Around the Peninsula

Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2001

Elementary volunteers orientation to be held

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School will hold its volunteer orientation at 8:30 a.m. today. All K-Beach volunteers are encouraged to attend. Coffee and pastries will be provided. For more information, call 262-1463.

Mayoral candidates to speak at chamber

Kenai mayoral candidates John Williams and Duane Bannock will be the guest speakers at today's Kenai Chamber of Commerce's weekly luncheon meeting. The moderator will be Merrill Sikorski. The meeting begins at noon at the Old Town Village Restaurant in Kenai. For more information, call 283-7989.

CARTS meeting planned

The monthly meeting of the Central Area Rural Transit System Advisory Partners will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the CARTS office in the old bus barn building at 43530 Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information, call 262-8900.

Council meeting slated to discuss prison impact

The Kenai City Council will hold a work session at 7 tonight in the Kenai City Council chambers. The purpose of the work session is to discuss the impacts on the city by the proposed private prison. It is open to the public.

The Planning and Zoning Commission meeting scheduled for 7 tonight has been relocated to the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.

Basketball league holding registrations

The Boys and Girls Club will have registration for its fifth- and sixth-grade basketball league today through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. at the Kenai club. The season runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 8. The cost is $50; scholarships are available. For more information, call 283-2682.

Seminar for businesses planned

The Peninsula Small Business Development Center and the Peninsula Job Service will sponsor a seminar entitled "Effective Payroll and Hiring Policies" from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the SBDC in the Red Diamond Center, Suite 16. This seminar will focus on employer payroll tax responsibilities, with emphasis on the proper preparation of employment tax forms and required timely federal tax deposits. Current Alaska statues, employment law, employment contracts, performance evaluation and background checks also will be discussed.

Fire training slated

Agrium Kenai Nitrogen Operations will conduct "live fire" training during the month of September for its emergency response team. Occasionally there may be small clouds of smoke or possibly open flames visible from the highway near the plant at Mile 21.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Training will be conducted Thursday and Sept. 19.

Geologist to speak at Kasilof meeting

The Kasilof Historical Society will have its first meeting of the season on Thursday. The business meeting will begin at 6 p.m., with the program starting at 7 p.m. Geologist Richard Reger will be the speaker. Everyone is invited. For more information, call 262-2439.

Red Cross classes scheduled for Saturday

The American Red Cross is taking registration for community first aid and CPR classes for September. The next available class is Saturday. Cost is $58. Preregistration is required. Red Cross courses meet all OSHA and workplace requirements. Course fees enable Red Cross to provide prompt disaster relief to Kenai Peninsula families.

To preregister and for time and location details, call 262-4541.

Historical society plans Fall Fling

The Soldotna Historical Society will hold its semi-annual membership meeting called the Fall Fling beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. Members are encouraged to bring a salad or dessert. The board will provide hot dogs, hamburgers and beverages. A brief meeting will be held, followed by speaker Carol Ford, who will talk on her Alaska Humanities project "Patch of Quotes."

The event will be at the Homestead Village and Museum on Centennial Road in Soldotna.

Coastwalk event planned

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies will hold its 17th annual Kachemak Bay Coastwalk during "Coastweeks," which runs from Saturday through Sept. 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 desert potluck at 7 p.m. Thursday 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 CACS at (907) 235-6667.

Alaska Independent Blind chapter to meet Monday

The monthly meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Alaska Independent Blind will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the Fireweed Medical Center, 247 N. Fireweed in Soldotna. The annual Alaska Independent Blind convention will be discussed. The convention will be in October in Anchorage.

The group is organized to provide education, awareness, outreach, advocacy services and information to individuals who are blind or vision impaired. It is open to the public. For more information, call 262-7061.

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