I want to commend the Homer Council on the Arts, “Stepping Out” director Jessica Williams, and writers Kate Rich and Peter Sheppard for putting together a diverse, true variety show.
Over the past couple weeks, I had the good fortune of attending rehearsals, and watched as ideas became performances and rough edges got polished. It was clear that several individuals and groups had been giving the performances a great deal of thought and practice.
In the last two days, the cast moved from practicing in the HCOA building to the big stage, lights and sound of the Mariner Theater. What a learning curve that was! And yet it all came together, thanks to the cooperation, energy and positive attitudes of the whole crew.
As a participant, it was heartwarming to hear the enthusiastic crowd applauding, laughing and getting totally immersed in the show. Dark, rainy, snowy, icy, slushy days and nights can certainly use a boost like this, whether as a performer or audience member.
Michael E. Murray
Homer Ukulele Group Society member
Our family would like to first thank the Lord Jesus Christ, and secondly, the many talented and sincere people at Homer Medical Clinic, Dr. Bill Bell, South Peninsula Hospital and Dr. Paul Sayer. They all worked so diligently and thoroughly on our husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather Ralph Miller. Thirdly, thank you to all the members of our community who visited regularly and prayed fervently. Our family wants to express how blessed we feel to have such amazing facilities here in Homer to care for our community.
On New Year’s Eve, our grandpa was admitted into the hospital after three prior emergency room visits the week before. Dr. Bell did many in-depth tests, and finally found that grandpa’s lungs were riddled with blood clots and he was bleeding internally. After 11 days of prayer and sleepless nights, he was finally allowed to go home on our Grammy’s birthday, Jan. 10.
There were quite a few nights where we were saying goodbye as a family, but the Lord saw fit that his time here on earth was not over.
So thank you from the bottom of our hearts: Ralph (Grandpa) and Betty (Grammy) Miller, Sandy Miller, Cris and Warren Beachy, Abe and Dana Alborn, Abi and Daniel Rios, Misti and Elvira Rios-McLay and 10 great-grand children.
As the light returns, many folks are thinking about the Homer Farmers Market. (As well they should be, especially this Jan. 25). But it is not uncommon for me to hear people announcing that they are planning on selling at the Farmers Market over the summer. Then, I find out that they haven’t contacted Robbi, the market manager, with an application.
I have heard many misconceptions about the market over the years. Like, “it will always be our small town market where you can just show up to sell whatever you like.”
Actually, there is a busy working board who lines up plans and policies to make things run as smoothly as possible. So, yes, there are rules to know regarding selling at the market.
The board also gets to figure out where money gets spent; how much on the parking lot and how much on a scholarship fund, etc. The manager runs all aspects behind the scenes, from what booth is occupied when, to who is applying for grants to have cooking classes, to getting new T-shirts printed.
There is a ton of stuff going on in the background to make that bustling summer market happen.
Homer Farmers Market will hold its annual meeting at noon on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Kachemak Community Center. The event is a potluck, with some of the most wonderful growers and crafters in this area. It’s also a chance to meet the board, hear about board policy changes, run for the board and turn in an application if you want to sell this coming summer.
Don’t just think about the Market. Join in!
The Farmers Market’s biggest fan
Thank you to the Alibi Kitchen for hosting the latest R.E.C. Room Fork Club for teens. Seven local youth learned safe food-handling practices and knife skills, while Megan instructed them in making fresh salsa and guacamole. Then each young chef was invited into the kitchen while the tortillas were heated and the halibut cooked. They’re the best fish tacos in town!
Thanks Anna and the Homer Foundation for making this happen. If you’d like to enjoy a fish taco yourself, be sure to stop by the Alibi Kitchen. Megan will make you one.
Big Sister to Danielle
Kudos and infinite thanks to the local cab companies for providing free rides throughout the area from 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. What a generous gift of time and professional service to the community. Once again, our local business community demonstrates its generosity and worthiness of support.
We were all safer and warmer through your kindness and courtesy.
We are so proud to be part of this community! When our funds were low and we were unsure if we could provide for the needy households in our area, you came through. We were all a bit off schedule this year, one step behind if you will, but once you heard the call, you responded in true community spirit and we can only say thank you for stepping up.
The following is a little run down of what we were able to do with your help. Share the Spirit provided Holiday Baskets for 226 households, including 710 individuals. Nearly half were children and many others were Senior Citizens. They were from Ninilchik and Nanwalek, out East End and Anchor Point, Seldovia, Stariski and Port Graham; they live on the Spit, or up on the ridge or right in down town Homer. They’re your neighbors and your co-workers and you reached out to them. So again we thank you and ask you all to keep all in our community in your thoughts throughout the year.
President Jayne Locklar,
Vice President Kelly Glidden,
Basket Co-Chair Shari Daugherty
I am writing this letter in response to the article “Local Dentist’s License in Jeopardy,” that appeared on the front page of the Jan. 8, 2014 Homer Tribune. I was upset that an article like this would be printed in the first place. This article was based purely on accusations and would have been more appropriate to have been printed in the opinion column, if at all.
My family and I have been patients of Dr. Nelson since he bought Dr. Cordova’s practice. Our family has had multiple procedures, including dental implants, performed by Dr. Nelson and have never had any issues with any of the work that was done. Dr. Nelson has always been very professional, takes the time to explain things thoroughly, and usually gives multiple options before any procedure. He is a perfectionist when it comes to his work. One time he sent back a permanent crown to have it redone because it was imperfect, with no additional charge to me.
My husband and I were both born in the Homer Hospital and have seen a lot of changes in the community over the years. Homer did not always have access to the types of medical and dental procedures that are now available. I hope you will all remember that there are always going to be cases that do not turn out as expected, no matter who the doctor or dentist is.
Our family intends to be patients of Dr. Nelson for years to come and I hope you will continue to show your support as well.
I want to thank the audience that attended Stepping Out last weekend to show support for the cast and share in the experience. What the audience doesn’t see is the vulnerability of each cast member and the emotions we endure and enjoy going through before the curtain opens. I watched people push themselves through discomfort to explore comedy, romance and drama through music, dance, writing and visual arts.
We created props, scripts and beauty, collaborating together to portray the depth of each scene as a theater family. I personally could not have expected all the rewards of this experience: pride I could perform in a way I never had tried, bonds built through choreography and improvisation and the rawness of taking risks to expose our truth, stories and ourselves on the stage. I learned from each person involved and will remember this experience for the rest of my life.
I would also like to extend bittersweet appreciation for Jessica Williams. She was the epitome of professionalism — a talented, diplomatic, compassionate and supportive leader during this production. Her experience of theater shines in many ways. Our community has been lucky to receive her gifts at many different events the last two years and we will feel her absence as she moves on with her family this summer.
If you have never experienced the performing arts, or any art for that matter, I encourage you to try it out. Sing in your showers, paint on your walls, build things and dance in your kitchens! Check out what else Homer Council on the Arts has to offer for you. Their mission is to provide everyone with the chance to include arts in their lives. My life would not have as much happiness, health, fulfillment or friendships without the opportunities they have provided me, both as an artist and an audience member.
Until next time in the limelight-EVERYONE!
Without the HCOA I would still be dreaming in my living room about dancing a solo on stage.
I had a great experience working with the cast of Stepping Out. I made new friends, created a great memory for a lifetime, and the audience was great and loved the show. The HCOA has a mission statement at the bottom of the program — and it has completed its mission to the highest of standards.
Thank you HCOA.
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