Around the Peninsula

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2001

Mushroom mavens meet

The Kenai Peninsula Botanical Society will meet this evening to identify mushrooms. The meeting, a two-part affair, will be in room 137 at Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna.

The meeting will repeat what the group did last month because there are still plenty of mushrooms about.

Participants are encouraged to go into the woods and collect mushrooms beforehand. Naturalist and professor Boyd Shaffer will identify the edible and safe species. Bring them to the college between 4 and 6 pm. He requests "no rotten slimy specimens, please!" and recommends boxes for carrying them because plastic bags crush them.

At 6 p.m. Shaffer will lead a mushroom collecting walk on the college grounds. It should end about 8 p.m.

For more information, call Shaffer at the college at 262-0361.

'Fill-the-Boot' campaign set for today, Saturday

Firefighters and volunteers from Central Emergency Services will again hold their annual "Fill-the-Boot" campaign to benefit the Alaska Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Boot coordinators hope to raise $14,000.

The campaign will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday at the Soldotna "Y" intersection. Checks will be accepted and can be made payable to MDA, Alaska Chapter. Money will provide services and clinics for more than 200 Alaska families.

For more information, call Gary Hale at 262-4792 or Nell Higginbotham at 1-800-478-5683.

Farmers' market will be open Saturday

The Central Peninsula Farmers' Market will open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the parking lot located at the Spur Highway at Marydale Street, between the Tesoro station and the King Salmon Restaurant, in Soldotna. For more information, call 262-5463 or 262-7502.

Labor Day picnic slated for Monday

The annual Labor Day picnic sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Central Labor Council will begin at noon Monday at the Park Strip on Main Street in Kenai. It will feature children's games, live music, door prizes and free chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks. The whole family is invited to attend.

Coastwalk event planned for September

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies will hold its 17th annual Kachemak Bay Coastwalk during "Coastweeks" Sept. 15-29.

Coastwalk is an all-volunteer effort to gather information about wildlife and human impact on the beaches of Kachemak Bay. Participants sign up to walk one of 32 zones around the bay and record their findings.

Coastwalk will begin with a volunteer gathering and dessert potluck Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies office on the corner of Lake Street and Smokey Bay Way in Homer. Coastwalkers can register for their zone, pick up their instructions, map and checklist at this event or by calling 235-6667.

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