As part of state budget cuts, Alaska Court System courts and court offices, including the Homer Courthouse, will be closed at noon Fridays starting July 1. Some courts will be open for emergency and time-critical proceedings. During the closures court staff will be on unpaid furlough, resulting in a 4-percent pay cut. The noon Friday closure will save the sate about $2 million a year, according to a press release from the court system.
The Kachemak Bay Birders’ next birding trip will be Saturday to the Anchor River. Meet at 2:30 p.m. at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center parking lot to car pool or at the parking lot adjacent to the launch area in Anchor Point at 3 p.m. There are always interesting birds to be found at the Anchor River. According to George West, it is the best birding area in Alaska on the road system. Many diverse shorebirds are coming back through on their way south, there are the usual songbirds in the campgrounds, and seabirds are out over and in the water. Bring binoculars, field guide and scope if you have one. There is no charge and everyone is welcome. All trips are cosponsored by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. The leader is Michael Craig at 235-0631.
Nature Rocks Homer holds its annual Mud Wallow mud play event from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Cottonwood Horse Park, Mile 1.5 East End Road. A big muddy area is created for the young and old to get outside and play. A washing station will be provided, but all participants should bring a set of clean, warm clothing to change into after mud play. It’s fun for the whole family.
Homer Native Plant Society holds a field trip at 1 p.m. Sunday to the carnivorous plant bog north of Anchor Point. This bog offers at least four of Alaska’s seven carnivorous plants and other surprises. Rubber boots are a must. Car-pooling is required. Meet at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies at 12:30 p.m. and return by 3 p.m. The trip is reserved for 10 people since parking is limited at the site. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 235-9344.
Dr. Kelly Cline presents “The New Horizons Mission to Pluto,” a free public science lecture, at 7 p.m. July 19 in the Homer United Methodist Church Sun Room. Cline is associate professor of mathematics and astronomy at Carroll College in Helena, Mont., where he presents a monthly public lecture series, “Discovering the Universe.”
Last year, NASA’s New Horizons mission became the first spacecraft ever to visit Pluto. Astronomers were amazed at the strange and bizarre images that New Horizons sent back of Pluto and its moon Charon. New Horizons revealed that Pluto is far more complex and intricate than astronomers were expecting. Even more surprising, Pluto is geologically active, showing that areas the size of Texas have formed recently. Join Cline for a discussion of the exciting new discoveries from the New Horizons mission to Pluto.
Homer Events sponsors a Community Bonfire starting in the afternoon of Aug. 14 at Mariner Park. The event includes a sand-castle building contest, food and craft vendors, musicians, jugglers, story and joke telling sessions and other activities. Donations of firewood are welcome. This is a kid-friendly event, but no pets, please. People or organizations interested in volunteering or donating prizes can contact Dax Radtke at Homer Events, 299-0319 or like the Homer Events Facebook page.
July 17 is the deadline to register online to vote or update voter registration for the Aug. 16 primary election. To register or update registration, visit the Homer City Clerk’s Office or the Division of Motor Vehicles office. Forms also are available at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Annex. Register or update registration online at elections.alaska.gov. To vote in the Republican Party primary, voters must be registered as Republicans, nonpartisan or undeclared.
A medical fund has been set up for Angie Reutov at Wells Fargo. Donations can be made to account number 5300889267. Donations will help support Reutov in her treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Hunger Free America has launched a national hotline phone outreach campaign to make it easier for hungry Americans to get food and for people to volunteer to help end hunger. The hotline connects callers with emergency food providers in their community, government assistance, nutritional assistance programs and various services that promote self-sufficiency. During the summer, the hotline provides information about meal sites where children 18 years old and under can get free, nutritious meals through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The hotline can be reached at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish) from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. EST Monday through Friday. Information also can be found online at www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks. In the lower Kenai Peninsula, Nanwalek is the only community in the summer food program. Organizations wishing to be in the USDA database can visit www.nhc.fns.usda.gov/nhc/submit. Volunteers interested in helping Hunger Free America can visit hungervolunteer.org.
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.
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, battered cod; Monday, beef stroganoff; Tuesday, chicken piccatta; Wednesday, vegetable and shrimp spring rolls; next Thursday, roast beef and 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. 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. As part of the exhibit, at 6 p.m. July 13, Alaska Department of Fish and Game research biologist Sean Farley presents “Kenai Peninsula Brown Bear Population Demographics.” Farley provides an overview of ADF&G brown bear studies on the Kenai Peninsula, including information on mean litter size, cub and adult survival, population models and how female survival is critical to a population’s stability.
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.