Town Crier

There will be a Hazardous Waste Collection Day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 at the Homer Transfer Facility. This is free to households; businesses will be charged a fee. For specific questions, contact NRC Alaska at 877-375-5040. For general questions, contact the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department at 907-262-9667. This event is for households and small businesses. All businesses and households with 55 gallons or more total must pre-register with NRC Alaska, who manages this event. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Dept. provides the location.

The Homer Fish and Game Advisory Committee will be holding public meetings at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7 and Thursday, Jan. 9 at the KBRR Building at 2181 Kachemak Drive. Agenda topics will include Upper Cook Inlet Finfish proposals. For more information contact Dave Lyon at 399-2340 or contact ADF&G Boards Support at 907-267-2354.

The next regular Kachemak City Council meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in the Kachemak Community Center.

South CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) will meet next from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Room 209 of the Pioneer Building at Kachemak Bay Campus, 533 E. Pioneer Ave. The group meets every second Wednesday. For more info contact: Laura at 399-7357 or llpeek7357@gmail.com, or Trish at 399-3530. Increase the resiliency of our community and get trained in emergency recovery techniques. Membership is not required to attend.

The Central Peninsula Fish and Game Advisory Committee will be holding a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7 in the Ninilchik School Library in Ninilchik. Agenda topics will include Upper Cook Inlet Finfish proposals. For more information contact Dave Martin at 567-3306 or contact ADF&G Boards Support at 907-267-2354.

The Central Peninsula Fish and Game Advisory Committee will be holding a public meeting in Ninilchik at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Ninilchik School Library. Agenda topics will include elections for expired seats, and Upper Cook Inlet Finfish proposals. For more information contact Dave Martin at 567-3306 or contact ADF&G Boards Support at 907-267-2354.

Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board will be holding their regular monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9. The meeting will be held at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station, 53048 Ashwood Ave. (Mile 12 East End Road). The public is welcome to attend. Call 235-9811 for more information.

The South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board will hold its regular monthly board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at South Peninsula Hospital in 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, Jan. 15, 2020, 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 wants to remind people that in the coming year, Alaskans will have a busy voting season. You will be voting on statewide initiatives, bond measures, city, borough and state representatives, an Alaska senator, U.S. House member and a president.

Why not make a resolution for 2020 to learn more about the issues and candidates that will be on the ballots for these elections? Kenai Peninsula Votes will be presenting information to help you decipher what will be on the ballots as the election cycle continues. Having a clear understanding of current issues is important as you vote in 2020. Your vote matters.

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.

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

Widow’s Support Group meets every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Hospice of Homer. The group is for women who have lost a spouse or a family member, or partner and seek support from practical matters like insurance to emotional support. For more information, call Marsha Graham at 235-5925 or Marcia Lowe at 435-0403.

Living with Loss, a weekly walk-in conversation about loss and bereavement, is on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m.

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, or develop an interest or job skills. Free Adult Education classes are held during the day and evening, including help with English, citizenship, basic computer skills, and more. Small classes fill quickly. You can find the schedule at the KBC campus, at local businesses or online. Call 235-7743 for more information.

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 from 1-3 p.m. Saturday in the lobby. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to stop in and discover a new featured creature each week.

South Peninsula Hospital

Katie Ostrom, MD, Surgery Department Medical Director at South Peninsula Hospital, will be the featured guest at the next Walk with a Doc at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 at SPARC. Dr. Ostrom will discuss new methods utilized before, during, and after surgery to prevent the need for patients to use narcotics to manage post-operative pain. Following her brief talk, you can spend the rest of the hour walking, talking and asking your health questions. The free event takes place at SPARC (South Peninsula Athletic & Recreation Center) at 600 Sterling Highway, Homer. Please bring clean indoor walking shoes to change into. Contact wellness@sphosp.org or call the SPH Health & Wellness Department at (907) 235-0970 for more information.

The inaugural Project Homeless Connect in Homer (the event happens annually on the central Kenai Peninsula) community will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at Homer United Methodist Church. This is a one-day event for homeless or near-homeless individuals and families to connect with resources, assistance and supplies to help them on their journey to stability. Free transportation, free haircuts, free meals and food-to-go, free childcare and free winter supplies are just a few of the things available that day.

The intention is to have regularly scheduled bus transport from outer lying areas (Fritz Creek, Ninilchik, Anchor Point) as well as an in-town shuttle. A transportation schedule will be available soon, as well as specific details on what assistance will be provided that day.

Project Homeless Connect is part of the Kenai Peninsula Project Homeless Connect and Kenai Peninsula Homeless Coalition. It is organized locally by numerous non-profit agencies. Visit sphosp.org for more information, or Facebook at Project Homeless Connect Homer.

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