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The announcements section of Town Crier is a public service provided to individuals, nonprofit agencies and community groups.

Short announcements are generally run for two weeks, but are subject to space availability. Notices and obituaries may be edited for length, style and clarity. Events will be listed in the Calendar page.

Send notices to Homer News, 3482 Landings St., Homer 99603, fax to 235-4199, or e-mail to towncrier@homernews.com. Deadline is noon Monday to be considered for Thursday publication.

The first-ever Homer Suicide Awareness & Prevention Ride will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17. This is a motorcycle ride and/or drive for non-riders that starts at Homer Christian Church at 865 East End Road. The event includes a vigil with local family and friends to say a few words at the start, then share a plan and safety briefing for the motorcycle ride route. This is a family friendly event. Contact homersapr@gmail.com. An event patch is available for purchase for $8.

A Veterans Appreciation Picnic will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 18. The picnic is free to veterans, active duty military and their families. You do not need to be a member of a veterans organization. The picnic is hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 16 and will be held at the American Legion Post 16 located at 2.5 mile East End Road. Local VA representatives will be available onsite for questions regarding services available to veterans. There will be barbecue, live music by the 8 Mile Band, door prizes and fun.

The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council’s Environmental Monitoring Committee (EMC) meeting will be hosted from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20 in Homer at the Aspen Suites Hotel, 91 Sterling Hwy, Homer, AK 99603. The public is welcome to attend. For directions or more information call 907-283-7222 or 800-652-7222.

There will be a Death Cafe event held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20 at Stowaway Cafe on East End Road. Death Cafe was founded by Jon Underwood based on the work of Bernard Crettaz. Lizy Miles was the first person to offer Death Cafe in the US. It provides a space for people to talk about their mortality and how to live life. It is not a grief/bereavement group. For more information about what Death cafe is about: www.deathcafe.com or you can email deathcafehomer@gmail.com.

The Anchor Point Fire & Emergency Medical Service Area Board will hold its next board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Anchor Point Fire Station, 72440 Milo Fritz Ave. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 235-6700.

New Life Tabernacle, 55577 East End Road, Fritz Creek, holds Revival Services at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21, 22 and 23 and at 10:30 a.m.. Sunday, Aug. 25. Evangelist Dewayne Sims and his family preach. Everyone is welcome.

Sandhill Crane colts are practicing their flying skills in preparation for full flight. It takes 60-70 days from hatching to fledging.

Please report any Crane colts fully flying (fledged) to Kachemak Crane Watch. Let them know where and when the colts were able to fly off with the adults. Include your specific location and other information you care to share.

If the colts you have been watching have disappeared or died, please let Kachemak Crane Watch know as well. If you know how they died, please include that information too. Successful fledging and mortality reports help Kachemak Crane Watch determine nesting success for the year compared to previous years. Your citizen science reports are vital to KCW monitoring of the nesting season.

Send reports to reports@cranewatch.org or call 907-235-6262.

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:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of …”

These words are the preamble to the Constitution. They are vitally important, because they are the foundation for our country’s success. However, these guiding principles don’t work when people decide not to participate in these ideas. We are all individuals, but we also have an obligation to work as a whole. It is a vital role you have in making our republic whole and voting is one crucial way you can to this. There are hundreds of excuses not to vote, but that’s what they are — excuses. Please do your part. Keep talking about the importance of voting. Also mark down on your calendar that our next local and borough election is on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Stand up for the everyone. Go vote.

Ultimate Frisbee group meets Tuesdays 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 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. Due to a change in its recycle market, Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste facilities will no longer accept D grade plastic film, including plastic shopping bags. Also, they are only accepting #1 PETE beverage bottles with twist tops for recycling. For more information, call the 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 is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The special exhibits gallery is hosting the show All Alaska Biennial from now until Sept. 22.

The museum offers harbor walking tours weekly, from 3-4:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Meet at the Pratt kiosk in front of the Salty Dog Saloon. For tour rates and other information about what’s happening at the Pratt visit the website, www.prattmuseum.org

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

The MMR vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella is offered free-of-charge at Homer Medical Center during walk-in clinic hours from 5-8 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday evening until further notice. If someone is experiencing measles symptoms (high fever; runny nose; red, watery eyes; rash three to five days after symptoms begin) they are asked to please call before arriving at the hospital or clinic. It is important to access care if necessary, but individuals are asked to not go directly to the clinic, hospital, your doctor’s office or other provider. Please call first and the provider will have instructions for you to help prevent exposure to other patients.

For more information call Homer Medical at 235-8586.

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