Community News

Posted: Monday, April 08, 2002

Kenai Community Library announces April events

The Kenai Community Library will host Alaskan mystery writer Dana Stabenow at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. She will present "Low Tide and Libraries."

The library will host a kick-off event for "National Turn Off TV Week," from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 22. The community is invited to bring a potluck dish for an evening of food, bingo, stories and prizes.

The Kenai Community Library will offer an afternoon tea from 4 to 6 p.m. April 25 to honor its volunteers.

For more information on any of these events, call the library at 283-4378.

Alaska McDonald's wins award of merit

The National Water Safety Congress, region 8, gave its "Award of Merit," to Alaska McDonald's owners for their life jacket incentive program.

Since 1998, Alaska McDonald's owners have provided and honored free ice cream cone certificates to help promote recreation water safety. During routine boating safety checks, the Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers, Park Rangers, harbor masters and Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers distribute the certificates to youth under the age of 16 if they are wearing life jackets.

The award will be presented at the 2002 International Boating and Water Safety Summit in Daytona Beach, Fla., May 2. The NWSC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting recreation water safety in the United States.

Aurora Heights to sponsor youth carnival

Aurora Heights Assembly of God in Nikiski will sponsor a "Tool Time Carnival" for children in preschool through sixth grade April 19 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the church. All food and games will cost between $.25 and $1. Tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, call 776-8723.

ASLC wins grant, plans conference

The Alaska SeaLife Center North Pacific Marine Research Institute received $800,000 in funding for four new institute projects to be housed at the center. The first project will be a 1500-square-foot interactive exhibit on the Bering Sea to open in the spring of 2003. Second, the institute will develop at least six mini-documentaries for public and cable television. The third project planned is a post-secondary education and training program at the center to provide field and laboratory training for college and graduate students. Finally, the grant provides seed money for the center to develop its research-based educational outreach programs for students and teachers in kindergarten through twelfth grade.

In addition, the ASLC will host Alaska's first Student Ocean Conference Tuesday and Wednesday. The conference, titled "Here Today, Here Tomorrow: Alaskan Marine Conservation," will include 50 students and 10 teachers from around the state, as well as resource managers, policy makers, commercial fishers, Alaska Natives and researchers. The conference will focus on issues in marine and coastal management, including safety, law enforcement, research, upstream effects, commercial uses and tourism.

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