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Homer happenings from years past

A bald eagle sits on top of the gazebo at Mariner Park on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Waiting for 2020 to end is like hoping for a kidney stone to pass. If you’ve never experienced the pleasure of that life event, imagine… Continue reading

A bald eagle sits on top of the gazebo at Mariner Park on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Fireworks explode in the sky above Mariner Park on Jan. 1, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. The fireworks show is crowdfunded and was delayed by one day this year due to a blizzard on New Year’s Eve. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Crowdfunded fireworks return for third year

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Fireworks explode in the sky above Mariner Park on Jan. 1, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. The fireworks show is crowdfunded and was delayed by one day this year due to a blizzard on New Year’s Eve. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Warm chili shrimp salad with little gems and tomatoes makes a festive holiday dish with its Christmas red-and-green colors, as seen here on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, in the kitchen of her Homer, Alaska, home. (Photo by Teri Robl)

Kachemak Cuisine: Try shrimp dishes for a festive holiday treat

Fresh Alaska shrimp works best for Charmoula sauce, warm chili shrimp salad recipes.

Warm chili shrimp salad with little gems and tomatoes makes a festive holiday dish with its Christmas red-and-green colors, as seen here on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, in the kitchen of her Homer, Alaska, home. (Photo by Teri Robl)
Memorial luminarias provide a somber light at Hospice of Homer's "Light Up a Life" and 35th Anniversary Gathering last Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, at WKFL Park in Homer, Alaska. The event honored staff and volunteers who have helped out at the organization over the decades. As a fundraiser for hospice, people purchased luminarias to honor deceased friends and family.
Luminarias are a Hispanic tradition where candles are placed in a paper bag weighed down with sand. Also known as farolitios, Catholics place luminarias to guide the spirit of the Christ child to one's home. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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It’s going to be tough this Christmas. Many of us will be sharing the day with just our intimate family circle. To be COVID-19 safe,… Continue reading

Memorial luminarias provide a somber light at Hospice of Homer's "Light Up a Life" and 35th Anniversary Gathering last Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, at WKFL Park in Homer, Alaska. The event honored staff and volunteers who have helped out at the organization over the decades. As a fundraiser for hospice, people purchased luminarias to honor deceased friends and family.
Luminarias are a Hispanic tradition where candles are placed in a paper bag weighed down with sand. Also known as farolitios, Catholics place luminarias to guide the spirit of the Christ child to one's home. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Years Ago

Homer happenings from years past

Swift Blackstock as Young Clara poses for a photo on Dec. 3, 2020 in the Petit Nutcracker Ballet at the Homer Nutcracker Productions' black box theater in the Wildberry Building in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Jennifer Norton)

Nutcracker holiday tradition continues through the screen

‘Petite Nutcracker’ dance will be filmed instead of performed live

Swift Blackstock as Young Clara poses for a photo on Dec. 3, 2020 in the Petit Nutcracker Ballet at the Homer Nutcracker Productions' black box theater in the Wildberry Building in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Jennifer Norton)
Packing the dough in a bread pan gives the cookie a thin, rectangular shape, on Dec. 15, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kalifornsky Kitchen: Festive without the fuss

Now that I’m an adult, I’ve realized I hate decorating cookies and I’m not good at it either.

Packing the dough in a bread pan gives the cookie a thin, rectangular shape, on Dec. 15, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Years Ago

Homer happenings from years past

Mount Iliamna glows pink as the sun rises on Wednesday morning, Dec. 16, 2020, as seen from Diamond Ridge near Homer, Alaska. Iliamna is one of three Cook Inlet volcanoes visible from Homer. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Mount Iliamna glows pink as the sun rises on Wednesday morning, Dec. 16, 2020, as seen from Diamond Ridge near Homer, Alaska. Iliamna is one of three Cook Inlet volcanoes visible from Homer. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
"Tanner Crab with Barnacles" is one of the wood sculptural pieces in Kim Schuster’s exhibit, “Science Observed Through Art: Unsung Species,” as seen here on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, at Ptarmigan Arts in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Artist and scientist seeks to make science accessible through sculptures, paintings

Homer artist wants to spotlight marine animals that aren’t well known or well understood.

