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Posted: Friday, September 02, 2005

MDA campaign set to kick off

Firefighters and volunteers from Central Emergency Services will hold its annual “Fill the Boot” campaign to benefit the Alaska chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This year’s effort has set its goal at $16,500 in donations. The campaign will take place today and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Soldotna “Y.”

For more information, call Gary Hale at 262-4792 or Malane Harbour at (800) 478-5683.

Drivers’ safety class scheduled

AARP is offering a drivers’ safety class today and Saturday at the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center and today and Saturday at the Kenai River Center in Soldotna. Possible benefits are having a ticket dismissed and getting a reduction on insurance. Teens and their parents are welcome. The cost is $10 for materials. For more information and times, call Vivian Swanson at 260-3966.

Kennel club agility trials slated

The Kenai Kennel Club will hold a three-day dog agility trial starting Saturday at the Kenai Little League ball fields on South Spruce Street. The competition begins at 9 a.m. each day and generally wraps up about 3 p.m.

Spectators are encouraged to come and watch as handlers direct dogs around an obstacle course against the clock. Bring a chair and be prepared for the weather. Dogs not entered in the trial are not allowed on the grounds.

KKC also is gearing up for fall classes at its facility in the C Plaza in Kenai. Classes include agility, puppy kindergarten, basic, intermediate and advance obedience, rally and conformation. Sign-ups also are being taken for a Canine Good Citizen class. For more information or to sign up for a class, call the club at 335-2552.

Potluck, work day set

A barbecue potluck and work day for the Friendship Mission will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the mission on the Kenai Spur Highway. Meat and soft drinks will be provided. Participants are asked to bring a salad or dessert. For more information, call (907) 953-0693 or (907) 953-0694.

Historical society to meet

The Kenai Historical Society will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday in the basement of the United Methodist Church of the New Covenant on the corner of the Kenai Spur Highway and Bluff Street. James Arness will be the featured speaker. For more information, call 283-7756.

Dinner, auction fund-raiser set

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.

EMS benefit dinner set

American Legion Ninilchik Post No. 18 will host its fifth annual EMS benefit dinner at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 at Ninilchik Fairgrounds. For more information, call William Fisher at (907) 567-3918.

Dog training seminar set

Peninsula Dog Obedience Group will host Kay Laurence, a clicker trainer from England, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 16 and 17 at its facility on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Clicker training is a reward-based training method for animals.

Laurence’s presentation will cover education, experience, training methods and focus on the whole dog, not just training.

The cost is $75 per day or $140 for both days. It is open to the public. Owners may bring their dogs if they are well-behaved. For more information, call 262-6846 or e-mail info@pendog.org.

Tenants wanted for senior apartments

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 in Nikiski. Occupancy would be available in the fall or winter of 2006. To sign up or for more information, call 776-7654.



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