Homer Alaska - Announcements

Story last updated at 1:20 PM on Wednesday, September 26, 2012


The Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center and Beluga Slough Trail are currently closed for maintenance. The center will reopen with new, off-season hours beginning Thursday, Oct. 4. Winter hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park is hosting a membership meeting, dessert social and slide show Friday, 7 p.m. at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. There will be desserts from Two Sisters Bakery, brief updates on the past years accomplishments and a chance to meet board members and local State Parks staff. Michael McBride of Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge will present a slide show titled Protecting Our Public Lands: Lessons Learned in Africa.

The Kachemak Bay Birders rescheduled their owling trip with Gary Lyon on Lookout Mountain to this Saturday. Meet at 7:15 p.m. at the top of the V.O.R. Road (1.2 miles down Ohlson Mountain Road, right side of the road, there will be a sign). For more information, call Gary Lyon at 299-2000. Dress warmly, wear rubber boots for mud, and bring a flashlight. This trip will be postponed if there is heavy wind or rain; consult the KBB website for new time at kachemakbaybirders.org. There is no charge for this trip and everyone is welcome. All Kachemak Bay Birders trips are cosponsored by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Also, the Kachemak Bay Birders are holding their next monthly meeting on Monday at 4:30 p.m. at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

Raising Kid Colt, a 35-minute movie about the life of a Homer Sandhill Crane family, will be shown on Monday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center auditorium. The movie is being sponsored by Kachemak Bay Birders, the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, and Kachemak Crane Watch. Copies of the movie will be available for sale, with all proceeds going to benefit habitat protection of the cranes winter grounds in California.

Pioneer Clubs is kicking off on Wednesday for the 2012-13 school year. Kids ages 4 years through sixth grade can register for this weekly club at the Christian Community Church. Age-specific classes meet at the church every Wednesday evening from 6:20 to 8:30 p.m. and coincide with the Ignite! youth program for junior and senior high students. Fun and engaging activity badges include camping and hiking, arts and crafts, music and drama, team sports and games, and Bible lessons. The Pine Car Derby will be in November. T-shirts, workbooks, vests and award badges are all included for a reasonable cost. Scholarships are available. For more information, call Kathy Beachy at 299-2774.

District 30 Democrats meet on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Kachemak Community Center, Mile 3 East End Road. For more information contact Kate Finn, 235-5329.

Mens Support and Process Group is open for two new members. This group meets every other Wednesday from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. There is no charge. It is confidential and open to all men and ages. For more information, call Willie at 299-6226.

Habitat for Humanity of South Kenai Peninsula is having a re-organization meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Homer United Methodist Church. If you have ever had any interest in Habitat for Humanity, please come and share your ideas. For more information, call 235-3779.

The Kachemak Bay Running Clubs fourth annual Run to the Altar Run/Walk is Oct. 6. This 13.3-mile course on paved, dirt and mud roads and trails is for walkers, joggers and runners. Walkers start at 9 a.m. and runners start at 10 a.m. at Homer High and finish on East Skyline Drive, .25-mile past the Wynn Nature Center. There will be lots of homemade food and shelter at the finish line. There is no fee to participate. For more information call Megan at 299-0687.

A benefit auction for John Cox will be at 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Down East Saloon. John is a volunteer firefighter and EMT, and is now in need of the communitys help in covering medical expenses. There will be several auctions held: a silent auction, a Chinese auction and a dessert auction. The auctions will need items (large and small) donated for this occasion. A chicken and dumplings dinner (Johns favorite meal) will be served, and all are welcome. For more information on donations, call 235-6002. Thanks to Down East Saloon for assisting with these auctions.

Weekly on Thursdays, veteran improvisational performer and teacher Martin Zeller offers 1.5 hour improvisational classes. These 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. Classes are from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and continue through Oct. 11 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 Martty at 235-6589 or 509-294-0451.

The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center sponsors a debate between House District 30 candidates Paul Seaton and Liz Diament at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Kachemak City Center. The public is welcome.