The Kachemak Bay Birders will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26 at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in the auditorium. Following the meeting, Arthur Kettle, a Biological Science Technician with the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, will present a slide presentation: Barren Islands Seabird Monitoring. Each year the Refuge studies breeding success of murres, kittiwakes, puffins, and storm-petrels on East Amatuli Island. All meetings are free and everyone is invited to attend. All events are cosponsored by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. If you have questions, contact Lani Raymond, 399-9477.
A Boating Skills and Seamanship class run by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Homer Flotilla, runs through March 8. It costs $55, with all materials provided. Contact 907-299-0232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information or to register.
The LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and queer) Teen Support and Discussion Group meets at 4 p.m. every Tuesday at the REC Room, 3957 Neilsen Circle. The private group is for ages 12-18. For more information, contact Anna Meredith at the REC Room, 235-3436, or Irene Saxton-Opatz at the Center, 235-7701.
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 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 menu for this week is: Thursday, smokey barbecue ribs; Friday, battered shrimp; Monday, mustard and rosemary roasted pork chops; Tuesday, beef tacos; Wednesday, chicken parmesan.
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.
Galleries are open Tuesday-Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.
Upcoming events and exhibits:
Curator’s Closet: 50 Years of Collecting at the Pratt Museum. — In anticipation of the Pratt Museum’s 50th Anniversary, current and former Collections staff collaborate to share some of their “favorite things.” Take a dive into the Museum’s collections, and consider: what do we value as a community? Exhibit is on display in the Special Exhibits Gallery through April 28.
Behind the Scenes Collections Tours — These will start at 2 p.m. on Thursdays, starting today. In conjunction with the Curator’s Closet exhibit, Behind the Scenes Collections Tours will be offered. Get up close to the thousands of wonderful historical objects kept in the Pratt’s Natural History and Cultural Collections. The tours cost $5 per person.
Ongoing activities: Fish Feedings have resumed from 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays in the Marine Gallery. Help feed the intertidal creatures in the aquaria. Fish Feeding is fun and all are welcome.
Kachemak Bay Campus
Registration deadlines are coming up soon for these classes: Beginning Glaciology of Kachemak Bay (March 1 – April 5), Marine Invertebrates (March 31 – April 1); Birds of Kachemak Bay (April 5-26, and April 22 and 28); and Fly-Fishing (April 7 and 14). Register in advance at https://www.kpc.alaska.edu/academics/schedule/ or stop by Pioneer Hall.
Also available are Flash Fiction Writing (March 3 and 10, costing $60); Chinese Painting with Sharlene Cline (March 22, 29; April 5; for $90), Painting the Live Model (March 31, for $55); and Quickbooks (April 7, for $25). Registration is open at https://kbcnoncredit.asapconnected.com.
Maritime technology classes: newly approved USCG 100 Ton/OUPV (March 2 – April 7, for $700), RSW for Vessels (March 23-25; $250), Deckhand Training (March 31 – April 14, $85), and Navigation (March 27 – April 12, $95). For information and to register, visit https://kbcnoncredit.asapconnected.com/ or call 235-1622.
KBC offers free GED, ESL, college preparation and life skills courses and individual assistance. Call 235-7743.
There will be a “First Friday” opening of photography exhibit; new work by Joe Kashi from 5-6:30 p.m. on March 2.
There will be a KPC College community council meeting 6 p.m. at KBC’s Pioneer Hall on March 8.
There will be a Public Reading and Craft Talk with visiting poet Jericho Brown at 6:30 p.m. on March 28.
South Peninsula Hospital
South Peninsula Hospital is accepting applications for its Board of Directors. Prior experience in healthcare, finance, leadership community/volunteer service is helpful. Call 235-0237 or visit www.sphosp.org and click on “About SPH” for more information.
South Peninsula Hospital will offer a Safe Sitter Class including the essentials with CPR from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 16. Safe Sitter is designed to prepare students in grades 6-8 to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. This instructor-led class is filled with fun games and role-playing exercises. Students even get to use manikins to practice rescue skills like choking rescue and CPR. The class fee is $50 (scholarships available upon request – please inquire when you register). Students should bring a lunch. Pre-registration is required by March 15. To register, please call Maggie Wyatt at (907) 235-0970 or email email@example.com.