Homer Alaska - Announcements

Story last updated at 7:36 PM on Wednesday, February 16, 2011


The annual Great Backyard Bird Count will be held Feb. 18-21. Beginner to expert, young to old bird watchers count birds in their backyards, at their local parks, or wherever they like to watch birds. Participants simply count the number of each bird species seen (the most at one time) for as little as 15 minutes on one day, or for as long as you like each day of the event. It's free, fun, easy and it helps the birds. For more information, visit www.birdsource.org/gbbc/whycount.html

The Alaska Board of Fisheries meets Feb. 20-March 5 at the Egan Center in Anchorage to consider proposed regulatory changes to the Upper Cook Inlet Area fisheries. The board encourages the public to submit written comments on specific proposals. Comments up to 10 pages in length may be submitted by fax (907-465-6094) or delivered to the board during the meeting. Oral public testimony during the meeting is also welcome. Anyone intending to testify must sign up at the meeting site in Anchorage before 9 a.m. on Feb. 21. Public testimony will continue until everyone who has signed up by the deadline has had the opportunity to be heard. Copies of the proposals, agenda, staff comments, and background reports can be viewed online at: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.meetinginfo or obtained by contacting the board's support section at (907) 465-4110.

Anchor Point Snow Rondi will be held Feb. 24-27 and includes sporting events, food and fun for the whole family. For more information, call the Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce at 235-2600 or visit anchorpointchamber.org.

A pediatric neurodevelopmental outreach and autism screening clinic will be held at 5:30-7 p.m. on Feb. 24 at the Homer Public Health nursing offices. The event is designed for people interested in autism program developments in Alaska, medical intervention, treatment, follow up or positive solutions for children with challenging behaviors. For more information, visit www.autism.alaska.gov or call 235-8857.

The McNeil Canyon Elementary Family Talent show will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 at McNeil School. The event features musicians, comedians, poets and actors as well as a pie auction and bake sale. Everyone is welcome to this fun family event. For more information, call 235-8181.

Big Brothers Big Sisters needs bowlers for its annual fund raising event on March 19. Start or join a team by March 4 to be in the running for the top local individual, top local team and top statewide fundraiser prizes. There will be more prizes, food and fun on the day of the event. Even if you can't make the event, you can be a virtual bowler and still get a chance to win prizes for top local and statewide fundraisers. For more information call Susan at 235-8397.

The Kachemak Bay Research Reserve Community Council proposes two amendments to the Community Council Charter. To view the proposed amendments, go to the Council website at http://kbaycouncil.wordpress.com or contact Amy Alderfer at 226-4650. The deadline for public comment is March 4.

An account has been set up for "Digger Dave" Guetschow at Wells Fargo Bank to help him recover from a fire at his house on East Bunnell Avenue in Old Town. The account number is 6785452209. For more information, call him at (907) 756-1254. Guetschow said he wanted to thank firefighters, medics and other volunteers who helped him.

Applications are available for the city of Homer Grants Program, an annual competitive grants program that supports Homer-based 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations that have been in existence in Homer for a minimum of three years. Applications are available through the Homer Foundation, 235-0541, or www.homerfund.org. The deadline is 5 p.m. on Feb. 25.

The Homer Farmers' Market seeks submissions for a new T-shirt design. Designs should draw on the celebration of food and art that is the Homer Farmers' Market. The design must clearly say "Homer Farmers' Market" and be clear if printed at 7-inches-by-10-inches. Submissions can be mailed to: HFM, P.O. Box 3271, Homer AK 99603, or e-mailed to vistaben@homerfarmersmarket.org. More information on the contest and the Farmers' Market can be found at: www.homerfarmersmarket.org.