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Kachemak Advocates of Recycling (KARe) will meet from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, 708 Smoky Bay Way, Homer.

All those interested in waste reduction and recycling in the Lower Peninsula area are welcome to participate. Contact Vivian Finlay with questions at 435-3903, or karealaska@gmail.com.

There will be a Homer Native Plant Society Meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. The presentation will be “Ecology and Conservation of Native Orchids, including Alaska,” with Dennis Whigham, PhD.

A senior botanist with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and founding director of the North American Orchid Conservation Center (NAOCC), Dr. Whigham has researched plants around the world, from orchids, vines, wetland species, and to forests, including orchids, from Florida to Alaska. For details, email jwoodring50@gmail.com.

Wanderlust Wednesday with Homer youth is 5:30-6:30 p.m. March 7 at Grace Ridge Brewing. For week three of the series, Casey Fetterhoff shares stories and images from his time volunteering in the West Bank.

He will talk about the places he explored as well as the experiences that impacted him in both positive and challenging ways, including witnessing moments of violence and moments of strength, courage and hope. The event is free and all are welcome.

Youth can attend with a parent or guardian. Beer and nonalcoholic beverages are available; bring your own snacks. Come curious, leave inspired.

For more information, contact Christina Whiting, 435-7969, alaskachristina@gmail.com. A full schedule of weekly presentations can be viewed at Grace Ridge Brewing’s Facebook page.

Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board will hold their regular monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8.

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.

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 Anchor Point Fire &Emergency Medical Service Area Board holdsits next board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 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 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, roast turkey; Friday, three cheese ravioli; Monday, meatloaf; Tuesday, chicken cordon bleu; Wednesday, beef fajitas; and next Thursday, roast pork.

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.

Tai chi classes are Thursdays at 3 p.m. The cost per class is $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers. Duplicate Bridge meets at 1 p.m. Thursdays. 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.

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

Registration deadlines are coming up soon for these upcoming classes: Beginning Glaciology of Kachemak Bay (March 1 - April 5); Marine Invertebrates (March 31 - April 1); Birds of Kachemak Bay (April 5-26, April 21 and 28); and Fly-Fishing (April 7 and 14). Register in advance at: https://www.kpc.alaska.edu/academics/schedule/ or stop by Pioneer Hall.

Registration is open for Flash Fiction Writing (March 3 and 10, $60); Chinese Painting with Sharlene Cline (March 22 and 29, and April 5, $90); Painting the Live Model (March 31, $55); and Quickbooks (April 7, $25). Registration is open at https://kbcnoncredit.asapconnected.com//

Maritime technology classes include: DC Electricity for Vessels starts (March 1-22, $75); USCG 100 Ton/OUPV (March 2 - April 7, $700); RSW for Vessels (March 23-25, $250); Deckhand Training (March 31 - April 14, $85); and Navigation (March 27 - April 12, $95). For information and to register visit: https://kbcnoncredit.asapconnected.com/ or call 235-1622.

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

There will be a KPC College community council meeting 6 p.m. at KBC’s Pioneer Hall on March 8.

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

South Peninsula Hospital

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.

South Peninsula Hospital will offer a Safe Sitter Class including the essentials with CPR from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 16.

Safe Sitter is designed to prepare students in grades 6-8 to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. This instructor-led class is filled with fun games and role-playing exercises. Students even get to use manikins to practice rescue skills like choking rescue and CPR.

The class fee is $50 (scholarships available upon request - please inquire when you register). Students should bring a lunch. Pre-registration is required by March 15. To register, please call Maggie Wyatt at (907) 235-0970 or email wellness@sphosp.org.

Join South Peninsula Hospital and Greg Hough, MD at SPARC (600 Sterling Hwy next to Homer Middle School) for the next “Walk with a Doc.”

All are welcome from 9-10 a.m. Saturday, March 3 to hear a brief talk on colon health and the value of colon cancer screening by Dr. Hough, general surgeon. 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. Email wellness@sphosp.org, or call the Health &Wellness Department at (907) 235-0970 with questions or for more information.

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