Community News

Posted: Monday, June 07, 2004

Running club forming

The North Peninsula Recreation Service Area (NPRSA) is forming a running club for people in seventh grade or older. The club will meet at 6 p.m. Mondays beginning today and ending Sept. 27. The club will run on the Nikiski High School track and trails. It will provide an opportunity for community runners to gather, familiarize themselves with the NPRSA trails and receive individualized training if desired. Lori Manion and Heather Gains will instruct. Forms are available at the Nikiski pool. For more information, call Rachel at 776-8800.

Summer camp planned in Nikiski

The North Peninsula Recreation Service Area will hold a summer day camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning this week. Children will meet at the Nikiski pool on Tuesdays and at the Nikiski Middle-Senior High School on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Children in grades one through six are eligible to attend. Activities will include arts and crafts, games, sports, swimming, gym time, pottery and cooking. Preregistration is not required, and drop-ins are welcome. For more information and cost of program, call Rachel Parra at 776-8800.

Ketchum art featured at SeaLife Center

The Alaska SeaLife Center will host an art opening for Robert Glenn Ketchum at 6 p.m. Friday at the center. A discussion of photos, literature and the artist's experiences in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will be held.

Ketchum has been listed as one of 100 champions of conservation in the centennial edition of Audubon Magazine and also was listed as one of the 1,000 most important people in photography by American Photo. In addition, he is the recipient of the Robert O. Easton Award for environmental stewardship and the Josephine and Frank Duvebeck Humanitarian Award.

Ketchum is an author of 10 publications and his work is represented in most major museum collections. For more information and a complete biography on Ketchum, call Jason Wettstein at (907) 224-6311.

Kenai performers plan fund-raiser

The Kenai Performers will hold a garage sale fund-raiser Friday through Sunday in the Old Town Playhouse. Proceeds will benefit the scene and costume shop. The group is seeking donations of items and volunteers to work at the event. For more information, e-mail Sharon at

Fund-raiser for fire department set

The Funny River Volunteer Fire Department will hold a bake sale and garage sale fund-raiser from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the fire station at Mile 16.5 of Funny River Road. It is seeking donations and baked good items to sell. All unsold items will be donated to charity. Those wishing to donate can either drop off items from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the station or call to arrange for pick up. For garage sale items, call Rich or Mary Hearin at 262-6234; for bake sale items, call Rose Scott at 260-5963.

Watershed June activities set

The Kenai Watershed Forum summer informational talks, hikes and programs are free to the public. Preregistration is required. For more information about any of the following programs, call Josselyn at 260-5449 or e-mail josselyn

Kenai River Festival Friday and Saturday: Fish model painting, hands-on science booth, fishing clinics, casting practice, artisan booths, live music, Run for the River 5-kilometer race and salmon dinners are some of the planned activities. This event is designed to teach community members about the river and its inhabitants through educational activities.

Backyard Birding June 17: Ken Marlow will lead this program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Marlow's on the Kenai. If time permits, he also will give a tour of the riverbank and side hill at either Bing's Landing or Morgan's Landing.

Tree Coring June 24: Mike Gracz will lead this program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The meeting place will be announced at a later date. Participants will use an increment corer a device used to core into a tree and extract a small soda straw diameter, boring across the rings of a tree to look at the tree's age and past events.

Silver Salmon Creek Restoration Project: June 26: Robert Ruffner will lead this program from 10 a.m. to noon at the culvert crossing on Oil Well Road, approximately 5 miles from the Sterling Highway. During the spring and summer, KWF will restore a major section of the Silver Salmon Creek near Ninilchik, due to the damage caused by the 2002 fall flood to the area where Oil Well Road crosses the Silver Salmon Creek. Ruffner will discuss the events that led to the culvert failure, the reconstruction and restoration of the stream bed. Participants are asked to bring rubber or hip boots and a bag lunch.

College funding presentation planned

The Sallie Mae Fund, in partnership with the National Association for College Admissions Counseling and Project GRAD Kenai Peninsula, will host a free presentation about paying for college from 7 to 9 p.m. June 14 in the Homer High School commons. The presentation, offered in conjunction with the Community Schools program, is open to students and families concerned about funding college educations.

At the workshop, students and parents will learn about the benefits of continuing an education beyond high school; the affordability of college through various types of financial aid, including grants, scholarships, work-study and loans; and the resources available to help families prepare for the college admissions process.

One high school student in attendance will win a $1,000 scholarship.

For more information, contact Ermelinda Carvajal of the Sallie Mae Fund by e-mail at or call to register at (877) 840-8224.

Seniors host luau

The Soldotna Senior Citizen Center will host a Hawaiian luau from 5 to 8 p.m. June 19 at the center. The menu will included kalua pork, pulehu chicken, mana kalani ribs, sweet potatoes, poi, rice, haupia, Caribbean salads and guava cake. The cost is $18, or $10 for children under 12. Tickets should be purchased in advance. Hawaiian entertainment, door prizes and a raffle are some of the planned activities. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 262-2322.

Volleyball camps set

All-American volleyball camps will be offered Aug. 4 to 6 at Soldotna High School. The camps are for all area players and will focus on individual skills. Junior high sessions, for incoming seventh- and eighth-graders, will be from 9 a.m. to noon and high school sessions will be from 1 to 4 p.m. daily. The cost is $100 per player. For more information or a registration form, call 252-3508.

Immunization clinics available

The Homer Public Health Clinic will hold immunizations, TB- PPD and pregnancy tests and health education and counseling from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the clinic in Homer.

On June 18, public health nurses will hold a Ninilchik clinic.

Well-child clinics are available by appointment. For more information and a complete list of what the Homer Public Health has to offer, call (907) 235-8857.

Host families needed

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking host families for boys and girls ages 15 to 18 for the 2004-05 school year.

Students are fully insured, will have personal spending money, bear their share of household responsibilities and need to be included in normal family activies and lifestyles. Students also are well screened and qualified by ASSE. For more information, call (800) 733-2772 or (360) 501-5920.

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