Homer Alaska - Announcements

Story last updated at 2:04 PM on Wednesday, December 7, 2011


There will be a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Training Seminar from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the CICADA Building at 1230 Ocean Drive. This event is for anyone interested in learning how prenatal exposure to alcohol affects an individual and how to help those that are challenged by this disability. For more information, call 235-2898.

December's Free Community Meal at the Homer United Methodist Church is 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 15.

Come celebrate the magic of Christmas at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 17. This event is free, but those attending are asked to help start a food pantry in Ninilchik and bring a can of food. There will be a prize for the first 40 guests. It will be a fun day of crafts, door prizes, surprises, hay rides, visits with Santa, lights and a free community Christmas dinner at 5 p.m. with the annual Christmas play to follow. For more information, call (907) 741-1329.

There will be a Christmas Swap and Sale from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. This is a Rotary Club of Homer Downtown event and will take place at Paul Banks Elementary School to benefit community service projects. Bring in your Christmas decorations, food and gifts items to receive "Christmas Dollars." Use these and/or cash to purchase "new to you" Christmas items. For more information, to help or to donate, call 235-6226 or email handleofhomer@yahoo.com

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies is running a snowshoe rental program. This program is free to members, or rent five and get the sixth rental free for all others. For more information, call 235-6667.

Alaska has committed to provide 200 scarves for the 2012 Special Olympics USA Scarf Project. The deadline is March 1. For more information, call Debbie Pastro at 399-4566. For information on patterns and yarn, see www.scarvesforspecialolympics.org.

Haven House and CICADA announce a Community Caf Happy Hour from 4-5 p.m. daily from Friday, Dec. 17 through Friday, Jan. 13. The Caf will be held at 1230 Ocean Drive in Homer.

These are free meetings open to anyone wishing to explore how gratitude, purpose and compassion support emotional wellbeing.

The Kenai/Soldotna Fish & Game Advisory Committee will meet Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on K-Beach Road in Soldotna in order to take public comment and continue preparing comments on the Statewide Board of Game proposals. Jeff Sellinger of ADF&G will be present to discuss the proposals and answer questions regarding the feasibility study for the Intensive Management Predator Control issues. For more information contact Bill Tappan at 260-6961.

The Kachemak Bay Birders' will be holding a Winter Bird Identification Class, "Meet the Locals," on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in the Seminar Room. Learn more about the birds wintering over in Homer taught by local birding expert Dave Erikson. Brush up on your identification skills and get ready for the Christmas Bird Count on the Dec. 17. Everyone welcome. No charge. For more information call: Lani Raymond 235-9477 or Dave Erikson 235-3487.

South Peninsula Hospital will offer Safe Sitter training over the school holiday break. The class is designed for 11-13 year olds to teach basic child care, infant and child CPR, first aide, safety for the sitter, behavior management and business etiquette. The class will run from noon to 4 p.m. on Dec. 19, 20 and 21. Students should have lunch before coming. Healthy snacks will be provided. Registration is required and the last day to register is Dec. 16. Contact hospital education at 235-0259 to register or for more information.