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The R.E.C. Room

Location:

3957 Nielsen Circle (off Ben Walters Lane, next door to the Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic).

Contact:

235-3436
recroom@kbfpc.org

http://HomerRECRoom.org

Hours:

Open Monday – Friday from 3pm – 6pm

What is It?

The R.E.C Room (a Youth Resource & Enrichment Co-op) offers teens ages 12-18 a safe and welcoming environment to socialize with friends after school and get connected with positive activities and education opportunities for youth. Free ongoing programs include cooking classes, digital music production classes, poetry workshops, computer programming instruction, and workshops on healthy relationships. The R.E.C. Room offers guitars, computers and wi-fi, X-Box Kinect, art supplies, a keyboard, a library, free snacks, and other games.

A Youth Program manager is always available to help teens sort through problems or help them address urgent crises like homelessness or depression.

Free to all teens!

Volunteer:

– for fun and fundraising events
– as part of a community service project
– as part of a ‘Senior Project’
– to organize the clothing swap closet
– to offer your own class or start a group

Homer Bookstore

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Location:

332 East Pioneer Ave. #1

Contact:

907-235-7496 ; 1-888-635-BOOK (toll free) ;

homerbookstore@ak.net

www.homerbookstore.com

Hours:

Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 12pm – 5pm  Summer

Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm Winter

What is it?

“The Homer Bookstore, the oldest independent bookstore on the Kenai Peninsula, and is very likely the longest running general bookstore in Alaskan history.” Espresso Bar.

Hang out, read a book, have a coffee or hot chocolate.

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Barb’s Video & DVD

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Location:

3695 Main Street

Contact:

907-235-7454

barbsvideo@gmail.com

www.barbs.myvideostore.com

Hours:

Monday – Thursday 10am – 10pm, Friday & Saturday 10am – 11pm, Sunday noon – 10pm  Summer

Monday – Thursday 10am – 9pm, Friday & Saturday 10am – 11pm, Sunday noon-9pm Winter

What is it?

Shopping-Books, Music & Videos… Small-town video store with over 30,000 movies. New Releases come out every Tuesday at 11am, and we add other movies and TV to our collection all week long.

We have a drive-thru drop-off window,

so you don’t have to leave your car to return movies!

Regular sales:

Monday-Friday: 1 new movie, 1 new movie + 1 old movie, or 2 old movies, for $3 for 1 day Saturday: 1 new movie, or 2 old movies, for $3 for 2 days Sunday: any 2 movies for $3 for 1 day cash and checks only.

Many Rivers

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Location:

1044 East End Rd

Contact:

(907) 435-7535

manyriversalaska@gmail.com

http://www.manyriversalaska.com/

What is it?

Yoga Studio. A community center dedicated to the support of the heart, body, mind, and spirit in a space available for anyone to make things to happen.

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Homer Trolley

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Homer-Trolley

Contact:

(907) 235-2228 ;

info@homertrolley.com

http://www.homertrolley.com/

Hours:

June 18 through August 20*

Wednesday through Sunday

11:00am – 6:00pm

What is it?

Guided summertime transportation through Homer.

Cost? Discounts?

$12 for Day Pass

$10 Child and Senior tickets, Hop on and off as many times as you like, available Wednesday – Sunday only; Buy tickets from the driver when you board, or at the following locations:

Oceanview RV Park

The Driftwood Inn

What can Teens do?

Visit stops on the trolley.

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HOMER TOURS, Inc.

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Location:

(office located at HomeRun Oil – ask for Shelly)

Contact:

evening phone: 907-235-6200

daytime phone: 907-235-1394

http://www.ptialaska.net/~ericson/

What is it?

A company that offers tours of Homer. You can stop at the stop at the Pratt Museum, galleries, sightsee, learn about & photograph the Homer area.

Cost? Discounts?

1.) Overview of Homer – Driving Tour (45 min – 1 hour)

Talking tour of Homer with view stop. See the lay of the land and learn about Homer. This gives you an excellent orientation to later explore the sights at your own pace.

1 person = $25 plus tax

2 or more = $20 per person plus tax

2.) Guided Tour of Homer (3 1/2 – 4 hours)

The talking overview of Homer plus stops at museums, galleries and other points of interest, including the Norman Lowell Gallery 12 miles outside of Homer.

minimum 2 people = $45 per person plus tax

3.) Custom Tours – For those who want to plan their own itinerary.

minimum 2 people = $20/hr per person plus tax

4.) Group Tours – Call, email or fax your itinerary for rates.

