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Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2004

KPC plans one day closure

The Kenai Peninsula College-Kenai River Campus will be closed to the public today for staff and faculty orientation and training sessions.

Deadline for flag football registration today

The registration deadline for the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area flag football program for boys and girls in grades four through eight is today. Registration is available at the Nikiski pool from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $25 per participant and is due at time of registration.

The season will run from the end of August through September. Nikiski teams will compete with the Boys and Girls Club of Kenai. For more information, call Rachel at 776-8800.

Senior housing design to be discussed

Meetings to discuss the long-term planning and the design layout of the proposed senior housing project for the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center will be held at 12:30 p.m. today at the center. The long-term planning committee will meet first, followed by the Nikiski Senior Citizens Inc. board members. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 776-7654.

Panthers potluck planned

There will be a "Meet the Panthers Potluck" at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the schools commons. Parents, players and coaches are encouraged to attend. Parents are reminded to bring a dish to share. For more information, call 262-3180.

Schools plan back-to-school events

Students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District resume classes Tuesday. Several area schools will host registration days, open houses and other events in the days before school starts.

Applications are being taken for first- and second-grade students to be placed on the wait list for the 2004-05 school year at the new Kaleidoscope School of the Arts and Sciences, a charter school at Sears Elementary School in Kenai. Registration forms are available at Sears and must be hand-delivered by 3 p.m. Friday. Class lists will be posted on the school's front door at 4 p.m. Thursday. There also will be a parent-staff barbecue on the playground from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and a "meet the teacher" event from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School will host a PTA-sponsored open house from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday for parents and students to get acquainted with teachers and the school. The new school year will begin Tuesday with an all-school "Olympic March" at 8 a.m.

Mountain View Elementary School will host its open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday. Late registration still is being taken. Returning students and those joining the school from Sears Elementary School do not need to register. For a registration appointment, call 283-6148.

Seventh-graders entering Nikiski Middle-Senior High School this fall may stop by the school Monday to pick up locker combinations.

Redoubt Elementary School will host an open house from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, when parents and students can meet teachers, visit classrooms, pick up supply lists and bus schedules and get ready for the first day of school, which is Tuesday for students in grades one through six and Aug. 30 for kindergartners.

Soldotna Elementary School will host a PTA-sponsored open house from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday. Class lists will be posted by 4 p.m. Friday.

Sterling Head Start is accepting applications for the 2004-05 school year. The preschool program offers a morning class from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and an afternoon class from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Both classes run Tuesday through Friday and are open to children who are ages 3 through 5 by Sept. 1. There is no cost for the program. For more information, call 260-7446.

Parents are reminded that the state's school eligibility age has changed: Children must turn 5 by Sept. 1 to enroll in a public kindergarten, and all students who turn 6 by Sept. 1 must be enrolled in first-grade. To enroll in public school, students must register with a birth certificate and proper immunizations. The Kenai Public Health Clinic will offer immunization clinics from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. today; from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 7 p.m. Monday; from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday; and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Aug. 25. The clinic also will offer immunizations at the Soldotna Elks Lodge from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Aug. 26.

Beautification day, barbecue slated

The Woodland Subdivision Neighborhood Watch will hold a beautification day and barbecue at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sears Elementary School. For more information, call 283-3478 or visit

'Try'-athalon planned

The Kenai Crewsers will hold a fun, fitness and fund-raiser 'try'-athalon at 2 p.m. Aug. 28 at Bias Boat House on Mackey Lake Road. Rowing, biking and running will be the featured activities. There are two course options: A six-mile relay, which includes a two-mile row, two-mile run and two-mile bike, or a three-mile relay, which includes a one-mile row, one-mile run and a one-mile bike.

Participants may compete as a solo entry or as a relay team. For safety, designated rowers must be a member of a rowing club. Teams that need a rower will have one of the Kenai Crewsers assigned to their team. Teams will be placed in competition division based on age. The cost is $15 per person or $45 per team before Aug. 28 or $20 per person or $50 per team day of race registration. Day of race registration will be from noon to 1 p.m. For more information, visit

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