Sandhill crane eggs have started to hatch. Please report any observations of sandhill crane colts (chicks) to Kachemak Crane Watch at 235-6262 or 

From 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today, Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic will mark National HIV Testing Day with free HIV testing along with other affordable STD testing available on a sliding scale. Appointments are encouraged but not required. Testing for HIV and other STDs is quick, confidential, and affordable at KBFPC. Insurance is accepted, and low- or no-cost options are available on a sliding scale.  KBFPC is located at 3959 Ben Walters Lane and is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday–Friday. For more information, contact clinic staff at 235-3436 or

The Third Annual Scottish Highland Games and Celtic Festival starts at 9:30 a.m. July 6 at Karen Hornaday Park. The Scottish weekend begins at 5 p.m. July 5 with visiting pipers walking along Pioneer Avenue to a short concert at WKFL Park and then performances at 7 p.m. at the Down East Saloon. The Highland Games include traditional events and the Kilted Mile. The entry fee to participate in the games is $40, with registration at 9:30 a.m. July 6. The fee for the Kilted Mile is $30. All competitors receive a T-shirt. Admission to watch the games is $10 adults 16 and older, $5 for kids ages 5 to 16; kids under 5 are free with a paid adult. Family admission is $25 for two adults and three children or one adult and three children. The Highland Games include food, music and crafts, with kids activities. Following the games at 6 p.m. July 5 is a Ceilidh at the Homer Elks Club on Jenny Lane in Old Town. Admission is $13 for dinner and music. For more information, visit Anyone interested in volunteering for the games can contact Renee Krause at (907) 953-6546 or

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra holds a Garden Party fundraiser and Summer Music Festival starting at 2:30 p.m. July 28 at the former Fritz Creek Gardens, Mile 8.5 East End Road. Hors d’oeuvres and champagne will be served, with music by The Areté Trio. Tickets are $30 and available at the Homer Bookstore and River City Books, Soldotna. Door prizes will be drawn throughout the afternoon. Attire will be Alaskan elegant; this is an opportunity for ladies to wear their hats. For more information, please contact Mary at 252-4236 in Soldotna or Linda at 235-8650 in Homer.

The Homer High School class of 1988 holds its 25th alumni reunion July 19-20. The reunion starts with a meet-and-greet at AJ’s Old Town Steakhouse at 7 p.m. July 19. A family picnic and pig roast is noon-4 p.m. July 20 at Karen Hornaday Park. For more information, call call Lara at 299-6688 or Marta at (206) 372-2459.

Friendship Center

Friendship Center Adult Day Services is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday with extended hours for special situations. 

Homer Senior Citizens

Homer Senior Citizens lunch is open to seniors and their guests and is served 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday. The lunch menu for this week is: today, roast pork tenderloin; Friday, baked spicy bacon halibut; Monday-Wednesday, to be announced. 

Strong Women classes at Homer Senior Citizens Recreation Room are 2-3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Cost is $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers per class.

Tai Chi classes are Thursday at 3 p.m. Cost is $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers per class. For more information, call Daniel at 235-7655.

The Caregiver Support Group meets from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Homer Senior Center Friendship Terrace on these dates and about these subjects: June 27, “Taking Charge: Without Showing Disrespect”; July 11, to be announced; July 25, “Alzheimer’s,” with Lisa Wawrlorek; Aug. 8, “Questions and Answers on Dementia,” with Dr. Eneboe; Aug. 22, “Memory Book,” with Amy Lower, speech therapy, South Peninsula Hospital.

Kachemak Bay Campus

Registration for all fall workshops and classes is now being held. Register now, pay later. Call 235-7743 for an advising appointment for earning a degree. See schedule and course listing at

Advance registration is required for the “Oil and Wax” art workshop with nationally recognized visiting artist Rebecca Crowell, to be held Aug. 9-11. Limited enrollment; register now.

Pratt Museum

Summer hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. “Encounters: Whales in Our Waters” is on exhibit until July 21. “Inspired by Place,” selected art from the museum collection, is on exhibit through December. 

The fourth “Whale Tales” talk is “Insight Into the Social Life of Humpback Whales,” from 5-7 p.m. Friday, presented by local whale experts Shelly Gill and Olga von Ziegesar.

R.E.C. Room

The R.E.C. Room (a youth Resource and Enrichment Co-Op) provides teens with a safe space to foster healthy relationships and make healthy choices. Teens 12-18 spend time with friends and access information about the resources, activities and programs available for youth in the community — all with the guidance of a youth development staff member. The R.E.C. Room offers guitars, wifi, X-Box Kinect, air hockey, ping pong, board games, darts, rave gloves, movies, computers, art and craft supplies, and a lending library. Staff can help youth connect with resources for a variety of concerns, such as GED preparation, finding a summer job or homelessness. The R.E.C. Room, a program of Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic, is located at 3957 Nielsen Circle. Summer hours are 2-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friend the R.E.C. Room on Facebook at to learn about new summer programs. 

Seldovia Village Tribe Health & Wellness Center

The SVT Health & Wellness Center offers a series of classes covering all aspects of wellness every Thursday at 6 p.m. Today’s class is “Easily Digestible Foods,” with Jenifer Dickson and Amy Rattenbury. Learn cooking techniques and recipes for elders, people with poor digestion and those recovering from illness. The SVT Health & Wellness Center is located at 880 East End Road. The classes are open to the public. For more information or to suggest topics for future classes, call Amy Rattenbury at 226-2228, ext. 660.

South Peninsula Hospital

South Peninsula Hospital offers several upcoming American Heart Association classes: Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, 8 a.m. June 28, $75 fee; First Aid, 1 p.m. June 28, $50 fee. Preregistration and payment is required via the SPH Education Department at 235-0258.