Homer Alaska - Announcements

Story last updated at 6:05 PM on Wednesday, September 14, 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.

Homer Cycling Club presents a Bike Social Movie night today at 7 p.m. at the REC Room. Watch inspiring bicycle footage while hanging with fellow cyclists. Doors open 6:30 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to man water stations and give directions at the Kenai River Marathon on Sept. 25. For more information, call (907) 283-4611.

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.

Best Beginnings is accepting proposals for grants to launch new local Imagination Libraries and expand existing ones. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Oct. 17. All information, including an application checklist, is available at www.BestBeginningsAlaska.org. For more information, contact Barbara Brown at 297-3309 or bbrown@BestBeginningsAlaska.org.

The Kachemak Bay Research Reserve Community Council's next regular meeting is noon-3 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. For more information, call Amy Alderfer at 226-4650.

A Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC) board meeting will be at 9 a.m. on Friday at the Seldovia Conference Center. The public is welcome to attend. For more information call (800) 652-7222 or (907) 283-7222.

The Homer Community Special Olympics Team Bowling Fundraiser is scheduled for Oct. 15 at Kachemak Bowl. Special Olympics seeks four-person teams from the community to register by Oct. 7. Three-person teams also are welcome and will be matched with a Special Olympics athlete. Prizes will be awarded for highest team score and most money raised. The money raised in this fundraiser will stay in Homer and will help pay the cost of sending bowlers to the state tournament in Anchorage in November and to support year-round sports training. The estimated cost of the bowling trip and competition fees is $ 3000. For more information, call Carol Schuler at 235-7805, ext. 332 or 299-1606 or email homer@specialolympicsalaska.org.

A rocket mass heater workshop will be held 7-9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 18 at Ionia in Kasilof. Build and learn the science behind a low cost, super efficient, clean-burning wood fired heating system out of mostly local, sustainable materials. To reserve a spot or for more information, call Lasse Holmes at 235-1355 or email canyonbrewer@yahoo.com.

The Homer Volunteer Fire Department Member Association Fundraiser will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at Alice's Champagne Palace, featuring dinner, live music by Burnt Down House and a silent auction. Tickets are $50. Tickets for a 50/50 split the pot are $20 and there are only 500 of them. For more information, contact Zach Brown at 299-0437.

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 today. 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.

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 art exhibit "Absence of Limitation," in honor of Paula Dickey opens Friday 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.

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. Sunday. There will be a 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 is at the Homer Job Center from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sept. 20.