Story last updated at 4:34 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2002

This Week's Events
Thursday, June 13

South Peninsula Behavioral Health Services holds its monthly board of directors meeting 6 p.m. in the Community Mental Health Center board room. Calls 235-7701.

Town Square Working Group meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Hospice of Homer holds a Bereavement Support Group meeting 7-8:30 p.m. for people who have experienced a loss at the hospice office, 3953 Bartlett Street. Call 235-6899.

Vessels of Hope holds "The Thursday Dialogues" 7-9 p.m. at Raspberry Lane School, 182 E. Pioneer Ave. This week's presentation is "Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge and Ankor Wat Temple," the travels and thoughts of Mike Kennedy, Stephanie Silianoff and Ebony. Call 235-6642.

Friday, June 14

The Homer Elks Lodge holds a Flag Day ceremony starting at 6 p.m. downstairs at the lodge on Jenny Lane. The Elks Emblem Club presents a history of the U.S. flag, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post conducts a gun salute, the Homer and Ninilchik American Legion posts fly their colors and Boy Scouts Troop 555 performs the flags folding. Call 235-2127.

South Peninsula Hospital will be inaugurating its newly installed flag pole with Flag Day ceremonies at 10:15 a.m. in front of the hospital. Homer Boy Scout Troop 555 is expected to participate.

Saturday, June 15

Homer Animal Friends sponsors the third annual "Strut Your Mutt," a fund-raiser for the spay/neuter fund and a dog walk with food, games and prizes. The "extravaganza for canines and their humans" starts with registration at 10:30 a.m. at the high school parking lot. The cost is $10 for humans. Call 235-SPAY.

Wynne Nature Center opens for the summer season with a potluck 6 p.m. at the center, Mile 1.5 East Skyline Drive off of East Hill Road. Summer hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Call Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies 235-6667.

Monday, June 17

Beach Policy Implementation Group meets at 2:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Tuesday, June 18

Parking Task Force meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Wednesday, June 19

Planning Commission holds a work session at 6 p.m. followed by a special meeting at 7:30 p.m.

Upcoming Events:

U.S. Geological Survey marine geologist Peter Ruggiero presents "Understanding and Predicting Large-Scale Coast Change" noon-1 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve, Kachemak Drive. Call 235-4799 ext. 4.

American Legion serves filet mignon at its monthly steak night 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 21, at the post on East End Road. All proceeds benefit Post 16's programs. Open to the public. Call 235-8864.

Homer Senior Citizens offers a program for caregivers of dementia patients, "Dementia Reconsidered: The Philosophy and Work of Tom Kitwood," 6-9 p.m. Monday, June 24 at the Homer Senior Center. Call 235-7655 to register or for more information.

The Alaska Department of Education and Early Child Development offers an informational meeting for people interested in offering licensed child care 6-9 p.m. Monday, June 24, in suite 10 of the Hillas Building on Pioneer Avenue next to Homer Family Theatre. Call (800) 764-9466.

Youth Appreciation Week starts Monday, June 24, with a carnival from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Homer High School parking lot. Sponsored by Choices for Teens and Community Schools, other events include a beach party, a wilderness hike, skate day, a pool party, an open house at the Boys & Girls Club and a street dance.

Vessels of Hope holds an evening of Indian food, sitar and tabla music and a silent auction 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29 at the Elks Club. The fund-raiser benefits Action for Self-Reliance, Hope and Awareness, an Indian charity organization. Indian silk scarves and Pashmina shawls will be auctioned. Tickets are $15 a person or $35 for a family up to four people. Call 235-4925.