Story last updated at 3:16 p.m. Thursday, December 12, 2002

This Week's Events
Thursday, Dec. 12

The Public Health nurse visits the Ninilchik Clinic from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. There are no clinics on Dec. 24, 26 and 31. The Homer Public Health Center is closed Dec. 25. Call 235-8857.

Grandma's Hope Notes perform at 1:30 p.m. at the Long Term Care Center, South Peninsula Hospital. Call 235-1494.

The Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board meets at 7 p.m. in the borough office at 206 E. Pioneer Ave.

Town Square Task Force meets at 7 p.m. at Homer City Hall.

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies sponsors the W.H.I.Z. Kids after-school program at 3 p.m. at the Pratt Museum. Call 235-6667.

Vessels of Hope sponsors "The Thursday Dialogues" at 7 p.m. at the Community Resource Center, 182 E. Pioneer Ave. This week's topic is "The Poetry of Justice from Around the World: How Poetry Witnesses and Opposes Injustice." Eva Saulitis reads her poems and those of other poets; participants are invited to bring poems to share. Call 235-6642.

Friday, Dec. 13

Sharon Bushell holds an autograph party for her book, "We Alaskans: Stories of People Who Helped Build the Great Land" from 1:15-4 p.m. at the Homer Senior Center dining room. Johnny B plays piano. Call 235-7655.

Kindness Without Borders has started a local Peace Pod and holds a planning meeting at 3:30 p.m. Anyone "wanting to join in keeping a local voice for peace" is invited to attend. Call 235-8702 or 235-5954.

Saturday, Dec. 14

The 103rd annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count in Homer starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Alaska Maritime Refuge Visitor Center on the Sterling Highway next to Ocean Shores Motel. Dress warmly and bring spotting scopes, binoculars and field guides. There is a $5 fee to help with publishing the results. People with bird feeders can also participate. Call 235-7260 or 235-3487.

Refuge Chapel holds a fund-raiser rummage sale for their Russia trip from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the chapel on Ocean Drive Loop. Hot dogs, chili, chips and soda is served.

Kindness Without Borders holds a few moments of silence at 10:15 a.m. at WKFL Park.

Dance Circle North sponsors a square and contra dance starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Homer Boys & Girls Club. Rather Be Dancin' plays, and Rich Kleinleder teaches and calls the dances. Beginners are welcome. The cost is $6 and children under 12 are free and must be accompanied by an adult. Bring clean-soled shoes. Call 235-3725.

The Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic is hosting its annual gala, the 2002 AIDS Awareness Ball, starting at 8 p.m. at Alice's Champagne Palace. The event includes appetizers from Fritz Creek General Store, Kachemak Bay oysters, a silent auction and raffle drawings. Too Fat to Fly performs. Proceeds benefit the clinic. Tickets are $20 in advance for members, $25 for nonmembers and $30 at the door.

Sunday, Dec. 17

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies sponsors a Kachemak Bay bird trip from noon-3 p.m. The M/V Rainbow Connection cruises the bay looking for winter birds. The cost is $45 and includes hot drinks and Christmas cookies and the newly revised "Checklist of Birds of Kachemak Bay." Bring a sack lunch. Call 235-6667 for more information or reservations.

Monday, Dec. 16

City council holds a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Homer City Hall. Subject to change.

The Public Health nurse visits Nikolaevsk School from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 235-8857.

Wednesday, Dec. 18

Port/Harbor meets at 7 p.m. at Homer City Hall.

Planning Commission holds a work session at 6 p.m. followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. at Homer City Hall.

Upcoming Events

Parks/Recreation Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at Homer City Hall.

Friendship Terrace Assisted Living holds an open house with a dessert potluck from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 20. Guitarist Matt Yaki and others provide entertainment. Call 235-7655.