FYI: News briefs & announcements – April 10

Youth Court volunteers to meet in Homer
The Kenai Peninsula Youth Court is hosting the 17th-Annual Alaska Youth Court Conference in Homer from April 18-21. The theme of this year’s conference is, “The Art of Bouncing Back: Young Alaskan Leaders Coming Together to Better Help Their Peers.”
Student volunteers from the 12 Youth Court programs around the state, and the adults who work with them, will gather in Homer to network, share and hone their skills and knowledge. More than 150 participants have registered, including about 40 youth from the Kenai Peninsula.
Dr. Linda Chamberlain, with the Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project and the State of Alaska Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, will give Friday’s keynote address on “The Awesome Teen Brain.”
Professor Nigel Wrangham, Prevention Specialist, University of Oregon will make Saturday’s keynote address on “Ancient Wisdom for Today’s Youth.” Workshops, mock trials and “Circles” round out the schedule, culminating with a screening of the documentary “Bully.” There will be a closing ceremony at Bishop’s Beach.
Conference activities will take place at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, Best Western Bidarka Inn, Land’s End Resort, Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College, Homer courthouse, Harbor School of Dance and Music and Homer Middle School.
For more information, or to get a copy of the conference schedule, go to, or call 235-4985. Ginny Espenshade is the Kenai Peninsula Youth Court director, while Casey Moss is the state conference coordinator.

Want to take part in boat energy audit?
The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation is looking for owners of commercial fishing vessels who are interested in volunteering to participate in the Fishing Vessel Energy Audit Pilot Project. The intent of the project is to identify fuel savings through energy efficiency practices or upgrades onboard fishing vessels in Alaska.
Vessel owners will receive free audits in exchange for information regarding energy systems and use during normal fishing operations on their vessel and approximately one to two days of vessel and owner time in order to coordinate and perform the walk-through audit. 
Due to limited funding, the pilot project will be restricted to vessels between 30 and 125 feet in length. To find out more about volunteering to participate, contact Julie Decker at or visit

Clean-Up Day approaches
The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center’s annual Clean-Up Day will take place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May, 4.
In preparation for Clean-Up Day, you can pick up bags at the Chamber Visitor Center, Fritz Creek General Store, Homer Fire Department and Homer Brewing Company. Trash and recycling drop-off will begin at 11 a.m. on May 4 in the chamber parking lot. Prizes will be awarded in six categories.
Bring your recycling in separate bags.
In celebration of their 20th-anniversary, Big Brothers-Big Sisters is having a clothing drive of gently used adult and children’s clothing in the chamber’s parking lot. A $50 gift card will go to the person donating the most bags. The Homer Lion’s Club will also host a barbecue. For more information, call 235-7740 or

Auditions open for Lance Petersen play
Auditions continue 6-9 p.m. Saturday and 4-7 p.m. Sunday at Homer High School’s Mariner Theatre, for Pier One Theatre’s June production of “The Clean House.”
The play, written by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Peter Sheppard, is a whimsical dramatic-comedy that deals with the way people use humor, interact with family and loved ones, overcome language barriers and try to keep things from falling apart.
The play calls for four female actors, and one male. Two actors will play multiple roles. Characters include: Lane: A doctor in her early 50s who wishes to maintain an ideal and orderly life, but is beset by obstacles at every turn. Matilde: A Brazilian woman in her late 20s who wishes to be a comedian, but has moved to America and is now working as a maid. Virginia: Lane’s sister, in her late 50s. She is quiet and very humble about herself and wishes to help see her sister through this rough patch in her life. Lane’s husband, in his 50s, is compassionate and fun-loving, but also quite impulsive and willing to go to extreme lengths. Ana: An Argentinian woman in her mid to late 50s who is extremely charismatic and can win over anyone she spends time with.
For more information, contact Director Peter Sheppard at 

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