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Posted: April 17, 2013 - 3:17pm

Kachemak Bay Birders hold a birding trip to Mossy Kilcher’s Seaside Farms on East End Road at 9 a.m. Saturday. Park at the top of the hill to walk down through bird habitat. There is limited parking below if necessary. All trips cosponsored by the Kachemak Bay Birders and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Michael Craig is the leader. There is no charge and everyone is welcome. Bring binoculars and field guide if you have them.

At 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Alaska Islands and Oceans Visitors Center, the Kachemak Bay Conservation Society sponsors an Earth Day presentation by Homer naturalists and biologists Conrad and Carmen Field on their adventures in Antarctica.

The Homer Public Library offers a free  webinar — web based seminar — “The Preservation of Family Photographs: Here, There and Everywhere,” presented by Debra Hess Norris. The webinar is at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the library conference room. Hess Norris, chair of the art conservation department at the University of Delaware, offers basic guidance on the care and preservation of photographs from 19th century tintypes to contemporary color prints. She addresses the physical and chemical properties of photographic print and negative materials, including albums and scrapbooks, and the causes and mechanisms of their deterioration. She also presents strategies for preservation, such as proper handling, storage and display techniques.

The 10th Annual Cooperative Weed Management Area’s Workshop and Invasive Species Identification Training is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26 at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. The workshop is 9 a.m. to noon and the training session is 1 to 5 p.m. Free lunch is available. Learn how to identify land, fresh water and marine invasive species, protocols for minimizing spread of invasive species, response protocols and how to receive certification. 

To register and for more information, visit kpinvasives-homer.eventbrite.com. The workshop is free and open to the public.

The sandhill cranes are on their way. Please report sightings to Kachemak Crane Watch at 235-6262 or reports@cranewatch.org.

Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic is looking for committed volunteers to help organize this year’s Breast Cancer Run, to be held Aug. 18. Call 235-3436 for more information on how to join the event planning committee.

The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center’s annual Clean Up Day is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, with a barbecue held by the Homer Lions Club. Trash bags can be picked up in advance at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, Fritz Creek General Store, the Homer Volunteer Fire Department and the Homer Brewing Company. Trash and recycling drop off will begin at 11 a.m. May 4 in the chamber parking lot. There will be prizes for most bags collected in various age and group categories. Four youth bikes also will be raffled. Please bring recyclable trash in separate bags. 

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Big Brothers Big Sisters also has a clothing drive of gently used adult and children’s clothing the same day. Bring clothing to the chamber parking lot. A $50 gift card is awarded to the person donating the most bags of clothing. For more information, call 235-7740 or email info@homeralaska.org.

Registration has started for the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, to be held May 8-12. This year’s keynote speaker is Jeffrey Gordon. For a list of events and presentations with registration information, see the shorebird festival schedule available at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center or visit www.kachemakbayshorebirdfestival.org. For more information, email shorebird@homeralaska.org or call the chamber at 235-7740.

Anchor Point Senior Center

The Anchor Point Senior Center is open at 8 a.m. Monday through Thursday for coffee. Enjoy coffee and conversation. The senior center also is open 7-9 p.m. Tuesday nights for game night. Enjoy cards, chess, dominoes, cribbage, checkers and pool. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-noon Friday. For more 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. 

Homer Senior Citizens

Homer Senior Citizens lunch is open to seniors and their guests and is served 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday. The lunch menu for this week is: Thursday, turkey and mashed potatoes; Friday, catfish with scampi sauce; Monday, baked chicken teriyaki; Tuesday, lasagna; Wednesday, curried beef. 

Strong Women classes at Homer Senior Citizens Recreation Room are 2-3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Cost is $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers per class.

Tai Chi classes are Thursday at 3 p.m. Cost is $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers per class. For more information, call Daniel at 235-7655.

Kachemak Bay Campus

Registration is being held for these upcoming classes: organic gardening meets Friday-Saturday; watercolor workshop with artist Jan Peyton meets May 31, June 1 and 3. Computer classes offered include Excel, MS Word and Quickbooks; all start in April. Registration also is open for a special personal narrative workshop from May 3-5 with visiting memoirist Debra Gwartney, finalist for the National Book Critics Award. Enrollment is limited; register early. For a list of all courses, visit www.kpc.alaska.edu/kbc. Call 235-7743 for information.

