Community News – November 6

Enjoy a Thursday ‘Night of Improv’
Marty Zeller and students from Homer Flex will present “A Night of Improv” on Thursday, Nov. 7 as part of the Artists in the Schools program. There is no cost to attend the 6 p.m. performance at K-Bay Caffe, so just come and enjoy.

Help ‘MAPP’ out Homer’s health improvement
MAPP of the Southern Kenai Peninsula will hold a community meeting on Friday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the K-Bay Campus, Pioneer Hall, Room 202.
MAPP meetings allow community members to learn about and share updates on collaborative efforts and support our community’s health-improvement goals.
Participants will provide input on the priority issues that our community should focus on collectively addressing for the next few years. For more information, or to RSVP, contact Megan Murphy, MAPP coordinator, at 235-0570 or

Foster care/adoption orientation scheduled
The Office of Children’s Services is conducting a resource family orientation on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 6-8 p.m. at the Homer OCS office, 3670 Lake Street. The orientation is geared toward individuals interested in becoming foster parents and resource families for children in the foster care system.
Application packets and a licensing representative will be on hand to answer any questions about the process. To learn more about how to make a difference in a child’s life and in your community, please join us. For more information, call Tonja Whitney at 907-283-3136.

Library celebrates AK Native Heritage Month
Friends of the Library will host the 100-Year Celebration of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood Traveling Exhibition for the month of November.
The exhibition, offered during the library’s business hours between Nov. 14 and 23, was created by the Sitka Historical Society to honor the 100-year anniversary of the founding of the brotherhood and sisterhood; the oldest indigenous civil rights organizations in the nation.
Historical images, brief bios, quotes and text provide an overview of the organizations’  history, the challenges they faced and overcame, and their tremendous contributions to champion the rights and improve the general well-being and lives of Native peoples.
In conjunction with the exhibit, two Alaska Native storytelling opportunities will be offered Saturday, Nov. 16 and Tuesday, Nov. 19. Maggie Jones, who works in the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Cultural department, will tell Dena’ina stories and teach kids a few Dena’ina words at 11 a.m., Saturday. David Kitaq Nicolai will tell traditional string stories on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m.
Call 907-491-1001 for more information.

Wells Fargo collects ‘Cell Phones for Soldiers’
From now through Nov. 30, Wells Fargo and nonprofit ‘Cell Phones for Soldiers, Inc.” are asking Alaskans to help commemorate Veterans Day by donating gently used cellular phones at their Alaska banks. Approximately half the phones are reconditioned and reused. For every donated phone valued at $5, Cell Phones for Soldiers is able to provide two and a half hours of free talk time to deployed troops.
Last November, Alaska Wells Fargo customers and team members donated 760 cell phones. Proceeds were  used to purchase 1,000 prepaid international calling cards for Alaska troops. Wells Fargo’s Alaska Veterans Team Member Network collected 4,818 cell phones in similar drives across the country last year.
For more information, visit

Tibetan teachings on the Heart Sutra
Tibetan teacher Khentrul Rinpoche returns for his annual Buddhist teaching in Homer this weekend. A well-respected Tibetan Buddhist Teacher, Meditation Master and abbot, Rinpoche has been coming to Homer since April 2005, and his teachings are well-attended.
Weekend teachings will be Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9-10 at Many Rivers on East End Road. Saturday’s sessions run from 10 a.m. to noon and 2-4 p.m. Sunday sessions are 10 a.m. to noon, and 1:30-3:30 p.m.
The Heart Sutra is the quintessence of Buddha’s teachings of wisdom. This weekend, Rinpoche will teach on the wisdom that realizes the true nature of phenomena, just as it is. This is a profound spiritual journey of heart-mind that examines phenomenal perceptions of the outer world and inner aspects of our very being.

Join in ‘Sustainable Homer’ events
Cook Inletkeeper and the Holy Santos Gang will team up on Friday, Nov. 8 for a night of free music and an all-ages show at KBay Caffe and Roasting Co. The funs starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 235-4068 for more information.
Homer Electric Association will hold its annual Energy Fair on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at West Homer Elementary School. Find out about the latest energy-efficient products and get conservation tips and techniques. Of special interest will be tidal energy presentations by representatives of the Homer Tidal Energy Incubator Project. The noon presentation will provide an update on their work.
Food and fun are included in the day’s activities, with a special, 3 p.m. Energy Hog Busters guest appearance.

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