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Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Immunizations available at Soldotna Elks

The Kenai Public Health Center will hold an immunization clinic from 1:30 to 4 p.m. today at the Soldotna Elks. KPHC also holds shot clinics on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the clinic on Barnacle Way in Kenai. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call Mary Jane at 335-3403.

WRCC clothes closet open to public

The Women's Resource and Crisis Center's Clothes Closet is open to the community from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The closet offers clothing and miscellaneous items to the public at no charge.

Due to limited staff, the center only accepts donations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.

KLIO teleconference set for waivers program

The Kenai Legislative Information Office will hold a public hearing for comment on the proposed regulations to the Home and Community Based Waivers Program. For more information, call 283-2030.

Wildlife refuge nature walks continue

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has planned a series of nature walks for the month of July. All nature walks begin at 11 a.m., are 20 to 30 minutes in length and will take place at the refuge. The round-trip walking distance is one half mile.

On Fridays, "A Hunter's Heart," about the life of Andrew Berg, will be presented, along with a tour of the cabin he built in 1935. On Saturdays, "From Lupines to Leaches," a glimpse of unexpected plants and animals, will be viewed as the tour winds through the forest and wetland habitats. On Sundays, the nature walk, "Those Amazing Moose," will take place. There will be hands-on activities that highlight the fascinating adaptations of moose.

Participants are asked to wear comfortable walking shoes and to leave pets at home. For more information, call 262-7021.

KWF host 'Surf and Turf' programs

The Kenai Watershed Forum has planned two new outings in its summer program series. The first, "How many kings are in our river?" begins at 6:20 p.m. Thursday. Participants will meet at the Pillars State Park and take a 20-minute ride to the sonar counter. Debby Burwen of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will explain how the fish sonar works and the benefits of the data collected. She also will demonstrate new technology. There is no fee and a 12-person maximum limit. Preregistration is required.

The second program will cover area geology. Geologist Dick Reger will give a tour of the last major glaciation and cutting of the Kenai River valley from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 26. Participants will begin at the Soldotna Visitors Center and tour lecture spots to Captain Cook State Recreational Park. There is no fee. Participants are asked to wear rubber boots and bring a bag lunch. For more information on either program, call Josselyn at 260-5449.

Free drivers safety class offered

The VFW Woman's Auxiliary and AARP will host an eight-hour driver safety class from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the VFW hall in Soldotna.

This class is certified by the state of Alaska for ticket dismissals and point reduction. All ages are welcome. People age 55 or over will qualify for insurance rate reduction upon completion of the class.

The first 30 participants to register are free. All others are $10. Funding for the class is provided by the VFW Women's Auxiliary. For more information, call Vivian at 260-3966 or 262-2722.

Chugach forest celebrates 96th birthday

The Alaska Center for the Environment is holding a birthday party to celebrate the 96th year of the Chugach National Forest from 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday in Cooper Landing. Some activities planned are live music, cultural dancing, seminars, an art gallery and rafting, fishing and kayaking trips. A fish fry will be sponsored by the Cooper Landing seniors. For more information, to volunteer or have a booth or activity, call Bobbie Jo Skibo at (907)274-3662.

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