Community News

Posted: Monday, August 02, 2004

Kenai Public Health offers immunizations

The Kenai Public Health Clinic will hold extended hours for back-to-school immunizations. Clinics will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. today, Wednesday and Aug. 25 at the clinic.

Beginning Aug. 9, immunizations will be given from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the clinic, with evening clinics scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 17 and 23 and from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 24.

Kenai Public Health also will hold immunization clinics in Soldotna at the Elks Lodge at 44560 Parkway from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday and Aug. 26 and from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Aug. 12 and 19. For more information, call 335-3400.

Task force celebrates breast-feeding

The Central Peninsula Breastfeeding Task Force will celebrate World Breastfeeding Week through Saturday. The task force supports exclusive breast-feeding as the safe, sound and sustainable way to feed an infant for the first six months of life and encourages the public to take the time to encourage and support breast-feeding mothers.

For more information, call Carol or Regina at 335-3400.

Coastal studies center plans summer activities

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies offers the following summer activities:

Kamp Kachemak, an environmental education day camp for students ages 6 to 12, will be sponsored by the center and Land's End. The cost is $60 for a full day including lunch and snack or $35 for a half day. The program repeats every four days. For more information or to register, call Land's End at (907) 235-0435.

A preschool story program with a story, hike and craft is held every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the center on East Skyline Drive. It is free for members or a suggested donation of $2 for nonmembers. For more information, call Lisa Ellington at 235-6667.

The Wynn Nature Center offers a "Learn Your Local Plants Walk" every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the the center on East Skyline Drive. For more information, call 235-6667.

The Wynn Nature Center will host Garden to Gourmet Potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The cost is $10 . Participants are encouraged to bring dish to share and a recipe. For more information, call Lisa Ellington at 235-6667.

Challenger Center space camps winding down.

The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai is offering science and technology themed overnight and day camps for children this summer. For more information on these camps, call Tamra Wear or Charlotte Harvey at 283-2000 or e-mail or

Space Science Camp is an overnight camp for children ages 10 to 12. Participants will experience a range of science topics related to the study of space. Topics will include rocketry, flight, robotics, microgravity, light and energy, as well as the solar system. Participants also will assemble models and test theories. The final camp session is Aug. 9 to 13. The cost is $300 or $60 per day for those who don't stay overnight.

Flight Overnight is a one-night camp offered for children ages 10 to 13. Students will have workshops Friday night and Saturday morning, then fly a "Voyage to Mars" or "Rendezvous with a Comet" mission Saturday. The final session is this weekend. The cost is $125 or $60 per day for those who don't stay overnight.

Young Astronauts Program is a day camp for children ages 7 to 9. The final robotics class will be from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, and the final rocketry class will be from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday.

Library plans August events

The Kenai Community Library will host a number of club meetings and events open to the public throughout the month of August.

The Kenai Library Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Kenai City Hall council chambers. For more information, call 283-7535, ext. 231.

Toddler story time is at 11 a.m. Wednesdays.

Preschool story time is at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.

A beginning Internet class will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 9 in the library conference room. The class will cover basic Internet skills and searching techniques. To register, call Julie at 283-4378.

The Totem Tracers Genealogy Society will be at the library at 1 p.m. Aug. 14 for Resource Saturday.

Friends of the Library will meet at 5:45 p.m. Aug. 16.

The Writers' Group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday and Aug. 19 in the library conference room. Anyone who enjoys writing for profit or pleasure is invited to attend.

The Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 31 in the conference room to discuss "Winter Range," by Claire Davis.

For more information on library events and activities, call 283-4378 or visit

Homer Community Schools plans classes

Homer Community Schools will sponsor the AAU "Hoop It Up" basketball camp with Red Goodwin this weekend at the Homer High School gym. The camp will be Thursday through Saturday, with sessions from 9 to 10 a.m. for children in kindergarten through second grade; from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for those in grades three through five; and from 3 to 5 p.m. for sixth- through ninth-graders. The cost for ages K-2 is $25, and sessions for older children are $45.

