Announcements

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.

The Homer Fish and Game Advisory Committee meets 6 p.m. Tuesday at the NERRS building on Kachemak Drive. The agenda will include discussion of the Board of Game proposals pertaining to moose, sheep and bear, the Board of Fisheries proposals pertaining to clams, and any other business that may come before the committee. For more information, contact Dave Lyon at 399-2340. 

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. The amount available for the 2015 grant cycle is $31,030. Apply by 5 p.m. Feb. 20.

 The City of Homer Grants Program supports locally-based nonprofit organizations that provide services within the city of Homer. The applicants must be IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations, in existence in Homer a minimum of three years, with their primary facility and core programs, activities and services offered within the Homer city limits. The organization may have no other financial or in-kind support from the city of Homer. Funding is for general operating support. Application forms are available online at www.homerfoundation.org or from the Homer Foundation office. Contact Joy Steward at 235-0541 or jsteward@homerfoundation.org.

Cooperative Extension

Thinking about applying for a high tunnel through the Natural Resources Conservation Service? NRCS and the Cooperative Extension Service offer a class 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 18 and 25 at the Kachemak Bay Campus. Learn what it takes to apply, the record keeping required, construction considerations from snow loads to irrigation, soil and nutrient management, pest control ideas, crop variety information and more. The class is for new high tunnel operators to introduce the concept and provide information to help make the decision process easier. Space is limited and registration is required. Classes are taught by NRCS and Cooperative Extension staff in partnership with Kenai Peninsula College campuses using distance delivery and in person presentations. To register, call CES at 907-262-5824 or 800-478-5824 or the Kachemak Bay Campus at 235-7743.

Friendship Center

Friendship Center Adult Day Services is open between the hours of 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. Call 235-4556.

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; Friday, pan seared ahi tuna; Monday, turkey meatloaf; Tuesday, chicken pot pie; Wednesday, baked pork chops; next Thursday, roast turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy.

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 235-4555.

Duplicate Bridge meets Thursdays at 1 p.m.

Caregiver Support Group meets 2-3:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday in the senior center conference room. Call Pam Hooker at 299-7198 or Daniel Weisser at 235-4555.

Kachemak Bay Campus

Registration for January through April classes is now going on. Marine Trades training workshops include Marine Safety with Eagle Enterprises, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11, $25; Lines, Rigging and Gear with Bulletproof Nets at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18, $25, and Marine Electronics with Southcentral Radar; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25, $25. A High Tunnel Workshop with the Cooperative Extension Service is 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 18 and 25. Otherr upcoming spring classes include Gourmet cooking/culinary arts, Seaweeds of Kachemak Bay, Watercolor Painting, Garden Design, Boating Safety/NASBLA and Fly Fishing. To earn your GED or improve basic reading, writing and math skills, call 235-1606.

At 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 is a reading with writer Dave Atcheson. 

Pratt Museum

Admission to the museum is free for February. Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Business offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Brooks Fish: 30 Years of Counting Fish at Brooks Lake, Katmai National Park and Preserve” is now on exhibit. The exhibit shows visitors how counting fish at Brooks Lake helped develop management methodology used to regulate one of the most important sockeye salmon fisheries in Alaska. 

South Peninsula Hospital

South Peninsula Hospital offers free help with certified application counselors for people wanting to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Dates for assistance are Feb. 7 and Feb. 14. Call 235-8101 to make an appointment.

South Peninsula Hospital offers free education and discounted heart screenings during February heart health month to help prevent heart disease. At 6 p.m. Feb. 19 is a  public forum on heart health at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Speaking are Dr. George Rhyneer, visiting cardiologist, and Doug Duncan, pharmacy director at South Peninsula Hospital. The topic is “Gambling with Your Heart: How to Increase Your Odds for Staying Heart Healthy.” Healthy refreshments will be provided.

During February, two screenings will be offered at a special $99 rate. The first, a Cardiac Scoring CT scan, is a noninvasive, 15-minute imaging procedure which scores calcium buildup in the arteries. The procedure should be considered for individuals who may be at a high risk for developing heart disease. A physician referral, appointment and prepayment are required. Contact the Imaging Department at 235-0363 for additional information.

The second screening, a heart health blood test, screens for cholesterol, cardiac risk, anemia and diabetes. No appointment or referral is necessary, but registration and prepayment are required. Contact the laboratory for more information at 235-0338.

For more information, visit www.sphosp.org or call 235-0285.

SVT Health & Wellness

SVT Health & Wellness offers classes covering all aspects of wellness every Thursday at 6 p.m. Today’s class is “Creating a Safe Community: One Green Dot” with the Green Dot Homer Team featuring Green Dot National Founder Dorothy Edwards. Curious about how to proactively create a safer Homer? This interactive workshop introduces Green Dot, which empowers people with skills to take action when they see warning signs of interpersonal violence. Learn more at www.greendothomer.org.

 

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