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Story last updated at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Celebration honors two lifelong learners

By Michael Armstrong
Staff Writer

Author and naturalist Carmen Field receives the 2012 Lifelong Learning Award at the Friends of the Homer Public Library's annual Celebration of Lifelong Learning. The ceremony starts at 7 p.m. Friday at the Homer Public Library. Homer High School Senior Mallory Drover also receives the Youth! Learning Award.

Ketchikan artist Ray Troll is the keynote speaker. Known for his quirky images of fish and dinosaurs, Troll's art can be seen on posters, T-shirts and pins. The celebration features a slide show and talk by Troll, music by the Fiddliterates, a silent auction and food catered by Maura's Café.

Troll also performs with his group, Ray Troll and the Ratfish Wranglers, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Alice's Champagne Palace. Tickets are $25 for the Friday celebration and $15 for the Saturday show, with a $5 discount Saturday for people who show ticket stubs to the Friday event. Tickets for the celebration are available at the library or from Friends of the Homer Public Library board members. Tickets are available at the door Saturday for Ray Troll and the Ratfish Wranglers.

Friends of the Homer Public Library

Celebration of Lifelong Learning

7 p.m. Friday

Homer Public Library

Keynote address by Ray Troll

Music by the Fiddliterates

Tickets $25 at the library or from board members

Ray Troll and the Ratfish Wranglers Benefit Bash

7:30 p.m. Saturday

Alice's Champagne Palace

Tickets $15 at the door, or $10 with ticket stubs from Friday's Celebration of Lifelong Learning event

Field is a biologist, author, mother and professional naturalist who works as a coastal science educator with the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. She teaches marine science programs and labs at the research reserve, and helped found Nature Rocks, a community effort to get children playing outside and in nature. With her husband, artist Conrad Field, she has created field guides to marine life of Kachemak Bay. Field also has made numerous voyages to Antarctica, where she lectures on the ecology and biology of the continent and its oceans.

"Carmen brings her audience more than knowledge about a particular subject; she brings an infectious curiosity and enthusiasm for learning," the Friends of the Homer Public Library said in announcing the award.

Drover, who lived in Talkeetna before moving to Homer, has volunteered for the Homer High School peer mentoring program. After graduating in May, she plans to study nursing.

"Mallory's dedication to the community doesn't limit her in the classroom though," the Friends of the Homer Public Library said. "She is a young scholar who goes beyond the expectations of her teachers. Her desire to learn is outstanding."

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com.