Announcements & Student News


Kachemak Emergency Services Board holds its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station, 53048 Ashwood Ave., Mile 12 East End Road. The agenda will be posted at the fire station and at the Kenai Peninsula Borough annex building at 206 E. Pioneer Ave. The public is welcome. For more information call 235-9811.

The Homer Green Dot program holds “An Introduction to Green Dot” from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Friday in the Cowles Council Chambers, Homer City Hall. Learn about the program, how Homer is coming together to end violence and what people can do to be a part of it. The Green Dot program gets its name from the idea that “if one act of personal violence is a red dot, what would it take to prevent that violent act and change the dot to green?” Green Dot violence prevention strategies encourage individuals to intervene and make choices for a safer community. For more information, contact South Peninsula Haven House, 235-7712, or visit

The VA Volunteer Services of the Kenai Peninsula invites all veterans and their immediate family to the Southern Kenai Peninsula Annual Veterans free picnic from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 18 at the American Legion Hall, Mile 2.5 East End Road. The event includes a barbecue with hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs and all the trimmings, door prizes, children’s games and music.  

Representatives from the VA Medical Clinic in Kenai will be present to answer questions, do blood glucose screenings, give flu shots if available and take blood pressure. Bring your VA card or DD214 for services. Veterans also can sign up for VA services. All veterans and their families are welcome. The event is supported by monetary donations and volunteers from veterans and service organizations of the Kenai Peninsula. For more information, call the American Legion Post at 235-8864 or Darlene at 235-6789.

The 19th annual Breast Cancer Run is at 11 a.m. Aug. 18 at Bishop’s Beach. Day-of registration and bib pick-up will start at Bishop’s Beach at 9:30 a.m., and go until 10:30 a.m. The race starts at 11 a.m. The 5K fun run/walk/stroll is the Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic’s annual fundraiser to support breast cancer screening and women’s health services in Homer. Runner registration is a suggested $35 donation. Participants who donate at that level will receive a light-pink marabou boa, and for $55 a hot-pink feather boa. Runners are encouraged to generate sponsors, which will enter them into a raffle for a host of prizes. Shamwari Marimba provides musical entertainment, with food after the event. Runners also will be eligible to win a huge variety of prizes donated from local businesses. Register to run online at or email a form to You also can register to run or sponsor by contacting the clinic at 3959 Ben Walters Lane, or call 235-3436. 

To become a business sponsor call (907) 299-4018. Businesses receive a pink flag to hang outside their business for each $100 donated. All participating businesses will be mentioned and thanked for their support at the event. 

Sandhill crane colts are growing up. Please report any observations of sandhill crane colts to Kachemak Crane Watch at 235-6262 or 

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 tenderloin; Friday, baked spicy bacon halibut; Monday, Italian meatloaf; Tuesday, chicken pot pie; Wednesday, pulled barbecue pork.

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.

The Caregiver Support Group meets from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Homer Senior Center Friendship Terrace on these dates and about these subjects: today,  “Questions and Answers on Dementia,” with Dr. Eneboe.

Kachemak Bay Campus

Registration for all fall workshops and classes is now being held. Register now, pay later. Classes start Aug. 26. Call 235-7743 for an advising appointment for earning a degree. See schedule and course listing at New classes and programs are offered in Fisheries Technology and AutoCADD Technology. Classes offered include oceanography, Spanish, karate, yoga, marine biology, Natives of Alaska, drawing, global climate change, poetry-writing, ceramics, welding, Tai Chi, MS Excel, Access, Quickbooks, introduction to writing nonfiction, Certified Nurse’s Aide (CNA) training, art appreciation, history, psychology and introduction to literature.

Kenai Peninsula United Way

Kenai Peninsula United Way is preparing for its Fox Island Dinner Cruise and Auction. The day will include a three-and-a-half hour Kenai Fjords sightseeing cruise to Fox Island, dinner, a no-host bar and an outcry and silent auction to benefit KPUW. The ship departs at 3 p.m. Aug. 17 and returns at approximately 9:45 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person or $500 for a corporate-sponsored table for six. To reserve tickets or for more information, call KPUW at 907-283-9500. 

Pratt Museum

Summer hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. “Inspired by Place,” selected art from the museum collection, is on exhibit downstairs in the Contemporary Art Gallery through December.

“Beneath the Surface,” featuring paintings by Rebecca Crowell that are inspired by archaeological maps of sediment layers beneath the earth, is on exhibit upstairs in the Special Exhibits Gallery through Sept. 29.

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 can help youth connect with 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 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 program is “Food and Mental Balance/Imbalance” with Dr. Marc Van Cauwenburghe and the Ionia community. For more information or to suggest topics for future classes, call Amy Rattenbury at 226-2228, ext. 660.


Student News

Brett Berntsen, a 2008 graduate of Bellingham High School in Bellingham, Wash., recently received a $1,600 Harold Seipp Scholarship from the University of Montana School of Journalism. Berntsen is the son of Steve Berntsen of Seattle and Marcia Lynn of Homer. He is a junior at UM majoring in print journalism. This scholarship was established in memory of Harold Seipp by his wife, Mary M. Seipp. Harold was a 1925 graduate of the School of Journalism and editor of the Billings Gazette.