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Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 at Islands &Ocean Visitor Center. “Wolves of Togiak National Wildlife Refuge; Stories and Studies” will be presented by Togiak biologist Patrick Walsh. Join for this special program or if you can’t get to the meeting download the program at https://alaskarefugefriends.org/category/meetings/ and call in to (866) 556-2149, code :8169747# to teleconference into the meeting. All are welcome.

The Anchor Point Fire &Emergency Medical Service Area Board will hold its next board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 21 at the Anchor Point Fire Station, 72440 Milo Fritz Ave. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 235-6700.

The Homer Foundation announces that application forms for the 2018 City of Homer Grants Program are now available. The applicants must be IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations, in existence in Homer a minimum of three years, with their primary facility and core programs, activities and services offered within the Homer City limits. The funding is for general operating support. Application forms are available from the Homer Foundation’s website: www.homerfoundation.org/grant-programs/ or contact 235-0541 or jsteward@homerfoundation.org. Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16.

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 craig@homernet.net 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

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, baked ham; Friday, baked salmon; Monday, closed for President’s Day; Tuesday, spinach lasagna; Wednesday, chicken marsala; next Thursday, smokey barbecue ribs.

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

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.

Pratt Play Date — from 10-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16. Bring your babies and toddlers to enjoy hands-on activities at the Pratt Museum. Siblings are welcome. You’re never too young to start visiting your community museum.

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

Upcoming classes include: Beginning Glaciology of Kachemak Bay (March 1- April 5), Marine Invertebrates (March 31 - April 1), Birds of Kachemak Bay (April 5 - 26, April21, 28), Fly-Fishing (April 7 and April 14). Register in advance at https://www.kpc.alaska.edu/academics/schedule/ for Chinese Painting with Sharlene Cline (March 22, 29; April 5. The cost is $90), Flash Fiction Writing (March 3, 10. The cost is $60), Painting the Live Model (March 31. The cost is $55), and Quickbooks (April 7, for $25). Registration is open at https://kbcnoncredit.asapconnected.com//.

Upcoming Maritime technology classes include the newly approved USCG 100 Ton/OUPV (March 2 - April 7, for $700), RSW for Vessels (March 23-25 for $250), Deckhand Training (March 31 - April 14 for $85), and Navigation (March 27 - April 12 for $95). For information and to register: https://kbcnoncredit.asapconnected.com/

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 featuring new work by Joe Kashi, from 5-6:30 p.m. on March 2.

At 6 p.m. on March 8, there will be a KPC College community council meeting.

There will be a Public Reading and Craft Talk with visiting poet Jericho Brown at 6:30 p.m. March 28.

South Peninsula Hospital

Walk with a Doc is a walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. There will be free blood pressure screenings, prizes, and refreshments. Please bring clean indoor walking shoes. Call the Health &Wellness Department at (907) 235-0285 with questions or for more information, or visit www.sphosp.org. Plan ahead for the Feb. 17 Walk with a Doc with Sonja Martin-Young.

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.

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