The American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 16, offers Christmas gift wrapping from 1-5 p.m. daily Dec. 15 through Dec. 23 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Christmas Eve at Ulmer’s. Donations to support veterans programs are gratefully accepted. 

Dave Erickson holds a class, “Winter Bird Identification,” from 6:30-7:30 p.m. today at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in preparation for Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Saturday. Meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday for the bird count at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. This event is cosponsored by the Kachemak Bay Birders and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. For more information, call Lani Raymond at 399-9477 or email

Cooperative Extension Service

Staying warm while it’s cold outside is a primary concern to most, but there can be unforeseen hazards from the odorless, colorless gas, carbon monoxide. This product of combustion results in deaths each winter across the nation and especially here in Alaska. Learn about the dangers of carbon monoxide in the free publication, “Carbon Monoxide, A Silent Killer,” available from the Cooperative Extension Service or online. Visit today at Or, stop by the extension office from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday in the Doors and Windows Building, 43961 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Soldotna.

Friendship Center

Friendship Center Adult Day Services is open between the hours of 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 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday. The lunch menu for this week is: today, roast turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy; Friday, tamarind cod; Monday, baked chicken; Tuesday, pork marsala; Wednesday, beef tacos; next Thursday, closed for Christmas.

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.

Tai Chi classes are Thursday at 3 p.m. The cost per class is $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers. Call Daniel Weisser at 235-7655.

Caregiver Support Group meets 2-3:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday in the senior center dining room. Call Pam Hooker at 299-7198 or Kathy Hedges at 235-4556.

Kachemak Bay Campus

The upcoming Winter/Spring Class and workshop schedule is now online at Stop by the campus to sign-up or register online. If interested in earning a degree or returning to college, call 235-7743 for advising information for winter/spring semester classes. To earn your GED or improve basic reading, writing and math skills, call 235-1606. The campus is closed Dec. 22-Jan. 5.

Pratt Museum

The museum winter hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; the museum is closed Monday. Business offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The museum offers free admission all December. From 10-11 a.m. Friday is “Pratt Play Date,” a free family event where babies and toddlers can enjoy hands-on activities.

The People’s Choice Art Exhibit features artwork people voted on to display in the downstairs museum art gallery.  The show is up through Dec. 31.

“Women Who Run with the Tides: New Work by 29 Women 25 years” includes works by women artists who lived and worked in the Kachemak Bay area at least 25 years ago. The exhibit was curated by Kim Terpening and Nancy Wise.

South Peninsula Hospital

The public is invited to a holiday craft fair 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday in the conference rooms at South Peninsula Hospital. Shoppers will find a variety of homemade crafts, gifts, food treats and more, made by hospital employees and residents of Long Term Care. The conference rooms are located on the lower level of the hospital. Shoppers are encouraged to use the Bartlett Street entrance and parking.

South Peninsula Hospital offers free help with certified application counselors for people wanting to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Appointments are on select Saturdays through February. Dates for assistance are Jan. 10, Jan. 24, Feb. 7 and Feb. 14. Call 235-8101 to make an appointment.

SVT Health & Wellness

SVT Health & Wellness offers classes covering all aspects of wellness every Thursday at 6 p.m. Today’s class is “Creating a Safe Community: One Green Dot at a Time” with Tara Schmidt and Rachel Romberg from South Peninsula Haven House.
This interactive workshop introduces Green Dot, which empowers all of us with skills to take action when we see warning signs of interpersonal violence, and teaches how to create peer cultures that refuse to condone acts of violence. Developing these bystander skills can help people respond quickly and safely to concerning situations. For more information about Green Dot Homer, visit