Other planned summer activities include a CPR-first aid class Saturday at Homer High School for $90 and a pediatric CPR-first aid class Sept. 4 at Homer High School for $90.

The fall session of Homer Community Schools activities will run Sept. 27 through Dec. 17. Anyone interested in offering a class should call Mike at (907) 235-6090 before Aug. 20.

KCHS class of '84 reunion planned

The Kenai Central High School class of 1984 will hold its 20th reunion Friday through Sunday. Activities will include a casual gathering from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Elks for $10; dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Paradisos for $25; and a family picnic Sunday at the Green Strip in Kenai for $5.

For more information and time of picnic, call Mike Lott at 283-2824 or Leslie (Talent) Fowler at 260-9066 or visit www.kchs

Wildlife rescue 5-K planned

The Alaska SeaLife Center will hold its sixth annual 5-kilometer Wildlife Rescue Run event Saturday at the center. Proceeds will go to support the rescue and rehabilitation program at the center.

Preregistration fees are $15 for adults or $10 for children. On race day, registration fees increase to $20 per adult and $13 per child. Registration fees include entrance to the center and a collectible Nereus the Walrus race T-shirt.

For more information, details race times or entry forms, call (800) 224-2525, ext. 6399, or visit site/rehabilitation/annualrace.

Homer Seafair rodeo planned

The Homer Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard and numerous business sponsors, will host the Homer Seafair Safety Rodeo from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Marine Terminal (barge basin) on the Homer Spit.

The event is to promote the importance of boating safety skills among commercial, charter and pleasure boat fleets.

Some of the planned activities are a U.S. Coast Guard rescue demonstration, survival suit races, a heaving line contest, a boat and gear swap meet and an oyster slurp. For more information, call (907) 235-7740 or visit

Child-care course offered

The Boys and Girls Club in Kenai will hold a child-care class Aug. 9 through 13. The class covers basic child care and safety, as well as ways to entertain children safely.

Participants must between the ages of 11 and 13 and current summer members of the club. Summer membership is $125 per month, per child. The class is an additional $50.

Space is limited. For more information, call Kimberli Dent at 283-2682.

Watershed activities slated

The Kenai Watershed Forum has two summer information programs coming up.

"Moose, Bears and Wolves, Oh My!" will begin at 5:45 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge headquarters. Biologist Ted Bailey will give a narrative of his work with the mammals on the Kenai Peninsula and participants will walk the loop trails.

Dominique Collet will lead a two-part workshop on mushroom identification from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Sterling Senior Center. Participants will first carpool to different locations and collect mushrooms, followed by sorting, grouping and identifying the mushrooms.

The Kenai Watershed Forum summer informational talks, hikes and programs are free to the public. Preregistration is required.

For more information about any of these programs, call Josselyn at 260-5449 or e-mail

Wells Fargo to repeat school donation program

Wells Fargo recently announced it will bring back its Team Up for Our Schools program for a second year to help local schools facing budget challenges. Through the program, Wells Fargo donated $32,000 to public school districts in Alaska last year. Nationwide, the company donated $2.9 million to more than 1,200 public school districts.

Wells Fargo will donate up to $40 to the local school district for every new Wells Fargo checking package opened with selected services from Aug. 15 through Oct. 16.

Also this back-to-school season, Wells Fargo stores will collect school supplies to support local supply drives.

To help Alaska's students and adults learn the money management skill they need to succeed, team members across the state are presenting the free and innovative Hands on Banking financial education program to area schools and community groups.

In the last five years, schools and educational programs received nearly $104 million in support from Wells Fargo. In 2003 alone, the bank contributed nearly $26 million to schools and educational programs.

The Community page appears each Monday in the Peninsula Clarion. Submissions may be faxed to 283-3299; e-mailed to, sent to P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611 or delivered to 150 Trading Bay Road.

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