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Posted: Monday, April 08, 2002

Sears to host kindergarten information night

Sears Elementary School will host a kindergarten information session from 7 to 8 tonight in the school library. Parents will be able to talk to kindergarten teachers, sign their children up for classroom visitations and pick up registration packets for the 2002-03 school year.

SCI scholarship applications due

Applications for the $500 Safari Club International scholarship are due Tuesday. An eligible applicant must be graduating from an accredited public or private high school in the Kenai Peninsula Borough this year and be accepted into a wildlife management program or research curriculum at an accredited college or university. For more information, call Billie Hardy at 262-9881.

Public invited to city budget workshops

The Kenai City Council encourages the public to attend three scheduled work sessions for the 2002-03 fiscal year city budget. Sessions are scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 6 p.m. and April 16 at 6 p.m. All sessions will be in the council chambers at 210 Fidalgo Ave. For more information, call 283-7535, ext. 231.

Kenai chamber plans meeting

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will meet Wednesday at noon at Paradisos Restaurant. Ira Perman, president of the Alaska Humanities Forum, and Rob Shoaf will speak about the visions and goals for the future of Alaska.

The Kenai chamber also will kick off its "Get Hooked on Kenai" program to enhance the local economy. Participating businesses will hang a decorated king salmon in their establishments and be listed on the 20,000 maps the chamber will print. The goal of the program is to increase foot traffic in area small businesses, build name recognition, enhance the economy and promote community spirit. For more information, call 283-7989.

Red Cross plans Homer training sessions

The Red Cross will offer three disaster preparedness training sessions in Homer this month. Family services training will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Damage assessment training will be from 6 to 9 p.m. April 26, and shelter operations and simulation will be from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 27. All classes will be at Homer High School.

As a prerequisite for these trainings, participants must have viewed the Introduction to Disaster and Mass Care videos. To schedule a showing time, call Ryuhiyyih Baker at 235-6331.

Food handling course planned in Soldotna

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation will offer a four-hour food safety training class April 22 and 23 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Aspen Hotel in Soldotna. The course will cover the need for food safety, personal hygiene, receiving and storage, preparation, cooking and service and proper cleaning and sanitizing. It is recommended for anyone working or interested in working in any food service establishment, including restaurants, schools, cafeterias, hospitals or summer camps.

To preregister, call Jeri Lohmer at 262-5210, ext. 237. The course is free.

Small business center hosts seminars

The Small Business Development Center will offer a seminar titled, "Finding the Money: Strategies and Sources of Capital." Topics include lender qualifications, applicant qualifications and the application process for new financing programs. The seminar will be from 1 to 4 p.m. April 24 at the Red Diamond Center. Cost is $15. For more information, call 262-7497.

The Small Business Development Center also will co-sponsor a seminar titled "Business Grants for Developing Innovative Technologies." This seminar will focus on how federal agencies work with small businesses for researching and developing technology.

The seminar will be from 1 to 4 p.m. April 25 at the Red Diamond Center, suite 15. For more information, call 262-7497.

Area women professionals to speak at retreat

Small business development through strong networking ties is the focus of a weekend workshop and retreat for Kenai Peninsula businesswomen. Area women professionals will speak on business start-up, accounting, benefits of support organizations and community involvement and success stories.

The workshop, which is being organized by Riversong Rafting, Meander In Bed and Breakfast and FreeLance, will be May 4 and 5 at the Meander In Bed and Breakfast, overlooking the Ninilchik River. Cost is $5 for meals and the workshop, $75 for meals, the workshop and overnight accommodations. Reservations are required. For information or reservations, call Riversong Rafting at (907) 567-1050.

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