The Homer Native Plant Society field trip on mushroom identification scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled. “Return of the Bark Beetle? The Changing Forest of the Kenai Peninsula” is the last hike of the summer offered by the Homer Native Plant Society. Dr. Ed Berg will lead this hike from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday starting at the Homestead Trailhead off Roger’s Loop. The hike includes visiting the Demonstration Forest.  Trip size is limited to 12 participants.  To sign up, email

Hospice of Homer sponsors a talk by Ted Wiard, author and a nationally known professional in the field of grief, at 6 p.m. today in the Southwest Pilots Association building at 1230 Ocean Drive.  With Carol Poteat, Wiard wrote “Witnessing Ted: The Journey to Potential Through Grief and Loss.” For more information, call 235-6899.

Kachemak Bay Girl Scouts will be having a registration event from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Pratt Museum in conjunction with the exhibit Ocean Trash, Ocean Treasures. Families are invited to come sign up girls for Girl Scouts, try all the fun learning activities and help construct a new community art piece of recycled trash. Girl Scout membership is $20 and adult membership is $15.  Scholarships are available. Girl Scouts is looking for leaders, especially for Kindergarten Daisies and 4th-6th grade Juniors. Training and mentoring is available. For more information, call Tina Seaton at 235-6903.

The Kachemak Bay Birders meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in the seminar room. Bring summer photos of birds to share. Cosponsored by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, everyone is welcome and meetings are free. For more information call Lani Raymond at 399-9477.

Kachemak Crane Watch holds sand-
hill crane count days from 6 a.m.-11 p.m. today, Sept. 2 and Sept. 8. Observers can report number of cranes, how many of each (adults, colts and cranes marked with transmitters), date, location and time. Submit data to or by calling 235-6262. For more information, contact Nina Faust at 235-6262.

Hospice of Homer and Friends of Homer Public Library will present a panel 
discussion on “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End,” the 
bestselling book by Atul Gawande, at 6 p.m. Sept. 3 in the 
Homer Public Library.

Panel facilitator Kathy Carssow will be joined by panel members 
Nancy Lander, Brad Hughes and Rob Downey. A question-and-answer session will follow the 
presentation. Books are available for loan from the Homer Public Library and the Hospice of 
Homer or books can be purchased at the Homer Bookstore.

Ninilchik Emergency Services holds its 13th Annual 911 Benefit at 5 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Ninilchik Fair Grounds, Carol Bock Hall. The spaghetti dinner will be by donation and there will be auctions as well. Come meet the volunteer emergency services.

Friendship Center

Friendship Center Adult Day Services is open 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, baked ham and scalloped potatoes; Friday, coriander cod; Monday, baked chicken pasta marinara; Tuesday, pork paprika; Wednesday, beef tacos; next Thursday, roast turkey.

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 Thursdays 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

Stop by KBC to sign up for a fall class or visit For an advising appointment call 235-7743. Upcoming classes include Quickbooks, Mushrooms of Kachemak Bay, Rise of Civilization, Culture and Ecology, Beginning Tai Chi, Beginning Hatha Yoga and more.

Visiting writers Ann Eriksson and Gary Geddes hold a public reading with an evening of poetry and fiction at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10. 

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.

In celebration of the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies’ 30th Annual Kachemak Bay CoastWalk, the Pratt Museum presents “Ocean Treasure, Ocean Trash,” a hands-on exhibit that shows how we fit in this watery world, how we impact the life within it and how we can be the solution to ocean pollution. 

Road Construction

Expect delays on this lower Kenai Peninsula road project:

• Sterling Highway Mile 135 to 137 improvements: Road construction continues through September. Expect single-lane traffic, 10-minute delays, flagging and pilot car operations on the Sterling Highway from 10 p.m. Sundays through noon Fridays, through September. 

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