber Ducky,” at 5 p.m. Friday at the Homer Theatre. Admission is free. On his website, Firth said the film is “about the innocence and beauty of childhood in contrast with the darkness of the world, and the need for family and to let go of the past.” Unique to the project is that is has no dialogue, and the story is told entirely visually, Firth said.

Storyknife vision now getting feet

Three years ago, Homer writer Dana Stabenow had a dream: build a retreat where women writers could go through the same life-changing experience that she had in 1989 at the Hedgebrook Writers Retreat on Whidbey Island, Wash.

Called Storyknife, after the Inuit storytelling tool, the compound would be built in a fireweed meadow near Homer overlooking Cook Inlet and Kachemak Bay. Stabenow plans to build six cottages and a community hall where writers would stay for two-week to two-month residencies.

Indigenous art workshop inspires teens

Bones, feathers, porcupine needles, beads and other items covered the tables of Homer Flex’s workshop area as students and staff drilled, threaded and attached components of their art pieces. Melissa Shaginoff, the Kenai-raised artist facilitating the Sept. 8-9 “Objects of Importance” workshop, moved throughout the room and offered aid to anyone with questions.

Thursday, Sept. 15


11:30 a.m.-noon, Homer Public Library


noon, 8 p.m. Hillas Building

Alcoholics Anonymous meets daily at noon and 8 p.m. Contact: 235-6822.


noon -1:15 p.m., Homer Council on the Arts

Contact: HCOA, 235-4288.


3:30-5 p.m., Homer Council on the Arts

Contact: Kari Odden 235-4288 .


Docfest celebrates lucky 13

After 13 years of picking interesting films for the Homer Documentary Film Festival at the Homer Theatre, owners Jamie and Lynette Sutton have dialed in their selection criteria:

• “Is it well made movie?” Jamie Sutton said.

• “Does it matter?”

“The best documentary film festival north of Toronto,” as Sutton calls it, opens with a barbecue dinner at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 22 followed by a gala showing of “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.” The gala show is free with a festival pass purchase or $20 general admission.

Gallery director gives
talk on Cuban art scene

Wilfredo Benitez, executive director of Fundación Ludwig Gallery, Havana, Cuba, gives a slide talk on Cuba’s contemporary art scene at 6 p.m. Sept. 16 at Bunnell Street Arts Center. The Ludwig Foundation is an autonomous and nongovernmental institution promoting contemporary Cuban artists and culture. Its programs include performances, festivals, exhibitions, exchanges, lectures, seminars, academic courses, workshops, conferences, scholarships and grants.

Quilters find inspiration by reading

As Alaskans turn inward with the change of the season and the declining daylight hours, they sometimes ward off the darkness with two time tested hobbies: reading and art. Last winter, a group of central Kenai Peninsula artists came up with a twist on that plan. They would read for pleasure, discuss books in a book club and create quilts based on those books.

Artists move into autumn with new shows

Many Alaska artists seek and find inspiration in nature. That’s the case for several shows opening for First Friday, but for one show, artists find another source for creative ideas: books. In “Inspired by Books,” opening at the Homer Council on the Arts, artists Karen Fogarty, Lily Huebsch, Marilyn Kay Johnson, Jane Marshall and Connie Tarbox have come up with a new twist on a book club. Here they not only discuss books, but quilt about them.

First Friday events

Art Shop Gallery

202 W. Pioneer Ave.

New work by photographer Laural Sabin

5-7:30 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception

Homer photographer Laural Sabin shows color landscape photos printed on metal. “The majority of my images convey a sense of serenity, rest and simplicity themes that have become anthems for my own life in recent years,” Sabin writes. “I shoot in all natural light. I love strong colors and natural patterns and textures.”

Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 W. Bunnell Ave.

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Writer reads at KBC

Visiting writer Debra Magpie Earling holds a reading at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at Kachemak Bay Campus. A 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, she is the author of “The Lost Journals of Sacajewea” and “Perma Red,” and recipient of the American Book Award and the Western Writers Association Spur Award, among many others. Her stories have been published in Ploughshares, The Last Best Place and Talking Leaves: Contemporary Native American Short Stories.


Latvian artist presents Puzuri workshops

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Fresh Produce performs benefits

Fresh Produce 2.0, Homer’s improvisational comedy group, performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and next Thursday, Sept. 8, at The Art Barn, 1060 East End Road. Each performance benefits a local nonprofit, with the Friday show helping the Flex Healthy Food Program, the Saturday show helping the South Peninsula Hospital Diabetes Supply Fund and the Sept. 8 show helping Hospice of Homer. Admission is a $7 donation. Some material may contain adult themes or language. For more information, call 509-294-0451.


'My Old Dog': Read it and be inspired

Seattle journalist Laura T. Coffey resisted when a reader suggested she write a story about a Los Angeles photographer who took pictures of older dogs in animal shelters in an effort to increase their chances of getting adopted.

It was the summer of 2013 and Coffey’s mother had recently died. The story sounded too sad to tackle. Who wanted to read about old dogs waiting out their last days in crowded animal shelters — even if some photographer was trying to help them?


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