Community News – Jan. 22

Highschooler to present birding project

Erick Paulsrud

Erick Paulsrud

Following a 4:30 p.m. Kachemak Bay Birders meeting on Jan. 27 at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center auditorium, Homer Connections senior Erick Paulsrud will present, “The Island of the Little Adventure.”
Paulsrud did a least auklet nesting-box project last year on St. George Island as a volunteer for the Fish and Wildlife Service. He included children and adults from the village in assembling the boxes and placed them in appropriate nesting areas.
Paulsrud will also share his breathtaking photos of the area, including the huge rookeries. Come and discover what is so captivating about St. George Island and the least auklets. Cosponsored by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, there is no admission and everyone is welcome

‘Faked Alaska’ Improv
Are you 13-18 years old and like drama? Want to act? If so, this is for you. The Kenai Peninsula Fair will host an improv event on Feb. 15.
A workshop for 13-18-year old students will run from 3-5 p.m., followed by “Faked Alaska” from 6-8 p.m. Interested youth, call 567-3670 for information.
A family casino night will follow the improv session. Adults, $15; youth and seniors, $10; fair members, free.

Emblem Club sponsors Bingo
The Emblem Club sponsors Bingo at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Elks. Come support this nonprofit group in its efforts to raise funds for scholarships and help kids and adults in their times of need.

Bunnell hosts grant-writing workshops
In view of Rasmuson Foundation’s March 1 deadline for Project Grant Applications, Bunnell’s Cosmic Agents Initiative hosts a series of workshops to help enhance grant-writing skills for young and emerging artists.
Jan. 19 was the first workshop, and focused on strengthening artist statements. All are welcome, and there is no charge. Cosmic Agents is supported by a grant from Homer Foundation. For more information, contact

Applications available for city grants program
Application forms for the 2014 City of Homer Grants Program are now available. The grants program is funded through an annual allocation from the City of Homer in addition to the earnings from the City of Homer Fund and the Kachemak City Fund at the Homer Foundation.
The intent of the grants program is to support locally based, nonprofit organizations that provide services within the City of Homer. Applicants must be IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations, in existence in Homer a minimum of three years, with their primary facility and core programs, activities and services offered within Homer city limits.
The organization must be administered locally with a local policy-making board of directors. The organization may have no other financial or in-kind support from the City of Homer. The funding is for general operating support and is a competitive grants process. Application forms are available online at or from the Homer Foundation office. Contact Joy at 235-0541 for more info.

Winter Carnival welcomes biz participation
As Homer gears up for its 2014 Winter Carnival, event coordinators are looking for local businesses and organizations to support the weekend of events.
“We feel this year’s event holds great potential,” said Committee Chair Genny Miller. “Local business participation and the citizens of Homer are the key to the Homer Winter Carnival’s success.”
Businesses can become involved in many ways, including becoming a sponsor — any donation amount is welcome — or by entering a float in the carnival parade. The Homer Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the parade. There will be prizes in four categories: best non-profit float, $400 Homer Bucks; best individual or family float, $200 Homer Bucks; best for profit business float, $125 Homer Bucks; judge’s choice, $125 Homer Bucks.
“All participating businesses and organizations will receive recognition for their support,” Miller said.
If you would like to have an event listed in the carnival calendar, please call before Jan. 24 to submit that information. You can also visit the HWC Facebook page to “like” and show support online.
Finally, businesses and other local entities can participate in nonprofit fundraising by purchasing Homer Winter Carnival collectible buttons featuring a carnival event, your business or a local nonprofit.
To get buttons, call 299-0319. Orders start at 100 buttons for $200, and can then be sold for $4 apiece. The $200 investment is recouped, and a matching $200 goes can then go to the nonprofit of your choice.

For more information on the Homer Winter Carnival, contact Genny Miller at 299-0397.

Commission needs state celebration ideas
In 2017, Alaska will mark 150 years since the U.S. purchased the frontier land from Russia. The Alaska Historical Commission within the Department of Natural Resources is collecting information from communities around the state, asking how local organizations and governments plan to celebrate.
Events could include a lecture series, film series, publications, museum exhibits, art exhibits, interpretive displays, displays in parks, libraries, city halls or other public spaces, community commemorative events, community restoration project, news series, art series, theatrical events, other artistic endeavors or a heritage tourism tour.
If you are planning a celebration or applicable event, please submit that information to the commission by Jan. 31 so they can compile, discuss and share information about potential statewide events.
For more information call 465-3520 or 269-8714.

Rhodes wins Geography Bee
Sixth-grader Alex Rhodes won McNeil Canyon Elementary’s school-level Geography Bee on Jan. 10.

District Democrats to meet
District 30 Democrats will meet on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the Homer Real Estate Office (1529 Ocean Dr.). Call Liz Diament at 914-588-0332 for more information.

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