Announcements

The Kachemak Emergency Services Area Board holds its monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. today at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station at 53048 Ashwood Ave. (Mile 12 East End Road). The public is welcome to attend. The agenda will be posted at the fire station and at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Annex building at 206 E. Pioneer Ave. Call 235-9811 for more information.

Michael Baldwin presents “To Eat or be Eaten: Alaska’s Carnivorous Plants” at 7 p.m. Tuesday for the Homer Native Plant Society’s monthly meeting at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. Alaska has seven species out of the world’s 600 species of carnivorous plants. Find out about these interesting plants and why and what they eat — not pets or small children — with Baldwin, a botany enthusiast from Anchorage. He also will discuss the local habitat that hosts these species. The program is free. Light refreshments will be served.  For more information, call 235-9344 or email jwoodring@alaska.net.

The Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Service Area Board holds its board meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 20 at the Anchor Point Fire Station, 72440 Milo Fritz Ave. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 235-6700.

Author and speaker Tim Kimmell visits Homer with a seminar, Grace Based Parenting, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 23 at the Mariner Theatre. The talk is sponsored by the Homer Ministerial Association. Kimmell is the author of the books “Grace Based Parenting,” “Connecting Church and Home” and “Grace Filled Marriage.” Admission is $100 a couple, $55 a person and $15 per child for childcare. Purchase tickets in advance at familymatters.net/events. Tickets at the door are $60 a person.

The Homer Bed and Breakfast Association holds its spring kick-off from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at the Homestead Restaurant. This annual gathering brings together hosts of more than 40 local accommodations to learn directly from local business owners what services and offerings are available to visitors this season so they can make well-informed recommendations. The kick-off includes business presentations, social networking, snacks and door prizes. For more information or to volunteer, call or text Pat at 399-6075 or Marcia at 235-4779.

The M/V Tustumena’s return to service is delayed due to necessary additional work discovered during the vessel’s annual overhaul. The ferry is now scheduled to return to service Friday, May 27. As a result, M/V Tustumena sailings from May 15-26 have been canceled. The canceled sailings include the first Aleutian Chain run for the summer 2016 schedule. Additional information will be provided as necessary. AMHS staff is contacting affected passengers. For schedule information, visit FerryAlaska.com or contact your local terminal by dialing 1-907-465-3941 or toll-free at 1-800-642-0066.

Registration is now open for the 24th Annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, to be held May 12-15.  You can register on-line at kachemakshorebird.org. Volunteers also are needed to help with registration and other tasks at the festival. To volunteer, email festival coordinator Robbi Mixon at kachemakshorebird@gmail.com.

Individual sightings of sandhill cranes have been reported and large numbers may start arriving soon. Please report sandhill crane sightings to Kachemak Crane Watch at 235-6262 or email reports@cranewatch.org. Please leave a name and number so Crane Watch can call for more information.

Anchor Point Senior Citizens

The Anchor Point Senior Center on Milo Fritz Road is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-noon Friday. The center serves Thursday night dinners starting at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Bingo is at 6 p.m. with play starting at 7 p.m. on Friday nights. There will be a special $1,000 three-day bingo event at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. The Helping Hands Thrift Store is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exercise sessions are at 10 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. For more information, call the senior center at 235-7786.

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, roast beef with mashed potatoes and gravy; Friday, blackened rockfish; Monday, baked chicken teriyaki; Tuesday, Italian beef and cheese ravioli; Wednesday, spanakopita; next Thursday, roast pork loin.

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 for members, $6 for 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 Advocates of Recycling (KARe)

Homer’s Electronic Recycling Day is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 23 in the Spenard Builders Supply parking lot. This event is organized by Cook Inletkeeper. For more information, visit inletkeeper.org/clean-water/electronics-recycling. Total Reclaim is an Anchorage and Washington company that recycles the materials collected. They do not send materials overseas, and they are committed to sustainability and environmental responsibility. Check out its website at www.totalreclaim.com. This is the 11th Electronics Recycling event here in Homer and a total of 180,000 pounds has been collected since 2016; last year 23,000 pounds were collected in just five hours. All this material is kept out of our system, saving expensive transportation costs and space. 

For more information on recycling, visit Kachemak Advocates of Recycling (KARe) on Facebook or contact Lani Raymond at lani67@alaska.net or 399-9477. For questions for the borough Solid Waste Department, call 907-262-9667.

Kachemak Bay Campus

U.S. Coast Guard Onboard Drill Conductor Training is 8 a.m.-7 p.m. April 20; Vessel Stability Training is 8 a.m.-3 p.m. April 21, and Ergonomics for Fishermen is 3-4:30 p.m. April 21. Register in advance at uaonline.alaska.edu.

Registration for fall classes begins in April. Advising appointments are available for degree-seeking students. Call 235-7743. 

A reception is 5-6:30 p.m. Friday for a Student Art Showcase. 

The Homer Job and College Fair is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday.

Commencement is 7 p.m. May 4.

May 2 is the last day to register early for the Kachemak Bay Writers Conference, to be held June 10-14.

Pratt Museum

Business offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The museum gallery is open noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, closed Sundays and Mondays.

“Living Alaska: A Decade of Collecting Contemporary Arts for Alaska Museums” is on exhibit. 

The museum seeks a high school intern for the summer. The intern will help interpret exhibits and develop programs. For more information, contact education director Chessie MacRae at 435-3322.

The museum also seeks volunteers for a variety of jobs, including front desk greeter, aquarium assistant, collections assistant, audio transcriber and Harrington Cabin interpreter. For more information, call the Pratt at 235-8635.

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