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Posted: Friday, June 27, 2003

Fund-raiser for medical aid trip planned

A silent auction will be held from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. today at Peninsula Christian Center, 161 Farnsworth in Soldotna. Items for bid will include diamond willow furniture, a halibut charter, gift certificates and prints. Funds will be used to help Kenai Peninsula residents Renee Duncan, Mary Jensen, Jessica Cravens, Nita Larson, Nichole Dreyer, Teresa Renney and Cathleen Renney pay for a medical aid trip to Swaziland.

Final day to enter wetlands photo contest

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

Entries should be 8- by 10-inches and either black and white or color. Place photos in an envelope with the photographer's name, address and phone number and include information on 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 starting Monday 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.

Domestic violence support group meets today

The domestic violence support group meets each Friday at 1 p.m. at the Women's Resource and Crisis Center. It will not meet July 4 due to the holiday. Weekly meetings will resume on July 11. For more information, call Linda at 283-2069.

Art workshops for kids start Saturday

Art educator Stephanie Cox will teach the Saturday student art workshops at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center beginning Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cox will teach animal building for kids ages 5 to 9. From 1 to 2:30 p.m., youths ages 9 to 13 will learn to work with Mexican yarn painting. There is a $15 materials fee and space is limited for these workshops. Call 283-1991 to register or for more information.

Hobo Jim holds free kids concert

The Soldotna After the Bell program and Hobo Jim will present a free "Concert in the Park for Kids" at 2 p.m. Saturday at Parker Park in front of the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center. The drawing for the Willie Boat raffle also will be held. For more information, call Ginger at 262-7516.

Farmers market open to public

The University of Alaska Cooperative Extension Service sponsors a local farmers market at 10 a.m. every Saturday until Sept. 14 behind Soldotna Elementary School at the bus turn around on the corner of Corral Street and the Kenai Spur Highway.

Cooperative Extension is seeking interested farmers and arts and crafts vendors to join. For more information, call Clayton Hillhouse at 262-5463.

Realtors gather for picnic

The Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors is hosting its first family barbecue from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Soldotna Creek Park. All Realtor members, affiliates and their families are invited. Everything will be provided. For more information, call Lisa Miles at 262-1851.

Dance group has opening for beginners

The Peninsula Promenaders will be meet at 7 p.m. Saturday at the North Star Dance Studio, Mile 88.3 of the Sterling Highway. Subsequent meetings are Wednesday and July 19. Beginners are welcome. For more information, call Dudley at 260-2691, Betty at 262-938 or Bev at 776-8781.

Public comment on road alternatives extended

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has extended to Monday the comment period on the draft for the Reasonable Alternatives Evaluation for the Sterling Highway Miles 45 to 60. The evaluation document can be viewed at the ADOT office in Anchorage, the Kenai River Center in Soldotna or the Cooper Landing Library. It also is posted on the Web site at

In its final form, the document will provide the initial screening for the reasonable range of alternatives that will be analyzed in greater detail in the supplemental environmental impact statement document. For more information or to submit comments and recommendations, e-mail Miriam Tanaka at

Kenai pool continues swim lessons

The Kenai pool's next swim session will be Monday through July 11. (There will be no lesson July 4.)

Session four runs July 14 to 25, with the final session July 28 to Aug. 8. Lessons are Monday through Friday for 40 minutes. The cost for lessons is $40.

The pool also offers adult swim workouts at 8 a.m.; one-meter spring diving board lessons at 11 a.m. for $40; and open swim at 1 p.m. for $3. The pool is available for private swim lessons and pool rentals. For complete pool schedule and fees, call 283-7476.

Traffic results to be heard at NPCC meeting

The North Peninsula Community Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center to discuss the results of the Nikiski Traffic Study. The public is invited to attend.

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