Around the Peninsula

Posted: Friday, May 02, 2003

O-negative blood in short supply

The Blood Bank of Alaska will accept blood donations from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at its office upstairs in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna, and the Boy Scouts of America will host its community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Peninsula Center Mall. O-negative blood especially is needed. For more information or to make an appointment, call 260-5672.

Workshop for Agrium employees canceled

An Alaska Department of Labor and Work Force Development workshop for Agrium employees scheduled for today has been canceled.

The workshop, which was being hosted by PACE Local 08-369, was called off due to circumstances beyond the union's control, a spokesperson said Wednesday.

CIRCAC safety committee meets today

The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council's Prevention, Response, Operations and Safety Committee will meet at 10 a.m. today at 910 Highland Ave. The meeting is open to the public. For an agenda or more information, call 283-7222.

Carnival to support field trips

Sears Elementary School will hold a carnival from 5 to 8 p.m. today. The event features prizes, games and food. The carnival is a fund-raiser to support end-of-the-year field trips. For more information, call 283-4826.

Wastewater installer training planned

Mining and Petroleum Training Service, in conjunction with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, will provide training for certified wastewater installers today in the Kenai-Soldotna area. Cost of the training is $65. A $625 fee for two-year certification is required after passing the test. It may be paid in two yearly installments. Preregistration is recommended. For more information or to preregister, call 262-2788 or 262-5210, ext. 223.

Circle track meeting planned

The Circle Track Division of the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. today downstairs at the Riverside House in Soldotna. Anyone interested in racing or volunteering this season is encouraged to attend. Discussion will include the May 17 car show. For more information, call Chet at 283-9078 or Mike Young at 283-8321.

Financial seminar slated

The College Heights Baptist Church, 44440 Kalifornsky Beach Road, will host a financial seminar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Topics to be addressed include a biblical basis for money management, estate stewardship and developing a personalized plan of management. To register, e-mail

School plans fund-raisers for field trip

Sterling Elementary School will hold a car wash and bake sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Godfather's Pizza. All money raised will support student field trips to the Kenai Fjords. For more information, call Leslie Roberts at 262-0028.

Homer cleanup day Saturday

The Homer community cleanup day is Saturday. Bags are available at the Homer Chamber of Commerce cabin, the Homer fire hall and Homer High School. All trash must be entered at the chamber's visitor center parking lot by 2 p.m. Saturday. Refreshments will be available. Cash and merchandise prizes will be awarded in group, individual and youth categories based on the number of bags collected. There also will be a special beach cleanup category offering a $100 cash prize to the group that collects the most trash from Homer's beaches. All children entering trash that day will get a free prize from the kids' grab-bag. To donate a prize or for more information, call the Homer chamber at (907) 235-7740.

Skateboard park to be dedicated

Soldotna Elks Lodge No. 2706 will have a formal dedication of the Soldotna Elks Skateboard Park. The dedication ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Tyee Street and Marydale. The skateboard park is the result of extensive planning by skateboarders, the city of Soldotna and the financial or in-kind contributions of many. The single largest donation for the purchase of equipment was made by the Elks Lodge for $60,000. The purpose of this facility is to provide a place where youth can go and participate in skateboarding, roller blading or trick cycling.

Tree grafting class set

The annual tree grafting class is scheduled for Saturday at O'Brien Orchard from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fee is $50 and includes two trees. For more information and to register, call 776-8726.

Meeting set for UN association chapter

A meeting is scheduled for noon Saturday to begin organizing a Kenai Peninsula chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America. The meeting will be in the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly chambers.

Membership costs $25 and a minimum of 25 members is required to start a chapter. Membership applications will be available at the meeting. When the membership requirement is met, the local chapter will elect a board of directors and officers. For more information about UNA-USA, visit the Web site, For more information about the meeting, call Paul Gray at 262-9008.

Elks sponsor free skate day

Soldotna Elks Lodge No. 2706 in will sponsor a free skate day at Alaska Great Skate in Soldotna from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The event is open to anyone and will include free food, drinks and prizes. For more information, call Rodney at 262-1355.

KPC closes for campus-wide meeting

Kenai Peninsula College's Soldotna campus will close at 10 a.m. May 9 for a campus-wide meeting. College offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. that morning and will resume normal business hours May 12.

Boy Scouts to host Mother's Day breakfast

Kenai Boy Scout Troop No. 357 will offer its 35th annual Mother's Day Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 11 at the Kenai Elks Lodge. For more information, call troop leader Dan Castimore at 398-3609.

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