Town Crier

There will be a public hearing on the proposed Pebble Mine hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 4:30 p.m. today, Thursday, in the Alice Witte Gymnasium at Homer High School. The school requests people do not come early during school hours.

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.

Please report Sandhill Crane sightings to Kachemak Crane Watch at 235-6262 or reports@cranewatch.org. Date, time, location, behavior, and number of cranes is helpful. Leave a name and number in case they need more details.

The College Council for Kenai Peninsula College will hold its next meeting at 6 p.m. tonight, 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 Saturday, 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.

The Kachemak Bay Birders’ next trip will be to the Anchor River on Sunday, April 14. Meet in the parking lot at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center at 10:30 a.m. to car pool or at the boat launching parking lot at the Anchor River at 11:00 am. The timing of this trip coincides with the high tide which will make it easier to view birds out over the water in addition to birds in the river, estuary, and the woods. Bring binoculars, field guide and a spotting scope if you have them. We never know what we will find out on the Anchor River in April.

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.

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. tonight, 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 from Alex Koplin:

We know that voter turnout increases when the candidates and issues directly affect you, the voter. Currently in Alaska, more people are getting involved in governmental affairs because of the governor’s proposed budget. This week, I met a 27-year-old woman. She told me she had never spent any time learning about what was on the ballot and voting didn’t mean that much to her. But now, she has a 2-year-old daughter, and she wants to learn more about specific bills and wants to be more prepared when she votes. Voting is complicated. Sorting through all the information and making sense of it is hard. But it is the responsibility of the voter to learn about what will be on the ballot before going to the voting polls. There are currently issues that impact many Alaskans. Do some research and be an informed voter. Your vote can make a difference.

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

Register for fall 2019 classes now. Open registration starts April 15. Save your space and register early. Payments aren’t due until September.

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. Friday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Chinese Painting: Fish and Lotus with Sharlene JP Cline, Wednesdays, April 17 – May 1, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., $135.

Recreational Boating Classes: Refrigeration Basics for the Marine Industry, April 26-27; Outboard Engine Maintenance, May 3-5; Deckhand Skills, May 18-19. Visit https://kbcnoncredit.asapconnected.com/ for more information.

Spend the weekend across the Bay with Conrad Field’s Marine Invertebrates one-credit class on April 20 and 21. Visit the Kasitsna Bay Lab, explore Jakolof Bay, and spend the night in the bunkhouse. Call 235-7743.

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.

The Friends of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge will be holding their monthly meeting to address climate change on Tuesday, April 16 from 5-6 p.m. Come listen to featured speaker John Morton, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Supervisory Biologist, on the “Effects of a Rapidly Warming Climate on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge” and discuss how the refuge can manage for biodiversity under this scenario.

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