Community News – April 16

Youth strings to sing out in May

The Homer Youth String Orchestra has invited young musicians from the Central Peninsula Community Orchestra to join in a Sunday, May 4 performance at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. 
The concert will feature Tammy Vollum-Matturro, Artistic Director of Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, as conductor. All musicians are students 6-18 years of age from the Homer and Kenai/Soldotna areas.
The free concert starts at 4 p.m., is open to the public and includes refreshments.
If you just can’t wait, a sneak preview is available this Thursday, April 17 at West Homer Elementary’s Music Room. Homer students meet at 6 p.m. to rehearse with Vollum-Matturro, and then move up the road to practice with Kenai/Soldotna students on Saturday, May 3. The practice runs from 10 a.m. to noon at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds.
These kids have been working hard and meeting weekly since the end of August and are excited to share the gift of music with the community. Please come enjoy their performance.
Please direct any questions to Kara Clemens, program administrator, at either 399-6108 or

Clean-up Week 2014

AJ’s Oldtown Steakhouse is sponsoring this year’s Clean-Up Week, beginning April 27 going through May 3. Trash drop off is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Chamber of Commerce parking lot.
Four prize categories are offered this year: Individual (1st-3rd place), Group (1st-3rd place), Kids age 6-10, (1st and 2nd place) and Kids age 11-15 (1st and 2nd place). Participants may only enter one category.
Both kids categories winners will receive bikes donated by the Kachemak Bay Lions Club, so no kids’ raffle will take place.
The community is encouraged to start cleaning up Homer early. Bags are available for pick-up at the Chamber.

Having fun with fiber arts

The Kenai Peninsula Fair will host the second-annual Alaska Fiber and Arts Festival, April 26-27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds. The festival was created to bring awareness to a dying art, natural fibers of our state, and education of that art.
Informative booths, hands-on experiences and demonstrations will be offered, as well as crafts booths. Booth space is still available if anyone is interested. A class will also be offered this year. The class schedule and registration forms are available at the fair website,

Wildlife Refuge hires environmental educator

Kendra Bush-St. Louis has started work at Islands & Ocean Visitor Center as the new environmental educator for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Kendra takes the place of Lisa Matlock, who left the refuge for other opportunities nearly two years ago.
Kendra will be responsible for all the Refuge’s youth and education programs. She taught five years of high school biology, and worked four seasons for the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
Kendra recently received her master’s degree in environmental education, and recently relocated to Homer with her husband, Jon, and two young daughters.
In addition, the Refuge’s Youth Conservation Corp program is once again offering two paid internships to Homer youth, ages 14 – 19. Students will experience Refuge work in biology, education and maintenance, working alongside two Sand Point, Alaska youth. Unique travel experiences include teaching at the Sand Point culture camp, travel by ship, and field work in Southwest Alaska. Applications are available now at Islands & Ocean and are due April 21.

Garden, farm and food storage

The Pratt Museum hosts a community conversation from 5 to 7 p.m. today (April 16) on food heritage, preservation techniques, community food networks and the future of local food. Attendees are encouraged to bring a favorite or unique home-preserved food to trade.
On Friday, join Homer environmental artist, basket and story weaver Mavis Muller as she shares her personal reflection of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill via a talk and slideshow. “Remembering: Community Art as Healing Force,” starts at 6 p.m. at the Pratt Museum.
For more information, call 235-8635.

Red Cross volunteer helps with landslide

Homer Red Cross volunteer Trisha Davis deployed to Washington State on Friday as a staff wellness manager to help with the landslide that impacted residents of Oso and Darrington.
Davis has been a Red Cross volunteer for more than 16 years, and said she was, “looking forward to being a part of the recovery process.”
Through Thursday (April 10), Red Cross workers have served almost 25,000 meals and snacks, handed out more than 7,000 comfort and relief items and provided more than 7,100 mental health or health-related contacts. In addition, Red Cross shelters have provided 140 overnight stays.

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