Announcements

The Kachemak Skeeters Youth Sport Shooting Club announces registration is open for a new season. Youth in grades 3-12 are welcome to join; however, space is limited. Anyone interested in the shooting sports but who doesn’t know much about it is welcome to come out to the Kachemak Gun Club and watch practices 10 a.m.-noon every Saturday at Mile 160 Sterling Highway, Ibenson Road near Blackwater Bend. Call or text 399-2972 for more information about the Skeeters or email kachemakskeeters@gmail.com.

Tulku Tenzin Rigsang presents “The Paramitas: The Six Perfections,” a weekend teaching, from 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday at Many Rivers, 1044 East End Road. Sponsored by Floating Leaf Sangha, a donation of $20 is requested per session or $65 for all four sessions. For more information, call Debi at 435-7044 or email homersangha@gmail.com. Tulku Rigsang was born in Tibet, and studied in India at Namdroling Monastery within the Nyingma tradition at Drepung Monastery within the Gelug tradition. He also studied in Dharamsala with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The Homer Fish & Game Advisory Committee meets 6 p.m. Tuesday at the NERRS building on Kachemak Drive. The agenda will include discussion of Board of Fish Prince William Sound proposals, discussing an experimental pollock fishery proposed for Kachemak Bay, as well as any topics concerning Fish and Game that the public wishes to bring up. For more information, contact Dave Lyon at 399-2340.

The crew of Homer’s Coast Guard Cutter Hickory extends a special invitation to the community to come tour the Hickory from noon-3 p.m. Tuesday on Veterans Day. Most of the community only gets a chance to visit the Hickory when it is dressed out as a haunted ship around Halloween. This event, free and open to the public, will allow people to learn about the day-to-day missions and operations of the vessel, and see what it is like to live and work aboard a United States Coast Guard cutter. Crewmembers will be providing guided tours throughout the ship and explaining the various roles the cutter plays in supporting the missions underneath the Department of Homeland Security. The event also pairs the ship tour with a food and household goods drive for South Peninsula Haven House. The crew will be collecting items from the list below to donate to Haven House, Homer’s local community shelter that supports victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and promotes healthy families. This is a free event and donations are not required for attendance. Items needed include laundry detergent, toilet paper, deodorant (small), disposable razors, diapers (different sizes), feminine products, coffee/creamer (powdered), granola bars, peanut butter, pasta, macaroni and cheese, and canned goods (soups, fruit, veggies, tomato sauce).

Homer Emblem Club No. 350 will hold a Crafts Fair on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15 in the basement of the Homer Elks. Vendor tables are still available to sell your favorite wares. Call Dee at 235-8081 to reserve a table. The Emblem Club also will have a table of crafts for sale and a food table.   

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies is hosting activities at their headquarters on early school release days. From 1:30-3:30 p.m. Nov. 26, the program will be “Birdfeeders and Garlands.” Participants will create natural garlands and feeders for our friends with feathers. For more information, call 235-6667.

The Homer Early Childhood Coalition is a coalition of agencies, schools, families and individuals supporting early childhood education in the Homer area. The group is always looking for help on projects, events, and feedback from parents, caregivers and professionals on ways to improve early education with children and families. For more information, contact Lolita Brache, co-chair, at lolitagrace@gmail.com, Bonnie Betley, co-chair, at bonnie.betley@alaska.gov, and coordinators Jenny Martin and Red Martin at redasselin@hotmail.com

Friendship Center

Friendship Center Adult Day Services is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday with extended hours for special situations. Programs are offered daily, including story time, crafts and musical performances. For more information, call 235-4556.

