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Kachemak Bay Running Club and Community Recreation are hosting the Thanksgiving morning “Sweating Gravy Turkey Trot.” The 5K Fun Run/walk starts at 10 a.m. from Homer High School out on to the East End Road path and then back to the school. This is a noncompetitive/non-timed run. Please arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. to register at the day of the run. The entry fee is two non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Homer Community Food Pantry. Random prize drawing prior to the run.

Please no bicycles. Call Mike at 235-6090 for more information.

Homer United Methodist Church will host a Thanksgiving community meal from 3-5 p.m. on Thanksgiving at the church at 770 East End Road. There is no fee and all are welcome to attend.

The South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 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, Dec. 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:

Here is a voting tidbit that catches many first-time voters off guard. Do you know which political affiliation is on your voter card? When voters register to vote in Alaska, one of the questions they have to answer is what party affiliation they want to be associated with. They have many choices, not the least is the UCES’ Clowns Party. A common presumption that many voters that register make is that the Alaska Independent Party is a party that has no affiliation to either the Democratic, Republican or Libertarian Party. However, the Alaska Independent Party has its own platform just like the other parties and they are not aligned with being Nonpartisan or Undeclared. If you choose not to be associated with any political party, then you need to write in either Nonpartisan or Undeclared. If you want to check the status of your political affiliation, go to http://www.elections.alaska.gov/ and click Check my Status on line and here you can see what your voter affiliation is. You can always change affiliation within 30 days prior to the next election. Please put on your calendar that our next statewide election is Aug. 18, 2020.

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

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, meat loaf; Thursday, closed for Thanksgiving; Friday, halibut tacos.

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.

Pratt Museum

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

Today at 7 p.m., KBC’s new Public Square Series kicks off with a free talk with Dahr Jamail. The award winning author of “The End of Ice” will discuss his journey from Alaska mountaineer to freelance war journalist to climate reporter. You are invited to come hear his story, share your thoughts and enjoy light refreshments. This event takes place in Pioneer Hall and is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Call 235-7743 for details.

On Friday, the next live-video hosted seminal series will be “Tom Thornton: Yield, Distribution, and Cost -Benefit flows in Fisheries Science: The Case of Sitka Sound Herring.” It will be from 3-4:30 p.m. in room P219. This is part of the University of Fairbanks’ College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences weekly Friday seminar series.

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

There will be a Christmas Craft and Gift Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at South Peninsula Hospital in the lower level conference rooms. There will be lots of Christmas gifts large and small, local art, handmade jewelry, hand crafted Damascus knives, kitchen knives and food items.

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