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Posted: Friday, February 25, 2005

Blood drive slated

There will be a blood drive held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center. Donors are reminded to eat a good meal before donating blood.

KPFA meeting set

The Kenai Peninsula Fishermen's Association will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building at 40610 Kalifornsky Beach Road. The purpose of the meeting is to learn and discuss the regulation changes that were made at the January Board of Fish meetings in Anchorage. The meeting is open to all setnet commercial fishers and interested parties. For more information, call Chris at 262-2492.

Home building workshop set

The Cooperative Extension Services will host a cold climate home building techniques workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Kenai Peninsula College. Richard Seifert, a University of Alaska Fairbanks energy and housing specialist, will present. A free manual and CD will be included with the workshop. For more information or to register, call 262-5824.

Dog races slated

The Kenai Peninsula Sled Dog and Racing Association will hold its annual 10 Dog Classic Sprint sled dog race Saturday and Sunday at the PSDRA staging area, Mile 1 of Funny River Road, just before Soldotna Municipal Airport. Registration begins at noon, race draw is at 12:30 p.m., and the race start time is at 1 p.m. both days.

The courses will be a 14-mile, 10-dog race and a six-dog, seven-mile race. It is open to all levels of experience.

The cost is $25, and racers need to be PSDRA members. For more information, call Kurt Strausbaugh at 262-1721 or Mitch Michaud 252-5350.

Bed and breakfast group to meet

The Kenai Peninsula Bed and Breakfast Association will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Aud Walaszek from the Kenai Peninsula Tourism and Marketing Council will speak about the 2006 Arctic Winter Games housing needs, and Steve Anderson, owner of the Soldotna Bed and Breakfast Lodge will present the latest information about the proposed bed tax.

All members are urged to attend. It is open to the public. For more information, call Sharon Brower at 776-8775.

Winter fun day set

Sterling Winter Fun Day will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday on the corner of Swanson River Road and the Sterling Highway. All games, hot dogs and drinks are free. Participants are reminded a helmet is required to play broom hockey. Volunteers, ice skates and helmets still are needed for this event. For more information, call Bob Oakes at 262-5409.

Food bank plans events

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank will host the following events. For more information, call 262-3111.

CANstruction entry forms are still available at the food bank. The event begins Monday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Sculptures using nonperishable food items will be available for public viewing during the First Thursday art events, with final judging at noon March 18. For more information, call 262-3111.

Nutrition classes — "Protect Your Heart, Ways for Healthier Eating" nutrition classes continue at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the food bank. The last session is March 8. Colleen Sonnevil of the Cooperative Extension Services will instruct. It is open to the public.

KPBSD honor band concert scheduled

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District honor band will perform at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mariner Theater in Homer. Robert Ponto, director of bands at the University of Oregon, will direct. Ninety-six students from Homer, Kenai Central, Skyview and Soldotna high schools will spend two days in clinics and rehearsals before the concert.

Homer High School's concert and symphonic bands also will play. The cost is $2. Proceeds will go to help support KPBSD band festivals.

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