Amy Jane Velsko earned a masters of science in nursing with a specialization in family practice from Texas Woman’s University at commencement exercises on May 9, 2015. Velsko has spent the past seven years as a registered nurse at Baylor University Medical Center, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and as part-time faculty at the Baylor University Louise Harrington School of Nursing in Dallas, Texas. She has earned nursing certifications in pain management, medical-surgical and bariatric nursing.
Between now and May 31 the Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers participate in the annual national Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign. Troopers will conduct extra patrols focusing on drivers not wearing seatbelts and passengers not properly secured in a seat belt or car seat, as well as other poor driving behaviors. Wearing a seatbelt is one easy step everyone can take to increase their chances of survival should they be involved in a wreck, troopers said.
The Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board holds its regular meeting at 6 p.m. today at the new Diamond Ridge Fire Station, 65705 Diamond Ridge Road. The public is welcome to attend. The agenda will be posted at the McNeil Fire Station and the Kenai Peninsula Borough Annex building. For more information, call 235-9811.
The Parkinson’s Support Group meets 1 p.m. Friday at the Homer Senior Citizens Center Conference Room. The speaker is Jessica Powell, a speech language pathologist for South Peninsula Hospital. For more information, call Daniel Weiser at 235-4555 or visit the group’s website at HomerPDSG.wordpress.com.
A spaghetti feed to raise funds to help with medical costs for John and Mary Ellen Ulrich is noon-4 p.m. Saturday at St. John’s Catholic Church, 255 Ohlson Lane. For more information, call 235-8436.
Poster and songwriting contests are being held on the theme of promoting resiliency. The deadline for the poster contest is 5 p.m. Friday and for the songwriting contest is 7 p.m. Thursday.
The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC) holds its board meeting at 9 a.m. Friday at Cook Inlet Aquaculture, 40610 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Kenai. The public is welcome to attend. For more information or an agenda, call 800-652-7222 or 907-283-7222. Board materials will be available online just prior to the meeting.
The Homer Farmers Market holds a film night fundraiser of “Seeds of Time” at 7 p.m. today at the Homer Theatre. There will be a door prize giveaway and theater concessions for purchase. Admission is by donation.
Martin Renner, a local seabird ecologist and lifelong birder, presents a program on Shorebird identification at 7:30 p.m. April 2 in the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center auditorium. Learn what to look for to identify the shorebirds likely to be found in Homer and around Kachemak Bay during the coming spring migration. For more information, call Lani Raymond at 399-9477.
The Kachemak Bay Running Club is hosting a 5K fun run beginning and ending at Alice’s Champagne Palace, starting at 5:30 p.m. today. Come run or walk with friends in this non-timed event, followed by the club’s membership meeting. It’s the perfect time to renew your membership, learn about upcoming club events, vote for new board members, win door prizes and enjoy some tasty Alice’s food. For more information, visit the Kachemak Bay Running Club on Facebook or the web.
Emily Bailey, daughter of Wally and Teri Bailey, has been accepted into Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology at Southwestern Assembly of God University in Waxahachie, Texas. Emily is in her senior year, receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology, a minor in intercultural studies, and an associate’s degree in biblical studies. Emily is also on the dean’s list. Emily is a 2009 graduate of Nikolaevsk School.
The U.S. Coast Guard holds Commercial Fishing Industry Day from 12:20-4 p.m. Friday at Pioneer Hall, Kachemak Bay Campus. Coast Guard examiners will be available to answer questions and concerns about mandatory commercial fishing requirements and also to make sure vessels meet new requirements. For more information, contact the USCG Marine Safety Detachment, Homer at 235-3291.
The Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board holds its regular monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. today at the new Diamond Ridge Fire Station at 65705 Diamond Ridge Road. The public is welcome. For more information, call 235-9811.
A fundraiser for Don Malcolm and his family is at noon Sunday at the Down East Saloon, 3125 East End Road. Don Malcolm died unexpectedly of cancer on Feb. 28, 2015. The event starts with a potluck followed by an auction and 50-50 split the pot. Potluck food and donations can be dropped off at the Down East Saloon.
The Woodard Creek Coalition holds a Woodard Creek Watershed Plan Open House from 6:30-8:30 p.m. today at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Learn about the Woodard Creek watershed planning process that is just getting started.
Application forms are available for the Homer Foundation’s 2015 City of Homer Grants Program. The grants program is funded through an annual allocation from the city of Homer with earnings from the City of Homer Fund and the Kachemak City Fund at the Homer Foundation. Apply by 5 p.m. Friday. Funding is for general operating support. Application forms are available online at www.homerfoundation.org or from the Homer Foundation office.
The Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board holds a budget workshop meeting at 4 p.m. today followed by the regular board meeting at 7 p.m. Both meetings are at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station at 53048 Ashwood Ave., Mile 12 East End Road. The agenda will be posted at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Annex Building, 206 E. Pioneer Ave., and at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station. Call 235-8444 for more information.
An organizational meeting for a Parkinson’s Support Group is 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Homer Senior Citizens Center Conference Room. For more information, call Daniel Weiser at 235-4555.
An organizational meeting for a Parkinson’s Support Group is 2:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Homer Senior Citizens Center Conference Room. For more information, call Daniel Weiser at 235-4555.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Homer Flotilla, offers Sailing and Boating Skills and Seamanship classes 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 27-March 26, at the Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment offices in the Homer Mercantile Building next to NOMAR on Pioneer Avenue. The fee is $45. To register, call 299-0232.
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