Community News – July 3

Work party offers fun for the family
Grab your rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows and buckets and join Best Beginnings Homer, City Public Works Department and volunteers for the Bayview Park Work Party on 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 10.
Some food and snacks will be provided, but feel free to bring a picnic along.
Best Beginnings adopted Bayview Park and has worked with parent volunteers and Public Works to address safety and general maintenance repairs. Over the last few years, BBH has funded a new toddler slide, boulders and an adaptive swing for children with disabilities. Parent volunteers have built and installed stepping logs, a willow fort and small bridges for children to climb on.
BBH contracted with Corvus Design to develop a master plan for the park to include ADA and ground-cover upgrades, as well as one or two new elements. The master plan will be implemented over several years to allow for additional fundraising. Design staff will be on hand at the work party to share ideas and gather community feedback. For more information on the party, contact Jenny Martin at 435-7101.

Got slugs, bugs, or other cruds?
The Cooperative Extension Office offers a free neighbor-to-neighbor class about safe and effective pest management concepts for your garden or greenhouse 3:30-4:30 p.m. July 13.
IPM techniques and how you can put them to good use will be discussed. This class is free, but space is limited. Call Cooperative Extension at 262-5824 to register. Location will be given at time of registration.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaks at luncheon
For the second time Sen. Lisa Murkowski will be speaking at the Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center July 3 luncheon at the Best Western Bidarka, 575 Sterling Highway. The luncheon is open to the public. Call 235-7740 for more information.
Sen.  Murkowski will also be this year’s 4th of July Parade Grand Marshal.

Homer selected for Governor’s Picnic
Governor Sean Parnell will hold the annual Governor’s Family Picnic in Homer this year at Karen Hornaday Park. The annual picnics have been held each year for more than a decade, and are made possible by generous donations from Alaska businesses and hundreds of volunteers.
Starting last year, other Alaska communities were given the opportunity to host the picnic. Homer hosts the governor on July 25 from 4-7 p.m.

Clean out your closets
Big Brothers/Big Sisters is looking for donated clothing for their yearly roundup.
Adult and kid’s clothes, shoes, boots, bedding, blankets, belts, purses, coats, hats and gloves are all appreciated. Look for the red bins at Ulmer’s or Safeway or call 235-8391 for pick up.

Kizzia to be at Homer Public Library
Author Tom Kizzia will be at the Homer Public Library, 500 Hazel Ave., to introduce his new book, “Pilgrim’s Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier 7 p.m. July 30.
Into the Wild meets Helter Skelter in the fascinating true story of a modern-day pioneering family in the deepest reaches of the Alaska wilderness – and of the chilling secrets of its maniacal, spellbinding patriarch.
Alaska has long been a refuge for the nation’s pioneer spirit. In Pilgrim’s Wilderness, veteran Alaskan journalist Tom Kizzia offers readers a riveting true story of a modern-day homesteading family who played that mythical pioneer role to brilliant advantage – and of the dark secrets that brought them and their remote wilderness community to the brink of disaster.
Kizzia first met the Pilgrims as a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News while covering their battle with the Park Service.  He knew the colorful ghost town of McCarthy well, having built his own cabin in the community and written about the local struggle to maintain frontier ways in a modern era. But Robert Hale’s trail led Kizzia back to New Mexico and Texas, to a wealthy family with ties to Hoover’s FBI, to the mysterious death of a famous politician’s daughter and oblique connections to the Kennedy assassination. The more he learned about Papa’s past, the harder it was to tell whether his children in Alaska were messianic followers or hostages in need of rescue.
Tom Kizzia has traveled widely in rural Alaska when he reportered for the Anchorage Daily News, and his work has appeared in the Washington Post and been featured on CNN. His first book, The Wake of the Unseen Object, was named one of the best all-time nonfiction books about Alaska by the state historical society. He lives in Homer.

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