The community is invited to Homer High School homecoming events on Friday and Saturday. A parade begins at 6 p.m. Friday, with floats leaving the school’s west entrance, turning left on Pioneer Avenue and returning to the school at the east entrance. This year’s theme is “Jazz in the 1920s.” There will be awards for most enthusiastic, i.e. loudest; most colorful; jazziest, i.e. best theme; best pride and pep, and a blue-gold award for best display of Mariner spirit. Homer Mayor Beth Wythe, former Homer Mayor Jim Hornaday, community member Ken Castner, parent and teacher Tim Daugherty and retired teacher Sharon Thompson will judge the parade.
Following the parade, a bonfire will be held in the school’s lower parking lot.
The Mariners play Lathrop at 3 p.m. Saturday. The presentation and crowning of homecoming royalty will be held during halftime.
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 improvisational theater and comedy, including spontaneity, listening, trust, scene development and story building. The class also focuses on performance improvisation. The fee is $45. To register or for more information, call 235-6589 or 509-294-0451.
Zeller has been an improvisational performer and teacher since 1985. He was the founder and artistic director of Fresh Produce Productions, a Homer based improvisation troupe, and from 2000-2010 performed with and was the artistic director (2003 to 2007) of the Blue Door Theatre (BDT) in Spokane, Wash. He has directed and written numerous formats for improvised presentations. He has adapted improvisational techniques for consultative and therapeutic forums to work with traditional and alternative students of all ages, teachers, mental health clients and staff, businesses, performers and writers.
The Kachemak Bay Birders will have their regular meeting on Monday at 4:30 p.m. at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. At the end of the meeting there will be a showing of a new sandhill crane migration video released this summer.
Anyone who is interested in birding, birds and their habitats, citizen science or would just like to know more about the organization is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Lani Raymond at email@example.com or 399-9477.
“Self Compassion for Women: Going Beyond Coffee, Chocolate and Wine” is held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 5, at Many Rivers on East End Road. Susie Amundson runs the workshop to help women connect with their basic goodness, uncover hidden identities and triggers, lean in gently to difficult experiences and emotions, and wisely offer self care. Register by Oct. 2. The fee is $45. For more information and to register, contact Amundson at 509-998-1009 or e-mail Susie@wiseatwork.net.
Friendship Center Adult Day Services is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday with extended hours for special situations.
Homer Senior Citizens
Homer Senior Citizens lunch is open to seniors and their guests and is served 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday. The lunch menu for this week is: today, roast beef with mashed potatoes; Friday, breaded cod and roasted potatoes; Monday, baked ham and Key Largo vegetables; Tuesday, corned beef and cabbage; Wednesday, zesty Cuban port and appricot rice.
Strong Women classes at Homer Senior Citizens Recreation Room are 2-3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Cost is $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers per class.
Tai Chi classes are Thursday at 3 p.m. Cost is $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers per class. For more information, call Daniel at 235-7655.
The Caregiver Support Group meets at 2-3:30 p.m. Thursdays. Today attorney Lindsay Wolter will speak about estate planning and wills.
Kachemak Bay Campus
Starting soon are classes in Beginning Kundalini, intermediate Hatha Yoga and Tai Chi. Registration is now being held for these special five-week October workshops: poetry-writing with poet Erin Hollowell and global climate change with ecologist Ed Berg.
Call 235-7743 for an advising appointment for information on earning a degree and taking classes this year.
Check out new programs in fisheries technology and AutoCAD Technology.
Novelist David Abrams, author of “Fobbitt,” will present as part of KBC’s Visiting Writers’ Series at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7.
Kachemak Bay Lions
The Kachemak Bay Lions is seeking civic-minded men and women to join them in making a difference in the community. The club is hosting an information session on Oct. 2 for people who want to learn more about the club and its work.
“Our club gives members an opportunity to advance worthy causes, serve with friends, and become leaders in the community. This club means a lot to our Lions, but it means so much more to the people we serve,” said club president Tary Youngblood.
The information session will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Homer Senior Center, 3935 Svedlund Ave. President Youngblood encourages the public to come out and learn more about the club’s work. “We want to share the great things we’re doing in the community, and let others know how they can help,” he said.
