Please report sandhill crane colt (chick) sightings 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. Aug. 8 at Ulmer’s. For more information call Karrie Youngblood at 399-2085.

Macarthur “genius” award winner David Montgomery speaks at Cook Inletkeeper’s 17th annual Splash Bash at 6 p.m. today at the Bishop’s Beach pavilion. Montgomery is the author of “King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon,” the story of the decline of salmon, with insights on how Alaska can do better. Also joining him is artist and musician Ray Troll, who provides music for the Splash Bash. People can bring Ray Troll books and other merchandise for signing. The Splash Bash is a free, public event with food, music and information to celebrate clean water and healthy salmon, and to recognize Inletkeeper’s members and supporters. “King of Fish” explores the decline of salmon from Europe to New England to the Pacific Northwest. Montgomery also will also play with his band “Big Dirt” at 11:45 a.m. Saturday at Salmonstock in Ninilchik.

Philosophy professor and former Homer resident Erin Cline presents a free public lecture, “Real Tiger Mothers of Ancient China: Why Chinese Philosophy Matters for Parents and Children Today” at 7 p.m. today in the Homer United Methodist Church Sun Room. The publication of “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” stirred controversy among American parents. In this talk, Cline, an associate professor in comparative ethics at Georgetown University, discusses her forthcoming book, “Families of Virtue: Confucian and Western Views on Childhood Development,” which explores what traditional Chinese philosophers really thought about parenting.

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.

Agencies and organizations can add or update their listings to, an online resource directory for the southern Kenai Peninsula. Developed three years ago as a virtual community center based on a need identified in the community health needs assessment, POP411 offers free listings for agencies, organizations, businesses and service providers. It is free to be listed on the site, and free to use. 

Listings include information on the listing agency that is useful for site users when trying to find local services or resources. POP411 is meant to be one-stop shopping for community resources and is open for any listing related to a broad definition of health. Some of the more well-used categories on the site are related to educational services, children and youth resources, community action, social services and health. 

The deadline to update listings is Aug. 1. To update or add a listing, visit and log in. New listings are welcomed and can be done easily by selecting the “Create an Account” on the website. For assistance, contact Jamie Powell, the site administrator, at or 235-0570. POP411 is a cooperative effort between the Homer News and MAPP of the Southern Kenai Peninsula, a local coalition working together to improve community health.

Cooperative Extension Service

Is it an ornamental flower or an invasive garden thug? Often flowers get planted for enjoyment only to find they want to take over the whole area and do not stay in their place. Cooperative Extension Service has a free publication called “Don’t Plant a Problem.” This publication will help identify the good from the bad and offer alternatives. Visit to find this publication and more, 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: roast beef and mashed potatoes; Friday, baked sockeye salmon; Monday, beef burgundy; Tuesday, chicken picatta; Wednesday, seafood enchildadas.

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.

Artist in residence Joel Isaak visits 1-5 p.m. Saturday-Monday. Isaak is a contemporary Dena’ina artist who uses mixed-media to combine Native materials with modern, industrial processes. 

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 Education Department offers Safe Sitter classes this summer in Homer and Ninilchik. Designed for 11- to 13-year olds, the class teaches basic child care, infant and child CPR, first aid, safety for the sitter, behavior management and business etiquette. The two-day class runs from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. both days. The cost is $75 per person. The two-day course in Ninilchik is today and Friday and in Homer it is Aug. 7 and 8. Space is limited and registration is required. Call the hospital education department to register at 235-0258.

South Peninsula Hospital holds a sports physical clinic for high school students needing a physical for participation in school sanctioned activities. The clinic is 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Homer Medical Center. Exams that day will be provided by volunteer health care workers from around the community.

No appointments are offered. However, students are asked to stagger arrival according to the following schedule: Last names beginning in A-E arrive at 8 a.m.; last names beginning in F-J arrive at 9 a.m.; last names beginning in K-O should arrive at 10 a.m.; last names beginning in P-T should arrive at 11 a.m., and last names beginning in U-Z should arrive at noon.

This is a fundraiser for the local Booster Club; therefore, a $10 donation is requested, made payable to the Booster Club. However, no one will be turned away for lack of money. In an effort to speed the process along, parents are asked to please complete page one of the two-page exam form prior to presenting at the clinic. The form can be found at All students must bring or wear loose fitting shorts for the screening. For more information or questions about this event, contact Derotha Ferraro at South Peninsula Hospital, 235-0397.

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 “Probiotic Foods: Why They are Essential for Excellent Health” with Jenifer Dickson, certified nutritional therapist. Learn more about how adding foods with good bacteria can boost the digestive system, aid in nutrient absorption and improve overall well being. The classes are open to the public. For more information, call 226-2228 ext. 660.