NOMAR kicks off its Christmas season with its annual Open House with Santa Claus starting at noon Nov. 29. A Homer tradition, the event marks the 23rd year NOMAR has been on Pioneer Avenue. Santa arrives at 1 p.m. and will be available for consultations and photographs until 3 p.m. NOMAR is open seven days a week for the holidays: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays and open until 5 p.m. Christmas Eve. 

The Kachemak Bay Birders’ monthly meeting is 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Leslie Slater, a wildlife biologist at the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, presents “A Recent Calamity: What Can We Learn from a Widespread Seabird Die-off?” She will provide a summary of seabird species and numbers involved in a die-off in coastal Alaska this summer and factors contributing to it.

The Christian Science Society holds a Thanksgiving service at 10 a.m. Thanksgiving day at 3774 Bartlett Street. Hymns, prayer and readings from the King James Bible and correlative passages from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy comprise the service. The Golden Text for this service is from Psalms 33:5: “…the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.” There will be time for sharing testimonies and expressions of gratitude. All are welcome at this hour long service.

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 619 Sterling Highway, holds a Labyrinth Meditation walk at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Jan Thurston of Halibut Cove leads the walk. Following the walk, the Rev. Judith Lethin of Seldovia leads a sung Compline service.

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. Tuesday 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.

Lina LePage speaks at 1 p.m. Dec. 4 for the Parkinson’s Support Group meeting at the Homer Senior Center. LePage works for social services at South Peninsula Hospital and will talk about end-of-life choices and decisions.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough reminds residents clearing snow from driveways that it is illegal to plow snow from private property into roads, ditches and rights of way. Such snow causes more work for borough snow removal crews, a cost incurred by taxpayers, and causes obstruction hazards and sight problems for motorists.

The borough also reminds parents to tell children of the hazard of playing in snow piles and berms near roads. Snow plow drivers may have difficulty seeing children playing in berms.

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.

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: Wednesday, chicken tacos; Thursday, closed for Thanksgiving; Friday, battered cod; Monday, pork chow mein; Tuesday-Wednesday, 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 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) 

Here are some tips about recycling glass:

• Glass jars must be empty. You do not need to wash them out; just scrape out with a spatula if necessary.

• Remove jar lids. Recycle metal lids in the Tin Cans and Lids Bin at the dump (the Homer Transfer Station).

• You can leave the labels on.

• Broken window glass, glass items like vases and ornamental glass can be recycled in the Glass Bin.

• No mirrors.

• No ceramics, China or pottery. They are made of clay, not glass. 

• No light bulbs.

• Glass can be recycled at the dump and at the recycling bins at Save-U-More, Anchor Point and McNeil Canyon.

For more information, call Borough Solid Waste at 262-9667.

Kachemak Bay Campus

New classes and workshops include Vessel Navigation Using Electronic Charts, Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m., $25. For information about GED, ESL and ABE classes, call 235-7743. Registration for winter and spring classes has now begun for community education, job training, recreation or degrees.

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Interested in a degree or training programs for jobs like certified nursing assistant? Make an appointment soon with an advisor at 235- 7743. For GED, ESL and ABE classes, call 235-7743.

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.