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Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Chamber to hear speech on customer service

Mark Gregory of the Small Business Development Center will speak on customer service at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce's weekly luncheon meeting at noon today at Paradisos. The meeting is open to the public, and the cost is $10.50. For more information, call 283-7989.

Hospice offers community orientation

Hospice of the Central Peninsula will offer a spring orientation to Hospice and volunteer training for interested community members. Hospice is in need of adult volunteers in all area communities to provide compassion and care to individuals and families dealing with dying and loss. The training is open to potential volunteers as well as anyone interested in learning more about hospice care.

Training will be offered in five parts starting Thursday and continuing on Thursday evenings throughout May and on two Saturdays. There is no fee to participate. Registration is required, and child care is not available. For more information, call Hospice at 262-0453.

Homesteader village, museum opens Thursday

The Soldotna Historical Society Homesteader Village and Museum will open Thursday. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays and will continue through Sept. 15. The museum will be closed Mondays. The museum and homesteader village is on Centennial Park Road in Soldotna. This year's head docent is Alice Hopkins.

For more information or to schedule large group tours, call 262-3832.

Nikiski track team to sell toilet paper

Members of the Nikiski Middle-Senior High School track and field team will be going door to door between 5 and 9 p.m. Thursday as part of a team fund-raiser. The students will be asking for and selling rolls of toilet paper. They will be identifiable by the uniform and warm-up sweats they will be wearing. Funds will go toward the team's travel budget.

For more information, call Ned Clooten at 776-9415.

Parks and Rec Commission plans special meeting

The Kenai Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Kenai City Council Chambers at 210 Fidalgo Ave. The commission will formulate a recommendation for the city council regarding the Kenai Recreation Center partnering agreement between the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula and the city of Kenai. The public is invited to attend and participate. For more information, call the city clerk at 283-7535, ext. 231.

Disabled American Veterans to meet

The Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 5 will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the old Napa building in Kenai. Officers will be installed and topics of discussion will include cuts in payments to veterans health and pensions. All veterans are welcome to attend. For more information, call Glenn at 283-4359.

Builders association plans membership meeting

The Kenai Peninsula Builders Association will hold its May general membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Paradisos in Kenai. Special guests will be the 2003 Shelby Johnson Memorial Scholarship recipients and their families. For more information, call 283-8071.

Square dance lessons offered

Beginning square dance lessons will be offered at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center starting at 7 p.m. Thursday. The lessons are free. For more information, call 252-6420.

CIRCAC board to meet in Homer

The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council board of directors will meet at 9 a.m. Friday at the Lands End Hotel in Homer. The meeting is open to the public. For more information or an agenda, call 283-7222 or (800) 652-7222.

Hazard tree workshop slated for Friday

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will present a hazard tree workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on Kalifornsky Beach Road. The workshop is designed to teach home and property owners, as well as interested parties, about assessment of tree conditions, factors that contribute to tree hazards, local programs dealing with hazard trees and ideas to promote healthy trees.

Panel speakers will include Robert Wheeler, forestry specialist, Cary Graves, Kenai city attorney, and Scott Anderson of Northern Adjusters. Michael Fastabend of the Kenai Peninsula Spruce Bark Beetle Task Force, Joe Gallagher of Homer Electric Association and All Petersen of Alaska State Forestry also will speak.

The workshop is free, but preregistration is required. For more information or to sign up, call 262-5824.

Barbecue to raise funds for Heritage Place garden

A barbecue fund-raiser is planned from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Heritage Place in Soldotna. The "Fling into Spring" barbecue will raise money for a handicap-accessible vegetable garden for Heritage Place residents. The public is welcome to attend, and the barbecue will be available on a donation basis.

Sterling seniors host roast and auction

The Sterling Senior Center will host a pig roast dinner and auction Friday. There will be a preview at 5 p.m., followed by the auction at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 10.

Teen center plans May events

The Kenai Teen Center will host the Kenai Central High School after-graduation party from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday, as well as the Skyview High School after-graduation party from midnight to 3 a.m. May 21.

Fearless Leader will play at the center Friday.

There will be a middle school dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. All seventh- and eighth-graders are invited to attend and wear their favorite funky hats. The cost is $3. Chaperones will be provided, but parents are welcome to attend as well.

For more information, call 283-3855.

Soldotna seniors to hold trash and treasure sale

Soldotna Senior Center's trash and treasure sale will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Tables can be rented for $10. A large assortment of baked goods and a limited menu will be available.

For more information or table reservations, call 262-2322 or stop by 197 W. Park Ave.

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