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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 last Kachemak Crane Watch’s annual Count Day is Saturday, Sept. 7. Please submit your info on the day of each count, or as soon as you can before the next count day. For a special experience, join at Beluga Slough at the end of the gravel trail for the evening crane fly-in. Citizen Scientists are needed for special Sandhill Crane population survey in the Homer area (Anchor Point and south). Kachemak Crane Watch would like to know of specific crane sightings on Sept. 7. Please report the number of adults, colts, or banded cranes seen by location, time, and day for each count day, and your name and contact information to reports@cranewatch.org or by calling 907-235-6262. For more information, contact Nina Faust at 235-6262.

The Kachemak Emergency Service Area board will be holding their regular monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12. The meeting will be at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station, 53048 Ashwood Ave. (Mile 12 East End Road). The public is welcome to attend. Please call 235-9811 for more information.

The Homer swim and dive team will host the Homer Mariner Triathlon at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 for the community. Participants register as teams of two to three or as individuals to complete the challenging course consisting of a 1,000-yard swim in the Homer High School pool; a 15-mile bike ride up East Hill Road, across Skyline Drive and down West Hill Road to the Homer Spit; and a 5-mile run back up to Homer High School.

All proceeds of this event benefit the swim and dive team. Participants receive a commemorative t-shirt (courtesy of sponsor Cycle Logical) and the opportunity to compete for custom Mariner wheel medals (courtesy of Desperate Marine LLC) awarded to the top three Ironmen/women in each age group.

For more information or to register, visit www.facebook.com/HomerMarinerTri. There will be a race bib pickup from 4-6 p.m. the evening before the event at Cycle Logical. For answers to other questions or for help finding another person to fill your team, contact race director Paul Story at pstory@kpbsd.org or 299-3523.

The Kenai Peninsula Roads Department will have contractors performing routine brushing operations on or about Sunday, Sept. 15. The goal is to increase the ability for motorists to see pedestrians and animals on the side of the roads and to provide ample storage room for snow and ice during winter maintenance. The department thanks people for their patience and advises them to use caution where brushing is happening.

The Anchor Point Fire & Emergency Medical Service Area Board will hold its next board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 18 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 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:

Our City and Borough elections are coming up on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The total voter turnout for the 2018 Kenai Peninsula Borough election was 18.7%. Breaking down voter turnout by Precincts: Homer 1 was 26%, Homer 2 was 25%, Diamond Ridge was 25%, Kachemak City/Fritz was 30%, and Anchor Point was 18%. Kenai Peninsula Votes (KPV) wants to see these percentages increase. If you are reading this column, you’re probably a regular voter. KPV would like you to talk to people you think might not vote, and encourage them to vote. Really, that is one good method increase voter turnout.

Beginning on Sept. 16, Homer City Hall will be open during their regular business hours so you can vote early in the City and Borough elections. The Borough is sending out their voting pamphlet this week so you can locate the sample ballot for your area, and learn more about the candidates and the propositions. You can also look at sample ballots on both Homer and Borough elections respective websites.

Whoever said that voting is easy — it’s not. It’s complicated. But if we actively participate in conversations about voting we can get more people to vote.

Ultimate Frisbee group meets from 7-9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at the SPARC. 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

Kachemak Bay Campus began fall semester this week. Keep an eye out for community and one-credit classes starting throughout the semester.

First Friday Artists from The Experience Gallery in Halibut Cove will represent KBC at the Alaska World Arts Festival with an exhibition organized by Marian Beck in the gallery in Pioneer Hall on Sept. 6, beginning at 4 p.m.

More Alaska World Arts Festival events are at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 with “Writing at the Edge of the World,” when Kathleen Dean Moore invites Nancy Lord, Erin Hollowell, Rich Chiappone, David Atcheson and Miranda Weiss to join her in reading and discussing their work. From 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, Moore will conduct a workshop, “Write for the Reeling World,” encouraging writers to craft messages of empowerment and inspiration in the face of a natural world in peril. Events take place in Pioneer Hall. The readings are free and the workshop is $35. Call 235-7743 or register at https://kbcnoncredit.asapconnected.com

Marine Technology classes are back with Outboard Engine Maintenance beginning Friday, Sept. 13 from 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. t0 5 p.m. The cost is $95. Learn how to repair gill net web in a three session class with professional net builder, Jessica Marx in Gill Net Web Mending and Repair, which runs from 6-9 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday from Sept. 23-27 for $75.

Coastal Navigation with Anna Borland Ivy will teach you the essential boating skills to safely navigate Kachemak Bay. This class runs from 5-9 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday for $95. Call 235-7743 or visit https://kbcnoncredit.asapconnected.com to register for Marine Tech classes.

Head out into the field with Taz Tally (AKA Doc Roc) to explore the geology of Kachemak Bay and the Southern Kenai Peninsula and discover igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks you have learned to identify earlier in the week using the rock collection at Kachemak Bay Campus. This runs from 5:30-8:30 p.n. Sept. 24 and 26 with a field trip from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. The cost is $89. Call 235-7743 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

Booth applications are now being accepted for the annual Rotary Health Fair. The Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club in partnership with South Peninsula Hospital invites exhibitors to apply for booth space at the 36th annual Rotary Health Fair. The purpose of the fair is to promote individual wellness, share health information and to encourage in healthy lifestyle choices. The fair is Saturday, Nov. 2 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Homer High School, and the deadline to apply for booth space is Friday, Sept. 13. To get an application or more information, please send an email to rotaryhealthfair@gmail.com or visit www.sphosp.org.

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