Community News – July 16

Ptarmigan Arts hosts scholarship fund sale

Ptarmigan Arts will raise money to continue to fund its scholarship fund with a Scholarship Sidewalk Sale this Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The sale will be held in front of the gallery on Pioneer Avenue, and is a great chance to get some high quality art for a very good price — while helping to support the organization’s scholarship fund. All proceeds from the sale go toward the Ptarmigan Arts Visual Arts Scholarship. Paying with cash or writing a check to the Homer Foundation will avoid sales tax.
For more information, call Ptarmigan Arts at 235-5345 or check out our Facebook page.

Breast Cancer Run moves to the beach

The 20th-Annual Homer Breast Cancer Run is now a Beach Run and Ride. This year, the Sunday race starts at Mariner Park at 9 a.m. on a -4.3 tide. Participants will have the option to run, walk or bike either a 1-mile or 5-mile loop on the beach.
Participation supports access to breast cancer screening, treatment, education and other free services to local mothers, daughters. friends and neighbors through Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic. Proceeds remain local to help members of our community.
If you are interested in volunteering the day of the race, please contact Mary Lou Kelsey at 299-1985 or Strollers and dogs on a leash are also welcome.
Registration is at 8 a.m., and the race starts at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10 at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit. Pre-register at

Ninilchik organizes Imagination Library

Ninilchik now has its own Imagination Library, bringing to 34 the number of local imagination libraries in Alaska. Together, these 34 libraries serve more than 22,000 children in 111 Alaska communities. This year, 20 Alaska Imagination Libraries will receive grants from Best Beginnings totaling $325,516.
The children’s literacy program now reaches 41 percent of the estimated 53,996 children in Alaska under the age of 5. Founded by Dolly Parton, Imagination Library has grown significantly in Alaska since 2009.
Each month, the Imagination Library mails a new, age-appropriate book to every child signed up in participating communities, regardless of family income. There is no charge. Parton doesn’t pay for the books, but rather Best Beginnings and local communities raise funds. They also cover mailing costs, as well as family engagement activities.
Each local Imagination Library relies on a band of volunteers to manage their program. The Dollywood Foundation handles the book delivery system.

KBFP announces new board members/officers

Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic has elected three new members to its board of directors: Kim Smith, Mary Lou Kelsey and Bill Noomah.
Melon Purcel was re-elected to the role of Board Secretary. Also continuing in service is Megan Palma as board treasurer.

Celebrating 4 decades Barbara Lavallee art

The Art Shop Gallery on Pioneer Avenue will celebrate the work of Alaska artist Barbara Lavallee ​this Saturday, July 19, from 1-6 p.m.
Lavallee will bring a new original, along with her new book, “The Best of Barbara,” and her 2015 calendar. She will be happy to sign and personalize books, calendars and prints at the event.

Hospital to offer sports physicals

South Peninsula Hospital will host a sports physical clinic for high school students needing a physical for participation in school-sanctioned activities.
 The clinic runs from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2 at Homer Medical Center. Exams will be provided by volunteer healthcare workers from around the community. No appointments are offered, but students are asked to stagger arrival according to the following schedule: 
Last names beginning with A-E should arrive at 8 a.m.; F-J, 9 a.m.; K-O, 10 a.m.; P-T, 11 a.m.; U-Z, noon.
Because the clinic acts as a fundraiser for the local booster club, a $10 donation is requested — made payable to the Booster Club. However, no one will be turned away for lack of money.In an effort to speed the process along, parents are asked to complete page one of the two-page exam form prior to presenting at the clinic.  The form can be found at 
All students must bring or wear loose fitting shorts for the screening. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Derotha Ferraro at South Peninsula Hospital at 235-0397.

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