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Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2005

Community festival planned

The Funny River Chamber of Commerce and Community Association will host its annual Funny River Festival Friday through Sunday at the community center at Mile 11 of Funny River Road. A parade, golf scrambles, cribbage and nickels tourneys, raffles, drawings, an auction, cake walks and toilet bowl races are some of the planned activities.

For more information and a schedule of events and times, call Rose Marie Galloway at 262-9190 or John Grunza 262-1461.

Refuge hosts films, nature walks

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge holds nature walks from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on the Keen Eye Trail. Round-trip walking distance is a half mile. Participants are asked to wear comfortable shoes and leave dogs at home. Admission is free.

Visitor center 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.

Other upcoming events include:

"Go Wild!" — Experience how wild animals use their senses and special adaptations to survive in the natural world on Friday.

"Time Travel through the Taiga" — Take a walk back in time and see how plant and animal life changes in the boreal forest (taiga) and imagine how it will be transformed in the future Sunday.

"Pioneering the Kenai Peninsula" — Discover why people immigrated to the Kenai Peninsula over a century ago through learning about the life of Andrew Berg, Alaska's first registered big game guide on Saturday.

"From Your Home to Theirs" — As you leave the world you know, discover the homes of wildlife living in the forests, wetlands and lakes of the Kenai Peninsula on Sunday.

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 shows the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge's wildlife story and the refuge's recreational opportunities. The film is shown at noon and 4 p.m.

"Alone in the Wilderness" (55 min.) — Enjoy the life story of Dick Proenneke, who fell in love with the Twin Lakes country in the 1970s, built a log cabin by himself and lived a wilderness lifestyle for more than 20 years. The film is shown at 1 p.m.

"A Mystery in Alaska" (55 minutes) — Discover the world of humpback whales, salmon and brown bears and solve the mystery of why Stellar sea lions are declining in the waters of eastern Alaska. The film is shown at 2 p.m.

"Sled Dogs" (55 min.) — Experience the drama and magic of the 1,100-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race, Alaska's most famous race epic. The film is shown at 3 p.m.

Community meeting planned

The Sterling Community Coalition will host a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 at Raven Contractors at Mile 84.5 of the Sterling Highway. Gary Davis, head of the roads department for the Kenai Peninsula Borough, will be the featured speaker. The topic will be the Funny River Bridge Project. There will be a question and answer session. For more information, call

Shooting, hunting seminar on target

The Snowshoe Gun Club will host Kenai Peninsula Shooting and Hunting Day from noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 27 at the club. Families will be able to try different styles and types of shooting. Also seminars and demonstrations are planned. There is no cost. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and pets are not allowed. For more information, call Scott Hamann at 776-7676 or Larry Lewis at 262-9368.

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