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The Central Peninsula Fish and Game Advisory Committee will be holding a public meeting in Ninilchik at 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, 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.

Rep. Sarah Vance (R-Homer) will host several Budget Conversations starting today, Thursday. These are meetings open to the public to gather input on the state budget before Vance goes to Juneau for the legislative session. The meetings are scheduled for noon today at the Ninilchik Senior Center; 7 p.m. tonight at the Funny River Community Center; 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 at McNeil Canyon Elementary School out East End Road; and 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 at Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer.

Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board will be holding its regular monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday. 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. tonight, Thursday at South Peninsula Hospital in conference rooms 1 and 2. The SKPHSAB meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month.

The Homer Fish and Game Advisory Committee will be holding public meetings at 6 p.m. tonight, Thursday, 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.

Kachemak Bay Birders have a trip to the Anchor River on Saturday, Jan. 11. Meet in the parking lot at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center at 1 p.m. to car pool or in the launch parking lot at the Anchor River at 1:30 pm. Leaders are Michelle Michaud (907-399-3159) and Jim Herbert. This trip will coincide with high tide which will bring the seabirds in close enough to be identified using a scope. Dress for the weather and probably icy conditions. Bring binoculars, field guide, and scope if you have one. Birding trips are free and everyone is welcome. All Kachemak Bay Birders’ trips are cosponsored by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.

The Homer girls and boys basketball teams are hosting Meet the Mariners this weekend at Homer High School. Head out to watch the first home games of the basketball season against Seward and treat your family to dinner and dessert at the same time. Bid on delicious desserts and other non-food items during silent and live auctions. Dinner at the taco bar is $5 and runs from 4-6:30 p.m. or until supplies run out. The JV girls play at 12:30 p.m., JV boys play at 2 p.m., varsity girls plat at 3:30 p.m. and varsity boys play at 5 p.m.

The Kachemak Nordic Ski Club is hosting a Beginner and Intermediate Skate or Classic Ski Clinic this weekend, Jan. 11-12. The clinic costs $50 and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at the Ohlson Mountain Lookout Trails. The beginner ski clinic is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the intermediate ski clinic is from 1:30-4 p.m. Register on the club’s website at kachemaknordicskiclub.org.

The Homer Fish and Game Advisory Committee will be holding a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the KBRR Building at 2181 Kachemak Drive. Agenda topics will include elections for expired seats and other business as necessary. For more information contact Dave Lyon at 399-2340 or contact ADF&G Boards Support at 907-267-2354.

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. The lunch menu for this week is: today, turkey; Friday, halibut tacos; Monday, stuffed shells with meat; Tuesday, balsamic roasted chicken; Wednesday, spaghetti with Italian sausage; and next Thursday, walnut crusted pork roast.

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’ Spring Semester begins Monday, Jan. 13. Don’t miss your last chance to register for in-person and online classes in writing, math, history, science, art and psychology. Learn about the history of terrorism, Alaska Native cultures, or take yoga at lunchtime. KBC’s small class sizes offer individual attention. High school students can JumpStart their college careers with classes that transfer and subsidized tuition. Call 235-7743 for info or a class schedule.

SVT’s Thriving Thursday at Kachemak Bay Campus will take place from 6-8 p.m. today, Thursday. Join the Alaska Adult Education program at KBC for fun activities and a tour of what they do! This is more than a GED program. Do you need basic computer competency or help brushing up on job skills? Have you been out of school for awhile and want to go back to college? Build your confidence in a safe, low-stress environment Classes are free. Take a tour and enjoy some snacks as you meet the instructors. No commitment, just bring your curiosity. Call 235-1602 for information.

A Budget Conversation with Sarah Vance will be held at 1 p.m. this Saturday in Pioneer Hall.

Second Sunday Shakespeare at KBC takes place from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12 in the Pioneer Hall Commons. Do you love Shakespeare? Second Sunday Shakespeare is a free, monthly event open to anyone who wants to read the Bard’s works or simply listen. Join this month for “As You Like It.” No experience necessary; we provide the books and beverages. Facilitated by Sarah Lynn Brewer and co-sponsored by KBC and Pier One Theatre. Call 235-7743 for information.

Weekly Tibetan Meditation with Chökyi Ösel Rinpoche/Ellen Chambers is at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in room P219 of Pioneer Hall. These free classes will include meditation instruction, 20 minutes of sitting meditation, and a short teaching followed by discussion and questions.

Japanese Calligraphy: Nature takes place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. every Thursday in February, running Feb. 6-27. Join Shizue Olson and learn the magic of kanji, the characters of Japanese calligraphy, and how to translate them onto paper. You will receive your very own calligraphy set including three brushes, black ink and rice paper which you will use to craft beautiful characters that describe nature. Register by Jan. 30 for $49, which includes supplies. Late registration is $69.

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

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, 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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