Get Christmas presents under wraps
Homer’s American Legion Auxiliary will be offering Christmas gift wrapping at Ulmer’s on Lake Street noon-5 p.m. daily from Dec. 14-Dec. 24.
There is no charge for the service, but donations to support Veteran’s programs are appreciated.
The American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 16 in Homer, is a nonprofit organization.
Fill a stocking
T.U.F.F. Teens is holding their second-annual “Fill a Stocking” drive for local, homeless children. The group needs socks, gloves, mittens, hats, trial-sized hygienic products and a small gift to fill 40 stockings for kids age five to 18.
Donations will be collected until 5 p.m. Dec. 13 at the following locations: AJs Steakhouse, K-Bay Caffe, G.C.I., The Donut Shop, Stay Tan, Kachemak Gear Shed and Earth Friendly Kids.
This effort is being co-led by Homer High School senior Jacob Groff. For more information, contact Janet O’Rourke at 299-7578 or Monica Salee at GCI, 435-7272.
UAA/KBC nursing graduates get pinned
UAA’s Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College announced that the following eight students completed the Homer-based UAA nursing program, earning a R.N. and A.A.S. in nursing degree.
These students began the program two years ago after a year or more or preparatory and prerequisite courses. The program included clinical rotations at several local clinics, SPH and Anchorage hospitals.
The recognition of their achievements will be celebrated at a “pinning” ceremony coordinated by the students and KBC staff at 6 p.m., Dec. 12 at the Kachemak Bay Campus. They are as follows: Halee Bradshaw, Christine Kulcheski, Torrina Mae Logan, Lynette Litfin Lowe, Melisa Jane Miller, Daisy Marie Richmond and Carol S. Standaert
The next nursing program begins in January at KBC.
Annual bird count approaches
Homer’s Audubon Christmas Bird Count happens Saturday, Dec. 14. Meet in the seminar room at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center at 8:30 a.m. for team formation, coffee or tea and breakfast goodies. Return at 4 p.m. to tabulate results and enjoy a potluck meal.
Beginners will be teamed with experienced birders. This is a free event. Be sure to wear warm clothes, bring binoculars and scope, a field guide (if you have one), and a dish to share for the potluck.
Dave Erikson’s Winter Bird Identification Class is Thursday, Dec. 12 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the seminar room at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Dave is an expert, long-time birder in Homer and will cover the birds that winter over in Homer — the ones likely to be found on the Christmas Bird Count. This is a great class for beginners and a good brush-up for those preparing for the Count on Saturday. This event is free and everyone is welcome.
For more information about either event call Dave Erikson at 235-3487, BJ Hitchcock at 235-1265 or Lani Raymond an 399-9477.
Safe Sitter class offered
South Peninsula Hospital will offer a safe sitter babysitting class on Dec 30 and 31, 2013. The class is designed for 11-13 year olds to teach basic child care, infant and child CPR, first aid, safety for the sitter, behavior management and business etiquette.
The class will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. both days. Students should bring their own lunch. Registration is required, and the cost is $70 per person. Please call the hospital’s education department at 235-0258 for more information and to register.
Sustainable Homer updates
Head over to Islands and Ocean today, Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. for a screening of a 27-minute documentary entitled, “Backyard.” A question-and-answer session on fracking in Alaska with the film director will follow.
Wednesday also offers an REAP Clean Energy Lecture Series Webinar that focuses on the difference between a big natural gas pipeline and a small one? How much will the proposed Susitna Watana hydroelectric project cost? How will these big projects affect the development of clean energy projects in the future? Hear the answers to these questions and more from 6:15 to 8 p.m. at this month’s forum.
Antony Scott of the Alaska Center for Energy and Power at UAF will give a financial comparison of the major natural gas and renewable energy projects on the table for Alaska, as well as talk about what implications they will have on other proposed clean energy projects. For more information go to www.REalaska.org.
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