Community News – July 9

Grants awarded to Homer art entities

The Alaska State Council on the Arts awarded more than $540,215 in grants to Alaska arts organizations and artists in its first funding quarter of the year. The grants support arts education activities, strengthening the quality of life in communities, increasing access to cultural resources, programs for underserved communities, and much more.
Homer award recipients include: $8,525 to the Bunnell Street Art Center; $21,000 to the Homer Society of Natural History, $13,000 to Homer Council on the Arts, $2,930 to McNeil Canyon Elementary School, and $4,000 to “Museums Alaska.”
Homer Art Bank acquisitions include works by Deland Anderson and Peter Lind. The Alaska Contemporary Art Bank is a collection of more than 700 artworks lent out for display in State buildings across Alaska, as well as in offices of our federal legislators in Washington, DC.

Plants as medicine

Head down to the Bishop’s Beach shelter at 5 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, 10th) for the AnamCara Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk. Learn to identify the early edible and medicinal plants of Alaska in a walk about the beach, as well as each plant’s medicinal uses and how best to prepare them.
The cost for the plant walk is $5, and no registration is required. For more information, call 235-4770 or email

Making Alaska plant herbal remedies

SVT Wellness Center will host a workshop from 6-8 p.m. Thursday (both the 10th and 17th) to teach how to make medicine and food at your back door. The July 10 session teaches how to use and craft herbal oils,  teas and decoctions. (Bringing a cup of olive oil and a half-pint to one-pint-size jar would be very helpful, but not necessary.)
The July 17 session will focus on salves and tinctures, and bringing a cup of organic brandy or vinegar and  jars with good lids would be helpful. (Please don’t let a lack of supplies keep you from coming, as instructor Nancy Lee-Evans will have extras for those who need them.) This is free and no registration required.  For more information call 235-4770 or email

Farm Bureau speakers highlight services

Head to the Ninilchik Fairgrounds on Thursday (July 10) for the regular Kenai Peninsula Farm Bureau meeting at 7 p.m., following a 6:30 p.m. potluck dinner. 
Speakers this month are from the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District, and will discuss current services offered to residents of the Peninsula. These include everything from classes and tutoring for Quick Books, to help with grants and administration of grants, resource and development, micro loans, business training and support and more. For more information, call Rita Jo at 235-8116.

Wild Women Earth Wisdom

Register for a three-day course designed to help embody your animal nature, spiritual nature and feminine nature at “Wild Women Earth Wisdom” Friday through Sunday.
Explore ancient Celtic tradition and your own indigenous ways of being with nature, as well as cultivating intuition by communicating with plants, elements and nature spirits. Dance, sing and be in ceremony with sisters. The cost is $155, and more information and registration are available online.

Extension office to test pressure gauges

The Cooperative Extension Service will test pressure canner dial gauges at the Homer Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, July 12.
It is important to have your gauge tested annually for accuracy, and the testing is free. Bring the lid of your canner to the market for on-the-spot testing. Weighted gauges do not need to be tested.

Walking through the wild

Join trip leader Jane Middleton for an exploration of wild plants at Eveline State Recreation Area on Sunday, July 13 at 1 p.m. Go out East End Road to Mile 13.8, and turn left on Alpine Meadows. Travel another 0.3 miles to the trailhead, and meet in the parking lot.
The 1.5-mile walk covers a breathtaking panorama of wildflowers that changes every few weeks. The event is not handicap accessible. For more information, call 235-9344 or email

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