FYI – News briefs & announcements – March 26

Learn about foster care and adoption

The Office of Children’s Services will conduct a resource family orientation on Tuesday, April 1, from 6-8 p.m. at the OCS office, 3670 Lake Street in Homer.
This orientation is geared toward individuals interested in becoming foster parents and resource families for children in the foster care system. Application packets will be available, as well as a licensing representative on hand to answer any questions you might have.
To learn more about how to make a difference in a child’s life and in your community, please join us. For more info, call Tonja Whitney at (907) 283-3136.

Get to know your shorebirds

Kachemak Bay Birders will meet Monday, March 31, at 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. 
Aaron Lang will give a presentation on the identification of shorebirds following the meeting. Learn how to tell them apart and enjoy a preview of the birds that start arriving in Homer in mid-April. Everyone is welcome, there is no charge. For more information, contact Lani Raymond at 399-9477, or Lori Paulsrud at 299-3724. This event is cosponsored by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.
Following the meeting and presentation, George Matz will briefly meet with shorebird monitoring volunteers. For more information about monitoring or to volunteer, contact or 235-9344.

SPH gets its ‘shake’ on

South Peninsula Hospital will participate in the National Great Alaska Shakeout earthquake drill on Thursday at 1:36 p.m. 
All employees, patients, residents and visitors in the hospital will be invited at that time to participate in the one-minute drop, cover and hold-on drill. 
Announcements will be made via the overhead paging system. The hospital apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause, and thanks hospital users in advance for their support of emergency preparedness in our community.

Have a say in Arctic policy

The Alaska Arctic Policy Commission seeks public input on its preliminary report. The commission believes that while Arctic policy is important to all of Alaska and the entire United States, the immediate stakeholders are Arctic residents.
Alaskans are strongly encouraged to engage in this process by participating in the public comment period on the preliminary report, which will inform subsequent version of the final report that is due to the Alaska Legislature on Jan. 30, 2015.
The public comment period is open from Feb. 1 to May 15, 2014. Please submit written comments to with the email subject: AAPC P.R. comments.

Homer dentists show their ‘Mercy’

Homer dentist Vickey Hodnik and her staff will join other Homer dental care providers in offering a dental clinic on April 11-12 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage.
As part of the Alaska Mission of Mercy, treatment is provided at no cost to individuals who cannot access and/or afford dental care. The event runs from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. each day, and is completely volunteer-driven.
You can visit the Alaska Mission of Mercy web page at: AKMOM.ORG for more details.

Democrats to meet April 5

District 31 Democrats will caucus on Saturday, April 5. Meet at the Kachemak Community Center (59906 Bear Creek Drive) at noon for a potluck lunch and caucus. (Note: This was District 30 before the redistricting changes which are taking place now.) Additional details next week.

Thank a Vietnam Vet

Homer veterans supporters plan to stand at the Emblem Club Veterans Park on East Pioneer on Saturday to mark the first anniversary of an official day for Vietnam Vets. Gov. Sean Parnell signed legislation in 2013 declaring every March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day in Alaska.
After years of poor treatment and lack of support upon their return to the United States, several veterans started a movement to make sure future vets will never be treated in such a way.
With help from these veterans, VA clinics have now opened in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Wasilla, Kenai and Juneau. In addition, a number of veterans centers have also opened to help those returning from combat, as well as their families.

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