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Story last updated at 2:33 PM on Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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Community health survey needs volunteers for distribution

The "Perceptions of Community Health" survey is currently underway and help is needed. Megan Murphy, coordinator of MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships) of the Southern Kenai Peninsula, said "on the ground" volunteers are needed to broadly distribute the survey and then pick up the surveys Dec. 17 and 18.

"We want to make sure that this survey reflects many layers of our Southern Kenai Peninsula communities, so more hands, feet and support (are) needed for wide distribution," said Murphy.

Anyone interested in contributing to the MAPP data subgroup, please contact Murphy. The group helps guide the way in which qualitative and quantitative community health data is collected, compiled, organized and displayed online. That information is used to support and inform MAPP's health issue prioritization process that will take place in the spring.

For more information, contact Murphy at 235-0570 or mappofskp@gmail.com.

The "Perceptions of Community Health" survey is available in today's Homer News and online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Community_Input.

It's time for lutefisk

A Nordic favorite -- lutefisk -- and all the trimmings for the perfect holiday meal will be served at the Faith Lutheran Church of Homer on Friday, beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are now available at the church at the corner of Soundview and the Sterling Highway: adults, $18; high school, $10; children through the eighth grade, $6. Purchasing them in advance is encouraged.

For those unfamiliar with lutefisk, it's a method of preparing whitefish, normally cod, with lye, hence its name, which literally means "lye fish." The resulting gelatinous textured fish is served with a sauce, Swedish meatballs, potatoes, other vegetables, delicious holiday desserts and beverages.

The evening promises good food, good company, an opportunity to wear Scandinavian sweaters and enjoy a little "Sven and Ole" humor.

For more information, call the Faith Lutheran Church at 235-7600.

Sugar Plum fair this weekend

Shoppers can take advantage of two fairs this weekend. The Nutcracker Faire is Saturday and Sunday at the Homer High School (see related story,page 2) and, in close proximity, is the Sugar Plum Holiday Fair in the basement of the Homer United Methodist Church from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

It is being held as a fundraiser for Special Olympics of Homer, and will offer more than 20 vendors with handmade items, nonprofits selling raffle tickets and home consultants selling such things as Tupperware and Mary Kay products. Special Olympics also will have a booth and Special Olympic athletes will be selling their crafts.

Space is still available. Contact organizers Kesha at 235-4878 or keshajae@yahoo.com or Joyce at (907) 398-6712 or joyce.shuler@yahoo.com.

'Get Lit' presents local author

Kris Farmen, author of the novel "Turn Again," will give a reading and craft talk in the fireplace reading area of the Homer Public Library at 6 p.m. Dec. 6. This is part of Friends of the Homer Public Library's "Get Lit" series.