Town Crier

Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board will be holding its regular monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. today, Oct. 4, at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station, 53048 Ashwood Ave. ( Mile 12 East End Road). The public is welcome to attend. Call 235-9811 for more information.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste facilities will be closed on Sundays for the winter from Oct. 7, 2018, through April 28, 2019.

For more information contact the KPB Solid Waste Department at 907-262-9667.

The Kachemak Bay Quilters are seeking donations of new teddy bears and other stuffed animal toys. These toys will be paired with teddy bear-sized quilts and given to children who go through intake at Haven House because they have experienced domestic violence.

The quilters meet every Thursday at the Kachemak Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New teddy bears and other new stuffed animals may be dropped off there on any Thursday. Contact: Patrice Krant at 770-826-5016.

Coop’s Coffee on East End Road is having a “Laura” Day all day Saturday, Oct. 6. One-hundred percent of all sales benefit barista Ruby’s mom, Laura, who is fighting stage 4 breast cancer. All sales on Saturday will be donated to Laura to help with her treatment costs. Businesses are invited to donate a lump sum or match a percentage of sales.

The comment period for the Public Review Draft of the Kachemak Bay State Park and Wilderness Park Management Plan has been extended and a public meeting has been scheduled in Homer. To receive full consideration, comments must now be received no later than Friday, Nov. 16. Note: Comments submitted become public information under AS 40.25.110- AS 40.25.125. Written comments can be mailed, emailed or faxed to: Kachemak Bay State Park Planning, 550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1050, Anchorage, AK 99501, Fax: 907-269-8915, email: monica.alvarez@alaska.gov.

An open house session will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center and the public is encouraged to attend to share their thoughts. There will be a short presentation and an opportunity to get more information, provide input and ask questions.

The Kachemak Bay Advisory Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. This month’s agenda will include the discussion about the Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park Management Plan Public Review Draft.

A medical fundraiser for Bob Clutts is at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Anchor River Inn.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for children, and includes a spaghetti dinner. Because of health issues, the Clutts family is selling the Anchor Point landmark property and leaving Anchor Point on Oct. 20.

The Anchor Point Fire & Emergency Medical Service Area Board will hold its next board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 17, at the Anchor Point Fire Station, 72440 Milo Fritz Ave. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 235-6700.

A Conflict Resolution Skills/Alternatives to Violence basic workshop will be held from 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26; from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 27; and from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Homer Council on the Arts. The workshop is presented by the Alaska Training Cooperative and Alaska Hands of Peace. This workshop presents skills to help reduce conflicts in work and everyday settings. It costs $75 to attend all three days. For more information or to register, contact Karen Cauble at 907-399-0037 or klcauble@hotmail.com, or Lisa Cauble at 907-264-6276 or lisa@alaskachd.org.

The South Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary seeks volunteers for its many programs. Volunteers are needed for the hospital gift shop, located near the lobby entrance. Gifts and cards are available for patients at the hospital.

Volunteers are needed to work as clerks three to four hours a day for one day a week or month. Gift shop clerks must meet certain requirements, including training, a hospital orientation and free tuberculosis testing. Volunteers also must join the auxiliary; dues are $15 a year. Other opportunities include working in the garden, organizing a book sale, making and packing animal ice packs for injured children in the emergency room, helping with employee recognition and appreciation events, and other tasks. The auxiliary serves to promote the welfare, comfort and dignity of patients and their families at the hospital and Homer Medical Clinic. The auxiliary meets 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Monday of every month in the hospital confecne room. For more information, call 235-7250 or stop by the gift shop.

Anchor Point Senior Citizens

The Anchor Point Senior Center on Milo Fritz Road is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. to 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 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Exercise sessions are at 10 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. For information, call 235-7786.

Friendship Center

Friendship Center Adult Day Services is open 9 a.m. to 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

The Caregiver Support Group meets 2-3:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday in the senior center conference room. Call Pam Hooker at 299-7198 or Daniel Weisser at 235-4555.

Homer Senior Citizens lunch is open to seniors and guests and is served noon-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Lunch costs $7 for seniors age 60 and older, and $15 for those under 60.

Strong Women classes are 1:30-2:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Homer Senior Center. Zumba Gold classes with Maria are 11 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Homer Senior Center.

Tai chi classes are Thursdays at 3 p.m. Duplicate Bridge meets at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Call Daniel Weisser at 235-4555.

Duplicate Bridge is $3 for members and $5 for non-members.

Strong Women, Zumba and Tai Chi are $5 for members and $7 for non-members.

Pratt Museum

Galleries are closed for renovations until May 2019.

The business office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Kachemak Bay Campus

Netmending and Splicing runs Oct. 9-10, from 6-9 p.m.; MS Word class is on Oct. 12 and 19, for $65; MS Excel workshop on Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, for $65; Oct. 4 is Chinese Painting; Oct. 16 is Fruit Trees; Watercolor is Oct. 29; and QGIS is at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 and Nov. 8.

Taz Tally’s Photography workshop is: Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, from noon to 3 p.m. for $100.

Visiting writer and University of Alaska Anchorage Master of Fine Arts director David Stevenson will conduct a public reading Friday, Oct. 12, at 6:30 p.m. On Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m he runs a creative short story writing workshop with reading discussions of other writer’s work. Registration deadline is Oct. 10.

South Peninsula Hospital

John Kauwe, PhD, professor and Department Chair of Biology at Brigham Young University, will provide a community presentation on his work at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at the Homer Public Library.

South Peninsula Hospital Rehabilitation Department will be giving away free ice cleats and an open house on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the hospital’s lower west level.

The event will also offer free voice screenings, balance assessments, grip strength, music, food and fun. All are invited.

The 35th annual Rotary Health Fair is set for Saturday, November 2 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Homer High School. “It’s Your Life … Take a Day to be Well” is the theme of the fair, sponsored by Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club in cooperation with South Peninsula Hospital.

As part of the health fair, a comprehensive panel of blood tests is available for only $40, a sizable discount from the regular cost.

In addition to the basic wellness panel, additional tests available for purchase include prostate, thyroid, cardiac CRP, vitamin D and hemoglobin A1C.

These tests are offered by appointment in advance of the fair from Oct. 15-Nov. 2 in the hospital conference room on the hospital’s lower level or at the fair on November 3.

Appointments for either option can be made at sphosp.org.

Over 50 exhibitors will be at the fair offering various health screenings, information, demonstrations and services, including blood pressure tests, vision tests, hearing tests, flu shots, fitness tests and more.

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