The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory will host the annual Haunted Hickory food drive today. Free and open to the public, the ship will be open at two separate times so that the crew can gear the event to different age ranges and guests with different fright levels. From 4-5 p.m., the ship will be open for a less-intense tour, appropriate for younger audiences. From 6-10 p.m., the ship will be open for more mature audiences who will be treated to intense thrills. The later viewing is not suitable for children under 13 years of age and those that frighten easily. All attendees are encouraged to bring two nonperishable food items to the event. These food items are donated to the food pantry.

The Homer MakerSpace is open for 3D design and 3D printing from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. every Monday and Tuesday at 178 E. Bunnell Ave. near Two Sisters. Students in grade four through middle school are welcome to use MakerSpace computers and 3D printers. Staff will teach you the ropes, and it’s all free. For more information, contact

The Kachemak Nordic Ski Club holds its Annual Meeting, Dinner and Auction at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Homer Elks Lodge. The KNSC Board of Directors invites its members to help celebrate the beginning of the new season. Please bring a main dish, bread or salad for the potluck  — or a dessert to be auctioned. There will be door prizes, a potluck dinner, silent auction, club updates and elections, and a dessert auction. All current KNSC members are welcome. Be sure to renew your membership for the 2015-2016 season online at For more information, contact or call 299- 4056.

Arvell Dinwiddie, a longtime resident of Homer, turns 90 on Nov. 11. His family is requesting a “card shower” for him. Greetings and cards may be sent to him at 8740 S. Tyler Road, Clearwater, KS  67026.

The Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Service Area Board will hold its board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18  at the Anchor Point Fire Station, 72440 Milo Fritz Ave. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 235-6700.

Homer is turning pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink flags are flying at homes and businesses around town this month in honor of those whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. The Pink Flag Campaign is a project of Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic in recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each flag is a $100 donation that helps local families by supporting access to screening, treatment, education and other support services provided at no cost through Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic. To learn how you can become a pink flag sponsor or to learn about breast cancer screening, call 235-3436 or email

The Homer Community Food Pantry holds its Empty Bowls Luncheon from 11 a.m.- 2p.m. Nov. 13 at the Homer United Methodist Church ground level. Soup is $10 or $30 for soup and a handcrafted bowl. For more information call 399 2007.

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. 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. The Annual Holiday Bazaar is Nov. 7 with tables available. To sell items, stop by the office or call 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 turkey; Friday, rockfish Milanese; Monday-next Thursday, 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 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

New classes and workshops include Navigating Using GPS, Radar and Sonar, Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m., $30; Vessel Navigation Using Electronic Charts, Dec. 1,  5:30 p.m., $25; Aluminum Fabrication, Oct. 30-31, Nov. 7-8,  $250; Global Climate Change, Oct. 22-Nov. 19; Art Activities and Techniques for all Classrooms, Saturdays, Nov. 7-21. For information about GED, ESL and ABE classes, call 235-7743. There will be an information meeting on fisheries technology and allied health (radiology tech, medical assisting, phlebotomy, dental assisting, etc.) programs at noon and 5 p.m. Nov. 9.

Pratt Museum

Fall gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through November. Business offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. A series of prototype exhibits are featured in the lower gallery. These are “works in progress,” and opportunities to collect feedback on text, design and interactive components. The public is invited to come by the gallery and give feedback. There are questionnaires available to provide direct input.

On exhibit through Halloween is “Museum Macabre: Darkest Secrets of Kachemak Bay.” Some stories from Kachemak Bay have been lost to common knowledge, swept under the rug and into collections storage at the Pratt Museum. Now is your chance to learn about the dark days of our past through original artifacts and rare images, including silver bullet casting molds from the werewolf outbreak of 1934; a taxidermy mount of the now-extinct native scorpion forest squirrel; various and frightening specimens preserved stuffed (fanged hare and parasitic fish crab) or in alcohol (giant huntsman spidermoose and assorted viscera); relics from the vampire wars of the 1970s, including impaling stakes, fangs, and desiccated vampires (in bat form); the brain (cast) of a three-legged land whale; and a Kandorian “siren” eel extracted from Homer Pennock’s leg.

The Ritz 30th anniversary art preview is now on exhibit. Preview art for the annual art and experience auction, to be held Nov. 7 at Wasabi’s. The evening includes a live and silent auction featuring art and items donated by artists, businesses and individuals. The theme for the 30th anniversary Ritz is “Havana Nights! Ritz at the CopaCabana.” The theme evokes the 1940s and 1950s that was Cuba in its heyday. Ritz includes Cuban food, music, dancing, diamonds, pearls, bright lights, rum and cigars (enjoyed outdoors).

Road Construction

Expect delays on this lower Kenai Peninsula road project: Sterling Highway Mile 135 to 137 improvements: Road construction continues through October. Expect single-lane traffic, 10-minute delays, flagging and pilot car operations on the Sterling Highway from 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, visit

 Rotary Health Fair

The 32nd annual Rotary Health Fair is 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 7 at Homer High School. “It’s Your Life … Take a Day to be Well” is the theme of the fair, sponsored by Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club in cooperation with South Peninsula Hospital. The fair will feature more than 50 exhibitors with various health screenings, information and services related to health and wellness. 

As part of the health fair, comprehensive blood analysis is available for only $40, a sizeable discount from the average cost of a comparable test.  In addition to the basic wellness test, additional tests available for purchase include prostate, thyroid, cardiac, vitamin D and hemoglobin A1C. 

These tests are offered by appointment at the fair, or before the fair at the hospital with the results available for pickup at the fair. Appointments are offered from Oct. 19-Nov. 6 in the hospital conference room on the hospital’s lower level. Payment must be made by cash or check at time of the test, and checks can be made to Rotary.

Appointments for both the day of the fair or at the hospital can be made at or by calling the health fair hotline at 399-3158. Book early as appointments fill up the closer it gets to the Health Fair date.

South Peninsula Hospital

Little ones are invited to trick or treat at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday. SPH will again host the Great Candy Exchange. Kids 10 and under can weigh and trade in their Halloween candy for fabulous prizes at the Pediatric Therapy booth at the Rotary Health Fair at Homer High School on Nov. 7. The candy collected will be sent in holiday care packages to U.S. troops overseas. While at the health fair, make a personal greeting card to send with your candy. More information can be found at