Announcements

The Kachemak Bay Birders hold a birding trip at 8:30 a.m. Saturday to the Wynn Nature Center, Mile 1.5 East Skyline Road. Meet at the parking lot there. For more information contact the trip leader, Michael Craig: 235-0631. All trips are cosponsored by the Kachemak Bay Birders and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Bring binoculars and be prepared for mud and possibly some mosquitoes. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge. Donations can be made to the Wynn Nature Center if you wish.

The South Peninsula Haven House Board of Directors holds it annual meeting at 5:15 p.m. June 13 at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church on the Sterling Highway. The meeting will be for the election of new officers and is open to the public and its members. 

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10221, Anchor Point, holds its Steak Night from 6 to 8 p.m. June 15 with a dessert auction and karaoke at 9 p.m. Taco nights are 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays; chili dogs and hot dogs are served 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays; and burgers and fries are served 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays.

Hannah and Rachael Tipperman, twin 16-year-old girls who live near Philadelphia, Pa., hold a one-week robotics camp at the Alaska Center for Coastal Studies from June 17-21. The course is open to children ages 9 to 14. The Tipperman sisters started a nonprofit organization last year to help teach other kids about robotics and computers. For more information and to apply, visit www.robotspringboard.org. 

The sandhill cranes have arrived. Please report sandhill crane sightings to Kachemak Crane Watch at 235-6262 or reports@cranewatch.org. Kachemak Crane Watch is especially interested in information about nesting pairs for its third year of the nesting ecology study. Please leave names and phone numbers in case more information is needed. 

The Kachemak Celtic Club seeks artist and food vendors for its third annual Scottish Highland Games July 6 at Karen Hornaday Park. If interested, call Jewels at 235-2876 or homerart@ak.net. Vendor applications are at kachemakbaycelticclub.com. The deadline is June 20.

Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic seeks interested community members to serve on its board. This is an opportunity to help preserve access to low- and no-cost reproductive health care and education for men, women and families of the Southern Kenai Peninsula. The KBFPC, now celebrating its 30th year, offers a range of confidential clinical services for men and women such as annual well-woman exams, birth control consultation and supplies, and sexually-transmitted-diseases testing and treatment. The KBFPC also operates the R.E.C Room (Youth Resource and Enrichment Co-op) that provides teens with a safe space to spend time with friends. KBFPC’s Women’s Health Outreach Program reaches medically underserved women by combining door-to-door outreach and public events. Community members with experience in event planning, teaching, health care, business, or other board experience are urged to apply. For questions or to send a letter of interest, please contact Morgan Sicilia, board president, at msicilia33@gmail.com.

Friendship Center

Friendship Center Adult Day Services is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday with extended hours for special situations. 

Homer Senior Citizens

Homer Senior Citizens lunch is open to seniors and their guests and is served 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday. The lunch menu for this week is: today, roast pork loin; Friday, oven fried shrimp; Monday, beef stroganoff; Tuesday, baked chicken parmesan; Wednesday, seafood stir fry. 

Strong Women classes at Homer Senior Citizens Recreation Room are 2-3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Cost is $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers per class.

Tai Chi classes are Thursday at 3 p.m. Cost is $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers per class. For more information, call Daniel at 235-7655.

Kachemak Bay Campus

From June 15-17 the Kachemak Bay Campus and Kachemak Bay Writers’ hold the Festival of Literary Readings by conference presenting writers and poets. The readings are free and open to the public.

Registration is now being held for the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference June 14-18 at Land’s End and the two-day post-conference workshop at Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge with writer John Daniel. Registration continues until June 10. For more information, visit writersconference.homer.alaska.edu.

Registration for all fall workshops and classes is now being held. Register now, pay later. Call 235-7743 for an advising appointment for earning a degree. See schedule and course listing at www.kpc.alaska.edu/KBC.

Advance registration is required for the “Oil and Wax” art workshop with nationally recognized visiting artist Rebecca Crowell, to be held Aug. 9-11. Limited enrollment; register now.

Pratt Museum

Summer hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. “Encounters: Whales in Our Waters” is on exhibit until July 21. 

“Inspired by Place” opens with a reception 5-7 p.m. Friday. Guest curator Ron Senungetuk selected art from the museum collection inspired by a common theme. “It became clear that many works communicated a sense of place,” he said. The artists relate their works to daily activities like fishing, the environment and beauty of the local landscape. The exhibit runs through December 2013.

Since 1994 the Pratt Museum’s outdoor art exhibit, Facing the Elements, has been displayed along the Forest Trail from mid-June through September. Artists may register at the Pratt’s admission desk, 10 a.m. to 5:45 pm. Registration fee is $10, which is waived for students in grades K-12, but all participating artists must fill out a registration form. Artwork is installed between June 10 and June 12, with an opening reception from 5-6 p.m. June 14.

R.E.C. Room

The R.E.C. Room (a youth Resource and Enrichment Co-Op) provides teens with a safe space to foster healthy relationships and make healthy choices. Teens 12-18 spend time with friends and access information about the resources, activities and programs available for youth in the community — all with the guidance of a youth development staff member. The R.E.C. Room offers guitars, wifi, X-Box Kinect, air hockey, ping pong, board games, darts, rave gloves, movies, computers, art and craft supplies, and a lending library. 

Staff are available to help youth connect with local resources for a variety of concerns, such as GED preparation, finding a summer job or homelessness. The R.E.C. Room, a program of Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic, is located at 3957 Nielsen Circle. Summer hours are 2-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friend the R.E.C. Room on Facebook at facebook.com/rec.room7 to learn about new summer programs. 

Seldovia Village Tribe Health & Wellness Center

The SVT Health & Wellness Center offers a series of classes covering all aspects of wellness every Thursday at 6 p.m. Today’s class is “All About Bone Health,” taught by Dr. Hillery Daily. Dr. Daily will discuss ways to improve bone health from youth to later in life. The SVT Health & Wellness Center is located at 880 East End Road. The classes are open to the public. For more information or to suggest topics for future classes, call Amy Rattenbury at 226-2228, ext. 660.

South Peninsula Hospital

Planning a trip abroad? If so, don’t miss South Peninsula Hospital’s free “Tips for Healthy Travel” presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Land’s End Resort. Dr. Sarah Roberts and Dr. Judith Steyer will share tips for preparing for your international adventure, staying safe and healthy while on your travels, and teach you about required immunizations for different destinations and where and when to get them. For example, did you know Homer Medical Center is the only local clinic certified to give the yellow fever vaccination? The presentation is free and open to the public. Desserts and coffee will be served. For more information, please contact 235-8586. Dr. Sarah Roberts is a board certified family practice physician. Dr. Roberts received her medical degree from Michigan State University and has advanced training in perinatal mood disorders. Dr. Judith Steyer is a board certified family practice physician. Dr. Steyer attended medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle. She holds a certificate of knowledge in clinical tropical medicine and travelers’ health.

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