The Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board holds its monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. today at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station, 53048 Ashwood Ave. (Mile 12 East End Road). The public is welcome to attend. The agenda is posted at the fire station and at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Annex building at 206 E. Pioneer Ave.

Citizen scientists are needed for Kachemak Crane Watch’s Sandhill Crane population survey in the Homer area (Anchor Point south). Kachemak Crane Watch would like to know of specific crane sightings today. Please report the number of adults, colts or banded cranes seen by location and day for each of the count days to or by calling 235-6262. For more information, contact Nina Faust at 235-6262.

The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council’s Board of Directors is 9 a.m. Friday in Seldovia at the Seldovia Conference Center. The public is welcome to attend. For an agenda, directions or more information call 907-283-7222 or 800-652-7222. Meeting materials also will be posted on before the meeting.

Hazardous waste disposal day is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Transfer Facility. Disposal is free to households with fees charged to commercial disposers. NRC Alaska conducts hazardous waste disposal. All businesses are required to pre-register with NRC Alaska. Only households with more than 55 gallons of waste must pre-register. For more information, contact NRC Alaska at 877-375-5040 and the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Dept at 907-262-9667.

The Kachemak Bay Birders’ next birding trip is Saturday to the Anchor River. Meet at 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center or the launch ramp parking at the Anchor River at 11 a.m. Many interesting shorebirds are passing through on their way south right now, with possibly some good seabirds and waterfowl. 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 trip leader is Michael Craig at 235-0631.

The Homer Native Plant Society holds a mushroom foray at 1 p.m. Sunday near the Homer Airport. Botanist Neil MacArthur leads the trip for an exploration of mushrooms found near the Homer Airport wetlands. Meet at the large parking pad by the wildlife viewing station at the airport at 1 p.m. For more information, call 235-9344.

The Kachemak Bay State Park Advisory Board will be meeting on the second Tuesday of each month unless the meeting is cancelled. The next meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. The public is welcome.

Anchor Point Fire & EMS is currently recruiting for a Firefighter I class scheduled to begin Sept. 14 and run to Dec. 3. For more information, call 235-6700 or stop by Station 1 at 72440 Milo Fritz Ave. in Anchor Point.

The Exchange announces dates for its next syringe exchanges. Syringe exchanges will be held on Sept. 20, Oct. 4 and Oct. 18 at the South Peninsula Hospital Training Center, 203 W. Pioneer Ave. The Exchange offers safe disposal of used syringes, safer injection kits, free HIV/Hepatitis C testing and treatment information. It is confidential and anonymous. For more information, email

The Anchor Point Fire & Emergency Medical Service Area Board will hold its next board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Anchor Point Fire Station, 72440 Milo Fritz Ave. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 235-6700.

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

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; Friday, sockeye salmon with rice pilaf; Monday, baked chicken with pasta marinara; Tuesday, pork marsala; 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 upcoming short credit and noncredit workshops is now being held. Courses include Intermediate Yoga, Science and Nature Writing, Personal Essay Writing, First Aid/CPR, Explore Watercolor Painting, Fiberglass gel Coat Repair and Qaspeq-making. Register now for Marine Hydraulics, Sept. 20 and 27, with InDemand Marine; $75. Call 235-7743 or visit

Author Debra Magpie Earling does a reading at 6:30 p.m. today.

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.

Jeffrey and Ranja Dean’s “Heartfelt and Handmade: From Creative Homesteading to the Fine Arts” is on exhibit.

South Peninsula Hospital

Exhibitor space is available for the annual Rotary Health Fair, set for 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Homer High School. The fair is sponsored by Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club in partnership with South Peninsula Hospital. The purpose of the fair is to promote individual wellness and provide free and inexpensive information and screenings related to health.

The theme is “It’s Your Life … Take a Day to Be Well.” Exhibitors are invited to provide learning centers, screenings, information, demonstrations or interactive activities to promote their message or service related to health. No sales are permitted at the fair. Booth space is free, and the deadline to reserve a space is Sept. 15. Email for information and application.


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