The Halloween One-Ways return this year for trick-or-treaters tonight, Oct. 31. Bayview Avenue and Mountainview Avenue will be turned into one-way streets with one lane for pedestrians from 5-8 p.m. Traffic will flow east on Mountainview and west on Bayview. Exceptions can be made for residents trying to get home. This is sponsored by neighborhood residents with support from the Homer Police Department.
There will be a free presentation about the David Lynch Foundation using the Transcendental Meditation Program in military, prisons, inner city schools and other “at risk” populations around the world from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Homer Public Library. This will be hosted by Stellavera Kilcher, who has been working with military and prisons in Hawaii. Tea and cookies will be provided.
A group meditation and refresher presentation on the Transcendental Meditation Technique will be held at 4:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4 at the Homer Public Library. The public is welcome. Hosted by Stellavera Kilcher with the David Lynch Foundation.
Kachemak Bay Equestrian Association will have its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 at the Homer City Hall Counsel chambers. Officers for 2020 will be voted in and there will be presentations by Kachemak Pony Club and the Mud Wallow. Come win the door prize of an exciting excursion on the Danny J. There will be visiting and snacks and you can renew your membership for 2020.
The South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board will hold its regular monthly board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at South Peninsula Hospital, conference rooms 1 and 2. The SKPHSAB meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month.
The Anchor Point Fire & Emergency Medical Service Area Board will hold its next board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 20 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:
Kenai Peninsula Votes says: thank you to the 29% of Homer residents who voted in this past election. The close race for city council was decided by only seven votes, which illustrates the importance of each vote. Why do the majority of voters choose not to vote? Next year, the borough will try to increase voter turnout by sending ballots through the mail. Research shows that mail-in voting is gaining momentum and is increasing turnout. As we get closer to the next election for 2020, we need to continue to encourage people about the importance of their vote to make their voices heard.
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 will be closed on Sundays for the winter through April 26, 2020. 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.
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 Robbie Fuller 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. The menu for November is not yet available.
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 Robbie Fuller 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.
Hospice of Homer
A Widows Support Group meets the second and fourth Saturdays of every month at 10:30 a.m. at Hospice of Homer. The group is for women who have lost husbands or partners and seek support in everything from practical matters like insurance to emotional support. For more information, call Marsha Graham at 235-5925.
Living with Loss, a weekly walk-in conversation about loss and bereavement, is on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m.
The special exhibits gallery is hosting Kathy Smith’s “Rivers of Ice” exhibit through Dec. 28.
The Pratt Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. For information about what’s happening at the Pratt, visit www.prattmuseum.org or call 235-8635.
Kachemak Bay Campus
The University of Fairbanks’ College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences has regular Wednesday and Friday talks which are live video hosted in room 219 in Pioneer Hall from 3:30-4:30 p.m.. This Friday, Nov. 1, Ed Farley, Program Manager of Alaska Fisheries Science Center presents, “NOAA Arctic research.” On Wednesday, Nob. 6, Anna Rix presents “Antarctic fishes and the molecular response to hypoxia.”
Photographing Your 3D artwork with Taz Tally is coming up from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 and 14 and from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23. Learn how to capture good quality images of your 3D artwork and other items you would like to offer for sale or promotion. The cost is $95.
“More Marine Technology: Marine Vessel Systems” starts Nov. 11 and focuses on what is underneath the deck and examines major vessel systems, including diesel, electrical and hydraulics. Includes hands on use of a vessel systems trainer. The class runs from 6-9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays Nov. 11-18 and costs $45.
Basics of DC Electricity for Vessels is a class that runs from 6-9 p.m. on Nov. 12, 19, 21 and 21 and costs $175. Troubleshooting and theory of direct current systems on vessels. Topics include electrical terms and definitions, safety codes, fundamental diagrams, battery types and application, marine wiring and more. Includes use of vessel simulator.
Master 100 Ton/OUPV begins Nov. 15. This USCG-approved course is for those with enough sea time to get a 100 ton USCG license or an Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel license. The exam will be administered upon completion of the course. Full attendance is mandatory. It is advised that you verify your eligibility before enrolling. Contact KBC Marine Technology Coordinator at 235-1622. Classes are from 5-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The class runs Nov. 15 – Dec. 8 and costs $700.
Knitting 101 will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. every Wednesday evening in November, starting Nov. 6. Learn stitch patterns, techniques, and knitting in the round. Create a scarf and/or a hat. The first 45 minutes of each class will address basic knitting skills followed by an open knitting circle with time to work on projects and consult with instructor, Nicole McKenney. Students bring supplies for their projects but practice needles and yarn will be available. Cost is $39. Call 235-7743 to register or visit kbcnoncredit.asapconnected.com
“Painting the Northern Lights: Holiday Cards with Jen DePesa” takes place from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10. Create beautiful, individual holiday cards to send to your friends. All you need is a spray bottle and a hair dryer. Jen will supply the rest. Call 235-7743 to register or visit. kbcnoncredit.asapconnected.com
Alaska Islands and Oceans Visitor Center
The Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center is open Tuesday – Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.
South Peninsula Hospital
Appointments for reduced rate wellness screenings are now available. The 36th annual Rotary Health Fair is set for 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Homer High School. As part of the health fair, comprehensive blood analysis is available for only $55. In addition to the basic panel, additional tests are available for purchase at special health fair rates, including prostate, thyroid, vitamin D, hemoglobin a1c and cardiac CRP. New offerings this year include thyroid free T4, testosterone and hepatitis C. These tests are offered by appointment at the fair, or before the fair at the hospital with the results available for pickup at the fair. Appointments are offered from through Nov. 1 in the hospital conference room on the hospital’s lower level. Payment must be made at the time of the test, and insurance cannot be billed. Appointments for both the day of the fair or at the hospital can be made at www.sphosp.org or by calling the health fair hotline at 399-3158. Book early as appointments fill up the closer it gets to fair date.