Town Crier

Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Service Area Board will be holding a work session for a meet and greet with a candidate for Fire Chief at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9 at Station 1.

There will be a You-Can-Make-A-Difference-At-The-Border fundraiser from 5:30-6:30 p.m. July 11 at Grace Ridge Brewing, 3388 B St., off Ocean Drive.

The simple event will provide several ways individuals can help make life better for those at the border who are seeking a better life in the United States:

• Buy a taco or drink a beer, or both, with $1 for every taco sold and $1 for every pint sold going to help organizations providing aid to those detained at the border.

• Learn how to make much needed hygiene kits or donate to the hygiene kit project. There will be an opportunity to put the kits together later this summer. The goal is to send 400 kits from Homer. The kits will be distributed to transitional centers along the border.

• Get information about Homer resident Lucas Wilcox’s nonprofit organization, Altruist Relief Kitchens, or ARK. Wilcox currently divides his time between Homer and Tijuana, Mexico, where ARK volunteers feed refugees. You can learn how best to help ARK and its work with refugees.

• Write to elected leaders encouraging change at the border.

• Connect with others who want to help relieve the current crisis. If you have ideas or can help with the event or want to donate but aren’t available July 11, give organizers a call at 399-7767 (Lori Evans) or 399-5200 (Sherry Stead).

The Anchor Point Fire & Emergency Medical Service Area Board will hold its next board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday July 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.

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.

South Peninsula Hospital is accepting proposals for an onsite coffee/espresso vendor at its main facility location at 4300 Bartlett Street. Proposals are due by 5 p.m., July 10. Guidelines and requirements are at www.sphosp.org or by contacting Glenn Radeke, Facilities Director, at 235-0351.

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.

Kenai Peninsula Votes tidbit by Alex Koplin:

There is a movement growing across the country to change the way we vote for legislators. Is it a true democratic election when the winner has less than the majority of voter’s approval? Ranked choice voting won’t let a candidate win unless they get 50% plus one of the votes that have been casted. This method of ranked choice voting is being considered here on the Kenai by the Kenai Peninsula election stakeholders’ group. Currently, ranked choice voting is used in Maine’s elections, as well as other municipalities across the country. It’s a very innovative and democratic process, and to get a better view of how it works, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rgo-eJ-D__s

Kenai Peninsula Votes, wants to applaud the Kenai Peninsula election stakeholder’s group for all of their efforts. This talented group is working on encouraging ways for more people to participate in voting. If you want to learn more about the borough’s election stakeholders group, visit them at: https://www.kpb.us/assembly-clerk/active-task-forces/election-stakeholders-group

Ultimate Frisbee group meets Mondays and Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. at the Homer High School turf field. Contact: Sunny at 441-0314.

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

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.

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

The Pratt Museum has reopened for the season, with hours daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Kachemak Bay Campus

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.

South Peninsula Hospital

South Peninsula Hospital’s certified speech therapist Ashley Brasfield will offer a free, family-friendly event that focuses on children’s speech and language development. Brasfield has a master of science degree in speech-language pathology from the University of North Carolina. Join Ashley from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 9 at the Homer Public Library to learn techniques for reading aloud to your child, and some simple at-home strategies for improved speech and language development of children age 3 years and up. Learn about the value of speech-language assessments, and how speech therapy might make a difference in your child’s development. Contact the hospital’s Health and Wellness department at wellness@sphosp.org or call 907-235-0970 for more information.

South Peninsula Hospital is accepting proposals for an onsite coffee/espresso vendor at its main facility location at 4300 Bartlett Street. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. July 10. Guidelines and requirements are at www.sphosp.org or by contacting Glenn Radeke, Facilities Director, at 235-0351.

Homer Medical Center offers free sports physicals at a one-day clinic on Saturday, July 20 for high school students who need a physical for participation in school sanctioned activities. Appointments are not required, and exams are offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the clinic on Bartlett Street. Exams are offered free of charge by Homer Medical Center providers. Parents are asked to complete the History Form (and if applicable the Special Needs Supplemental form) and bring this entire document with them. Additional information and the form can be found online at homermedical.org or by calling the clinic at 235-8586.

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