As part of state budget cuts, Alaska Court System courts and court offices, including the Homer Courthouse, will be closed at noon Fridays starting July 1. Some courts will be open for emergency and time-critical proceedings. During the closures court staff will be on unpaid furlough, resulting in a 4-percent pay cut. The noon Friday closure will save the sate about $2 million a year, according to a press release from the court system.

South Peninsula Hospital celebrates its 60th anniversary with a party from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the hospital with food and music.

The Homer High School Class of 1996 holds its 20-year reunion on July 8 and 9. For more information, call Jessica at 299-2849.

Synergy Gardens holds a Farm to Table Dinner — without the table. The festival is 3-8 p.m. July 10 at the gardens on 54329 Wilderness Lane. The festival includes botanical art events, garden tours, a menu including garlic scape pestos, wood fired pizza with garlic scapes, Kachemak Bay oysters, garlic scape pickling demos with tastings provided by chef Richard Nell from Homestead Restaurant, and garlic scape yoga. To register, visit the Synergy Gardens booth Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Homer Farmers Market or register at Maura’s Cafe on Bunnell Street. The fee is $65 per person. Ten percent of profits benefit Bunnell Street Arts Center. For more information, call 706-273-0077.

Dr. Kelly Cline will present “The New Horizons Mission to Pluto,” a free public science lecture, at 7 p.m. July 19 in the Homer United Methodist Church Sun Room. Cline is associate professor of mathematics and astronomy at Carroll College in Helena, Mont., where he presents a monthly public lecture series, “Discovering the Universe.”

Last year, NASA’s New Horizons mission became the first spacecraft ever to visit Pluto. Astronomers were amazed at the strange and bizarre images that New Horizons sent back of Pluto and its moon Charon. New Horizons revealed that Pluto is far more complex and intricate than astronomers were expecting. Even more surprising, Pluto is geologically active, showing that areas the size of Texas have formed recently. Join Cline for a discussion of the exciting new discoveries from the New Horizons mission to Pluto.

Homer Events sponsors a Community Bonfire starting in the afternoon of Aug. 14 at Mariner Park. The event includes a sand-castle building contest, food and craft vendors, musicians, jugglers, story and joke telling sessions and other activities. Donations of firewood are welcome. This is a kid-friendly event, but no pets, please. People or organizations interested in volunteering or donating prizes can contact Dax Radtke at Homer Events, 907-299-0319 or like the Homer Events Facebook page.

July 17 is the deadline to register to vote or update voter registration for the Aug. 16 primary election. To register or update registration, visit the Homer City Clerk’s Office or the Division of Motor Vehicles office. Forms also are available at the the Kenai Peninsula Borough Annex. Register or update registration online at To vote in the Republican Party primary, voters must be registered as Republicans, nonpartisan or undeclared.

A medical fund has been set up for Angie Reutov at Wells Fargo. Donations can be made to account number 5300889267. Donations will help support Reutov in her treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Sandhill crane eggs have hatched. Report any observations of sandhill crane colts to Kachemak Crane Watch at 235-6262 or email Leave a name and number so Crane Watch can call for more information.

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 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6 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. For more information, call the senior center at 235-7786.

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: today, roast turkey and mashed potatoes; Friday, blackened rockfish; Monday, baked chicken teriyaki; Tuesday, lasagna; Wednesday, spanakopita; next Thursday, roast pork loin.

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 Bay Campus

Registration for fall classes is now being held. Classes include welding, History of Alaska, Marine Biology, Painting, Introduction to Law, Music Fundamentals, Geology of Kachemak Bay, Environmental Economics and Policy, Computer Science, Poetry writing, Literature, American Government, Medical Terminology, Grant Proposal Writing, First Aid/CPR and much more. Sign up now, pay later. Advising appointments are available for degree-seeking students. Call 235-7743. For the fall schedule, visit

Pratt Museum

The museum gallery is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. seven days a week. Business offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

“Art and Science of Bears” is on exhibit through July 31. As part of the exhibit, at 6 p.m. July 13, Alaska Department of Fish and Game research biologist Sean Farley presents “Kenai Peninsula Brown Bear Population Demographics.” Farley provides an overview of ADF&G brown bear studies on the Kenai Peninsula, including information on mean litter size, cub and adult survival, population models and how female survival is critical to a population’s stability.

The Historic Harbor Tour is 3 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Meet at the kiosk next to the Salty Dawg on the Spit. The fee is $10. Tours are offered through Sept. 1.

South Peninsula Hospital

Homer Medical Center will host a sports physical clinic for high school students needing a physical for participation in school sanctioned activities. The clinic will be from 9a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday July 16, 2016 at Homer Medical Center on Bartlett Street. Exams on this one-day event are being offered free of charge by volunteer healthcare providers from Homer Medical Center. Students with last names starting with A through H come from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.. Students with last names starting with I through S come from 10:30 a.m. to noon

Students with last names starting with T through Z come from noon to 2 p.m.

If students are not able to attend the sports physical day they can make an appointment for a wellness exam and a sports physical form will be filled out as part of the wellness exam which should be at no cost to a patient with insurance. Those without insurance and who do not make the sports physical day can have a sports physical appointment on a regular clinic day at a cost of $40.

Parents are asked to 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. Please contact Rhonda Bradshaw, Homer Medical Center, at 435-3018 for additional information.