Announcements

Author and speaker Tim Kimmell visits Homer with a seminar, Grace Based Parenting, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Mariner Theatre. The talk is sponsored by the Homer Ministerial Association. Kimmell is the author of the books “Grace Based Parenting,” “Connecting Church and Home” and “Grace Filled Marriage.” Admission is $100 a couple, $55 a person and $15 per child for childcare. Purchase tickets in advance at familymatters.net/events. Tickets at the door are $60 a person.

The Homer Bed and Breakfast Association holds its spring kick-off from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Homestead Restaurant. This annual gathering brings together hosts of more than 40 local accommodations to learn directly from local business owners what services and offerings are available to visitors this season so they can make well-informed recommendations. The kick-off includes business presentations, social networking, snacks and door prizes. For more information or to volunteer, call or text Pat at 399-6075 or Marcia at 235-4779.

The Kachemak Bay Birders’ next meeting is 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in the auditorium. Following the meeting there will be a showing of the film “The Messenger.” A donation to the Shorebird Festival is requested for the film. This event is cosponsored by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Lani Raymond at 399-9477 or email lani67@alaska.net.

National Drug Take Back Day is April 30. The event encourages people to clean out their cabinets of drugs of any type: prescription, over-the-counter, illegal, expired, unused and unwanted drugs, including prescription drugs for pain (like opioids), ointments, vitamins, samples and even medications for pets. The Homer Police Department provides a drug drop box in the station’s entrance lobby to safely dispose of drugs, anytime day or night, no questions asked. The service is free and anonymous. Just drop the pills, bottles, tubes or patches — whatever the form of the drug — with any personal prescription information removed into the special drop box. This disposal program is a simple, sensible way to reduce the amount of drugs entering the environment or inadvertently contributing to drug abuse.

Medicines flushed or poured down the drain, or thrown in the landfill can end up polluting surface, ground and marine waters, impacting aquatic species and contaminating water supplies. Even low levels in the soil can be toxic to people and wildlife. Just as we don’t put used motor oil or leftover paint thinner in our regular trash, don’t put potent pharmaceutical chemicals into the trash.

Prescription drug abuse is alarmingly high. At South Peninsula Hospital for fiscal year 2015 there were 10 opioid overdoses and 75 visits related to opioid addiction and abuse. A national study revealed that over half of teens abusing medicines get them from family or friends, including the home medicine cabinet, and often without their knowledge. There’s no reason to wait for the next National Drug Take Back Day. The drop box is available year-round at the Homer Police Department, so every day can be a drug take-back day.

The District 31 Democratic Party holds a meeting from 6-9 p.m. May 3 at Kachemak City Community Center, 59906 Bear Creek Drive, Mile 4 East End Road. Taz Tally is the new district chair and Carrie Henson is the vice-chair. Topics for discussion include a state convention update, party platform discussion and phone tree setup. For more information, email Tally at taztally@me.com or Carrie Henson at courageoustiger@gmail.com.

The M/V Tustumena’s return to service is delayed due to necessary additional work discovered during the vessel’s annual overhaul. The ferry is now scheduled to return to service Friday, May 27. As a result, M/V Tustumena sailings from May 15-26 have been canceled. The canceled sailings include the first Aleutian Chain run for the summer 2016 schedule. Additional information will be provided as necessary. AMHS staff is contacting affected passengers. For schedule information, visit FerryAlaska.com or contact your local terminal by dialing 1-907-465-3941 or toll-free at 1-800-642-0066.

Registration is now open for the 24th Annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, to be held May 12-15.  You can register on-line at kachemakshorebird.org. Volunteers also are needed to help with registration and other tasks at the festival. To volunteer, email festival coordinator Robbi Mixon at kachemakshorebird@gmail.com.

Sandhill cranes have arrived on the lower Kenai Peninsula, including nesting pairs. Please report sandhill crane sightings to Kachemak Crane Watch at 235-6262 or email reports@cranewatch.org. Please leave a name and number so Crane Watch can call for more information.

Anchor Point Senior Citizens

The Anchor Point Senior Center on Milo Fritz Road is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 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. There will be a special $1,000 three-day bingo event at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. 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 pork loin; Friday, baked salmon; Monday, hamburger and French fries; Tuesday, chicken piccatta; Wednesday, seafood enchildadas; next Thursday, sauerbraten with roasted 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 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 Advocates of Recycling (KARe)

Homer’s Electronic Recycling Day is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in the Spenard Builders Supply parking lot. This event is organized by Cook Inletkeeper. For more information, visit inletkeeper.org/clean-water/electronics-recycling. Total Reclaim is an Anchorage and Washington company that recycles the materials collected. They do not send materials overseas, and they are committed to sustainability and environmental responsibility. Check out its website at www.totalreclaim.com. This is the 11th Electronics Recycling event here in Homer and a total of 180,000 pounds has been collected since 2016; last year 23,000 pounds were collected in just five hours. All this material is kept out of our system, saving expensive transportation costs and space. 

For more information on recycling, visit Kachemak Advocates of Recycling (KARe) on Facebook or contact Lani Raymond at lani67@alaska.net or 399-9477. For questions for the borough Solid Waste Department, call 907-262-9667.

Kachemak Bay Campus

Ergonomics for Fishermen is 3-4:30 p.m. today. Register in advance at uaonline.alaska.edu.

Registration for fall classes has begn. Advising appointments are available for degree-seeking students. Call 235-7743. 

Commencement is 7 p.m. May 4. Retiring professor Beth Graber is the keynote speaker.

May 2 is the last day to register early for the Kachemak Bay Writers Conference, to be held June 10-14. Visit writersconf.kpc.alaska.edu.

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.

“Living Alaska: A Decade of Collecting Contemporary Arts for Alaska Museums” is on exhibit. 

The museum seeks a high school intern for the summer. The intern will help interpret exhibits and develop programs. For more information, contact education director Chessie MacRae at 435-3322.

The museum also seeks volunteers for a variety of jobs, including front desk greeter, aquarium assistant, collections assistant, audio transcriber and Harrington Cabin interpreter. For more information, call the Pratt at 235-8635.

South Peninsula Hospital

The annual Safe and Healthy Kids Fair is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 30 Homer High School. This is a free, fun event for children of all ages to focus on safety, health and wellness. It offers more than 30 booths and stations with hands on activities and demonstrations. Loads of door prizes are given away throughout the free fair, including the grand prize giveaways at 1:30 p.m. of a tricycle and bicycle. 

A bike rodeo is 10 a.m.-noon in the school parking lot. Kids can bring their bikes for a free inspection to get ready for safe, summer fun. Helmets are required, and are available for purchase on site. Free test rides on the drunk-driving simulator ATV are offered throughout the day in the parking lot.

Special this year is the addition of a Teen Room, a safe and relaxed space where teens can hang out, listen to music and spoken word poetry, and share some down time. At 1 p.m., Dr. Sarah Spencer, addiction medicine specialist, will talk with teens about drug use and helping friends in need. All teens who visit the Teen Room get entered into a drawing for a mountain bike and tablet computer.

Other attractions include visits from Smokey the Bear and Safety Seal, dog safety information, a hand wash station, a teddy bear clinic, hearing tests, face painting, water safety, giveaways and more. Numerous summer programs offer sign up at the fair, and a quiet room will be available for small kids to enjoy.

Food will be available for purchase, and proceeds benefit the safe and healthy kids coalition, a local group of concerned agencies working towards safe and healthy youth and injury prevention.

For more information, contact www.sphosp.org or Haven House at 235-7712.

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