Town Crier

The American Legion Post 16 Auxiliary will sell poppies to wear at Safeway in Homer on Friday, May 27, and Saturday, May 28. Wear a poppy to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice and support the future of veterans, active-duty military and their families for generations to come. Poppy cans also have been distributed throughout the Homer area. All donations will provide support for the future of veterans, active-duty military, and their families with medical and financial needs.

The AKtoDC 2023 kids will hold a car wash fundraiser for their 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C., and New York City from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 28, in the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot @ 88 Sterling Hwy.

The American Legion Riders Memorial Day Run to Byers Lake for the Veterans Memorial Ceremony is on Sunday, May 29.

A Memorial Day ceremony is at 10 a.m. Monday at Hickerson Cemetery on Diamond Ridge Road.

The staff of Sen. Lisa Murkowski will visit the Kenai Peninsula in late May and early June. The senator’s mobile office gives constituents a chance to meet with Sen. Murkowski’s staff, learn more about the services provided by the office, and ask questions. Staff will be at parking lots of local post offices at these times and places:

• Hope, May 31, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

• Seward, May 31, 3-6 p.m.

• Cooper Landing, June 1, 10 a.m. to noon

• Ninilchik, June 1, 3-6 p.m.

• Anchor Point, June 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Homer, June 2, 3-6 p.m.

• Seldovia, June 3, 1-3 p.m.

The sandhill cranes are starting to nest. Watch for the pair to start showing up alone, indicating one is sitting on the nest. An accurate count of nesting crane pairs helps Kachemak Crane Watch estimate the local crane population and provides an indication of annual reproductive success. Please report nesting sandhill crane pairs to Kachemak Crane Watch at or by calling 907-235-6262. Leave your name and number including location and date when nesting started. Thank you for participating in this Citizen Science effort. For more information, contact Nina Faust at 907-235-6262 or Kachemak Crane Watch is a project of the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies.

Anchor Point Group of Alcoholics Anonymous continues to meet in person at the Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce at 34175 Sterling Hwy (north of Chapman School) on Wednesday and Friday at 7 p.m. These are open meetings, and alcoholics and non-alcoholics are all welcome. For more information, call 907-223-9814.

The Homer Unity Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 6:30 p.m. downstairs at Homer United Methodist Church, 770 East End Road. All meetings are open to anyone wanting to learn more about recovery from alcoholism. More information and online links to meetings can be found at

The Homer End of The Road Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets every day at noon and every evening at 8 p.m. at 126 W. Pioneer Ave., Suite 1. For more information, contact 907-283-5722.

Co-Dependents Anonymous is meeting in person at Homer Methodist Church, located at 770 East End Road. Please contact Kay at 907-399-6243 for more information. All are welcome.

Step into Freedom is a narcotics anonymous group that will be held at 7 p.m. every Thursday at the Glacierview Baptist Church “Big House” next to the main church. This group is for both women and men, and is open to non-addicts who would like to sit in on the meetings. For questions, call Jaclyn at 907-756-3530.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste facilities is now open on Sundays. For more information contact the KPB Solid Waste Department at 907-262-9667 or check their webpage at

Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge visitor center is now open to the public. Visitor hours for this summer are May 26-28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; May 29-30, closed; June 1, noon-4 p.m.; June 2-4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; June 5-6, noon-4 p.m.; June 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; June 8 through Labor Day, open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Anchor Point Senior Citizens

The Anchor Point Senior Center on Milo Fritz Avenue serves take-out meals on Thursday evenings with pickup from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday is Kickin’ Fried Chicken night, serving from 4-6 p.m. with eight- and 12-piece piece buckets or three-piece meals, with or without coleslaw and biscuits. Walk ins are welcome or call ahead at 235-7786 to reserve. Thursday night is Home Cooked Dinner Night. Each Thursday is a different meal. Dine in or take out; served from 5-6:30 p.m. For reservations, call 907-235-7786. Visit for more information. Meals and programs are open to the public and do not require membership. Call 235-7786 for more information.

Homer Senior Citizens

The Homer Senior Citizens Inc. Silver Linings Cafe has reopened. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m for high-risk seniors and 12:30-1:30 p.m., masks optional. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance; call 235-4555.

The Terrace Assisted Living welcomes visitors. Face masks and screening are required. All visits must occur in a resident’s apartment only.

Friendship Center Adult Day Services is open. Contact Liz, ADS Manager, at 235-4556 to register.

Hospice of Homer

At Hospice of Homer we believe in coming together with others, in a safe and non-judgmental setting, to explore the meaning of significant losses in our lives. Talking it out can release sorrow and provide comfort. It can help us to move forward and to regain a sense of serenity while honoring those we have lost to isolation, distance or death.

We fully understand how difficult taking that first step can be. For this reason, hospice offers a bereavement correspondence series. We will provide you, or your family members, with a monthly letter dealing with loss and the mourning process. These letters are designed to help you transition into the new reality which was created by loss.

At present hospice is offering opportunities to engage in conversation about our individual and collective grief experiences. You do not need to be a client of hospice to access these conversations. There is no charge for attending the meetings or for the correspondence program. See below for meeting times and call the office or email to participate in the Correspondence program.

Widow/widower’s Group meets every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. with Robin.

Conversations on Loss are the first and third Saturdays with Thomas and Maria.

Homer Council on the Arts

Registration is open for HCOA’s summer art camps, with one-week sessions in June, July, and August for ages 5-7 and 8-12. Details and registration at

HCOA is now accepting vendor applications for an Arts and Craft Market on Saturday, June 4 from noon-5 p.m. for our annual Mary Epperson Day Celebration. Guidelines and registration at

Kachemak Bay Campus

Registration is now open for the fall 2022 semester. The printed schedule is around town and in the mail. To view our searchable schedule visit

The Pratt Museum & Park

The Pratt Museum & Park is now open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

A Moveable Feast, curated from the museum collection by Marilyn Sigman, is now on display.

South Peninsula Hospital

South Peninsula Hospital offers free wellness walks the first and third Saturdays of the month from 9-10 a.m. at SPARC. Please bring clean indoor walking shoes and be prepared to answer covid screening questions at the door. Free blood pressure checks and door prizes are offered at walks. Please bring indoor shoes, and refrain from attending if you are experiencing any covid-like symptoms. Masks are optional. Walks are at SPARC located at 600 Sterling Highway. For more information, call SPH Health and Wellness at 907-235-0285.

South Peninsula Hospital offers free testing and vaccinations for COVID-19. Free testing is offered daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the test site on Bartlett Street. No appointment is necessary for testing. Vaccines are by appointment as supplies permit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Because of increased demand, it is asked that people make appointments. They can only be made online at Vaccinations are open to anyone 5 years and older for Pfizer, and 18 years and older for all other brands. Call the COVID nurse at 235-0235 to discuss symptoms, or the COVID vaccine info line at 435-3188 for recorded updates. Free testing is now offered for anyone who recently attended a social gathering or who was in a crowded indoor space and close to others. Details are in the weekly newspaper ad, at or at 907-435-3188.