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Posted: Monday, August 23, 2004

Back-to-school events planned

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

Kaleidoscope School of the Arts and Sciences, a new charter school at Sears Elementary School in Kenai, will offer a "meet the teacher" event from 4 to 5 p.m. today.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School will host a PTA-sponsored open house from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today 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. today. Late registration also 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 today to pick up locker combinations.

Redoubt Elementary School will host an open house from 6 to 7 p.m. today, 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. today.

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., 1:30 to 7 p.m. today; from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday; and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday. The clinic also will offer immunizations at the Soldotna Elks Lodge from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday.

Cesarean awareness meeting planned

The Alaska Chapter of International Cesarean Awareness Network will host a discussion on professional labor support from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Thursday at Woman's Way Midwifery, 149 E. Corral Ave., Suite 2. The guest speaker will be Farrah Collver, a certified doula with Doulas of North America. The public is invited. Babies and spouses are welcome, as well as supportive birth professionals. For more information, call Laura Maples at 260-6749, e-mail icanofalaska@aol.com or visit www.freewebs.com/icanofalaska.

Clam digging fund-raiser set

The Inn Between Bed and Breakfast will host its first Chowder of Charity clam digging competition from 8 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday at Mile 3.5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kasilof. A weigh-in, short awards presentation and bonfire clam bake will be held Sunday. The cost is $5. All proceeds will be donated to charity, and clams will be donated to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. A prize for the largest clam will be lodging for four people for two nights at the bed and breakfast. Preregistration is encouraged. For more information, call Barbara Schuerger at 335-2769.

Mushroom workshop slated

The Kenai Watershed Forum will host a mushroom identification workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Sterling Senior Center. Participants will carpool to different locations and collect mushrooms, then sort, group and identify the mushrooms. Dominique Collet will instruct.

The Kenai Watershed Forum informational talks, hikes and programs are free to the public. Preregistration is required. For more information, call Josselyn at 260-5449 or e-mail josselyn@kenaiwatershed.org.

Coastal studies center continues activities

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies offers a preschool story program with a story, hike and craft every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the center on East Skyline Drive. It is free for members or a suggested donation of $2 for nonmembers.

Also offered are daily guided natural history tours across Kachemak Bay through Labor Day. Tours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The final minus tide series begins Friday and runs through Sept. 2. The cost is $90 for adults and $60 for children under 12.

The Wynn Nature Center offers a "Learn Your Local Plants Walk" every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the the center on East Skyline Drive.

The Center of Alaskan Coastal Studies will sponsor the kickoff for the 20th annual Kachemak Bay Coast Walk from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the headquarters building on Lake Street. The coast walk is a community volunteer project to monitor a stretch of Kachemak Bay and runs until Sept. 26. This year's focus will be on shoreline mapping and understanding "Biobands."

For more information on these or any other center activities, call (907) 235-6667.

WRCC in need of volunteers

The Women's Resource and Crisis Center is in need of volunteers for a number of projects.

On Sept. 10, volunteers are needed to help scrape loose paint from window sills, door frames and the roof line of the center.

Volunteers also are needed on a regular basis to organize and clean the Clothes Closet at the main administrative building on Spruce Street. Volunteers would sort, fold or hang clothing items that have been donated by the public.

For more information or to volunteer, call 283-9479.

Fish canning information available

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension office recently completed research on canning fish in quart jars. It has a free publication available explaining the process at its office in the Doors and Windows Building on Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information, call 262-5824.

The extension office reminds canners to have their pressure dial gauge tested for accuracy before canning fish.

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