The Seldovia Bay Ferry has announced its fifth season of operation beginning Friday, May 23 and running through Tuesday, Sept. 2. The “Fast Ferry” will provide a quick, 45-minute trip between Homer and Seldovia twice a day aboard the 150-passenger M/V Kachemak Voyager.
Operating Thursday through Monday, the Voyager will run the same schedule as last year, departing Seldovia at 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and Homer (Ramp 7) at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Extra travel dates to accommodate summer holidays include May 27 and Sept. 2.
One-way tickets are $38 per person, plus taxes. Reservations are not required, so travelers can purchase tickets right on the ferry. Passengers are asked to arrive 30 minutes before departure; more if transporting freight. For more information, visit seldoviabayferry.com, facebook.com/SeldoviaBayFerry or call Vanessa Puterbaugh at 435-3299.
South Peninsula Hospital is offering American Heart Association classes that include Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers on April 11 at 8 a.m., and HeartSaver CPR/AED training for the public on April 11 at 1 p.m. Both classes are $75.
Pre-registration is required for all classes. Register via the SPH Education Department, 235-0258.
Sustainable Homer is offering a Brown Bag Lecture from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) at the Islands and Ocean Seminar Room. University of Alaska’s Molly McCarthy will speak on past sockeye salmon population fluctuations using sediment cores from two nursery lakes. For more information contact Jessica Ryan at 226-4657.
Extension agent Lydia Clayton offers a workshop covering small fruits and pest management (April 4-5), as well as season extension and food preservation (April 18-19). Register by calling 235-7743. For more info., contact the Extension district office at 262-5824.
This Sunday, head up to Wynn Nature Center on Skyline Drive for a Spring Egg Hunt from 2-4 p.m. This is a family friendly, outdoor event to celebrate the arrival of spring, where kids of all ages can search for hidden eggs, participate in fun activities and enjoy a visit with friends new and old around a cozy bonfire. The event is free. For more information, contact Beth Trowbridge at 235-6667.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced last week that three Alaska fisheries research projects have been recommended to receive nearly $735,000 in federal funding under the Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program.
The grant program provides financial assistance for research and development projects that benefit the U.S. fishing industry. The three Alaska projects will be forwarded to NOAA’s Acquisition and Grants Office, where they typically notify applicants of awards within 60 days. NOAA Fisheries received 250 eligible grant proposals, requesting almost $60 million in federal funds. Eleven proposals were submitted for Alaska-specific projects. Project selection was highly competitive and based on rigorous reviews conducted by subject matter experts around the country.
The Annual Meeting of Homer Animals Friends on Tuesday, April 8 starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Homer Library. The board of directors will be elected at this meeting, and nominations are currently being accepted. In order to have ballot available on April 8, your nominations need to be submitted no later than April 1. You can submit your nominations either via email or via mail addressed to PO Box 2300, Homer, AK 99603.
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