Photo courtesy of the Alaska Sea
Research worth noting
A ceremonial check for almost $7.3 million was presented Wednesday by Scott Rayder, chief of staff to the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The amount represents recognition and commitment by NOAA to the Alaska SeaLife Center's research, rehabilitation and public education programs. Rayder stressed the importance of the ASLC role in public education and scientific advancement as he presented the ceremonial check. The current actual amounts of research monies being allotted through NOAA are $5,431,150 for Steller sea lion research, $917,558 for harbor seal research and $940,858 for support of the Alaska SeaLife Center Rescue and Rehabilitation Program through the Stranding network (rehabilitation).
Nutrition classes begin
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is holding an eight-week series of nutritional classes titled "How to Create Nutritious Meals, Healthy School Lunches and Snacks on a Low Budget." Classes meet at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the food bank. Colleen Deal will instruct. There is no fee.
Participants may attend one or more of the classes, and door prizes will be provided for those attending. For more information, call 262-3111.
Women health screenings available
In celebration of National Nurse-Midwifery Week, free annual exams with pap testing will be offered by appointment and free pregnancy testing will be held all day on a walk-in basis from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at 35670 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite 101A, in Soldotna. For more information or to schedule a pregnancy test, call Jennifer Wright-Bennion at 262-2602.
Junior Miss applications available
The Alaska Junior Miss Scholarship Program, a franchised arm of America's Junior Miss is accepting applications for the 2005 competition.
The competition will be take place Jan. 30 through Feb. 5 in Soldotna. The annual event is part of a nationwide endeavor to reward high school senior girls for their outstanding accomplishments. Contestants are evaluated on judges interview, scholastic achievement, creative and performing arts, fitness and poise.
The winner will represent Alaska in the national finals scheduled for June in Mobile, Ala. There is no entry fee, and it is open to any young woman graduating in the spring who is an Alaska resident.
Application packets are available from area high school counselors or online at www.alaskajuniormiss.com. Registration deadline is Nov. 22. For more information, call Mary Green at 262-5495.
KPC seeks council members
Kenai Peninsula College is seeking interested community members to serve on the KPC College Council. The council serves a public advisory role for the college and seeks to have representation from all sectors of the peninsula.
To be considered for one of the positions, send a letter of interest and resume to Kenai Peninsula College, Director's Office, 34820 College Drive, Soldotna, AK 99669 by Friday. For more information, call Cindy Finwall at 262-0318 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pie auction fund-raiser slated
The 10th annual Soldotna Chamber Pie Auction will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at the Soldotna Sports Center. The theme is Hawaiian and the evenings activities will feature a no-host bar at 6 p.m., a sit-down dinner at 6:30, followed by a pie auction at 7.
Each pie will have a secret prize attached. There will be opportunities to purchase coconuts for $50 for the chance to win $1,000 and the grand prize will be a trip for two to Hawaii. Cost is $250 for a table of 10, or $25 for a single seat. For more information, call 262-9814.
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