Town Crier

The Anchor Point Fire & Emergency Medical Service Area Board will hold its next board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 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.

Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, visits the lower Kenai Peninsula for two Town Hall meetings at these times and locations:

• Noon to 2 p.m., Friday, March 15, Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor’s Center Auditorium

• 4-5:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, Chapman School, Anchor Point.

The public is welcome to attend and will have an opportunity to speak.

The annual Ninilchik Health Fair is coming to town Saturday March 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be tons of free giveaways, samples, raffles, and door prizes to be won.

Come meet Nolan the Colon, enjoy discounted lab testing, chair massages, and much, much more. Donate to the community food drive with canned or boxed food products and receive an additional prize.

There will be fun for the whole family. Let’s spring into health.

If there are any questions, please call 907-567-3370 and ask to speak with Jenn Day.

The Alaska Republican District 31 will hold a “Cabin Fever Reliever” meeting from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at Don Jose’s Restaurant in Homer.

It will be for registered Republicans and others interested in the party.

Come talk about SB 91, the PFD and fish.

There will be a silent auction.

Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board will hold its regular monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. today, March 14.

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.

The Kachemak Bay Birders’ next trip will be to the Spit on Saturday, March 16. Meet in the parking lot at the base of the Spit on Kachemak Drive at 11 a.m.

The timing of this trip coincides with a good high tide which will make it easier to view birds out over the water. Bring binoculars, field guide and a spotting scope if you have them. We never know what we will find out on the Spit in March.

All Kachemak Bay Birding trips are cosponsored by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.

All trips are free and everyone is welcome to attend. The leader for this trip is Michael Craig.

For more information contact him at 235-0631.

Kenai Peninsula Votes offers reflections and advice on voting. Kenai Peninsula Vote’s (KPV) mission is to get more people to vote. In our last tidbit we talked about how strong the Kenai Peninsula voter turnout has been.

This past summer and fall, KPV talked with voters about upcoming elections.

When people talked about voting, either for or against, they had strong feelings.

Some of the reasons we got from the non-voters were: I don’t trust politicians, I really don’t know the issues, here in Alaska my vote doesn’t count, there is nothing on the ballot that excites me. These are all understandable reasons, except for the fact that if we don’t vote, then we could give the minority the right to tell us what to do.

As the American-Cambodian human rights activist, Loung said, “Voting is not only our right — it is our power.”

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.

HVFD also wants to remind everyone smoke detectors and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors save lives. Please make sure you have working detectors in your home.

If you need any assistance with making sure you have adequate coverage in your home from smoke and carbon monoxide, please reach out to your local fire department for assistance.

Ultimate Frisbee groups meets Mondays and Thursdays from 7:30-9:30 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 the Homer Senior Citizens lunch is: today,baked ham; Friday, salmon; Monday, hamburgers; Tuesday, chicken parmesan with pasta; Wednesday, meatloaf; 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

Registration is now going on for the 2019 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference being held June 14-18. An optional post-conference workshop is at Tutka Bay Wilderness Lodge.

Early-bird registration deadline is May 1. For information visit http://writersconference.homer.alaska.edu.

Basics of Ground-Source Heat Pump Systems is March 22-24 and covers harvesting shallow geothermal energy, system components, common installation configurations, cost/benefit considerations and safety. One credit class. $282.50 cost.

Coastal Navigation with Anna Borland Ivy runs March 25 – April 10 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-9 p.m. Learn how to safely navigate Kachemak Bay. $95 cost.

The first of Brenda Adams’ classes for gardeners and outdoor lovers, Cool Plants for Cold Climates happens Tuesday, March 26 from 5:30-8:30 p.m, followed by Create a Haven for Birds, Bees and Other Pollinators on April 2, and Truly Compelling Combinations on April 9. $45 each.

Able Seaman class runs March 28 – April 13.

This new USCG-approved 40 hour course is for those that have sea time and would like to obtain the Able Seaman Merchant Mariner Credential. Fisherman are welcome.

Take this class and pass the exam in lieu of Coast Guard Exam. You may have more sea time than you think. Call the KBC Marine Technology Coordinator at 907- 235-1622. $500 fee.

South Peninsula Hospital

Hayley Walters, CNM, of Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic will lead the next “Walk with a Doc” at SPARC (600 Sterling Hwy next to Homer Middle School). All are welcome Saturday, March 16 from 9-10 a.m. for a brief talk on breast cancer screening and prevention.

Spend the rest of the hour walking indoors at your own pace, chatting and asking any questions.

This is a free event, open to all ages and abilities. There is parking up at the SPARC and down below in the Homer Middle School Parking lot. There will be free blood pressure screenings, prizes, and refreshments.

Please bring clean indoor walking shoes. Email wellness@sphosp.org, or call the SPH Health & Wellness Department at (907) 235-0970 with questions or for more information.

South Peninsula Hospital’s Chief of Staff Giulia Tortora, M.D., will present “Making Sense of Medical Decisions” at a free community talk on Tuesday, April 2 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Tortora, board certified family medicine physician at Homer Medical Center, will discuss using the Five Wishes document to personalize your and your loved one’s medical decisions.

She will discuss living wills and other advance care directives, and decisions around medical power of attorney, end of life care and dementia. The event will take place at Pioneer Hall, Kachemak Bay Campus, 533 E. Pioneer Ave in Homer. She and social workers from South Peninsula Hospital will be available to answer your questions and provide and recommend resources to help.

This is a free event; all are welcome. For more information, contact South Peninsula Hospital at (907) 235-0970 or email wellness@sphosp.org

Teams are being solicited for the annual Homer Steps Up community walking challenge which has the goal of 100 million steps in the month of May. The annual event, sponsored by South Peninsula Hospital in partnership with numerous local agencies, is May 1-28. Teams are asked to enroll in advance and as soon as possible.

Individual registration begins in April. Contact Maggie Wyatt at South Peninsula Hospital Health and Wellness at wellness@sphosp.org or 907-235-0970 for more information or to enroll your team.

Alaska Islands and Oceans Visitor Center

Exhibits and gift shop at Alaska Islands & Oceans Visitor Center are open from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday.

The Friends of Alaska Maritime NWR will be holding their membership meeting in the Seminar Room on Tuesday, March 19 from 5-6 p.m.

Join the Alaska Maritime NWR for a Science Lecture Series from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20 in the Seminar Room.

This week’s lecture highlights Refuge biologist Nora Rojek, featuring our first looks at the recent rebirth of Bogoslof Island after its 64 eruptions in 2016- 2017. Free and open to the public.

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