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Posted: Thursday, July 14, 2005

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 adaptations to survive in the natural world Friday, July 15, 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. Sunday and 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 16, 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. July 17 and 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 1,100-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race, Alaska's most famous race epic.

The film is shown at 3 p.m.

Childbirth classes available

The Central Peninsula General Hospital will hold the following childbirth classes:

A six-week session will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 23. The cost is $75 and participants must preregistered. For more information or to register, call 714-4788;

A two-day refresher prepared childbirth course will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 9 and 16. The cost is $20 and participants must preregistered. Books are available for an additional $25. This class is not available to first time moms. For more information or to register, call 714-4788.

Community run set to go

The fourth annual 5-kilometer Everything But the Red Run or walk will begin at 6 p.m. July 22 at the Tsalteshi Trails System at Skyview High School. Registration begins at 5 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call Laura Pillifant at 262-7740 or Tom Seggerman at 262-3189.

Safe sitter classes slated

Central Peninsula General Hospital will hold Safe Sitter classes from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 11 and 12. Children must be 11 years old at time of class and must preregister. The cost is $50 per student and includes all class material. For more information, call Michelle McKay at 714-4775.

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