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Posted: Monday, May 19, 2003

Juvenile justice group plans meeting

The Alaska Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee will meet telephonically from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Kenai Police Department, 107 S. Willow St. The meeting is open to the public.

To obtain a copy of the agenda, request special accommodations for persons with disabilities or to submit written comments, contact Barbara Learmonth, juvenile justice specialist, at (907) 465-3855 or e-mail

North Peninsula chamber to meet Thursday

Marty Anderson of U.S. Alaska Quality Services Inc. will be the guest speaker at the North Peninsula Chamber of Commerce's weekly luncheon meeting, which starts at noon Thursday at North Kenai Baptist Church. Members of the public are invited to attend. For more information, call 776-3250.

After school ending, summer clubhouse starting

The last day for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula after school program in Kenai will be Thursday. The Kenai Clubhouse will be closed Friday through June 6 for staff training. The Summer Clubhouse program will kick off at 7:30 a.m. June 9. All members are required to preregister before attending. For more information, call 283-2682.

Festival booth application deadline Friday

The Kenai Watershed Forum is accepting applications from area artists to reserve booth space at the Kenai River Festival, slated for June 14 and 15 in Kenai. Space is limited, and the deadline for applications is Friday. For more information, call Josselyn Burke at 260-5449 or visit

Food bank to close for Memorial Day

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank will be closed May 26 in observance of Memorial Day. It will be open to the public the rest of the week.

Hospital to offer Safe Sitter courses

Central Peninsula General Hospital will offer Safe Sitter classes from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 29 and 30 at the hospital. Children must be at least 11 years old. A $50 per student fee will cover all course materials. Class size is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Michelle McKay at 262-8172.

Auditions for feature film set for May 30, 31

Auditions for the Kenai Peninsula's first independent feature film will be May 30 and 31 at Kenai Central High School's Little Theater. The film, "Echo Lake," is a contemporary thriller written and directed by Mario Bird and Alden Ford.

The auditions will be for major and minor speaking parts, as well as stuntmen and extras of all ages. There will be two adult male principals and minor roles for four women and four men. More than 100 extras of all ages will be needed for filming in early July for approximately two days and for 20 to 30 young adults for additional days of filming. Daring teens and adults also are needed to do stunts in and around a lake. Strong swimmers are especially needed.

All auditions will be screen tested. Filming will be done both days by character as follows:

Girls and teen-aged women: from 3 to 4 p.m.;

Boys and teen-aged men: from 4 to 5 p.m.;

Women: from 5 to 6 p.m.;

Men: from 6 to 7 p.m.;

Luc and Priest: from 7 to 9 p.m.

On May 31, there will be call-backs for major roles from 7 to 9 p.m.

An "Echo Lake" packet is available for review at the Kenai Community Library. For more information, call 776-5898.

Area pools offer summer swim lessons

The Kenai Central High School pool will offer several sessions of swimming lessons this summer. Session I will run from June 2 to 13; session II, June 16 to 27; session III, June 30 to July 11 (except July 4); session IV, July 14 to 25; and session V, July 28 to Aug. 8. Lessons are 40 minutes a day. To register for lessons, visit the Kenai pool between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 27 to 30 or call 283-7476.

Through the summer, the pool also will host team or adult swim workout time from 8 to 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, open swim time from 1 to 2:45 p.m. daily starting June 2, and private swim lessons or pool rentals from 3 to 4 p.m. daily.

The Soldotna pool also will offer summer swimming lessons. Sessions are held Mondays through Fridays and cost $40 for 10 lessons. Sessions begin June 2, June 16, June 30, July 14 and July 28. Preregistration is recommended. For more information, call 262-7419 or stop by the pool between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Little League umpires needed

Volunteers are needed to umpire Soldotna Little League baseball and softball games. Training and equipment is provided. For more information, call Jerry at 260-6650 or 398-2210.

Electric wheelchairs offered for select recipients

Medicare recipients who suffer from conditions such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease and respiratory disorders and have difficulty walking or propelling a standard wheelchair may be eligible to receive an electric wheelchair paid for by Medicare. For more information about Medicare eligibility, call Gregory at (800) 810-2877.

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