Around the Peninsula

Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2003

Burn ban continues

The Alaska Department of Resources Division of Forestry has deemed fire danger to be high to extreme on most areas of the Kenai Peninsula.

As a result, the ban on all open burning continues for the western peninsula. For more information, call 260-4223.

Visitors center presents 'Beauty within the Beast'

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center will host bear biologist Dr. Stephen Stringham at 3 p.m. Monday at the center. Stringham will discuss living with bears and show new video footage of his studies of west side Cook Inlet bears. There is no fee. For more information, call Jay at 283-1991.

Soldotna chamber meeting set

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Tuesday at the Riverside House. Cheryl Frasca, director of the Office of Management and Budget from the governor's office, is the featured speaker.

For more information, call Shanon at 262-9814.

Blood bank in critical need of donors

The Blood Bank of Alaska is in critical need of type O blood donors. It has only one pint of O negative and has less than a two day supply of O positive. Donors are asked to eat a good meal and drink plenty of caffeine-free fluids before donating.

For more information, call 260-5672.

Skateboard park grand opening planned

The Homer Skate Park Association will hold a grand opening for the new skateboard park from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday 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. at the Boys and Girls Club gymnasium.

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 four through eight. 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.

Butchering classes scheduled

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank will host butcher classes with Carrol Martin, of the Diamond M Ranch from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 20 and 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 21 at the food bank. Martin will demonstrate how to butcher lambs, goats and pigs. There is no fee. The public is invited. For more information, call Cindy at 262-3111.

Help offered for home day-care providers

Family day-care providers in the central Kenai Peninsula area and wanting more information on being reimbursed for part of the cost of food served should call 283-4707.

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