5.) Step-on Guides – Call, email or fax your itinerary for rates.

Fresh Sourdough Express

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Location:

 1316 Ocean Drive

Contact:

907-235-7571

http://freshsourdoughexpress.com/

Hours:

Daily 7am – 5pm

What is it?

Breakfast, burgers, sandwiches, salads, desserts, baked goods, etc. The Fresh Sourdough Express offers full restaurant catering services and the option to rent the restaurant space during non-working hours. On Sunday mornings and Friday evenings the Sourdough has live music.

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Homer Theatre

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Location:

106 W Pioneer Ave

Contact:

(907) 235-6728

www.homertheatre.com

Hours:

2 movies play in the Winter, 3 in the Summer. Movies change every Thursday.

What is it?

A place to watch the newest movies every week, a movie theatre, with popcorn, candy, and things like hot dogs or pretzels

Costs? Discounts?

$8 per person above 12, $6 for under 11 and over $60

Monday – 6$

Tuesday – AP & Russian Villages 6$. School ID  6$   

Bring your own bowl for $1 off popcorn

Employment:

Box office, concession, janitorial work. Employment schedule is school friendly. Needs to have learning skills, customer service skills. Dress is casual. Does hire 16+ but parent consent is required for employment and rated R movies. For employment, contact Colleen Carroll 235-1969  or email at: management@homertheatre.com

Karen Hornaday Park

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Location:

629 Fairview Ave

Website:

https://www.facebook.com/…/Karen-Hornaday-Park/132843656795777

What is it?

Campground located on the wooded hillside above Hornaday Park and Playground, this campground offers 31 sheltered sites with picnic tables and fire rings.   There is potable water available next to the registration kiosk at the entrance to the campground, as well as pit toilets.  Flush restrooms are located in Hornaday Park.  

What can teens do?

Hang out, go camping.

Cost?

$15/RV/night; $8/tent/night.

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Homer Hounds

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Location:

3581 Main St, Building A,

Contact:

907-235-PETZ (7389)

homerhounds@hotmail.com

www.homerhounds.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Homer-Hounds/105217946177758

Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 4pm

What is it?

Is a place to buy all things related to pets; accessories, foods, daycare services, walking services, treats, pet sitting, etc.

Things sold:

Homer Hounds carries a variety of retail items for dogs, cats, and their people. Their selection includes pet foods, nutritional supplements, treats, toys, grooming supplies, training tools, leashes, collars, id tags, travel supplies, dog coats, and hoodies for pets and people. Our friendly staff is happy to help you find the right products for your pets.

Dog washing station with all washing tools necessary and more are provided by Homer Hounds.

What can Teens do?

Come wash their dogs, bring their dogs to be walked…

Cost?

Purchase 10 Doggie Washes, get 1 free. 15$ per Do-It-Yourself-Dog-Wash

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Alaska Wilderness 4-Wheeler Tours

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Location:

4850 Spruce Lane

Contact:

907-235-8567 or 907-399-6264

What is it?

Recreation & Adventure-Four Wheeling

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Youth Job Training Program

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Location:

Kachemak Bay Campus

Contact:

Dave Lewis

235-1663

Age Requirements: 16-21

Services:

The Youth Job Training Program offers basic academic training or tutoring for teens trying to get through high school and/or their GED. They offer basic work-readiness skills (resume writing, interviewing, punctuality, calling in sick, general work ethic, etc.), and occupational training (figuring out what you want to do and how to get the training you need for it).

Financial Aid:

The YJTP is grant-funded, allowing them to fully cover the cost of different trainings and classes. They can help with filling out college FAFSA forms, and applying for grants (such as the Pell Grant) to help pay for programs they are interested in doing.

Benefits to Teens:

Skills training. The Youth Job Training Program is set up to aid youth in moving forward to get jobs, education, and trainings they might need in order to move forward with their lives. They are able to provide clothing, advocacy, employment, aid in filling out disability forms, submitting yearly taxes, help with PFD issues, housing forms (though not rent), and some limited legal help.

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Surf Alaska

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Location:

By appointment.

Contact:

907.399.SURF (7873)

http://surfalaska.net/

What is it?

