Town Crier

Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board will hold its regular monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. The meeting will be held 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.

A Learn to Curl fundraiser will be held at 8 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Kevin Bell Ice Arena. Two-time Olympic curler Jessica Schultz will teach the basics of curling. The cost is $25 per person. No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. Participants are asked to bring clean-soled shoes with them and to dress warm. For more information call 907-399-7252.

The Anchor Point Fire & Emergency Medical Service Area Board will hold its next board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 16, 2018 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 third annual Women’s March will take place in Homer at 11 a.m. Saturday Jan. 19. The march is a women-led and organized effort to harness and amplify the political power of diverse women within our community. National march organizers deemed 2019 as the year of the “Women’s Wave.” Homer will join with sister marches all over the country to continue to shed light on the importance of women’s equal participation in governance and to provide intersectional education on a diverse range of issues creating entry points for new grassroots activists. The Homer Women’s March will begin at the HERC building and end of WKFL Park. This is a family friendly event, all are welcome.

A schedule of events is listed below:

11a.m. Gather at HERC building parking lot.

11:30 a.m. Inspirational speakers in HERC parking lot.

noon Sidewalk march on north side of Pioneer Ave. to WKFL gazebo.

12:30 p.m. Group photo at gazebo. Join us there if you are unable to march.

12:30-2:30 p.m. Kachemak Bay Campus: live streaming of National March on Washington and community info about intersectional issues facing women.

Sign making will be held at the Cook Inletkeeper office at 3734 Ben Walters Lane the week prior to the march, all are welcome join in making a sign on one of the following days and times. All materials provided.

Sunday, Jan. 13 — 1-5 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 14, Tuesday, Jan. 15, and Wednesday, Jan. 16 — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 17 — 5-8 p.m.

In conjunction with the march two free documentaries will be screened at the Homer Public Library to amplify how women have played critical roles in shaping our country. Catch “Iron Jawed Angles” at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 and “Makers: The Women Who Made America” at 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24.

Questions can be directed to Satchel Pondolfino at (907) 244-0912 or Sandy Garity at (406) 529-7970

Kachemak Bay State Parks is currently recruiting for members for the Kachemak Bay State Parks Citizens Advisory Board.

This advisory board provides Alaska State Parks with recommendations and input on management issues in Kachemak Bay State/Wilderness Park, Eveline State Recreation Site, and Diamond Creek State Recreation Area.

Board members meet the second Wednesday of the month September through May from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Island and Oceans Visitor Center in Homer. If you are interested in applying for this advisory board, please fill out an application at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/misc/boards.htm under State Park Advisory Boards.

Please mail or email your application to Alaska State Parks, 95 Sterling Highway, Homer AK, 99603.

Applications are due by Feb. 15.

For more information, please contact South District Ranger Jason Okuly at 435-7595 or email Jason.Okuly@Alaska.Gov.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Road Service Area would like to remind individuals and private contractors not to deposit snow and ice onto borough right-of-ways. This is against Kenai Peninsula Borough code. Accumulated snow piles and berms near roadways present a safety concern by limiting visibility. It creates road maintenance problems. Call 262-4427 with any questions.

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.

The South Peninsula Haven House (SPHH) Board of Directors is currently accepting nominations from community members for the 2019 Women of Distinction. The Board invites community members to participate in celebrating the cross-generational contributions of women in our community by nominating a woman in one of the three categories listed below: Woman of Distinction, Woman of Wisdom, and Young Woman of Distinction. Nomination forms may be obtained from the Haven House office, from our website at www.havenhousealaska.org or from Haven House’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/havenhousealaska. Completed forms can be submitted to South Peninsula Haven House, 3776 Lake Street, Homer, AK 99603 or emailed to admin@havenhousealaska.org The deadline for nominations is March 1st. The 2019 Honorees will be honored at the March 29 Women of Distinction dinner and auction to be held at Alice’s Champagne Palace.

