Around the Peninsula

Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Yupik grass baskets showcased

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center will host collector Margaret Menting for its Arts on the Kenai program at 3 p.m. today at the center. Menting will discuss the Yupik Eskimo grass basket tradition of southwest Alaska. Her basket collection is on display at the center's cultural history museum. There is no fee. For more information, call Jay at 283-1991.

CARTS advisory meeting set for today

The Central Area Rural Transit System Inc. advisory PARTNERS will meet at 3 p.m. today at the CARTS office on Kalifornsky Beach Road near Poppy Lane.

For more information, call 262-8900.

Kenai chamber meeting today

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at Paradisos. Paul Dale of Snug Harbor Seafoods will give a wrap up of the salmon season. Cost of lunch is $10.50.

For more information, call Colleen at 283-7989.

Pressure canner dial gauge testing slated

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will offer free testing of pressure canner dial gauges from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the Blue Bank Building in Homer. Weighted gauges do not need to be checked.

For more information, call Alicia at (800) 478-5824.

Stevens, Seaton to speak at Homer chamber

The Homer Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon Aug. 26 at the Best Western Bidarka. Alaska Sen. Gary Stevens and Rep. Paul Seaton will present respective legislative updates of the 2003 session. The public is invited. Lunch is available for $10. For more information, call 235-7740.

Nominations for beautification awards accepted

The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Kachemak Bay Board of Realtors are sponsoring a community beautification awards program. Nominations are due by Sept. 1 and must include the name, the location or address of the nominee and the category for which it's being submitted.

The contest categories are most attractive business, most attractive residence, most improved, most creative and judges' choice. Winners will be judged the first week in September and announced at the chamber lunch Sept. 23. Nominations can be mailed to the chamber at 201 Sterling Highway, faxed to 235-8766 or e-mailed to

Vendors, competitors sought for Seafair rodeo

The Homer Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Seafair, a safety rodeo at 1 p.m. Sept. 1 in Homer. The rodeo will provide friendly competition among commercial, charter and pleasure boat fleets. Competitions will include an immersion suit relay and damage control trainer operations.

Crews should consist of four individuals, who are or have been employed on a boat. There is a $100 entry fee per boat. Entry forms and guidelines are available at the Homer Chamber of Commerce, the harbor master's office, Helly Hansen, Kachemak Gear Shed, Nomar, Eagle Enterprises and the fuel dock.

Seafair will kick off with a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue demonstration. Children's games, a heaving line contest, boat and gear swap meet, oyster slurp and fish fillet contest also are planned.

For more information, call the Homer Chamber of Commerce at (907) 235-7740.

Dog classes slated at PenDOG

Fall classes will start soon at Peninsula Dog Obedience Group in Soldotna. Planned classes include beginning, intermediate, advanced and competition obedience and agility and an introduction to retriever work. Puppy kindergarten meets weekly and is always open to new students.

For more information or to sign up, call 262-6846.

Soroptimists plan benefit for cancer fund

The Soroptimist International of the Twin Cities is selling discount cards to benefit its cancer fund, which is administered by Central Peninsula General Hospital. The funds go to help area women in need of assistance. Cards cost $10, contain discounts for many area businesses and are valid for one year.

For more information or to purchase a card, call Lyn Hodel at 262-9253 or Marita Parks at 262-5384

Prescription drugs information available

The Cost Containment Research Institute in Washington, D.C., has published a 48-page booklet, "Free and Low-Cost Prescription Drugs." The booklet gives information on how and where to get free and low-cost prescription drugs. The cost of the booklet is $5.

For more information or to purchase the booklet, write to the Institute Fulfillment Center, Booklet number PD-60. P.O. Box 210, Dallas, PA 18612-0210.

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