Surf shop that sells Stand Up Paddleboards, surfboards and wetsuits and accessories. Offers SUP and surf trips with Ocean Swell Ventures. The website shares tons of photos and lots of content like videos about surfing, SUPing and exploring the coast of Alaska and provides lots of information about surfing in Alaska. Links to providers in Homer and around the state that rent Stand Up Paddlebaords.

 

Kachemak Nordic Ski Club

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Location:

Meets monthly at Cook Inlet Keeper September through May.

Contact:

907-235-5304

kachemaknordicskiclub@gmail.com

brann@alaska.net

http://kachemaknordicskiclub.org/

What is it?

Kachemak Nordic Ski Club maintains  over 70 kilometers of groomed trails at the Baycrest, McNeil Canyon-Eveline, and Lookout Mountain trail systems. All three areas are groomed for classic as well as skate skiing and are located close to the town of Homer. Each area offers varying terrain with opportunities for panoramic views of Kachemak Bay and the Kenai Mountain Range. If you enjoy the ski trails, consider becoming a member.

Special events like ski races and lessons throughout the winter.

Cost? Discounts?

Individuals can join for as little as a Basic $25 membership, Super User $50, or Patron $150 levels. Families can join at the $50, $100, $300 or more levels. Businesses can join with a cash membership or by making in-kind donations.

HOMER SAW AND CYCLE offers a 10% discount on all ski related items and a 15% discount on ski packages for all current members of the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club. You must ask for the discount. Membership forms can be filled out and turned in at Homer Saw and Cycle.

CHAIN REACTION SPORTS IN ULMER’S TRUE VALUE DRUG STORE offers a 15% discount on all ski equipment and winter gear to club members. There is also a 20% discount for all school ski team members and coaches, and all Junior Nordic participants. Chain Reaction will also provide a base prep free with your purchase of skis. Your membership should be current to qualify for this benefit. Be sure to ask about the discount for club members. Chain Reaction will honor all Alaska Nordic Skier address labels even if you are from Anchorage, Fairbanks, or the other clubs.

Volunteer Opportunities:

An entirely volunteer organization. Motivated teens are welcome. Coaching for Junior Nordic, seasonal trail work.

HoWL

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Location:

1554 Homer Spit Rd

Contact:

(907) 399-HOWL  or (907) 399-4695

www.howlalaska.org/

https://www.facebook.com/howl.alaska

What is it?

Alaskan Summer Camps and Wilderness Expeditions for Youth. “Our mission is to empower young leaders by providing outdoor, experiential education through fun and dynamic adventures in Alaska.”

Financial Aid and/or discounts:

Offer scholarships, offer financial aid called DiRtBaG Awards- Discount Rates to Boys and Girls. Through the DiRtBaG program, students earn awards by participating in our annual Homer Clean-Up Week, wherein DiRtBaGgers pick up litter in town and on local beaches. “By collecting pledges from community members along with community sponsorships, we are able to fund the DiRtBaG Awards.”

HoWL has a fleet of backpacks, sleeping bags, hiking boots, rain gear and more to loan to students if they need it.

Volunteer:

Can correlate with financial aid awards involving clean up.

Benefits to Teens:

Adventure, outdoor, fun, social, experiences.

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Homer Animal Shelter & Animal Friends

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 Location:

3745 Heath Street

Contact:

Sherry Bess (907) 235-3141

Homershelter@live.com

Homeranimals@gmail.com

www.homeranimals.com

Hours:

Tuesday – Sunday 12pm – 5pm

What is it?

Homer Animal Friends pays 25% of spay/neuter, and shots; but cost includes an adoption fee, and 75% of spay/neuter costs. Need parental consent to adopt an animal.

“We’re like a safety net for the animals.  Sometimes people get into situations or there’s reasons why they can’t have their animal anymore.  And so we will gladly take their animal and take care of them until we can find them a new home.  We do that.  And people can come here and just enjoy giving animals some attention and helping out the community that way, making the animals feel comfortable and happy here, doing a little cleaning.  

We can give a little bit of advice on how to feed and take care of animals for people that maybe they’re first time pet owners.  And there’s animal control.  We can help people in the community.  If there’s a problem with a barking dog or running dogs or like that, we can step in and help out there.”

Events: Strut Your Mutt, February Trivia Night, The Buster Program on Thursdays at the shelter, classes for Dog Training programs.

Volunteer:

There are many opportunities to volunteer at the shelter. Whatever your preference; walking dogs or petting cats or cleaning.  You can also  help with events and fundraisers, or with the training classes.“Your help and support are appreciated!”