Homer bucks await prize winners
The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Center announced it is launching an annual Winter Shopping Derby to begin tomorrow, Nov. 15. It will end the last day of the Winter Carnival, Sunday, Feb. 10.
Like the Summer Shopping Derby, this derby aims to bring customers into local businesses and gives everyone shopping locally a chance to win big.
The grand prize is $1,000 in Homer Bucks, the town’s own local currency. But that’s not the only prize; each week a new winner will be drawn for fun prizes donated by local member businesses.
Tickets can be purchased at participating merchants for $10. By just purchasing a ticket, you get one chance at the grand prize. Once you have your ticket, each time you shop with a participating merchant and spend $1-$100, you get your ticket stamped.
When you collect four stamps, you can turn your ticket in to either a participating merchant or the Homer Chamber of Commerce for a second chance to win the grand prize.
“If we’re going to give a prize, we want to make sure the money is spent right here in Homer. We are asking that any business treat Homer bucks just like cash,” said HCOC Executive Director Monte Davis. “Any local merchant can bring Homer bucks to the Chamber and will receive a check for that exact amount.”
Davis plans to include local vendors such as those at the Nutcracker Faire (Dec.1-2) in the derby.
“It’s win, win, win,” davis said. “That’s the beauty of it. Given the high cost of gasoline these days, there’s no reason you can’t shop local and get everything you need.”
Fish, family and freedom in Bristol Bay
A public presentation by anthropology professors Catherine Knott and Alan Boraas entitled, “Fish, Family, Freedom and Sacred Water,” will be hosted by the Kachemak Bay Campus from 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 30.
Knott is a professor at the UAA Kenai Peninsula College Kachemak Bay Campus, while Boraas teaches at KPC in Kenai. The professors will talk about their recent research for the Environmental Protection Agency about the cultural importance of salmon to the people of Bristol Bay.
Thriving Thursday talks addiction
This week’s Thriving Thursday presentation, “Breaking the Cycle of Addiction,” is offered by Rev. Judith Lethin, a chaplain for the SVT Wellness Center.
The discussion runs from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the SVT’s new Wellness Center conference room. Lethin will conduct an open discussion about the benefits of healing the shame that may be keeping you stuck in addictive behaviors.
Win with words
The 21st Kenai Peninsula Writers Contest entries are due Nov. 21 for all categories in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Divisions include those for grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12; and adult. Entry guidelines and fee information is available at the Homer Council on the Arts website. Cash prizes are awarded to first-place winners, and winners will be announced Feb. 7.
Nutcracker Faire Dec. 1-2
Homer Council on the Arts is taking vendor applications for the indoor Nutcracker Faire at the Homer High School, coinciding with the Nutcracker Ballet.
The faire accommodates more than 100 local artists and crafts people from the Kenai Peninsula area, showing and selling their wares.
It features hand-crafted products such as pottery, jewelry, woodwork, art, photography, preserves, handmade soaps and other health and beauty products, candles, stained glass, knitted or sewn items and more.
The Nutcracker Faire is a source of variety for those interested in holiday shopping. It also features an assortment of delectable foods, as well as children’s activities and caroling performances to entertain the whole family. Santa will be there to hear wishes from kids of all ages, so bring your camera to capture the special moments with the jolly old elf.
HCOA’s main goal for the Nutcracker Faire is to provide not only a sustainable venue for original art so that artists can live and work in Homer and the surrounding areas, but also to offer the community some creative festivity.
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