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Homer Head Start is accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year. Head Start is a free preschool program for families with children age 3-4 who qualify. Children experiencing disabilities are welcome. Applications are available at Homer Head Start located at 1266 Ocean Drive. Call 907-235-4322 with any questions.

907 VETS, a recently formed veteran organization, wants to include two business directories on their website, which is currently under construction. The organization seeks help creating a directory of all veteran-owned businesses (owner name, business name, address, contact, and website if available) and a list of all businesses offering veteran discounts (same information and the discount percentage). Contact 907 VETS at 907VETS@gmail.com or 907-756-8387.

The Recall Dunleavy Office in Homer (3756 Lake Street) will be open every day, including weekends, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4-6 p.m. for those who want to sign the petition.

The Homer Area Beekeepers Association (HABA) will be holding a meeting from 3-5 p.m. this Saturday, March 8, in the atrium at Homer United Methodist Church. Aspiring beekeepers are welcome to join, as well as anyone curious about what might be involved in beekeeping. This meeting will include a discussion on double queen hives, bee max hives, queen excluders and pollen traps. Bring your questions. Call Linda at 399-9211 for more information.

The Homer Fish and Game Advisory Committee will be holding a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 in Homer at the KBRR Building at 2181 Kachemak Drive. Agenda topics will include a report on the Upper Cook Inlet Board of Fish meeting, and a moose update from ADF&G staff. For more information contact ADF&G Boards Support at 907-267-2354.

South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board will hold its next monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. on March 12 in conference rooms 1 and 2 at South Peninsula Hospital. This is an elected board that oversees tax dollars for a healthier community. The board meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month.

Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board will be holding their regular monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12. 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 and if you need further information call the fire station office at 235-9811.

The Anchor Point Fire & Emergency Medical Service Area Board will hold its next board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 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.

Kachemak Bay State Parks is currently recruiting for members for the Kachemak Bay State Parks Citizens Advisory Board. This advisory board provides Alaska State Parks with recommendations and input on management issues in Kachemak Bay State Park, Eveline State Recreation Site and Diamond Creek State Recreation Area. Board members meet the second Wednesday of the month September through May from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer. If you are interested in applying for this advisory board please fill out an application at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/misc/boards.htm under State Park Advisory Boards. Please mail or e-mail your application to Alaska State Parks, 95 Sterling Highway, Homer AK, 99603. Applications are due by March 31, 2020. For more information please contact the Southern District Ranger Jason Okuly at 435-7595 or Jason.Okuly@alaska.gov.

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:

Do you know where you are going to be on Aug. 18 and/or Nov. 3 this year? The first date is the state and national primaries and the latter date is the state and national elections. If you think you’re going to be out of town during that time (maybe going to college or traveling), Kenai Peninsula Votes (KPV) wants to remind you that you can register today for your absentee ballot for these elections. Just go to the Alaska Division of Elections website: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/votingbymail.php and follow the directions. Many people already vote absentee, but there are also others who don’t vote because they are not currently in the state, but don’t request an absentee ballot.

Remember, all votes count and your voice is as important as everyone else’s. The next tidbit will be about voting absentee for the city and borough elections which will happen Tuesday, Oct. 6.

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. 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, Friday, shrimp scampi. The menu for the rest of the week 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

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

Free Adult Education Drop in Classes are available at Bayview Hall of Kachemak Bay Campus on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5-6:30 p.m. Work towards a GED (high school equivalency), improve English reading and writing skills, or prepare for citizenship. Classes are free. Call 235-1606 for more information.

Weekly Tibetan Buddhist Meditation with Chökyi Ösel Rinpoche/Ellen Chambers takes place 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.

Great Decisions Discussion Group will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. in room P219 of Pioneer Hall at Kachemak Bay Campus every second Thursday of the month. Do you wish you knew more about world affairs? Do you want to have a voice in policy decisions made by our leaders? Join monthly facilitated discussions based on one chapter of the Foreign Policy Association 2020 Great Decisions Briefing Book. This free, non-partisan event is hosted by Elise Boyer and Kat Haber. Questions? Call Elise at 435.7025.

The Solarize Homer Kick Off with Cook Inletkeeper takes place from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday in Pioneer Hall. Are you interested in going solar? The Solarize Homer campaign is bringing people together on the Lower Peninsula to make solar energy systems more accessible and affordable for homeowners and commercial property owners. Group discounts combined with a limited time 26% federal tax rebate make now the most opportune time to install solar. Come to the kick off to ask installers questions, talk with people who’ve already gone solar, learn more about solarize, and sign up to participate.

Fiber Arts: Felting with Katie Connor, will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 7. Learn about fibers in felting, techniques for felting and create one felted item. Supplies included. The class costs $35. Please call 235-7743 or visit https://kbcnoncredit.asapconnected.com/ to register or for more information.

Altruist Relief Kitchen will be held from 6-7 p.m. Saturday, March 7. Join Lucas Wilcox to learn about a revolutionary new kind of grassroots disaster relief organization redesigning the way that humanitarian aid is provided.

Fiber Arts: Spinning with Katie Connor will be held Monday and Wednesday, March 9 and 11, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Learn about fibers in spinning, how to spin wool into yarn using a drop-spindle, and how to prepare spun yarn for knitting. Supplies and drop spindle included. The cost is $35. Please call 235-7743 or visit https://kbcnoncredit.asapconnected.com/ to register or 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.

South Peninsula Hospital

Join Sarah Roberts, MD, board certified family medicine physician for the next Walk with a Doc Saturday, March 7 from 9am-10am at SPARC. Roberts will give a brief talk on ways to keep kids safe in the sun, followed by a Q&A and free indoor walking. Adults are encouraged to bring their kids and grandchildren, because a special feature at this week’s event will be a free bounce house for kids of all ages to enjoy. The bounce house will be available during the walking time of the event, and will remain open until noon during the regularly scheduled playgroup. Walk with a Doc is a free event, open to all ages and abilities. There will be free blood pressure screenings, prizes and refreshments. Please bring clean indoor walking shoes. Email wellness@sphosp.org, visit facebook or call the Health & Wellness Department at (907) 235-0970 for more information.

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