Cooperative Extension Service

Young people longing for adventure and looking for a way to positively impact the world might consider the Alaska 4–H Global Citizenship and exchange program. This program offers youth between the ages of 10 and 18 a chance to see the world by hosting a month or year-long foreign student, or by taking their own trip abroad. Youth also participate in virtual, statewide 4–H Tomodachi (the Japanese word for “friend”) Club meetings, orientations, a winter student retreat and an international humanitarian service project. The program is currently accepting outbound exchange applications for students wishing to travel abroad and family applications for the 2015 host placement year. Outbound opportunities include Japan, Finland, Costa Rica, Australia and Argentina. The summer of 2015 and yearlong hosting opportunities include students traveling from Japan, Norway, Korea and Eurasia. Youth are not required to participate in an exchange in order to join the Tomodachi 4-H Club or participate in meetings, orientations, the annual retreat or humanitarian project.

For more information about the 4-H Global Citizenship adventure or to volunteer to assist with the expansion of this program in your community, call the Cooperative Extension Service at 907-262-5824 and ask for coordinator Jason Floyd. The Cooperative Extension Service and 4-H Youth Development Program are offered through the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the USDA.

The Cooperative Extension Service is a year-round resource for a variety of topics. Visit today at www.uaf.edu/ces/districts/kenai. Or, stop by the extension office from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday in the Doors and Windows Building, 43961 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Soldotna.

Homer Senior Citizens

Homer Senior Citizens lunch is open to seniors and guests and is served 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday. The lunch menu for this week is: today, baked ham; Friday, stuffed rockfish; Monday, baked chicken pasta marinara; Tuesday, pork marsala; Wednesday, beef tacos.

Strong Women classes are 1:30-2:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Homer Senior Center. The cost is $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers per class.

Zumba Gold classes with Maria are 11 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Homer Senior Center. The cost per class is $4 members, $6 nonmembers.

Tai Chi classes are Thursday at 3 p.m. The cost per class is $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers. Call Daniel Weisser at 235-7655.

Caregiver Support Group meets 2-3:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday in the senior center dining room. Call Pam Hooker at 299-7198 or Kathy Hedges at 235-4556.

Kachemak Bay Campus

KBC Visiting Writers’ Series presents poet John Morgan Friday-Sunday. There will be a public reading and talk at 7 p.m. Friday. Morgan will conduct a poetry workshop titled “Forms of Feeling: Poetry in Our Lives” Nov. 8-9. Cost is $60. Advanced registration is required by Friday.

To earn your GED or improve basic reading, writing and math skills, call 235-1606. 

At noon or 5:30 p.m. Wednesday is an information meeting on the University of Alaska Anchorage and Kachemak Bay Campus registered nurse nursing program. At noon Nov. 17 is a meeting with the Kenai Peninsula College Veteran’s Services Coordinator on educational/training opportunities for veterans. At noon or 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19 is an information meeting on KBC’s new University of Alaska Southeast’s Fisheries Technology courses and programs.

The upcoming Winter/Spring Class and workshop schedule is now online at  www.kpc.alaska.edu/KBC/searchable_schedule.  Registration for next semester’s classes begins soon; call 235-7743 for advising information for winter/spring semester classes.

To earn your GED or improve basic reading, writing and math skills, call 235-1606

Pratt Museum

The museum winter hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; the museum is closed Monday. Business offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

“Communities, Disaster and Change” is a traveling exhibition coordinated by the Valdez Museum and Historical Archive. Framed by the 50-year anniversary of the devastating Good Friday Earthquake that struck Alaska on March 27, 1964, the exhibit features 28 artists from around the state. Each artist has submitted one piece, although some works contain multiple elements, such as diptychs and sculptural arrangements, that address the theme of natural disasters’ effects on their communities.

SVT Health & Wellness

SVT Health & Wellness offers a series of classes covering all aspects of wellness every Thursday at 6 p.m. Today’s class is “Chakras, Part Two” with Melody Barrett, licensed massage therapist.
Dive deeper with Melody in the continuation of chakra information. It will include a chakra meditation plus demonstration on how to feel for the chakra energy centers.
 The class size is limited to 20 people. For more information, call 226-2228.

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