Community News

Posted: Monday, August 12, 2002

Blood bank needs donors

The Blood Bank of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula Center is in need of donations of all blood types. Donations traditionally decrease during the summer months, but need does not. The Blood Bank of Alaska requires at least 2,000 units of blood each month.

All eligible donors are asked to make an appointment, stop by the center upstairs in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna or visit one of the numerous blood drives on the peninsula. Donors can give red blood cells every 56 days. For more information on drive locations and times, or to schedule an appointment, call 260-5672.

Boys and Girls Club seeks flag football players

The Boys and Girls Club is looking for students in grades four through eight who are interested in playing flag football. Practices start mid-August, with games starting at the end of the month and running through September.

Registration will be open at the Boys and Girls Club from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost is $50 per player with scholarships available.

For more information, call 283-2682.

Skyview swim and dive team starts practice

The Skyview High School swim and dive team will begin practicing today from 3 to 5 p.m. Athletes need a physical to participate in practice. Paperwork for physicals is available at the school. For more information, call 262-3905.

Seafair Safety Rodeo set for Homer

The Homer Chamber of Commerce will sponsor Seafair, a safety rodeo to promote the importance of boating safety among the commercial, charter and pleasure boat fleets, starting at 1 p.m. Sept. 2 on the beach near the entrance to the Homer harbor.

This rodeo will provide the opportunity for fun and friendly competition among boat crews and individual participants while featuring some of the inspection requirements necessary for safe boating.

The day will kick off with a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue demonstration and a parade of area boats. Competitions will begin immediately after the parade, followed by the Mariner of the Year award presentation and an awards party. Free EPIRB testing, displays and activities also will be offered throughout the day.

Competitions will include immersion suit relays and damage control trainer operations. There is a $100 entry fee per boat, and a crew consists of four individuals who are or have previously been employed on the boat.

There is no fee for individual entry. Entry forms are available at the Homer Chamber of Commerce, the Harbor Master's Office, Helly Hansen, Kachemak Gear Shed, Nomar, Eagle Enterprises, Coal Point Trading and the fuel dock.

The Seafair Safety Rodeo is free and open to the public to watch. It is sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, North Pacific Fisheries Association, First National Bank Alaska and the Homer Chamber of Commerce Marine Trades Committee. For more information, call the Homer Chamber of Commerce at (907) 235-7740.

Nikiski High class of 1993 plans reunion

Contact information for the Nikiski High School class of 1993 reunion was inadvertently misprinted in last week's community section.

Anyone who knows where to find missing classmates or who is interested in helping plan and coordinate the class's 10-year reunion, tentatively set for July 2003, is asked to contact Ben Carpenter at (801) 621-0353 or or Shirley (Ford) Reger at 262-1200 or

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