Story last updated at 2:13 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 2002

Art news
Children's Choir sings

Homer's Faith Lutheran Church will fill with 50 voices of the Alaska Children's Choir Friday starting at 7 p.m. The concert, titled "Spring Around the World" will include spring songs from countries including Israel, Japan, Australia, Brazil, South Africa, France, England and Italy as well as songs and spirituals from America and Inuit chanting and drumming.

This award-winning choir includes singers age 6 to 16 from central Alaska. It was originally founded by Homer musician Renda Horn and is now directed by Janet Scotts. The young singers have won many awards for choral singing and travel extensively, including a trip last summer to England, Scotland and Wales.

Admission is $6 per person, $15 per family and tickets are available at the door.

Fiber art served up

A Homer Fiber Artists meeting will be held on Sunday, May 19 at 1 p.m. including a potluck, films and a discussion of the fashion show, events, personal endeavors will be included. The location is to be announced. Call Lynne at 235-5380.

Fair at Homer High

On Saturday, the Homer High School commons area will be transformed into an arts and education fair for all ages from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Hand-crafted goods, art and food will be offered, and numerous educational exhibits will be displayed. The Shorebird Festival Amateur Photo Contest will be held at NOMAR on 104 E. Pioneer Ave. starting today. The United Methodist Church next to Homer High school will hold an early bird breakfast and lunch on Saturday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $6 per person, $2.50 for children under six and special rates apply for groups of 10 or more. Call 235-8235 for more info.

For information on other festival-related entertainment, check out the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival guide.

Feast to benefit clinic

After a long day of bird-watching, a benefit dinner for the Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic may provide the perfect refueling opportunity. The dinner will be Saturday at Alice's Champagne Palace from 2-7 p.m. The no-smoking event includes halibut kabobs, teriyaki chicken, corn on the cob, salads galore, fresh bread, kids fare and desserts to die for selling for $3. A cake walk will be held every half-hour. The price is $10 for adults, $5 for kids and $30 for families. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Short flights take wings

In honor of Shorebird Festival, Pier One Theatre launches a weekend of short one-act plays to be held at the Smoky Bay Learning Center at 177 E. Bunnell Ave. The flock of plays, directed by Craig Phillips, include "Ferris Wheel," the story of a woman confronting her fear of heights and a man trying to give up smoking who meet on a Ferris wheel, "Date with a Stranger," about a man and woman who meet, fall in love, and break up, all during 20 minutes in a diner, "Window of Opportunity," the story of two women approaching middle age, examining their lives while one dresses for a date with her husband and "Hold for Three," a tale about three teenagers who bet that one of them cannot hold their breath for three minutes while the moon rises. The plays will be shown tonight through Saturday at 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 4 p.m. Tickets are $7. Call 235-7333 for reservations and information.

Writers' conference

The Kachemak Bay Campus of the Kenai Peninsula College will present the statewide Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference from June 23 through 27 at Land's End Resort. The conference will feature award-winning novelist Russell Banks as the keynote presenter as well as more than 30 writers from the Northwest and Alaska. There will be more than 35 daily workshops, craft talks, panel presentations and evening readings in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and more. Advanced registration is required and the fee is $175 prior to May 15, $225 after May 15. Registration is limited. One University of Alaska academic credit is optionally offered for additional tuition of $90. For program and registration information, go to

Camp auditions

The Pier One Theatre will hold auditions for its production camp presentation of "the Search for Odysseus," by Charles Way on Friday between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. at the Mariner Theatre. Auditioners must be at least 11 years old and have filled out an application for production camp. Applications are available at the Community Schools office at Homer High School or Etude Music Studio, the Homer Council on the arts or by calling Pier One Theatre at 235-7333. Copies of the play are available at the library for 24-hour check out.

Quilts show at Elks

The 18th annual Kachemak Bay Quilt Show will be held at the Homer Elks Lodge from Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Quilts may be dropped off today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Friday before noon. Quilts may be picked up on Sunday between 4:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or make other arrangements. An entry fee of $1 per quilt will be charged. For more information, call 235-7023.

Watercolor workshop set

Gael Murakami, an Alaska artist known for her watercolor landscapes, will present a workshop in Homer on May 31-June 2. The workshop, titled "Landscape Composition and Technique," will include a discussion of design principles and various "plein aire" equipment options as well as hands-on exercises and critiques. Murakami's class will be held from 7-9 p.m. the first day and 9:30-4:30 the following days. Cost is $135 and a 10 percent discount on tuition available for Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society members. For more information and reservations, call 235-3673 or 235-7934.