Town Crier

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District requests input from staff, parents, and community members at the districtwide KPBSD budget development meeting, scheduled at the following locations:

Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m. in the Homer High School Library

Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. in the Soldotna High School Library

Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. in the Kenai Central High School Library

Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m. in the Seward High School Library

As new budget information becomes available, it will be posted here: http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/departments.aspx?id=38. If you have questions, please call Natalie Bates at 714-8888.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Child Find Program will be offering free developmental, vision and hearing screenings for preschoolers (3 to 5 years old). Children are seen by appointment only. The locations are: Tuesday, Feb. 26 at McNeil Canyon School and Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 Chapman School. To make an appointment for your child, please call the McNeil Canyon School at 235-8181 or Chapman School at 235-8671.

Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board will be holding a budget workshop meeting on Thursday, March 21 at 6 p.m. and the regular board meeting following at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station – 53048 Ashwood Ave. (Mile 12 East End Road) and the public is welcome to attend. Call the office at 235-9811 for more information.

The Anchor Point Fire & Emergency Medical Service Area Board will hold its next board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 20 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 Foundation Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is now soliciting letters of intent from non-profit organizations that promote fun, healthy, and educational activities for youth in Homer for summer 2019. This opportunity is for grant awards from $200-$2,000. The receipt deadline for letters is Wednesday, March 6, by 5 p.m. For more information contact the Homer Foundation at info@homerfoundation.org or 235-0541.

Kenai Peninsula Votes offers advice on voting. Did you know that if you applied for a Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) in the last couple of years, you also registered to vote? There are thousands of Alaskans who are not aware that they are registered voters. For whatever reason, after they completed their PFD application, not all the people were informed that they had the ability to vote. If you did fill out your PFD and want to find out if you are a registered voter in Alaska, go to: https://myvoterinformation.alaska.gov/ and answer the questions on that page. With the power of voting your voice can be heard.

For more information on Kenai Peninsula Votes, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Community/Kenai-Peninsula-Votes-1137000326349152/

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 2019 Homer Friends of the NRA Banquet will be held on March 2 at Bald Mountain Air Hangar in Homer. Get tickets to the banquet at friendsofnra.org/eventtickets/Events/Details/2?eventld=56297. There will also be a gun raffle drawing held on Feb. 23 at Christian Community Church in Homer. There will be “food, games, fellowship, fun and firearms,” according to a release from the Friends of the NRA. There will also be a gun raffle. For more details, visit facebook.com/HomerFNRA/. For raffle tickets, call Greg at 907-299-2625 or email homerakfnra@hotmail.com.

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 1.

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.

Tsalteshi Trails Association will hold a 20- and 40-kilometer Tour of Tsalteshi ski race on Feb. 17 at the trailhead behind Skyview Middle School in Soldotna. The 40-kilometer freestyle race — two laps around the trails — starts at 11:30 a.m. A 20-kilometer race — one lap around the trails, with freestyle and classic divisions — starts shortly thereafter. Prizes will be awarded for the first three men and women finishers in each race and raffle drawings will be available to all participants. Awards will be given at a post-race party at Kenai River Brewing in Soldotna. Discounts are available for early registration and members of Tsalteshi Trails Association, Kachemak Nordic Ski Club and Seward Nordic Ski Club. The first 100 to sign up get a free buff with local artwork. To register or for more information, visit www.touroftsalteshi.org.

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.

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

Marine Tech and Art Classes run throughout the Spring, some starting right away.

Pottery Surface Techniques with Maygen Janetta-Lotscher: Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16 – 23 for $125.

Vinyasa Flow with a touch of Yin Yoga with Melisse Reichman begins Wednesday, Feb. 13, continuing through March 7 for $70.

Skills you can bank on: KBC has brought in the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Construction Trades Classes the week of March 11 – 16. Learn facilities maintenance per OSHA regulations; interior repairs and drywall techniques; and flooring installation, vinyl, wood, and parquet. Registration deadline Feb. 28 These KBC classes will take place at Homer High School.

Marine Technology Classes are taking off. Register for Basics of DC Electricity for Vessels, and Marine Vessel Systems by Feb. 24. Classes begin Feb. 26.

UAA Chancellor Dr. Cathy Sandeen will visit KBC for the first time on Feb. 15

Make your life easier with computer classes: MS Word explores the basics and social media, web browsers and image editing. Feb. 19 and Feb. 26, 5-7 p.m., $65; MS Excel coming soon: March 19 and 26, $65

Coming up in March in Pioneer Hall at KBC: “Fundraising Best Practices for Alaska Non-profits Workshop: proven strategies and tactics that work in Alaska.” $50. March 4.

“Natural Resources & Economic Development: At Home and Abroad” with UAA Economics Professor Alexander James on March 8. Free and open to the public.

KBC is offering classes in Construction Trades during the week of March 11-16 (Spring Break) at Homer High School. The registration deadline is Feb. 28. One college credit is available with the $223 tuition for each class. The required book will be available in the KBC bookstore before classes begin for $120.75. Contact KBC at 907-235-7743 or visit https://uaonline.alaska.edu for more information.

South Peninsula Hospital

South Peninsula Hospital will offer American Heart Association CPR/AED and First Aid course on Friday, Feb. 22. CPR/AED is from 8 a.m. to noon for $50 and First Aid from 1-4 p.m. for $50. Please contact South Peninsula Hospital Education Department at (907) 235-0258 to register or for more information.

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