Posted: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 12:15pm  |  Updated: Oct 7 2015 - 12:15pm

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.

Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board holds its next regular 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. Call 235-9811 for more information.

The Kachemak Bay Birders’ owling trip is 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Meet at the parking lot at the Wynn Nature Center (Mile 1.5 East Skyline Drive). The leader is Gary Lyon. Don’t forget your flashlight. This trip will be postponed if it is raining or too windy. If this happens, the trip will be on Sunday. Visit for updates or call Gary Lyon at 299-2000 or Lani Raymond at 399-9477.

The Kachemak Bay State Park Advisory Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

Two disaster awareness classes are offered in October. Tsunami Awareness is 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center seminar room. Learn about tsunamis, including hazard assessment, warnings, preparedness, mitigation and response. Coastal Community Resilience is 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 21 at the same location. Learn about resiliency as it applies to understanding risk from natural hazards and how to build resiliency in coastal communities. The courses are sponsored by the National Disaster Preparedness Center, Honolulu. To register for either course, visit For registration assistance, contact Homer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Robert Painter at 235-3155 or email

The Homer MakerSpace is open for 3D design and 3D printing from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. every Monday and Tuesday at 178 E. Bunnell Ave. near Two Sisters. Students in grade four through middle school are welcome to use MakerSpace computers and 3D printers. Staff will teach you the ropes, and it’s all free. For more information, contact

Arvell Dinwiddie, a long time resident of Homer, turns 90 on Nov. 11. His family is requesting a “card shower” for him. Greetings and cards may be sent to him at 8740 S. Tyler Road, Clearwater, KS  67026.

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 p.m. with play starting at 7 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. The Annual Holiday Bazaar is Nov. 7 with tables available. To sell items, stop by the office or call 907-235-7786.

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

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: today, roast beef with mashed potatoes; Friday, baked cod with Creole sauce; Monday, fried chicken; Tuesday, pork paprika; Wednesday, beef tacos; next Thursday, roasted pork loin.

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 members, $6 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.

Caregiver Support Group meets 2-3:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday in the senior center conference room. Call Jacquie Thaute at 299-2924 or Daniel Weisser at 235-4555.

Kachemak Bay Campus

Register now for these upcoming classes: Ergonomics for Fishermen, Oct. 16, free; Lines, Rigging and Gear for Fishermen: Modern Material and Repair Techniques, 6 p.m. Oct. 14 and 28; U.S. Coast Guard Drill Conductor Training, Oct. 17, free; Vessel Stability Training, Oct. 18, free; “Flash Fiction” writing workshop, Oct. 22-Nov. 19; Form in Contemporary Poetry with Erin Hollowell, Mondays, Oct. 5-Nov. 2; Global Climate Change, Oct. 22-Nov. 19, and Grant Proposal Writing Workshop, Oct. 30, $75. English as a Second Language and Adult Basic Education classes have started. For more information, call 235-7743.

Pratt Museum

Fall gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. The gallery is closed Mondays. Business offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The Ritz 30th anniversary art preview and celebration opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. A champagne toast is at 6 p.m. Preview art for the annual art and experience auction, to be held Nov. 7 at Wasabi’s. The evening includes a live and silent auction featuring art and items donated by artists, businesses and individuals. The theme for the 30th anniversary Ritz is “Havana Nights! Ritz at the CopaCabana.”. The theme evokes the 1940s and 1950s that was Cuba in its heyday. Ritz includes Cuban food, music, dancing, diamonds, pearls, bright lights, rum and cigars (enjoyed outdoors).

Road Construction

Expect delays on this lower Kenai Peninsula road project:

• Sterling Highway Mile 135 to 137 improvements: Road construction continues through mid-October. Expect single-lane traffic, 10-minute delays, flagging and pilot car operations on the Sterling Highway from 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, visit

South Peninsula Hospital

The 32nd annual Rotary Health Fair is 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 7 at Homer High School. “It’s Your Life … Take a Day to be Well” is the theme of the fair, sponsored by Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club in cooperation with South Peninsula Hospital. The fair will feature more than 50 exhibitors with various health screenings, information and services related to health and wellness. 

As part of the health fair, comprehensive blood analysis is available for only $40, a sizeable discount from the average cost of a comparable test.  In addition to the basic wellness test, additional tests available for purchase include prostate, thyroid, cardiac, vitamin D and hemoglobin A1C. 

These tests are offered by appointment at the fair, or before the fair at the hospital with the results available for pickup at the fair. Appointments are offered from Oct. 19-Nov. 6 in the hospital conference room on the hospital’s lower level. Payment must be made by cash or check at time of the test, and checks can be made to Rotary.

Appointments for both the day of the fair or at the hospital can be made at or by calling the health fair hotline at 399-3158. Book early as appointments fill up the closer it gets to the Health Fair date.


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