Girl Scouts – growing strong leaders

Kachemak Bay Girl Scouts are mentors in the making. They camp in the winter, clean beaches in the fall, decorate gift tags for Share the Spirit’s Giving Trees, decorate the Elks Club for spaghetti dinner fundraisers and make cookies for the Pratt’s Stocking Stuffer party.
“Girl Scouts is about fun and adventure, but it’s also about learning and respect,” said troop leader Tina Ball. “It is important for young girls to have good role models, and a great way to model respect is to take the girls into the community to volunteer. This gives them an outlet to be creative, thankful and artistic and lets them know they can make a difference in their community and in the world.”
Ball co-leads a local troop with Poppy Benson.

Local performers ‘Stepping Out’ of comfort zones

Homer community members are stepping out of their comfort zones and into the spotlight on the Mariner Theatre stage in an evening of artistic exploration with Homer Council on the Arts. And, while many have performed on stage before, others will perform in public for the first time. All of the performers, however, will be stretching beyond the familiar during this year’s production of “Stepping Out.”
“We encouraged artists to step out of their role in the community, their comfort zone and their usual performance and try something new, different and unexpected,” said Gail Edgerly, HCOA director.

Seattle-based singer/songwriter returns to his Homer roots

Music is what feeds Andrew Vait’s soul.
“When I write a new song, I think, ‘this is what it feels like to be alive’,” he said.
In 2011, the Seattle-based, Homer-born-and-raised singer/songwriter released “Closer To The Setting Sun.” He describes this set of solo recordings as having a “folksy, country vibe.”

Poppy Benson: One woman’s legacy of wilderness conservation

From maintaining outhouses, running rivers and chasing vandals from archaeological sites, to managing the visitor center at one of the largest National Wildlife Refuges in the United States, Poppy Benson has dedicated her life to protecting wild lands.

Hungarian anthropologist rediscovers Nanwalek’s history

Just 35 miles southwest of Homer, on the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, is a community abundant in culture and history. This is Nanwalek, aka English Bay, aka Alexandrovski. So rich is Nanwalek’s history, Hungarian anthropologist Dr. Medeia Csoba-DeHass and her husband moved to the Native village.

Film aims to inspire young women

Pretty Faces is a film about adventure. It’s a ski movie. It’s a sports documentary geared for girls. But it’s more than that.
“Honestly, we hope to transcend skiing, and really make this a message about following your dreams,” said Lynsey Dyer, the professional skier behind “Pretty Faces;” an all girls and women skiing film.

First Friday features powerful images addressing social issues

K Bay Caffe and the Homer Public Library are welcoming the New Year with First Friday receptions on Jan. 3. Both venues will showcase photo exhibits that feature powerful images addressing social issues.

Fitness guru can help get you in shape

What do Homer athletes have in common with recording artist Cher and tennis player Sloane Stephens — currently ranked 13th in the world?
Certified athletic trainer Mary Jo Cambridge, that’s what.
A certified athletic trainer for nearly 30 years, Cambridge has worked with people from all walks of life. Members of the Homer community gather at Cambridge’s Alaska Training Room on Ocean Drive to take advantage of her expertise and experience. Under her direction, athletes become stronger, faster and more agile, while non-athletes work to meet their personal fitness goals.

Local cartoonist returns to the drawing board

Even if you’ve never met Lorraine Williams in person, you’ve probably met her cartoon self in print a time or two. Her cartoon series, “You Know You’re in a Small Town When…,” depicts the ups and downs of small town life.
After a five-year hiatus, Williams is returning to cartooning with a renewed focus and a different slant.
“This time, I’m going to incorporate situations that are uniquely Homer,” she said. “The way we dress, the lack of light, tourism, fishing of course.”
The only characters that Williams is sure she’ll bring back from her other series are her husband Darren, her dog Molly, her mother-in-law Joyce, and of course herself.

Library to host ‘Liberty and Justice (For All)’ Art exhibit, events

The Homer Public Library will take part in January’s First Friday event with a 5-7 p.m. opening of the “Liberty and Justice (For All)” exhibit.

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