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 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, baked ham; Friday, meatloaf; Monday, chicken fajitas; Tuesday, barbecue beef brisket; Wednesday, roasted chicken; and next Thursday, turkey.

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 an associate of arts or bachelor of arts degree, contact the KBC advisor at 235-7743. Classes include Welding, Vessel systems, Medical Terminology, Cetaceans of Alaska, Able Seaman, Yoga, Gill Net Building, Oceanography, Drawing, DC Electricity for Boats, Environmental Economics and Policy, Medical Coding, Introduction to Behavioral Psychology, Volcanology of Kachemak Bay, East Asian History, Tai Chi, Private Ground School, Deckhand Skill training, 100 Ton/OUPV, Pit-fired Pottery, and more.

In recognition of Civil Rights Day, a public talk presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 14 by Ian Hartman, history professor at UAA. He will discuss the history and development of Alaska’s black community, from the Great Migration and World War II through the formation of a modern social movement. Hartman discusses the idea that even as Alaskans fondly claim that the 49th State is different from Outside, many key historical currents of the mid-twentieth century played here just as they did elsewhere in the Lower 48. All are welcomed.

KBC Art opening: Feb 1, 5-6:30 p.m. Photography by Joe Kashi.

Upcoming community workshops: Windows Basic; Tuesday, Jan. 28-Feb. 12, from 5-7 p.m. Cost is $90.

Introductory Tai Chi and Quigong with Dean Sundmark will be held Thursday, Jan. 24-April 11.

Advanced Photoshop Skills workshop by Taz Tally will run Feb. 2-16, for $100.

New upcoming Construction Trades classes: Interior Repair, Facility Maintenance, Flooring Installation, to run March 10-14.

South Peninsula Hospital

South Peninsula Hospital’s Homer Medical Center offers “Living Well Alaska,” a chronic disease self-management class from mid-January to mid-February. Developed by Stanford University, and endorsed by the State DHSS, this six week group workshop is for people dealing with ongoing health conditions or the family members who support them. It offers fun with others while you practice skills to live life to the fullest and meet day-to-day challenges. At a Living Well Alaska workshop, you will learn the skills to set goals, problem solve understand and handle symptoms, eat well and be active, deal with difficult emotions and work with your health care team The workshop is Wednesdays from Jan. 9–Feb. 13, 2019, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Homer Medical Center. The cost is $10 for the entire six-week series. Registration is required. For more information and to register, please call the hospital’s education department at 235-0258.

Homer Medical Center is offering free Diabetes Screenings in the month of January for patients without a current diabetes diagnosis. The screening includes a Point of Care diabetes screening blood test (HbA1C), a 30 minute visit with Peggy Ellen Kleinleder, RN, Certified Diabetes Nurse Educator, a review of test results, diabetes education on healthy eating for pre-diabetes, diabetes and diabetes prevention, a blood pressure check and free take-home materials. Daytime and evening appointments are available. Call Homer Medical Center 235-8586 and ask for the New Year’s Free Diabetes Screening. It is free, and no insurance is necessary.

South Peninsula Hospital Education Department is offering these American Heart Association classes on Jan. 18:

Heartsaver CPR/AED from 8 a.m. to noon at SPH Training Center for $50 per person. This covers infant/child/adult CPR and use of an AED.

• First Aid 1-4 p.m. at SPH Training Center for $50 per person.

The trainings are offered on a monthly basis and the complete schedule of upcoming classes can be found at sphosp.org. Please call SPH Education Department 235-0258 to register or for more information.

Certified Nurse Midwives from Homer Medical Center’s West Wing are offering free classes on childbirth and newborn care starting Tuesday, Jan. 15 and running every Tuesday through Feb. 12. The free one-hour classes are at 5:30 p.m. in South Peninsula Hospital’s conference rooms on the hospital’s lower level. No registration is required. Subjects include anatomy, labor and birth; breathing and relaxation techniques and other pain relief options; complications of labor and birth; newborn care and breastfeeding. For more information contact the West Wing at 235-3040 or visit homermedical.org.

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