Homer Alaska - Announcements

Story last updated at 9:51 PM on Wednesday, March 16, 2011


March 20-26 is Tsunami Awareness week. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management presents natural disaster emergency preparedness information at the Homer Public Library 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 23.

Homer's sixth annual scrabble tournament will be held March 26 and 27 at Land's End quarter deck. There will be three divisions and prizes. For more information, visit www.friendshomerlibrary.org or pick up an application at the library circulation desk.

Homer Friends of the Homer Library seek nominations for both adult and youth (ages 13-19) Lifelong Learner Awards. Nominees may be from Ninilchik south and around Kachemak Bay. A nomination of no more than 500 words is required, and forms can be found at the circulation desk at the library or online at www.friendshomerlibrary.org. The nomination deadline is April 2. The award winner will be honored at the Celebration of Lifelong Learning fundraiser at 7 p.m. on April 9. Tickets are $25 and Clem Tillion will be the keynote speaker. For more information, call 435-3195.

The Alaska Bible Institute will hold a graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. on April 1 at the ABI campus. Due to space constraints, guests are limited to high school and above. No child care will be available. For more information, call 235-8648.

Kachemak Bay Equestrian Association announces the Fourth Annual Cowboy Cabaret. The fundraiser for Cottonwood Horse Park will be at 6 p.m. on April 2 at Alice's Champagne Palace and will include poetry readings, music and a silent auction. Limited reserved tables are available by calling Jackie at 235-0192. To sign up to read a poem, call Tim at 299-2780. Tickets are $25, available at the Homer Bookstore or at the door.

Alaska Marine Safety Education Association offers a 10-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course at Alaska vocational Technical Center in Seward on April 12. This hands-on course meets the training requirements for commercial fishing vessels and is free for commercial fishermen. For more information, contact AMSEA in Sitka at (907) 747-3287 or visit www.amsea.org.

Kachemak Bay Birders seeks volunteers to participate in the shorebird monitoring project, a citizen science project that tracks species and abundance of shorebirds that stop in Kachemak Bay during spring migration. Volunteer birders will observe shorebirds at one of six sites on or near the Homer Spit for two hours every five days from April 14- May 24. The data will go into a national database that is used for managing Western Hemisphere shorebird populations. The protocol being followed as well as previous reports can be viewed at the www.kachemakbaybirders.org/. For more information, contact George Matz at 235-9344 or geomatz@alaska.net.

The Kenai Peninsula Fair's annual fundraiser will be April 30 at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik. Tickets are $30 per person, $55 for couples and available from your waiter of choice or by contacting the Kenai Peninsula Fair office at 567-3670 or kpsfair@acsalaska.net.

Registration for the 2011 Tri the Kenai Triathlon, scheduled for June 12 in Soldotna, is now open. The event includes a 500-yard pool swim, a 10-mile road bike and a 5-kilometer trail run. Registration is $75 for adults, $150 for teams and $10 for youth ages 5 to 14. The charity focus is on women's cancer. For more information or to register, visit www.trithekenai.com.

Subsidized small business energy efficiency audits and grant/loan assistance are available from USDA and KPEDD. For more information about The Small Business Energy Efficiency Program, contact Taz Tally at taztally@me.com or 235-3793.