April 14th | Staff Report
Push your Limits with
library book discussions
Beth Trowbridge from the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies will join Friends of the Homer Library tonight, Thursday, April 13, at 6 p.m. to discuss "When the Killing's Done" by T.C. Boyle.
The novel leaves many questions unanswered: Are scientists always right? What is the relationship between decisions based on emotions and decisions based on science. How do people from the science and non-science community relate to each other?
Discussions will focus on emerging themes from the text, including the human-nature connection, and what our role is in environmental stewardship.
How does your container garden grow?
Head over to SVT Health and Wellness today — Thursday, April 13 — for a Thriving Thursday presentation by Catherine Ulmer, master gardener, nutrition and wellness coach. Catherine will demonstrate simple ways to get a garden started this year using flower pots and containers.
Explore which plants are easy to grow, how your garden will feed you all summer and how to maintain and get the best yield from your efforts. For more information, please call 226-2228.
Birders host film screening
Join the Kachemak Bay Birders for an April 17 pre-screening of the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival's featured film, "China: Between Clouds and Dreams." The event runs from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center auditorium.
The plight of the spoon-billed sandpiper is the centerpiece of this new award-winning documentary series. It was filmed over a three-year period by filmmaker Phil Agland, who had unique access to seldom-visited, backcountry China. The film includes compelling stories of the everyday people living there, combined with the gorgeous scenery and the fascinating account of the spoon-billed sandpiper.
Suggested donation for the show is $5, with all proceeds benefitting the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. This event is cosponsored by the Kachemak Bay Birders, the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the Shorebird Festival. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Lani Raymond at 399-9477.
Wildlife Refuge to host youth game warden camp
Hey kids! Can you imagine a job that allows you to investigate a wildlife forensic crime scene, use outdoor survival skills such as GPS and boating safety, help out wildlife and visit with people who enjoy the outdoors as much as you? That's the career of a Game Warden, and if you would like to experience it for yourself, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge invites all fifth to seventh-graders to a one day Youth Game Warden Camp.
In partnership with Friends of Kenai NWR, Alaska State Parks, Alaska Department of Fish & Game, and the U.S. Forest Service, Kenai NWR will host the camp on Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost of the camp is $20, which includes a camp T-shirt, lunch and a fun day of hands-on experiences. Pre-registration is required and must be received by May 10. Spots are limited, so register as soon as possible.
Camp activities include: investigating a wildlife forensic crime scene and working a case; exploring antlers, skulls and waterfowl; learning about boating safety; air rifle safety and shooting; archery and putting together a mini survival tin.
Registration packets are available electronically at www.fws.gov/refuge/kenai/ or can be picked up at the Kenai NWR visitor center. For more information about the camp, contact camp coordinator and wildlife officer, Kelly Modla at firstname.lastname@example.org or (907) 260-2851.?Oberstein directs 'Circus Auditions' musical comedy
How did all the circus gear, animals and performers end up in Arkansas instead of Alaska? Can a ringmaster and roustabouts put a circus together in Homer, in 48 hours? What is Sparkle Spalding's secret, and who's slow dancing with whom when the lights go out? "Circus Auditions" is a heartwarming musical comedy that answers those questions and more in a lively performance as 40-plus actors, singers, dancers and musicians bedazzle the Mariner Stage.
Shows are 7:30 p.m. April 15 and 21, with a Saturday matinee on April 22 at 3 p.m.
Tickets are available at The Bookstore and at the door. Advanced sales, $15, at the door, $20, children 12 and under, $10. (All adult matinee tickets are $15)
"Circus Auditions" is a Homer Nutcracker Production, written by Sally Oberstein and Michael McKinney.
It's your Earth — take care of it!
Earth Day is Saturday, April 22, and Homer kicks things off with an all-day clean-up sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Hundreds of volunteers bring in several tons of trash and recyclables, then get to enjoy a free hot dog barbecue, with potato salads, beans etc. Do your part t?clean up around town.
This year's electronic recycling event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Spenard Builders Supply, followed by the March for Science from 3-5 p.m. Marchers will start at Homer High School, and traverse Pioneer Avenue to Homer Council on the Arts.
Wrap up a busy Earth Day with a 5 p.m.-ish presentation on "Alaskans Know Climate Change" at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. It's an Earth Day finale you won't want to miss, full of food, music and great company. Presentations start at 6 p.m.
For more information contact 235-7740.