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Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2007

Refuge plans June activities

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge visitor center will host the following events:

· Wildlife films — Shown daily at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

At noon, 2 and 4 p.m. — “Kenai National Wildlife Refuge: Where Wildlife Comes First” (10 min.) The refuge’s wildlife story and learn about its recreational opportunities.

At 1 p.m. — “Alone in the Wilderness” (55 min.) The life story of Dick Proenneke, who fell in love with the Twin Lakes country in the 1970s, built a log cabin solo, and lived a wilderness lifestyle for more than 20 years.

At 3 p.m. — “A Mystery in Alaska” (55 min.) Discover how Alaska’s bears, wolves and marine wildlife depend on its rich herring and salmon fisheries for survival.

· Hidden Lake programs: Discovery Hike Burney’s Trail at 1 p.m. Saturday. The refuge staff will teach you about nature and wildlife by using your senses. The hike covers 1.2 miles round trip, climbs 200 feet from spruce forest to an overlook above Hidden Lake. Partcipants are asked to wear comfortable shoes and bring water. No dogs. (The trail head is located across from Skyview Loop, site No. 7. Park in the boat trailer parking and walk to the trail head.)

· Campfire programs:

Today, Saturday and June 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. at the amphitheatre. Participants will be given insights about Alaska wildlife and wilderness survival at the Hidden Lake Campground campfire programs. The campground is located south off the Sterling Highway at Mile 58 on to Skilak Lake Road. Drive 3.6 miles west to the campground entrance. Turn in the entrance road and follow signs to boat trailer parking, Skyview Loop and amphitheatre. Driving time is one hour from Soldotna.

Free ice cream for the picking

The fourth annual Dandelion Sundae will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Ski Hill Road. Participants are asked to bring a full bag of dandelions or a digging tool to help clear dandelions from the refuge and receive a free ice cream sundae for you efforts. For more information, call Janice Chumley at 262-5824.

Breastfeeding to be discussed

A free breastfeeding class will be held at 11 a.m. June 28 at Special Delivery Maternity on Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information or to register, call 398-6667.

Everything under the sun fundraiser set

The VFW Post No. 10046 and Ladies Auxiliary will hold a garage, craft and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 29 and 30 at the post at 134 N. Birch St. in Soldotna. Crafters are welcome. Table rental are available for $20.

For more information or to reserve a table call, 262-1262 or 262-2722. Garage sale donations will be accepted until June 26. Proceeds will support youth and community service programs.

Fair exhibit guides available

Kenai Peninsula State Fair exhibit guides are available at the following locations: Cadre Feed, Trinity Green House, University of Alaska Fiarbanks Cooperative Service extension office; Kasilof Mercantile; Anchor Point Green House, Ninilchik Library, Ninilchik General Store, Homer Book Store, Wagon Wheel, Corner Stop, or the fair grounds office. For more information, call 567-3670 or visit

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