Around the Peninsula

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2002

Soldotna chamber meets today

Charlene Spadafore Vassar of Alaska Travel Industry Association Marketing will speak at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon today at noon at the Riverside House. For more information, call 262-9814.

Homer chamber to discuss vocational education

James Ballentine, a counselor at Homer High School, will discuss the schools new vocational education program at the Homer Chamber of Commerce luncheon today. Business owners are encouraged to attend to learn more about how the high school is preparing the students for the area work place and how to get involved. The chamber meets today at noon at the Best Western Bidarka Inn. Lunch is available for $10 and the public is welcome.

'Get to Know Kenai' Breakfast set for Thursday

There will be a "Get to Know Kenai" breakfast from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

The event is designed for front-line personnel who deal with the visiting public every day. It's an opportunity to find out what's happening in Kenai this summer directly from the people who know.

Representatives from the city of Kenai, Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau, Alaska State Parks, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Kenai Watershed Forum (the organizers of nature walks and the Kenai River Festival) and the Challenger Learning Center will detail all the activities for young and old this summer.

A local caterer will provide breakfast, and there is no cost to attend. Attendance, however, is limited to 80 people. For more information, or to register, call 283-1991.

Soccer referee clinic to be held Saturday

The Boys and Girls Club will sponsor an Indoor Soccer Referee Clinic Saturday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Kenai Boys and Girls Club gym. Anyone 14 or older interested in refereeing for the Boys and Girls Club Spring Indoor Soccer League is welcome. Bring a whistle. For more information, call 283-2682.

Special use permit applications due

Applications for conducting commercial visitor services in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge are due April 1. All businesses conducting any commercial visitor services on refuge lands and waters, including portions of the Kenai River within refuge boundaries, must apply for a special use permit. The permit year begins May 1 and runs through April 30, 2003. Applications and information are available by calling refuge headquarters at 262-7021 or writing to Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 2139, Soldotna, AK 99669.

Used book sale planned

The Soldotna Homeschool Support Group will sponsor a used curriculum and used book sale from 1:30 to 8 p.m. April 5 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. For more information, call Tammy at 262-6282 or e-mail Patty at

SCI offers scholarship, young hunter award

The Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Safari Club International will award a $500 scholarship to promote wildlife conservation. This year's essay topic is "What is hunting's role in wildlife conservation?" Deadline is April 9.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a graduating seniors at an accredited public or private high school within the Kenai Peninsula Borough and be accepted into a wildlife management program or research curriculum in a related field at an accredited college or university and enroll full-time. Trade schools or vocational programs will be considered. The scholarship is renewable through college and graduate school. For more information call Billie Hardy at 262-9881.

The club is also seeking nominations for its young hunter award. Successful 2001 hunters under 16 are eligible to apply. Winners will be announced at the Midnight Sun dinner and sportsman fundraiser auction April 20 at the Soldotna Sports Center. For more information, call Joe Hardy at 262-9881 or Lloyd Richardson at 283-9565.

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