The Kachemak Nordic Ski Club holds its Annual Meeting, Dinner and Auction at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Elks Lodge. The KNSC Board of Directors invites its members to help celebrate the beginning of the new season. Please bring a main dish, bread or salad for the potluck  — or a dessert to be auctioned. There will be door prizes, a potluck dinner, silent auction, club updates and elections, and a dessert auction. All current KNSC members are welcome. Be sure to renew your membership for the 2015-2016 season online at For more information, contact or call 299- 4056.

The Kachemak Advocates of Recycling (KARe) meet from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies headquarters, 708 Smokey Bay Way.  Anyone interested in recycling and/or advocating for recycling is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Lani Raymond at 399-9477.

The Kachemak Bay State Park Advisory Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 11 Homer City Hall, Cowles Council Chambers. This meeting is open to the public.

The Homer Community Food Pantry holds its Empty Bowls Luncheon from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Homer United Methodist Church ground level. Soup is $10 or $30 for soup and a handcrafted bowl. For more information, call 399-2007.

The Alaska Training Cooperative offers a Conflict Resolution Skills/Alternatives to Violence workshop from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 13, 9  a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 14 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 15 at 63540 Skyline Drive. Roger Kluck of Seattle and Karen Cauble of Homer facilitate the workshop. The workshop teaches conflict resolution skills through experiential learning exercises, with the goal of helping people think about and make choices to reduce conflict in work and everyday settings. Space is limited to 20 people The fee is $60 for the 18-hour workshop. Register online at For more information, call Karen Cauble at 235-3832 or email or Lisa Cauble at 264-6276 or

The Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Service Area Board will hold its board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18  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 Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) offers a 12-hour Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor workshop in Homer from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Best Western Bidarka Inn, 575 Sterling Highway. This workshop is an excellent opportunity for commercial fishermen and other mariners to gain hands-on training with marine safety equipment and learn best practices for surviving emergencies at sea.  

Instructor Rob Hulse will cover cold-water survival skills; EPIRBs, flares, and maydays; man-overboard recovery and firefighting; immersion suits and PFDs, helicopter rescue, life rafts, abandon ship procedures, and emergency drills. There will be an in-the-water practice session, giving participants practical experience with PFDs and immersion suits, employing survival techniques, and righting and boarding an inflatable life raft.

AMSEA Drill Conductor workshops meet the training requirements for documented commercial fishing vessels operating beyond the federal boundary line.  This workshop is offered to commercial fishermen at no cost, thanks to support from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health.  For more information or to register, contact AMSEA at (907) 747-3287 or

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 p.m. with play starting at 7 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. The Annual Holiday Bazaar is Nov. 7 with tables available. To sell items, stop by the office or 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

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 with mashed potatoes; Friday, mahi mahi; Monday, shepherd’s pie; Tuesday, chicken picatta; Wednesday, closed for Veterans Day; next Thursday, maple smoked 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 members, $6 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

New classes and workshops include Navigating Using GPS, Radar and Sonar, Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m., $30; Vessel Navigation Using Electronic Charts, Dec. 1,  5:30 p.m., $25; Aluminum Fabrication, Oct. 30-31, Nov. 7-8,  $250; Global Climate Change, Oct. 22-Nov. 19; Art Activities and Techniques for all Classrooms, Saturdays, Nov. 7-21. For information about GED, ESL and ABE classes, call 235-7743.

There will be an information meeting on fisheries technology and allied health (radiology tech, medical assisting, phlebotomy, dental assisting, etc.) programs at noon and 5 p.m. Monday.

Dr. Paul Landen presents “Bhutan-The Hidden Kingdom” at 6:30 p.m. Monday. A Kenai Peninsula College-Kenai River Campus professor of psychology, he will present glimpses into this fascinating culture and country of ancient fortresses, Buddhist monasteries and breathtaking natural beauty based on his extensive recent travels.

The public invited is to meet the new University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen at noon Nov. 11 at at Land’s End Resort for the  Homer Chamber of Commerce luncheon (meal optional).

Pratt Museum

Fall gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through November. Business offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. A series of prototype exhibits are featured in the lower gallery. These are “works in progress,” and opportunities to collect feedback on text, design and interactive components. The public is invited to come by the gallery and give feedback. There are questionnaires available to provide direct input.

The Ritz 30th anniversary art preview is now on exhibit. Preview art for the annual art and experience auction, to be held Saturday at Wasabi’s. The evening includes a live and silent auction featuring art and items donated by artists, businesses and individuals. The theme for the 30th anniversary Ritz is “Havana Nights! Ritz at the CopaCabana.” The theme evokes the 1940s and 1950s that was Cuba in its heyday. Ritz includes Cuban food, music, dancing, diamonds, pearls, bright lights, rum and cigars (enjoyed outdoors).


Rotary Health Fair

The 32nd annual Rotary Health Fair is 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 7 at Homer High School. “It’s Your Life … Take a Day to be Well” is the theme of the fair, sponsored by Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club in cooperation with South Peninsula Hospital. The fair will feature more than 50 exhibitors with various health screenings, information and services related to health and wellness. 

As part of the health fair, comprehensive blood analysis is available for only $40, a sizeable discount from the average cost of a comparable test.  In addition to the basic wellness test, additional tests available for purchase include prostate, thyroid, cardiac, vitamin D and hemoglobin A1C. 

These tests are offered by appointment at the fair, or before the fair at the hospital with the results available for pickup at the fair. Appointments are offered from Oct. 19-Nov. 6 in the hospital conference room on the hospital’s lower level. Payment must be made by cash or check at time of the test, and checks can be made to Rotary.

Appointments for both the day of the fair or at the hospital can be made at or by calling the health fair hotline at 399-3158. Book early as appointments fill up the closer it gets to the Health Fair date.

South Peninsula Hospital

South Peninsula Hospital will again host the Great Candy Exchange. Kids 10 and under can weigh and trade in their Halloween candy for fabulous prizes at the Pediatric Therapy booth at the Rotary Health Fair at Homer High School on Saturday. The candy collected will be sent in holiday care packages to U.S. troops overseas. While at the health fair, make a personal greeting card to send with your candy. More information can be found at