Town Crier

The Homer Legislative Information Office at 270 W. Pioneer Ave. is open from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-4:30 pm. Monday-Friday, with special hours to accommodate Legislative hearings and teleconferences outside of normal hours. For more information, call 235-7878.

Alaska Mindful Paws offers a special fee for cat adoptions in March. Cat adoptions through Friday are $40 for adult cats and $75 for kittens. The Animal Shelter is located across from the Public Works Department off the Sterling Highway and is open from noon-7 p.m. Tuesday, noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, and 11 a.m.-4 pm. Saturday-Sunday. Closed Mondays. For more information, call 235-3141.

Adoption Connection is a group for adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, siblings and spouses wanting to connect with others whose lives have been touched by the adoption experience. They meet 5-7 p.m. today in the upstairs lounge at Alice’s Champagne Palace. For more information, call 435-7969.

Homer High School and Blood Bank of Alaska hold a two-day blood drive with the Blood Bank Lifemobile from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday. For more information, email the Homer High School National Honor Society at hhs.nhs@g.kpbsd.org or call 235-4600. For questions about donating eligibility, call the Blood Bank of Alaska at 907-222-5630.

Alaska Bible Institute holds its 2017 Graduation Ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday at its campus at 1295 Mission Road off East Hill Road. The ceremony honors graduates of ABI’s Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry programs. Because of space, ABI asks that guests be limited to high school students and older. Childcare will not be provided.

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) offers an 18-Hour Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor workshop in Homer from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 1, and from 8 a.m.-noon on Sunday, April 2, at the Best Western Bidarka Inn, 575 Sterling Highway. This two-day workshop is free to commercial fishermen at no cost. The cost is $195 for all others. To register, visit www.amsea.org or call (907) 747-3287.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake Homer is 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday at Kachemak Bowl. Volunteers and sponsors are still needed for teams to help keep one of Homer’s youth mentoring programs a vital part of our community. To register, call 435-7969 or visit www.bbbsak.org/bowl. Donations also are needed for prizes to reward bowlers or for silent auctions.

Green Dot of Homer offers a training event on April Fool’s Day, “April Tools to End Violence,” held 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Homer High School Library. The focus of this training will be how parents and mentors for youth can support students’ efforts to reduce bullying, dating abuse and sexual violence in their school. The event is for parents of students in grades 8 to 12 and community members who support youth. Lunch is provided; RSVP is required. To respond, call 235-1850 or email greendothomer@gmail.com. Space is limited.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre holds a Town Hall Meeting at 5:30 p.m. April 6 at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Topics discussed include economic development, the Alaska Permanent Fund, state finances and broad based taxes. Listen and learn and discuss the state’s fiscal problems, how it affects the borough and some possible solutions.

Registration is now open for “150 Years: Kenai Peninsula History Conference.” The first local history conference since 1974 is 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. April 21-22 at the Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus in Soldotna. Register online at www.prattmuseum.org/kenai-peninsula-history-conference-registration. The base cost is $50, with discounts for early registration, volunteers and seniors aged 80 or older; students get in free. For more information, visit www.kenaipeninsulahistory.org, the Facebook page “150 Years: Kenai Peninsula History Conference,” email kenaipeninsulahistory@gmail.com or phone (907) 460-7554.

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.

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 beef with mashed potatoes and gravy; Friday, coriander cod; Monday-next Thursday, to be announced.

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 are Garden Design with Brenda Adams, Deck-hand Skill Training on April 1 and 8; register by Friday for either class. Other upcoming April classes include Small Boat Handling on April 1, DC Electricity for Boats with Danny Cole on April 4 and 11, Navigating Kachemak Bay on April 3, 10 and 19, and Tree Planting and Care on April 19. For information on community education classes, visit kbcnoncredit.asapconnected.com.

Registration for the 2017 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, June 9-13, is being held. For more information, visit http://writersconference.homer.alaska.edu.

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. For March, Seldovia Village Tribe sponsors free admission on Tuesdays and Fridays.

“Bikes By the Bay,” a new show by Homer artist Don Henry, is on exhibit through Saturday. The show features five full-size art bikes.

The Pratt Museum and other organizatins hold a Volunteer Fair from 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 2-5 p.m. Wednesday at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitors Center. People of all ages and abilities can learn to “make a difference” in our community through volunteer actions. Attendees also will learn about the benefits that each volunteer can gain throughout the summer season. The Tuesday fair includes a free screening of Rachel Carson’s “The Power of One Voice” film starting at 6:30.

Artist Argent Kvasnikoff’s exhibit, Qena Sint’isis, opens with a First Friday reception and artist talk from 5-7 p.m. April 7. Qena Sint’isis is on exhibit through May 29. Qena Sint’isis presents a unique form of cultural expression that describes a new take on the indigenous culture of the southern Kenai Peninsula using the universal experience of language. This visual representation of the Dena’ina language conveys the importance of people’s relationships with all language, and how cultural information can be found within visual language.

Also opening on First Friday is “Jubilee! Festival of Student Art,” on display through May 7. Jubille showcases art created by local students in the Kachemak Bay region.

South Peninsula Hospital

Dr. Randy Wiest, family practice physician at Homer Medical Center, retires from his practice at the clinic at the end of March. Dr. Wiest has practiced there for 20 years. The public is invited to a Retirement Party for Dr. Wiest from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday at Beluga Lake Lodge.

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