Around the Peninsula

Posted: Friday, February 02, 2001

Caribou Hills areas open to snowmachines

The Caribou Hills portion of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will open today for the area south of the Crooked Creek drainage above the timberline in the Caribou Hills. A map with these and other open areas marked is available for viewing at the refuge headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna.

The refuge will closely evaluate the areas around Caribou Hills and other areas that will remain closed. Illegal activity could result in reinstatement of the refugewide closure until adequate snowfall occurs throughout the entire refuge.

For more information, contact the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters at 262-7021.

Winter games events slated

The 24th annual Peninsula Winter Games will be held Friday though Sunday. Headquarters will be at the Soldotna Sports Center. Events will include ice sculpting, a radio scavenger hunt, a kid's carnival, dog weight pulls, martial arts, figure skating, ping-pong tournament, Monopoly tournament, teen skating party and more.

For more information, call 283-3850.

Blood drive in Anchor Point

Blood Bank of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula Center will hold an Anchor Point Community Blood Drive Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Anchor Point Senior Center on Milo Fritz Road.

Blood Bank of Alaska reminds donors to drink lots of caffeine-free liquids and eat a good meal before donating. For more information, call 260-5672.

Beer tasting, art/outdoors adventures auction

The Kenai Crewsers Rowing Club is hosting "A Taste of Art" beer tasting and art/outdoor auction Saturday at the Soldotna Senior Center.

Participants will be able to sample a variety of beers and enjoy a menu of appetizers while bidding in the silent auction or the not-so-silent Chinese auction.

Tickets are $25 per person and are available at River City Books or at the door.

Nikiski chamber to hold banquet

The North Peninsula Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual banquet Saturday at the Lighthouse Inn. The evening's theme is "Gas is Good" and Unocal's vice president, Charles Pierce, will be speaking about gas exploration on the peninsula.

A no-host bar starts at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will start at 7 p.m. For more information, call 283-4202.

Red Cross volunteer training

The American Red Cross will be training Red Cross volunteers to help in their communities in time of disaster. A class titled "Family Services: Providing Emergency Assistance" will be taught Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Kenai.

Alaska's statewide disaster specialist, Jack Cervantes, will teach this class. Cervantes has many years of experience in disaster response. Participants must have completed prerequisite "Introduction to Disaster Services" before taking this course. To register or for more information, call 283-7672.

Entrants sought for contest

The Showin' Off the Kids lip sync and choreography contest, sponsored by Soldotna Community Schools, is looking for entrants from kindergarten to eighth grade. The deadline for applications is Wednesday. The contest will be held Feb. 22. For more information, call 262-6768.

Advisory committee to meet

The Cooper Landing Fish and Game Advisory Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Cooper Landing Ambulance Hall. The group will hold its annual election of members and vote on hunting and trapping proposals.

For more information, call Bill Stockwell in Cooper Landing at 595-1540.

IYV group to discuss objectives

The United Nations has proclaimed 2001 as the International Year of Volunteers with the premise that an increased number of people are needed to offer their services as volunteers in the economic, cultural, social, humanitarian and peace-building fields. The three objectives of IYV 2001 are: increased recognition of volunteers and volunteer contributions, increased facilitation of local, national and international networking and the promotion of volunteerism.

An International Year of Volunteers meeting will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at CARTS in Soldotna.

The group will be discussing different ways to meet the IYV objectives at a local level. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Emily Aley at the Women's Resource and Crisis Center at 283-9479.

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