The American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 16, offers Christmas gift wrapping from noon-5 p.m. daily Dec. 14 to Dec. 23 and from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Christmas Eve at Ulmer’s on Lake Street. There is no set fee for the service, but donations to support veterans programs are gratefully accepted.

The Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board holds its regular monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. today at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station, 53048 Ashwood Ave. (Mile 12 East End Road). Call the station at 235-9811 for more information.

Homer’s Audubon Christmas Bird Count is Saturday. Meet at 8:30 am at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in the Seminar Room for team formation, coffee and tea, and breakfast goodies. Return at 4 p.m. to tabulate results and enjoy a nice, warm potluck meal.

As preparation for the bird count, Dave Erikson holds a Winter Bird Identification Class from 6:30-7:30 p.m. today at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in the Seminar Room. For more information about either event, call Dave Erikson at 235-3487, BJ Hitchcock at 235-1265 or Lani Raymond at 399-9477.

The Kenai Peninsula Fair holds a Christmas Bazaar from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Ninilchik fairgrounds. More than 40 vendors will be there to sell their wares and visit. Spaces are still available; bring your own table. For more information, contact Debra Henderson, event coordinator, at 907-567-3670.

The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge holds an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center to discuss and comment on issues and alternatives on addressing unauthorized cattle on Wosnesenki and Chirikof Islands in the refuge. For more information, call Steve Delehanty, Refuge Manager, 226-4627 or visit

Friendship Center

Friendship Center Adult Day Services is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday with extended hours for special situations. 

Homer Senior Citizens

Homer Senior Citizens lunch is open to seniors and their guests and is served 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday. The lunch menu for this week is: today, roast pork; Friday, grilled Parmesan with orange patty; Monday, turkey meatloaf; Tuesday, chicken pot pie; Wednesday, pulled barbecue pork sandwich. 

Strong Women classes are 2-3 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 is $4 for members and $6 for nonmembers per class.

Tai Chi classes are Thursday at 3 p.m. The cost is $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers per class. For more information, call Daniel at 235-7655.

The Caregiver Support Group meets from 2-3:30 p.m. every other Thursday in the senior center dining room. For more information, call Pam Hooker at 299-7198 or Mary Jo Gates at 235-7655. 

Kachemak Bay Campus

Registration for the winter/spring semester has started. Winter/spring class listings have been mailed out and are now posted online at Many classes begin the week of Jan. 13. For more information, call 235-7743. The campus is closed for the holiday break from Dec. 21 to Jan. 2.

Pratt Museum

The museum is open noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; closed Mondays.

“When Crab was King” is on display in the Special Exhibits Gallery. In conjunction with the crab exhibit, “A Crabby Colloquium: Recent Research and Fishery Management Perspectives,” featuring representatives from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, is 5-7 p.m. Dec. 19. 

R.E.C. Room

The REC Room (a Youth Resource and Enrichment Co-Op) offers new activities for the 2013-2014 School Year. The REC Room provides teens ages 12-18 with a safe space to hang out after school and get connected with positive resources, activities and programs available for youth in our community. Hours are 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 3957 Nielsen Circle, off Ben Walters Lane. For more information, call 235-6736, e-mail or visit or

Seldovia Village Tribe Health & Wellness Center

The SVT Health & Wellness Center offers a series of classes covering all aspects of wellness every Thursday at 6 p.m. Today’s program is “Breaking Free: Are you thinking about quitting tobacco?” with Amy Rattenbury, licensed acupuncturist, and Hillery Daily, naturopathic doctor. For more information or to suggest topics for future classes, call Amy Rattenbury at 226-2228, ext. 660.

South Peninsula Hospital

SPH offers a Safe Sitter babysitting class 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Dec. 30 and 31. The class is designed for 11-13 year olds and teaches basic child care, infant and child CPR, first aid, safety for the sitter, behavior management and business etiquette. Students should bring their own lunch. Registration is required. The cost is $70 per person. Please call the hospital’s education department at 235-0258 for more information and to register.