Homer Alaska - Announcements

Story last updated at 8:31 PM on Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Kenai Peninsula Housing Initiative announces a benefit showing of "I Am Number 4" at 6 p.m. Friday at the Homer Theatre. The film is a fundraiser for the homeless prevention program in Homer, which helps homeless individuals and families find and keep housing. Regular admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children. For more information, e-mail contact@kphi.net or call 235-4357.

Sign ups for West Homer Elementary School's new baseball and softball program is open. Third and fourth grade sessions will be on Mondays and Thursdays starting April 4; fifth and sixth sessions are on Tuesdays and Fridays starting April 5. For more information, call 235-5750.

High school students ages 15-19 can apply now through April 18 for two Youth Conservation Corps jobs. The position is June 13-Aug. 12 and pays $8.85 an hour. Duties including working four weeks at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center and four weeks on a research ship and island in the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. To apply, visit the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, the Homer Job Services Center or the Homer High School counseling office. A 250-word essay also is required with the application.

The Kenai Peninsula Ag Forum will be held 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on April 2 at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds. The day of agriculture topics includes presentations by Tim Meyers of Meyers Farm in Bethel, Johanna Herron of the Farm to School Program and Angela Caporelli of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and a local foods lunch by the Ninilchik Wolverine boosters. Tickets are $25 and there are only 200. They are available at the Soil and Water Conservation office in Homer and at locations in Kenai, Soldotna and the Fairgrounds.

The 2011 Homer Bed and Breakfast Association Season Kickoff will be held April 10 at the Homestead Restaurant. It begins with networking at 1 p.m. (you may start setting up at 12:30 p.m.) and formal introductions at 2 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for most creative introduction. This event is free and open to all tourist industry businesses. You do not have to be a member of HBBA to attend. For more information, call Lois at 235-3446 or Pat at 399-6075.

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.

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.

The 19th Annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, themed Wild Birds, Wild Places and featuring keynote speaker Carl Safina, will be May 5-8. Complete festival details, including the complete schedule of events and registration form will be available March 30 at www.homeralaska.org and at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Many events fill quickly, so early registration is encouraged. Register online or download and print the registration form from the website and mail, fax or drop it by the Homer Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Festival Coordinator Christina Whiting, at 235-7740 or shorebirdster@gmail.com, or visit www.homeralaska.org/shorebird.htm

Sponsors, prizes, donations and volunteers needed are needed for Homer's clean up day on April 30. The annual event helps get Homer spruced up for the Shorebird Festival and the summer tourist season. Please contact Nyla at 235-7740 or info@homeralasksa.org and reference "Clean-Up Day".