"Tanner Crab with Barnacles" is one of the wood sculptural pieces in Kim Schuster’s exhibit, “Science Observed Through Art: Unsung Species,” as seen here on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, at Ptarmigan Arts in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
An ink and watercolor painting by Homer High School student Anna Neland was one of the pieces created for the Homer Council on the Arts' "Art from the Heart" project. Student artists created art that was shared in November 2020 with local seniors in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Homer Council on the Arts)

Artists, musicians share art with seniors in ‘Art from the Heart’ program

Musicians and student artists shared their creations with local seniors recently in the Homer Council on the Arts’ “Art from the Heart” program, the arts… Continue reading

An ink and watercolor painting by Homer High School student Anna Neland was one of the pieces created for the Homer Council on the Arts' "Art from the Heart" project. Student artists created art that was shared in November 2020 with local seniors in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Homer Council on the Arts)
Teri Robl's German chocolate cookies, as seen here on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, in the kitchen of her Homer, Alaska, home. (Photo by Teri Robl)

Kachemak Cuisine: Try these scrumptious chocolate cookie, cake recipes

Growing up, the favorite family cake was German chocolate with coconut pecan frosting. Mom was too busy having fun with my little sister and me… Continue reading

Teri Robl's German chocolate cookies, as seen here on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, in the kitchen of her Homer, Alaska, home. (Photo by Teri Robl)
Although snow has fallen on Poot Peak, the image of the iconic bear’s eyes and nose of the mountain remains faint, as seen here on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. The mountain is named after Henry Poot, also known as “China” Poot, an Alaska Native man who hunted and fished in the area in the early 1900s. According to Marilyn Sigman’s “Entangled: People and Ecological Change in Alaska’s Kachemak Bay,” Poot was the son of a Native woman and a Chinese cannery worker. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Although snow has fallen on Poot Peak, the image of the iconic bear’s eyes and nose of the mountain remains faint, as seen here on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. The mountain is named after Henry Poot, also known as “China” Poot, an Alaska Native man who hunted and fished in the area in the early 1900s. According to Marilyn Sigman’s “Entangled: People and Ecological Change in Alaska’s Kachemak Bay,” Poot was the son of a Native woman and a Chinese cannery worker. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Years Ago

Homer happenings from years past

Catie Busch's "Radio Group," a work in her exhibit, "Water Haul," opening Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, at Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Bunnell Street Arts Center)

First Friday: December shows feature art about fish and fishing

Most galleries won’t hold receptions, but new shows are open during regular hours

Catie Busch's "Radio Group," a work in her exhibit, "Water Haul," opening Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, at Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Bunnell Street Arts Center)
Ginger molasses cookies make for a delicious, chewy way to spread holiday cheer to family and friends isolated during the pandemic, photographed on Nov. 30, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Festive, yummy and low-key

Ginger molasses cookies make the perfect holiday treat

Ginger molasses cookies make for a delicious, chewy way to spread holiday cheer to family and friends isolated during the pandemic, photographed on Nov. 30, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Snow falls on the Cape Lynch, right, and other boats on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News).

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Snow falls on the Cape Lynch, right, and other boats on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News).

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The sign for the "Fun with 5x7" show at the Homer Council on the Arts, on display through Dec. 17, 2020, at the gallery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

‘Fun with 5×7’ show at Homer Council on the Arts inspires creators to think small

The Homer Council on the Arts’ annual “Fun with 5x7” show challenges artists to think small and create within the confined space of 5-inches by… Continue reading

The sign for the "Fun with 5x7" show at the Homer Council on the Arts, on display through Dec. 17, 2020, at the gallery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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