Community News

Posted: Monday, March 10, 2003

Symphony to sponsor scholarship competition

The Anchorage Symphony will sponsor the Mary and Lucian Cassetta Memorial Scholarship Competition May 8 at the University of Alaska Anchorage Recital Hall. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior who displays musical talent, dedication and a desire to continue advanced music studies. The competition is open to instrumentalists and vocalists. Applications must be postmarked by April 11. For more information, call the Anchorage Symphony at (907) 274-8668.

The Anchorage Symphony will offer a $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior who displays musical talent, dedication and a desire to continue advanced music studies.

Love INC seeks bicycle donations

Love INC of the Kenai Peninsula is sponsoring a bicycle drive. The organization hopes to acquire 100 new bicycles for boys and girls in kindergarten through second grade. Bikes should be between $35 and $75. Members of the community are invited to donate a new bicycle or contribute money to the drive. Groups also are invited to donate bikes or money, and the organization will accept new or gently used bikes as well.

Donations may be made to Love INC, and 100 percent of all donations will go toward purchasing bikes. The bikes will be distributed in the schools this spring for children who have no other chance to have a bicycle. All donations are tax deductible.

Donations of bicycle helmets, winter hats, gloves, boots and coats, and money for school breakfast programs also are needed.

For more information or to make a donation, call Petria Falkenburg at 283-7858 or Roy Espy at 283-5621.

Adult softball players invited to season meeting

The Kenai Peninsula Adult Softball Association will hold a general meeting for the 2003 season at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Boys and Girls Club in Kenai. The meeting is for all interested players. For more information, call Pepper Burnett at 335-2266.

SeaLife Center opens Bering Sea exhibit

The Alaska SeaLife Center is hosting a number of special events this month to celebrate the opening of its new major exhibit, "The Bering Sea: Abundance and Change."

The new exhibit features a variety of interactive components, including a video montage, an "ecosystem puzzle" and maps that will introduce guests to the Bering Sea. The exhibit also has various displays that investigate Native people's reliance on the Bering Sea, the fishing industry and current research projects. The center's aquarium staff has installed a cylindrical, floor-to-ceiling tank filled with schooling fish found in the sea.

The center will host a Seward Business After Hours event to unveil its new Bering Sea exhibit to community leaders from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Attendees also will receive guided tours to vie the center's new Spectacled Eiders on the Outdoor Research Desk during the free reception.

There also will be a community night from 6 to 8 Friday. Residents of Seward and Moose Pass can get a first look at the exhibit during the free event, which will include family-oriented activities such as "Bering Sea Concentration" and "Alaska SeaLife Center Jeopardy." Families with younger children can participate in the "Magic Shell" activity. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

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