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Posted: Sunday, March 21, 2004

Seward chamber to host Mitch Seavey

The Seward Chamber of Commerce will host an open house and reception for Mitch Seavey, this year's winner of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, at 5 p.m. Friday at the SeaLife Center.

After the reception, a short parade of community members will escort Seavey up Fourth Street to the First National Bank for the Mayor's Cup Race drawing at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call the Seward Chamber of Commerce at 224-8051.

KPHA plans dinner, auction fund-raiser

The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association U16 Midget Team will host a spaghetti feed and auction at 5 p.m. Friday at the Soldotna Sports Center. Tickets are $5 per person or $15 for a family of four. Tickets are available at Redline Sports, the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and at the door. Proceeds will go to help the team attend nationals in Ellenton, Fla.

Umpires, scorekeepers sought

The Kenai and Soldotna Little Leagues are seeking volunteer umpires for the upcoming season. Training clinics will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 29 at Alaska Great Skate; from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 5 at Alaska Great Skate; from 1 to 3:30 p.m. April 24 at the Kenai Little League fields; and from 2 to 5 p.m. May 9 also at the Kenai Little League fields.

Also, there will be a baseball-softball scorekeepers clinic from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 5 at the Soldotna Little League office on Lovers Lane above Alaska Great Skate.

For more information on either the training or the clinic, call John Saylor at 283-5680 or Jerry Holmgaard at 260-6650

Food bank holds nutrition classes

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank will hold an eight-week series on nutrition from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. beginning March 31 at the food bank. Nutritionist Colleen Deal will instruct. There is no fee and attendance at all the classes is not necessary. For more information, call Linda Swarner at 262-3111.

Connections to hold informational meetings

The Connections home-school program will hold a series of informational meetings at 3 p.m. April 1 at the Nikiski Fire Station No. 1; 6 p.m. April 1 at the Aurora Borealis Charter School in Kenai;1 p.m. at the Islands and Oceans Visitor Center in Homer; 3 p.m. April 6 at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center; 6 p.m. April 6 at the Sterling Senior Center; and noon April 13 in the Seward Elementary School conference room. For more information, call 262-6315.

Banquet fund-raiser planned to benefit state fair

The Peninsula State Fair Association will hold a banquet, auction fund-raiser at 5 p.m. April 3 at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik. Dinner, games, raffles, door prizes and auctions are some of the planned activities. Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai, will be the auctioneer.

The price is $25 per person or $45 per couple. Tickets are available at Beemun's in Soldotna, State Farm in Kenai, the Kasilof Mercantile, the Homer Book Store, the Ninilchik General Store, the Deep Creek Sport Shop and the fair office in Ninilchik.

Refuge sponsors bird sightings hot line

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is sponsoring a hot line for rare or interesting bird sightings. Community members are encouraged to call 262-2300 if they have seen a rare bird or are interested in hearing what other bird watchers have seen.

Kayak festival planned

The Homer Chamber of Commerce will hold its third annual Kachemak Kayak Fest from May 28 through June 6 in Homer. Planned activities include kayak test rides, demonstrations, pleasure trips, extreme videos, a fashion show, adventure stories, photos and keynote speakers. This event is for new and experienced kayakers.

For more information, call the Homer chamber or visit www.

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