SPARC, the South Peninsula Amateur Radio Club, holds a special ham radio event, “North America’s Most Westerly Highway Point,” starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, and ending Sunday afternoon at the Halibut Campground in Anchor Point. SPARC will set up and operate portable radio stations. Stop by and learn and even participate in amateur radio operations.
There will be a Square and Contra Dance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at West Homer Elementary School. Music is by Spit City Slickers. Beginners are welcome. Please bring clean, soft-soled shoes to dance in. Admission is $7 adult, free for children under age 16.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) reminds drivers that they may now use studded tires on Alaska’s paved highways and roads north of latitude 60. Studded tires will be legal to use in Alaska communities located south of latitude 60 on Oct. 1. While the 60th parallel also crosses just south of Ninilchik on the Sterling Highway, Alaska law permits drivers to use studded tires on any paved portion of the Sterling Highway beginning Sept. 15 of each year.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game invites the public to participate in scoping to share information and concerns about the Kachemak Bay and Fox River Flats Critical Habitat Areas. A meeting is held from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. This is the first step in revising the management plan which was adopted in 1993. More info can be found at www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=habitatoversight.kbfr_planrevision.
The Kachemak Bay Birders’ next meeting is 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in the Auditorium. Following the meeting Betty Siegel will do a presentation on “Madagascar Birds and Wildlife.” Betty spent four weeks in Madagascar where 80 percent of all wildlife is endemic (only found in that country). This event is cosponsored by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. It is free and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call Lani Raymond at 399-9477.
The Homer Transfer Facility will be closed on Sundays for the winter beginning Oct. 2, 2016, through April 30, 2017. Sundays will re-open for the summer starting May 1, 2017. For more information, call the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department at 907-262-9667.
The VA Volunteer Services of the Kenai Peninsula invite all veterans (including Coast Guard) and their immediate family to the ninth Southern Kenai Peninsula (Ninilchik, Anchor Point, Homer and across Kachemak Bay) Annual Veterans free picnic noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at the American Legion Hall, Mile 2.5 East End Road in Homer. The barbecue picnic includes hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs and all the trimmings. There also are door prizes and children’s games with music by the 8-Mile Band. Representatives from the VA Medical Clinic in Kenai and American Legion Service Officer Craig Forrest will be present to answer your questions. For more information, call the American Legion Post at 235-8864 or Darlene at 235-6789.
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 more information, call the senior center at 235-7786.
Cooperative Extension Service
Our warm summer produced a good tomato crop for most folks lucky enough to have a greenhouse, but no matter how we try, there are always some that don’t ripen during our season. Cooperative Extension Service has a free publication, “A Harvest of Green Tomatoes,” which provides ripening methods and tasty recipes for those green fruit to help you use all your harvest. The publication is available at www.uaf.edu/ces/districts/kenai/. Copies are available at the Cooperative Extension Office at 43961 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite A, Soldotna, open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, call 907-262-5824.
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
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 beef with mashed potatoes and gravy; Friday, shrimp scampi; Monday, plum glazed cornish hens; Tuesday, beef stroganoff; Wednesday, Cuban pork; next Thursday, baked ham with scalloped potatoes.
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.
Caregiver Support Group meets 2-3:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday in the senior center conference room. Call Jacquie Thaute at 299-2924 or Daniel Weisser at 235-4555.
Kachemak Bay Campus
Registration for upcoming short credit and noncredit workshops is now being held. Courses include Intermediate Yoga (Oct. 3), Digital Camera Use (Oct. 8), Science and Nature Writing, Personal Essay Writing (Oct. 12), First Aid/CPR (Oct. 21), Grant Proposal Writing (Oct. 21), Watercolor Painting (Oct. 21), Fiberglass Gel Coat Repair (Oct. 14-15), and Qaspeq-making (Oct. 14-16). Call 235-7743 or visit kpc.alaska.edu.
KBC’s community Advisory Board meets at 5 p.m, today at Pioneer hall.
The museum gallery fall hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Business offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Jeffrey and Ranja Dean’s “Heartfelt and Handmade: From Creative Homesteading to the Fine Arts” is on exhibit through Oct. 1.
The 31st annual Ritz gala fundraiser is Nov. 5 at Wasabi’s, with the theme, “A Black and White Cabaret Ball.” Artists and businesses are invited to donate art and other items for the auction. For more information, call 435-3334. The Ritz art preview exhibit opens with a reception 5-7 p.m. Oct. 7.
South Peninsula Hospital
South Peninsula Hospital, in partnership with numerous local agencies, sponsors “A week of Mindfulness” community trainings by Dr. Jerry Braza, PhD. The last events in the series are “Mindful Paths to Wellness,” with introduction by Dr. Rob Downey, SPH Functional Medicine Clinic, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Kachemak Bay Campus, and “Day of Mindfulness: Supporting a Mindful Self and Community,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Ageya Wilderness Education Center, Sliding Scale $20-$45 per person. Call SPH Education at 235-0285 or visit www.sphosp.org for additional information.