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Posted: Sunday, August 22, 2004

Burning permit suspension lifted

Light rain has dampened the fire danger on the Kenai Peninsula, allowing the Kenai-Kodiak Area Office of Alaska State Forestry to lift the burning permit suspension for small permitted burn piles only. Large fires are not allowed at this time. The small amounts of precipitation have not penetrated to the protected areas beneath trees and into duff. Permittees must follow the terms on the permit and call in each day to the notification phone number listed on the permit prior to lighting a fire. Permits are not valid during windy conditions.

Residents of the cities of Kenai, Soldotna, Homer and Seward and the Nikiski Fire Service Area should call their local fire department prior to burning.

Summer program comes to close

The final day for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula's summer programs is Monday. The Kenai Clubhouse will be closed Tuesday through Aug. 30. It will reopen Aug. 31 for its after-school program.

The program is open for kids ages 5 (in the first grade) to 13. Its hours of operation are Monday through Friday after school until 6 p.m. The membership fee is $20 per child per calendar year. For more information, call 283-2682.

KPC to host community barbecue

The Kenai Peninsula College-Kenai River Campus will hold a welcome back barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday on campus behind the Goodrich and McLane buildings along the banks of the Kenai River.

Planned activities include food, entertainment, a slide show and discussion by photography professor Jayne Jones on her recent trip to Italy and an opening reception in the G.L. Freeburg Gallery for artist Gary Mealor.

The new chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage, Dr. Elain Maimon, will attend. There is no fee. For more information, call Suzie Kendrick at 262-0302.

Tickets available for soup supper

There are a limited amount of tickets still available for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's eighth annual Soup Supper and Auction. The event will be held Friday at Kenai Landing on Cannery Road.

Participants will select a handmade soup bowl donated by the Kenai Potters Guild and other area potters. The raffle prize is round-trip airline tickets for two to Honolulu. Tickets are available at the food bank. The cost is $35 per person for dinner, $50 for dinner and a raffle ticket, or raffle tickets can be purchased separately for $20 per ticket. For more information, call Cameron at 262-3111.

Donor appreciation day scheduled

The Blood Bank of Alaska will host a donor appreciation barbecue from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 10 at Kenai Peninsula College. Community members are encouraged to attend and meet new staff members.

Volunteers needed for auction

The Boys and Girls Club is seeking interested community members to help with its 17th annual auction fund-raiser. Volunteers are need to make telephone calls, pick up donations, decorate, set up tables, chairs and auction items and also for cleanup. For more information, call Kim Lee at 283-2682.

Fox Island cruise fund-raiser set

Kenai Peninsula United Way will hold a Kenai Fjords Fox Island Cruise fund-raiser at 2 p.m. Sept. 12 in Seward. The cost is $50 per person and includes the afternoon cruise to Fox Island and dinner. Live music and an outcry and bucket silent auction are some of the planned activities. For more information, call Amy at 283-9500.

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