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The Homer Food Pantry seeks donations of frozen fish, game, beef, chicken, pork — any protein to help meet the nutritional needs of their clients. Please drop off Monday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. or call or text 235-1968 to arrange an appointment to drop off your donation at the Homer United Methodist Church, 770 East End Road.

There will be a Slush Cup & Rowan Springer Day held Sunday, April 7 from 1-3 p.m. at the Ohlson Mountain Rope Tow. The event is to support Alaska Youth for Environmental Action. There is a suggested donation of $10-$25. Try to make your way across the pond via skis, snowboard, sled or kayak. Costumes are welcome. There will be a silent auction, raffle prizes, food and music. There will also be prizes for the best costumes.

The Kachemak Bay Advisory Board meets Wednesday, April 10, at the Island and Oceans Visitor Center located at 95 Sterling Highway. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. If you have any questions concerning the meeting, please contact Jason Okuly at Jason.okuly@alaska.gov or 907-226-4688.

The College Council for Kenai Peninsula College will hold their next meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 at KPC’s Resurrection Bay Extension Site in Seward High School. The College Council is advisory in nature and members are recruited from all sectors of the Kenai Peninsula to provide input to KPC administration. The meeting will be held in the library and is open to the public. For a copy of the agenda, contact the director’s assistant at 262-0318 or visit this link: http://www.kpc.alaska.edu/about/college_council/reports/

The SPARC HAM radio club has its next F.C.C. exam session scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. on April 13 in room 212 at the Kachemak Bay Campus. If you or someone you know wants to take the exam, contact Ken Adams at ae7es.sparc@gmail.com.

Testing sessions are now $15 per applicant. Please come early and bring a photo ID. You will be required to fill out paperwork prior to taking your test which will require an FRN.

Homer Middle School hosts Mock Interviews from 8:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, April 17 at the school. The school is seeking employers from the community to volunteer to conduct mock job interviews with eighth grade students. Volunteers will need to fill out a volunteer application on the KPBSD website. The school will provide a list of questions, but participants are encouraged to ask their own as well. Contact Jennifer Booz at 907-235-5700 or jbooz@kpbsd.k12.ak.us

The Anchor Point Fire & Emergency Medical Service Area Board will hold its next board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 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 Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board will be holding its regular monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11. 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.

Kenai Peninsula Votes tidbit:

Please be advised, if you are reading this: Your vote counts. In Soldotna on March 5, there was a special election to see if the citizens wanted to support an indoor sports arena. If you voted no, you won by 18 votes. Eighteen citizens made the difference between having an indoor sports arena or not having one. For this election, only 19 percent of registered voters voted. There were 363 voters opposed, and 348 voters in favor of building the arena. That’s a total of 708 votes out of a possible 3,711 voters. Kenai Peninsula Votes applauds the 708 voters for caring enough to vote. For the other 3,000 voters … well, we don’t know. Maybe you were out of town (there is always absentee). Maybe you are just trying to make a living and don’t have time. Maybe you didn’t hear about this special election. Maybe you feel that you have no real stake in this issue. For whatever the reason, you might have missed an opportunity to make a change in your community. Somehow, we have to get the message across to all the people: your vote matters.

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 Loren 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 the Homer High School Counselor’s Office by April 10. If you attend Nanwalek, Nikolaevsk, 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, baked ham; Friday, seafood linguini; Monday, baked ziti; Tuesday, roast chicken; Wednesday, barbecue beef brisket; 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

“Truly Compelling Combinations” with Brenda Adams will teach you how to create moods and ambience throughout your garden, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9.

High school students who will be juniors and seniors next year are invited to the Kachemak Bay Campus on Wednesday, April 10 from 4:30-6 p.m. for a JumpStart open house. This event is designed to answer questions, and provide information to high school students interested in dual enrollment classes while connecting students with their future faculty and support staff.

KBC’s visiting writers’ series presents award-winning writers Mar Ka, author of “Be-Hooved,” and Monica Devine, author of “Water Mask.” Both will read from these spiritual memoirs with themes touching on Alaska’s Native culture, nature/landscape, family, memory, and perception. This is free and open to the public, and takes place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 12.

South Peninsula Hospital

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. Individuals can already join the team “Individual Steppers,” and if your team is already registered, you can enroll at homerstepsup2019.challengerunner.com by checking the box next to “Homer Steps Up! 2019,” clicking the “Enroll” button and following the prompts. 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.

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