The Lions’ motto is “We Serve.” For 35 years, the club has aided the blind and visually impaired, championed youth initiatives and strengthened the local community through hands-on service and humanitarian projects.
To learn more about the information session, the Kachemak Bay Lions or its service projects, contact membership chairman Karrie A. Youngblood at 226-2086 or president Tary Youngblood at 299-2201.
The museum is open noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. “Inspired by Place,” selected art from the museum collection, is on exhibit downstairs in the Contemporary Art Gallery through December.
“Beneath the Surface,” featuring paintings by Rebecca Crowell that are inspired by archaeological maps of sediment layers beneath the earth, is on exhibit in the Special Exhibits Gallery through Sept. 29.
The deadline for artist donations for the 2013 Ritz Art & Experience Auction to benefit programs at the Pratt Museum has been extended to Sept. 27. This year’s fundraiser theme is Ritz at the Moulin Rouge. The event will be Nov. 2 at Wasabi’s. Donated artwork to be auctioned at the Ritz will be exhibited in the Pratt’s Special Exhibits Gallery from Oct.4-30. Business donations must be received by Oct. 21 in order to be listed in the auction catalogue. For more information, call Michele Miller at 435-3342 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The REC Room (a Youth Resource & Enrichment Co-Op) offers new activities for the 2013-2014 School Year. Free programs include instruction on software installation and customization, digital music production, fresh and organic cooking, gardening and slam poetry. The REC Room provides teens ages 12-18 with a safe space to hang out after school and get connected with positive resources, activities and programs available for youth in our community. It offers computers and Wi-Fi for homework, guitars, X Box Kinect, games, darts, rave gloves, movies, art supplies and more.
A program of Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic, the REC Room is always staffed by a program manager. HMS students can now ride Bus 65 for drop off at the REC Room. Call for details. Hours are 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 3957 Nielsen Circle, off Ben Walters Lane. For more information, call 235-6736, e-mail email@example.com or visit facebook.com/rec.room7 or HomerRECroom.org.
Seldovia Village Tribe Health & Wellness Center
The SVT Health & Wellness Center offers a series of classes covering all aspects of wellness every Thursday at 6 p.m. Today’s program is “Getting To Know Yoga: Active Flow” with Hillery Daily, N.D. For information or to suggest topics for future classes, call Amy Rattenbury at 226-2228, ext. 660.
South Peninsula Hospital
Applications are being accepted to exhibit at the annual Rotary Health Fair, set for 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 2 at Homer High School. The fair is sponsored by Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club in partnership with South Peninsula Hospital. The purpose of the fair is to promote individual wellness and provide free and inexpensive information and screenings related to health. The theme is “It’s Your Life … Take a Day to Be Well.”
Stariski Horseshoe Tournament
The 25th annual Stariski Horseshoe Tournament was held Aug. 4 at the Johnsons’ home in Anchor Point. The 2013 doubles began after a nice watering down of the pits and rinsing off of the area grass by Mother Nature. Thirty-two participants pitched hard for a chance at beautiful stainless trophies filled with candy and toys. Janet Mullen and Andre Drake stacked their shoes high on the stakes to take first place doubles. Janet is an up-and-coming women’s player, likely to be seen as a winner in the singles bracket next year. Andre has held trophies before, but not many for first place. Tom Eckenrod and Terri Rude shoed in second place doubles. T and T tried hard for first but still smiled with joy at winning second. They both like candy and toys. Tony Landrus and Dan Doe held the third place doubles position, content to be in the winners bracket.
A special moment was shared between the doubles and singles play. Larry Staehle arranged Chuck Johnson’s poem, “It Ain’t No Road To Glory, I Got No Claim To Fame,” to music. The sounds of his acoustic guitar, his voice and his personal love for Chuck, all came through and were felt deeply as he sang the words of the poem. Everyone appreciated Larry for bringing Chuck so close during the first tournament without his physical presence.
Tom Eckenrod, after many years of participating, rang the stakes to finally obtain his first singles first-place winner’s trophy. Congratulations Tom. Tony Landrus was second. Unlike Tom, Tony has a special shelf for all his trophies. Chelsea Johnson, holding onto a family tradition of wins, took third place. Once again, the food was fabulous, thanks to everyone’s contributions. Rosie and Chelsea thanks you all for participating in our 25th tournament.