Story last updated at 2:02 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2002

Happy for the help
Dear Editor, Whew, the Homer Council on the Arts has been busy lately. The World Cafe was, again, an international success.

HCOA would like to thank Dorle Scholz and Raniece Sutton-Gamache for all their artistic assistance is showcasing the talent which seems to blossom in our community. Thank you also to the technicians and to Don Jose's Restaurant. And of course, a huge thank you to the musicians and dancers who took us on their worldly tour.

Speaking of international music, how about that juJuba concert? The Shona music was buzzing, the dancers were grooving and $2,000 was generated for the HCOA building fund. Our sincerest thanks to the musicians of juJuba Marimba and Tamba! Marimba, sound man Gary Thomas, dancer Jocelyn Shiro-Westphal, emcee Christa Collier and Alice's Champagne Palace for a fine venue.

Cheers to the talents of Homer!

I am also frequently reminded of the Homer Foundation's generous support to the many local nonprofit organizations. Seems every time I read the letters to the editor, someone is thanking the foundation for its good deeds. Well, include Homer Council on the Arts on that list. The Homer Foundation recently helped us meet our $50,000 matching grant from the Rasmuson Foundation by awarding us a $1,500 grant to help with the purchase of our building. The Homer Foundation truly enriches our lives on a daily basis and for that I am grateful.

Janet Bowen, director Homer Council on the Arts