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Community news - Jan. 12

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Put the screws to your shoes

Many winter runners have hobnailed old running shoes by screwing in sheet-metal screws to allow for safe running on icy roads and sidewalks. If you haven't put the screws to your shoes yet, stop by the Homer Brewery between 2:30 - 4 p.m. this Saturday, and members of the Kachemak Bay Running Club will do it for you — for free.

Bring an older pair of shoes to get your "ice ware" installed. Many runners say adding the hardware is a very worthwhile task; and if you don't like the experience, the screws are easy to remove without doing any damage to the shoes.

A three-mile run on the Spit starts at 3 p.m. — followed by a beer and the Glacier Brewery chili benefit for the ski club.

If you don't already feel screwed with the new year, come down to the brewery and complete the task.

NOW brings 'Women's March on Homer'

On Jan. 21, millions will gather in Washington, D.C. for the 2017 Women's March on Washington, uniting in the spirit of democracy, dignity and justice. For those who can't make it that far, sister marches have popped up across the country. The Women's March in Homer is one of more than 160 marches happening nationally and internationally, inspired by the Women's March in Washington D.C. and one of nine events happening statewide.

Prior to the march, the National Organization for Women's Homer NOW Task Force will hold a meeting at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Homer Public Library. The meeting is open to anyone interested, and will include agenda items on participation in the Homer's March on Washington; development of Homer NOW Task Force goals; creation of Homer NOW action items.

On Jan. 21, those wishing to participate in the Homer March should gather at the Homer Council on the Arts at 11:30 a.m. The sidewalk march — progressing down the south side of Pioneer Avenue — leaves HCOA at noon and ends at the WKFL Park gazebo. A group photo of the event is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. at the gazebo.

From 1-3 p.m., participants are invited to meet at Kachemak Bay Campus for a live broadcast of the National Women's March on Washington, D.C. and community information on women's rights and human rights.

The intention is to build connections and collaboration in our community, to raise awareness and help protect existing rights on local, state, and national levels.

As with the National March, the Women's March on Homer is an inclusive, nonpartisan event. The intent of the local march is to expresses our support for women's rights and human rights in our community and the country, rather than to criticize politicians or political parties. Anyone who is concerned about women's rights as human rights is welcome to attend.

Bernard begins work at Bunnell

Bunnell's local artist in residence, Mandy Bernard, will begin work on her community installation with a Saturday, Jan. 14 workshop on pattern-building from the field.

Join Mandy in collecting and identifying natural objects that make strong pattern designs. Then, at the Jan. 21 session, watch as Mandy transforms the front exhibition area into a large-scale pattern installation — inspired by natural elements communally collected by Homer.

Both events run from noon to 4 p.m., with a 6:30 p.m. potluck following on Jan. 21.

SPH elects Downey as new chief of staff

Rob Downey, MD, has been elected 2017 chief of staff for the South Peninsula Hospital Medical Staff. Downey offers an outpatient functional medicine practice, and is the Infection Prevention/Employee Health Physician and Long Term Care Assistant Medical Director for the hospital.

He is board-certified in Family Medicine and is a certified practitioner by the Institute for Functional Medicine. Downey replaces outgoing chief of staff Dr. Sarah Spencer?

Chief of Staff elect is Katie Ostrom, MD, OB/GYN, and secretary/treasurer is Teresa Johnson, MD, family practice. In addition to the officers, the Medical Executive Committee includes past Chief of Staff William Bell, MD, family practice; and members-at-large Brent Adcox, MD, orthopedics; and Edson Knapp, MD, radiology.

Visit [] for a complete list of the medical staff.

Phytoplankton: the Good and the Bad

Catie Bursch, harmful species coordinator for the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve, will offer interesting facts about tiny oceanic "plants" at the Jan. 17 Homer Native Plant Society meeting.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies.

The program will explain what these cells are all about and how they might affect human health in Kachemak Bay.

The presentation is free, and light refreshments will be provided.

For details, email [] or call 235-9344.


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