Homer Alaska - Announcements

Story last updated at 4:48 PM on Wednesday, June 22, 2011


An aquatic insect sampling volunteer opportunity with Cook Inletkeeper begins today. Learn about macroinvertebrates, how to find and identify them and what they can tell us about streams. Training will be held 6-8 p.m. today at the Inletkeeper office (3734 Ben Walters Lane) and sampling for bugs on will be June 24, 26 and 27. For more information or to sign up, call Rachel at 235-4068 ext. 29 or email rachel@inletkeeper.org.

A multi-media presentation on the benefits of transcendental meditation will be held 6-8 p.m. today in the Homer Public Library Conference Room. Filmmaker David Lynch's foundation brings transcendental meditation, a mental technique that gives the body a state of rest twice as deep as sleep, to at-risk populations around the world. For more information call Stellavera at (808) 595-7300 or email svkilcher@tm.org.

The public is invited to make a donation to the Homer Community Food Pantry at the Saturday Farmer's Markets. Harvest of Hope volunteers will host a table to collect fresh produce and other items, which will be taken to the food pantry for distribution to those in need. For more information, call Judi Nester at 235-1238, Diana Jeska at 235-1968 or email judi@longpassages.org.

There will be a work party at Bayview Park 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Bring rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows, buckets and your family to help install new play equipment and make the park more toddler friendly and safe. Childcare is available. For more information, call Jenny at 435-7101.

A hands-on workshop on natural building with clay fiber will be held 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 25-26 at the very end of East Skyline Drive at the Canyon Arts Natural Building School timberframe structure. Participants will learn how to work with local natural light clay fiber for low cost, healthy, breathable, low-embodied energy building insulation. An organic vegetarian lunch and libations included both days. Cost is $150. For more information, call Lasse at 235-1355 or email canyonbrewer@yahoo.com.

Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic will hold its annual board meeting at 10 a.m. on June 26. The public is invited. For more information, call 235-3436.

Three psychotherapists new to Homer will hold an open house 5-7 p.m. July 1 at their shared office space in the Beluga Professional Building, 3691 Ben Walters Lane, Suite 3, Office 8. Sharon McKemie Bauer, Lucy Mahan and Vivian Finlay will be available to answer questions and to hear thoughts about mental health concerns in Homer. For more information, call Sharon at 235-1881.

Volunteers are needed to help Bikes Rock Homer, the Homer Cycling Club and Cycle Logical make bikes available to the community. A worksession will be held 6-9 p.m. on July 1 at Cycle Logical. Mechanics and parts-sorters are needed, as well as someone to operate the grill and another to pedal the bike smoothie machine. The goal is to sort good parts from bad and get as many bikes rolling as possible. If you are interested, call Derek at 299-7746.

Volunteers are needed for Homer Boys and Girls Club's third annual Fourth of July pancake breakfast, to be held 6 a.m.-2 p.m. on July 4. If you are interested in helping with this fun and festive event, leave a message at 235-2772.

A Kachemak Bay Water Trail Association meeting will be held 7-9 p.m. July 6 at the City Hall Cowles Council Chambers to introduce the idea of a water trail around Kachemak Bay. All are welcome. For more information, call 235-6018 or email brann@alaska.net.

The Kenai High School class of 1961 will have a 50-year reunion dinner, starting at 4 p.m. July 8 at Paradisos Restaurant on the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. Class guests, former teachers and school board members are invited to attend. A Kenai High School reunion 2011 picnic will be at noon July 9 at the Cotton Moore Homestead on Balderdash Road in Sterling. All territorial students through the class of 1964 at Kenai High School and who went to the old school, now the Boys and Girls Club, are invited. For more information, call Pat Falkenberg at (907) 394-2646, Carole Bear at (907) 262-4162 or visit www.khsreunion2011.myevent.com.

The Kachemak Classic annual golf tournament fundraiser sponsored by the Kachemak Board of Realtors will be July 16 at the Fireweed Meadows Golf Course in Anchor Point. Registration will be open 8:15 a.m.-9:30 a.m., with tee off at 10. Cost is $50 per person in advance and $55 the day of. Mulligans are $10 and limited to one per player. Sponsor the event for $250. All proceeds help Hospice of Homer, Homer Community Food Pantry and scholarships. For preregistration, contact Karrie at 235-5803 during the week, at 399-2085 on evenings and weekends or email kyoungblood@fnbalaska.com.

Improve Hornaday and Bayview Parks by supporting Families First in the Acts of Happiness online contest. 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;" in the search box type in "sweeping better playgrounds." Click the "vote" button. Every time you vote, you raise $1 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, which supports the program in Homer. For information, call Jenny Martin at 435-7101.

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 Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Sept. 16. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, third, Refuge Manager's Choice and People's Choice categories. Email entries to PhotoContest@IslandsAndOcean.org. For information contact Sharon Baur at 299-1132 or sharon.baur@yahoo.com or Marianne Aplin at 226-4619 or aplin@fws.gov.