Homer Alaska - Announcements

Story last updated at 2:34 PM on Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Citizen scientists are needed for a special sandhill crane population survey in the Homer area. Kachemak Crane Watch wants to know of specific crane sightings on Sept. 2 and Sept. 6. Report the number of adults, colts or banded cranes seen by location and time of day to reports@cranewatch.org, kachemakcranewatch@gmail.com or by calling 235-6262. For more information, contact Nina Faust at 235-6262 or Michelle Michaud at 399-3159.

The Kachemak Bay tanner crab fisheries season will close to sport, subsistence, and personal use tanner crab fishing in waters of Kachemak Bay located east of a line from Anchor Point to Point Pogibshi effective 12:01 a.m. Sept. 6, and will remain closed through the March 15 spring season closure date. For more information, contact Charlie Trowbridge or Carol Kerkvliet in the Homer Fish and Game office at 235-8191.

The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival seeks festival committee members to plan the 20th anniversary event, May 10-13. Meetings begin in September. Birding skills not required. Contact the festival coordinator at shorebirdster@gmail.com or 235-7740.

HCOA and Pier One offer a 12-week youth theater program, TheaterShakes Wednesdays 3:30-5:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 7. Students learn theater skills and perform Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night." Register at HCOA or www.homerart.org. Youth after-school art classes begin Oct. 4 at the Boys & Girls Club.

The Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society's 2011 Wooden Boat Festival will be Sept. 8-11 at various locations in Homer. Festival events include sea chanties and tall tales, an evening of films, tours of wooden boats, speakers and a big party. For more information, visit www.kbwbs.org.

TEDxHomer is 1-9 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Mariner Theatre followed by a party at Wasabi's. This year's theme is HeART Matters and features speakers, musical performances, food and prizes. Pre-registration is required; go to www.tedxhomer.org and clicking the red "Admit One" ticket or online at HomerArts.org. Visit TEDx Homer on Facebook or at www.tedxhomer.org.

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

The Homer Foundation's monthly First Friday brown bag investment meetings reconvene at noon Friday in the foundation's conference room in the lower level of the Kachemak Bay Title Building at 3773 Ben Walters Lane. These meetings cover Homer Foundation investments, investment policy and the current investment environment. The public is welcome. For more information, call 235-0541.

The Great Kenai Watershed Forum Farm Fest will be held noon-8 p.m. on Sept. 10 at Ridgeway Farms. Take Kenai Spur Highway, follow the signs on Strawberry Road. The festival includes hay rides and a hay maze, live bluegrass music, a huge kid's carnival, farm contests, guessing games, cupcake walks, barbecue, a beer garden, face painting, raffles and more. Registration is open for farm contests, including bubble-blowing, pie eating, a duct tape challenge and moose-calling contest. For information, call (907) 260-5449 or email josselyn@kenaiwatershed.org.

Paula Dickey had a great deal of influence on many people as a teacher, mentor and friend. If you are one of those people, please consider submitting a piece of work to the art exhibit "Absence of Limitation." Framed or unframed work can be dropped off at Homer Art and Frame Co. by Sept. 13. An opening reception for the show will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 16.

The VA Volunteer Services of the Kenai Peninsula invite all veterans and their immediate family to the Southern Kenai Peninsula Annual Veterans free picnic at the American Legion Hall at mile 2.5 East End Road noon-4 p.m. Sept. 18. There will be barbecue with all the trimmings, door prizes, children's games and live music by the Mismatched Mukluks and Andre Drake's 8-Mile Band. Craig Forrest, Post 16 service officer and representative of the VA Medical Clinic in Kenai, will be present to answer questions. You do not need to belong to a veterans organization to attend this picnic. For more information, call the Legion Post at 235-8864 or Darlene at 235-6789.