Homer Alaska - Announcements

Story last updated at 12:41 PM on Wednesday, August 22, 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 today, 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

A retirement party for Guyline Rogers, beloved West Homer Elementary janitor, will be from 2-7 p.m. Saturday 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 NOAA Kasitsna Bay Laboratory is hosting a public, open house on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. This is an opportunity to learn about recent Kachemak Bay research, check out intertidal animals in the touch tank, see what gear you need for cold water diving, and try building and driving small underwater robots. Private boats are welcome to dock at the lab, but please call 235-4042 in advance. For more information on the open house, call Kris at 399-4412.

Hospice of Homers first-ever all ages Summer Fun Run is Saturday. Hospice of Homer is partnering with Bear Creek Winery for a fundraiser that will kick off at the hospice parking lot and culminate in a celebration of life at the Bear Creek Winery with wine tasting, nibbles and lots of opportunities to support the hospice mission. Sign-up and registration will be 9:30-10:45 a.m. at the Hospice of Homer offices and the race will start at 11 a.m. The entry fee is $20. This is a non-timed event. There will be juice and playground areas for the kids. This event is for everyone from serious runners to recreational walkers and families.

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 from noon to 4 p.m. There will be barbecue hamburgers, hot dogs, 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 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.

The Kachemak Bay Birders monthly meeting is Monday at 4:30 p.m. at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in the Seminar Room. Anyone who is interested in birding, birds and their habitats, citizen science or would just like to know more about our organization is welcome to attend. Following the meeting, Betty Siegel will present photos from her African Birding Adventures. For more information, call Lani Raymond at 235-9477.

Boy Scout Troop 555 invites boys, grades 6-12, to the annual kick-off meeting/potluck at Bishops Beach on Monday, at 6:30 p.m. There will be scouting orientation, games for the boys, a parent meeting, and information about joining. For more information, call Michelle at 299-7906 or Rick at 235-7679.

Kachemak Bay Running Club presents the Fall Fun Run Series. Every Tuesday evening in August at 6 p.m. a community fun run takes place. Runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome and encouraged to attend. 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.

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 chamber 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 Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsulas Homer Clubhouse After School Program begins Sept. 10. The Homer Boys and Girls Clubhouse is hosting a community open house on Sept. 7 from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited to stop by, meet the new Clubhouse staff and enroll children in the 2012 after school program. The Homer Clubhouse is currently undergoing a makeover and will open for after school programs on Sept. 10. Families wishing to enroll children in the after school program can call (907) 283-2682.