Town Crier

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Hospice of Homer’s annual gala and fundraiser event will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at Wasabi’s Restaurant. It will include dinner, wine, a live auction and a silent auction. It costs $80 per ticket and tickets are available at Hospice and the Homer Bookstore. Call 235-6899 or visit hospiceofhomer.org for more information.

The Procrastinators Fair in Homer is a two- day event, from noon to 5 p.m. on Dec. 16 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 17 at the Homer Middle School. There will be a kid craft and cookie booth, a free Christmas tree drawing, the things donated by vendors will provide a free drawing every 15 minutes for those who are there. There will be live music, a ton of different booths, and anything that would qualify as a last-minute holiday gift. There will be an area to change diapers and for new moms to relax with their little ones, and free apple cider for everyone. There will be activities and fun physical things for people of all ages to enjoy at the SPARC center. For more information, visit the Procrastinators Fair on Facebook.

The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council’s Prevention, Response, Operations and Safety Committee meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17 at the Alaska Culinary AVTEC building at 809 2nd Ave., Seward. The public is welcome to attend. For an agenda, directions or more information, call 907-283-7222 or 800-652-7222.

The Anchor Point Fire &Emergency Medical Service Area Board will hold its next board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the Anchor Point Fire Station, 72440 Milo Fritz Ave. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 235-6700.

The Homer Youth String Orchestra Club’s (HYSOC) upcoming concert will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Homer Public Library. This is a wonderful group of young musicians who meet weekly to play music together which they then share in a free community concert.

The Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board will be holding their regular monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. The meeting will be held at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station. The public is welcome to attend. Please call 235-9811 for more information.

The LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and queer) Teen Support and Discussion Group meets at 4 p.m. every Tuesday at the REC Room, 3957 Neilsen Circle. The private group is for ages 12-18. For more information, contact Anna Meredith at the REC Room, 235-3436, or Irene Saxton-Opatz at the Center, 235-7701.

The Exchange, a syringe exchange program, offers free syringe exchanges the first and third Tuesdays of the month 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. Upcoming dates are Nov. 21, Dec. 5 and Dec. 19.

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 information, call 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

The Caregiver Support Group meets 2-3:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday in the senior center conference room. Call Pam Hooker at 299-7198 or Daniel Weisser at 235-4555. 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, chicken parmesan; Friday, catch of the day; Monday, stuffed shells; Tuesday, beef tamales; Wednesday, teriyaki chicken; next Thursday, roast beef.

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.

Pratt Museum

Winter hours: Galleries are open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23.

Current Exhibits:

ROOT by Lynn Marie Naden — through Dec. 30. On display in the Special Exhibits Gallery, ROOT by Lynn Marie Naden is a sculptural installation premiering at the Pratt Museum, exploring the artist’s roots. The central structure is built up from strips of paper containing community-sourced perspectives on roots.

ROOT International Mail Art Exhibition — through Dec. 30. On display in the Pratt’s lower level, ROOT International Mail Art Exhibition features submitted artwork from around the world. All works that were sent in for this show are considered a donation and will be on auction November-December to support the Pratt Museum (a tap root of our community), with starting bids set at the cost of postage. Bidding on exhibited works closes with a reception from 5-7 p.m. on Dec. 30.

Upcoming events and exhibits:

Pratt Play Date — from 10-11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17. Bring your babies and toddlers to enjoy hands-on activities at the Pratt Museum.

Community Conversation: Exploring Our Roots — from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25. In conjunction with Lynn Naden’s installation and the Mail Art Show, join to explore the diverse ROOTS of our community. This lively conversation will feed into the Spring 2018 exhibit series exploring the past and future of our community and the Pratt Museum’s role over the past 50 years and forward.

2017 Quilt Raffle — Drawing to be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Holiday Recital. Local quilters have pooled their talents to create a stunning new quilt titled Moosin’ Around. It features colorful panels depicting moose in a variety of settings. The Kachemak Bay Quilters and the Patrons of the Pratt Society sponsor the annual Quilt Raffle and tickets are on sale at the Museum.

Kachemak Bay Campus

At 6:30 p.m., Nov. 10, there will be a public presentation by Jonathan White, author of “Tides: the Science and Spirit of the Ocean.” Photographs, short readings and stories about the science of ocean tides across the globe. Book-signing.

Basics of DC Electricity for Vessels class will be held Tuesday, Nov. 14-28 taught by Dan Cole. $75. Registration deadline: Nov. 10.

Marine Vessels Systems class will be held Dec. 1-3 taught by Pat Lane. The deadline to register is Nov. 29. It includes use of new vessel simulator trainer. To register for these community education non-credit classes go to: kbcnoncredit.asapconnected.com/

KBC’s Winter/Spring course schedule is now online to review at kpc.alaska.edu/academics/schedule/ General Public registration begins Nov. 27; degree-seeking student registration begins Nov. 13-20 depending on admitted year.

KBC offers free GED, ESL, college preparation and life skills courses and individual assistance. Call 235-7743.

South Peninsula Hospital

South Peninsula Hospital will offer “Living Well Alaska,” a six-week chronic disease self-management class from mid-October to mid-November. The workshop runs every Thursday through Nov. 16, 2017, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The cost is only $10 for the entire six-week series. Registration is required. For more information and to register, please call 235-0258.

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