Town Crier

The Homer Middle School Band and Choir invite the community to attend the annual Winter Concert tonight at 7 p.m. in the Mariner Theatre. Sounds of the season will be presented in conjunction with some classic favorites to help ring in this festive season. Admission at the door is by donation.

All proceeds benefit the Homer Middle School Music Department. For questions or accommodations, contact Kyle Schneider at 235-4607.

Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board will be holding their regular monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Dec. 13 at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station, 53048 Ashwood Ave. (Mile 12 East End Road). The public is welcome to attend.

The Ultimate Frisbee December Marina Classic Hat Tournament will take place this Saturday at the SPARC. Registration and warmups start at 11 a.m., and tournament play begins at noon.

Text Sunny Mall at 907-441-0314 for information.

The Homer High School Bands and Choirs invite the community to attend the annual Winter Concert next Monday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Mariner Theatre. Sounds of the season will be intertwined with modern works to bring forth the joy and merriment of this festive season. Admission at the door is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, and $2 for students, with a family rate of $15 available upon request.

All proceeds benefit the Homer High School Music Department. For questions or accommodations, contact Kyle Schneider at 235-4607.

The Homer High School Swing Choir cordially invites the public to join them for the annual “Candlelight, Carols, and Desserts” performance on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m., on-stage in the Mariner Theatre. Spanning cultures and across centuries, this performance brings together some of the finest arrangements of a cappella holiday music available today, presented by Homer’s very own local musicians. Admission is $10, with tickets available at the Homer Bookstore or at the door.

For questions or accommodations, contact Kyle Schneider at 235-4607.

Loving Hearts 4 Paws, a local nonprofit, is hosting Santa Paws from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Christian Community Church. All proceeds will help local pet owners facing unaffordable vet bills at the Homer Vet Clinic. Please visit as animals sit with Santa for “howliday” photos with a professional photographer. Family photos are encouraged, so kids and pet “pawrents” are also welcome to sit with Santa. There is a suggested donation of $10.

Bear Creek Winery will host its annual winter light display this month, an evening of holiday fun for the entire family. Take a stroll through a winter wonderland filled with delightful holiday displays. Warm up by a toasty fire pit with a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy the holiday music at the pavilion. The light display will run from 5-7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15, and from 5-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21-22.

The Christmas Bird Count in Homer will be this Saturday, Dec. 15. This year marks the 119th annual National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count — the longest running citizen science survey in the world and provides critical data on bird population trends.

You do not have to be an experienced birder to participate. Come join a team — there is no charge. People are encouraged to come to Islands and Ocean Visitor Center (IOVC) at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, where they will be divided into teams by the Homer CBC Compiler, Dave Erikson, to cover the seven sub areas of a 15-mile diameter count circle. The center of this circle is located at the intersection of the Homer Spit Road and Kachemak Drive. Coffee, tea and goodies will be available to get participants started as they are assigned to a team. It’s an all-day event and volunteers will meet back at the center after 4:30 p.m. to tally the preliminary results and discuss the count while enjoying a hot potluck meal. Bring a dish to share.

Check out the Kachemak Bay Birders’ website for more information at http://kachemakbaybirders.org.

Homer’s American Legion Auxiliary will offer Christmas gift wrapping daily from noon to 5 p.m. at Ulmer’s Drug and Hardware on Lake Street. This will run from Friday, Dec. 14 through Sunday, Dec. 23. Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Christmas Eve. There is no fee for this service, but donations will be accepted. Any donations will go to support programs for veterans. Contact Jackie Norvell at 235-3232 for more information.

This season the Homer Public Library, Homer Bookstore and Spenard Builders Supply are working together to gain books for the library.

Across from the library circulation desk is a Giving Tree donated by Spenard and decorated by the Friends of the Homer Library and the Library Advisory Board. Tags on the tree feature 76 titles the library would like to add to its collection. All books are being procured through the Homer Bookstore.

Individuals can choose a tag and make a cash purchase at the circulation desk or take their tag to the Homer Bookstore for a credit card purchase. Donors can choose to have a book plate included to acknowledge or dedicate their gift. The tree is available during library hours from now until the end of the year.

The Anchor Point Fire & Emergency Medical Service Area Board will hold its next board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 19, at the Anchor Point Fire Station, 72440 Milo Fritz Ave.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 235-6700.

The Homer Community Food Pantry is encouraging area residents to participate in a reverse Advent calendar project this holiday season.

The pantry will accept the boxes between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day at 770 East End Road. Call the food pantry at 907-235-1968 for more information and for the list of items to put in the box.

The Homer Volunteer Fire Department wants to remind the public as the temperature drops and they start to turn the heat on, make sure you properly have your chimney cleaned and inspected.

The department offers chimney brushes at the station for your convenience. Give them a call if you have any questions at 907-235-3155 ext. 0.

Ultimate Frisbee groups meets Mondays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. at the SPARC.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste facilities are closed on Sundays through April 28, 2019.

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

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.

The menu for this week is: Today, walnut crusted pork; Friday, shrimp scampi; Monday, chicken marsala; Tuesday, beef tacos; Wednesday, roast pork; and next Thursday, roast beef.

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

Public Registration is now open for all winter/spring classes. Many start Jan. 14. See https://www.kpc.alaska.edu/academics/schedule/ and https://kbcnoncredit.asapconnected.com/

Those seeking to earn a degree AA or BA degree: Contact KBC advisor at 235-7743.

Classes include Welding, Medical Terminology, Cetaceans of Alaska, Able Seaman, Yoga, Gill Net Building, Oceanography, Drawing, Environmental Economics and Policy, Medical Coding, Introduction to Behaviorial Psychology, Volcanology of Kachemak Bay, East Asian History, Tai Chi, Private Ground School, Deckhand Skill training, 100 Ton/OUPV, Pit-fired Pottery, and more. KPC will be closed Dec. 24-Jan. 2.

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