Story last updated at 4:54 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2002

This Week's Events
Thursday, Oct. 17

South Peninsula Behavioral Health Services Inc. holds its monthly board of directors meeting at 6 p.m. at Community Mental Health, 3948 Ben Walters Lane. Call 235-7701.

Vessels of Hope presents "The Thursday Dialogues" 7-9 p.m. at the Community Resource Center, 182 E. Pioneer Ave. This week, Bob Shavelson of Cook Inlet Keeper discusses "Exploring Ways To Pressure Oil And Gas Corporations Toward Clean Jobs and Sustainable Communities." Call 235-6642.

Parks and Recreation Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. at Homer City Hall.

KBBI AM 890's broadcast of a debate between gubernatorial candidates Fran Ulmer and Frank Murkowski was cancelled. They will be broadcasting instead Voices from the Kachemak Bay writers Conference and Conversations with Jaylee Nash from 7-8:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 18

City and state offices are closed for Alaska Day.

The American Legion Post 16 offers oysters and steak for the monthly steak night starting at 6 p.m. at the post on East End Road. A donation is requested, with proceeds going to Legion activities. Call 235-8864.

Hospice of Homer offers volunteer training starting Friday. Call 235-6899.

Saturday, Oct. 19

Kachemak Heritage Land Trust holds a fund-raiser at 7 p.m. at the Homestead Restaurant. Tickets are $50 for dinner and wine, plus a chance to win door prizes. Call 235-5263.

Duggan's Waterfront Pub holds a benefit for Jimmie Grace Van Vacter, Ms. Senior Alaska, to help cover her expenses to the Ms. Senior America pageant in November in Biloxi, Miss. Ms. Senior Alaska autographs photographs and sing selections from her CD "Heartaches and Hope." Festivities start at 9 p.m. The Rockwells also perform.

Sunday, Oct. 20

Les Brake and Tina Garay present a slide show, "Spotlight on Favorite Perennials," at 2 p.m. for the monthly meeting of the Homer Garden Club at Homer City Hall.

Monday, Oct. 21

Absentee voting in person for the general election begins at Homer City Hall.

Tuesday, Oct. 22

Kindness Without Borders holds a kindness zone 12:15-12:30 p.m. at WKFL Park.

Wednesday, Oct. 23

Port/Harbor Commission meets at 7 p.m. at Homer City Hall.

Upcoming Events

A community forum on creating and preserving a safe and healthy community is 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at Homer City Hall. Held in response to recent incidents of violence among schoolchildren, the forum is sponsored by Homer Youth Court, the Division of Juvenile Justice, Family Solutions, Vessels of Hope, Kachemak Bay Family Planning and other organizations.

The Kachemak Bay Conservation Society holds its fall meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the new Kachemak Bay Conservation Center, 3734 Ben Walters Lane. Brent Fagan presents a slide show and talk on New Zealand's natural history. The meeting starts with a potluck at 6:30 p.m. and the program at 7:30 p.m. Please bring a plate, cup and utensils for the potluck. The board of directors meets at 5:30 p.m. Call 235-6262 or e-mail

Kachemak Emergency Services Area Board meets at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in the borough office, 206 E. Pioneer Ave.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. South Peninsula Women's Services holds an informal gathering honoring the victims and survivors of domestic violence at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at 3776 Lake Street. Refreshments will be served. Call 235-7712.

KBBI broadcasts the Statewide Youth Gubernatorial Debate between candidates Frank Murkowski and Fran Ulmer 10-11 a.m. Oct. 25. Questions from young reporters focus on issues of concern to Alaska's youth and happens during the Alaska Association of Student Government convention at Bartlett High School, Anchorage.

The Peace Feather presents "The Heart of Healing," a slide show and talk by Jodi Miller on her experiences using holistic healing in Peru and the high Andes with the Quechua people, 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Homer Council on the Arts. Refreshments will be served; donation requested. Call 235-8361.

McNeil Canyon Elementary School holds its annual Fall Carnival noon-4 p.m. Oct. 26, Mile 12 East End Road. The carnival includes food, games, craft booths, prizes, a cupcake walk and a haunted house and is a fund-raiser for the school. Call 235-8181.

The Kachemak Bay Campus Student Association presents "Raisin' Awareness," an evening of information and entertainment to promote support for Proposition C, from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at the East Campus. Marimba band Tamba performs, and Eva Saulitis and Deland Anderson read poetry and parables. Refreshments will be served, and a drawing will be held for tuition and a flight-seeing trip.

KBBI broadcasts KAKM's "Running" series of statewide races for U.S. Senate, House of Representatives and governor and lieutenant governor 7-10:30 p.m. Oct. 28.

"Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)," a service of remembrance, is the topic at the regular 12:30 p.m. meeting of the Unitarian/Universalists Sunday, Oct. 27, at Kachemak Community Center.

Teresa Holt of the Disability Law Center of Alaska presents a general overview on special education rights from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 24 at Homer City Hall. Call 262-6331.

Homer Senior Citizens hosts a luau at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the senior center. Admission is $15 and includes a Hawaii feast of slow-roasted suckling pig, Maui-Waui chicken, lomi-lomi salmon, island rice, King Kamehameha fruit kabobs, pineapple party cake and erupting, volcanic punch, all prepared by our top-notch dietary staff. Admission also includes entertainment by "Dan Ho" Hornaday and "Little Lani" Parsons. Call 235-7655; reservations advised.

Homer Christian School presents "A Walk Through History: 1776 to Sept. 11, 2001" from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 25 at the school on Bartlett Street. Call 235-8907.

Homer Christian School's annual Harvest Dinner and Auction starts at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the school. The silent auction starts at 4:30 p.m. with dinner from 5-6:30 p.m. and a live auction at 6:30 p.m.