Around the Peninsula

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2002

CARTS monthly meeting today

The monthly meeting of the CARTS advisory partners will be held today at 3 p.m. at the CARTS building meeting room, 43530 Kalifornsky Beach Road. Announcements, 2001 statistics, charts and new policies will be discussed. For more information, call 262-8900.

Social Security rep in Kenai today

A Social Security Administration representative for Alaska will visit Kenai today from noon until 4 p.m. at city hall and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Homer Senior Citizens Center. For more information, call (800) 772-1213.

Planning, zoning commission to hold session

The Kenai Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a work session today in the city council chambers to continue reviewing goals and objectives for the city's Comprehensive Plan update. The session will follow the regular meeting at 7 p.m. For more information, call Marilyn at 283-7535, ext. 235.

SBDC offers seminar

The Small Business Development Center is offering a seminar entitled Creative Financing for Working Capital on Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Red Diamond Center. Topics discussed will include lender qualifications, applicant qualifications and the application process. Cost is $15. For more information, call Lou at 262-7497.

Ministries to hold fund-raiser for Nicaragua

Point of Hope Ministries will hold an Alaska Cares for Nicaragua fund-raiser Friday at 7 p.m. at the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center. The fund-raiser will include dinner, entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets are $15 for a single and $25 for a couple. For tickets or more information, call Carolyn Morris at 776-8682 or Don at 262-2780.

Red Cross offers CPR class

The American Red Cross offers monthly CPR/first aid classes. The class includes first aid with adult, child and infant CPR. The next available class is Saturday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Cost is $58. For more information or to preregister, call Debbie at 262-4541.

Skijor races scheduled

The Peninsula Sled Dog and Racing Association will hold skijor races Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the Soldotna PSDRA trails. Races will be held for skijorers with one or two dogs for the 4- and 10-mile races. Entry fee is $10, PSDRA membership is $15. Cash prizes and dog food prizes will be awarded. For more information, call Char Keehn at 262-2339.

Small farms mini-series to start

The Kenai Peninsula Farm Bureau and University of Alaska Fairbanks-Cooperative Extension Service will sponsor a six-session small farms mini-series beginning next week. The first session will be Monday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building. Dr. Bob Wheeler, a forestry specialist with the UAF Cooperative Extension Service, will present Agroforestry Systems.

On Tuesday, Dr. Milan Shipka, a livestock specialist with UAF Cooperative Extension Service, will present Livestock Production and Nutrition, also from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building. Further sessions are scheduled for March 27, 28, April 22 and 23.

Preregistration is requested for all sessions. For more information, call 262-5824.

Workshop teaches syrup tapping, processing

The Kenai Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development District will sponsor a Birch Syrup Tapping and Processing Workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Kenai Peninsula College, room 137. Workshop participants can learn how to tap and process birch syrup. Free tapping supplies will be provided. The workshop is free and limited to 25 participants. Preregistration is required. For more information, call 283-7493, ext. 106.

Gardeners to present lecture series

The Central Peninsula Master Gardeners will present a winter lecture series. The first lecture in the series will be by Cheryl Wikstrom, who will talk about proper tree planting techniques Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on Kalifornsky Beach Road. A $2 donation is requested, and refreshments will be available. For more information, call Janice at 262-5824.

Internet marketing workshop to be held in Kenai

The Small Business Development Center and the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau are sponsoring a tourism and Internet marketing workshop Feb. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Charlene Spadfore Vassar from the Alaska Travel Industry Association will speak on marketing. David Edward Smith of Borealis Designs and Phil Sheridan of A-K Phil will host the Internet portion. There is no cost. For more information, call Lou Collier at 262-7497.

Ski clinic offered

The Kenai Central High School Ski Team will conduct a ski clinic Feb. 25, 26 and 27 from 4:15 until 5:30 p.m. at the Kenai Nordic Trails at the Kenai Golf Course. This class will cover both classical and skate skiing. Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for students. Participants are asked to preregister at the Kenai Recreation Center. For more information, call Dave Feeken at 283-5888 or Bob Frates at 283-3855.

Boys and Girls Clubs event promotes literacy

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula will hold its annual Read Across America Celebration from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 1 at the Kenai Clubhouse, 11247 Frontage Road. Attendees will be able to participate in a series of 15-minute stations promoting literacy and the love of reading, including a workshop for parents to help their children become better readers.

Pizza and juice will be served, and door prizes will be awarded. There is no charge for the event. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call Mary Jo at 283-2682.

Nominations being accepted for awards

Gov. Tony Knowles has announced that applications are being accepted for the fourth annual Governor's Trails and Recreational Access for Alaska (TRAAK) Awards for Excellence. Winners will be selected from a statewide pool of applicants, based on their contribution to trails and recreation opportunities within the state. This year, outstanding facility designs will be recognized as well. Nomination letters must be received by March 29. Nominations with more than one supporting letter are strongly encouraged. For more information, call (907) 465-4070 or (888) PLAN-DOT.

Hospital plans workshops

Central Peninsula General Hospital will offer several workshops in April. Workshops offered by the hospital will include, Introduction to Healing Ministry, April 5 from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry Level 1, April 6 from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. and April 7 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and Sent to Heal and Anoint -- The Use of Essential Oils Will Healing Touch Spiritual Ministries, April 12 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. and April 13 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, call Susan Shoemaker at 262-8172.

Hunter certification to be required

Beginning Aug. 1, hunter education certification will be required for all people born after Jan. 1, 1986, who hunt in game management units 7, 13, 14, 15 and 20, or they must be under direct immediate supervision of a licensed hunter who has completed the certified hunter education course.

Hunter education classes are taught by state-certified volunteer instructors across the state. For more information, call the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Soldotna at 262-9368.

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