Around the Peninsula

Posted: Friday, July 16, 2004

Girls basketball camp deadline today

The Boys and Girls Club is sponsoring Gym Rats basketball camp Aug. 2 to 4 for girls in grades three through 12. The registration deadline is today. The fee is $75, and participants must be members of the Boys and Girls Club. Molly Tuter will instruct. For more information and a complete list of playing times, call 283-2682.

Book sale fund-raiser continues

A book sale fund-raiser to benefit Kenai Peninsula literacy programs will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday in front of the Soldotna Safeway. Books for the entire family will be available for purchase. For more information, call Gloria Sweeney at 262-1054 or Mary Beth Verhelst at 262-8717.

Refuge hosts films, nature walks

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge continues its summer series of nature walks from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (except July 30) 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 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 262-7021.

Other upcoming events include:

From Your Home to Theirs Explore forest, marsh and lake ecosystems and discover how native plants and animals rely on their wild homes today and July 23.

Where's the Wildlife? Search for wildlife and their signs and encounter intriguing plants along the way Saturday and July 24 and 31.

The Bodacious Bald Eagle Experience fun and hands-on activities highlighting the fascinating adaptations of the nation's most treasured bird Sunday and July 25.

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 will show the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge's wildlife story and discover the refuge's recreational opportunities. The film is shown at noon, 2 and 4 p.m.

"The Miracle of the Scarlet Salmon" (55 minutes) Learn about the amazing life cycle of red salmon underwater from the salmon's point of view. The film is shown at 1 p.m.

"Denali: The Living Eden" (55 minutes) Observe the world class wildlife panorama of Denali National Park including moose, brown bears and wolves. The film is shown at 3 p.m.

Class reunion slated

The Soldotna High School class of 1994 will hold its 10-year class reunion today, Saturday and Sunday in Soldotna. This evening, the class will meet with members of the Skyview High School class of 1994 at Hooligan's in Soldotna. On Saturday, a formal dinner for 1994 SoHi grads will be held at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center at 7 p.m. On Sunday, both Soldotna and Skyview graduates are invited to a barbecue at Skyview High School at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Brian Hawkins at 260-7618.

Animal league to meet

The Peninsula Animal League will meet at10 a.m. Saturday at the Kenai Animal Shelter. It is a nonprofit organization that promotes spaying and neutering of pets, educating the public on the advantages of spaying and neutering and providing financial help for those who can't afford it. It is currently seeking new members. For more information contact Brett or Bill at 283-7353.

Flea market fund-raiser set

A flea market will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Anchor Point Senior Citizens Center on Milo Fritz Avenue. Space still is available. The cost is $10 per table; vendors can bring own table or have one provided for them. For more information, call (907) 235-7786.

Farmers' market open Saturdays

The central Kenai Peninsula Farmers' Market is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through September. The market is held at the bus turnaround next to Soldotna Elementary School on the Kenai Spur Highway. Fresh vegetables, herbs, plants, arts and crafts are available for sale, and WIC coupons are accepted. New vendors are welcome. For more information, call 262-5463.

Motocross racing slated

The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions will hold motorcycle and quad races at noon Saturday at the Twin Cities Raceway. Racer registration begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $5 per adult, $3 for senior citizens and free for children under 12.

The KPRL also will accept donations of used eye glasses. For more information, call Wendy Hudson at 260-3305 or 398-3306.

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