Town Crier

Join Homer Council on the Arts for the annual Homer Nutcracker Faire, being held from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at Homer High School. The faire features Kenai Peninsula artists, food vendors and musicians.

The regular meeting of the Kachemak City Council scheduled for Dec. 11 has been cancelled. The next regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 8, 2020 in the Kachemak Community Center.

South CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) meets every second Wednesday at Kachemak Bay Campus, 533 E. Pioneer Ave. in the Pioneer Building, Room 209. The next meeting is from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Increase the resiliency of our community and get trained in emergency recovery techniques. For more information, contact: Laura at 399-7357 or llpeek7357@gmail.com, or Trish at 399-3530.Membership is not required.

Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board will be holding its regular monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. The meeting will be held at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station, 53048 Ashwood Ave. (Mile 12 East End Rd.). The public is welcome to attend. You may call the office at 235-9811 for more information.

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, walnut crusted pork roast; Friday, shrimp scampi; Monday, shepherd’s pie; Tuesday, honey dijon chicken; Wednesday, pork shoulder; and next Thursday, turkey.

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

Kachemak Bay Campus is open seven days a week and registration is happening right now. Are you interested in the history and collapse of the Soviet Union? Want to spend a weekend exploring and identifying the invertebrates of Jakolof Bay? Are you a high school student who would like to earn one year of high school math credits in one semester? Take a class, earn a degree, develop an interest or job skills. Free Adult Education classes during the day and evening, including help with English, citizenship, basic computer skills, and more. Small classes fill quickly. You can find our schedule at the KBC campus, at local businesses or online. Call 235-7743 for more information.

Join the college in celebrating this year’s UAA School of Nursing graduates who have earned their Associates of Applied Sciences degrees. There will be a pinning ceremony from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 in Pioneer Hall, with light refreshments provided. Speaking at the ceremony include: Reid Brewer, KBC Director; Ryan Smith, CEO of South Peninsula Hospital; Carol Klamser, Associate Professor, UAA School of Nursing; and Jane Nollar, Adjunct Faculty UAA School of Nursing.

Alaska Islands and Oceans Visitor Center

The Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center is open Tuesday – Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

Naturalist-led program “Creature Feature” will take place in the month of December on Saturdays, Dec. 14, 21, and 28 from 1-3 p.m. in the lobby. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to stop in and discover a new featured creature each week.

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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