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Posted: Thursday, January 05, 2006

KPC to host open house

Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus in Soldotna will host a spring semester open house from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. Walk-in registration coincides with the event and continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

The open house includes faculty demonstrations and question-and-answer sessions, displays of campus organizations and clubs, the opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. of the annual statewide juried photography exhibit “Rarefied Light” in the Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. for the new 4,000-square-foot classroom addition.

There also will be entertainment, door prizes and food.

Mushroom group to meet

The Kenai Peninsula Mycological Society will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Steve Scott at 262-3541 or Janice Chumley at 776-5277.

Historical society soars with topic

Bob Bielefeld of Kenai Aviation will trace the history of his air service and Kenai Municipal Airport at a Kenai Historical Society meeting at 1 p.m. Sunday downstairs at the United Methodist Church of the New Covenant in Kenai.

Fitness contest to help wrestlers

A 12-week Kenai Peninsula Fitness for Life Contest will be conducted from Monday through April 10 with proceeds going to benefit the Skyview High School wrestling team.

Prizes will be awarded in each of five age categories: 16-20, 21-40, 41-60, 61-79 and 80 and up. Contestants will be judged on most weight lost, most improved physique and an essay describing the experience and the impact the contest had on the participant’s life.

Before pictures will be taken between Monday and Jan. 15, and after pictures will be taken 12 weeks later. A $15 registration fee is required and pledge sheets are available for additional donations to Skyview wrestlers or other organizations. For more information, call 262-4260.

Nikiski senior board to meet

The Nikiski Senior Service Area Board will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center on Island Lake Road. This month the Kenai Peninsula Borough finance department will provide a report on next year’s financial outlook. For more information, call Leigh at 776-7654.

Kenaitze lore slated for winter series

Bunny Swan, a local artist, musician and storyteller, will present Kenaitze songs, stories and history at 7 p.m. Tuesday as part of the Kenai River Center’s winter speaker series.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Swan’s program, titled, “Ancient Voices, Future Vision,” will take place at the center, Mile 1.6 of Funny River Road. For more information, call Jan Yaeger at 260-4882.

Photographers to view, discuss pictures

The Kenai Peninsula Photographers Guild will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Soldotna Middle School to view and discuss pictures. A digital projector will be available for those who wish to display their images. For more information, call Marianne at 398-0649.

Board to consider peninsula fishing

The Federal Subsistence Board will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Tuesday through Jan. 12 at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel, 401 E. Sixth Ave. in Anchorage.

The board will consider proposals to change federal subsistence fisheries regulations for the 2006-07 year, including a proposal that would establish a customary and traditional use determination for rural residents of the Cook Inlet area. The proposal would enable residents of Ninilchik, Cooper Landing and Hope to harvest fish for subsistence use in federal public waters of the Kenai Peninsula.

The public is invited to the meetings. For more information, contact Larry Buklis at (800) 478-1456 or

Fish and Game committee to elect members

The Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kenai River Center on Funny River Road to elect committee members to fill nine openings. Following the public election, the group will elect officers and vote on 2006 wild game proposals.

For more information, call Gary Dawkins at 262-3993.

Parents plan after-prom party

Parents of Soldotna High School juniors will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 12 in the school library to plan an after-prom party to keep students in a safe environment after the dance. People who cannot attend, but would like to help, should call Lisa Groleske at 262-2960 or Sally Tachick at 262-9787.

Immunization clinic scheduled

Homer public health nurses will be giving immunizations from noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Ninilchik Clinic. For more information, call (907) 235-8857.

Free EMT training offered

Ninilchik Emergency Services will conduct free Emergency Medical Technician 1 training in February. For details and more information, call Michelle Steik at (907) 252-7141.

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