Around the Peninsula

Posted: Tuesday, August 23, 2005

College plans barbecue

The Kenai River Campus of Kenai Peninsula College will hold a community welcome back barbecue to kick off the school year from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday on campus behind the Goodrich and McLane buildings. There will be free food and entertainment in conjunction with the first day of general walk-in registration for the fall semester. Walk-in registration continues through 5 p.m. Friday. Online registration at also continues through Friday. The first day of classes is Aug. 29.

For more information, call campus services at KPC at 262-0330.

Kids’ basketball league forming

The Kenai Boys and Girls Club is accepting registration for its first- and second-grade basketball league through Friday. The season runs Sept. 12 through Oct. 29. The basketball fee is $50 and participants must be members of the Boys and Girls Club. Scholarships are available.

Registration forms may be downloaded off the Internet from and can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. through Friday. Forms also can be faxed to 283-8190 with a credit card number or mailed with a postmark of Friday.

For more information, call 283-2682.

Sterling open house set

Sterling Elementary School will host an open house from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Principal Ermold will give a presentation at 6 p.m. in the gym and classrooms will be open until 7 p.m.

Tonkas on the bluff returns

The Kenai Rotary in conjunction with area business with host its second annual Big Tonkas event from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Millennium Square behind the Uptown Motel on Spur Avenue.

Area children will be able to operate equipment with the assistance of experienced operators. Hard hats and balloons will be given to participants. For more information, call Wes Keller at 283-7503.

Shooting, hunting seminar on target

The Snowshoe Gun Club will host Kenai Peninsula Shooting and Hunting Day from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the club. Families will be able to try different styles and types of shooting. Seminars and demonstrations also are planned. There is no cost. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and pets are not allowed. For more information, call Scott Hamann at 776-7676 or Larry Lewis at 262-9368.

Refuge hosts films, nature walks

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge holds nature walks from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on the Keen Eye Trail. Round-trip walking distance is a half mile. Participants are asked to wear comfortable shoes and leave dogs at home. Admission is free.

Visitor center hours are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 262-7021.

Other upcoming events include:

“Time Travel through the Taiga” — Take a walk back in time and see how plant and animal life changes in the boreal forest (taiga) Aug. 27.

The refuge headquarters also shows films at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. daily. Films include:

“Kenai National Wildlife Refuge: Where Wildlife Comes First” (10 minutes) — The film shows the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge’s wildlife story and the refuge’s recreational opportunities. The film is shown at noon and 4 p.m.

“Alone in the Wilderness” (55 min.) — The life story of Dick Proenneke, who fell in love with the Twin Lakes country in the 1970s, built a log cabin and lived a wilderness lifestyle for more than 20 years. The film is shown at 1 p.m.

“A Mystery in Alaska” (55 minutes) — Discover the world of humpback whales, salmon and brown bears and solve the mystery of why Stellar sea lions are declining in the waters of eastern Alaska. The film is shown at 2 p.m.

“Sled Dogs” (55 min.) — Experience the drama and magic of the 1,100-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race. The film is shown at 3 p.m.

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