Around the Peninsula

Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2005

Swim team tryouts set

Soldotna High school is starting its swimming season. Tryouts are held weekdays from 3 to 5 p.m. Participants do not need to be experienced swimmers or divers to join. For more information, call 262-7419.

Garage sale fund-raiser slated

The Kasilof Community Church continues its annual garage sale fund-raiser from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Saturday at the church on the corner of Kalifornsky Beach Road and the Sterling Highway. For more information, call 262-4260.

CPHC board meeting slated

Central Peninsula Health Centers Inc. will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Salamatof Center at 150 N. Willow St. in Kenai. It is open to the public. For more information, call 335-2022 or e-mail

KPC plans one-day closure

All divisions of the Kenai Peninsula College will be closed Wednesday for faculty and staff convocation. It will reopen for regular business hours Aug. 18.

School hosts open house

Redoubt Elementary will host its open house from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19. Supply lists, school lunch information and bus schedules will be available. Parents and students are encouraged to attend and meet their teachers and tour classrooms.

Home-school group meeting planned

The Soldotna Homeschool Support Group will meet at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Christ Lutheran Church at the "Y" in Soldotna. A martial arts demonstration will be given.

First aid, CPR classes offered

The American Red Cross of Alaska will hold an adult, infant and child CPR, first aid and AED class Aug. 27 at the Red Cross building in Kenai. For more information, call 283-4556.

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:

"Time Travel through the Taiga" — Take a walk back in time and see how plant and animal life changes in the boreal forest (taiga)Saturday and Aug. 27.

"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 Aug. 20.

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.) — The life story of Dick Proenneke, who fell in love with the Twin Lakes country in the 1970s, built a log cabin 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. The film is shown at 3 p.m.

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