Dancing with our tales

Homer Library’s ‘Raising a Reader’ continues with more ideas

Welcome to Raising a Reader! Each month, this column will feature information to help you include everyday literacy in your family’s daily routine, supporting your young readers. Here are a few tips for raising a reader by reading, talking, playing, singing and writing with your child. Early Literacy Tip: The early literacy skills of writing […]

Homer DDF’ers bring home the hardware

Homer High School’s Drama, Debate and Forensics team competed at East Anchorage High School over the weekend, and returned with the following awards: Drama Duo Interpretation: 2. Landon Bunting and Lindsey Schneider; 4. Zane Boyer and August Kilcher; 5. Eryn Gillam and Maya Jones Dramatic Interpretation: 2. Lindsey Schneider; 5. Eryn Gillam Humorous Interpretation: 4. […]

Interdisciplinary artist spends March in Homer

Allison Warden is an Inupiaq Eskimo artist with a wide range of talents. She is passionate about the self-determination of indigenous peoples and the protection of the planet, and shares her passions through performance art, theater and music.
Warden is also a rapper who raps under the name AKU-MATU and empowers youth through her workshops as an artist in the schools with the Alaska State Council on the Arts. Her work includes themes like the environment, ecology, Alaska history, indigenous sovereignty, contemporary culture and politics. Her one-woman shows take her all over the state and across the nation.
This month, Warden is Bunnell Street Arts Center’s artist in residence. During her residency, she plans to interact with community members through a talk, a workshop and an interactive play, all which center around a performance piece she’s creating called, “Let Glow.”

Kachemak Swim Club 14-and-unders share age-group accomplishments

At the beginning of the swim season in September, Kachemak Swim Coaches Rebecca Hardy and Jaime Wells asked their 14-and-under swimmers to keep journals of their swim season.
The team recently returned from Fairbanks, where they competed in the 2014 Age Group State Championships — and brought home a little hardware.
Wells asked her swimmers to write about their favorite race and their experiences at the Age Group event.

Homer hosts Husky Open

Homer Middle School played host to the 2014 Husky Open on Friday night, with 52 wrestlers from Anchor Point, Homer and Voznesenka competing in various weight classes and age groups in the school’s multi-purpose room.  Middle school teams will travel north this Saturday to compete in the Nikiski Invitational. Pool A 1. Landon Branstetter, Chapman; […]

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.

Mentoring program key to Pratt culture

Ryjil Christianson has been the Director of Education at the Pratt Museum since 2008. She started as a volunteer, mentored by Lois Bettini, who was the Director of Education at the time.

Volunteers step up to clear ice for skaters

As local kids enjoy their time away from school this holiday season, they can add one more thing to that very important to do list: head for Beluga Lake and strap on some skates.
Several local snowplow contractors have volunteered to keep a space on the northwest side of the lake clear for skaters this winter.
For the Lowe family, this is good news indeed.
“I would love to have an outdoor space for skating,” said Vicki Lowe, a member of the Homer women’s hockey team. “While the rink provides great opportunities to skate, Beluga Lake provides the added benefits of fresh air and sun.”
The younger Lowe skaters second that.

Teens use photography to address local issues

A runner pacing toward a pastel sunset. A chess match. Trees, landscapes, young students — these are all subjects teen photographers chose to illustrate the relationship between youth and alcohol.
Homer Middle and High school students are using photography to address factors that may affect a teen’s decision whether or not to drink. The images will be on display throughout January at K-Bay Caffe in “Making Choices About Alcohol: A Youth PhotoVoice Exhibit.”

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