Town Crier

The Homer Legislative Information Office at 270 W. Pioneer Ave. is open. from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. For more information, call 235-7878.

The Homer Public Library invites community members to participate in the 2017 Lit Lineup reading challenge. The HPL staff has compiled a list of 100 books from 10 different categories. The challenge is to read 15 books from the list throughout the year. Monthly prizes are drawn from book submissions and those who’ve read 15 or more by the end of the year will be entered into a grand prize drawing. Find a printable booklist and the submission form at http://cityofhomer-ak.gov/library/2017-lit-lineup or in person at the library. Participation is free and open to all.

The Kachemak Advocates of Recycling (KARe) meets from 4:30–6 p.m. Tuesday at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies Headquarters at 708 Smokey Bay Way. If you have an interest in recycling and would like to help out or learn more about the group, please join them. For more information, contact Lani Raymond at 399-9477 or lanibirder@gmail.com.

The Homer Native Plant Society Meeting meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. The program includes “Update on Rhodiola Rosea Cultivation in Alaska” by Dr. Petra Illig. A physician in Anchorage, Dr. Illig became interested in Rhodilola rosea from a medicinal perceptive. She found that most of the world’s supply of rhodiola for the herbal medicine industry comes from wild harvest, and that the plant has become threatened due to over-harvesting. Dr. Illig started a farmer’s co-op in 2010 to explore growing the plant in Alaska., Come learn about this amazing plant and what it can do for human health as well as what it can do for farmers in Alaska. Light refreshments will be provided. The program is free. For details, email jwoodring@alaska.net or call 235-9344.

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

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

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 pork loin; Friday, almondine tilapia; Monday, closed for President’s Day; Tuesday, barbecue beef brisket; Wednesday, chicken parmesan; next Thursday, roast turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy.

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

Upcoming community classes include Outboard Engines on Feb. 24-26, French Bistro Cooking with Teri Robl on Feb. 25 and Garden Design on March 25 and April 1. For information on community education classes, visit kbcnoncredit.asapconnected.com.

Visiting writer Daryl Farmer, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Creative Writing program director, teaches a special multi-genre writing workshop, “Writing Interior and Exterior Landscapes,” from March 3-5. He also hold a public reading on 3/4, at 6:30 p.m. March 4. Register early for the workshop. For more information call 235-7743.

Pratt Museum

The museum gallery is open noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and closed Sundays and Mondays . Business offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

“Bikes By the Bay,” a new show by Homer artist Don Henry, is now on exhibit. Henry’s show features five full-size art bikes exhibited together for the first time.

“Our Town: The Homer Experience” is 6-7 p.m. today. What makes up the stories of our town? Come celebrate stories of Homer. Share your story and listen to locals share moments of their lives in Homer. “Our Town: The Homer Experience” is just one component of the 2017 Big Read, organized by the Friends of the Homer Public Library.

South Peninsula Hospital

South Peninsula Hospital offers “Living Well Alaska,” a six-session chronic disease self-management class. The group workshop is for people dealing with ongoing health conditions or the family members who support them. Learn skills to live life to the fullest and meet day-to-day challenges. In the workshop, students learn to solve problems that prevent them from doing what they want to do, set goals, understand and handle symptoms, eat well and be active, deal with difficult emotions, and collaborate with your health care team. The workshop meets Mondays from 4-6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 to April 3. The cost is $10 for the entire six-week series. Registration is required. To register, call 235-0285.

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