Homer Alaska - Announcements

Story last updated at 12:54 PM on Wednesday, August 29, 2012


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. On 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 deadline to submit your best photos of Homer for the Homer Chamber of Commerce Visitors Guide Photo Contest is Monday. 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. For complete contest details and requirements, visit www.homerphotocontest.com.

Lt. Sarah Geoffrion, supervisor of the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment in Homer, will be the guest speaker at the Wednesday meeting of the Rotary Club of Homer Downtown. She will talk about the duties of her detachment, which has only recently opened an office in Homer, as well as some of her experiences in working with the Coast Guards MS Detachment. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. upstairs at the Best Western Bidarka Inn. The public is invited.

Faith Christian Preschool begins Wednesday for Monday/Wednesday students and today for Tuesday/Thursday students at Faith Lutheran Church. For more information, call 235-7600.

District 30 Democrats meet on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Kachemak Community Center (three miles out East End Road). For more information call Kate Finn, 235-5329. The group is looking for a passionate Democrat to keep the District 30 Democrat website up to date.

Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will have a peer support meeting in Homer on Sept. 7, from 1-2 p.m. The meeting is at the Consumer Direct Office, 126 Pioneer Ave., Suite No. 5. If you are, think you are or know people who are caregivers, you are invited to this meeting. There is no charge and everyone is welcome. These meetings will continue to be held the first Friday of every month. For more information, call Diane at (907) 262-1280 or Lisa at 226-1157.

Veteran improvisational performer and teacher Martin Zeller leads a six-week session of improvisation classes. These 1.5-hour classes introduce, explore and expand the skills of improv. Using play, humor, exercises and games, participants will learn the elements of long and short form improvisational theater and comedy including creativity, spontaneity, listening, trust and character/story building. In addition to real life applications, students also will work on performance improvisation. Weekly classes start Sept. 13 from 5:30-7 p.m. and continue for five successive Thursdays at the Art Barn behind 1060 East End Road. Cost is $75 for the six-week session or $15 per class for drop-ins. To register, call Marty at 235-6589 or (509) 294-0451.

Does your dog like to jump, run and climb? Then sign up for Homer Dog Trainers Beginning Agility class. This class helps your dog build confidence with continued training and is a fun exercise for owner and dog. The class starts in September. To enroll, call Tracie at 399-0630.

The Homer Marine Trades Association membership drive begins soon. Packets for renewal will begin arriving this week for businesses that joined last fall as founding members of the new 501(c)(6) marketing organization. In the packet members will receive the membership renewal forms and invoice, an invitation to the annual meeting and a copy of the bylaws to be ratified at the annual meeting. Also in the packet is the quarterly newsletter with information about the next round-haul, Sept. 6, at Sloths Fiberglass on Kachemak Drive. Anyone who did not receive a packet and would like this information, please call Mike Stockburger, Homer Boat Yard, 235-7158, or Kate Mitchell, Nomar, 235-8363. For more information about this organization, call Kate Mitchell, 235-8363.

The Boys & Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsulas Homer Clubhouse After-School Program begins Sept. 10. The Homer Boys & 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.