Sandhill crane colts are starting to fly. Please report sightings of fledged colts to Kachemak Crane Watch. Include location, date, time and number of colts when first seen to or 235-6262.

A volunteer work party for the Homer Demonstration Forest trails is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Meet at the Rogers Loop trailhead. Volunteers will fix up the trails and spread wood chips to continue to keep the trails useable. Seniors of Homer High School, this can count as some of your senior service hours.

The VA Volunteer Services of the Kenai Peninsula invites all veterans and their immediate families to the seventh annual Southern Kenai Veterans Free Picnic from noon-4 p.m. Aug. 24 at the American Legion Post 16, Mile 2.5 East End Road. The picnic includes a barbecue, door prizes, children’s games and music from Hillary Arwen and the 8-Mile Band. Representatives from the VA Medical Clinic in Kenai and American Legion service officer Craig Forrest will there to answer questions. Bring your VA card or DD214 and sign up for VA services. All veterans are welcome; you do not need to be a member of a veterans organization to attend. For more information, call Post 16 at 235-8864 or Darlene at 235-6789.

Cooperative Extension Service

Flavored vinegars add variety to meals and are simple to make. The only ingredients needed are vinegars, herbs or berries, spices and sugar.

A free publication, “Flavored Vinegars,” explains the process for vinegars made with lemon-dill-peppercorn, herbs and local wild berries such as raspberries, blueberries, and lingonberries.

For more information, call 907-262-5824, visit the Cooperative Extension Service from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at 43961 Kalifornsky Beach Road, or download the publication at

Friendship Center

Friendship Center Adult Day Services is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday with extended hours for special situations. Special programs are offered daily, including story time, crafts and musical performances. For more information, 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; Friday, stuffed rockfish; Monday, baked chicken; Tuesday, pork marsala; Wednesday, tacos.

Strong Women classes are 1-2 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

Kachemak Bay Campus fall semester registration is open for the general public and those seeking a degree. Sign up now and pay later. Many classes begin the week of Aug. 25. For a schedule, visit Call 235-7743 for information.

Award-winning poet Carolyn Forche does a reading at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 4 as part of the KBC Visiting Writers Series. 

Pratt Museum

The museum galleries are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Business offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Artist Jo Going’s exhibit, “Reliquary,” is on view through Sept. 21. 

“Dena’ina q’ Huch’ulyeshi, the Dena’ina Way of Living,” is on view through Sept. 1. 

Historic Harbor Tours are held at 3 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through Aug. 23. Meet at the wheelhouse in front of the Salty Dawg on the Homer Spit. The fee is $10 per person.

South Peninsula Hospital

South Peninsula Hospital offers an American Heart Association First Aid Class from 1-5 p.m. Sept. 12. The course is $50 and preregistration is required via the SPH Education Department at 235-0258.

SVT Health & Wellness

SVT Health & Wellness offers a series of classes covering all aspects of wellness every Thursday at 6 p.m. Today’s class is “Handmade Products, Part 1,” with Melody Barrett, licensed massage therapist. A $5 donation covers materials. For more information, call 226-2228 ext. 660.