Homer Alaska - Announcements

Story last updated at 1:18 PM on Wednesday, August 8, 2012


The public can help local children in need begin their school year on a positive note by purchasing school supplies and backpacks for clients of the Homer Community Food Pantry. The Omicron chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a service organization of women educators, is holding its annual Back to School Supplies Project during August. Look for the brightly decorated receptacle located just inside the doors of Ulmers. Contributions can be dropped in the container, which lists the needed supplies. More than 120 children in the Homer, Anchor Point and Ninilchik areas will benefit from the donations.

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.

This week the Anchor Point Farmers Market features a musical concert from Grandmas Hope Notes in honor of Beulah Poindexter, a loved and loving community neighbor and friend. Grandma Anita and her biological grandchildren will present homemade bread and apple pie music beginning at 4:30 p.m. Monday, weather permitting. The 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. For more information, call Colleen Rindlisbacher at (435) 760-4330.

Call to quilters: Enter your quilts, wall-hangings and wearable art in the Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik. Register entries at Sewciable Quilts on Friday, Aug. 10, from noon-2 p.m. For more information, call 235-6973.

The regular monthly meeting of the Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board is today at 7 p.m. at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station, 53048 Ashwood Ave., Mile 12 East End Road. The agenda will be posted at the station and at the Borough Office Building, 206 E. Pioneer in Homer. The public is welcome. For more information call 235-9811.

Ninilchik Emergency Services holds an ice cream social from noon-3 p.m. Saturday 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 Kachemak Bay Birders field trip Saturday at Wynn Nature Center will be a unique opportunity to not only observe local forest birds with other experienced birders, but to reconvene afterward and learn how to enter your observation data into eBird, the new online tool for birders that makes it easy to record and recall your observation data and then compare it to what other birders have recorded. eBird familiarity not only increases your birding skills but also provides scientists with data that contributes to better bird conservation; its good for birders and the birds. Kachemak Bay Birders will be leading the field trip with help from Audubon Alaska and Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies staff. Afterward, Audubon Alaska will use the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies downtown office to present an eBird tutorial and then enter observations from the trip. For the hike, meet in the Wynn Nature Center, located at Mile 1.5 East Skyline Drive, at 11 a.m. The hike will last one to two hours. For the eBird tutorial, reconvene at 2 p.m. at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies office at 708 Smoky Bay Way. Attendance at the field trip is desirable but not necessary. Bring your binoculars, lunch or eat out, and computer/smart phone/tablet (computers will be available for those who did not bring one). This trip is cosponsored with Audubon Alaska and Center for Alaska Coastal Studies and all Kachemak Bay Birders trips are cosponsored by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. There is no charge for the trip, though donations to the Wynn Nature Center will be appreciated. Kids are welcomed, but not pets. The field trip leader/contact is Michael Craig (235-0631). The eBird tutorial will be given by Aaron Bowman of Audubon Alaska (907-276-7034 or at abowman@audubon.org). For more information, call Beth Trowbridge at 235-6667.

The Homer Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will meet at the home of J. Ellis on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. The topic is Dont Think of an Elephant. Call 235-6349 for further information.

Kachemak Bay Running Club presents the Fall Fun Run Series. Every Tuesday evening in August at 6 p.m. a community fun run will take place. Runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome and encouraged to attend. Tuesday, Aug. 14, is the Highland Jaunt, a 3.5-mile route. Meet, start and finish at the corner of Highland and West Hill. Tuesday, Aug. 21, is the Homestead Trail Run, a 3.1-mile route. Meet, start and finish at the Rogers Loop Trailhead. Tuesday, Aug. 28, is the Top of the Town Run, a 6.2-mile route. Meet, start and finish at the Skyline Drive Lookout parking lot. For more information, contact Randy at 235-4341 or Bill at 399-1078.

Mens Support Group has openings for new members. Meetings are every other Wednesday, starting Aug. 8, from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. If you are interested or want more information, call Willy at 299-6226.

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.

Its time to submit your best photos of Homer for the Homer Chamber of Commerce Visitors Guide Photo Contest. There will be first place prizes awarded in each of the following categories: people, landscape/scenery, recreational, wildlife, community activities and events, as well as a Best of Show prize. All winning photos will be published in the 2013 chambers visitors guide. All photos must be submitted online at www.homerphotocontest.com by Sept. 3. For complete contest details and requirements, visit www.homerphotocontest.com.

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.

Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program is now having monthly Peer Support Meetings in Homer. These meetings will be held at Consumer Direct Office, 126 Pioneer Ave., Suite 5. The next meeting will be held from 1-2 p.m. Sept. 7. If you are, think you are or know people who are caregivers, please come to these meetings. There is no charge for services and everyone is invited to attend. The meetings will continue to be held on the first Friday of every month. For more information, call Diane at (907) 262-1280 or Lisa at (907) 226-1157.