Homer Alaska - Announcements

Story last updated at 6:33 PM on Wednesday, August 3, 2011


The Omicron chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a service organization of women educators, is holding its annual "Back to School Supplies Project" during August. The public is encouraged to help local children in need have a positive start to the school year by donating school supplies for clients of the Homer Community Food Pantry. Donations may be dropped off at the brightly decorated receptacle inside Ulmer's, where there also is a list of needed supplies. More than 120 children in Homer and Anchor Point areas will benefit from the community's donations.

The public is invited to make a donation to the Homer Community Food Pantry at the Saturday Farmers' Market. For more information, call Judi Nester at 235-1238, Diana Jeska at 235-1968 or email judi@longpassages.org.

The Alaska Division of Forestry has FireWise home assistance available to residential properties on the Kenai Peninsula that are located within a Community Wildfire Protection Plan area. CWPPs may be viewed at the Kenai Peninsula Borough's Spruce Bark Beetle Program website. Through September, Forestry will help home- owners remove flammable vegetation located within the 100-foot Defensible Space Zone around homes. Fuels selected for removal are identified by a FireWise Home Assessment completed by the homeowner and the Forestry adviser. The work is provided for free, with a limited number of work hours available per property. Homeowners who are piling brush may call to have it hauled away but there are specific guidelines for slash hauling. For information or to sign up, call or email the Alaska Division of Forestry (907) 260-4260 or fireinfokks@gmail.com.

Seldovians for Science and the Seldovia Public Library hold public science lectures in Seldovia this summer. At 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Seldovia Public Library. Dr. Leslie Cornick, associate professor of marine biology at Alaska Pacific University, will give a talk on evolution and the creationism/intelligent design issue. For more information, contact Kevin at 299-0022.

Quilters can register entries for the Kenai Peninsula State Fair at Sewciable Quilts noon-2 p.m. Aug. 12. Quilts, wallhangings and wearable art are welcome. For more information, call 235-6973.

Learn hands-on how to build an affordable, highly efficient, wood-burning mass bench heating system out of mostly local natural materials in a three-day hands-on workshop with local natural builder Lasse Holmes. The rocket mass heater workshop will be held 7-9 p.m. Aug. 12 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 13-14 and will cover the theory, materials, lay out and construction of a mass bench by building one. The $250 course fee includes the rocket mass heater book and vegetarian lunch. Space is limited; secure your spot with a $100 deposit. For more information, call Lasse at 235-1355 or email canyonbrewer@yahoo.com.

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.

Kachemak Bay Birders will hold its August "First Saturday" birding event at 9 a.m. Saturday at Anchor Point. Meet at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Parking lot at 8:30 a.m. to car pool or at the end of Anchor Point Road at 9 a.m. Parking is limited.