Community News – Aug. 27

Remembering Renn Tolman

The 22nd-Annual Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Festival is scheduled for Sept. 4 through Sept. 7. Gregor Welpton, a founding member of the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society, returns to Homer to speak on High Seas Movie Night, Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m. at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center auditorium.
Admission is $5, and includes a concert by the “Rubber Bootleggers,” who will sing in remembrance of Renn Tolman. Welpton will also hold a question-and-answer session, followed by a screening of the back-by-popular demand movie, “Around the Horn.”
For more information, go to, visit their Facebook page or call Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society Headquarters at 235-2628. (235-BOAT)

Peninsula schools accentuate the positive

With the school year underway, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is looking to start things off in a positive way. According to a school board bulletin, a program called Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports is seeing great results in the schools.
Homer Flex and Ninilchik schools were two peninsula schools that implemented the program in the 2013-14 school year. The result last year — including x central peninsula schools — was 365 fewer discipline problems, resulting in more time to devote to academics. Razdolna, Voznesenka and West Homer Elementary are implementing the program this year.
Homer High School Intensive Needs program received the 2014 inclusive Practice Award from the governor’s council on disabilities and special education.
The school board meets in Homer on Sept. 8.

Pratt Museum hosts party for volunteers

Pratt Museum volunteers and their families gathered on the lawn of the Museum last Tuesday (Aug. 19) afternoon to enjoy a feast and music by the Homer Ukulele Group Society.
Frida Renner was named youth volunteer of the year, and Tom Kane chosen as adult volunteer of the year.
Staff choice award went to Frank Vondersaar, who hosts the pioneer cabin adjacent to the main building.
“Adventurer of the Year” comes to Homer
Author Jennifer Pharr Davis, author and 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, will present from her new book, “Called Again,” on Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Homer Public Library Conference Room.
In 2011, Davis tested her limits. With the support of her husband Brew and a dedicated group of volunteers, she hiked, stumbled and sometimes crawled the 2,181 mile Appalachian Trail in 46 days (an average of 47 miles per day.) She became the fastest person to hike the trail and first woman to set the mark.
Davis will talk about her challenges and lessons learned along the trail, show slides from more than 12,000 miles of hiking in places like Australia, Kenya, Peru, Switzerland, Scotland, Spain, Iceland and Corsica and answer questions about her many hiking exploits. Following the presentation, Davis will be available to sign copies of her book.
Presented by Friends of the Homer Public Library.

You are what you eat

“Food for Life,” a series of cooking classes taught by certified Food for Life instructor Phil Eherenman, is coming to Homer. Eherenman recently moved to Homer with his wife, Sandy, after several years presenting these classes at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage. He works with the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine to bring life-style health and practical delicious recipes to people who are survivors or want to avoid cancer, diabetes, heart-disease and other “diseases of choice.”
Eherenman has an excellent grasp of the science behind a healthful, plant-based lifestyle and gives superb demonstrations. The classes bridge nicely from the head-knowledge of the CHIP lectures to your own kitchen and family meals.
Contact Eherenman at 435-0803 for more information, or register at

Come for the food, stay for the stories

Local author Cherry Jones will read from her books: “More than Petticoats: Remarkable Alaska Women” and “Myths and Mysteries of Alaska” at a free community meal tomorrow (Thursday, Aug. 28), at 5:30 p.m. at the Homer United Methodist Church. After dinner, kick back with a cookie and a cup of coffee and enjoy some epic Alaska tales from a great storyteller. Jones’ books will be available for purchase, with proceeds donated to support the local ministries of Homer United Methodist Church. For more information, call 235-8528.

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