Set aside a bit of time this Sunday afternoon to join Ed Berg on a Homer Native Plant Society Lichen and Moss Walk. The hike starts at 1 p.m. from the Calvin and Coyle Trail. (Take East End Road to Mariner Dr. —about 1.5 miles — and turn left. A sign post on East End Road points to the trail.)
Parking is limited with no vehicle turnaround. This trail is NOT handicap accessible. The short 1-mile walk through spruce and alder forest, as well as wetlands, offers a variety of interesting lichens and moss.
After a fair amount of planning, the Homer Harbor Master’s office is slated for construction this summer. Public Works Director Carey Meyer said construction of the new office should begin soon.
The city council awarded a $2,082.687 contract to Steiner’s North Star Construction to construct the new 4,778 square foot building on the back side of the harbor. It will be accessed by the Freight Dock Road, and closer to the deep water dock.
The fate of the old building has yet to be determined.
The new building was designed by Klauder and Co. architects. It features a broad half-circle front side with windows facing all parts of the harbor, providing a broad view of harbor activity.
Head over to the Homer Farmers Market this Wednesday to get your hands on some high quality, sustainably caught sockeye salmon from Alaska Marine Conservation Council’s “catch of the season program” at the AMCC Booth. AMCC is partnering with Naknek Family Fisheries to bring southcentral residents the opportunity sockeye salmon harvested by community-based fishermen in Naknek.
Green Dot will host its Fourth Friday Workshop from noon-1 p.m. Friday, at the Kachemak Bay Campus. This month’s discussion will focus on what prevents us from acting, even when we get that gut feeling that the violence we’re witnessing isn’t OK.
For more info about Green Dot, visit www.greendothomer.org
Sustainable Homer has created a Homer Wisdom Cooperative Facebook page for people working on a sustainable project to connect and chat. “Sustainable projects” include: gardens, high tunnels, root cellars, green roofs, shipwrights work, metallurgy, food or medicine gathering, growing, processing, preserving, cloth or fur procurement, natural building, natural painting, wood collection, solar building … (alternative sustainable anything, really.)
Even art, music, drumming, storytelling and dancing are included; it’s basically anything you want to teach, share, or learn together. Post the project with a contact on the page and anyone who wants to help and learn can sign up — or show up.
Gov. Sean Parnell and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute chose Chef Mandy Dixon to represent the State of Alaska at the Great American Seafood Cook-off in New Orleans on Aug. 2.
A lifelong Alaskan, Dixon is the chef and owner of La Baleine Café on the Homer Spit. She also serves as Within the Wild Adventure Company’s pastry chef.
Dixon will represent Alaska in the annual cook-off that brings 19 chefs from across the country together to compete for the title of “best seafood chef in the nation.”
Each chef will use ingredients from their home states. The cook-off is held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans and is open to the public.
Dixon’s homemade ramen noodle dish tied her for second place in the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off, held in Anchorage in 2013.
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