Town Crier

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.

Kenai Peninsula Votes offers reflections and advice on voting. Kenai Peninsula Votes (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.”

This American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary program is open to High School juniors in public schools, private schools, and home schooled students. The Girls State and Boys State programs are camps where for one week the participants or “citizens” organize their own city and state governments. They choose their own officials in accordance with regular state election procedures. The students introduce and debate their own bills in a mock legislature. The sessions for both Girls State and Boys State is organized and run by Department Auxiliary and Legion Members, with help from people such as Loran Leman, Charlie Huggins, and State Legislative Aides. Scholarships are available for those attending the week session, as well as discounted online college courses. The online leadership courses are available through the University of Colorado. There will be two girls selected to attend Girls Nation and two boys for Boys Nation in Washington D.C. Registration fees and transportation to and from the camp is paid by the American Legion and Auxiliary.

Applications for both Girls State and Boys state are available at your local high school Counselor’s office or American Legion Post 16 in Homer. Completed applications are due to Homer High School Counselor’s Office by April 10. If you attend English Bay, Nanwalek, Nilolaevsk, Razdolna, private school or Connections and wish to attend these sessions, please contact Darlene at 235-6789, Michelle Melcher at 399-3709 or Legion Post at 235-8864.

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.

Ultimate Frisbee group 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 Ave, 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, turkey; Friday, Alaskan halibut tacos; Monday, Closed for Seward’s Day; Tuesday, balsamic roast chicken; Wednesday, spaghetti with Italian sausage; and next Thursday, walnut-crusted pork roast.

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: http://writersconference.homer.alaska.edu

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. Fishermen 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.

Cycles of Nature with Ed Berg — This one-credit class studies the puzzles and variety of natural cycles such as: sedimentary rock formation; glaciation; showshoe hare, vole, shrew, and bark beetle populations, and salmon returns. The class runs April 4-23, Tuesday nights from 6-8:45 p.m. with one field trip on Saturday, April 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

South Peninsula Hospital

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 Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation will be hosting a public information meeting from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, followed by a public hearing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Auditorium on AK Pollutants Discharge Elimination System (APDES) General Permit for Oil + Gas Exploration Production and Development in State Waters in Cook Inlet.

Bring your lunch and join Refuge biologist Brie Drummond of Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge for a Science Lecture Series featuring Winter Distributions of Red-legged Kittiwakes from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27 in the Seminar Room. Free and open to the public.

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