Welcome New Year’s baby
The first baby born in the New Year 2013, Titan Kasius Swenning Norman, entered the world at 6:13 a.m. on Jan. 1 weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces. Parents Barbara Swenning and Nikalai Norman were celebrated for giving birth to the first baby born in Homer in 2013.
The birth was celebrated with many gifts from local business donations, including hand-knitted winter hats, gift cards and diapers. Businesses include: Bay Realty, Pregnancy Care Center, Homer Saw and Cycle, Kachemak Bay Family Planning, Spenard Builders Supply, Old Inlet Bookshop and Mermaid Cafe, Cosmic Kitchen, The Homer Book Store and Sprout Family Services. Individual gifts also came from Mary Wallis, Helen Jackson and Homer Homemakers Association.
Infant and preschool screenings
Sprout, Homer Public Health and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Child Find Program will offer free screenings for children newborn through age 5.
Screenings will be held at the Homer Public Health Center, 195 E. Bunnell Ave, Suite C, on Jan. 14, and at Chapman School on Jan. 15. These will screen a child’s early development, motor skills, speech, early learning concepts, vision and hearing. Immunizations are available upon request. Call 235-6044 to schedule an appointment for Public Health, or 235-8671 for Chapman School.
Kachemak Bay Birders’ Trip
The next birding trip happens this Saturday on the Spit. Meet in the parking lot between Land’s End and the ferry dock at 1 p.m., or carpool from the parking lot on Kachemak Drive at the base of the Spit at 12:45 p.m.
For more information, contact trip leader Michael Craig at 235-0631. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge to participate.
Trips are co-sponsored by the Kachemak Bay Birders and Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Bring binoculars and dress warmly.
Help for children with asthma
South Peninsula Hospital is offering a free introductory program on asthma and allergy management for parents of children ages 12 and under with asthma.
The class includes information on controlling asthma triggers, defining asthma, handling emergencies, using the right tools and communication. Participants will receive handbooks and workbooks.
The two-hour class is taught by Devry Garity, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, who specializes in asthma and allergies. It is offered twice on Jan. 15, at 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., at the hospital’s training center. Assistance with childcare is available upon request. Registration is required. Call the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America at 1-800-651-4914 or 249-0637. Deadline to register is Friday, Jan. 11.
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