FYI News briefs & announcements – Feb. 29

Imagination Library expanding

Best Beginnings is accepting proposals for grants to launch new local Imagination Libraries and expand existing ones. Additional information, including a checklist and contact form, is available at
All applications must be received by 5 p.m. March 30.
Best Beginnings is working to expand Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library throughout Alaska.
Presently, 80 communities have the program under 27 local Imagination Libraries. Nearly 17,000 children receive a book in the mail each month. This proposal solicitation is supported financially by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.
There is no charge to participating families. The Dollywood Foundation manages the system to deliver the books to the home. Funding awards will be on a competitive basis.

Competition open to teachers

American History and Civics teachers from across the country are invited to apply an exclusive professional development program aimed at deepening their understanding and appreciation of the American Founding.
Participating teachers will convene in Washington, D.C.  July 16-20 for a program that will expand their knowledge of the Constitution. During the program, participants will engage in lectures with constitutional scholars, discussions with fellow teachers, and scholar-led visits to historic sites including Mount Vernon, Gunston Hall and a monument tour.
Attending teachers will receive a certificate for 25 contact hours. Teachers must apply online by March 26. More information and an application is at  

Free tax help

AARP’s Tax-Aide program is offering free basic tax return preparation for most low-and middle-income taxpayers, with an emphasis on senior citizens and disabled taxpayers, at the Homer Senior Center by appointment from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Volunteers trained by the Internal Revenue Service provide the assistance. For an appointment, call 235-7655. For the appointment, bring:

Birders to meet

The Kachemak Bay Birders’ First Saturday birding trip will be at 9 a.m. Saturday on the Homer Spit. Meet at the parking lot at the base of the Spit on Kachemak Drive.
This trip is cosponsored by the Kachemak Bay Birders and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. The leader will be Michael Craig. For more information give him a call at 235-0631. There is no charge and everyone is welcome to attend. Bring binoculars and dress warmly.

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