Homer Alaska - Announcements

Story last updated at 3:26 PM on Wednesday, September 7, 2011


The Kachemak Bay tanner crab fisheries season is closed 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 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 Birders' second Saturday birding hike will be at 9 a.m. on Sept. 10 at the Calvin and Coyle Trailhead by Paul Banks School. Michael Craig will lead the free outing. All are welcome. For more information, call Craig at 235-0631.

The Homer Playground Project hosts kick-off events Friday and Saturday. See related story, page 1, or visit HoPP-Homer Playground Project on Facebook for more information.

The Alcoholics Anonymous 9 a.m. breakfast club meeting is restarting Saturday at New Life Tabernacle Church, the blue church uphill from Fritz Creek Store on East End Road. Bring something to eat. For information, call Clint, 235-7120.

The Alaska SeaLife Center is seeking information about the distribution, abundance and habitat use of Cook Inlet beluga whales over the last century, especially in the years before 1994. Contribute your beluga recollections by calling Janet Klein at 235-8925 or Casey Schulke at (907) 224-7903 or by emailing caseys@alaskasealife.org or by filling out the online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/BelugaSightingsinKenaiWaters.

Young professionals working in the field of maternal and child health are invited to apply for Rotary District 5010's 2012 Group Study Exchange (GSE) to District 9920 in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, March 24 to April 23, 2012. The program is designed to develop professional and leadership skills among young people to better prepare them to address the needs of their communities and an increasingly global workplace. It also furthers Rotary's goal to improve world understanding and peace. Applicants must be between the ages of 25 and 40, be "in profession" for at least two years, work in a field related to maternal and child health and have an application endorsed by a local Rotary Club. Application deadline is Sept. 15. Information and applications are available at rotary.org or by contacting the Rotary club of Homer Downtown, Vivian Finlay at vivianfinlay@gmail.com or 435-7030.

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

TEDxHomer is 1-9 p.m. Saturday 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 Great Kenai Watershed Forum Farm Fest is noon-8 p.m. Saturday 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 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.

The art exhibit "Absence of Limitation," in honor of Paula Dickey opens Sept. 16 at Homer Art & Frame Co. It will include artwork created by people who were influenced by Dickey either as a teacher, mentor or friend. Bring finger food for the gathering from 5:30-7:30 p.m. If you have piece you would like included in the exhibit, drop it off at Homer Art & Frame Co. by Sept. 13.

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, 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 information, call the Legion Post at 235-8864 or Darlene at 235-6789.

A Social Security representative will be at the Homer Job Center from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sept. 20.