Homer Stand Down, May 29-30, is a free event at the Homer Elks Lodge for all military veterans from the lower Kenai Peninsula, including Ninilchik, Anchor Point, Homer, Seldovia, Port Graham and Nawalek. From 5:30-7:30 p.m. information and services are provided for homeless and disabled veterans. From 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 30 Stand Down is open for all veterans throughout the day, with an opening ceremony with a U.S. Coast Guard color guard and officials from the Veterans Affairs, Rural Health and others. Free military surplus gear is provided. A free meal by the Elks Lodge is 1-5 p.m. May 30. Tickets are available at Stand Down. Information and services will be provided from VA Healthcare and Benefits, SVT Health Center, Homer Independent Living Center, Lions Club Vision Screening, Homer VA Clinic, South Peninsula Hospital, Homer Senior Center, the American Legion, the Kenai Vet Center and others. Bring military discharge paperwork or VA identification. For audiology and dental screening, make an appointment at 907-399-8065. Free transportation is available from AAA Alaska Cab. Email Brent Hibbert at 48 hours in advance or call Rick Malley at 800-770-7911.

Between now and May 31 the Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers participate in the annual national Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign. Troopers will conduct extra patrols focusing on drivers not wearing seatbelts and passengers not properly secured in a seat belt or car seat, as well as other poor driving behaviors. Wearing a seatbelt is one easy step everyone can take to increase their chances of survival should they be involved in a wreck, troopers said. Troopers always encourage motorists to be responsible when they are driving, including making sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled up. Children in vehicles should be properly restrained using the appropriate safety equipment, whether it is a seatbelt, a booster seat or a car seat.

Homer High Class of 1975 will be holding its 40th class reunion June 26-28th and invites all classes from 1972-78 to attend. For more information, call John Hendrix at 907-365-9945 or Marilyn Wythe at 235-7569.

Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic (KBFPC) seeks interested community members to serve as members of the board. This is an opportunity to help preserve access to low- and no-cost reproductive health care and education for men, women and families of the Southern Kenai Peninsula. Individuals in their 20s and 30s are particularly encouraged to serve. Community members committed to unbiased access to reproductive health and education, and with experience in event planning, teaching, health care, business and other Board experience are encouraged to apply. For questions or to send a letter of interest, please contact Kim Smith at or Mary Lou Kelsey at

The South Peninsula Haven House board of directors holds its annual meeting at 5:15 p.m. June 11 at 3939 Lake St., suite 1. The meeting is open to the public.

Burn permits are required year round inside Homer city limits and can be picked up at the Homer Volunteer Fire Department during normal business hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Burn permits are required from April 1-Sept. 1 anywhere outside Homer city limits and can be acquired from the Alaska Division of Forestry at

Sandhill cranes have arrived. Please report sandhill crane sightings to Kachemak Crane Watch at 235-6262 or or visit Leave a name and number in case more details are needed.

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 noon-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The lunch menu for this week is: today, roast beef with mashed potatoes and gravy; Friday, applewood smoked trout; Monday-Wednesday, to be announced.

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 Thursday 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

To earn a GED or improve basic reading, writing and math skills, call 235-1606.

The Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference is June 12-16 at Land’s End Resort. Register online at Call 235-7743 for information. Public readings include a reading by keynote speaker Andre Dubus III at 8 p.m. June 13 at the Mariner Theatre, readings by conference faculty at 7:30 p.m. June 14 at Alice’s Champagne Palace and at 7:30 p.m. June 15 at Land’s End Resort.

Registration for fall classes and workshops for general public and degree-seeking students is now open online at Degree-seeking students can call for advising appointments at 235-7743.

The Student Art Showcase is on exhibit in the Pioneer Hall Commons through May.

Pratt Museum

Summer gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. Business offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Faith Revell’s exhibit, “Bird Dance,” is now on exhibit. She offers a workshop for young adult and adult artists from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The workshop fee is $30. Space is limited, so contact the Pratt at 235‐8635 to reserve a space.

The annual Jubilee student art showcase is on exhibit in the lower museum gallery.

The Pratt is showing a series of prototype exhibits in the lower galleries. These are works in progress and opportunities to collect feedback on text, design and interactive components. There are questionnaires available to provide direct input. Currently, visitors can see a small prototype, “Community Connectors – Radios, Telephones and Pathways.”

SVT Health & Wellness

SVT Health & Wellness offers classes covering all aspects of wellness every Thursday at 6 p.m. Today’s class is “Integrative Medicine Toolbox: What is it? How Can it Help?” with Renae Blanton, family nurse practitioner. Join her for an informative discussion on integrative medicine with case studies showing how she incorporates various tools, including both complementary and allopathic medicine, nutritional and herbal therapy, and lifestyle modifications. She will touch on the differing modalities of medicine and how they can be used to optimize health and vitality.