Homer Alaska - Announcements

Story last updated at 12:37 PM on Wednesday, July 25, 2012



Sandhill crane eggs are hatching and colts are being born. These colts are small and susceptible to predation by dogs. If you see crane colts, keep your pets under control. Report any observations of sandhill crane colts to Kachemak Crane Watch at reports@cranewatch.org or by calling Nina Faust at 235-6262.

Anchor Point Farmers Market is held every Monday from 3-7 p.m. at the Anchor Point Greenhouse on Rose Avenue off the Sterling Highway in Anchor Point. There is 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 portable toilets.

Kachemak Bay Girl Scouts Day Camp skills day is Wednesday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m at the Wynn Nature Center. For more information, call Tina at 235-6903.

District 30 Democrats meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Kachemak Community Center. The newly redistricted District 30 includes the following communities: Homer, Fritz Creek, Seldovia, Halibut Cove, Anchor Point, Ninilchik, Clam Gulch, Kasilof, Funny River and south Soldotna. A map for the District can be found on the web at www.district35democrats.org. Come meet and speak with Liz Diament, candidate for the Alaska State House. Volunteer to help at the Concert on the Lawn booth. Bring your views on coastal management, health care, corporate personhood, womens issues, salmon bycatch and any others.

The Kachemak Bay Birders will take a trip to the Anchor River on Saturday. Meet at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center at 10:30 a.m. to carpool or at the camping/day-use parking lot just south of the boat launch area at the Anchor River at 11 a.m. Bring binoculars and spotting scopes if you have them. This trip is cosponsored by the Kachemak Bay Birders and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. The leader will be Michael Craig. For more information, give him a call at 235-0631. There is no charge and everyone is welcome to attend.

The Reinhart family invites their friends to help them celebrate Jims 80th birthday and the visit of many Reinhart relatives. Stop by from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Kachemak City Hall and enjoy good food, music and visiting. For more information, call 235-8650.

Homer Dog Trainers August classes include Family Dog, which teaches your dog how to become a polite member of the family. A two-hour orientation will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, and classes continue on the following three Thursday evenings. Also, held is Puppy Kindergarten, a four-week class where puppies 8-16 weeks learn socialization skills. Start your puppy off right and let them explore, play and learn in a controlled environment. Classes are held Tuesday evenings. To register, call Pat at 235-8053 or Sue at 235-4190. Additional class information can be found at homeranimals.com or by emailing homerdogtrainers@gmail.com.

Friends of M. Walter Johnson, pioneer Alaska physician and local grower of apples, are invited to celebrate his 90th year at a garden potluck at 2 p.m. Sunday at his home at 40773 McLay Road. Walter requests no gifts. RSVP jamesj@eou.edu, 235-2574 or 399-8234.

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestras Summer Music Festival begins Monday with noontime tunes, free concerts held at local eateries. This weeks schedule includes TBA, Monday at the Fresh Sourdough Express; Hobo Jim, Tuesday at AJs Oldtown Steakhouse; TBA, Wednesday at the Harbor Grill; Clarinet duets with Hayden Sterling and Sofia Lagos, Thursday at Don Joses; and Milo Matthews, Friday at Two Sisters Bakery.

Dr. Erin Cline will present a free public lecture, An Introduction to Daoism and the Daodejing, 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Homer United Methodist Church sun room. The public is welcome. Cline is assistant professor in the Department of Theology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She specializes in comparative philosophy with a particular focus on Chinese philosophy and religions, ethics and political philosophy. Cline has conducted research on Daoism in China today and is the author of numerous scholarly articles on ancient Daoist texts like the Daodejing as well as contemporary Daoist beliefs and practices. Cline grew up in Homer and attended Homer schools. For more information, contact her at 235-8460.

How to Navigate Loss, a six-week bereavement group, will meet at 5:30 p.m. every other Wednesday, beginning Aug.1, at Hospice of Homer. This group is facilitated by Kathy Carssow. Registration is requested. For more information, call 235-6899.

Dr. Kelly Cline will present a free public lecture, Global Warming and the Greenhouse Effect, at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 in the Homer United Methodist Church sun room. He will focus on the science of what we know, what we do not know, and what we think we know about that controversial subject. He is associate professor of mathematics and astronomy at Carroll College in Helena, Mont., where he presents a monthly public lecture series, Discovering the Universe. The public is welcome at this lecture.

Ninilchik Emergency Services holds an ice cream social from noon-3 p.m. Aug. 11 at the NES headquarters on Kingsley Road in Ninilchik. It will include fun activities, treats and information on fire and emergency response services in Ninilchik and the Kenai Peninsula. A bouncy house and a visit by Smoky Bear are planned. Moulage expert Danna Black of Ninilchik will be on hand to create mock injuries like those used in emergency response training. An ice cream bar will allow guests to choose their ice cream and toppings. Other snacks will include popcorn, potato chips and sodas. Free firefighter hats and coloring books will be given away to the youngsters; free fire alarms and carbon monoxide monitors will be available for adults. Representatives from the Alaska Division of Forestry, Community Emergency Response Team and NES will be on hand to answer questions.

The Kenai Peninsula State 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 to the selling organization. This is a great fundraising opportunity for nonprofit organizations. For more information, call the fair office at (907) 567-3670.