Rachel Romberg, victim services coordinator for South Peninsula Haven House, poses after running a Mindfulness Meeting last Friday.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Mindfulness meeting: finding weekly serenity

Stressed out? Anxious? Maybe the holiday chaos has gotten to you. Maybe the bills have stacked up and you're trying to figure out how to… Continue reading

Rachel Romberg, victim services coordinator for South Peninsula Haven House, poses after running a Mindfulness Meeting last Friday.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Homer’s Best Bets

With only 19 shopping days left until Christmas, now is when seasoned shoppers get frantic. We Alaskans know you can't put off mailing packages to… Continue reading

Scott Miller greets customers to his booth at the 2011 Nutcracker Faire. Miller makes inlaid wooden pendants and small plaques.-Photos by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Nutcracker Faire: something for everyone, even Santa

By  The sights and sounds of the Christmas holiday will fill the Homer High School commons and gym this weekend with Homer Council on the… Continue reading

Scott Miller greets customers to his booth at the 2011 Nutcracker Faire. Miller makes inlaid wooden pendants and small plaques.-Photos by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Young girls dance  during the party scene of the Nutcracker Ballet in the 2011 production.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Arts Briefs

Annual Nutcracker Ballet opens  The 24th annual production of Homer’s Nutcracker Ballet opens with a matinee performance at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Mariner Theatre,… Continue reading

Young girls dance  during the party scene of the Nutcracker Ballet in the 2011 production.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Pratt show looks at art, stories of quilts

Pratt show looks at art, stories of quilts

Homer’s fiber artists can be found all over, at shows like Wearable Arts, in galleries and even in small couture shops. If you want to… Continue reading

Pratt show looks at art, stories of quilts
Pretty sweet,

Homer’s Best Bets

Recently an alert citizen called the paper saying a friend overheard some government types at a café talking about a secret project to change the… Continue reading

Pretty sweet,
High tides and a waxing moon

Homer’s Best Bets

Slouching into middle age, the Betster has been facing the bitter reality of a youth-deficient body. Things just break down and wear out. Yeah, growing… Continue reading

High tides and a waxing moon

Homer-grown musician launches Kickstarter project for album

Eternal Fair, Homer-grown musician Andrew Vait’s group, has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for its debut full-length album.  “The songs that we’re going… Continue reading

Surfing film to show again Dec. 1 at Homer Theatre

“Alaska Sessions,” a film about a month-long surfing trip from Sitka to Homer, shows again at 1 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Homer Theatre. Admission… Continue reading

KBC Director Carol Swartz poses with Gov. Sean Parnell after being recognized as one of the recipients of the2012 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities. The awards were presented at an Oct. 18 dinner at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage. -Photo provided

‘Distinguished Service to the Humanities’

For nearly a dozen years, writers have been gathering annually on the shores of Kachemak Bay, sharing their talents, insights and expertise, and celebrating their… Continue reading

KBC Director Carol Swartz poses with Gov. Sean Parnell after being recognized as one of the recipients of the2012 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities. The awards were presented at an Oct. 18 dinner at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage. -Photo provided
Hungry members of the public enjoy the 2011 Share the Spirit spaghetti feed.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Spirit of sharing fills holiday season

By McKibben Jackinsky Staff writer It’s full-steam ahead into the holiday season with Share the Spirit, a community-wide effort to ensure no one goes without… Continue reading

Hungry members of the public enjoy the 2011 Share the Spirit spaghetti feed.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Homer’s Best Bets

Slip sliding down West Hill Road the other day in a thermally confused snowstorm, the Betster realized that some drivers don’t live in the reality… Continue reading

Octopus Garden holds holiday show

The Octopus Garden, a Homer Spit shop open in the summer,  holds a special winter show over the Thanksgiving weekend at owner Lynn Naden’s home… Continue reading

Writers Contest entries due Nov. 21

The deadline for the Homer Council on the Arts 21st annual Kenai Peninsula Writers Contest is fast approaching. Entries are due Nov. 21. Literary artists… Continue reading

Caressa, Dean win video contest

  Homer musician Caressa and video director Tehben Dean have won first place in F Magazine’s music video contest. The video features Caressa performing her… Continue reading

Photojournalist’s book documents Alaska career

Photojournalist’s book documents Alaska career

In the introduction to his book, “Snap Decisions,” photojournalist Jim Lavrakas calls himself “the last ambulance chaser.” A big hunk of the 152-page photo-filled memoir… Continue reading

Photojournalist’s book documents Alaska career
South Peninsula Haven House Executive Director Jessica Lawmaster, left, and victims services coordinator Rachel Romberg, right, hold up the Homer Thrift sign at the store on East End Road-Photos by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Homer thrift: more than a second-hand store

For women and children staying at South Peninsula Haven House, the domestic violence shelter has an in-house second-hand clothing supply. Called “My Sister’s Closet,” it’s… Continue reading

South Peninsula Haven House Executive Director Jessica Lawmaster, left, and victims services coordinator Rachel Romberg, right, hold up the Homer Thrift sign at the store on East End Road-Photos by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Otterly fun

Homer’s Best Bets

Did this year’s election drive you nuts? For future reference, the Betster has discovered a sure-fire way to avoid the madness of a ruthless presidential… Continue reading

Otterly fun

Arts Briefs

Ellis Paul and Radoslav Lorkovic play together in Homer on Friday  Longtime friends and internationally touring folk-blues musicians Ellis Paul and Radoslav Lorkovic perform for… Continue reading

Red Cross volunteer nurse Trisha Davis of Nikolaevsk organizes relief supplies at her assigned location in the New York area-photo provided

CaN-Do Spirit impresses Alaskans in New York City

A 6 a.m. alarm clock signaled the beginning of Tuesday for Trisha Davis of Nikolaevsk. By 5:30 p.m., she was finally having her first meal… Continue reading

Red Cross volunteer nurse Trisha Davis of Nikolaevsk organizes relief supplies at her assigned location in the New York area-photo provided
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