Johnny B. captures ‘Rhythm of the North’ in his Pier One show

Confucius once said that if you do what you love then you never have to work a day in your life. Clearly Confucius didn’t have an adorable grandson moving from Alaska to Wyoming. He probably didn’t have a mortgage, either.

Such is the life of Homer’s Johnny B. — a professional piano player, teacher, father of two and grandfather of a little boy who’s about to move from Fairbanks to the Lower 48.

Pratt Museum opens spectacular exhibit on the Dena’ina people

A word of advice when you walk into the Pratt’s newest exhibit: don’t say hello to the ladies cleaning fish. Though these life casts look incredibly real, like they could take a breath and say hello back, they aren’t real and you’ll feel a bit foolish initiating a conversation.

This life-sized replica of a modern-day fish camp in Nondalton sets the stage for the Pratt Museum’s impressive new exhibit entitled Dena’inaq’ Huch’ulyeshi or The Dena’ina Way of Living. 

Week of free, low-cost events designed to call attention to value of early childhood learning

This week, Best Beginnings of Homer celebrates the “Week of the Young Child” to bring attention to the needs of young children and their families and to recognize early childhood programs and services.

“Best Beginnings is a coalition of local nonprofit agencies and individuals who support early childhood education in Homer,” said Jenny Martin, Best Beginnings coordinator.

“We put together a full week of free or low-cost events to celebrate and promote early learning.”

Lots of activities planned for spring break

Next week, Homer students will be out of school for spring break. What’s a kid to do? Turns out, quite a bit. Here’s a round-up of what’s happening next week to keep your kids out of the doldrums.

Swimming: Open Swim will be from 1 to 3 p.m. every day except Sunday. $5 for adults and $2.50 for youth.

Playdates: On Saturday, March 8, The Pratt Museum is hosting a Pratt Playdate designed for babies, toddlers and their caregivers. Hands-on activities start at 10 a.m. in the Marine Gallery. Free.

KHLT celebrates 25 years

On Saturday night, join Kachemak Heritage Land Trust (KHLT) and raise a toast to some of the Kenai Peninsula’s finest forward thinkers. 

Twenty-five years ago, a group of people got together and formed Alaska’s first land trust dedicated to helping private land owners preserve naturally, recreationally and culturally valuable lands.  

Homer fundraiser to help musher Lance Mackey

On Friday, The Down East Saloon will host a potluck fundraiser for Lance Mackey. The Lance Mackey: Alaska mushing legend, four-time Iditarod winner, four-time Yukon Quest winner and still the only musher to run and win both the Iditarod and Yukon Quest in the same year. 

One of Alaska’s toughest athletes is fighting a long, drawn-out battle with the after-effects of cancer treatment.