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Posted: Wednesday, May 07, 2003

Small business expo set for Saturday

The Kenai Peninsula Small Business Development Center will host free workshops from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Kenai Peninsula College. The fourth annual Kenai Peninsula Small Business Expo is an opportunity for people to expand their talents and opportunities with the help of business consultants, college faculty, bank lenders and the staff of the Small Business Development Center. During lunch, participants may visit exhibit booths from the peninsula business community

Reservations are requested by 4 p.m. today and can be made by calling Bunny at 262-7497.

Forest Oil official to speak at Nikiski chamber

Gary Carlson of Forest Oil will be the guest speaker at this week's North Peninsula Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting. The luncheon starts at noon Thursday at North Kenai Baptist Church. The public is invited.

Healthy Communities-Healthy People to meet Thursday

The Healthy Communities-Healthy People Steering Committee will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Bridges. For more information, call 260-3800.

BLM seeks public input Thursday

The Bureau of Land Management will seek input from the public at 6 p.m. Thursday on the job it's doing managing public lands.

The meeting, in the little theater at Kenai Central High School, will begin with a presentation on BLM's resource management plan and environmental impact statement from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by a public comment session until 9 p.m.

Workshop on using LIO set for Thursday

"How to Use Your Legislative Information Office" will be the topic of a free school and community workshop that begins at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Nikiski Middle-Senior High School library. The workshop will include online training on the computers. There also will be desserts, coffee and punch.

All community members, students, school staff and parents are invited.

Workshop on vegetable gardening planned

Janice Chumley of the Cooperative Extension Office will teach two classes this month at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank on Community College Drive. The classes are free and will be in the soup kitchen. The public is invited.

The first class will by "Hardy Vegetable Varieties" and will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday. The second will be "Container Gardening" and will begin at 10:30 a.m. May 20.

Letter carriers to help stamp out hunger

Kenai Peninsula residents can help stamp out hunger on Saturday when letter carriers throughout Alaska will collect food on their routes to feed the needy in their communities.

Nonperishable food items should be placed in mailboxes. They will be picked up by carriers and sent to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

Items needed by food banks include canned meats and tuna, canned soup, dried milk and canned fruits and vegetables.

More than 10,000 communities and post offices in the United States are participating in the Saturday "Letter Carriers and Postal Food Drive Across America." The drive is sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service.

Soldotna museum plans cleanup day

The annual spring cleanup at the Soldotna Historical Museum will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. All members and the public are invited to come out and clean the site on Centennial Road. The board will provide snacks and beverages.

Prior to the cleanup, the board of directors will have a brief meeting at the museum at 9 a.m.

Hospital service area board to meet Monday

The Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Iliamna room at Central Peninsula General Hospital.

Workshop to shed light on solar energy

An introduction to solar energy for Alaskans will be presented from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association Building on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

The class will be taught by Richard Seifert, who is known as "solar guy" from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service.

Cost is $10 for a new solar design manual. The class will answer such questions as: What's possible? What's real? What's for me? It will cover local options for solar energy in Southcentral Alaska.

To register or for more information, call 262-5824 or (800) 478-8324.

Hospice to offer training this month

Hospice of the Central Peninsula will offer a spring orientation to hospice and volunteer training for interested community members. The training will be offered in five parts beginning May 15 and continue Thursday evenings throughout May and two Saturday sessions. There is no fee to participate in the training, however, registration is required. Child care is not available.

For more information and a detailed agenda, call hospice at 262-0453.

Hospice is in need of adult volunteers in all surrounding communities to provide compassion and care to individuals and families who are dealing with dying and loss. Training is available to anyone wanting to learn more about hospice care.

Sterling seniors plan pig roast, auction

The Sterling Senior Center will have a pig roast and auction May 16 at the center. There will be a one-hour preview beginning at 5 p.m., with the auction starting at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 10.

Spay-neuter clinic offered May 19, 20, 21

The Alaska SPCA will hold a low-cost spay and neuter clinic in Sterling on May 19, 20 and 21. Low-cost vaccinations also are available.

Surgery prices are $70 for female dogs, $56 for male dogs, $56 for female cats and $30 for male cats. Coupons for $20 off any surgery are available through Friends of Pets.

For appointments or more information, call Nancy Wall at 262-1624.

Kenai clubhouse to close May 23-June 6

The last day for the Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula after-school program in Kenai will be May 22. The Kenai Clubhouse will be closed May 23 through June 6 for staff training.

The 2003 Summer Clubhouse Program will begin at 7:30 a.m. June 9. All members are required to preregister before attending.

For more information, call 283-2682.

Church plans garage sale

The Kasilof Community Church will hold its fifth annual missions garage sale from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 23 and 24 at the church at the corner of the Sterling Highway and Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kasilof. Donations will be accepted. For more information, call 262-4260.

Tsalteshi Trails Triathlon set for May 26

The Tsalteshi Trails Triathlon will be held May 26 at Skyview High School. The race consists of a 500-yard swim, 5-mile mountain bike and a 3-mile run. Live entertainment and a barbecue also are part of the event.

Those interested in participating should contact John Steckel at 283-0836, or download a race application from

Central Peninsula Air Fair planned

The third annual Central Peninsula Air Fair is scheduled for May 31. Breakfast will be at the Kenai Municipal Airport Operations Center on Willow Street from 8 to 11 a.m. That will be followed by a fun flight to six other airports on the peninsula and a barbecue at the Samaritan Purse hangar at Soldotna Municipal Airport from 1 to 3 p.m.

There is a $20 entry fee for pilots and passengers interested in participating. All participants get a souvenir T-shirt, and prizes will be awarded at the end of the day.

Interesting aircraft also will be on static display at the Kenai and Soldotna airports.

For registration forms, rules and other information, go to or or call 283-7591 or 262-9107.

Seat open on Fish and Game board

The Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee has a vacant seat for a commercial fishing permit holder. The requirements for running for the seat are that the person be a resident of this area, be over 18 years old and hold a commercial fishing permit. The election will be at 6 p.m. May 21 at the Kenai River Center. For more information, call Porter W. Pollard at 262-0437.

Food reimbursement available

Any family daycare home providers interested in information about how to be reimbursed for food costs may call the Child Care Food Program, an office of the Kenai Women's Resource and Crisis Center, at 283-4707.

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