Homer Alaska - Announcements

Story last updated at 2:17 PM on Wednesday, October 19, 2011


The Friends of the Homer Public Library will hold their Fall Book and Plant sale on Friday and Saturday. The FHL members-only preview sale is 6-8 p.m. Friday and features music and dessert. Book buyers can become a new member at the door. Saturday's sale runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is open to the general public. Book donations may be dropped off at the library front desk during regular business hours. Plant donations may be dropped off starting today.

A Shane Harrington Remembrance Party starts 7 p.m. Friday at Alice's Champagne Palace. The event is a fundraiser for Alaska Boob Check, an organization to promote breast cancer awareness and patient support. The evening includes a pre-DVD release showing of Frontier Films' "Life's Short Go Big" about snowmachining. An auction of snowmaching items also is held. There is a $10 cover at the door. For more information on Alaska Boob Check, visit www.alaskaboobcheck.com. Anyone wishing to donate items can email Sandy Stuart at alaskarep@gmail.com

The Anchor Point Public Library is holding its second annual Oktoberfest from 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Anchor Point Senior Center. The menu includes green salad, bratwurst and sauerkraut, hot German potato salad, bread, pickle and a cherry-topped chocolate brownie dessert. Coffee and tea are included. The cost is $10 per plate, $7.50 for seniors and children 6-10 years of age. Children 5 and under are free. There will be live music for entertainment.

Kachemak Bay Birders' meeting this month is 4:30 p.m. Monday in the Seminar Room at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Following the brief meeting, Dr. Kathy Kuletz of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Anchorage) will present information about the murrelets found in Kachemak Bay. She has been working in this area with the help of local experts since the late 1980s. Her discussion will include distribution, habitat use, and abundance of murrelets in the Bay.

The Homer Fish and Game Advisory Committee meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the NERRS building on Kachemak Drive. The main topic of discussion will be intensive management proposals from the Alaska Board of Game. For more information, call Marv Peters at 235-2468 or 235-8612.

The Alcoholics Anonymous 9 a.m. breakfast club meeting is every 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 Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival seeks festival committee members to plan the 20th anniversary event, May 10-13, 2012. Birding skills are not required. Contact the festival coordinator at shorebirdster@gmail.com or 235-7740.

Chapman School holds its Halloween Carnival from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 28 with lots of games and prizes. Game tickets can be purchased at the door. There will be a raffle drawing as well as a silent auction. Tickets can be purchased at the Chapman office or at the carnival; proceeds benefit the eighth grad graduation. There also is a costume contest for age groups pre-school, K-second, third-fifth, sixth-eighth and adults. Categories are cutest, scariest, funniest and best overall. Come join the fun.

Homer Chamber of Commerce holds a Borough Mayor Run-Off Candidate Forum luncheon from noon-1 p.m. Friday at AJ's Oldtown Steakhouse & Tavern, 135 W. Bunnell Ave. Candidates Mike Navarre and Fred Sturman will answer questions by the moderator and submit two questions for their opponent to answer. Open to the public. RSVP to 235-7740 for the optional lunch. Lunch is $12 for chamber members and students and $14 for non-members.

Living with Multiple Sclerosis is a free educational event coming to Homer and open to people with multiple sclerosis or who are impacted by MS. Mo Hillstrand, a neurology nurse practitioner from Anchorage, will present it. This event will be held Oct. 27 at the South Peninsula Hospital Training Center. Registration is at 6:15 p.m.; a dinner and presentation will follow from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Dinner will be provided and catered by Fat Olives Restaurant. RSVP with the number attending at (877) 969-1722.

South Peninsula Haven House announces its participation in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program administered by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, Child Nutrition Programs. Meals will be made available to enrolled children at no separate charge without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Anyone who believes they have been discriminated against should write immediately to the USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington D. C. 20250-9410 or call 202-720-5964.

Homer Weight Watchers members donated 345 pounds of food to Homer Food Pantry this year in association with their third annual Weight Watchers "Lose for Good" campaign.

The Special Needs Preschool Peer Model Program at Paul Banks Elementary School is now taking applications for the 2011-12 school year. The purpose of this program is to offer appropriate peer models for children who have special service needs. Alternately, peer models that exhibit typical development skills for their age have an opportunity to grow and experience an enriched preschool environment with children who have disabilities. Peer models are usually invited to attend a morning or an afternoon session of the preschool, two days per week, at no cost for tuition. Due to the limited number of openings, children are selected on a lottery basis. Parents who are interested in having their child participate as a peer model may pick up an application at the main office at Paul Banks Elementary School. The deadline to submit an application is the end of the school day today.

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. If you'd like to help with awareness at the local level in November, please contact Kelly Cooper at 226-2110. Also, if pancreatic cancer has touched you or someone you love and you would like more information, call the same number for informational material.