Around the Peninsula

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010

KWF Russian River hike with Patti Berkhahn

Today at 9 a.m. interested community members may watch the salmon jump the falls as you visit the remote field camp of Russian River. Patti Berkhahn, a Fishery Biologist and project leader for ADF&G, will lead the hike describing the complex salmon runs in the Russian River drainage.

Meet at the upper trailhead parking lot at 9 a.m.. Wear sturdy shoes, bring a sack lunch/snack, and don't forget your rain gear. This program is limited to 15, so RSVP early. To reserve your spot call 260-5449 or email Josselyn at

Funny River festival set

The annual Funny River Festival will be held July 30-31 and Aug. 1. New events include live music Aug. 31 from 1 to 4 p.m. and a kids talent show. For more information, call Jill at 262-6148.

Free pressure dial gauge testing

The Cooperative extension Service offers free testing of pressure canner dial gauges from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 5 p.m. weekdays at its office on K-Beach Road.

Weighed gauges do not need to be checked. For more information, call 262-5824.

Seniors plan activities

The Soldotna Senior Center's summer bazaar, quilt show, and bake sale will be held July 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a variety of crafts, baked good, a food menu, and quilts. For more information, call 262-2322.

Also the center's Endowment Trust Fund barbecue will be held July 24 from noon to 4 p.m. in the center's parking lot. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chili and beverages will be available.

Swim, diving begins

Kenai Central High School swimming and diving practice will start Aug. 9. Swimming at 8 a.m. and diving at 10 a.m.

There will be a parent meeting Aug. 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the school. For more information, call Will Hubler at 283-7476.

Sponsors, players sought

The Hospice board of directors is organizing it's third annual disc golf tournament At the Disc Golf course located behind Oiler's Field in Kenai to raise funds for Camp-Mend-A-Heart.

The event will take place Aug. 7.

Ways to contribute include; sponsor ($500) or co-sponsor ($250) a hole; sponsor a team ($500) or a team player ($125); or make a contribution to hospice.

Call hospice at 262-0453 for more information or to register.

LeeShore board meeting slated

The LeeShore Center's board meeting will be held July 28 at 5:30 p.m. at 325 South Spruce St. in Kenai. Members and the public are invited to attend. For more information, call 283-9479.

NPRSA events planned

The North Peninsula Recreation Service Area's 2010 Flag Football registration runs through Aug. 2. The season runs from mid August to September for boys and girls in grades four through eight. For more information, call Tammy at 776-8800.

It will also host a community garage sale Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center Parking Lot. The cost is $5 a space to rent. Call Tammy at 776-8800 for more information.

Volunteers sought

The Boys and Girls Clubs in Kenai and Soldotna are looking for community members interested in sharing a craft or hobby with club members. Call 283-2682 or 398-9669.

Arts and craft donations are also needed.

Run of Women seeks volunteers

The 23rd annual Kenai Peninsula Run for Women event organizers are looking for volunteers to staff water tables, serve lunch and to staff safety positions along the race route.

Safety volunteers will need to take a short safety course at the Kenai Police Department a few days before the run. Call 283-9479 for more information.

Firewise jobs, help for homeowners

The Kenai Peninsula FireWise Team is accepting applications for team members to work through September. If you have strong public relations skills and an interest in wildland fire and risk management, contact FireWise Team Leader Meg Cicciarella at 907-394-6038.

In areas south of Soldotna, the Fall FireWise Roadside Slash Pickup Program will load and haul slash from your property for free. There are specific guidelines for piling the material; contact Sharon Roesch at 907-260-4260.

It's well known that wildland fire can spread across property lines. So to prepare for future wildfire threats, individuals across the Kenai Peninsula banded together to create Community Wildfire Protection Plans or CWPPs. A CWPP outlines each area's wildfire risk and hazards, values to be protected, and an Action Plan to prioritize steps to improve the safety of the community. Because lives and property are the most important values at risk and those values are, for the most part, personal responsibility, a key component of community safety is preparations by landowners to FireWise their own private property. The FireWise Team and Slash Pickup Program were developed to help homeowners prioritize FireWise actions and remove hazard fuels. Additionally, public land managers continue work to mitigate hazards on public lands that pose a fire threat to private properties.

To view your Community Wildfire Protection Plan visit:

Information about FireWise techniques for Alaska is available from your local Alaska State Forestry office or visit or

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