Around the Peninsula

Posted: Friday, June 11, 2004

Federal, state offices closed today

Federal and state offices are closed today in honor of the National Day of Mourning for former President Ronald Reagan.

Since Post offices are closed there is no mail delivery today. The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge office in Soldotna also is closed, although refuge campgrounds will be open. At the courthouse, emergency and urgent matters will be handled in accord with local weekend and holiday protocols.

The cities of Soldotna and Kenai, as well as Kenai Peninsula Borough offices will be open for normal business hours today.

The Sterling Senior Center also is closed today.

Fund-raiser for fire department set

The Funny River Volunteer Fire Department will hold a bake and garage sale fund-raiser from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday at the fire station at Mile 16.5 of Funny River Road.

Kenai performers plan fund-raiser

The Kenai Performers will hold a garage sale fund-raiser today through Sunday in the Old Town Playhouse across from the Kenai Chamber of Commerce cabin. Proceeds will benefit the scene and costume shops. For more information, e-mail Sharon at

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 Saturday. Participants will be assigned to work on various project, including clearing, cleaning and repairing trails, campsites and other facilities. Interested community members will meet at 7 a.m. at the Mariner's 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 volunteer efforts in the park. Preregistration and taxi fee payment is required before Saturday so adequate transportation can be arranged. For more information, call Ranger Roger MacCampbell at (907) 235-7024.

Historical society to meet

The Soldotna Historical Society board of directors will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at the main museum building on Centennial Park Road. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Barbara Jewell at 262-4157.

Motocross races planned

The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions will host Alaska state championship motocross races at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Twin City Raceway. Race signup is from 7 to 8 a.m. and practice begins at 8 a.m. Racer entry fee is $25.

The spectator fee is $5 for general admission, free for kids under 12 and $3 for seniors. For more information, call Wendy Hudson at 260-3305 or 398-3306.

JA to hold roll-a-thon fund-raiser

Junior Achievement will hold its second annual roll-a-thon fund-raiser from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Kenai Safeway parking lot.

Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. Participants can use strollers, bikes, roller blades or skateboards. Proceeds will benefit the Junior Achievement program that is held in 21 classrooms throughout the Kenai Peninsula. Cost is $5. For more information, call Febra Hensley at 262-1770, ext. 226.

River festival set

The Kenai Watershed Forum will host the Kenai River Festival and Run for the River 5-kilometer run-walk Saturday and Sunday.

The 5-kilometer run-walk begins 10 a.m. Saturday. The race will start and finish at the Green Strip Park in Kenai. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Registration is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 18. Prizes will be awarded in several categories.

The Kenai River festival is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Green Strip in Kenai. There will be a hands-on science booth, fishing clinics, salmon parade, kite making, clay animals, live birds, puppet shows and local artist vendor booths.

There also will be agency and organization information booths, salmon dinners and live music. There is no fee. For more information, call Josselyn Burke at 260-5449.

Knowles to host community barbecues

Former Alaska governor Tony Knowles will host community barbecues Saturday in Homer and Soldotna as part of his 2004 U.S. Senate campaign kick-off tour.

Knowles will be in Homer at the Homer Elks Club for a barbecue at 11:30 a.m. He'll then travel to Soldotna, where another barbecue will be held at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center at 4 p.m. Both events are free, and the public is welcome to attend. For more information, call 260-5298.

Sterling sign to be placed

The Welcome to Sterling roadside sign will be placed at noon Saturday at Willow Picker's on the Sterling Highway. The national anthem will sung and area politicians will be in attendance. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Debbie Bass at 262-4780.

Race unity celebration planned

A celebration of race unity will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at Soldotna Creek Park (enter south of Hutchings Chevrolet and Don Jose's.) The public is encouraged to attend and contribute to the diversity of devotional prayers, stories, writing and music. Traditional cultural dress and food will be welcome. A potluck barbecue will begin at 6 p.m. For more information, call 283-6650.

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