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Posted: Wednesday, July 19, 2000

Senator to speak before Kenai Chamber

Sen. Jerry Ward, R-Anchorage, will be the guest speaker at today's Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon at noon. The lunch is held at Paradisos Restaurant and is open to the public.

DAV plan meeting Thursday

Members of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 5 are urged to attend a meeting at the Kenai National Guard Armory at 6 p.m. Thursday. For more information, call Al Hicks at 262-0497.

Realtors to hold monthly meeting

The Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors will hold its monthly general membership meeting at noon Friday at Don Jose's in Kenai. Guest speakers this month will be representatives from Alaska Multiple Listing Service. All members are encouraged to attend.

Poynor plans book signing

Kenai writer A.E. Poynor will autograph his book "Of Moose and Men -- A Skewed Look at Life in Alaska" at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on Friday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Poynor has been a newspaper columnist for the Peninsula Clarion since 1991. "Of Moose and Men" is Poynor's first book and is a collection of humorous essays and newspaper columns on life in Alaska.

Drag races to be held at Soldotna airport

The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions announces that their State races will be held at the Soldotna airport on Saturday and Sunday. Sign up starts at 9 a.m. Races start at 10 a.m. and run until 6 p.m. Gate fees are $5 per person.

Gospel quartet to sing in Nikiski

The southern gospel quartet, Liberty will perform a community concert at the Nikiski Middle-High School Auditorium at 6 p.m. Sunday. This free concert will feature inspirational music from Liberty's five recording projects in a style reminiscent of the renown Cathedrals. For further information, visit the group's Web site at or call 283-3642.

Saturday walking tour canceled

The guided historical walking tours of Old Town Kenai are canceled for Saturday. Tours will resume Monday. The tours last about one hour, cost $5 and start from the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For questions of more information, call Rich Flood at the Kenai Fine Arts Center at 283-7040.

Grief group leaders needed

Hospice is seeking compassionate individuals, who themselves have experienced the death of a loved one, to help address the needs of grieving persons in the community. Hospice will offer training on becoming a grief group leader. Interested persons should contact Sue at Hospice of the Central Peninsula by July 28 at 262-0453.

Funny River Festival schedule announced

The Funny River Festival will begin July 28 with a cribbage tournament at the Funny River Community Center. Also on July 28, a "Paving the Way" parade will begin near the General Store and march to the Community Center on Pioneer Road. There will be a horseshoe tournament, cakewalk and other games for children and adults from noon to 4 p.m. On July 29, church will be held at 9 a.m., followed by a pancake breakfast, auction, quilt drawing and a potluck picnic-salmon bakeoff. All proceeds from the festival benefit the operation of the community center.

Kenai, Nikiski class reunion slated

There will be a class reunion for the 1990 graduates of Kenai and Nikiski high schools July 28-30. Any classmates who haven't received information regarding the reunion should call Peggy at 283-2072 or Jolynne at 776-5131.

Watershed Forum walk features fisheries management

The Kenai Watershed Forum will hold a walk with the theme, "Kenai River Fisheries Management," on July 26. Retired sport fish management biologist Dave Athons will discuss fish runs, fisheries management and habitat issues of the Kenai River.

The walk begins at 1 p.m. at the pavilion area of Soldotna Creek Park. It is free but donations are welcome. Dress for the outdoors. All walks are one- to two-hours long. For directions or more information, call Kelly or Robert at 260-5449.

School Daze Luncheon presented by Christian Women's Club

The Kenai/Soldotna Christian Women's Club will present a School Daze Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Old Town Village Restaurant in Kenai for $10. Weldon Martin, Crystal and friends will sing a melody, school teacher Julia Looney will speak about her back-to-school experience and Fred Meyers will show the latest back-to-school kids' fashion styles.

Kenai Peninsula offers cruise

The Kenai Peninsula United Way invites the public to participate in the annual Kenai Fjords Fox Island Dinner Cruise, departing at 6 p.m. Aug. 26. Tickets are $50, which includes an evening cruise, dinner and entertainment. A silent outcry auction will also be held, with all proceeds benefiting the Kenai Peninsula United Way. To purchase tickets or for more information call Evy Gebhardt at 283-9500.

Senators Stevens' and Murkowski's mobile office to visit peninsula

Alaska Sens. Ted Stevens and Frank Murkowski will jointly operate the annual mobile office this summer and visit communities where the delegation does not have permanent offices. It will be in Hope from 3-5 p.m. Aug. 16, in Seward from 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 17, Copper Landing from 3-5 p.m. Aug. 17, Homer from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 18, Ninilchik from 3-5 p.m. Aug. 18 and Kodiak from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 19. The mobile office van will be clearly marked and will generally be parked at local post offices.

Infant massage instructor certification training offered

The International Association of Infant Massage will be offering instructor certification training Oct. 5-8 in the Kenai/Soldotna area. The instructor training is designed for those interested in the care of infants and their families, including nurses, physical therapists, massage therapists, OTs, childbirth educators and human services professionals. Tuition is $550, with a $100 deposit required by Sept. 14. Contact Laurie Schaefer of Mindful Therapies at 283-9085 or e-mail

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