Town Crier

The Kachemak Bay Birders’ next birding trip is Saturday. Meet at 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot at the base of the Homer Spit on Kachemak Drive. Birders will search for wintering shorebirds, waterfowl and the other birds out there that make the Spit such a special place for birding all year round. The very high tide coming in will mean the sea birds will come closer and in range of scopes. Bring binoculars, field guides and scopes if you have one. Dress warmly and be prepared for icy conditions. There is no charge and everyone is welcome. All trips are cosponsored by the Kachemak Bay Birders and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. The trip leader is Michael Craig, 235-0631.

The South Peninsula Amateur Radio Club (SPARC) holds ham radio training classes from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month and from noon-3 p.m. the second Saturday of every month in the Homer Public Library Conference Room. Classes start Saturday, Jan. 14. The classes are a self-study program guided by Extra Class Operators and Instructors Shanley KL5AJK and Pat KL3DB. You do not need to be present at every class session to study for your Technician, General or Extra Class Licenses. Free study materials are available and additional materials may be purchased if desired. The testing session will be noon-3 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Homer Public Library. There is no charge to take the tests. Door prizes will be given away along with a chance to win a new ham radio at the end of the Spring Class Session.

For more information, call Patrick at 907-775-4638 or Shanley at 907-299-4233. Classes are sponsored by the Friends of the Homer Library and supported by SPARC, South Peninsula Amateur Radio Club, and other Ham Clubs and volunteers.

The National Organization for Women’s Homer NOW Task Force will hold a meeting at noon Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Homer Public Library. The meeting is open to all who are interested. On the agenda is: 1) Homer’s March on Washington to be held on Jan. 21; 2) Develop Homer NOW Task Force goals, and 3) Create Homer NOW action items. The Homer NOW Task Force has a facebook page, Homer NOW Task Force. For more information, contact Wendy Wayne, Homer NOW Task Force, 320-287-1796, lewistownmontana@yahoo.com.

The Kachemak Advocates of Recycling (KARe) meet from 4:30-6 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies Headquarters at 708 Smokey Bay Way. If you have an interest in recycling and would like to help out or learn more about what the group does, please join them. For more information, contact Lani Raymond at 399-9477 or lanibirder@gmail.com.

The Homer Native Plant Society meets at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. Catie Bursch presents “Phytoplankton; The Good and the Bad.” Learn the interesting facts about tiny oceanic plants from Kachemak Bay Research Reserves’ Community Monitoring coordinator. Bursch will explain what these cells are all about and how they might affect human health in Kachemak Bay. Light refreshments will be provided. The meeting is free. For details, email jwoodring@alaska.net or call 235-9344.

The Anchor Point Fire & Emergency Service Area Board will hold its next board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Anchor Point Fire Station, 72440 Milo Fritz Ave. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 235-6700.

The Homer Legislative Information Office at 270 W. Pioneer Ave. is now open for the firsst session of the 30th State Legislature which convenes Tuesday, Jan. 17t. At the office citizens can participate in the legislative process by obtaining public documents, attending committee meetings telephonically and by submitting testimony on legislation. The LIO also is a distribution site for Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend forms and can help people apply for their PFDs online. Normal office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. For more information, call 235-7878.

A large number of people in the local Homer community have committed to march in Homer on Jan. 21. for justice and equal rights. The Women’s March in Homer is one of more than 160 marches happening nationally and internationally, inspired by the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., and one of nine events happening statewide. The march begins at 11 a.m. with a gathering at Jan. 21 at the Homer Council on the Arts. At noon the sidewalk march proceeds east on Pioneer Avenue to WKFL Park and concludes at 12:45 p.m. with a group photo. From 1-3 p.m., meet at Kachemak Bay Campus for live broadcast of the National Women’s March on Washington, D.C., and community information on women’s rights and human rights. For more information, Woman’s March on Homer can be found on Facebook or email at womensmarchonhomer@gmail.com.

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 and scalloped potatoes; Friday, almondine tilapia; Monday, baked chicked pasta marinara; Tuesday, pork cutlets; Wednesday, beef tacos; next Thursday, roast turkey with mashed potatoes.

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 bit.ly/2f5v679. Upcoming community classes include artist/painter Jim Buncek’s Painting class starting Jan. 17, Private Pilot Ground Schools on Jan. 19, Introduction to Business on Jan. 19, QuickBooks(online class) on Jan. 30, Biology of Bears with biologist Derek Stonorov on Jan. 31, Poetry writing (online) on Jan. 17, French Bistro Cooking with Teri Robl on Feb. 25 and Marine Vessel Systems on Jan 28-29.

A Civil Rights Day Public Commemoration and Community Conversation, “Celebrating the Fundamental Ideals of Democracy,” is at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16. The event includes a reading of classic texts and original responses that honor our democratic heritage and precious rights as Americans. Readers and writers include Michael Hawfield, Tom Kizzia, Erin Hollowell, Teresa Sundmark, Nancy Lord, Lia Calhoun, Jeff Meyers and others.

Pratt Museum

The museum gallery is closed for the month of January for maintenance. Business offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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