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Kachemak Bay Birders’ next meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28, at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in the Seminar Room. Following the meeting, the group will feature its annual “Slides of Summer” photos presented by members and guests of birds and travels taken this summer. Bring a favorite “finger food” to share. This event is cosponsored by the Kachemak Bay Birders and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. It is free and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information contact Lani Raymond at 399-9477.

The Omicron Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma holds its annual Back to School Supplies Project through the month of August. Contributions can be left in the brightly colored receptacle inside the front door of Ulmer’s Drug &Hardware. Shopping lists are on the donation counter.

Kachemak Crane Watch needs participation during Kachemak Crane Watch’s annual Count Days. Kachemak Crane Watch would like to know of specific crane sightings on Aug. 26, Sept. 2, and Sept. 9. Please report the number of adults, colts, or banded cranes seen by location, time, and day, and your name and contact information for each of the count days to or by calling 907-235-6262. For more information, contact Nina Faust at 235-6262.

The Exchange, a syringe exchange program, offers free syringe exchanges the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the South Peninsula Hospital Training Center, 203 West Pioneer Avenue, in the southwest corner of the building. Exchanges are held 5-7 p.m. Upcoming dates are Sept. 5, Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Nov. 7, Nov. 21, Dec. 5 and Dec. 19.

Central Area Rural Transit (CARTS) along with local partners South Peninsula Hospital, South Peninsula Behavioral Health Services Inc., Independent Living Center and Ryder Transport announce that the Public Taxi Voucher has ended as of July 31. After July 31, people who still have vouchers can call the CARTS office at 907-262-8900 to arrange a refund. All refunds must be processed by Aug. 31. CARTS intends to continue providing public transportation in Homer and will evaluate the best way to provide service going forward. For questions or more information, call CARTS at 907-262-8900.

Volunteers are wanted to help work on the Saddle Trail on Aug. 26. Free transportation into the park is provided, and the boat leaves the harbor at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 4:30 p.m. No skills necessary, just a desire to help out. Pre-register by contacting Christina Whiting, Volunteer Coordinator, at 435-7969 or

Anchor Point Senior Citizens

The Anchor Point Senior Center on Milo Fritz Road is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-noon Friday. The center serves Thursday night dinners starting at 5:30 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 from 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.-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. The lunch menu for this week is: today, baked ham; Friday, fish of the day; Monday, glazed cornish game hens; Tuesday, beef stroganoff; Wednesday, cuban pork; next Thursday, turkey casserole.

Strong Women classes are 1:30-2:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Homer Senior Center. The cost is $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers per class. Zumba Gold classes with Maria are 11 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Homer Senior Center. The cost per class is $4 for members, $6 for nonmembers.

Duplicate Bridge meets at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Tai chi classes are Thursdays at 3 p.m. The cost per class is $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers. Call Daniel Weisser at 235-4555.

Kachemak Bay Campus

Registration for fall classes is open for general public and degree-seeking students. Classes start Aug. 28. Classes include Mushrooms of Kachemak Bay (Sept. 15-16), Ceramics, Computer Science, Geology, Calculus, Russian History, History of Alaska, Introduction to Creative Writing, Welding, Yoga, Conservation Biology and Global Climate Change. Sign up early. Appointments are available with an advisor throughout the summer. See the schedule for most classes at

For community education non-credit class registration, see; Aug. 21 is the deadline for the Rotary Scholarship deadline.

Pratt Museum

The museum gallery is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Business offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

cARTography: This exhibit explores maps, wayfinding, and related artworks from the Pratt Museum collections, along with recent geospatial and interactive products of Kachemak Bay, and is available through Sept. 30.

Historic Harbor Walking Tours are held starting at the Pratt wheelhouse at the Salty Dawg on the Spit. From 3-4:30 p.m. every Monday and Thursday through Sept. 4, a museum docent leads a tour of the historic Homer Harbor docks. Admission is $10 a person or $8 when purchased with museum admission.

Field Casting Workshops with Lynn Marie Naden will be held Thursdays in August from noon to 4 p.m. The workshops will go over the basics of mold-making and casting, and cost $75 per person and $65 for Pratt members. Participants under 14 must have an adult.

Road Construction

A pavement preservation project is now underway from Mile 5.5-12.6 East End Road from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Expect delays of about 10 minutes. The anticipated completion date is Oct. 31.

South Peninsula Hospital

Booth Applications are now accepted for annual the Rotary Health Fair. The Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club in partnership with South Peninsula Hospital invites exhibitors to apply for booth space at the 33nd annual Rotary Health Fair. The purpose of the fair is to promote individual wellness, share health information and to encourage healthy lifestyle choices. The Rotary Health Fair invites exhibitors to provide learning centers to educate and encourage active involvement in learning about health and wellness.

The fair is 7:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Oct. 28 ​at Homer High School, and the deadline to apply for booth space is Sept. 9. To get an application or more information, please send an email to or call the Health Fair Hotline at 399-3158.

Rob Downey, MD, gives a free presentation on preventing cognitive decline and boosting your brain power from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6 at Kachemak Bay Campus, Room 202. Dr. Downey is a certified practitioner of the Institute for Functional Medicine, Board Certified in Family Medicine, and Chief of Staff at South Peninsula Hospital.

The event will be a short video, followed by discussion and question and answer. This is part of a series of lectures sponsored by the Functional Medicine Clinic. For more information contact SPH Functional Medicine Clinic (907) 435-3070.