Announcements

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. Contact Joy Steward at 235-0541 or jsteward@homerfoundation.org.

The Center’s PRIDE Program and other disability program advocates hold their 28th annual Key Campaign rally at noon Friday at WKFL Park. Participants will rally for three legislative priorities: reducing the wait list time for services, maintaining the integrity of the Medicaid waiver service system and the cost of delivering services. A lunch follows at 1 p.m. at Parkside on Ben Walters Lane. For more information, call Meg Mitchell at 235-9284.

The Woodard Creek Coalition holds a Woodard Creek Watershed Plan Open House from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Learn about the Woodard Creek watershed planning process that is just getting started. 

Cooperative Extension

Composting in the winter is no fun. Fortunately there is an easy, fun alternative for composting: vermicomposting, or the feeding of kitchen food scraps to worms. Scraps can be effectively turned into rich compost that is beneficial as both a soil amendment and slow release fertilizer. Cooperative Extension Service has a free publication that includes information on building and maintaining a worm tote, species of worms to use, what and when to feed them, and how to harvest the dark, rich castings that are so good for growing. Find “Composting with Worms” and “Worms in a Tote” at www.uaf.edu/ces/districts/kenai and pick up hard copies at the Cooperative Extension office at 43961 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite A, Soldotna. For more information, call 907-262-5824. 

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, veal roast; Friday, rockfish Milanese; Monday, baked chicken teriyaki; Tuesday, lasagna; Wednesday, curried chicken; next Thursday, roast pork loin.

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 February through April classes is now going on. Marine Trades training workshops include Marine Electronics with Southcentral Radar at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25, $25; How Steel and Aluminum Boats are Built, 6:30 p.m. March 4, $25; How Wood and Composite boats are Built, 6:30 p.m. March 18, $25; and Marine Mechanical Systems, 6:30 p.m. March 25, $25. Other upcoming spring classes include gourmet cooking/culinary arts, seaweeds of Kachemak Bay, watercolor painting, garden design, boating safety and fly fishing. To earn your GED or improve basic reading, writing and math skills, call 235-1606.

At 6:30 p.m. Friday is a reading, talk and book signing 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.

New works are in the Art Gallery through March 28. This exhibit features a collection of artwork that the Pratt Museum acquired with grants from Museums Alaska and from the 2014 Rasmuson Foundation Art Acquisition Initiative.

“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. 

A Collections Care presentation and workshop is 5-7 p.m. today. Collections Manager Darian LaTocha from the Anchorage Museum will give a presentation on rehousing and moving collections. After the presentation, he holds a short workshop on making archival boxes for your own collections and treasures.

South Peninsula Hospital

South Peninsula Hospital offers free education and discounted heart screenings during February heart health month to help prevent heart disease. At 6 p.m. today 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 “Self Care Techniques for Yourself” with Robert Bornt, licensed marriage and family therapist.

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