Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board holds its regular monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station, 53048 Ashwood Ave., Mile 12 East End Road. The public is welcome. For more information, call 235-9811.
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. 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. 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. Nicolai is a traditional string storyteller and was born and raised in Anchorage. He is of Yup’ik, Athabascan and French Canadian heritage, and started learning string stories (also called string games) from his dad and paternal grandmother when he was 12. He has since performed at the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.
District 30 Democrats meet at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Homer Real Estate office, 1529 Ocean Drive. Call Liz Diament at 914-588-0332 for more information.
The Alaska Salmon Alliance holds a meeting 6-8:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Homer Elks Lodge to discuss how Cook Inlet salmon fisheries can be a sustainable part of everyone’s future. This meeting will feature a facilitated discussion to talk about problems in Cook Inlet salmon fisheries, including king returns and a recent ballot initiative to eliminate setnetting from Cook Inlet. This meeting is free and open to the public, including all user groups and all gear types. Light refreshments will be served. The Alaska Salmon Alliance promotes science-based salmon management and inclusive, community-based dialogue between user groups. Learn more at aksalmonalliance.org.
Zak Holschen holds a Pancake Breakfast fundraiser from 8:30 a.m.-noon Nov. 23 at the Anchor Point Senior Center, Milo Fritz Road. A suggested donation of $5 is requested. Help support his efforts in joining a teen mission to Madagascar.
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, honey mustard pork roast; Friday, catfish with scampi sauce; Monday, chicken teriyaki; Tuesday, lasagna; Wednesday, curried beef.
Homer Senior Citizens celebrates its 40th anniversary from 12:30-4 p.m. Tuesday at the Homer Senior Center. The event includes live music, food, a silent auction and a tour of the facilities.
Strong Women classes are 2-3 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 is $4 for members and $6 for nonmembers per class.
Tai Chi classes are Thursday at 3 p.m. The 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
Registration for the winter/spring semester has started for degree-seeking students and begins Nov. 25 for the general public. Winter/spring class listings are now posted online at kpc.alaska.edu/KBC/searchable_schedule. Stop by the campus to sign up; the payment deadline is in January. Classes include welding, nonfiction creative writing, painting, yoga, marine boating safety, medical assisting, ceramics, Supiiaq-Alutiiq culture, bears of Alaska, history of Alaska, public speaking and biology of sharks. For more information, call 235-7743.
The museum is open noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; closed Mondays.
The Stocking Stuffer Party is 1-4 p.m. Nov. 30. Children of all ages are invited to join the Pratt Museum for its annual event with activities like building graham cracker houses, exploring seasonal art activities, decorating cookies and visiting with Santa Claus in the Homestead Cabin.
“Inspired by Place,” selected art from the museum collection, is on exhibit downstairs in the Contemporary Art Gallery through December.
“When Crab was King” is on display 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.
The REC Room (a Youth Resource and 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 email@example.com 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 “Health Insurance Marketplace,” with Emily Sue Faris, Monica Anderson and Mary King. 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.
The SPH Employee Bazaar is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 22 and 23 through the first floor entrance in conference rooms 1 and 2. Vendors sell handmade crafts and seasonal treats. The bazaar is open to the public.