Homer Alaska - Announcements

Story last updated at 9:25 PM on Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Fire danger remains high on the Kenai Peninsula. Permitted open burning and burning in barrels remains suspended until further notice. Residents should cover their burn piles and wait for a safer time to burn. Small campfires are allowed in established pits in dirt, sand or gravel areas. Do not burn if it's windy and attend the fire until it is out cold. For the latest information on burn suspensions, call the recorded information line at (907) 260-4269 or visit http://forestry.alaska.gov/burn.

A presentation about tidal energy in Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet will be held 6:30-8 p.m. today at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Monty Worthington of Ocean Renewable Power and Kris Holderied of NOAA discuss recent and future tidal energy feasibility studies being conducted in the area. The speakers and HEA representative will be available to answer questions. For more information, contact Megan Murphy at 226-4653 or megan.murphy@alaska.gov.

The city of Homer Parks and Recreation is hosting a work party at Karen Hornaday Park 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on May 21. Bring your shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows and family for this worthy event. For more information, call Angie at 435-3139.

Homer's second annual Mud Games will be held 1-3 p.m. May 21 at The Wallow. The Pony Club will offer face painting and pony rides and there will be lots of mud. Bring a towel and a clean change of warm clothes for post-mud play. For more information, call Carmen at 226-4659.

See various high tunnel brands at different stages of construction on the Homer high tunnel tour on May 21. The tour begins at 4 p.m. and will visit three sites in town, the last one being a potluck location as well. Jeff Smeenk from the Palmer Experimental Station will share his experience. For more information, call Kyra at 235-6953. The tour continues at 11 a.m. on May 22 at the Anchor Point Greenhouse.

The Homer edition of the 2011 Alaska Solar Tour gives everyone a chance to see local homes with alternative energy options. Check out the sites to visit between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on May 21 at http://www.alaskasolartour.org/Sites/AlaskaSolarTourStatewide.pdf. See related story, Real Estate and Business page 7.

Energy efficiency workshops will be held 6-8 p.m. May 23-26 at Lands End Resort. The free workshops teach participants how to do or direct their own energy efficient improvements. Registration is required, 10-16 hours of continuing education available. Class size is limited. Call (907) 258-2247 or go to www.achpalaska.com to register.

Grandparents raising grandchildren are invited to a new support group. The kick- off meeting will be held 6-7:30 p.m. May 25 at the Homer Senior Center. This group is part of a statewide network sponsored by Volunteers of America. It is a chance to come together and share the joys and challenges of raising your grandchildren and being placed in the role of parent once again. For more information call Jody at 299-1333 or Carol at 399-3011.

The 2011 Kachemak Bay Immersion Sea Kayaking Skills Symposium will be held May 27-31 in Kachemak Bay State Park. The five-day symposium is appropriate for all skill levels. Participants will camp and gain sea kayaking experience in the comprehensive education program for developing personal sea kayaking techniques, risk management strategies and trip planning for paddling safely in Alaska. For information, visit www.alaskakayakschool.com, e-mail info@alaskakayakschool.com or call 235-2090.

Homer youth aged 12-14 who have never been to the other side of Kachemak Bay have a chance to win a trip by entering the Seabirds and Big Ice Adventure Trip art contest. May 27 is the deadline to enter art of any kind poetry, essay, artwork, photography, video, etc. Nature Rocks Homer will take nine youth for a boat trip around Gull Island and on a hike to the Grewingk Glacier Lake on June 20. Entry forms and information are available at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday or by calling Carmen at 226-4659 or Lisa at 226-4617.

Pier One Youth/Teen Theatre Camps for ages 5-18 at various times throughout the summer. The first camps begin May 31 at the Mariner Theatre. Applications and information are available at www.pieronetheatre.org or by calling 235-7333.

The Kachemak Bay Research Reserve is looking for a new member to serve on its nine-member community council. The council is a great opportunity to become involved and learn more about what staff at the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve (KBRR) are doing in and around the bay. The council provides an organized structure for dialogue and recommendations between the reserve and our local communities.

The D-Feat Breast Cancer Campaign, May 1- 30, is a fundraising initiative to support research and awareness on the role of vitamin D in preventing breast cancer. For more information, visit www.grassrootshealth.net or call Carol at 235-2826.

Bluegrass Camp for kids age 6-16 will be held June 8-10 at the Glacierview Baptist Church. Kids will learn a variety of bluegrass instruments. No experience is necessary. Register online at www.bluegrasscampsforkids.com or call Mo at 235-9355.