The American Legion Auxiliary offers Christmas gift wrapping from noon-5 p.m. today through Wednesday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Christmas Eve at Ulmer’s. There is no charge for this service, but donations to support veterans programs are gratefully accepted.
Bear Creek Winery celebrates the season with its Garden of Lights from 5-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday at 60203 Bear Creek Drive. Stroll through a winter wonderland and warm up at the winery firepit with a cup of hot cocoa.
Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board holds its regular monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. today at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station, 53048 Ashwood Ave., Mile 12 East End Road. The public is welcome to attend. The agenda is posted at the fire station and at the Kenai Peninsula Borough annex building at 206 E. Pioneer Ave. For more information, call 235-9811.
Jae Baelena Brown and William Patrick Jasper were married in Homer on Aug. 5, 2015. They both graduated from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, where they met. Jae grew up in Eugene, Ore. Her parents are Becky Brown and Daryl Brown of Oregon. William is a 2009 graduate of Homer High School. His parents are Barbara Veeck of Homer and Patrick Jasper of Oregon. Jae’s sister Jill Brown was the Maid of Honor, and William’s brother Matthew Jasper was the Best Man. They were married by longtime family friend William Morse.
The Homer Chamber of Commerce holds its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the chamber visitor Center. Festivities include music, refreshments, a bonfire, crafts for kids and photos with Santa. Bring your own cameras for photos with Santa.
Lina LePage speaks at 1 p.m. Friday for the Parkinson’s Support Group meeting at the Homer Senior Center. LePage works for social services at South Peninsula Hospital and will talk about end-of-life choices and decisions.
NOMAR kicks off its Christmas season with its annual Open House with Santa Claus starting at noon Nov. 29. A Homer tradition, the event marks the 23rd year NOMAR has been on Pioneer Avenue. Santa arrives at 1 p.m. and will be available for consultations and photographs until 3 p.m. NOMAR is open seven days a week for the holidays: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays and open until 5 p.m. Christmas Eve.
The annual Scandinavian Dinner is 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at Faith Lutheran Church. Tickets are available by calling 235-7600. Bring the family for lutefisk, lefse, Swedish meatballs and more.
ENS Karl Swanson graduated Oct. 15 from Navy Nuclear Power School in Charleston, S.C. He is a 2010 Homer High School graduate and a 2014 University of Alaska Fairbanks graduate with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. Swanson also completed Navy Officers Candidate School in April and received his U.S. Navy officer commission as an ensign. Swanson is currently stationed at Navy Nuclear Prototype training in Ballston Spa, N.Y.
The Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board holds its regular monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. today. The meeting is at the Diamond Ridge Fire Station at 65705 Diamond Ridge Road. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call 235-9811.
The Homer Community Food Pantry holds its Empty Bowls Luncheon from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Friday at the Homer United Methodist Church ground level. Soup is $10 or $30 for soup and a handcrafted bowl. For more information, call 399-2007.
The Kachemak Nordic Ski Club holds its Annual Meeting, Dinner and Auction at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Elks Lodge. The KNSC Board of Directors invites its members to help celebrate the beginning of the new season. Please bring a main dish, bread or salad for the potluck — or a dessert to be auctioned. There will be door prizes, a potluck dinner, silent auction, club updates and elections, and a dessert auction. All current KNSC members are welcome.
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory will host the annual Haunted Hickory food drive today. Free and open to the public, the ship will be open at two separate times so that the crew can gear the event to different age ranges and guests with different fright levels. From 4-5 p.m., the ship will be open for a less-intense tour, appropriate for younger audiences. From 6-10 p.m., the ship will be open for more mature audiences who will be treated to intense thrills.
Some of Homer’s favorite local businesses just completed 10 days of friendly competition and important violence prevention. On Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Homer Public Library, everyone is invited to join Green Dot Homer and the Alibi, Alice’s Champagne Palace, Bulletproof Nets, the Homer Bookstore, the Homer Public Library and K Bay Caffé for food and lighthearted fun — all while making our community safer. Green Dot Homer will announce the winning workplace in the first #greendot10in10 contest. From Oct.
On Sunday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m., there will be a cleanup and put things away for the winter workshop at Cottonwood Horse Park.
Hospice of Homer invites community members to a continued discussion of a library panel talk on Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.” The group meets 6 p.m. today at the hospice office. Bring your ideas and passion to the conversation on what can we do to make the lower Kenai Peninsula more supportive of aging and end of life. For more information, call hospice at 235-6899.
Hospice of Homer invites community members to a continued discussion of a library panel talk on Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.” The group meets 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at the hospice office. Bring your ideas and passion to the conversation on what can we do to make the lower Kenai Peninsula more supportive of aging and end of life. For more information, call hospice at 235-6899.
Trust Training Cooperative in cooperation with Hands of Peace/AVP Alaska presents a Conflict Resolution / Alternatives to Violence Basic Workshop 6-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at 63540 Skyline Drive. The beginning workshop presents conflict resolution skills through experiential learning exercise and practice, with the goal of helping direct service providers and community members think about and make choices to reduce conflict at work and in everyday settings.
The first Little Kids (0-5) “Shwopping” Event is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in the Homer High School Commons. The event is sponsored by Sprout and Homer Community Recreation. Bring gently used clothes, toys, books and equipment for children newborn to 5-years-old. Go “Shwopping” and shop the swap for items that you need. Swap as many as you bring. Donations are accepted prior to the event. Please call Sprout at 235-6044 for more information or to drop off donations.
Phil Celtic and Faith Schade-Celtic of Homer announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Schade, to Kellen Davenport of Eagle River. The couple will marry in December 2015 in Homer. Heather is a 2010 graduate of Homer High School and a 2015 graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Kellen is the son of Anthony Davenport of Anchorage and Ronda Sellers of Fort White, Fla. Kellen is a 2006 graduate of Chugiak High School and a 2014 graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage, and a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
The Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board holds its monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. today at Station 2, 65705 Diamond Ridge Road. The agenda will be posted at Station 1, 53048 Ashwood Ave., and at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Annex Building, 206 E. Pioneer Ave. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call 235-9811.
Hospice of Homer and Friends of Homer Public Library will present a panel
discussion on “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End,” the
bestselling book by Atul Gawande, at 6 p.m. today in the
Homer Public Library. Panel facilitator Kathy Carssow will be joined by panel members
Nancy Lander, Brad Hughes and Rob Downey. A question-and-answer session will follow the
presentation. Books are available for loan from the Homer Public Library and the Hospice of
The Homer Native Plant Society field trip on mushroom identification scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled. “Return of the Bark Beetle? The Changing Forest of the Kenai Peninsula” is the last hike of the summer offered by the Homer Native Plant Society. Dr. Ed Berg will lead this hike from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday starting at the Homestead Trailhead off Roger’s Loop. The hike includes visiting the Demonstration Forest. Trip size is limited to 12 participants. To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org.