Town Crier

May 5 is World Labyrinth Day, when thousands of people across the world will “Walk as One at 1” for peace. This event will be celebrated locally at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 619 Sterling Highway, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities include blessings, an interfaith litany for world peace, and prayer flag painting.

An introduction to walking the labyrinth will start at 12:45 p.m. Soup and bread will be available. Dress warmly as most events will be held outside. All are welcome.

For further information, call Nancy Lee-Evans at 748-4844.

The Homer Native Plant Society will host “Determining the Floral Diversity of the Kodiak Archipelago” as well as a book signing with Stacy Studebaker during its meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies.

This special program shows the collection process and Stacy’s botanical work over the last 30 years using historical and modern records held in the various herbaria around the world, to document around 680 species of vascular plants on the Kodiak Archipelago. After the program, Stacy will sign her new plant book. Free.

Light refreshments. For details, contact: jwoodring50@gmail.com.

Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board will be holding their regular monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10.

The meeting will be 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 Anchor Point Fire &Emergency Medical Service Area Board will hold its next board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday May 23 at the Anchor Point Fire Station, 72440 Milo Fritz Ave. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 235-6700.

Beginning May 6 the Central Peninsula Landfill and Transfer Facilities and Sites will be open on Sundays. All facilities will be open seven days per week starting May 6.

For more information, call the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department at (907) 262-9667.

Kachemak Crane Watch asks that residents report sandhill crane sightings to the organization at 235-6262 or reports@cranewatch.org.

Date, time, location, behavior, and number of cranes is helpful. Leave a name and number in case the group needs more details.

The Central Peninsula Garden Club is hosting a variety of gardening workshops in May. Workshops registration is available online through the CPGC website at www.cenpengardenclub.org (May Workshops Registration page).

All workshops have a nominal fee of $5; some workshops have additional supply fees. Attendance limits apply, so please register early.

May workshops offered are:

May 5 - Create a Hanging Basket; Basics of Landscape Design: From Theory to Plan Creation; The Wonderful World of Worm Poo; Will’s Workshop for Ladies: Build and Take Home Your Arbor

May 12 - Let’s Talk About Berries; Spring Cleaning: Tasty Ways to Use Up Last Year’s Harvest; Pruning of Trees and Shrubs; Lawn Care

May 19 - The Wonderful World of Worm Poo; Yard Art from Salvaged Items; Demystifying Bees, Bees as Pollinators; Brewing Tea for Your Farm &Garden; Raising Chickens for Eggs and Meat, Including Pest Control

May 26 - Growing in a High Tunnel; The Basics of Root Cellars; Composting &Local Amendments Equals Healthy Growing Soil; Basics of Landscape Design: From Plan to Planting; Building High Tunnels, Low Tunnels, Cold Frames and Installing Drip Irrigation

Questions? Contact Donna (907) 420-0480, natmed3@ymail.com.

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 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, almond crusted salmon; Monday, baked ziti; Tuesday, barbecue beef brisket; Wednesday, roasted chicken; next Thursday, turkey.

Strong Women classes are 1:30-2:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Homer Senior Center. Zumba Gold classes with Maria are 11 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Homer Senior Center.

Tai chi classes are Thursdays at 3 p.m. Duplicate Bridge meets at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Call Daniel Weisser at 235-4555.

Duplicate Bridge is $3 for members and $5 for non-members. Strong Women, Zumba and Tai Chi are $5 for members and $7 for non-members.

Pratt Museum

Galleries are open Tuesday-Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

Curator’s Closet: 50 Years of Collecting at the Pratt Museum is on in the Special Exhibits Gallery through April 28.

Behind the Scenes Collections Tours are 2 p.m. Thursdays. The tours cost $5 per person.

Ongoing activities: Fish Feedings have resumed from 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays in the Marine Gallery. Fish Feeding is fun and all are welcome.

Kachemak Bay Campus

2018 KBC Commencement will be held at 7 p.m. May 9 at the Homer High School Mariner Theater. The keynote speaker is Dr. Joe Evensen.

Registration for all fall credit courses is now open at https://uaonline.alaska.edu/banprod/owa/bwck2sch.p_disp_dyn_sched . Sign-up now, pay latter.

Degree-seeking students: Call 235-7743 for an advising appointment.

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

General registration for the Kachemak Bay Writers Conference is open until June 7. Go to http://writersconference.homer.alaska.edu to see program schedule and registration information.

South Peninsula Hospital

Inflammation – the silent killer. Join Dr. Rob Downey, MD, Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, to discuss what triggers inflammation, and to learn about the impact of sugar and insulin resistance, one of the key drivers of inflammation. The event is Monday, May 7th from 6-7 p.m. at the Kachemak Bay Campus at 533 East Pioneer Ave. It is free and open to the public. Call SPH Functional Medicine Clinic for more information at 435-3070.

South Peninsula Hospital is accepting applications for its Board of Directors. Call 235-0237 or visit www.sphosp.org and click on “About SPH” for more information.

Upcoming - May 5 Walk with Devry Garity, ANP on Asthma. Email wellness@sphosp.org, or call the Health &Wellness Department at (907) 235-0970 with questions or for more information.

South Peninsula Hospital announces Homer Steps Up 2018, a steps-based community challenge to promote wellness and fun by motivating participants to walk. Cosponsored by SPARC, SVT Health and Wellness, City of Homer, South Peninsula Hospital and South Peninsula Behavioral Health, the goal is to reach 100 million steps as the southern Kenai Peninsula in the month of May.

Participants must enroll in the event online at www.sphosp.org or at upcoming enrollment sessions later in April. Steps can be tracked by pedometer or other step trackers and entered into the challenge website, or automatically through smartphone and android apps.

Various Homer organizations and businesses will be participating as Teams, competing against each other for the traveling trophy and “bragging rights.” In its second year, the challenge awarded the trophy to the City of Homer, and the trophy remains on display there through the end of May. New this year is the addition of an individual category, which allows everyone to participate in the challenge which runs through 31. Great prizes include: Grand Prize Winner: $500

Second Place Winner: $250

Third Place Winner: $100

Highest Stepper Winner: $500

Weekly prize drawings include: Individuals with a weekly step total of 35,000 – 69,999 steps

Individuals with a weekly step total of 70,000 – 99,999 steps

Individuals with a weekly step total of 100,000 – 139,999 steps

Individuals with a weekly step total of 140,000 or more.

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