Posted: Monday, July 11, 2005

Community EventsParade winners announced

The following participants received awards for their entries in the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July Parade:

Kenai Peninsula 4-H Club, best overall; Peak Oilfield Service and Kenai Kennel Club, first and All American Dance and More, second, commercial float; Nelson Amen's Kenai Dixieland Band, first and The Dixie River Rats, second, organization; Nikiski North Star Elementary, first and Soldotna Young Marines, second, youth; John Williams, first and Molly Watkins second, individual; Yellow 1946 Chevy Pickup — Freddie Pollard, first and 1957 VW Pickup — Roland Swanke, second, classic automobiles; and 1969 Plymouth Road Runner — Steve Cook, first, Hot Rod automobiles.

Fitness survey in progress

The Kenai Recreation Center is surveying the community for interest in fitness classes for fall. The suggested classes are yoga, step aerobics, toning and circuit training. To complete a survey, call 283-3855 or stop by the center at 227 Caviar Street.

Refuge hosts films, nature walks

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge begins its summer series of nature walks from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on the Keen Eye Trail. Round trip walking distance is a half mile. Participants are asked to wear comfortable shoes and to leave dogs at home. Admission is free.

Visitor center hours are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 262-7021.

Other upcoming events include:

"Go Wild!" — Experience how wild animals use their senses and special adaptions to survive in the natural world. Friday, July 22 and 29.

"Time Travel through the Taiga" — Take a walk back in time and see how plant and animal life changes in the boreal forest (taiga) and imagine how it will be transformed in the future. July 24.

"Pioneering the Kenai Peninsula" — Discover why people immigrated to the Kenai Peninsula over a century ago through learning about the life of Andrew Berg, Alaska's first registered big game guide. Saturday, July 23 and 30.

"From Your Home to Theirs" — As you leave the world you know, discover the homes of wildlife living in the forests, wetlands and lakes of the Kenai Peninsula. Sunday and July 31.

The refuge headquarters also shows films at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. daily. Films include:

"Kenai National Wildlife Refuge: Where Wildlife Comes First" (10 minutes) — The film shows the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge's wildlife story and the refuge's recreational opportunities. The film is shown at noon and 4 p.m.

"Alone in the Wilderness" (55 min.) — Enjoy the life story of Dick Proenneke, who fell in love with the Twin Lakes country in the 1970s, built a log cabin by himself and lived a wilderness lifestyle for more than 20 years. The film is shown at 1 p.m.

"A Mystery in Alaska" (55 minutes) — Discover the world of humpback whales, salmon and brown bears and solve the mystery of why Stellar sea lions are declining in the waters of eastern Alaska. The film is shown at 2 p.m.

"Sled Dogs" (55 min.) — Experience the drama and magic of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Alaska's most famous race epic. The film is shown at 3 p.m.

Golf tourney to tee off

The second annual Funny River Quilters Benefit Golf Tournament will be held Saturday at the Bird Homestead Golf Course. Proceeds will help purchase supplies needed to make the 150 quilts the Funny River Quilters donate to various organizations through the course of the year. For more information, the time or to register, call the course at 260-4653, Cindy Rice at 260-4706 or Bunny Sutherlin at 262-3891.

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