Homer Alaska - Announcements

Story last updated at 3:46 PM on Wednesday, February 13, 2013


The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) begins Friday runs for four days through Monday. Participants count birds for as little as 15 minutes wherever they are seen. You can count birds at the Safeway parking lot, while walking on the Homer Spit and in your backyard. To participate, create a free Great Backyard Bird Count account at www.birdsource.org/gbbc. Participants registered with eBird can use the same login information. Visit the website for details and to print a checklist of Homer area birds. For more information, call BJ at 235-1265 or email hitchcock613@msn.com.

The Homer Fish and Game Advisory Committee meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the NERRS building. The main agenda item is preparing comments on the state Board of Fish proposals. For more information, call Dave Lyon at 235-9408.

The Backcountry Film Festival is 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Homer Theatre. The festival is sponsored locally by the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club and The Alaska Quiet Rights Coalition. All proceeds will go to support these two organizations. The festival features seven short films focusing on backcountry skiing and snowboarding. Tickets are $10 at the door. Door prizes will be awarded at intermission and tickets include a chance to win a Black Diamond backcountry ski package.

Best Beginnings Homer, Homer Head Start and Kachemak Kids Early Learning Center offer free training for the community on exposing infants and toddlers to language. Two 3-hour training sessions are offered on Feb. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at Kachemak Kids Early Learning Center, 3838 Bartlett Street, and from 1-4 p.m. at Homer Head Start. Research shows that the earlier children are exposed to language, the better chance they have in school. The training is free and open to the public. Parents, caregivers, professionals and child care providers are encouraged to attend. The training will be facilitated by Bonny Headley, University of Alaska Anchorage assistant professor in early learning. Clock hour credits are available for child care providers. Child care providers can also request reimbursement for hiring sub-staff so they can attend the training. No child care will be available unless family is enrolled at the training location. To RSVP and for more information, call 435-7101.

First Lady Sandy Parnell has opened the nomination period for the First Lady's Volunteer of the Year awards. The First Lady invites all Alaskans to help recognize their fellow citizens who have shown extraordinary volunteer service and made a positive impact on their community by nominating them for the awards. An executive committee made up of Alaskans from around the state will select award recipients from the nominees. The winners will be recognized at a ceremony in May. Nominations are due by March 1. For more information, log on to the governor's website at gov.alaska.gov/parnell/governors-office/volunteer-awards.html. Nomination forms are also available at the Capitol in Juneau, or at the governor's regional offices in Anchorage and Fairbanks. The program began with First Lady Bella Hammond and has continued throughout the years.

A raffle for a 2000 Triumph Dual Tiger Sport 900 cc motorcycle is being held to help with medical bills for volunteer firefighter John Cox. Tickets are $50 each or three for $125. The raffle ends Feb. 28. The motorcycle is on display at Carquest. Tickets are available by calling Charmaine Collins at 435-7126 or Greg Collins at 299-2625. Donations also are welcome.

The Anchor Point Snow Rondi is Feb. 21-24 in Anchor Point. This year's theme is "Up to Snow Good."

The Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park seeks a logo for the organization. The winning design receives a free two-day state park cabin rental and round-trip water taxi ride with Mako's Water Taxi. The design should include the image of a devil's club plant and should be a black-and-white, 2-inch-by-3-inch image. The deadline is 8 p.m. March 1. Send images to Brad Kloeckl at bkloeckl@yahoo.com.

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 Cleanup 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 helping 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 Mindfulness Meeting is a group for cultivating wisdom, gratitude and serenity through skills and practice that meets weekly on Fridays. The meeting is from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday in the conference room at 3691 Ben Walters Lane, next to Sprout and Harbor School of Music. 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.