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Community news - March 17

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Learn to practice compassion

An Athabascan Baha'i, a Baptist chaplain, a United Methodist minister, a Buddhist storyteller, a Kundalini yoga teacher, a Celtic guide and a Catholic priest will gather at Homer United Methodist Church to share meanings and methods of practicing compassion on Friday, March 17 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Each will explain compassion from their perspectives, followed by a Buddhist story told by Skywalker Payne.

The second hour will offer participatory workshops, including an exploration of self-compassion with Celtic guide Nancy Lee-Evans, as well as heart meditation with kundalini yoga teacher Anna Raupp. Participants will prepare food for the Homer Community Food Pantry.

This free inter-faith event aims to unite the community in an action that transcends political, religious, social, economic and cultural differences; the practice of compassion.

Conrad Field talks salt marsh habitats

Homer Native Plant Society hosts its next meeting on Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. The meeting will feature a presentation by Conrad Field on the "Plants of An Alaska Salt Marsh." A naturalist with more than 39 years of Alaska experience, Field will present a look at salt-tolerant vegetation and the dynamic conditions that this resilient plant community must endure. Salt marsh habitats are critical to the oceanic, as well as terrestrial ecosystems?The program is free, and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 235-9344 or email []

Learn to practice self-defense in a violent culture

K-Bay Martial Arts Guro Kurt Leffler will present part four of his "Why We Fight" self-defense seminar on Saturday, March 25. The four-hour seminar starts at 11 a.m., and will be held at KBay Martial Athletics, 601 East Pioneer Ave, Suite 111. (The old DMV location.)

The program features an introduction to self-defense, personal security and safety, situational awareness and response to violence. It is both lecture and hands-on, with several scenario drills. It focuses on edged and impact weapons, improvised weapons, active shooter and counter firearm skills, discussion on violence in our culture, responses to violent acts and situational awareness.

The cost is $50 per person. Fore more information, call 299-7239.

Homer hosts hip-hop theater with 'Spiritrials'

Bunnell Street Arts Center presents a work of hip-hop theatre with "Spiritrials" on April 14-16.

Spiritrials fuses theater, hip hop and spoken word to address issues of racial profiling and discriminatory sentencing within the American criminal justice system. Accompanied onstage by DJ Dion Decibels, creator/performer Dahlak Braithwaite is an African-American everyman whose average behaviors and pretty-good intentions provoke outsize reactions on the part of the police, prompting him to reflect about his place in the world and in our society.

Performances are held at Bunnell Street Arts Center: April 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m., and April 16 at 5 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for adults, and $10 for youth. Parental discretion is advised. For more information, check out [].

Casting Call

BGS Media is casting for a feature film project here in Homer this summer. All ages and types of people are needed fo?"Top o' the World, AK." This character drama will shoot afternoons and evenings in July, with a Dec. 7 premiere at the Homer Theatre.

Film acting experience not strictly essential; musical background and skills a plus. To request a copy of the script, and to submit a short bio/headshot, email []

What does climate change look like to you?

The "Artists Know Climate Change" art contest is looking for original art submissions to display at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center during their Earth Day event on April 22.

The contest offers $500 to the best-of-show, and $2,000 in total prize money. The deadline for submission is March 3. For more information, please visit: [].


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