Community News – July 30

Hoka Hey here!

Photos by Sue Baxter Drake

Photos by Sue Baxter Drake

The first of the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge began arriving in Homer on Sunday. The race began in Key West, Fla. traveling approximately 7,500 miles. The race is intended to test rider’s abilities to navigate, endure and persevere along some of the most technical roads in North American, according to the website.

Pratt awarded grant for new exhibition

The Pratt Museum announced the National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a grant of $300,000 for the People and Place exhibition. The exhibit will be installed in the new museum building, said Diane Converse, Pratt Museum Director and CEO. 
The objective of the exhibit, entitled “Living Communities of Kachemak Bay,” is to present personal perspectives, a sense of place and a responsibility to self and community. 
Recipient of the National Award for Museum Service — the country’s highest honor for museums — the Pratt is one of only five nationally accredited museums in Alaska. The Pratt’s mission is to preserve the stories of the Kachemak Bay region and provides a gathering place for people to learn and to be inspired by the region. The museum serves 25,000 visitors per year.

Celebrate clean water, healthy salmon

Renowned scientist and author David Montgomery will speak at this year’s Inletkeeper “Splash Bash” event. This free, public event with food, music and information celebrates clean water and healthy salmon, and recognizes Inletkeeper’s members and supporters.
The 17th-annual “Splash Bash” will be held at Bishops Beach Pavilion on July 31, from 6-8 p.m..
Montgomery, a MacArthur Genius Award Winner, is a professor in the University of Washington’s  Department of Earth and Space Sciences, where he studies the evolution of topography and the influence of geomorphological processes on ecological systems and human societies. He also authored the book, “King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon,” which explores the decline of salmon from Europe to New England to the Pacific Northwest.
Montgomery will also play with his band, “Big Dirt,” at Salmonstock on Aug. 2 in Ninilchik.
For more information about Inletkeepers’ Splash Bash, call Rachel at 235-4068 x29.

Library crowns 2014 LEGO masters

Thirteen LEGO lovers put their best creations up for judging at this year’s ice cream celebration at the Homer Public Library. The following builders received awards for their handiwork in a variety of categories:
5 and under
Open: 1. Brennan Steen; 2. Zephan Jones
New Species: 1. Eliran Weisser; 2. Levi Brand
6-11 years
Open: 1. Einar Pederson, 2. Kelly Super
New Species: 1. Zephaniah Weisser; 2. Sidney Flora
Team: Theo and Seamus McDonough
12-18 years
Open: 1. Rio Shemet-Pitcher; 2. Rhodes Turner
New Species: 1. Felicity Jones
People’s Choice: Rio Shemet-Pitcher
If you entered a LEGO creation for this year’s contest, don’t forget to pick it up at the library.

Self-healing workshop gets to the point

Dr. Norm Shealy will give a workshop in integrative medicine at the Elks Lodge this Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 2 & 3). This workshop will go over the five acupuncture circuits Dr. Shealy has developed, as well as the oils he has used for each. 
The host of the workshop is $250. For more information, contact Ruth Alvarez at 322-9863 or email

The cream of the crop

Homer Garden Club hosts its eight-annual Gardener’s Weekend this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2 & 3. Join the club for two days of activities, and hear from this year’s special guest, Debra Prinzing.
Prinzing is a West coast outdoor living expert who writes and lectures on gardens and home design. On Saturday, she will offer a hands-on workshop at 3:30 p.m. Attendance is limited to 24, and the $20 tickets are available at the Homer Bookstore. Prinzing will also speak on garden inspiration and beauty at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday kicks off the Open Garden Tours, with tickets offered at the Homer Bookstore. Receive a map to the different gardens featured on this year’s self-guided tour.  You can then spend the day — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. — checking out different forms of inspiring gardens.
Sunday closes with a Gardener’s Reception from 5-6:30 p.m. at Bear Creek Winery. Join in for food and garden stories.

KBBI seeks input on events, causes

Complete KBBI’s online survey and provide contact information, and you’ll be entered to win a round-trip water taxi ticket for two across Kachemak Bay ($150 value). For drawing rules and FAQs please visit

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