Announcements

There will be a fundraiser party for the planned boat house from 5:30-7:30 p.m. today at Grace Ridge Brewing Company on Ocean Drive. The winner of a two-night stay for 10 people at the Second Star mansion in Homer will be drawn. There also will be other prizes. Any donations of $500 or more received before May 31 will be entered to win. There will be free hot dogs and soft drinks provided by the Lions Club. Grace Ridge Brewing beer will be available for purchase.

The Parkinson’s Support Group holds a discussion of the book, “The Brainstorming of Healing,” at 1 p.m. Friday at the Homer Senior Center.

The Homer Garden Club’s annual Plant Sale is 11 a.m. Saturday at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. Plant donations may be dropped off from 9-10:30 a.m. 

Come early — the plants go fast. For more information, call Marylou Burton at 235-6469.

The Homer Animal Friends Dog Jog is 10 a.m. Sunday starting at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit. Homer Animal Friends has teamed up with the Kachemak Bay Running Club to offer the 5-km beach walk and run. There will be free bandanas and refreshments for dogs with lots of raffle prizes. For more information, call Homer Animal Friends at 235-7729 (235-SPAY).

Sandhill crane eggs are hatching. Please report sightings of newborn chicks, called colts. These colts are small and very susceptible to predation by dogs and other animals. If you see crane colts, please keep pets under control. Report any observations of sandhill cranes colts to Kachemak Crane Watch at 235-6262 or email reports@cranewatch.org. 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 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. on Friday nights. There is a Senior Center garage sale on Saturday. Tables can be rented for $15. Call the center to rent tables. 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.

Cooperative Extension Service

With summertime on the way, thoughts of picnics on the grass seem like a great idea. Is your lawn looking good and ready for the barefoot crowds? Perhaps you need to re-seed some spots or are wondering about fertilizer.  Cooperative Extension Service has a free publication to help you with your lawn dreams, “Establishing and Maintaining a Lawn in Southcentral and Interior Alaska .” The publication is available online at www.uaf.edu/ces/districts/kenai/. Print copies are available at the Cooperative Extension Office at 43961 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite A, Soldotna, open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.. Monday-Friday. For more information, call 907-262-5824.

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, fresh sockeye salmon; Monday, beef stroganoff; Tuesday, chicken picatta; Wednesday, seafood spring rolls; 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 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 fall classes is now being held. Sign up now, pay later. Advising appointments are available for degree-seeking students. Call 235-7743. For the fall schedule, visit www. kpc.alaska.edu.

Registration is being held for the Kachemak Bay Writers Conference, June 10-14. For more information, visit writersconference.homer.alaska.edu.

Writers conference keynote speaker and former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Tretheway holds a public reading at 8 p.m. June 11 at the Mariner Theatre. Other attending authors and poets read at 7:30 p.m. June 12 at Alice’s Champagne Palace and 7:30 p.m. June 13 at Land’s End Resort.

Pratt Museum

The museum gallery is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. seven days a week. Business offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

“Art and Science of Bears” is on exhibit through July 31.

The Historic Harbor Tour starts at 3 p.m. today. Meet at the kiosk next to the Salty Dawg on the Spit. The fee is $10. Tours are offered through Sept. 1 at 3 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. The tour includes local history, stories about local characters and information about boats of all types.

A Woodard Creek work party is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 11. Meet at the Pratt parking lot. A new trail will be blazed through the Pratt’s recently acquired property, connecting the museum to Pioneer Avenue near the Legislative Information Office. Wear work clothes. Snacks will be provided.

The museum 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.

Road Closures

Expect delays (duration unknown), road closures and lane closures from 6 a.m.-6:30 p.m. through July 8 on the Old Sterling Highway. Maintenance crews are replacing culverts and there will be excavation on the road and ditches. Be alert to flaggers and prepared to stop. Expect narrow lanes, width restrictions, and workers and heavy equipment on the road. Motorcycle riders should use extreme caution. Long combination vehicles are prohibited as well as oversize vehicles and vehicles with trailers.

South Peninsula Hospital

The hospital is accepting proposals for an on-site, exterior coffee vendor at its main facility location at 4300 Bartlett Street. Proposals are due June 15. Guidelines and requirements are available at www.sphosp.org or by contacting Glenn Radeke, facilities director, at 235-0351.

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