Homer Alaska - Announcements

Story last updated at 8:17 PM on Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Wynn Nature Center 2011 opening potluck will be held 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the center on East Skyline Drive. Explore the Daisy Lee Bitter cabin, walk the trails and learn about this season's programs and activities. For more information, visit www.akcoastalstudies.org or call 235-6667.

Saturday is Kachemak Bay State Park Trails Day. Sign up at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center for this great opportunity to do some hard work, have some fun, learn something new or take a hike, all for a $20 water taxi fee. You must bring $20 cash or check payment to the visitor center when you sign up. Space is limited, so come down now to reserve your spot. There are activities especially for families and kids.

HoWL, Homer Wilderness Leaders, will be building trails near Humpy Creek with the Park Service June 13-15. There is room for 12 people over age 13. For more information, visit www.homerwildernessleaders.com.

The Natural Resource Conservation Service, a division of USDA, offers cost-share programs for high tunnels, electric bear fencing, beehives, small-scale livestock and more. Applications for FY2012 are due June 15. For more information, call 283-8177 or stop by the office upstairs in the blue bank building at the corner of Lake Street and Pioneer Avenue.

A three-day wild edible and medicinal plants retreat will be held June 10-12 at 66665 Fry Court on Diamond Ridge. Workshop instructors Janice Schofield, author of Discovering Wild Plants, Anam Cara and program director Nancy Lee-Evans educate participants about the exceptional nutritional and therapeutic value of the wild edibles and medicines in our backyards. Enrollment is limited; register on line at www.nancylee-evans.com. The cost is $250. For more information, call 345-6760

The Kachemak Bay Birders' third Saturday birding trip will be at 8 a.m. June 18 at Mossy Kilcher's Seaside Farm. Betty Siegel will lead the trip to observe and learn about Homer's nesting songbirds. There is no charge and all are welcome. There is some parking at the top of the hill. Please don't block driveways. For more information, call 235-1598.

A celebration of completed improvements to the Calvin & Coyle Nature Trail will be held noon-2 p.m. on June 18 at the trailhead in Calvin and Coyle Woodland Park. The park is located at the end of Mariner Drive at mile 1.1 East End Road.The celebration will include guided fun and educational activities along the trail for kids and adults, with picnic barbecue fare at the trailhead. New interpretive trail signs will be in place as well as a trail map and other information in the trailhead kiosk.

Homer Grange No. 13 will meet at 6 p.m. today at the Bunnell Street Arts Center. Bring a potluck dish or beverage. The Grange is a family-based community service organization that will be represented at a Farmers' Market table this summer, where information about SB 191, starting a 4-H Club, doing FFA projects, history of the Grange, how the Grange can benefit you and why the Grange is reviving nationwide will be available. For more information, contact Grange president Nantia Krisintu at 299-0779.

Entries are being accepted for Picture the Heart of Homer, an amateur photo contest featuring Beluga Slough and Bishop's Beach. Photos must be taken in Beluga Slough or on Bishop's Beach and owned by the entrant, who does not make a living selling photographs. The contest is sponsored by the Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge at Islands and Ocean. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Sept. 16. Prizes will be awarded in first, second, third, Refuge Manager's Choice and People's Choice categories. Email entries to: PhotoContest@IslandsAndOcean.org. For more information contact Sharon Baur at 299-1132 or sharon.baur@yahoo.com or Marianne Aplin at 226-4619 or_aplin@fws.gov.

The R.E.C. Room, a youth resource and enrichment co-op for youth ages 12-18, is open 2-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. This multi-purpose facility, located at 3957 Nielsen Circle, offers games, wifi, computers, snacks and information about health and safety, jobs, classes, recreational activities, volunteer opportunities and more. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.recroom.kbfpc.org or call 235-OPEN (6736).

Auditions for Pier One Theatre's summer production will be held June 15 and 16 and are open to actors age 10 and older. Applications and information are available at www.pieronetheatre.org or by calling 235-7333.

Help improve Hornaday and Bayview Parks by supporting Families First in the Acts of Happiness online contest. You can help by voting online each day through July 31. If the project receives the most votes, it goes to finals, where it could win the grand prize of $20,000 for improvements to both parks. To vote, visit www.actsofhappiness.com click on attached link, then "Gallery," and in the search box type in "sweeping better playgrounds." Click the "vote" button. Every time you vote, you also raise $1 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, which supports our local program in Homer. For more information, call Jenny Martin at 435-7101.