At 5 p.m. April 26 is the opening reception of  the Student Art Showcase.

KBC commencement is 7 p.m. May 8 at the Mariner Theatre.

Kachemak Bay Campus is currently searching for host families for Kachemak Bay Campus’s international exchange college students (through the Youth for Understanding program). Families are needed to host a student for a semester of the 2013/14 school year or for the entire year. Participating families will receive a monthly stipend of $200. Interested? Call 235- 7743 for more information about applying.

The Kachemak Bay Campus offers a series of degree information meetings focusing on some of the two- and four-year degrees that Homer area residents and recent high school graduates can earn at Kachemak Bay Campus. At 5:30 p.m. today KPC education professor Pete Snow will discuss how to earn a degree in education.

The Kachemak Bay Campus Community Advisory Board seeks new members. For more information, call 235-1656 or send a letter of interest to KBC, 533 E. Pioneer Ave., Homer AK 99603.

Registration has started for the 2013 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, to be held June 14-18 at Land’s End Resort. Poet Naomi Shihab Nye is the keynote presenter. The early registration fee is $375, space available, with a special student rate. For program and registration information, visit writersconference.homer.alaska.edu.

Pratt Museum

Regular hours are Tuesdays through Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. “Encounters: Whales in Our Waters” is on exhibit until July 21. In association with the exhibit and as part of the “Whale Tales” series, Craig Matkin and Eva Saulitis present “Heart Meets Mind” at 5 p.m. April 26. Their talk deals with the emotions of whale encounters and the science of whale research. There is no charge for the Whale Tales presentations.

The Pratt is the host of the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center monthly mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. today. Everyone is welcome to drop in for refreshments and networking with local business representatives.

Although the Museum is still closed on Mondays, you can celebrate Earth Day at the Pratt with a discovery hike from noon to 1:30 p.m. Meet at the Forest Ecology Trail head located behind the museum. All ages are welcome.

The museum seeks people to volunteer time and energy this summer. People of all ages can offer their volunteer services to enhance the quality of experience visitors have at the museum. If you enjoy interacting with people and have two to four hours a week to spare, the museum invites you to join its team of volunteers. Contact Jennie Engebretsen at 435-3326 to learn more about volunteering. Volunteers also are needed to help clean aquarium tanks 10-11 a.m. every Thursday. If interested, contact Art at 435-3323 or building@prattmuseum.org.

R.E.C. Room

The R.E.C. Room (Resource and Enrichment Co-op) is a multipurpose space for youth ages 12-18 as a safe environment to hang out with friends. Hours are 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday in the lower level of the Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic outreach building on Nielsen Circle. Visit www.recroom.kbfpc.org or call Anna at 235-OPEN (6736). 

The R.E.C. Room is getting ready for its busy summer season and encourages organizations serving youth to share information on programs and services. Adult and peer youth educators make frequent referrals to other programs. The R.E.C. Room also has a monthly calendar promoting local programming for youth. Tours of the R.E.C. Room can be scheduled.

Seldovia Village Tribe Health & Wellness Center

The SVT Health & Wellness Center offers a series of classes covering all aspects of wellness every Thursday at 6 p.m. Today’s class, the last in a three-part series, is “What Grows Here and When to Grow It.” Kyra Wagner and Jessica Ryan talk about different plant varieties, their hardiness and seedling care and the best times to plant both indoors and out. 

The SVT Health & Wellness Center is located at 880 East End Road. The classes are open to the public. For more information or to suggest topics for future classes, call Amy Rattenbury at 226-2228, ext. 660.

South Peninsula Hospital

South Peninsula Hospital offers these upcoming American Heart Association classes: 

• Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers on April 26 and May 10, both at 8 a.m. for $75. 

• Heartsaver CPR/AED on at 1 p.m. April 26 for $50.

Pre-registration is required via the SPH Education Department at 235-0258. 

In recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, South Peninsula Hospital is offering reduced rate screening colonoscopies. Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in America, and more importantly, colon cancer can often be cured and even prevented. Colonoscopy is the preferred screening method for colon cancer, as it allows physicians to look directly at the entire colon and to identify suspicious growths. South Peninsula Hospital offers $500 off screening colonoscopies scheduled in April. For more information on these offerings, visit the hospital website at www.sphosp.org or contact 235-0310.

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