Each and every growing season there is one something that astonishes, that amazes, that speaks to our hearts. And this year it’s lilacs. Their season is short and this time around about three weeks early. I can usually count on them to be blooming for the Fourth of July barbecue. Not this year, they will be way done. But for now let’s all revel in their magnificence.
There are basic truths that bear repeating:
• Keep your garden small;
• Weed, if you can;
• Water, if you have it; and
• People, just shake your tomato plants. That’s all it takes to fertilize the bloom and you will have more tomatoes than you know what to do with. Keep your electric toothbrush in the bathroom.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get started.
“Oldies” are a popular radio staple. But that’s for music, not for infrastructure.
The southern Kenai Peninsula’s public radio station, KBBI, is scrambling to pay for two new audio consoles vital to its broadcasting system. If the old ones conk out before the money comes through, the station could be forced off the air.
An exuberant mood ruled the 14th Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, held June 12-16 in Homer. The public readings crackled with enthusiasm. The radiant weather didn’t hurt, either.
This year 127 attendees shared the power of the written and spoken word, and the inspiring camaraderie of those who write such words.
Far from a solemn march, Homer’s Relay for Life event promises to celebrate the successes achieved by cancer survivors and the strength shown by those continuing to battle the disease.
This year’s halibut sport fishery has begun with both tradition and change. The tradition is the successful Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, and the change is a set of new regulations.
May 15 marked the official start and the 30th anniversary of the Homer Chamber of Commerce’s popular halibut derby. The chamber is celebrating with large and numerous prizes.
She’s been named a master gardener, lifelong learner and citizen of the year — and the list goes on. A lot of living can happen in 87 years.
Spend an afternoon with Daisy Lee Bitter and you’re going to learn something, or more likely, many things.
One kind of bluebell has 22 common names.
In March of this year, Bitter was inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame in recognition of her contributions to the state through science education.
Ouzinkie might not sound like a spring break vacation destination, but for 16 local youths and four adults it offered plenty of adventure, fun and a lot of hard work.
From March 7-14, about half the kids from Christian Community Church’s Ignite Youth group traded time off from school for time in the village, which is located on Spruce Island about 12 miles north of the city of Kodiak.
outh Peninsula Haven House is holding its annual Women of Distinction awards ceremony and silent auction Friday. The event will be held at Second Star Lodge on Kachemak Drive beginning at 5 p.m.
Julia Person, a former Haven House employee and board member, is one of the volunteer coordinators for this year’s event. As a former board member, Person said that choosing recipients for the awards was always challenging, even if there were only a few nominations.
There is a green sandwich board sign propped by the sidewalk at 1044 East End Road with a short message:
Brain Injury Support Group
Meets Tuesdays at 1 p.m.
If the sign is out, then at 1 p.m., Kathy Stingley will be inside waiting. Even if no one else shows up.
Stingley, who grew up in a care-giving family in Oregon, provides the time and space for those who have experienced either a traumatic or acquired brain injury to come and share their experience with others.
The solstice celebration on March 20 will probably be somewhat sedate due to the fact that it’s been pretty much a spring-with-a-cold for most of the winter.
The weather’s been so mild that this is the first year local sourdoughs can remember more green grass on the ground than under grow lights.
Be that as it may, soon things will truly heat up when fisherpersonages start thundering into town in search of chinooks and buckets of cash during the 2015 Winter King Tournament on March 21.
It doesn’t get anymore in our backyard than Woodard Creek. For 541 Homer lots, Woodard Creek not only is in the backyard, in some instances the city’s only year-round flowing creek might go right through a lot — or under it. That’s the case for the Pratt Museum and the Homer Council on the Arts, two nonprofits that border Woodard Creek and have the creek slip underground through their property.
Feel like dancing? Or dessert? Or just a really great evening?
Marimba Madness, the annual Homer Council on the Arts fundraiser, is Saturday at the Elks Lodge. The doors open at 6 p.m. with music by Shamwari, Tamba Hadzi and Williwaw Marimba starting at 7 p.m.
For the past five years Homer’s marimba community has gathered together to support HCOA. One group in particular is looking forward to the evening, which will be bittersweet for them.
Lack of snow isn’t enough to stop Anchor Point residents when it comes to their annual Snow Rondi. Snow or no snow, the Rondi kicks off Saturday morning and events are planned through Sunday.
The theme — “let loose” — is the perfect reminder that when it comes to fun this time of year, Homer’s neighbors to the north know snow is not a requirement. Just ask Dan Coe, president of the Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce, organizer of the annual event.
As an on-going benefit for Angelica Haakenson, an 11-year-old Anchor Point girl who lost her legs from injuries in a Christmas Day wreck on the Sterling Highway, Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Services volunteers are selling “Angel Kits,” roadside emergency kits for a suggested donation of $15.
Feeling February’s chill now that the temperature has dropped?
Warm up with the 61st annual Homer Winter Carnival today through Sunday. This year’s theme, “Warm Winter Hearts,” overlaps with Valentine’s Day, and offers plenty of memorable activities for those in — or out of — love.
Outhouse race? Not so romantic. But if you’re competitive, goofy and creative, it might be the perfect fit.
Fat bikes. Fat-tire bikes. Snow bikes. Omni-terrain vehicles. Ask Chase Warren and they’re all the same. They also are the centerpiece of the Big Fat Bike Festival 2015.
Warren and other members of the Homer Cycling Club have created a festival agenda that begins Friday and continues through Sunday. It includes food, bonfires and lots of fun activities, all of it centered around fat bikes and the places those bikes can take you.