Community News

Posted: Monday, June 17, 2002

Homer family plans India fund-raiser

A Homer family will sponsor a fund-raising dinner and silent auction this month to benefit Action for Self-reliance, Hope and Awareness, a grass-roots organization that works in the slums of India to provide emotional, medial, legal and physical assistance to women and children in hardship situations.

The event, to include a full Indian dinner, live sitar and tabla music and an auction of silk scarves and Pashmina shawls, will be at 7 p.m. June 29 at the Elks Club in Homer. Tickets are $15 each or $35 for a family of four.

For more information, call Tara Moss at (907) 235-4925.

RIF Web site offers summer program

Reading is Fundamental Inc., the nation's largest children's and family literacy organization, announced its new summertime reading adventures feature within the RIF Reading Planet interactive section of its Web site.

The feature, which can be found under the heading "In The Spotlight," provides parents and kids with a variety of ideas and resources to provide fun learning at home during summer break.

The site offers a downloadable brochure of recommended activities that families can use to create 10 weeks of indoor and outdoor projects to develop reading and related skills. Children can also find recommended books and activities on topics, search for books by title, category, author or age range or make an adventure story with illustrations.

The RIF Web site, at, is part of RIF's three-year, $18 million "Reading Takes You Places" partnership with The Coca-Cola Company.

WRCC to host awareness run

The Women's Resource and Crisis Center will sponsor its 15th annual Run for Women starting at the Kenai softball fields Aug. 10. The WRCC is looking for women to run in the 5- or 10-kilometer event and any member of the public to volunteer at the event. The run is not a fund-raiser. It is designed to bring awareness to domestic violence and sexual assault issues in the community. For more information, call the WRCC at 283-9479.

Community golf tournament planned

The 10th annual Curly Ashfield Memorial Golf Tournament will be July 13 at the Kenai Golf Course. Tee time is 8 a.m. Players can determine their own teams, or teams will be drawn prior to tee time at 7:45 a.m. Cost is $60 and includes a barbecue. For more information, call Laurie at 283-4433 or e-mail

Homer to host antique car show, parade for July 4

Owners of antique buggies, cars, tractors, toys, motorcycles, bicycles, wagons and carts are invited to participate in an antique wheels show and holiday parade in Homer July 4.

The show will be at Spenard Builders Supply, 3978 Lake St., from noon to 4 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for "Most Alaskan," "Oldest" and "People's Choice" entries.

The annual Fourth of July parade will follow at 6 p.m. The parade will start at Homer High School and proceed down Pioneer Avenue.

After the parade, there will be a community party with music and dancing in the NOMAR parking lot.

For more information, call Boyd Walker at (907) 235-3466.

New Mexico woman seeks stories of past

Flo Hosa Dougherty of Las Cruces, N.M., is seeking stories of one-room schools for an illustrated collection of one-room school day nostalgia.

She requests people submit events, anecdotes, surprises, noteworthy classmates, personal moments, traditions, and general information about the physical characteristics of the schools.

All stories used in the collection will be printed with acknowledgements, unless otherwise requested. To share stories, write to 4901 Chagar Court, Las Cruces, N.M. 88005; e-mail to; or call (505) 523-2950.

Future Problem Solvers make national showing

Students from Redoubt Elementary, Soldotna Middle and Soldotna High schools participated in the national Future Problem Solvers competition this month at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn.

The students, who earned the trip by winning in their age brackets at the state competition this spring, met other students from around the world, got a taste of campus life and visited area attractions including Six Flags, Cape Cod and living history museums Mystic Seaport and Sturbridge Village.

In addition to touring, the students competed with students from around the world, tackling solutions to potential problems in the future. Soldotna High student Kaitlin Vadla, 16, brought home a second-place award for on-site scenario writing after she and a group of students developed a storyline about the topic, "Virtual Corporations."

Future Problem Solving is a program that teaches students to think critically and creatively. Next year's topics are sports medicine, e-commerce, nanotechnology, DNA identification and worldwide communication.

For more information about Future Problem Solving in Alaska, e-mail Gretchen Hundertmark at

Homer Yacht Club plans regatta

The Homer Yacht Club will sponsor its annual Land's End Regatta June 29 and 30 in Kachemak Bay. Area botas will be participating and visiting sailors are welcome as well.

Regatta registration and an opening reception will be June 28 at 6 p.m. at Land's End Resort. Participants and the general public are invited to attend the evening's presentations. The two-day race begins at 1:30 p.m. June 29 in front of Land's End Resort. Spectators can watch the race from the resort deck. Regatta T-shirts and hats will be available for sale throughout the weekend.

For more information, call regatta committee chair Bob Brant at (907) 235-8400.

Historical village, museum open for summer

The Soldotna Historical Society Homesteader Village and Museum is now open. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays. The museum and village are located on Centennial Park Road in Soldotna. For more information, call 262-3832.

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