Announcements

The Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board holds its regular monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Diamond Ridge Fire Station at 65705 Diamond Ridge Road. There also will be a work session at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station at 53048 Ashwood Ave. The public is welcome to attend. The agenda will be posted at the McNeil Fire Station and at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Annex building on Pioneer Avenue. Call 235-9811 for more information.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars holds a fundraiser for Fred Bowden and Jay Wright from 4-6 p.m. Saturday at the VFW Post 10221 in Anchor Point. A $10 donation is requested. Bowden and Wright have both been diagnosed with prostate cancer. A silent auction also will be held. For reservations, call 235-5582. 

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 619 Sterling Highway, holds Saturday group meditation walks in the church labyrinth during Lent. A short Compline evening prayer service follows about a half-hour after the walk. The walks are weather permitting. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and foot gear. Walks are held between sunset and dark, so start times vary. Approximate start times are 6 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 and March 5, 7 p.m. March 12, 8 p.m. March 19 and 8:30 p.m. March 26.

The Homer Native Plant Society meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. Jane Middleton presents “Algae and Phytoplankton.” Learn about these marine plants from a longtime Homer naturalist with a background in marine biology. The program will cover local seaweeds and a brief discussion of the recent algae blooms in Kachemak Bay. The program is free and includes refreshments. For more information, email jwoodring@alaska.net or call 235-9344.

The Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Service Area Board will hold its board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Anchor Point Fire Station, 72440 Milo Fritz Ave. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 235-6700.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District holds a Public Budget Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Homer High School library. Everyone is encouraged to attend. If there are questions, please contact Lassie Nelson at 907-714-8838.

The Homer Foundation announces that application forms for the 2016 City of Homer Grants Program are now available. The grants program is funded through an annual allocation from the City of Homer in addition to the earnings from the City of Homer Fund and the Kachemak City Fund at the Homer Foundation. The intent of the City of Homer Grants Program is to support 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 must be administered locally with a local policy-making board of directors. The organization may have no other financial or in-kind support from the City of Homer. The funding is for general operating support. This is a competitive grants process. Application forms are available from the Homer Foundation. Contact Joy at 235-0541 or jsteward@homerfoundation.org.

Anchor Point Senior Citizens

The Anchor Point Senior Center on Milo Fritz Road is open for winter hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-noon Friday. The center serves Thursday night dinners starting at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Bingo is at 6 p.m. with play starting at 7 p.m. on Friday nights. The Helping Hands Thrift Store is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exercise sessions are at 10 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. For more information, call the senior center at 235-7786.

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. 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 turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy; Friday, coriander cod; Monday, closed for Presidents Day; Tuesday, pork schnitzel; Wednesday, beef tacos; next Thursday, country style roast pork.

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 for members, $6 for nonmembers.

Duplicate Bridge meets at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Tai chi classes are Thursdays 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

Registration for the following classes and workshops for community education, job training and recreation is now open. Upcoming classes include Biology of Sharks, Polar Bears, Birds of Kachemak Bay, Cyanotype Printmaking, MS Excel, Deck Handling Job training, How To Handle a Skiff, and more. Register in advance at uaonline.alaska.edu. Check out most of the KBC opportunities at www.kpc.alaska.edu/files/resources/spring-2016-kbc-schedule.pdf. 

Lines, Rigging Gear: Net Repair Techniques by Bulletproof Nets is $45 and runs Feb. 26, March 2, March 9. Advanced registration is required. Outboard Engine Repair and Maintenance is $75 and runs Feb. 26-28. 

OSHA Standards for Maritime Industry is Feb. 29-March 4. Register at ww.osha.washington.edu.

Marilyn Nelson, a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Newbery and Coretta Scott King awards, does a public reading at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and a poetry workshop Feb. 13-14. She is the author or translator of 15 poetry books for adults and children and five chapbooks. In 2014 Nelson published a memoir, “How I Discovered Poetry.” In her workshop, students will create several poems using as prompts imagery, language and poetic techniques from Lao-Tzu, Rumi, San Juan de la Cruz, Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz, Emily Dickinson, Gary Snyder, Lucille Clifton, Naomi Shihab Nye, Joy Harjo, Pattianne Rogers and Jane Hirschfield. 

Pratt Museum

Business offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The museum gallery is open noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, closed Sundays and Mondays. 

South Peninsula Hospital

South Peninsula Hospital, in conjunction with Homer Winter Carnival, offers “Keeping Your Sunny Side Up” from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the SPH Functional Medicine Clinic, 203 West Pioneer Ave. Visit with Dr. Rob Downey about how vitamin D and light therapy can keep you sunny side up this winter. Check out a SAD light and learn more about seasonal affective disorder. Enjoy coffee, cider and refreshments before and after the parade. Call 235-0285 for more information.

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