Announcements

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. Troopers always encourage motorists to be responsible when they are driving, including making sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled up. Children in vehicles should be properly restrained using the appropriate safety equipment, whether it is a seatbelt, a booster seat or a car seat.

The American Legion Auxiliary Post 16 distributes poppies 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Safeway. Please join auxiliary members in recognizing the sacrifice our veterans have made and wear a red memorial poppy this weekend. Donations will be accepted to support loal veterans programs. Poppies also are available at many local businesses.

The Homer Native Plant Society sponsors a native plant beach walk at 1 p.m. Sunday starting at the Bishop’s Beach picnic shelter. George Matz will lead this walk to discover what native plants grow around the bay, their properties and uses and proper places to harvest them. Please leave dogs at home and dress for the weather. For more information, email jwoodring@alaska.net or call 907-235-9344.

The Kachemak Bay Birders’ next meeting is 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in the auditorium. Following the meeting there will be a potluck meal and then a presentation by Betty Siegel on Birding in Brazil. Bring a dish to share at the potluck. The event is cosponsored by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. It is free and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call or email Lani Raymond at399-9477 or lani67@alaska.net.

The South Peninsula Haven House board of directors holds its annual meeting at 5:15 p.m. June 11 at 3939 Lake St., suite 1. The meeting is open to the public.

Burn permits are required year round inside Homer city limits and can be picked up at the Homer Volunteer Fire Department during normal business hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Burn permits are required from April 1-Sept. 1 anywhere outside Homer city limits and can be acquired from the Alaska Division of Forestry at www.forestry.alaska.gov/burn.

Sandhill cranes have arrived. Please report sandhill crane sightings to Kachemak Crane Watch at 235-6262 or reports@cranewatch.org or visit www.cranewatch.org. The date, time, location and number of cranes seen is helpful. Leave a name and number in case more details are needed.

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 noon-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The lunch menu for this week is: today, roast pork loan; Friday, blackened cod; Monday, closed for Memorial Day; Tuesday, chicken piccatta; Wednesday, seadfood enchiladas; next Thursday, roast beef 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.

Duplicate Bridge meets at 1 p.m. Thursdays. 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.

Caregiver Support Group meets 2-3:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday in the senior center conference room. Call Jacquie Thaute at 299-2924 or Daniel Weisser at 235-4555.

Kachemak Bay Campus

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

The Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference is June 12-16 at Land’s End Resort. Register online at writersconference.homer.alaska.edu. Call 235-7743 for information. Public readings include a reading by keynote speaker Andre Dubus III at 8 p.m. June 13 at the Mariner Theatre, readings by conference faculty at 7:30 p.m. June 14 at Alice’s Champagne Palace and at 7:30 p.m. June 15 at Land’s End Resort.

Registration for fall classes and workshops for general public and degree-seeking students is now open online at www.kpc.alaska.edu. Degree-seeking students can call for advising appointments at 235-7743.

The Student Art Showcase is on exhibit in the Pioneer Hall Commons through May featuring work from ceramics and painting classes.

Pratt Museum

Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Business offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Faith Revell’s exhibit, “Bird Dance,” is now on exhibit. The annual Jubilee student art showcase is on exhibit in the lower museum gallery.

The Pratt is showing a series of prototype exhibits in the lower galleries. These are works in progress and opportunities to collect feedback on text, design and interactive components. There are questionnaires available to provide direct input. Currently, visitors can see a small prototype, “Community Connectors - Radios, Telephones and Pathways.”

SVT Health & Wellness

SVT Health & Wellness offers classes covering all aspects of wellness every Thursday at 6 p.m. Today’s class is “The Connection,” a documentary film that features scientists, researchers, writers and doctors, as well as stories of people adding mind-body medicine to their healing toolkit to recover from severe back pain, heart disease, infertility, cancer and multiple sclerosis. Melody Barrett, licensed massage therapist, leads a discussion after the film.

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