Homer Alaska - Announcements

Story last updated at 1:22 PM on Wednesday, August 15, 2012


The Omicron chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a service organization of women educators, is holding its annual Back to School Supplies Project this month. The community can help by purchasing school supplies and backpacks for clients of the Homer Community Food Pantry. Contributions can be dropped in the container just inside the doors of Ulmers True Value Store, which lists the needed supplies. More than 120 children in the Homer, Anchor Point and Ninilchik areas will benefit from the donations.

How many cranes make the Homer area their home during the breeding season? Kachemak Crane Watch hopes to find out. As part of their three-year study, Kachemak Crane Watch is looking to Homer residents to help determine how many sandhill cranes come to Homer each summer during the breeding season. Anytime on three designated days Aug. 23, Aug. 29 and Sept. 4 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., Kachemak Crane Watch would like residents to keep track of the number of adults, colts and marked cranes observed by location and time of day. This effort will be valuable in helping to provide an estimated crane population count. Michelle Michaud is the wildlife biologist working on the project

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.

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. Aug. 21 is the Homestead Trail Run, a 3.1-mile route. Meet, start and finish at the Rogers Loop Trailhead. 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, call Randy at 235-4341 or Bill at 399-1078.

A retirement party for Guyline Rogers, beloved West Homer Elementary janitor, will be from 2-7 p.m. Aug. 25 from 2-7 p.m. at Karen Hornaday Park. Please come celebrate with Guyline as she closes her 20 years of dedicated service. This is a potluck party. For more information, call West Homer Elementary, 235-5660.

The VA Volunteer Services of the Kenai Peninsula invites all veterans and their immediate family to the Southern Kenai Peninsula Annual Veterans Family Picnic at the American Legion Hall, Mile 2.5 East End Road, on Sunday Aug. 26, from noon to 4 p.m. There will be barbecue hamburgers, hotdogs, ribs and all the trimmings, door prizes, childrens games and musical groups, including Andre Drakes 8-Mile Band. Representatives from the VA Medical Clinic in Kenai will be present to answer questions, do blood glucose screenings, give flu shots, check blood pressure and sign people up for VA services. You must bring your VA card or DD214 for services. You do not need to belong to a veterans organization to attend this picnic it is free and for all veterans and their families. Come on out to dance on the grass, set back and relax, let the kids play games and have a fun day. Monetary donations and volunteers are from veterans and service organizations of the Kenai Peninsula. For more information, call the Legion Post at 235-8864, or Darlene at 235-6789.

South Peninsula Haven House invites women to a Back to Our Roots gathering from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, in Ninilchik. All women are welcome to participate in a day of fishing with a barbecue in a safe, alcohol-free setting. Well share experience, strength, laughter and hope, Haven House said in a press release. Access will be provided for those with mobility challenges. Children are welcome, but no child care is provided. Please leave dogs at home. Volunteers also are needed to bring food and fishing equipment and to help set up. For more information or to volunteer, call Paula or Diane at 235-7712.

Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program is now having monthly Peer Support Meetings in Homer. These meetings are at the Consumer Direct Office, 126 Pioneer Ave. Suite No. 5. The next meeting will be 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 our services and everyone is invited. The meetings will continue to be held the first Friday of every month. For more information, call Diane at 907-262-1280 or Lisa at 907-226-1157.

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.