At 7 p.m. Friday, Kachemak Bay Campus’s History Department invites the public to the book launch celebration for Vic Fischer’s new memoir, “To Russia With Love: An Alaskan’s Journey.”
The book, written with Charles Wohlforth, traces Fischer’s life from his early days in Germany and Russia, to his decades in Alaska, where he was a delegate to the Alaska Constitutional Convention and a member of both the territorial and state senates.
As a young adult, he went on to help shape Alaska’s map by planning towns throughout the state. A move to Washington, DC, and further government appointments allowed him to witness key historic events of his era, which he also recounts here. His presentation and questions from the audience will be moderated by history professor Michael Hawfield. A book-signing will follow.
As surely as fall has fled, winter has rushed in and will bring the holiday season soon upon us. Shari Daugherty, basket program director for Share the Spirit, wants to remind people to plan ahead.
Plan to participate in the Share the Spirit donations or to volunteer for the spaghetti feed. Also needed are volunteers for the Adopt-a-Family program. There are many opportunities to help out, including choosing an ornament gift from the Giving Trees or sending canned goods to school for the student food drive.
If none of that fits your plans, donate to the Share the Spirit account at Wells Fargo or by mailing checks to P.O. Box 3218, Homer 99603.
“There are so many ways to plan, we ask that you chose the plan that best suits you and jump in,” Daugherty said.
For updates or information, call the Share the Spirit information line at 235-7466.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is seeking interested community members to participate in the annual budget development process and serve on the Budget Development Committee.
The committee reviews the current budget practices and procedures used by the District to develop the General Fund Budget. A review of federal, state and local revenues will be shared and discussed. The methods used to develop the expenditure budget will be reviewed and discussed as well. Suggestions for changes or improvements to the FY14 budget will be received and discussed. Any findings or recommendations will be reported to the School Board for its consideration.
The Budget Development Committee will meet in the Borough Assembly Chambers on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
If you plan to participate, contact Lassie Nelson at 714-8838 so the District can plan appropriately.
Learn new relationship interaction skills at Rev. Judith Lethin’s 6 p.m. talk on Strategies for Building Healthy Relationships at this week’s Thriving Thursdays presentation at SVT Wellness Clinic.
Next week, join Dr. Robert Downey, a specialist in Functional Medicine and Family Practice, for an interesting and informative discussion on the way food is used as medicine. All Thriving Thursday presentations are 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wellness Center on East End Road near downtown Homer.
In honor of National Mentoring Month in January, Big Brothers Big Sisters is sponsoring a writing contest for poetry and short story nonfiction. All entries must address the theme, “How mentoring has positively affected your life.”
The contest is open to the public for K-12th grade, as well as adult categories. Deadline for submission is Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to winners in each category area, and those winners will be asked to read their entries at a BBBS event in January.
For more information and an entry form, contact BBBS at 235-8391, firstname.lastname@example.org or download an entry form from the BBBS page on www.pop411.org
Michael Craig will lead a Kachemak Bay Birders’ trip to Seaside Farms on Saturday, Nov. 3. (Seaside Farms is 4.5 miles out East End Rd.)
Meet at 10 a.m.. and there is parking at the top of the hill and good birding on the walk down. Bring binoculars and dress warmly.
This trip is cosponsored by the Kachemak Bay Birders and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. For more information, call Michael at 235-0631. Everyone is welcome to attend and there is no charge.
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