The Exchange, a pilot syringe exchange program, offers free syringe exchanges every other Tuesday at the South Peninsula Hospital Training Center, 203 West Pioneer Avenue, in the southwest corner of the building. Exchanges are held 5-7 p.m. The next Exchange is July 5. The Exchange is a program established and operated by a group of individuals and agency representatives in the Homer area that support the idea of harm-reduction and safer drug use as a means of making our community a safer place to live. The primary goal of The Exchange is to reduce the spread of Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS and bacterial infections among intravenous drug users by exchanging used needles for clean ones. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second annual Rescue Run starts at 8 a.m. Sunday at Mariner Park. Run, bike or walk a 3.2 km obstacle course from Mariner Park to Bishop’s Beach. The event supports local volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians from Kachemak Emergency Services and Homer Volunteer Fire Department. For more information and to register, visit akrescuerun.org.
South Peninsula Hospital celebrates its 60th anniversary with a party from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the hospital with food and music.
The Homer High School Class of 1996 holds its 20-year reunion on July 8 and 9. For more information, call Jessica at 299-2849.
Sandhill crane eggs have hatched. Report any observations of sandhill crane colts to Kachemak Crane Watch at 235-6262 or email email@example.com. 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. 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
Kale is one of the most nutritious vegetables you can grow in your garden or container garden. Kale contains vitamins A, C, K and B-6 as well as potassium, calcium, iron and manganese. There are a variety of ways to prepare kale. The Cooperative Extension Service has a publication, “Time for a Kale-abration,” available for free at its office. This publication and others are also available for free to download at www.uaf.edu/ces. 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 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 beef and mashed potatoes; Friday, fresh red salmon; Monday, closed for Fourth of July; Tuesday, spaghetti and meatballs; Wednesday, Cuban pork; next Thursday, roast turkey and mashed potatoes.
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. Classes include welding, History of Alaska, Marine Biology, Painting, Introduction to Law, Music Fundamentals, Geology of Kachemak Bay, Environmental Economics and Policy, Computer Science, Poetry writing, Literature, American Government, Medical Terminology, Grant Proposal Writing, First Aid/CPR and much more. Sign up now, pay later. Advising appointments are available for degree-seeking students. Call 235-7743. For the fall schedule, visit kpc.alaska.edu.
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 is 3 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Meet at the kiosk next to the Salty Dawg on the Spit. The fee is $10. Tours are offered through Sept. 1.
South Peninsula Hospital
Homer Medical Center will host a sports physical clinic for high school students needing a physical for participation in school sanctioned activities. The clinic will be from 9a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday July 16, 2016 at Homer Medical Center on Bartlett Street. Exams on this one-day event are being offered free of charge by volunteer healthcare providers from Homer Medical Center. Students with last names starting with A through H come from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.. Students with last names starting with I through S come from 10:30 a.m. to noon
Students with last names starting with T through Z come from noon to 2 p.m.
If students are not able to attend the sports physical day they can make an appointment for a wellness exam and a sports physical form will be filled out as part of the wellness exam which should be at no cost to a patient with insurance. Those without insurance and who do not make the sports physical day can have a sports physical appointment on a regular clinic day at a cost of $40.
Parents are asked to complete page one of the two-page exam form prior to presenting at the clinic. The form can be found at www.homermedical.org. All students must bring or wear loose fitting shorts for the screening. Please contact Rhonda Bradshaw, Homer Medical Center, at 435-3018 for additional information.
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