Around the Peninsula

Posted: Friday, July 11, 2003

Kennel club to host dog shows

The Kenai Kennel Club will host its annual all-breed dog shows, obedience and agility trials from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday at Skyview High School. Spectators are encouraged to come, but bring seating and be prepared for inclement weather. Volunteers also are needed to assist in all three venues. For more information, call Marian Bowser at 260-7721 or 260-5448.

KVCC holds Alaska Heritage Day

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center summer interpretive program will highlight Alaska heritage at 3 p.m. today at the center. Author and instructor Dave Atcheson will discuss finding and fishing Kenai lakes. There is no fee. For more information, call Jay at 283-1991.

Eagles throw surprise dinner

The Kenai Eagles are holding a surprise dinner at 6:30 p.m. today at the lodge. The cost is $7.50 a plate. The public is invited. For more information, call Ruth at 283-3496.

Chess camp, tourney registration deadline today

The Alaska Chess League is sponsoring a chess camp and tournament today through Sunday.

Chess camp is for beginning players and starts at 1 p.m. today at Old Town Village Restaurant in Kenai. There is no fee. For more information, call George at 776-5365.

A chess tournament also will be held at the Old Town Village Restaurant. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, with rounds from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Entry fees are $35 with lunch on Saturday and Sunday, or $25 without lunch. USCF membership is required and available on site. For more information, call George at 776-5365.

KWF to host deformed frog program

The Kenai Watershed Forum will host Jordan Stout, an environmental contaminants specialist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Stout will give an introduction to the service's malformed frog surveys and related research being done on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Participants then will get to help Stout catch frogs and collect data for this year's survey. Participants should meet at 9 a.m. at the parking lot at the north end of Swanson River Road and should bring hip waders or rubber boots. The program is free, but participants are asked to R.S.V.P. by calling 260-5449.

Anniversary also a movie shoot

A 25th anniversary cookout for Bob and Rosemary Bird will be held Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at the home of Randy and Carol Ernst in Nikiski. Guests wishing to bring a side dish or dessert may do so.

The cookout will be unique in that the event will simultaneously be used to film scenes for the movie "Echo Lake," currently being produced by Mario Bird, Alden Ford and Corey Carroll. The Kenai Dixieland Band is scheduled to perform at 1 p.m., and crowd scenes will be directed at 2 p.m.

In case of rain, everything will be moved to Sunday. For more information, call 776-5898.

Nutritional classes available at food bank

Colleen Deal, of the Cooperative Extension Service, is teaching an eight-week series of nutritional classes. All classes begin at 2:30 p.m. and are held Mondays at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank at 33955 Community College Drive. This week's class is the second in the series and will cover food storage methods. Other classes include: "Marinate and smoke your salmon," July 21; "Enhance your meal with herbs and spices," July 28 ; "Recipes, recipes, recipes," Aug. 4; "Road kill, what do I do?" Aug. 11; "Off the Hoof!" Aug. 18; and "Deserts from the Woods," Aug. 25 . For more information, call Cindy at 262-3111.

Swim lessons still available at Skyview

The Skyview High School pool has space available for its final two swim sessions. Session three runs Monday through July 25 and session four runs July 28 through Aug. 8. The cost is $40 for 10, 45-minute lessons. For more information, call 262-3905.

Chamber sponsors business beautification contest

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a "Beautify our Soldotna Businesses Contest." The contest will run Monday through Aug. 4. Each week the beautification committee will choose a Soldotna business to highlight.

Winners will receive a sign proclaiming them the "Beautiful Business of the Week" and a $25 gift certificate courtesy of Kenai River Nursery.

Winners will be announced at the weekly Soldotna chamber luncheon. For more information, call Shanon at 262-9814.

Outdoor club plans meeting

The Kenai Peninsula Outdoor Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. July 23 at Ruben's in the Kenai Kings Inn. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call Mike at 283-3856 or Steve at 283-4132.

Sterling seniors to hold fish contest

The Sterling Senior Center will hold the seventh annual Kenai River Sockeye Salmon Count Classic on Aug. 7. Participants will guess the number of sockeye salmon that cross the Alaska Department of Fish and Game fish counter as of noon Aug. 7. Tickets are $2 each. Half of the proceeds will be divided into three prize categories closest guess wins 75 percent, next closest guess wins 15 percent and third closest guess wins 10 percent.

The deadline for ticket entries is July 30. For more information, call 262-6808.

Moose Lodge plans picnic

The Peninsula Moose Lodge and Family Center will hold its annual picnic at 2 p.m. Aug. 3 at the lodge in Kenai. It is for members and their guests. Music, pony rides and a dino fun jump are some of the planned activities. Participants are asked to bring a dessert or side dish to share. Meat will be provided. For more information, call James at 283-3740 or the lodge at 283-9181.

Congressional mobile office tour planned

The Alaska Congressional Delegation's annual mobile tour is scheduled to visit the peninsula Aug. 13 and 14. It will be in Seward from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 13, Cooper Landing from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 14 and Homer from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Aug. 14.

The mobile office van will park in the U.S. Post Office parking lots unless otherwise noted. Message forms will be on hand at the sites and all information will be directed to member's offices and applicable agencies. For more information, call (202) 224-9306.

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