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Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2005

Tenants wanted for Nikiski senior housing

The Nikiski Senior Citizens Center is accepting names of interested seniors who want to move into a senior housing that is planned to be built beginning this spring next to Marie Lake in Nikiski. Occupancy would be available in the fall or winter of 2006. To sign up or for more information, call 776-7654.

SoHi swim team tryouts set

Soldotna High School is starting its swimming season. Tryouts are held weekdays from 3 to 5 p.m. Participants do not need to be experienced swimmers or divers to join. For more information, call 262-7419.

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) Saturday.

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.

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.

Auction fund-raiser slated

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula will have its 18th annual auction fund-raiser at 5 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Soldotna Sports Center. The theme is "Seven Clubs — One Vision" and celebrates the peninsula clubs in Homer, Kenai, the Kenai Teen Center, Nikiski, Seldovia, Seward and Soldotna.

The cost is $35 per person or $400 to reserve a table of seven and program recognition. Tickets are available at the Kenai Boys and Girls Club and from any club member. For more information, call Kim Lee at 283-2682, ext. 221.

The event includes a steak dinner, live and silent auctions and prizes.

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