The Warren Miller ski adventure film, “Here There and Everywhere,” will be shown at 7 p.m. today at the Homer Theater. The event is a fundraiser for the Kachemak Ski Club and the Homer Rope Tow. Door prizes will be given out, including a free bear viewing trip courtesy of Sasquatch Air, a free ticket Homer-to-Anchorage on Ravn Air and also passes for the Homer Rope Tow. Pictures and video of the ski hill will be shown before the show. The ski club holds its annual meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 1 at Fat Olives Restaurant.
The club now has a brush mower, courtesy of a State of Alaska grant, and the hill has been mowed so it can open earlier than ever. The same grant funded a safety snow machine that is also being used for trail packing and gear hauling for younger skiers. Several work parities have cleaned the hill, improved access and spiffed up the lodge. There are likely to be more work parties in the next few weeks. A rope hanging party is scheduled in December after the first snow. There will be “emergency openings” whenever a decent snow storm passes through. These will be announced the night before via email to club members, but also on KBBI. Typically these openings take place mid week, just after school lets out.
For more information on the Homer Rope Tow, visit www.homerropetow.org or call 235-SNOW. Also, like and visit the Facebook page “Homer Rope Tow.”
Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board holds its regular monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station, 53048 Ashwood Ave. (Mile 12 East End Road). The public is welcome to attend. The agenda will be posted at the fire station and at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Annex Building, 206 E. Pioneer Ave. Call 235-9811 for more information.
Blood Bank of Alaska holds a blood drive from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in the LIFEmobile at Homer High School. Make an appointment to donate by calling Paloma at 299-4838 or emailing Mary Hana at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about donating, call the Blood Bank of Alaska at 907-222-5630.
Veterans Day ceremonies start at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Homer Emblem Club Veterans Memorial at the corner of Lake Street and Pioneer Avenue. The Anchor Point Veterans of Foreign Wars holds a brief ceremony there. A parade of veterans organizations then proceeds west on Pioneer Avenue to Main Street, south on Main Street, and east on the Sterling Highway. The parade ends at the American Legion Post 16 General Buckner memorial at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. The Legion conducts a ceremony, with the playing of taps and a rifle salute by the VFW.
Veterans Day is held on the anniversary of the armistice that ended hostilities in World War I in 1918. It honors and celebrates veterans of all military services who have served in war and peacetime. People are encouraged to attend the ceremonies and watch the parade.
Faith Lutheran Church holds a Holiday Bazaar from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday at the church at Soundview Avenue and the Sterling Highway. The bazaar features 25 different booths with creative gifts and decorations for the holidays, baked goods and homemade lefsa. Lunch is available for purchase.
The Kachemak Bay Birders hold a birding trip to the Spit on Saturday. Meet at 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot at the base of the Spit on Kachemak Drive. They will be searching for wintering shorebirds, wintering waterfowl and the other birds out there that make the Spit such a special place for birding all year round. The very high tide means the sea birds will be closer and in range of spotting scopes. Bring binoculars, field guide and a 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, 235-0631.
The Kachemak Advocates of Recycling (KARe) meet from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies at 708 Smokey Bay Way. If you have an interest in recycling and would like to help out or you would like to learn more about what the group does, please join them. For more information, contact Lani Raymond at 399-9477 or email email@example.com.
The Anchor Point Fire & Emergency Medical Service Area Board holds its next board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the Anchor Point Fire Station, 72440 Milo Fritz Ave. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 235-6700.
There will be a square and contra dance starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at West Homer Elementary School. Jim Haack will call to music by Jake Legs. Please bring clean, soft-soled shoes to dance in. Beginners are welcome. Admission is $7 for adults; kids under 16 get in free.
The Homer Foundation holds its annual meeting starting with a meet-and-greet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, at Bunnell Street Arts Center. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and includes the annual report, “Celebrating 25 Years of Community Philanthropy,” board member appointments, a report on investments and grants, the People’s Choice Awards, and a remembrance of Mary Epperson. For more information, call Joy Steward at 235-0541 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Anchor Point Fire & Emergency Service Area Board seeks applications from those who are interested in appointment to the service area board. Any qualified voter who has resided within the service area for 180 days may apply for appointment to Seat C. Questions regarding eligibility may be directed to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Clerk at 907-714-2160 or 1-800-478- 4441, extension 2160.
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.
Felling trees, bucking logs, and cutting firewood are popular autumn activities. However, not everyone necessarily knows all of the safety precautions that should be used when handling logs. According to statistics collected monthly by the Tree Care Industry Association, accidents with chainsaws are regular and deadly for the average person who sets out to do some cutting of logs and trees. There are some basic and helpful methods that can be learned quickly to help make the use of chainsaws safer. Take extra care and prevent accidents. The Cooperative Extension Service has a free publication, “How to Cut Down a Tree: Safe and Effective Tree Felling, Limbing and Bucking,” available for free online at the uaf.edu/ces/districts/kenai or at the Cooperative Extension Service office, 43961 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite A, open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
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 with gravy; Friday, close for Veterans Day; Monday, baked chicken teriyaki; Tuesday, lasagna; Wednesday, spanakopita; next Thursday, baked ham with scalloped 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 is going on now for Marine Electronic Navigation (Dec. 6). Call 235-7743 or visit kpc.alaska.edu.
Degree-seeking student early registration for classes that start in January opens on Nov. 14. General public registration begins Nov. 28. See the winter schedule for campus-based classes at http://bit.ly/2f5v679.
The opening reception for the Student Art Showcase is 5-6:30 p.m. Friday in the Pioneer Hall Commons.
The museum gallery winter hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Business offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
“Inspired by Diaries” art show opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the museum. The exhibition features art works by different artists inspired by diaries to create art. it is on display through Dec. 30.
South Peninsula Hospital
Dr. Ross Tanner, specialist at South Peninsula Hospital and founder of the Diabetes and Lipid Clinic of Alaska, will present a free forum called “Know Your Numbers” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Kachemak Bay Campus. The forum will focus on what your blood test results mean for your health. Participants are invited to bring their health fair lab results with them to the event to get their questions answered. Tanner is the first and only board-certified lipidologist in Alaska, trained to treat cholesterol problems in order to prevent heart attacks and stroke.