Inauguration Day activities in Homer
Day of service
Jan. 21 this year is a holiday of triple significance: Martin Luther King’s Birthday, President Obama and Vice President Biden’s Inauguration Day celebration and a Day of Service to volunteer, as proclaimed by the President when he first took office in 2009.
Banks, federal offices and schools will be closed Monday. Homer City offices will be open.
If you’re interested in volunteer opportunities around town, the Homer Food Pantry could use your helping hands. Volunteer Coordinator Diana Jeska wrote to us: “Monday, the 21st is a perfect day to volunteer at the Food Pantry in the Homer United Methodist Church at 770 E. End Rd. from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.. In the morning we organize food to distribute to clients from 1-3 p.m. All interested volunteers are welcome.”
Heads up teens: Over at the R.E.C. Center, which serves Homer young people, Coordinator Doug Koester wrote that he too would appreciate volunteers – of a different kind:
“I just asked my peer educators about it and we came up with one idea. We are doing something called ‘teach-backs that day. Which basically means we practice teaching the curriculum. It always helps to have people here to teach too. They may have to act like bad students, because that helps us get use to teaching to people with difficult behaviors. If anyone is interested please have them call the R.E.C. room at 235-6736.”
As more groups express needs to us, we will pass the information on to our readers.
Civil Rights Day Jan. 21
In honor of Alaska Civil Rights Day, Kachemak Bay Campus with support from the UAA Diversity Council will present its annual public presentation at 6:30pm. Monday. Dr. Stephen Haycox will present a talk on “Civil Rights in Alaska: The Historical Perspective and the Popular Perception.”
Haycox is an American cultural historian at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He specializes in the relationship of Alaska to the history of the American west. He has published widely on Alaska Native history: Frigid Embrace: Politics, Economics and Environment in Alaska, and Alaska: An American Colony. He is the recipient of an Alaska Governor’s Humanities Award (2003), and the University of Alaska Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence (2002), and was named Alaskan Historian of the Year (Alaska Historical Society) in 2003. He teaches Alaska history, history of the American West and American environmental history, and writes a bi-weekly opinion column for the Anchorage Daily News. This is open to the public. For accommodation services, please contact KBC at 235-7743 ahead of time.
At Alice’s Champaign Palace, people can watch the President’s Inauguration on big television screens. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, gather at Alice’s for the live broadcast and to celebrate together as President Obama and Vice President Biden begin their second four-year term. The Inauguration’s Theme is “Faith in America’s Future”.
“This gives a chance to hear what our Administration’s dreams, intentions and focuses will be, and for each of us to refocus how we intend to help create the U.S.A. that we want to participate in and see evolve during the next four years and beyond,” wrote the organizers.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee announce that the social networking site Foursquare will release its first ever badge to reward volunteerism in conjunction with the National Day of Service. With a limited edition Inaugural Service badge, Foursquare and the PIC have partnered to recognize Americans for serving in their communities. On January 19, users can unlock the badge by participating in National Day of Service events, which are taking place in all 50 states, or by taking part in the Service Summit on the National Mall. Service events can be found here: www.2013pic.org/service.
“At Foursquare, we were so inspired by the idea of a lifelong commitment that we created the first Foursquare badge to reward volunteerism,” said Foursquare CEO and Co-Founder Dennis Crowley. “Along with the Presidential Inaugural Committee, we encourage all Americans to get out and serve in their own communities to celebrate the inauguration of President Obama and the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
To see the badge, go to http://cl.ly/0b2k423F2a0M. To learn more, go to http://blog.foursquare.com.
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