Homer Alaska - Announcements

Story last updated at 12:09 PM on Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Seldovians for Science and the Seldovia Public Library host three public science lectures in Seldovia this summer. On Friday, Dr. Travis Rector, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Alaska Anchorage, will speak about Big Bang cosmology and the age of the universe. On July 23, local geologist Bret Higman PhD, of Ground Truth Trekking and Nuka Research, will speak about the age of the earth. Dr. Leslie Cornick, associate professor of marine biology at Alaska Pacific University, will speak about evolution and Creationism/intelligent design on Aug. 27. All lectures will be held at 7 p.m. at the Seldovia Public Library. For more information, contact Kevin at 299-0022.

The Kachemak Bay Birders' second Saturday birding trip will be on July 9 to Eagle Lake and the Jaeger Bog. Meet in the parking lot at the Homestead Restaurant (across from the Fritz Creek Store) at 8:30 a.m. to car pool or at the road by Eagle Lake at 9 a.m. Dress for the weather and walking through some wet, muddy areas. Expect mosquitoes. Bring binoculars. There is no charge and all are welcome to attend. The trip is cosponsored by the Kachemak Bay Birders and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. For more information, call trip leader Michael Craig at 235-0631.

The Cooperative Extension Service offers free testing of pressure canner dial gauges 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 9 at the Homer Farmer's Market. It is important to have pressure canner dial gauges checked annually to assure home pressure canned food is safely processed. Only the gauge or the gauge attached to the lid is needed for this testing. Weighted gauges do not need to be checked. There will also be free food preservation and gardening publications available.

The public is invited to make a donation to the Homer Community Food Pantry at the Saturday Farmers' 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.

"Hometown Nazareth-the Holy Land Adventure" Vacation Bible School will be held 9 a.m.-noon July 11-15 at the Anchor Point Nazarene Church. It is for 3-year-olds (potty-trained) to sixth graders. For more information, call Mrs. Baker at 299-4028.

A dedication ceremony for the Kachemak Bay Waterway Scenic Byway will be at 10:30 a.m. July 14 at the Seldovia Ferry Terminal (boat harbor-archway). A reception is scheduled for 1 p.m. in the harbor parking lot. The Kachemak Bay Waterway Scenic Byway is the 14-mile water route between Homer and Seldovia. For more information, call 465-4772 or visit www.dot.state.ak.us/stwdplng/scenic/byways-kachemakbay.shtml.

Erin Cline presents "The Contemporary Relevance of Confucianism," a free lecture for the public, at 7 p.m. July 14 in the Homer United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Dr. Cline, assistant professor of comparative ethics, Georgetown University, grew up in Homer and is currently visiting family here. For more information, contact 235-8460 or dmrcline@gmail.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 8:15-9:30 a.m., with tee off at 10 a.m. Cost is $50 per person in advance and $55 the day of the event. 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.

The Sixth Annual Homestead Games will be held 2-6 p.m. July 16 at the Kilcher homestead. The day of games, entertainment and food begins with hayrides and games with prizes for all ages from 2-4 p.m. The potluck, barbecue and bonfire begins at 4 p.m. There will be prizes for the best salad, main dish and dessert. There will be live music and open mic to share your songs, poems and old-timer stories. For more information, call 235-8713.

An improvisation workshop with Martin Zeller will be held 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 23 and noon-3 p.m. July 24 at the Art Barn next to the Anahata building on East End Road. The workshop is designed to expand narrative skills, heighten movement and communication awareness and explore group improvisation. Martin Zeller has taught and performed improvisation since 1985. Cost is $60. At least six and no more than 12 participants are needed for the class. For more information call 235-6589.

HoPP (Homer Playground Project) seeks volunteers to help its efforts of rebuilding Karen Hornaday Park Playground. Discussions about building a "hybrid" of traditional playground structures and a natural playground are now underway. For more information, visit HoPP's Facebook page.

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 more information, call Jenny Martin at 435-7101.

Kachemak Crane Watch is working with wildlife biologists Gary Ivey and Michelle Michaud on a three-year project to learn more about the nesting ecology of the local lesser sandhill cranes. If you have information on where cranes nest or where they roost at night, contact Michaud at 399-3159 or email her at kachemakcranewatch@gmail.com. Do not approach nests, but report general sandhill crane, crane colt (chicks) and fledgling observations to Kachemak Crane Watch at Reports@cranewatch.org.