Sandhill crane colts are starting to fly. Please report sightings of fledged colts to Kachemak Crane Watch. Include location, date, time and number of colts when first seen to or 235-6262.

Quilters can enter their quilts, wall hangings and wearable art for the Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik. Register entries in Homer from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Friday at Ulmer’s. For more information, call Karrie Youngblood at 399-2085.

The Omicron chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma is putting together backpacks with school supplies for clients of the Homer Community Food Pantry. To help, look for the decorated receptacle at Ulmer’s on Lake Street. The receptacle lists needed supplies; supplies can be dropped off at the receptacle. More than 120 children in the lower Kenai Peninsula benefit from this service.

Cooperative Extension Service

One of the real pleasures of gardening is the sharing. When it comes time to use or preserve zucchini, broccoli or cabbage, the Cooperative Extension Service has publications for that. The free publications include “Zucchini from A to Z,” “Best of Broccoli,” and “Sauerkraut.” The 15-page zucchini publication has information on preserving as well as using it in main dishes, side dishes, soups, breads, salads and desserts. The broccoli publication has instructions for freezing and recipes. “Sauerkraut” is all about how to make sauerkraut and a few recipes for using it. Follow the Cooperative Extension Service, Health Home and Family Development program on Facebook for more information on food preservation and safety at or stop by at the Doors and Windows Building on Kalifornsky Beach Road from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

Friendship Center

Friendship Center Adult Day Services is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday with extended hours for special situations. Special programs are offered daily, including story time, crafts and musical performances. For more information, call 235-4556.

Homer Senior Citizens

Homer Senior Citizens lunch is open to seniors and guests and is served 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday. The lunch menu for this week is: today, roast pork; Friday, oven fried shrimp; Monday, chicken cordon bleu; Tuesday, barbecue beef brisket; Wednesday, chicken parmesan.

Strong Women classes are 1-2 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.

Tai Chi classes are Thursday at 3 p.m. The cost per class is $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers. Call Daniel Weisser at 235-7655.

Caregiver Support Group meets 2-3:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday in the senior center dining room. Call Pam Hooker at 299-7198 or Kathy Hedges at 235-4556. 

Kachemak Bay Campus

Kachemak Bay Campus fall semester registration is open for the general public and those seeking a degree. Sign up now and pay later. Many classes begin the week of Aug. 25. For a schedule visit, Call 235-7743 for information or to make an advising appointment.

Award-winning poet Carolyn Forche does a reading at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 4 as part of the KBC Visiting Writers Series. 

Pratt Museum

The museum galleries are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Business offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Artist Jo Going’s exhibit, “Reliquary,” is on view through Sept. 21. Going presents a mixed media installation featuring found animal bones collected by the artist from the arctic tundra over 28 years.

“Dena’ina q’ Huch’ulyeshi, the Dena’ina Way of Living,” is on view through Sept. 1. “Dena’ina q’ Huch’ulyeshi” is the first comprehensive exhibit of the Dena’ina culture, curated and provided by the Anchorage Museum. Visit the Pratt Museum website,, for a schedule of related special events.

Historic Harbor Tours are held at 3 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through Aug. 23. Meet at the wheelhouse in front of the Salty Dawg on the Homer Spit. The fee is $10 per person.

South Peninsula Hospital

South Peninsula Hospital offers an American Heart Association First Aid Class from 1-5 p.m. Sept. 12. The course is $50 and preregistration is required via the SPH Education Department at 235-0258.

SVT Health & Wellness

SVT Health & Wellness offers a series of classes covering all aspects of wellness every Thursday at 6 p.m. Today’s class is “Know Your Garden, Know Your Pests” with Janice Chumley, from the Kenai Peninsula Cooperative Extension Service, who will provide information on garden pests. This class will include how to identify and control pests, so they don’t harm your flowers and vegetables. For more information, call 226-2228 ext. 660.