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Posted: Friday, March 28, 2003

Subsistence proposals due

Proposals for changes to federal subsistence regulations for 2004 must be postmarked by today. Anyone may make a proposal to change federal subsistence rules. Proposal forms are available through the federal Office of Subsistence Management by calling 1-800-478-1456. For more information, call 1-888-586-6822.

Pratt kicks off Bear Festival

The Pratt Museum in Homer begins the fifth annual Bear Festival today with a community conversation, called "Dumb things we have done with bears," from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the museum. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The festival will continue Friday and Saturday at both the museum and the Mariner Theater at Homer High School, with various bear-themed events planned. A film festival will take place at the theater beginning at 7 p.m. both days, while day-long events will be held at the museum Saturday. For more information, call the Pratt Museum at (907) 235-8635 or George Matz at (907) 345-3139.

Teen Center plans workouts

The Kenai Teen Center will hold a Tae-Bo workout Saturday from 3 to 3:30 p.m. and Yoga Sunday from 3 to 3:30 p.m. at the Kenai Recreation Center. For more information, call 283-3855.

Applications for visitor services available

Applications for conducting commercial visitor services on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge are available at refuge headquarters. A special-use permit is required for conducting any commercial visitor services on refuge lands and waters. New applications will be accepted until April 1. Multiyear permit holders must update relevant information before seasonal activities begin, or by June 1. For more information, call 262-7021.

Ninilchik fair banquet planned

A "Fun Raiser" banquet will be held for the Ninilchik State Fair in the Carol Bock Hall at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds at 6 p.m. April 5. The banquet will include herb-encrusted New York steak, twice-baked potatoes, Caesar salad, skewered prawns and vegetables. All proceeds will be used for new seating at the fairgrounds. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. Tickets are available at the Homer Bookstore, Ninilchik General Store, Deep Creek Sport Shop, Kasilof Mercantile, Kristie Leaf State Farm Agency and Beemun's. Donations for the evening also are being accepted. For more information, call Mary at (907) 567-3670.

KWF to sponsor willow workshop

The Kenai Watershed Forum will sponsor a willow identification workshop with plant expert Dominique Collet from 9 a.m. until noon April 5 at Kenai Peninsula College. "Willows of Southcentral Alaska," a field guide, will be distributed. A $5 donation is appreciated. To register for the workshop, call 260-5449.

Spay-neuter clinic offered

The Alaska SPCA low cost spay-neuter veterinary hospital will hold its first clinic of 2003 April 8 through 11 in Sterling. Surgery costs are $70 for female dogs, $56 for male dogs and female cats, and $30 for male cats. Low-cost vaccinations also are available without an appointment. Coupons for $20 off surgery are available through Friends of Pets in Anchorage. For more information or to schedule a surgery appointment, call Nancy at 262-1624.

KPC council meeting scheduled

The Kenai Peninsula College council will meet 6:30 p.m. April 10 in room 117 at the East Campus of the Kachemak Bay branch in Homer. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call Mary Rainwater at 262-0336.

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