Around the Peninsula

Posted: Friday, July 18, 2003

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 long 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.

Pioneers gather for meeting

The Pioneers of Alaska Convention committees will meet at noon Saturday at Ruben's International Restaurant in Kenai. All Pioneer members are urged to come.

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.

Chamber sponsors beautification contest

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a "Beautify our Soldotna Businesses Contest." The contest will run 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 gift certificate from Kenai River Nursery.

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

Blood drive set for Saturday

The Blood Bank of Alaska will hold a blood drive from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Peninsula Center Mall.

It is in critical need of donations and reminds residents one blood donation can help three hospital patients and less than 5 percent of eligible donors give blood. For more information, call Amy at 398-4326.

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