Please report sandhill crane sightings to Kachemak Crane Watch at 235-6262 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Date, time, location, behavior, and number of cranes is helpful. Leave a name and number in case they need more details.
The second annual Homer Pride Walk will take place at noon on Saturday, June 22, at WKFL Park to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall uprising in New York City, which launched the modern LBGTQ+ rights movement.
The event kicks off at WKFL Park at 11 a.m. with face-painting, a musical performance and speeches. At noon, walkers will head down Lake Street, across Beluga Slough and along Ocean Drive to the corner of B Street, where there will be more festivities, including a barbecue and family-friendly outdoor games. At 3 p.m. the party will move to Bishop’s Beach Pavilion for a shared bonfire, music and potluck, with ad-hoc musical performances, including karaoke, strongly encouraged.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Homer Annex has moved to its new location at 638 East Pioneer Ave. in the Homer Borough Maintenance building east of the Homer Volunteer Fire Department. The annex door is to the right of the double garage doors. For more information call 235-9837.
Hospice of Homer is holding its “Holes Fore Hospice” event from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 at Tips Gold Course on East End Road. Individuals or teams are welcome to register at www.hospiceofhomer.org at a reduced fee of $50. Register the day of at 4 p.m. at the golf course for $70. Food is provided for everyone and awards are provided for winners. All proceeds to help Hospice of Homer carry out its mission in the community. Call Mike at 299-0290 for more information.
The Anchor Point Fire & Emergency Medical Service Area Board will hold its next board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19 at the Anchor Point Fire Station, 72440 Milo Fritz Ave. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 235-6700
A free, 1-day Anchor River streambank restoration workshop and demonstration will be offered Friday, hosted by Homer Soil and Water Conservation District. The workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Anchor Point Senior Center, 72750 Milo Fritz Ave., Anchor Point, with presentations by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on salmon habitat and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on plant-based streambank restoration techniques. At 10:30 a.m., participants will head to Silverking Campground on the Anchor River, just below the Old Sterling Highway Bridge, to help install brush layering, spruce tree revetments, and other “soil bioengineering” techniques on two short stretches of streambank that are subject to accelerated erosion.
Installation should be complete by 5 p.m. and will be overseen by Moore’s Landscaping, which has 30 years experience in soil bioengineering and habitat restoration in Alaska. Participants should bring a lunch and dress for muddy, wet, work that will be accompanied by a huge sense of satisfaction and accomplishment and lots of hands-on learning. For more information, contact Kyra at Homer Soil and Water, 235-8177, ext. 5, or email@example.com. More information is also available on the “Anchor River Updates” Facebook page.
Kenai Peninsula Votes tidbit:
Will you be able to vote on Tuesday, Oct. 1? That is the date for the next city, borough and state elections. In this tidbit, Kenai Peninsula Votes asks that if you’re not sure if you can vote on this date, you have a little homework to do. This homework involves going to the Alaska Division of Elections website, http://www.elections.alaska.gov/ and checking out the section on “How Do I ……?” In that section, you can find out if you are registered to vote, see if your voter information is current, apply for an absentee ballot, or even register to vote online if you aren’t registered. This date is still months away, but procrastination is a habit that a lot of us share. At the very least, please pass this information on to at least one other person you know and ask them if they will be able to vote on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The word of mouth is a powerful ally to encourage everyone to vote.
Ultimate Frisbee group meets Mondays and Thursdays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the SPARC.
Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste facilities are now open seven days a week through September. Hours are 8 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Sundays.
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 Avenue, 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 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 lunch menu for this week is: today, baked ham; Friday, salmon; Monday, hamburgers; Tuesday, chicken parmesan with pasta; Wednesday, beef tacos; 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.
The Pratt Museum has reopened for the season, with hours daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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.
The keynote speaker is author Diane Ackerman along with 16 other poets, essayists and novelists. The four-day conference with meals is $425. For information visit http://writersconference.homer.alaska.edu.
Register for fall 2019 classes now. Save your space and register early. Payments aren’t due until September. The new fall schedule is out this week. Come by the college and pick one up, or look for them throughout the town.
Computer Game Design and Virtual Reality App Development for-credit classes are offered this fall. Sign up now before the classes are full. Call 235-7743 or visit http://www.kpc.alaska.edu/ to register.
Alaska Islands and Oceans Visitor Center
The Islands & Ocean Visitor Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ranger-led talks and walks are Sundays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. All programs are free of charge.