Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board holds its next regular monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. today at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station, 53048 Ashwood Ave. (Mile 12 East End Road). The agenda will be posted at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Annex Building at 206 E. Pioneer Ave. and at the McNeil Fire Station. The public is welcome to attend.  For information, call 235-9811.  

Recent Homer High School graduates who are home on break are invited to talk to current high school students about their colleges from 7-9 p.m. today in the Homer High commons. Dessert will be served. Call Elise Boyer for more information at 435-7025 or message her on Facebook. While no RSVP is required, it would help to know which colleges will be represented. The event is on Facebook at 

The Seldovia Fish and Game Advisory Committee holds an election meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the Susan B. English School Multi-Purpose room. The agenda also will include preparation of comments on the Southcentral Region Board of Game proposals and any other business that may come before the committee. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Michael Opheim at 399-7509. 

The Homer Fish and Game Advisory Committee holds an election meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the National Estuarine Research Reserve building on Kachemak Drive. The agenda will include preparation of comments on the Region II and IV Board of Game proposals and also may have presentations on recent moose surveys and the experimental pollack seine fishery. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call Dave Lyon at 399-2340.

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) offers a Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor Workshop from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Jan. 17 at Best Western Bidarka Inn. Instructor Chris Lopez will cover cold-water survival skills; EPIRBs, flares, and maydays; man-overboard recovery and firefighting; immersion suits and PFDs; emergency drills, helicopter rescue, life rafts and abandon ship procedures. The workshop meets the training requirements for documented commercial fishing vessels operating beyond the federal boundary line. It is offered to commercial fishermen at no cost. To register, call AMSEA in Sitka at 907-747-3287 or visit

Cooperative Extension Service

It’s a new year and houseplants might need some help surviving the long dark winter. Cooperative Extension Service has a free publication, “Air Layering to renew indoor plants,” a good guide for leggy tropical plants.  If you suspect your houseplants are suffering from pests, get “Houseplant Pests and Control,” with identification guides and ideas for control if you find a pest. 

For more information call the Extension Office at 907-262-5824, visit, 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 beef; Friday, rockfish Milanese; Monday, baked chicken teriyaki; Tuesday, lasagna; Wednesday, curried chicken; next Thursday, roast turkey with mashed potatoes.

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.

Duplicate Bridge meets Thursdays at 1 p.m.

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

To celebrate national Civil Rights Day, a public lecture and community conversation will be held at the Kachemak Bay Campus at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19. Mark N. Trahant, Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and author, editor, reporter, columnist and television correspondent on American Indian issues, will speak on “Alaska Natives and Tribal Sovereignty: The Right to Self-Determination.” The talk will be followed by a community conversation facilitated by Michael Hawfield, associate professor of history and political Science at Kachemak Bay Campus. 

Pratt Museum

The museum is closed for the month of January. Business offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

South Peninsula Hospital

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. The Jan. 15 class is “Congo: Land of Plenty, Land of Paradox,” with Patty Delate, family nurse practitioner.
 Join her for a slideshow and discussion of her journey to the heart of Africa and to the heart of the people living in a land torn by war and insecurity.