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It must be GROWING SEASON, because Homers Fabulous Farmers Market opens NEXT Saturday, May 26. Stroll in for fresh produce, tasty food, varied crafts, and fun entertainment—including the Kenai Peninsula Brass Band at 1 pm. And since plants are budding out and greening up, this week you can buy plants (THIS Saturday) and learn how to make nettle tea and fruit leathers later in the week. Something for everyBODY!
Also this is a great week for listening to (and even telling) stories—check out events at the Homer Public Library on Saturday and Monday.
Check out ALL of the activities highlighted in this week's calendar: weekly events May 19-26.pdf
Yes, this is the weekend when the town is alive with migrating birds and folks who've come to see them—it's the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. To see ALL the great festival activities, pick up a schedule at the Homer Chamber of Commerce or check it out online: http://kachemakshorebird.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/SB18_Full.pdf. Some fun Shorebird events are highlighted in this week's calendar, but there are too many to highlight here, so grab a schedule and mark your calendar. Islands and Ocean Visitor Center is a great place to check out what's happening this weekend.
There are other fun activities too--so check them all out right here: weekly events May 12-19.pdf and get out and enjoy!
I apologize for sending such a big file for next week's calendar. I think it's because I included an image from the Shorebird Festival, which starts next week. (Be sure to check out all the Shorebird Festival events at the link on the calendar!) Anyway, I'm off to Anchorage with a group of folks to catch the train to Fairbanks for our big train adventure--so this is a bit of a rush to send out. But here's your calendar, full of things to do! weekly events May 5-12.pdf
Happiest weekend to all o f you!!!
Spring must be here, because the City of Homer 2018 Spring-Summer Community Recreation Guide is out. You can pick up a copy at the Community Recreation office at Homer High School or check it out online: https://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/sites/default/files/fileattachments/parks_amp_recreation/page/31631/2018_spring-summer_2018_color.pdf. And if you want to help with the town's annual pre-Shorebird clean up May 5, see the flyer that follows this week's calendar. And here's the calendar: weekly events April 28-May 5.pdf
But here's something really exciting, join TRAILS and sign up for the Independent Living Center TEAM in the “Step Up” challenge. Come to WKFL Park from 3 to 5 pm on Monday to sign up and receive a free pedometer that will count your steps; or sign up online: https://www.sphosp.org/homerstepsup2018/. Then start stepping! At the end of May, individuals and teams who've taken the most steps can win prizes. So join the ILC TEAM—the more who join, the more steps our team will collect. Devony will be at WKFL Park on Monday to sign up for the ILC team and to cheer on others signing up. So STEP UP EveryBODY! (Hey Dean and Tela, I challenge YOU for ILC bragging rights! Do you think I can also get a pedometer for my dog?)
A great week is coming up, including this Saturday's FREE Earth Day Celebration at Islands & Ocean starting at 6 (or 5 for more time for food and friends, see poster at the end of the calendar).
Other highlights this week include this Saturday's annual book and plant sale at the library, the FREE movie on Thursday, and the Healthy Kids Fair NEXT Saturday. And there's lots more on the calendar. Check it all out here: weekly events April 21-28.pdf. WOW!
I had to do some real squishing to keep the calendar to 1 page this week! (Couldn't quite fit EVERYTHING--that's why I mention the April 21 Walk with a Doc below and not on the calendar.) So here's your calendar: weekly events April 14-21.pdf.
And here are just a FEW fun possibilities coming up--get all the details from the calendar:
Finally, anyone and everyone signed up for the TRAILS train trip on May 4-6, be sure to join the pre-trip meeting Friday, April 20, at 11 am at ILC. We’ll go over schedules, lodging, food, what to bring, and anything else to make this the best trip EVER! All of us on this trip will be TRAILS BLAZERS pioneering a new adventure!
Watercolor painting and propagating plants are just two of the intriguing activities you can learn about this week. And SVT’s Thriving Thursdays offers a look at a unique and effective new method of identifying and treating pain. Check out these activities and more on this week's calendar, right here: weekly events April 7-14.pdf
Also, it’s time to start collecting small rocks that you’d like to paint. TRAILS’s next Crafts at Captains—probably May 17—will offer the fun of painting rocks. (And then, if you want, you can hide them around town to surprise and delight other folks in the community.) (Yes, there are a lot of folks around town who think "Homer Rocks!" the Homer Folk School among them.)
As the weather warms (bit by bit), it’s time to think about enjoying trails and paths by going strolling and hiking or sitting in the sun instead of skiing (or slipping or slogging). On Tuesday, learn how to hike happy at Center for Coastal Studies’ Tuesday Night Lights. And there are lots of other fun ways to move through the week—like this Saturday’s contra dance at West Homer Elementary or TRAILS’ weekly qi gong and tail chi class every Thursday at the Senior Center. And you can exercise while sitting at Wednesday's Body Moves class. Check out the calendar for more ideas! Here it is for your inspiration: weekly events March 31-April 7.pdf
Tai Chi is a slow and gentle movement practice from China that is gaining popularity in the United States. Tai Chi provides exercise that enhances strength and stamina while improving balance and bone density. The practice helps reduce stress and increases body awareness. The gentle movements are suitable for all ages and all fitness levels.
The Homer Senior Center has been in partnership with the Independent Living Center’s TRAILS program to host a weekly Tai Chi class on Thursdays at 3:00. We meet in the movement room at the Senior Center. Classes are also being offered through the Seward and Kenai Senor Centers but you will have to contact them for their schedules.
As the instructor, I was recently able to travel to a training in Kenai and become certified to teach Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention. Prior to this I had been teaching a more complex Tai Chi form that was difficult for some to learn. Tai Chi for Arthritis retains the core principals of improving balance and strength but with a simplified movement routine. This program was created by family physician and Tai Chi expert Dr. Paul Lam. He studied the effects of Tai Chi for Arthritis and found that the program was successful in improving health, balance and eased the discomfort of Arthritis. You can read more about The Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention Program at the Tai Chi for Health Institute website.
Although the program is primarily done standing and stepping, it can be adapted to a seated position and retains many of the stretching and calming benefits.
We will continue our weekly Tai Chi classes but will change the focus to the Tai Chi for Arthritis program. I’d like to invite anyone that has been curious about Tai Chi to try our class. We have a nice group people practicing together that are very supportive to new people trying out the art. If you have questions about the Tai Chi program please feel free to call me, Dean Sundmark at the Independent Living Center, my number is 235-7911. Instructor Certification