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Posted: Monday, April 26, 2004

New charter school accepting applications

Kaleidoscope School of the Arts and Sciences is taking applications for students entering first and second grades for the 2004-05 school year. Several informational meetings for parents already have been held. There are no admission requirements. However, parents must attend an informational meeting for their child to be considered. The final meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. today at Sears Elementary School, 549 North Forest Drive in Kenai. The enrollment lottery will be April 29.

Watershed to focus on hydrocarbons

Based on recent studies that show the level of hydrocarbons in the Kenai River exceeded federal standards in July, the Kenai Watershed Forum will hold a community forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Kenai River Center.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be represented. The forum will begin with an overview of the issue. Then, each of the panel members will speak. Afterward, the forum will be opened for a question-and-answer session. For more information, call 260-5449.

WRCC to hold board meeting

The Women's Resource and Crisis will hold its monthly board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at 403 N. Gill St. in Kenai. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 283-9479.

Navy band to perform

The United States Navy's rock band "Passage" is currently touring high schools in Alaska and will perform Thursday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. The tour is to promote Navy awareness, show appreciation for Alaska residents and to inform the community of the Navy's Blue Angels that will perform June 26 and 27 at Elmendorf's Air Force Base Arctic Thunder Air Show. For more information and times, call Tim Ingersoll at (800) 832-0258 ext. 750.

Refuge sponsors bird sightings hotline

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is sponsoring a hotline 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.

Book sale planned

The Soldotna Homeschool Support group will hold its fourth annual curriculum and book sale from 11 am. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Christ Lutheran Church. The public is invited to sell used curriculum and educational supplies. For more information, call 262-6282.

Asthma care training offered

The Alaska Chapter of Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America will hold a class in asthma care training for children ages 7 to 12 and their parents. The two-day class will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in the Redoubt Room. Class size is limited to 10 families. Future classes may be added based on interest and attendance. For more information or to register, call 714-4437.

Children are required to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. For more information on AAFA visit

Salmon celebration set for Johnson Lake

The Department of Fish and Game Division of Sport Fish Stream program has scheduled a salmon celebration from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 6 at Johnson Lake.

During the celebration, elementary school children from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will help release rainbow trout and participate in hands-on salmon related activity booths. Casting stations also will be set up for the kids to enjoy. The salmon celebration is made possible with the assistance of volunteers from Sterling Elementary's sixth grade, Kenai River Professional Guides Association, Kenai River Sportfishing Association and partner government agencies. For more information, call Patti Berkhahn at 260-2943.

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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