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Posted: Thursday, September 06, 2001

Open house scheduled for today

The Independent Living Center is having an open house to welcome "Job Ready" to the Kenai Peninsula from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today on Kalifornsky Beach Road, next to the Department of Fish and Game. The Independent Living Center and Job Ready have joined to provide in-home care services to seniors and others who experience a variety of disabilities.

Crusade begins tonight at Christian center

A "Glory and Healing Crusade" with Todd Bentley begins tonight and runs through Sept. 11 at Kalifonsky Christian Center.

"Todd has an annointing gift similar to Benny Hinn and Katerine Kuhlman. People are healed and delivered through his ministry. ... This would be a great opportunity to invite people who need healing, deliverance and a touch of God in their lives," according to a press release announcing the event. Evening services will be at 7 p.m. Sunday services will be at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Registration under way for basketball league

The Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula taking registrations for its high school basketball league through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. at the Kenai clubhouse. The season runs Oct. 1 through Nov. 10. Cost is $50. Scholarships are available. For more information, call 283-2682.

Soup supper, auction to benefit food bank

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's fifth annual soup supper and auction will be from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Soldotna Sports Center. Cost is $25. Seating is limited. All proceeds will benefit the food bank.

Bed and breakfast association to meet

The Kenai Peninsula Bed and Breakfast Association will gather at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Salmon Haus on Funny River Road in Soldotna for a potluck luncheon and meeting. On the agenda is the election of officers and by-law changes. For more information, call 262-2400 or 262-9799.

Twin City Raceway to hold final race of season

Twin City Raceway's final race of the year will be Saturday. Racing begins at 5 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults; children under 12 are free.

Boys and Girls Club benefit set for Saturday

Tickets still are available for the Boys and Girls Club's 14th annual auction gala. The event will begin with dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Old Kenai Supply Building in Kenai. Cost is $30 per person; reserved tables for eight people are available for $400. For more information, call 283-2682.

Homer first aid class postponed

The CPR-first aid class schedule for Saturday at Homer High School has been postponed until Sept. 29. For more information, call Homer Community School at 235-6090.

Benefit spaghetti feed scheduled for Sunday

There will be a benefit spaghetti feed to help with Johnna VinZant's medical expenses from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church's O'Neill Hall. For more information, call Pat at 262-0000 or Violet at 262-3736.

Investment representatives announce local visits

Representatives of the Alaska Division of Investments and Small Business Administration will be on the Kenai Peninsula doing outreach work with commercial fishers next weel. They will be at the Kenai City Hall on Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Homer City Hall Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at the Nikolaevsk School Library on Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are not necessary, but participants should bring copies of their 2000 income tax returns and 2001 fish statements. For more information, call (800) 478-LOAN or (907) 269-8150 or SBA at (800) 755-7034 or (907) 271-4022.

Consumer-Directed Program training session offered

The Independent Living Center will host a community training session for individuals with disabilities, personal care attendants or anyone else who is interested in learning about the Consumer-Directed Program on Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Soldotna Senior Center. The Consumer-Directed Program is scheduled to replace the Independent PCA Program on Oct. 1.

Food safety class offered

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is offering a four-hour food safety training class. The Serving Safe Food in Alaska class will be offered Sept. 24 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Central Peninsula General Hospital, 250 Hospital Place, Iliamna room, and Sept. 25 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center, 538 Arena Avenue. The class is free and preregistration is required.

The class is geared toward those who currently work or want to work in a restaurant or other food service establishment. It will cover the need for food safety, personal hygiene, receiving and storage, preparation, cooking and service and proper cleaning and sanitizing. For more information or to register, contact Jeri Lohmer at 262-5210, extension 237 or e-mail:

Boaters warned to take care in high water levels

The Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is advising all boaters on the Kenai River to take extra precautions to ensure their safety during this time of high water levels. Unusually swift currents combined with cold water can make boating more challenging and dangerous than normal. All persons are advised to always wear life jackets when on the river, and to be watchful of unexpected floating debris such as logs, trees or other items. Parents are reminded that state law requires that all children 13 years of age and younger are required to wear approved life jackets any time they are in a boat.

The high water condition has also increased the level of bank erosion on the Kenai River. Power boaters are asked to use the center of the river whenever possible so that boat wakes generated by their passing will be reduced by the time they hit the riverbanks. Power boaters are also asked not to run their boats immediately adjacent to a riverbank. Maintaining the natural vegetation along the Kenai River is important for maintaining private and public property and for healthy fish habitat. Unnatural erosion caused by powerboats is an increasing threat to maintaining healthy riverbanks along the Kenai River.

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