Homer Alaska - Announcements

Story last updated at 4:32 PM on Wednesday, May 30, 2012


The Kachemak Bay Birders and Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge hold a birding trip and hike down the Diamond Creek Trail on Saturday. Meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center or the trailhead across from Diamond Creek Road on the Sterling Highway at 8:30 a.m. Michael Craig leads the trip; call him for more information at 235-0631. There is no charge and everyone is welcome to attend.

The Homer Garden Club holds its annual plant sale starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. The sale opens with food and coffee and a garage sale; the actual plant sale is at 11 a.m. Most of the plants are donated from members gardens and are perennials, with prices usually between $3 to $10. Plants include coreopsis, primrose, hostas, herbs, strawberries, rhubarb and raspberry bushes. A special planting of 50 peonies selected by Daisy Lee Bitter of Seaside Gardens will be available for sale.

Anchor Point Farmers Market will begin Monday and be held every Monday from 4-8 p.m. at Als Greenhouse on Rose Avenue off the Sterling Highway in Anchor Point. There will be produce (in season), flowers, arts and crafts, and Alaska-made products, as well as live music. For more information, call Colleen Rindlisbacher at (435) 760-4330. Vendor fees support Porta Potties.

Summer youth soccer for kids age 3-12 gets under way Tuesday at West Homer Elementary. Registration online can be done now at the Soccer Association of Homer website, www.homersoccer.com. The recreational/instructional program (ages 6-12) will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in two sessions, June 7-30 and July 5-28. League games will be part of the program this year for older players, joined by younger comp players. Little Feet soccer (ages 3-5) will be 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, also at West Homer in June. Cost is $65 per session for recreational soccer and $45 per session for Little Feet.

The Rotary Club of Homer Downtown is hosting a party, friend-raiser and fundraiser from 7-9:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 6, upstairs at the Bidarka Inn. The Homer Ukulele Society and Burnt Down House perform. The evening includes desserts, a no-host bar, door prizes and Gary Thomas as the auctioneer.

The Rotary Club of Homer Downtown raises funds throughout the year to award grants to groups with missions that support the children/teens of Homer and surrounding communities, as well as international projects. The public is invited to help celebrate these grant recipients. Club President Cathy Stingley will present the first Outstanding Rotarian award from the Rotary Club of Homer Downtown. This is the season for nesting sandhill cranes.

Kachemak Crane Watch and the International Crane Foundation are doing a 3-year study of nesting habitat for sandhill cranes. People with nesting cranes are asked to allow researchers to visit their property and observe the area where cranes nest. Cranes wont be disturbed. After crane eggs have hatched, researchers will measure, photograph and observe the nest. After hatching, researchers also would like to observe the reproductive success of the cranes. Michelle Michaud, a Homer wildlife biologist, will be doing the field work. For more information, call Kachemak Crane Watch at 235-6262 or

The Kachemak Bay Research Reserve Community Council invites the public to its next regular meeting from noon-3 p.m. Wednesday at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer. For more information, call Terry Thompson at 226-4656.

June workshops offered by Homer Dog Trainers include Jump Up, 6:30 p.m. June 6; Leash Handling I, 6:30 p.m. June 20, and Leash Handling II, 6:30 p.m. June 27. All workshops are $10 without your dog and $35 with your dog. Family Dog Orientation (basic obedience) begins Sunday. Classes meet 1 p.m. Tuesday or 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Classes are three weeks long. Call Pat Moss 235-8053 for registration and information.

Relay for Life of Homer sponsors a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and Locks of Love. The relay begins at Homer High School at 5 p.m. June 8 and ends at 3 p.m. on June 9. Hairstylist Brett Glidden will be available to harvest donated hair beginning at 10 a.m. June 9.

South Peninsula Haven House board of directors will have its annual meeting at 5:15 p.m. June 14 at 1230 Ocean Drive. All members and the public are invited.

The Kenai Peninsula Fair is looking for organizations to sell advance tickets to the fair. Three-day passes cost $30 at the gate. Passes sell in advance for $25 with $5 going back to the selling organization. This is a great fundraising opportunity for nonprofit organizations. For more information, please contact the fair office, at 907-567-3670.