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Posted: Sunday, May 30, 2004

Tyler to host garden party

Kachemak Heritage Land Trust will host a spring garden party at R.W. "Toby" Tyler's garden from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at his house off of Spencer Road in Homer. Tyler is a well-known artist and gardener. Cost is $10 per person or $5 for children under 18. For more information and detailed directions, call Marla McPherson at 235-5263.

Benefit dinner, auction planned

A spaghetti dinner and auction to benefit cancer victim Butch Poissant will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Soldotna Elks Club. Norm Blakely will preside. All proceeds will go to help defray the cost of Poissant's medical treatments. A bank account has been set up at the First National Bank for those wishing to make a contribution. For more information or to make a donation to the auction, call 262-5175.

National Trails Day hike scheduled

The Alaska Center for the Environment, Sierra Club Alaska Chapter and Anchorage Audubon will celebrate the Chugach National Forest trail system by hosting a National Trails Day hike at 10 a.m. Saturday at Resurrection Pass Trail to Juneau Falls. Interested community members should meet at the trail head near Cooper Landing, Mile 53.2 of the Sterling Highway.

The hike is rated as a easy to moderate. Participants will celebrate the forest, learn more about living in harmony with bears and about the Sterling Highway bypass project. Interested persons should bring lunch, water and appropriate attire. For more information, call Bobbie Jo at (907) 274-3662 or Katherine at (907) 276-4060.

Festival seeking artists, runners

The Kenai Watershed Forum is accepting applications from local artists to reserve booth space for the Kenai River Festival to be held June 12 and 13. Space is limited. Deadline for applications has been extended to Friday.

Registration forms also are available for the Run for the River 5-kilometer run-walk at 10 a.m. June 12. The race will start and finish at the Green Strip in Kenai. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Fees are $5 for preregistered adults and free for preregistered children under 18, or $10 for adults and $5 for children under 18 the day of the race. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. For more information, call Josselyn Burke at 260-5449.

Trails Day at Kachemak Bay slated

The Alaska State Parks and the Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park will hold its eighth annual Trails Day at Kachemak Bay State Park on June 12. Participants will be assigned to work on various projects. Clearing, cleaning and repair of trails and campsites and other facilities are planned. Interested community members will meet at 7 a.m. at the Mariners Memorial on the Homer Spit and return between 5 and 6 p.m.

Cost is $15 for the round-trip water taxi fare. Most of the fee is donated back to the Friends of Kachemak State Park to support the volunteers efforts in the park. Preregistration and taxi fee payment is required before June 12 so adequate transportation can be arranged. For more information, call Ranger Roger MacCampbell at (907) 235-7024.

Social Security reps to visit area

Social Security Administration representatives will be on the Kenai Peninsula from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 15 at Seward City Hall; from noon to 4 p.m. June 16 at Kenai City Hall; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 17 at the Homer Senior Citizens Center. For more information, call Paul Brandt at (866) 772-3081.

Golf tourney fund-raiser set

The Boys and Girls Club in Kenai is seeking volunteers to assist with its annual golf tournament and auction to be held June 18. Volunteers are needed to help with preparations prior to and during both events. For more information or to volunteer, call Kim Lee at 283-2682.

Art and music festival planned

KDLL Public Radio will hold its annual Art and Music Festival from noon until midnight June 19 at the Diamond M Ranch at the corner of Bridge Access and Kalifornsky Beach Road. Live music, food vendors, drinks, a beer garden, arts and crafts and a variety of musical selections are some of the planned activities. Featured singer-songwriters will include Hobo Jim, Andy Baker, Mike Faubion, Josh Fryfogle and Katie Skrha.

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