I'm from a small town of 1800, high up in the mountains... and homeschooling is absolutely NO bar to community participation. About 1/3 of the kids in the county homeschool, actually, for a wide variety of reasons from academics, to social concerns, to religious beliefs, to flat-out distance from school.
(I've found it harder/more isolated to homeschool our four in our small city of about 70K than in the little place we moved from (about 500), or "back home". We get along just fine, but when we visit Grandma? We get absorbed into a really great instant network of activities and acceptance, because homeschoolers are thick on the ground there.)
Your list, and the other suggestions for settling in (huge grins on the Steering Wheel Wave--that's how I know I'm nearly home!) ring true to this small-town girl!
(My folks have been in that small town (very active in the community) since 1975, and raised the whole tribe of us there. At one point, three of my siblings and their families lived there, too. And we're still "new people".)