The Homer Legislative Information Office at 270 W. Pioneer Ave. is now open. Normal office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. For more information, call 235-7878.
The Homer Rope Tow at Mile 3.5 Ohlson Mountain Road is open every Sunday from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. (noon to 5 p.m. after shift to Daylight Saving Time on March 12). The club maintains a heated lodge at the base of the ski hill, about a 400-yard walk in from the road. Daily passes are $10 for adults and $5 for students 18 and under, as well as value priced season memberships for individuals and families. Updated conditions and information about openings will be posted to the Kachemak Ski Club’s webpage at homerropetow.org, on Facebook (Homer Rope Tow) and by calling 235-SNOW.
The Kachemak Bay Birders’ next meeting is 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center Auditorium. Following the meeting, Jim Herbert will present “Birding in Adak.” This event is cosponsored by the Kachemak Bay Birders and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. It is free and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Lani Raymond at 399-9477.
The Citizens Climate Lobby visits Homer with two events as part of its Alaska Big Dividend Tour. CCL promotes market-based solutions to manage climate, ocean acidification and energy risk, and preserve Alaska’s economy and way of life. At 6 p.m. Tuesday at Land’s End Resort Harbor Room, fisherman George Donart, CCL Alaska state coordinator, and Tamara Stat0on CCL Pacific Northwest regional coordinator, speak at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Homer Downtown.
Then at 6 p.m. Feb. 1, next Thursday, at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, “stand-up economist” Yoram Bauman does a comedy routine, “What’s So Funny About Climate Change?” Using humor, he discusses carbon tax solutions to climate change. Bauman’s talk is sponsored locally by Cook Inletkeeper and the Kachemak Bay Conservation Society. For more information on the Citizens Climate Lobby, visit citizensclimatelobby.org.
The Homer Chamber of Commerce announces the Saturday, Feb. 11, parade theme as “Jazz Up Winter.” The Parade Marshal will be Hilda Caraballo, Queen Krewe of Gambrinus. This year’s theme include the genre of jazz music and jazzing up cooking, clothing and culture. Parade applications will be emailed out via Constant Contact and on the Chamber’s facebook. You may also pick up hard copy at the chamber offices at 201 Sterling Highway. Applications are due on or before Monday, Feb. 6, in-person, by mail or faxed to 907-235-8766.
The parade starts at noon along Pioneer Avenue with the parade line-up at the Homer High School and the parade ending at the Woodside Avenue parking lot. The Bay Reality viewing stand is offered complimentary by Realtor Debra Leisik, where parade contestants will stop and perform for 1 minute before the judges. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Judge’s Sentimental Favorite; Best of Show; Best Use of Theme; Best Children’s Group; Performing Arts and Music; Antique Cars, Trucks and Machinery; Animals, Birds and Sea Creatures, and Bikes and Trikes. Prizes will be “Homer Bucks” so winners can shop locally at more than 50 Homer businesses.
There also will be a “Homer Bucks” prize for the “Best Storefront Adornment.” The Chamber is soliciting special events for the Winter Carnival weekend for a complimentary listing on the chamber’s special events calendar located on the Chamber’s website calendar. Submit your special events to Bridget Marryott, marketing manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Winter Carnival Parade, contact the chamber at 235-7740.
The annual Outhouse Race sponosored by Homer Events has been cancelled. However, Homer Events will hold the annual Mr. Homer Pageant again this year, featuring an interview round, talent round, and of course, the swimwear round. The Mr Homer “Pageant” is 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in the main room at the Homer Elks Club, with emcee Chris Story. Admission is $10, with proceeds going to “The Miracle Place,” a new nonprofit in Homer intended to eventually solve our homeless problem. Nominations are welcome for contestants. To nominate or for more information, call Dax Radtke at 907-299-0319.
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, pork roast and mashed potatoes; Friday, crab and scallop au gratin; Monday, plum glazed Cornish hens; Tuesday, beef stroganoff; Wednesday-next Thursday, to be announced.
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 classes that start in January has opened. Upcoming community classes include Thai Cooking on Jan. 28, Vessel Systems on Boats on Jan. 28, QuickBooks (online class) on Jan. 30, Biology of Bears with biologist Derek Stonorov on Jan. 31, Marine Vessel Systems on Jan 28-29, Marine Hydraulics on Feb. 2-9, U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton six-pack license preparation on Feb. 6, Kundalini Yoga on Feb. 13, Outboard Engines on Feb. 24-26, French Bistro Cooking with Teri Robl on Feb. 25 and Garden Design on March 25 and April 1. For information on community education classes, visit kbcnoncredit.asapconnected.com.
Photographer Joe Kashi holds an art opening, “An Uncertain Season,” from 5-6:30 p.m. Feb. 5.
The museum gallery is closed for the month of January for maintenance. Business offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.