Around the Peninsula

Posted: Sunday, June 15, 2003

Hobo Jim to appear at summer program

All Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center summer interpretive programs begin at 3 p.m. and are held at the center in Kenai. On Monday, Rich Capitan of the Alaska SeaLife Center will demonstrate the equipment he uses to explore the ocean. On Wednesday, Alaska's official balladeer, Hobo Jim, will make the first of three free appearances in Kenai this summer. On Friday, Carrie Anvil Swanson, from the Alaska's Native Heritage Center, will discuss and demonstrate traditional Yupik Eskimo dress. There is no fee. For more information, call 283-1991.

Registration for fire preparedness classes due

The Division of Forestry is sponsoring research scientist Jack Cohen for two sessions June 18 pertaining to structure survivability and firefighter safety for homeowners. The first session will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the Kenaitze Head Start building on Willow Street in Kenai. The topics will be fire suppression strategies, evacuation and handling people during an incident. The second session will be from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Homer City Council Chambers on Pioneer Avenue. The factors that contribute to structure ignition, fire behavior during a wildfire event and homeowner preparedness will be covered. For more information, call Sharon at 260-4222.

Golf tourney for Boys and Girls Club planned

The Kenai Boys and Girls Club will hold its 12th annual golf classic Friday at the Kenai Golf Course. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. There is $150 entrance fee for individuals or a $500 fee for a team of four players. Fees for sponsoring a hole will be $250 and team-hole sponsors are available for $500 to $700. Participants will get a continental breakfast, barbecue lunch, beverages and have a chance to win prizes. For more information, to donate a prize or receive a tournament brochure, call Kim at 283-2682.

Soldotna seniors plan luau

The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center will host a Hawaiian luau from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the center. Hawaiian entertainment, door prizes and food are planned. Tickets should be purchased in advance; they cost $17 for adults or $10 for children 12 and under. To make a reservation or for more information, call Jan at 262-2322.

KPFA holds workshop, annual meeting

The Kenai Peninsula Fisherman's Association along with Alaska Seafood and Marketing Institute are holding a workshop, titled "Quality Control and Handling," from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association building at 40610 Kalifornsky Beach Road.

KPFA will then hold its annual meeting from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the same facility. All members, their families and others interested in commercial fisheries are welcome. For more information, call 262-2492.

Final weeks for immunizations at Homer clinic

The Homer Public Health Center will offer immunizations from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during June only at the Homer Public Health Clinic. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call the health clinic at (907) 235-8857 or (800) 770-8857.

KWF offers bird identifying class

The Kenai Watershed Forum is sponsoring a backyard bird identifying class from 5:30 to 7 p.m. June 26 at Marlow's on the Kenai. Local river guide and birder Ken Marlow will instruct. There is no fee for the class. Participants are asked to bring their own binoculars. If time permits Ken will give a tour of the riverbank and side hill at Bing's Landing. For more information and directions, call Josselyn at 260-5449.

Kenai pool continues swim lessons

The Kenai pool's next swim session will be June 30 through July 11 (the pool will be closed July 4); session four is July 14-25; with session five running July 28 through Aug. 8.

Registration for lessons is Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost for the 10-day (except session three which is nine days due to the holiday), 40-minute lessons is $40 per child, per session. For more information on lessons, registration and or what the pool has to offer, call Will at 283-7476.

Nikiski Boys and Girls club offers activities

The Nikiski Boys and Girls Club has openings in its summer clubhouse. Clubhouse hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at Nikiski Elementary School. The next session is July 7 through Aug. 1. The clubhouse is for children ages 6 (must have completed first grade) through 13. Fees for the club are $100 per child, per session. Participants must be a Boys and Girls Club member. Scholarships are available. Snacks will be provided, but children are requested to bring their own sack lunch. Space is limited. For more information on the summer clubhouse, the Boys and Girls Club or scholarships, call Ann at 776-4132.

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