Hospice of Homer invites community members to a continued discussion of a library panel talk on Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.” The group meets 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at the hospice office. Bring your ideas and passion to the conversation on what can we do to make the lower Kenai Peninsula more supportive of aging and end of life. For more information, call hospice at 235-6899.
Pilar De Ibarra, author of “Born to Suffer,” presents “Why Does God Allow Suffering” at the Women’s Conference 2015. The conference is 7-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Glacierview Baptist Church. For more information, call 235-8779.
Two disaster awareness classes are offered in October. Tsunami Awareness is 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center seminar room. Learn about tsunamis, including hazard assessment, warnings, preparedness, mitigation and response. Coastal Community Resilience is 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 21 at the same location. Learn about resiliency as it applies to understanding risk from natural hazards and how to build resiliency in coastal communities. The courses are sponsored by the National Disaster Preparedness Center, Honolulu. To register for either course, visit ndptc.hawaii.edu/training. For registration assistance, contact Homer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Robert Painter at 235-3155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 HomerMakerSpace@gmail.com.
The Kachemak Bay State Park Advisory Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.
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 907-235-7786.
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 and mashed potatoes; Friday, lemon dill salmon; Monday, chicken cordon bleu; Tuesday, barbecue brisket; Wednesday, chicken Parmesan; next Thursday, roast beef 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.
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
Register now for these upcoming classes: Introduction to Boatbuilding, Oct. 3-Dec. 12; Intermediate Kundalini Yoga, Wednesdays, Oct. 7-Dec. 9; Marine Invertebrates with Carmen Field, Oct. 7, 10 and 14; Basic Netmending and Splicing, Oct. 7, $25; Ergonomics for Fishermen, Oct. 16, free; Lines, Rigging and Gear for Fishermen: Modern Material and Repair Techniques, 6 p.m. Oct. 14 and 28; U.S. Coast Guard Drill Conductor Training, Oct. 17, free; Vessel Stability Training, Oct. 18, free; “Flash Fiction” writing workshop, Oct. 22-Nov. 19; Form in Contemporary Poetry with Erin Hollowell, Mondays, Oct. 5-Nov. 2; Global Climate Change, Oct. 22-Nov. 19, and Grant Proposal Writing Workshop, Oct. 30, $75. English as a Second Language and Adult Basic Education classes have started. For more information, call 235-7743.
An art exhibit by Cam Choy is 5-7 p.m. Friday in the Pioneer Hall Commons Gallery.
Fall gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. The gallery is closed Mondays. 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. As part of the exhibit, the Pratt holds community art workshops to build an 8-foot silver salmon relief sculpture. Workshops are held Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.
The theme for the 30th anniversary Ritz is “Havana Nights! Ritz at the CopaCabana,” held Nov. 7 at Wasabi’s. 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). The Ritz exhibit opens Oct. 2 with a kick-off champagne party and a 30th anniversary toast, refreshments and a silent auction table.
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. For more information, visit AlaskaNavigator.org.