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Posted: Tuesday, August 05, 2003

Suspension called on open burning

The Alaska Division of Forestry in Soldotna has suspended all open burning on the Western Kenai Peninsula until further notice.

The burn suspension does not ban campfires or approved burn barrels, however, residents are advised that with the high fire danger and dry fuels, strict guidelines must be followed.

For more information, call 260-4223.

Free car seat safety checks planned

The Kenai Peninsula SAFE KIDS for the central peninsula area and Central Peninsula General Hospital will sponsor two free car seat safety checks. The first is at noon today at the Central Emergency Services Soldotna fire station; the second is at noon Wednesday at the Kenai Fire Department. For more information, call 714-4539.

Kenai chamber meeting set

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Wednesday at Paradisos. Ed Musslewhite of the Jobs Center will discuss subsidized employment. Lunch is $10.50. For more information, call Colleen at 283-7989.

Visitors center to host noon concert

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center will host the Kalgin Island Quartet at noon Wednesday at the center. The concert is part of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra's Summer String Festival.

For more information, call Jay at 283-1991.

Food bank to hold raffle

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is selling raffle tickets for a opportunity to win two round-trip tickets to Hawaii. The drawing will be held at its seventh annual Soup Supper and Auction on Sept. 5 at the Soldotna Sports Center. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased from any board member or by calling Cindy at 262-3111.

NPR holding registration for flag football

The North Peninsula Recreation is holding flag football registration from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Aug. 19 at the Nikiski pool. Coed teams will be for children grades 4 through 8. Fees are $15 per participant, due at the time of registration.

The season will run from the end of August through September. Coaches also are needed. For more information, call Rachel at 776-8800.

WRCC run set for Saturday

The 16th annual Kenai Peninsula Run for Women will be at 9 a.m. Saturday. Race registration forms are available at the Women's Resource and Crisis Center in Kenai and REI and the Alaska Clubs in Anchorage. Forms also are available on the Web at

Volunteers are needed to staff water tables and flagging positions. Flaggers will need to attend a short training session prior to race day. For more information, call 283-9479.

Skateboard park grand opening planned in Homer

The Homer Skate Park Association will hold the grand opening for the new skateboard park from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Boys and Girls Club. Live music, skateboard contests and skateboard demonstrations by Borderline Skate team of Anchorage are some of the scheduled activities. A barbecue, ribbon-cutting ceremony and auction to help raise funds for the equipment also are planned.

The HSA will host Peggy Oki, a California based skateboarder-activist-artist portrayed in the movie "Dogtown and the Z boys." There will be a special showing of "Dogtown" at 4 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Boys and Girls Club gymnasium.

Small business center host free workshop

The Small Business Development Center and the Small Business Administration will hold a free workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 21 at the center at 43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite 16. The workshop is entitled "Government Contract Opportunities for Minority Enterprise." The workshop will cover what the program is, eligibility requirements, the application process and what certification can do for business.

Preregistration is required. For more information, call Bunny at 262-7497.

Redoubt back-to-school open house slated

Redoubt Elementary School will host a back-to-school open house from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at the school. Students and their families are invited to meet their teachers and the new principal. Students also can tour their classrooms and the school.

Bus schedules, school lunch and supply information will be available. School T-shirts will be on sale for children and adults.

Free developmental screening offered

Frontier Community Services Infant Learning Program offers free developmental screening for children ages birth to 3 years. For more information, call 262-3144, ext. 227.

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