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Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board will be holding their regular monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. today, Jan. 11. The meeting will be held at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station, 53048 Ashwood Ave. (Mile 12 East End Rd.). The public is welcome to attend. Call 235-9811 for more information.

The Women’s March on Homer 2018 starts at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, with gathering in the HERC parking lot at 11:30 a.m. and starting at noon up Pioneer Avenue to WKFL Park. A group photo is at 12:45 p.m. and a keynote speaker is at 1 p.m. Sign painting will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 13-19 at the Old Inlet Book Shop on Main Street. Paint and brushes will be available, or bring your own.

Volunteers for the Tustumena 200 sled dog race are needed for the Homer checkpoint at McNeil Canyon Elementary School. The race is tentatively planned to start Jan. 27 on Oilwell Road in Ninilchik. Racers and sled dog teams may arrive Saturday, Jan. 27, or Sunday, Jan. 28, at McNeil Canyon, and volunteers are needed then. Sign up at www.tustumena200.com. For more information or questions, call Cathy at 399-1732. Race times and routes are subject to weather and trail conditions.

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. It is being held in Room A 104 at Homer High School, and covers introduction to boating, navigation, boat handling, rules of the road, aids to navigation, lines and knots, legal requirements, weather, radio, seamanship and more. Contact 907-299-0232 or email craig@homernet.net for information or to register.

Tsalteshi Trails Association will hold a 20- and 40-kilometer Tour of Tsalteshi freestyle ski race Feb. 18 at the trailhead behind Skyview Middle School, the day after Frozen River Fest craft beer festival. The 40-kilometer race — two laps around the trails — starts at 11:30 a.m. The 20-kilometer race — one lap around the trails — starts at noon.

Prizes will be awarded for the first three men and women finishers in each race and raffle drawings will be available to all participants. Awards will be given at a post-race party at Kenai River Brewing in Soldotna.

To register or for more information, visit www.touroftsalteshi.org.

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.

The Anchor Point Fire &Emergency Medical Service Area Board will hold its next board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 17, 2018 at the Anchor Point Fire Station, 72440 Milo Fritz Ave. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 235-6700.

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: Thursday, smokey barbecue ribs; Friday, spinach quiche; Monday, mustard and rosemary roasted pork chops; Tuesday, beef tacos; Wednesday, chicken parmesan; next Thursday, roast turkey.

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.

Pratt Museum

The museum gallery is closed for the month of January and reopens on Feb. 1. Business offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Kachemak Bay Campus

Registration is now open for all winter and spring class at KBC. The course schedules are online to review at https://www.kpc.alaska.edu/academics/schedule/ and at https://kbcnoncredit.asapconnected.com/

Classes begin Jan. 16. Classes include Scientific Illustration, Medical Terminology, Welding, Private Pilot Ground School Prep., Biology of Sharks, QuickBooks, East Asian History, Beginning Sculpture, Glaciology of Kachemak Bay, Intermediate Hatha Yoga, Color Theory workshop, Flash Fiction Writing, Home and Cabin Building, and more.

Registration is open for newly approved USCG Able Seaman and 100 Ton license classes along with Marine Electronics, RSW for Vessels, Deckhand Training, Navigation and our maritime classes athttps://kbcnoncredit.asapconnected.com/

It’s not too late: Advising services are available for individuals wishing to start or continue earning a 2 or 4 year degree and register for Jan. classes. Call 235-7743 for an appointment.

Brown Bag Lunch Travelogue Public Talk: at noon Thursday, Feb. 8 “Traveling Across Kenya”presented by Paula Martin.

KBC offers free GED, ESL, college preparation and life skills courses and individual assistance. Call 235-7743.

A Civil Right’s Day Public Talk is at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, with “Where is the Village — Native Corporations Move Toward Urban Ownership” by Tim Troll, Executive Director of the Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust.

South Peninsula Hospital

Join South Peninsula Hospital and Dr. Christy Martinez at SPARC, 600 Sterling Highway next to Homer Middle School, for “Walk with a Doc.” All are welcome from 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20 to hear a brief talk by Dr. Martinez on “Simple Steps to Lower Cholesterol” and spend the rest of the hour walking at your own pace, chatting and asking any questions.

This is a free event, open to all ages and abilities. There is parking up at the SPARC and down below in the Homer Middle School Parking lot. There will be free blood pressure screenings, prizes and refreshments. Please bring clean indoor walking shoes. Beginning January there will be two walks monthly on the first and third Saturdays of each month. Plan ahead for the Feb. 3 walk with Dr. Rob Downey and Feb. 17 with Sonja Martin-Young. Email wellness@sphosp.org, or call the Health &Wellness Department at 907-235-0285 with questions or for more information.

South Peninsula Hospital Education Department is offering these American Heart Association classes on Friday, Jan. 12:Heartsaver CPR/AED from 8 a.m. to noon. Cost is $50.

Heartsaver First Aid class from 1 – 4 p.m., cost is $50.

Pre-registration is required via the SPH Education Department, 235-0258.

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