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Links to Homer activities and information you can enjoy while staying safe at home or socially distanced outside.

If you're on Facebook, check out the ILC TRAILS Community Connect Facebook page for LOTS of enjoyable things to do and ways to connect with your community.

Below, you'll find links for the following topics: info related to COVID-19, Taking care of yourself--body and mind, Outdoor things to do and ways to learn, Good places to go strolling or wheeling, Family time activities, Ways to be creative

Taking care of yourself--body and mind

    • South Peninsula Hospital "Healthy in Homer" website:   https://mailchi.mp/50ce486a1e8f/just-a-test-to-us-healthy-in-homer-covid-19-special-bulletin-4989549?e=b268f184d8
    • Experience Awareness Through Movement, free classes Monday through Thursday noon-1:00 pm on Zoom. Follow along as Anette Avant guides you through new ways to move and listen to your body.  In her words: "Take time to tune into yourself, calm your nervous system, make new friends while practicing physical distancing, improve your flexibility, and let go of old aches and pains.  Experience the Feldenkrais Method in the privacy of your own home."  Email kpt@kpthomer.com for more information.  (Meeting ID is 543 325 4008.)  
    • Enjoy Cathy Stingley's free Sustainable Movement class at 10:30 am on Wednesdays.  Cathy will lead stretches, do some HANDLE activities, share movements, and do exercises.  Each week is different.  There are lots of ways to join: from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android click: https://zoom.us/j/119334888; from your telephone, dial 1 408 638 0968 or +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833 and use the meeting ID: 119 334 888; if using iPhone one, tap 14086380968,,119334888#  or +16468769923,119334888#

    • Sign up to Sustainable Homer at http://eepurl.com/t2xJ1 for weekly updates and links for what's going on in Homer related to food, sustainability, and fun.  Sustainable Homer also identifies local farms that sell boxes of produce through CSA programs (CSA = community supported agriculture).

      Getting food delivered or using the Alaska Food Hub:

      • Alice's "no contact grocery" will take orders until Wednesdays at 5pm for products that will be ready for pickup or delivery on Friday. Minimum order is $100. Check it out at Alice's No Contact Grocery Store website https://aliceshomer.wixsite.com/no-contact-grocery.
      • The Salvation Army folks are delivering groceries for those unable to get groceries from the store. Please email your shopping list directly to Safeway at s1832c90@safeway.com and mention that you'd like your groceries delivered. Once they get confirmation from Safeway that your groceries are ready, they will text/call you that groceries are on the way.
      • The Food Hub is Open: Check out what you can already get at Homer’s online Farmers Market, which provides YOU with fresh, local food boxed and ready to pick up and, at the same time, supports local farmers and crafters. There is a sliding fee scale for membership, and what's available gets better and better as the season goes on, shifting just like the farmers market in variety and abundance. Check it out at: www.alaskafoodhub.org.  New to the process? Here are instructions and a helpful film explaining how it works.


    • Wellness in Quarantine: Thursdays 11:00 am-12:30 pm, hosted by SVT. Join with the button on their webpage calendar. During this time of isolation and social distancing, we can develop a mindset of pessimism, doubt, and uncertainty. All of this can lead to stress and a lowered immune system. How do we create an environment of hope, confidence, and support for ourselves and others? Each session will open with Mindfulness practices of breathing, body awareness, and self-kindness. This week: Vulnerabilty to Harm; when we are stressed we do not come from a place of compassion. Contact us: (907) 226-2228 for more information. For more information--click this link for the flyer: 041620_Wellness in Quarantine Series (1).pdf.
    • Peer-to-Peer support circle, Thursdays 2:30-4:00 pm. For a zoom invite to the weekly peer support circle, text or email eliza@ionia.org or paveloko@yahoo.com.

     


      Outdoor things to do and ways to learn

      The annual FREE Homer Steps Up Challenge hosted by South Peninsula Teams can be small (5-24 members) or big (25+ members), and you have until the challenge begins on June 1 to recruit members and decide what size division to participate in.  Winning
      • Social Distancing Work Party at the PRATT--your time and pace, their tools: How about getting some exercise and feeling REALLY GOOD about what you're doing?  The Pratt Museum is inviting folks help fix up sections of their beautiful trail system.  As they say: "Our Tools, Your Time and Pace."  If you're interested in having your own little section of trail to love into good health--yours and the trail's, leave a message for Art Koeninger at 435-3323 or email building@prattmuseum.org Once Art gets you lined out, you can work at your own pace and time and enjoy being part of this wonderful in-town trail system.  (Here's a map of it.)

      • The annual FREE Homer Steps Up Challenge hosted by South Peninsula Hospital begins June 1 and runs (steps?) until June 28.  Register here: https://homerstepsup.walkertracker.com/.  Registration is open to join a team or create your own! Teams can be small (5-24 members) or big (25+ members), and you have until the challenge begins on June 1 to recruit members and decide what size division to parti-cipate in. Teams and individuals can win things!  The Homer Chamber will draw Homer Bucks winners for three weekly step totals (75,000 or more, 50K-74,999, and 25K-49,999).  And at the END of the challenge, there will be three $300 winners (300K or more total steps), three $200 winners (200K-299,999 total steps), and three $100 winners (100K - 199,999 total steps).  So sign up to to STEP UP! 
      • The Homer Library is cooking up a variety of summer fun that all ages can enjoy remotely, including DIY Activities-to-Go, reading challenges, and more.  Register yourself or your family at 235-3180 or here: https://alaska.beanstack.org/reader365.




          Good places to go strolling or wheeling

          (If you need directions call or text Devony at 907.299.3244 or email dlehner@peninsulailc.org.)

          • Pratt Museum trails
          • Beluga Slough Trail from Islands and Ocean Visitor Center to Bishop's Beach
          • Old East End Road (there's very little traffic), turn right just past McNeil Canyon Elementary School
          • Spit Trail

          Family time activities

          • Look at other topics for lots of ideas
          • Family Scavenger Hunts -- see nine fun ideas for scavenger hunts by clicking here
          • Homer Public Library backdoor "no-contact" book checkout -- call the library at 235-3180 to find out how to take advantage of their new "no-contact" check out process.  Here's the latest from the library: 

          1. The building is still closed to the public, but you can place holds and pick them up outside the library. Place holds in three ways: log into the online catalog, send an email to circ@ci.homer.ak.us, or call 907-235-3180. If you communicate with us by email, make sure you give us a good phone number. Need help finding something to check out? Use this form, and a staff member will send you a list of suggestions.

          2. Staff will bag your items and give you a call to schedule a pickup time. Pickup will be available Monday through Saturday, 10:00-11:45 and 1:00-4:45. At this time, please schedule only one pickup per week. Be sure to bring your library card number with you.

          3. Park in the employee parking lot, near the bookdrop, and call 907-435-3195. Staff will bring your items out to a table on the sidewalk.

          Ways to be creative (and enjoy the creativity of others)



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