Homer Alaska - Announcements

Story last updated at 7:09 PM on Wednesday, September 21, 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.

Volunteers are needed to staff 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 Birders' next monthly meeting is 4:30 p.m. Monday, in the seminar room at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Following the meeting, Steve Ebbert of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will speak on "Making Room for Birds." One of the purposes of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge is to try to restore islands for native birds, especially seabirds, by removing invasive species. This talk is a brief overview of the victories over invasive species on refuge islands, and how their removal makes room for birds. Anyone who is interested in birding, birds and their habitats, citizen science or would just like to know more about the organization is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Lani Raymond (235-9477) or Betty Siegel (235-1598).

The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center holds a brown bag luncheon, "Focus on Your Business: A Microsoft Office Tips and Tricks Presentation," from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday at the Visitor Center. This event is open to the public.

The Homer Garden Club holds its Harvest Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Homer Methodist church. Bring a hearty dish from your garden for the potluck.

The Homer Community Special Olympics Team Bowling Fundraiser is Oct. 15 at Kachemak Bowl. Special Olympics seeks four-person teams from the community to register by Oct. 7. Three-person teams are also 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 stays in Homer and helps 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 $3,000. For more information, call Carol Schuler at 235-7805, ext. 332 or 299-1606 or email homer@specialolympicsalaska.org.

The Homer Volunteer Fire Department Member Association fundraiser is 7 p.m. Saturday 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 seeks 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.

The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival seeks festival committee members to plan the 20th anniversary event, May 10-13, 2012. Meetings begin this month. Birding skills are 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.