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Posted: Sunday, May 18, 2003

May Faire festival, banquet planned

The Kenai River Council on the Arts will sponsor the second annual May Faire Renaissance Banquet and Festival today at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Old Town Kenai. Events will begin at 2 p.m., with mead, ale and beer available for sale in the pub, merchants and vendors displaying their wares, strolling minstrels and poets, jugglers and feats of arms. At 6:30, a dinner catered by Mykel's will be served. Tickets for the dinner are $50 and include a hand-made pottery tankard and entertainment by the Mud-Bay Madrigals. The daytime festival is free and open to the public. For more information, call 262-1777.

During the fesitval, Kenai Potters Guild members will use the potters wheel to make soup bowls. After being glaze fired, the bowls will be donated to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's fund-raiser scheduled for September. Besides bowl making, the guild will sell pottery in the Potters Guild Studio. Pottery sales and demonstrations are scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m. today.

Dance studio to provide 'Entertainment'

North Star Dance Studio presents "That's Entertainment! Then and Now" at 7 p.m. today at the Soldotna High School Auditorium. There will be line dancing, ballet, clogging, tap, Highland and Irish varieties of dance. There is no charge.

Spay-neuter clinic offered this week in Sterling

The Alaska SPCA will hold a low-cost, spay-neuter clinic in Sterling Monday through Wednesday. Low-cost vaccinations also will be available. Surgery prices are $70 for female dogs; $56 for male dogs and female cats; and $30 for male cats. Coupons for $20 off any surgery are available through Friends of Pets. For more information or appointments, call Nancy Wall at 262-1624.

Donations, chaperones needed for Skyview party

The Skyview High School after-graduation party committee is seeking $20 to $25 donations from parents of seniors. Checks can be sent to Marj Wiley, P.O. Box 199, Clam Gulch, AK 99568 or dropped off at the Skyview office with "after-grad party/M. Wiley" in the memo area. The committee will meet at 6 p.m. Monday to finish planning the party. Chaperones still are needed for the party, which will be held Wednesday at the Kenai Recreation Center.

For more information, call Kristin Wood at 262-6091.

KPC hosts meeting on education degree

Kenai Peninsula College will host an information meeting at 6 p.m. Monday for anyone interested in learning more about the associate of applied science degree in early childhood education. The meeting will be in the commons area by the bookstore and is expected to last about an hour. For more information, call Sherril Miller at 262-0390.

Disaster preparedness meetings planned

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Local Emergency Planning Committee will conduct two town hall meetings in the central peninsula area this week to provide information to citizens so they may be better prepared when a disaster occurs. Preparedness issues such as storing food and water, and assessing personal risk will be among the topics discussed. Representatives from local response agencies, the military and public health will be available to answer questions about earthquakes, flooding, wildfires and volcanic eruptions, as well as homeland security and weapons of mass destruction.

Meetings will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in the borough assembly chambers on Binkley Street in Soldotna and at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Kenai Middle School library. For more information, call the borough's Office of Emergency Management at 262-4910.

Public health clinics set for villages

A public health nurse will be at Nikolaevsk Village from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday to provide immunizations and pregnancy testing. Well-child checkups will be by appointment only.

A clinic also will be held from noon to 2 p.m. May 29 in Ninilchik. Immunizations and pregnancy testing will be available, and well-child checkups will be by appointment only.

For more information, call the Homer Public Health Center at (907) 235-8857 or (800) 770-8857.

Food bank to host gardening classes

Janice Chumley of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Office will teach gardening classes at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. The classes will be held in the soup kitchen and are free to the public. "Container Gardening" will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, and "Insects in the Garden" will be at 10:30 a.m. June 27. For more information, call 262-3111.

KDLL board to meet Tuesday

KDLL's board of directors will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the KDLL studio in the Economic Development Building, three miles north of Kenai. The meeting is open to the public.

Totem Tracers to offer handwriting analysis class

The Totem Tracers Genealogical Society and the Family History Center will present a class on analyzing handwriting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kenai Community Library. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call 776-3575.

Social Security rep to visit peninsula

A representative from the Social Security Administration will be at Kenai City Hall from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday and at the Homer Senior Citizens Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. For more information, contact the administration at (800) 772-1213.

Fish and Game committee to fill empty seat

The Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Kenai River Center. Elections will be held to fill a seat vacancy for a commercial permit holder. Applicants for the seat must be a resident of the area, 18 or older and hold a commercial permit to fish. For more information, call Porter W. Pollard at 262-0437.

Grange director to visit Soldotna

Ed Luttrell, leadership and development director for the National Grange, will be at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association building from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday to discuss how to start a local Grange chapter, the history of the Grange, rural family organization and community benefits of a Grange. For more information, call Janice at 262-5824.

Hearing loss seminar, screenings to be offered

The National Family Caregiver Support Program will offer a hearing loss seminar with guest speaker Karen Martin of Peninsula Hearing Services at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center. The presentation will discuss how to communicate with someone who has hearing loss, and Martin will provide free hearing screenings. Primary care givers and members of the community are invited to attend the free seminar.

For more information, call 262-5456.

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