Homer Features

  • Homer is a little off the Iditarod’s beaten path, but when you live in Nome, the end of the world-famous sled dog race, you’re in the thick of the action. That’s exactly where Nancy and Dan Levinson found themselves when they lived in that Bering Sea community. “We used to house the mushers,...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 2:39pm
  • Ten films, plus a short one that tells the story of the Russian Old Believers on the Kenai Peninsula, usher in the 10th Annual Homer International Documentary Film Festival at the historic Homer Theatre, the longest running movie house in Alaska. This year’s festival celebrates a full decade of do...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 2:35pm
  • An alert observer of the natural world e-mailed the Betster with an update on the sandhill crane migration. “Huge Normandy Invasion type of crane formation passed over Homer heading southeast around 11:45 a.m.,” Mr. Nature Observer — we’ll call him “Nick” — wrote. With that many cranes...

    Thu, 09/12/2013 - 7:47am
  • The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, in partnership with the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, invite Alaska high schools and  students to enter Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry recitation contest. During fall and winter 2...

    Thu, 09/12/2013 - 7:25am
  • Performing artist Martin Zeller holds an Improvisation Workshop from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Art Barn at 1060 East End Road. The 5-hour class introduces, explores and expands the skills of improv. Through exercises and games participants will learn the elements of long- and short-form im...

    Thu, 09/12/2013 - 7:24am
  • Build week for the 10th annual Burning Basket, “Enjoy,” continues from noon to 5 p.m. daily through Saturday at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit. The interactive community art project includes an outdoor basket sculpture and labyrinth. The basket of remembrance and unburdening is offered to the co...

    Thu, 09/12/2013 - 7:24am
  • As summer slides into fall, Alaskans track the fading of the season by an iconic flower and plant: the persistent, sturdy fireweed. Weeks ago, fireweed lost its flowers and has now gone to fluff, its stems and leaves turning into red tinged with golden. Only summer-long visitors or residents can act...

    Thu, 09/12/2013 - 7:23am
  • The Pratt Museum seeks donations from artists and businesses for “Ritz at the Moulin Rouge,” its 2013 Ritz Art and Experience Auction. Donations are due 5 p.m. Sept. 20. The Ritz is Nov. 2 at Wasabi’s. This year’s event includes a live and silent auction, featuring artwork and other items do...

    Thu, 09/12/2013 - 7:22am
  • Look at a dog face-to-face and what stands out? Its nose. Put a dog in a new environment and what does it do? Starts sniffing. Put two dogs together and what kicks in? Their sense of smell. If humans’ best friends are dogs, dogs’ best friends are their noses. That, in a nutshell, is what canine ...

    Wed, 09/11/2013 - 12:51pm
  • The other day the Betster and some friends debated whether or not it would rain on a holiday weekend. “It’s Alaska, in September,” the Betster said. “What do you think?” Anyone who has lived here long enough — say, two weeks — knows that Alaska weather can be pretty darn fickle. If you...

    Thu, 09/05/2013 - 8:02am

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