Around the Peninsula

Posted: Friday, June 20, 2003

Alaska culture focus of KVCC program today

Carrie Anvil Swanson, from the Alaska Native Heritage Center, is the presenter for the summer interpretive program at 3 p.m. today at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center. She will discuss and demonstrate traditional Yupik Eskimo dress. There is no fee for the interpretive programs. For more information, call 283-1991.

Blood bank in critical need of donors

The Blood Bank of Alaska is in critical need of blood donors due to low donations and extensive usage in the area. It currently has less than a one-day supply of type O negative, B positive and B negative blood and less than a two-day supply of type O positive and A negative. For more information, call 260-5672.

KPFA plans workshop, annual meeting

The Kenai Peninsula Fisherman's Association along with Alaska Seafood and Marketing Institute are holding a workshop, "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 then will 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.

Soldotna seniors host Hawaiian 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; $17 for adults or $10 for children 12 and under. To make a reservation or for more information, call Jan at 262-2322.

Safe sitter course offered

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

Wetland photo contest held

The Homer Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring a photo contest titled "My Favorite Wetland." Photos must be received by noon June 27 at the Homer district office.

Entries should be 8- by 11-inches and either black and white or color. Place photos in an envelope with the photographer's name, address and phone number and where and when the photo was taken. Entries can be mailed to the Homer Soil and Water Conservation District, 4014 Lake St., Suite 201, Homer, AK 99603.

Photos will be displayed in the USDA foyer at the NBA building on Lake Street from June 30 through July 10. Contest winners will receive dinner for two at an upscale Homer restaurant. For more information, call Al Poindexter at 235-8177, ext. 5.

SCS outdoor camp registration deadline extended

The registration deadline for Soldotna Community Schools' summer day camp has been extended to June 27. The Great Alaskan Outdoor Camp is a one to three week outdoor-oriented day camp that will focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Weekly field trips and an all-day outing to Otter Cove in Kachemak Bay are some of the planned activities.

The camp will run from noon to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 28 through Aug. 15 at Soldotna High School. Camp is for students who have completed fifth through eighth grades. Camp fees are $125 per week or $300 for all three weeks. A minimum of 10 students per week must be registered by June 27. Registration forms can be picked up at the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District or the Soldotna Public Library. For more information, call 262-6768 or 262-5816.

Hospice begins grief support for mothers

The Hospice of the Central Peninsula will begin sessions of the "Healing Heart" grief support group at 7 p.m. July 2 at the hospice office in Soldotna. The group is for mothers who have experienced the death of a child. There is no fee. The sessions are led by trained hospice volunteers.

Hospice also conducts a regular monthly "Circle of Friends" grief support group and program for bereaved youth. For more information, call Sue at 262-0453.

Mount Marathon race volunteers needed

The Seward Centennial Mount Marathon race is soliciting volunteers for all three races to be held July 4. Volunteers receive a complimentary race volunteer T-shirt. For more information on the various positions, call Rich at 224-5290.

Annual race for women seeking volunteers

The Women's Resource and Crisis Center is planning its 16th annual Kenai Peninsula Run for Women on Aug. 9. Volunteers are need to hang posters, attend water tables and direct traffic along the route. A short flagging school course at the Kenai Police Department is required prior to the race. For more information, call Barbara at 283-9479.

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