Progress days event schedule

July 21-23, 2006

Posted: Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Friday, July 21

All day: Natron Air will offer 15-minute flightseeing trips over Soldotna for $65. Call 262-8440 for trip information.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Arts and crafts bazaar, quilt show, jewelry, breads, jellies and bake sale at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center, 197 W. Park Ave. A limited menu also will be available. For more information, call 262-2322.

Noon to 4 p.m.: The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge shows free films at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. daily. Films include: “Kenai National Wildlife Refuge: Where Wildlife Comes First,” which shows the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge’s wildlife story and the refuge’s recreational opportunities. The film is shown at noon, 2 and 4 p.m.; “Sled Dogs: An Alaskan Epic.” The film is shown at 1 p.m.; and “Denali: The Living Eden.” The film is shown at 3 p.m.

The center also offers nature talks on a variety of Alaska topics at 11 a.m., 2 and 3 p.m.; its Environmental Education Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offers many family activities; and self-guided junior explorer and trail explorer activities also are offered to families throughout the day. The center is on Ski Hill Road. Its 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.

5 p.m.: Registration for the fifth annual Everything But The Red Run will be held at the Tsalteshi Trail System at Skyview High School.

This 5-kilometer race is for runners or walkers. Race begins at 6 p.m. Entry fee is $5. The race is sponsored by the Tsalteshi Trails Assoc-iation.

For more information, call Laura Pillifant at 262-7740, Tom Seggerman at 262-3189 or visit them online at www.tsalteshi.org.

Saturday, July 22

9 a.m.: Parade line up at Soldotna High School. A parade application is recommended for judging, available online at www.soldotnachamber.com.

Participation and attendance is free. Participants are required to check in at the lineup table. For more information, call the chamber office at 262-9814.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Arts and crafts bazaar at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center, 197 W. Park Ave. For more information, call 262-2322.

11 a.m.: Parade starts. The parade will follow Marydale to Binkley, then proceed down Binkley before turning on Wilson Lane. It ends on Warehouse Drive. Judging will take place as the parade passes the review stand in front of the Borough Building.

Ribbons will be awarded to parade winners at 2 p.m. at the entertainment site at Soldotna Creek Park on the Sterling Highway.

Noon to 4 p.m.: The city of Soldotna will host a celebration at Soldotna Creek Park. Food, vendors, entertainment, activities and games for the kids are some of the planned activities.

The Greatlanders band from Elmendorf Air Force Base will perform. For more information, call Erica Williamson at 262-9814.

Noon to 3 p.m.: Central Emergency Services will host an open house. This is a family-friendly event. The emergency vehicles, ambulances, engine, tanker and fire rescue boat will be on display.

The station’s new inflatable walkabout fire dog needs a name. A contest to name it will be held during the open house. Drawings for carbon monoxide detectors, smoke alarms and a ride in the fire truck also will be held. For more information, call CES at 262-4792.

Noon to 4 p.m.: The Soldotna area senior citizens will hold a fundraiser barbecue at the senior center for its endowment fund. For information, call 262-2322.

Noon to 4 p.m.: The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge shows films at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. daily. For more information, call 262-7021.

Noon to 4 p.m.: “Cruise for Kids” for Ronald McDonald House charities fundraiser. Sponsored by Hutchings Chevrolet and Anchorage Corvette Association.

A car show, barbecue and auction with prizes that include tour packages are some of the planned activities.

Attendees can test their racing skills on the Goodwrench No. 29, Kevin Harvick computerized race car.

1 to 4 p.m.: The Bill Banta Memorial Car Show and Shine, sponsored by Great Bear Ford.

The event will include opportunities to vote for the coolest vehicles, with trophies awarded to best on four wheels, best on two wheels, best race car, people’s choice, youth award, long distance and the Bill Banta Memorial Award. For more information, call Michelle Banta-McKay at 262-1282.

1 to 6 p.m.: Family Rodeo Fun Day at the Soldotna Rodeo Grounds. There will be bucking bull riding, jackpot team penning, fun activities and special events. For more information, call Chelsey with the Soldotna Equestrian Associ-ation at 262-9171.

1:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Annual used book sale at Soldotna Public Library. For more information, call 262-4227.

2 to 4 p.m.: VFW Progress Days open house, barbecue, live music and Chicken S—- contest at the VFW Post No. 10046 on Birch Avenue.

The open house is from 6 to 9 p.m., barbecue begins at 2 p.m., followed by live music at 3 p.m. and the contest at 4 p.m. For information, call Sue at 262-2722.

Sunday, July 23

All day: Natron Air will offer 15-minute flightseeing trips over Soldotna for $65. Call 262-8440 for information.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: The annual Soldotna Creek Celebration at Soldotna Creek Park. Hosted by the city of Soldotna, there will be free food, vendors and live music by the Air Force band Greatlanders, area arts and crafts and awards presentations.

Noon to 4 p.m.: The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge shows films at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. daily.

The visitors center is on Ski Hill Road. Its 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.

2 to 4 p.m.: Family Rodeo Fun Day at the Soldotna Rodeo Grounds. Activities for children begins at 10 a.m.

For information, call Chel-sey at the Soldotna Equestrian Association at 262-9171.



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