Homer Alaska - Announcements

Story last updated at 5:56 PM on Wednesday, February 27, 2013


The Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board holds its board meeting at 7 p.m. today at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station, 53048 Ashwood Ave. (Mile 12 East End Road). The public is welcome. For more information, call 235-9811.

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. 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.

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 today. 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 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. Friday. Send images to Brad Kloeckl at bkloeckl@yahoo.com.

Faith Lutheran Youth holds a Zumba fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Bay Club. The fee is $15. Proceeds go for a youth mission trip to help the homeless in Texas this summer.

The Kachemak Bay Birders trip Second Saturday March birding trip meets at 11 a.m. March 9. The trip is to Beluga Slough and Bishop's Beach. Meet at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center at 11 a.m. Bring binoculars and a spotting scope if you have one. Dress warmly and expect icy conditions possibly. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge. All trips are cosponsored by the Kachemak Bay Birders and Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. For more information, contact the trip leader, Michael Craig, at 235-0631.

The 29th annual St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt starts at 11 a.m. March 10. Held the Sunday before St. Patrick's Day, the scavenger hunt challenges teams to gather items. Prize money for winning teams goes to the team's charity of choice. Money is raised from shamrock sales, entry fees, a raffle, an auction and a pre-hunt breakfast at the Otter Room and a post-hunt dinner at Alice's Champagne Palace. Registration is at the Otter Room and team check-in is at 4 p.m. at Alice's. The entry fee for each team is $25 and a canned good item. To donate auction items and for more information, call 235-6909.

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 235-7740 to figure out where the chamber can best use your talents and local knowledge.

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.