Homer Alaska - Announcements

Story last updated at 12:35 PM on Wednesday, December 14, 2011


December's Free Community Meal at the Homer United Methodist Church is tonight from 5:30-7 p.m.

Celebrate the magic of Christmas at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 17. This event is free, but those attending are asked to help start a food pantry in Ninilchik and bring a can of food. There will be a prize for the first 40 guests. It will be a fun day of crafts, door prizes, surprises, hay rides, visits with Santa, lights and a free community Christmas dinner at 5 p.m. with the annual Christmas play to follow. For more information, call (907) 741-1329.

Homer's American Legion Auxiliary will be offering Christmas gift wrapping at Ulmer's. Gift wrapping will be available noon-5 p.m. daily Dec. 16 through Dec. 23 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve. There is no set charge for the service but donations to support veterans' programs will be gratefully accepted.

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies is running a snowshoe rental program. This program is free to members, or rent five and get the sixth rental free for all others. For more information, call 235-6667.

Alaska has committed to provide 200 scarves for the 2012 Special Olympics USA Scarf Project. The deadline is March 1. For more information, call Debbie Pastro at 399-4566. For information on patterns and yarn, see www.scarvesforspecialolympics.org.

Haven House and CICADA announce a Community Caf Happy Hour from 4-5 p.m. daily from Dec. 17 through Jan. 13. The caf will be held at 1230 Ocean Drive in Homer. These are free meetings open to anyone wishing to explore how gratitude, purpose and compassion support emotional wellbeing.

The Kachemak Bay Birders will be holding a Winter Bird Identification Class, "Meet the Locals," from 6:30-7:30 p.m. today at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in the Seminar Room. Learn more about the birds wintering over in Homer taught by local birding expert Dave Erikson. Brush up on your identification skills and get ready for the Christmas Bird Count on the Dec. 17. Everyone welcome. No charge. For more information, call Lani Raymond at 235-9477 or Dave Erikson at 235-3487.

It is time for the counting of wintering birds in Homer. This year marks the 112th annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count. The Homer Christmas Bird Count is 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Participants will be looking for and counting the number of different bird species that winter in the area. Afterwards, join other participants at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center for hot soup and chili, bread, and desserts. Coffee and tea will be available at the Islands and OceanVisitor Center throughout the day courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Volunteers will compile a list of all the bird species and numbers spotted during the count. Persons interested in participating are encouraged to contact Dave Erikson at derikson@alaska.net or 235-3487 or Lani Raymond at lani67@alaska.net or 235-9477 to sign up. You can also sign up the day of the event. A $5 donation is collected to help the National Audubon Society compile the information.

For those persons without binoculars who want to participate in the CBC, you can check out a pair of binoculars at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the day of the event. For more information about CBC participation, visit Audubon's website at www.christmasbirdcount.org and click on the "Get Involved" link on the right-hand side of the page.