Announcements

Homer Senior Citizens holds a Senior Fashion Show at 6 p.m. today at the Homer Senior Center Dining Room. The theme of the fashion show is “Glitz and Glam.”  There will be refreshments, split the pot, door prizes and a photo booth, with the show itself starting at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $5 each. Call 235-4555 for more information. 

Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board holds its regular monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. today at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station, 53048 Ashwood Ave. (Mile 12 East End Road). The agenda will be posted at the station and at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Annex building at 206 E. Pioneer Ave. For more information, call 235-9811.

Homer Emblem Club No. 350 holds a Crafts Fair on Friday and Saturday 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.

East Homer Church of Christ holds a Coat Giveaway 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the church, Mile 2 East End Road and Little Fireweed Lane. To donate good clean, warm winter coats, call for drop off or pick up. Trade coats that have been outgrown, too. For more information, call 235-7606.

The annual Scandinavian and Lutefisk Dinner is at 5 p.m. Saturday at Faith Lutheran Church. The lingonberries have arrived and are waiting to be served with the Swedish meatballs. Lefse  rolling is 5 p.m. today. Bring griddles, rolling pins  and sticks to join in the fun. Reserve tickets by calling 235-7600. The dinner also includes live entertainment and a colorful display of Scandinavian sweaters.  

Learn about the forests of Seldovia and Homer in the Miocene Age 15 to 5 million years ago at the Homer Native Plant Society’s monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. Ecologist Ed Berg will discuss what the plant fossils and petrified stumps on our local beaches tell us about the past climate and ecology. The meeting also includes light refreshments and discussion of upcoming programs and field trips. For details, email jwoodring@alaska.net, call 235-9344 or visit the Homer Native Plant Society page on Facebook.

Susie Amundson holds Self Compassion for Women: Going Beyond Coffee, Chocolate and Wine from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 22 at Many Rivers. Learn about caring for yourselves in the circle of care and kindness and how self compassion can reduce anxiety and rumination. Register by Nov. 19 by calling Amundson at 509-998-1009 or email susie@wiseatwork.net. The fee is $60 for the one-day class.

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.

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

Using a food thermometer is the only sure way to determine if your food has reached a high enough temperature to destroy food-borne bacteria. Many people rely on “eyeballing” food. This can be misleading, especially if cooking by color. According to USDA research, one out of four hamburgers turn brown in the middle before reaching a safe internal temperature. With Thanksgiving approaching, a food thermometer is a must for the turkey, dressing and reheating leftovers.

Cooperative Extension has set up an identification activity to test knowledge of internal temperatures of food. Complete a five-question quiz online and be entered to win a digital food thermometer before Thanksgiving. Go to goo.gl/RhVD0F to take the quiz. Answers can be found at www.uaf.edu/ces/districts/kenai. Pick up a free copy of “Use a Food Thermometer,” “Serving Turkey Safely” and “Safe Minimum Internal Temperature Chart.” 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, roast pork loin; Friday, battered cod; Monday, turkey meatloaf; Tuesday, chicken pot pie; Wednesday, baked pork chops.

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

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

At noon Monday is a meeting with the Kenai Peninsula College Veteran’s Services Coordinator on educational/training opportunities for veterans. At noon and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday 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.

A new Aluminum Fabrication class taught by  Kelly Bottineau (Bay Welding) and Larry Staehle (KBC) for current steel welders with little or no experience in aluminum will be held 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Personal protection equipment is required. The fee is $225. Limited enrollment; advanced registration at KBC is required.

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.

South Peninsula Hospital

South Peninsula Hospital offers free help with certified application counselors to anyone wanting to sign up for health insurance made available through the Affordable Care Act. Appointments are available on select Saturdays through February, beginning Saturday. Appointments are at the hospital and are strongly encouraged to avoid a wait. Additional dates for assistance include Dec. 6, 13; Jan. 10, 24; and Feb. 7, 14. Call 235-8101 to make an appointment.

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 “Maintaining Thyroid Health” with Hillery Daily, naturopathic doctor.
She talks about thyroid medications, labs and how to interpret the results according to functional/integrative medicine principles. She’ll discuss the thyroid/adrenal connection and how stress, diet, exercise and other lifestyle factors affect their function. For more information, call 226-2228.

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace begins Nov. 15. Come get questions to your answers regarding the Affordable Care Act and what you need to do to prepare for the upcoming open enrollment at a Health Insurance Marketplace Q&A Session from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today at the
 SVT Health & Wellness Conference Room. Certified application counselors Emiley Faris and Monica Anderson will be on hand to answer questions in an informal setting. They also can assist with Medicare, Medicaid and VA applications. Stop by any time. Can’t make it to this event? Certified application counselors are available to meet for a one-on-one appointment. Please call 226-2228 to make a free, confidential appointment.

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