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The Omicron Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma holds its annual Back to School Supplies Project through the month of August. Help students start the new school year on a positive note by providing school supplies and backpacks. Contributions can be left in the brightly colored receptacle inside the front door of Ulmer’s Drug &Hardware. Shopping lists are on the donation counter. The project benefits more than 100 children who are clients of the Homer Community Food Pantry in the Homer, Anchor Point and Ninilchik areas.

An LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and queer) Teen Support and Discussion Group has formed and meets 1:30-3 p.m. every Thursday at the REC Room, 3957 Neilsen Circle. The private group is for ages 12-18. For more information or for transportation, contact Anna Meredith at the REC Room, 235-3436, or Irene Saxton-Opatz at the Center, 235-7701.

The Exchange, a syringe exchange program, offers free syringe exchanges the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the South Peninsula Hospital Training Center, 203 West Pioneer Avenue, in the southwest corner of the building. Exchanges are held 5-7 p.m. Upcoming dates are Aug. 15, Sept. 5, Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Nov. 7, Nov. 21, Dec. 5 and Dec. 19.

Central Area Rural Transit (CARTS) along with local partners South Peninsula Hospital, South Peninsula Behavioral Health Services Inc., Independent Living Center and Ryder Transport announce that the Public Taxi Voucher has ended as of July 31. All vouchers expired July 31. After July 31, people who still have vouchers can call the CARTS office at 907-262-8900 to arrange a refund. All refunds must be processed by Aug. 31. CARTS intends to continue providing public transportation in Homer and will evaluate the best way to provide service going forward. For questions or more information, call CARTS at 907-262-8900.

The Veterans Services of the Lower Kenai Peninsula sponsor the 10th annual Veterans Picnic from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at the American Legion Post 16, Mile 2.5 East End Road. The event includes a barbecue, children’s games, door prizes and entertainment by The 8 Mile Band. All veterans and their families are invited. You do not need to be a member of a veterans organization to attend. VA representatives also will be at the picnic to answer questions. The picnic is organized by VA Veterans Services of the Lower Kenai Peninsula and the American Legion Auxiliary. It is funded by the Veterans Services Organization of the Lower Kenai Peninsula.

Family Flotilla Day is noon-3 p.,m. Aug. 19 at the Kachemak Bay Water Trails Pavillion on the Homer Spit next to the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon. Sponsored by HoWL (Homer Wilderness Leaders), the event includes kayaking and other water activities. Stand-Up Paddle boards and wetsuits will be available for rent for $30. Hot soup also is served.

Volunteers are wanted to help work on the Saddle Trail. Free transportation into the park is provided, and the boat leaves the harbor at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 4:30 p.m. No skills necessary, just a desire to help out. Volunteers are needed for Aug. 19 and 26. Pre-register by contacting Christina Whiting, Volunteer Coordinator, at 435-7969 or kbayvolunteer@gmail.com.

Sandhill crane chicks may start fledging soon. Report sightings to Kachemak Crane Watch at 235-6262 or reports@cranewatch.org. Provide date, time, location and number of cranes. Leave a name and number in case they need more details.

Anchor Point Senior Citizens

The Anchor Point Senior Center on Milo Fritz Road is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-noon Friday. The center serves Thursday night dinners starting at 5:30 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 from 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.-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 Daniel Weisser at 235-4555. Homer Senior Citizens lunch is open to seniors and guests and is served noon-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The lunch menu for this week is: today, roast turkey; Friday, almondine tilapia; Monday, baked chicken; Tuesday, pork fricasse; Wednesday, chicken pot pie; next Thursday, country-style roast pork. Strong Women classes are 1:30-2:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Homer Senior Center. The cost is $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers per class. Zumba Gold classes with Maria are 11 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Homer Senior Center. The cost per class is $4 for members, $6 for nonmembers.

Duplicate Bridge meets at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Tai chi classes are Thursdays at 3 p.m. The cost per class is $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers. Call Daniel Weisser at 235-4555.

Kachemak Bay Campus

Registration for fall classes is open for general public and degree-seeking students. Classes include Mushrooms of Kachemak Bay (Sept. 15-16), Ceramics, Computer Science, Geology, Calculus, Russian History, History of Alaska, Introduction to Creative Writing, Welding, Yoga, Conservation Biology and Global Climate Change. Sign up early. Appointments are available with an advisor throughout the summer. See the schedule for most classes at www.kpc.alaska.edu/academics/schedule.

For community education non-credit class registration, see; https://kbcnoncredit.asapconnected.com. Aug. 15 is the deadline to apply for the Mary Epperson Scholarship.

Pratt Museum

The museum gallery is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Business offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Historic Harbor Walking Tours are held starting at the Pratt wheelhouse at the Salty Dawg on the Spit. From 3-4:30 p.m. every Monday and Thursday through Sept. 4, a museum docent leads a tour of the historic Homer Harbor docks. Admission is $10 a person or $8 when purchased with museum admission.

Field Casting Workshops with Lynn Marie Naden will be held Thursdays in August from noon to 4 p.m. The workshops will go over the basics of mold-making and casting, and cost $75 per person and $65 for Pratt members. Participants under 14 must have an adult.

Road Construction

A pavement preservation project is now underway from Mile 5.5-12.6 East End Road from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Expect delays of about 10 minutes. The anticipated completion date is Oct. 31.

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