Homer Alaska - Announcements

Story last updated at 6:32 PM on Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Homer Head Start is accepting applications for 3- to 5-year-olds for the 2011-2012 year. All are welcome. Center-based and home-based programs. For more information, call 235-4322.

The Homer Ministerial Association announces a "walk of the cross" at noon on Good Friday. The walk begins at the Salvation Army church, continues to Haven Worship Center on Pioneer Avenue and ends at Homer Christian Church. All are welcome to remember the crucifixion. There will be devotions, worship songs and refreshments provided.

Homer's sixth annual electronics recycling day is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Spenard Builders Supply. All marine electronics and almost all home electronics will be collected and recycled or reused in a socially and environmentally responsible way. The fee is $15 per carload for households, 35 cents per pound for businesses and government agencies and 25 cents per pound for nonprofit organizations. Some additional fees may apply. Businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations must call 235-6262 to schedule an appointment before dropping off equipment. The first 100 households will be eligible for a free compact fluorescent bulb.

An Easter sunrise service is at 7 a.m. Sunday at the Seafarers Memorial near the end of the Spit. All are welcome to celebrate the resurrection.

Homer's 19th annual Safe Kids Fair will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 30 in the Homer High School commons. A bicycle rodeo, with bike checks and safety tips, will be held 10 a.m.-noon in the lower parking lot. Helmets are required for the rodeo and will be available. More than 17 booths will offer screenings, games and information. Safety Seal, Coastie and Smokey the Bear will also be there to visit. Lunch is available and proceeds will support the bicycle helmet program. Admission is free. Donations are gladly accepted. For more general information, call 235-2953 or 235-7712 x228.

The annual Kenai Peninsula Weed Workshop is scheduled for noon-5 p.m. on April 27 at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association building on K-Beach Road. This is an opportunity for private landowners, land use managers and citizen scientists to learn about current management strategies for invasive plants on the peninsula. To view the full agenda, visit www.kenaiweeds.org.

The Kenai Watershed Forum is accepting applications from local artists and food vendors for booth space at the Kenai River Festival on June 10, 11 and 12 at Soldotna Creek Park in downtown Soldotna. Space is limited. Visit www.kenaiwatershed.org for more information and application details.

Alaska Marine Safety Education Association offers a 10-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course in Homer on April 30. This hands-on course meets the training requirements for commercial fishing vessels and is free for commercial fishermen. For more information, call (907) 747-3287 or visit www.amsea.org.

The 19th annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, themed Wild Birds, Wild Places and featuring keynote speaker Carl Safina, will be May 5-8. Festival details are available at www.homeralaska.org, at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

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

Kachemak Kids Early Learning Center, a nonprofit organization, will hold its annual "garage sale" fundraiser on May 21. Drop off donation items at Kachemak Kids or at NOMAR 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday or call Jen Hakala at 299-0844 to arrange a pickup.