Announcements & Student News

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra holds a Garden Party fundraiser and Summer Music Festival starting at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the former Fritz Creek Gardens, Mile 8.5 East End Road. Hors d’oeuvres and champagne will be served, with music by The Areté Trio. Tickets are $30 and available at the Homer Bookstore and River City Books, Soldotna.

Former Homer resident Dr. Kelly Cline presents “Discovering the Higgs Boson” at 7 p.m. Tuesday  in the Homer United Methodist Church Sun Room. Kelly Cline is associate professor at Carroll College in Helena, Mont., where he teaches in the areas of physics, astronomy and math.

The Green Dot program seeks people to submit ideas for a Green Dot Alaska poster to be used in statewide training materials. 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 makes choices for a safer community. Designs should include the words “Green Dot Alaska” and a visual graphic which captures the spirit of Alaska and the message of Green Dot. Submit ideas electronically in PDF format to: Dorothy Edwards, (put “Alaska poster” in subject line), or submit a “paper copy” of your idea by mail to: Dorothy Edwards, 7505 Oriole Ave., Springfield, VA 22150. For more information about Green Dot, visit

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 beef; Friday, oven fried shrimp; Monday, chicken cordon bleu; Tuesday, barbecue beef brisket; Wednesday, chicken picatta.

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, “Alzheimer’s,” with Lisa Wawrlorek; Aug. 8, “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. Call 235-7743 for an advising appointment for earning a degree. See schedule and course listing at

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

The deadline to apply for scholarships, including tuition waivers, is Aug. 1.

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. “Encounters: Whales in Our Waters” is on exhibit with an extended closing date of today. “Inspired by Place,” selected art from the museum collection, is on exhibit through December.

From 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, the museum seeks help with the return migration of its 38-foot long gray whale from the “Encounters: Whales in Our Waters” exhibit to storage. The whale parts will be moved nearby on the museum campus for eventual display in 2016 in the new museum building. To help, be at the museum at 10 a.m. Please reply if helping at 235-8635 so staff can get an idea of how many people to expect.

“Beneath the Surface,” featuring paintings by Rebecca Crowell that are inspired by archaeological maps of sediment layers beneath the earth, opens with a reception 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 2. It includes selected artifacts from the museum and is accompanied by original music from New York City-based composer David Crowell.

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 “Introduction to Macrobiotics” with Phiya Kushi and the Ionia community. Get to know macrobiotics and how it applies to our daily lives, food and health. All cultures can use these universal principles to deepen understanding of current times and modern challenges to creating wellness. For more information or to suggest topics for future classes, call Amy Rattenbury at 226-2228, ext. 660.

Student News

Stephen W. Bishop of Homer has earned a bachelor of science in civil engineering degree from the University of Wyoming. Bishop is one of seven Alaskans to receive degrees following completion of the university’s 2013 spring semester.