Homer Alaska - Announcements

Story last updated at 3:51 PM on Wednesday, January 16, 2013



The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center seeks volunteers to help with everything from helping visitors to helping plan and execute community programs like Clean Up Day, and the Fourth of July Parade. Call Nyla at 235-7740 to figure out where the chamber can best use your talents and local knowledge.

The Kachemak Bay Celtic Club is calling for artists, musicians, poets, dancers, vendors and community members interested in joining in to help celebrate the Celtic culture. Upcoming events include St. Patrick's Day, Tartan Day, Highland Games and more. For more information, call Shelly at 299-1557 or Nancy at (907) 748-4844.

The Homer Foundation announces that application forms for the City of Homer Grants Program are now available. The grants program is funded through an annual allocation from the city of Homer plus earnings from two funds at the Homer Foundation, the City of Homer Fund and the Kachemak City Fund. The intent of the grants program is to support locally based nonprofit organizations that provide services within the city of Homer. The applicants must be IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations, in existence in Homer a minimum of three years, with their primary facility and core programs, activities and services offered within the Homer city limits. The organization must be administered locally with a local policy-making board of directors and may have no other financial or in-kind support from the city of Homer. The funding is for general operating support.This is a competitive grants process. Application forms are available online at www.homerfund.org or from the Homer Foundation office. For more information, call Joy Steward at 235-0541.

"Thou Shalt Kill?" is a series of community conversations to be held 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 24, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 28 and March 7 at the Homer United Methodist Church sun room. Each session starts with presentations from people familiar with the issues followed by an open, respectful discussion intended to lead to greater understanding. The discussions are Jan. 24, "Random Acts of Violence: Guns vs. Attitudes"; Jan. 31, "What Is It Like to Go to War? Karl Marlantes plus"; Feb. 7, "Death Panels: End of Life Issues, Including Abortion"; Feb. 28, "Destroying Our Planet: What is Sacred?"; March 7, "Personal Violence: Suicide, Abuse, Sex Trafficking." For more information, call Will Files at 235-2443. Times and dates are subject to change.

K-Bay Caffe offers Soup at Seven on Sundays, communal soup and bread. It is at 7 p.m. every Sunday. For more information, call 235-1551.

MAPP of the Southern Kenai Peninsula, the local collaborative for community health improvement, is conducting its second Community Health Needs Assessment through March 2013. The first part of the assessment includes a community perceptions survey that gives community members the opportunity to highlight the community's strengths and needs. Completed surveys can be submitted at City Hall, Homer Public Library and Ulmer's. The survey also can be filled out online at www.mappofskp.net. For more information, call MAPP coordinator Megan Murphy at 235-0570.

The Mindfulness Meeting is a group for cultivating wisdom, gratitude and serenity through skills and practice that takes place weekly on Fridays. The meeting is from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday in the conference room of the Beluga Professional Building, 3691 Ben Walters Lane. Everyone is welcome; there is no charge. For more information, call Rachel or Sharon at 235-7712. This group is sponsored by South Peninsula Haven House.