Around the Peninsula

Posted: Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Charter school convention planned in Kenai

Aurora Borealis Charter School in Kenai will host the Alaska State Charter School Association Conference on Friday and Saturday at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska.

The conference will include keynote speeches Friday by Alaska Commissioner of Education Roger Sampson; Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Donna Peterson; State Director of Special Education Art Arnold; and State Program Manager of Charter Schools Louie Yannotti. Charter schools throughout the state also will give presentations on their facilities and programs throughout the day.

The conference will continue Saturday with workshops by a number of speakers.

The conference is open to the public and recommended for anyone currently involved in or interested in starting a charter school. There will be a catered luncheon Friday that costs $25.

For more information or to make a reservation, call Lois Kauffman or Pam Johnson through Aurora Borealis Charter School at 283-0292.

Teen center seeking cameras

The Kenai Teen Center is seeking donations of working 35-millimeter cameras for its photography program. Donations can be dropped off at the Teen Center. For more information, call Michelle Burnett at 283-3855.

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.

Water safety class offered

The Soldotna High School swimming pool will hold a water safety instructor class beginning April 17. Students must be at least 16 years old. Space is limited. Preregistration is recommended. For more information, call 262-7419.

Social Security reps to visit area

Social Security administration representatives will be on the Kenai Peninsula from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18 at Seward City Hall; from noon to 4 p.m. May 19 at Kenai City Hall; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 20 at the Homer Senior Citizens Center. For more information, call Paul Brandt at (800) 772-1213.

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

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