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Posted: November 6, 2013 - 3:56pm

The Seldovia Fish & Game Advisory Committee holds an election meeting at 7 p.m. today in the Community Multi-Purpose Room. The agenda will include preparation of comments on Lower Cook Inlet Board of Fish proposals. For more information, contact Robert Purpurra at 299-1806.

Hospice of Homer holds its sixth annual “Preparing for the Holidays” fundraiser from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday at Alice’s Champagne Palace. The event includes a four-course dinner plus wine and champagne. Tickets are limited to 100 and can be purchased at The Homer Bookstore for $50. Proceeds support Hospice of Homer programs for individuals and their families who are experiencing end-stage illness or the transition of dying, as well as to those community members who are frail and isolated.

Khentrul Lodro Thaye Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist teacher, meditation master and abbot, presents “Teachings on the Heart Sutra” from 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday at Many Rivers on East End Road. The Heart Sutra is the quintessence of Buddha’s teachings of wisdom. Rinpoche will teach on the wisdom that realizes the true nature of phenomena. A frequent visitor to Homer, Rinpoche is the abbot of Mardo Tashi Choling Monastery in eastern Tibet.

The Kenai Watershed Forum holds its Spirit of Our Rivers gala fundraiser at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, Kenai. Tickets are $150 a person or $250 a couple and include live music, dancing, wine and cocktails and the presentation of the Watershed Champion Awards. Kenai Watershed Forum supports watershed education, restoration and research programs. For tickets, call or email Josselyn O’Connor at 907-260-5449, ext. 1201, josselyn@kenaiwatershed.org.

The Homer Fish & Game Advisory Committee meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the NERRS building on Kachemak Drive. The agenda will include discussion of game proposals. For more information contact Dave Lyon at 399-2340.

The Office of Children’s Services conducts a resource family orientation from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the OCS office, 3670 Lake St. This orientation is geared for individuals interested in becoming foster parents and resource families for children in the foster care system. There will be application packets and a licensing representative on hand to answer any questions about becoming a foster or resource family home. For more info, call Tonja Whitney at 907-283-3136.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula holds its annual gala and auction at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 in the old Carrs Mall, Kenai. Tickets are $40 each, $600 for a table of eight and $1,000 for an executive table of eight with dinner service and wine. To purchase tickets, call 907-283-2682.

For Alaska Native Heritage Month, from Nov. 14-23 during regular Homer Public Library Hours, the Friends of the Homer Public Library sponsors the One Hundred Year Celebration of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood Travelling Exhibition. This exhibition was created by the Sitka Historical Society in collaboration with the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood camps of Sitka to honor the 100-year anniversary of the founding of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and the Alaska Native Sisterhood, the oldest indigenous civil rights organizations in the nation. 

In conjunction with the exhibit, there will be two Alaska Native Story-telling opportunities. At 11 a.m. Nov. 16, Maggie Jones tells Dena’ina stories for the children ages 11 and younger and their parents. She works in the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Cultural Department, directs the Jabila’ina dance group and gives cultural presentations to the tribe’s Head Start Program. Jones will tell a story, “Three Friends: Raven, Camp-robber and Dipper.” She also will teach the kids a few Dena’ina words.

At 6 p.m. Nov. 19, David Kitaq Nicolai will tell traditional string stories. String figures, or string stories, have been found in every indigenous culture on the six populated continents. Nicolai is a traditional string storyteller and was born and raised in Anchorage. He is of Yup’ik, Athabascan and French Canadian heritage and is a practicing professional mechanical engineer. He grew up learning about his traditional culture from his parents, Matthew and Margaret Nicolai, and his extended family. David started learning string stories (also called string games) from his dad and paternal grandmother when he was 12, and has since performed at the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

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-Friday. The lunch menu for this week is: today, roast beef; Friday, battered shrimp; Monday, closed for Veterans Day; Tuesday, beef bracoile; Wednesday, zesty Cuban pork.

Homer Senior Citizens celebrates its 40th anniversary from 12:30-4 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Homer Senior Center. The event includes live music, food, a silent auction and a tour of the facilities.

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.

The Caregiver Support Group meets from 2-3:30 p.m. every-other Thursday in the senior center dining room. For more information, call Pam Hooker at 299-7198 or Mary Jo Gates at 235-7655. 

Kachemak Bay Campus

Call 235-7743 for an advising appointment for information on earning a degree and taking classes. Check out new programs in Fisheries Technology and AutoCAD Technology as well as programs in psychology, anthropology, art,  history, welding, nursing and more. Registration for the winter/spring semester begins Nov. 11 for degree-seeking students and Nov. 25 for the general public. Winter/Spring class listings are now posted online at kpc.alaska.edu/KBC/searchable_schedule/.

As part of the visiting writers’ series, novelist David Abrams, author of “Fobbitt,” speaks at 6:30 p.m. today.

At 6:30 p.m. Monday is a Veterans Day public presentation and National Parks Service exhibit, “Kiska and Adak: War in the Aleutians,” with Col. John Cloe, military historian, Poppy Benson from the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and Michael Hawfield, KBC History professor.

Pratt Museum

The museum is open noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; closed Mondays. “Inspired by Place,” selected art from the museum collection, is on exhibit downstairs in the Contemporary Art Gallery through December. 

“When Crab was King” opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Special Exhibits Gallery. The special exhibit combines the Kodiak Maritime Museum’s exhibit, “When Crab Was King: Faces of the Kodiak King Crab Fishery 1950-1982,” with stories of the commercial king crab fishery in Kachemak Bay. The Kodiak exhibit features portraits of 24 individuals who fished during the boom years of the Kodiak King Crab fishery, with oral histories presenting each of their stories. In the Pratt Museum’s presentation, visitors also will view historic films, hear stories from local fishermen, and learn about the biology of the crab fishery and recent efforts to re-establish king crab in local waters. In conjunction with the crab exhibit, there also will be two special events during December. A Community Conversation is 5-7 p.m. Dec. 5. Bring stories and perspectives on crab fisheries of Kachemak Bay. Later in December at a time and place to be announced is the presentation, “A Crabby Colloquium: Recent Research and Fishery Management Perspectives,” featuring Megan Murphy and representatives from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

R.E.C. Room

The REC Room (a Youth Resource & Enrichment Co-Op) offers new activities for the 2013-2014 School Year. Free programs include instruction on software installation and customization, digital music production, fresh and organic cooking, gardening and slam poetry. The REC Room provides teens ages 12-18 with a safe space to hang out after school and get connected with positive resources, activities and programs available for youth in our community. It offers computers and Wi-Fi for homework, guitars, XBox Kinect, games, darts, rave gloves, movies, art supplies and more.

A program of Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic, the REC Room is always staffed by a program manager. Homer Middle School students can now ride Bus 65 for drop off at the REC Room. Call for details. Hours are 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 3957 Nielsen Circle, off Ben Walters Lane. For more information, call 235-6736, e-mail recroom@kbfpc.org or visit facebook.com/rec.room7 or HomerRECroom.org.

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 program is “Conversation Around the Holidays and Grief,” by Darlene Hilderbrand, director, Hospice of Homer. 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 two Heartsaver CPR/AED classes on Nov. 22. The 8 a.m. session is for health care providers in the community and is $75. The 1 p.m. session is for the general public, and is $50. To register or for more information, call 235-0258.

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