Town Crier

Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board holds it 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 will be posted at the fire station and at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Annex Building, 206 E. Pioneer Ave. Call 235-9811 for more information.

Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships, or MAPP, of the Southern Kenai Peninsula will release the 2016 community health needs assessment at its quarterly meeting on Friday at Pioneer Hall, Kachemak Bay Campus. MAPP conducts a community health needs assessment of the southern Kenai peninsula every three years, the results of which are used to inform and direct community coalition and agency work. The meeting runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Other agenda items include workgroup reports and recent successes related to MAPP’s current health improvement priority to increase family well-being.

The Kenai Peninsula Fair Association holds a Christmas Bazaar from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik. More than 60 vendors will sell handmade crafts and other items. Santa visits from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and there is a tree lighting at 6 p.m.

SPARC, the South Peninsula Amateur Radio Club, holds an FCC Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) License Test Session from noon-3 p.m. Saturday in the Homer Public Library Conference Room. All interested individuals are welcome to attend and test for a Ham “ticket” for technician, general and extra class licenses. Please bring photo identification and Social Security Number or FCC registration number to the test. For more information, call Patrick at 907-775-4638 or Shanley at 299-4233.

In preparation for the Christmas Bird Count, Dave Erikson presents a class, “Winter Bird Identification,” from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in the Seminar Room. Dave is a master birder and excellent teacher, and this will be the 40th consecutive year he has coordinated the bird count. His class provides a review of the wintering birds here in Homer for volunteers who plan to help with the count, but would also be of great benefit to any new birders in the area who are interested in learning about our winter resident birds. The Christmas Bird Count in Homer is Saturday, Dec. 17. For more information on this event, visit the Kachemak Bay Birders’ website at kachemakbaybirders.org. These events are cosponsored by the Kachemak Bay Birders and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. The class is free and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Dave Erikson at 907-441-7931 or derikson@alaska.net or Lani Raymond at 399-9477 or email lani67@alaska.net.

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) offers a 10-hour Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor workshop in Homer from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Best Western Bidarka Inn, 575 Sterling Highway. This workshop is an excellent opportunity for commercial fishermen and other mariners to gain hands-on training with marine safety equipment and learn best practices for surviving emergencies at sea. Instructor Rob Hulse covers cold-water survival skills; EPIRBs, flares, and maydays; man-overboard recovery and firefighting; immersion suits and PFDs; helicopter rescue; life rafts; abandon ship procedures, and emergency drills. There will be an in-the-water practice session, giving participants practical experience with PFDs and immersion suits, employing survival techniques, and righting and boarding an inflatable life raft. AMSEA Drill Conductor workshops meet the training requirements for drill conductors on board documented commercial fishing vessels operating beyond the federal boundary line. This workshop is offered to commercial fishermen at no cost. Interested mariners may register at www.amsea.org or call 907-747-3287.

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 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6 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. For more information, call the senior center at 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, baked ham; Friday, rockfish Milanese; Monday, pork marsala; Tuesday, chicken pot pie; Wednesday, mustard and rosemary roasted pork chops; next Thursday, roast beef with mashed potatoes and gravy.

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 for members, $6 for 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

Registration for classes that start in January has opened. See the winter schedule for campus-based classes at http://bit.ly/2f5v679. Community classes include Fly-Fishing, Pilot Ground School, Tai Chi, Yoga, Gardening, Biology of Bears, Birding, Art, Marine Technology and French Cooking.

The campus is closed Dec. 24-Jan 3.

Pratt Museum

The museum gallery winter hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Business offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Admission is free during December. The museum is closed Dec. 23-26 and Dec. 30-31. The galleries are closed for the month of January for maintenance.

The Pratt’s annual community recital and quilt raffle drawing is 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The event includes a welcome reception for new museum director Laurie Morrow.

“Inspired by Diaries” features art works by different artists inspired by diaries to create art. It is on display through Dec. 30.

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