Around the Peninsula

Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2001

Sept. 11 tourism effects are noon topic

Al Parrish, Holland American vice president of governmental affairs, will speak on behalf of the Northwest Cruiseship Association at today's luncheon meeting of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce. His topic is the state of the visitor industry following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. It is open to the public.

The chamber meets at noon at the Old Town Village Restaurant.

Kenai to celebrate city hall anniversary

The city of Kenai will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of Kenai City Hall with a reception Thursday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the city council chambers at 210 Fidalgo Ave.

Development district to meet Thursday

The Kenai Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development District will meet Thursday at 3 p.m. at 110 Trading Bay Drive, Suite 160, in Kenai. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 283-7403.

Fire service area meeting planned

The Nikiski Fire Service Area board of directors will meet Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Station No. 1. For more information, call Chief Billy Harris at 283-4202.

Homer chamber plans open house

An open house will be held Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Kachemak Bay Visitor and Business Resource Center in Homer. There will be coffee, cookies and punch.

The center, at 201 Sterling Highway on the bypass, is the new home for the Homer Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Development Center and the Homer Visitor Information Center. Its construction was funded from local donations, a matching grant from the federal Economic Development Administration and money made available to the city through the governor's matching grant program for capital projects in Alaska.

It is open to the public. For more information, call 235-7740.

Healthy Communities meets Thursday

The Healthy Communities-Healthy People Steering Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Bridges, 145 Kasilof St. in Soldotna. For more information, call 260-3800.

North Peninsula chamber names new venue

There is a new location for meetings of the North Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. Beginning Thursday, the chamber will meet at the North Kenai Baptist Church, across from Dukowitz Machine Inc.

The speaker at this Thursday's meeting, which begins at noon, will be Kay Cashman of Petroleum news. It is open to the public.

Hospice seeks volunteers

Hospice of the Central Peninsula is seeking caring compassionate adults to provide hospice services to local individuals and families. People interested in learning more about the hospice concept of care, advance directives and volunteering are invited to a hospice orientation and training program beginning Thursday at Soldotna Community Schools.

Classes to train hospice direct care and bereavement volunteers will be held through Oct. 17. For information or to register, call hospice at 262-0454.

Pie auction is Saturday

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce holds its seventh annual pie auction Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center. The evening begins with a no-host bar at 6 p.m. Dinner and entertainment begin at 6:30 p.m., and the bidding on 45 pies begins at 7:30 p.m. Each pie comes with a secret prize. The grand prize is a trip for two to Hawaii. Tickets are $20 each, and seating is limited. For more information, call the chamber at 262-9814.

Canine Good Citizen class offered

Peninsula Dog Obedience Group will offer a Canine Good Citizen course Tuesday. It is an eight-week class and designed to teach skills on passing the Canine Good Citizen Test, which will be held on the last night of class.

The purpose of the CGC test is to ensure that a dog can be a respected member of the community because it is trained and conditioned to act mannerly in the home, public places and in the presence of other dogs. The program is open to both purebred and mixed breeds. The test is not a competition and does not require you and your dog perform with precision.

The program is offered through the American Kennel Club. For more information, call 262-6846.

Community schools brochures mailed out

The Soldotna Community Schools brochures will be in the mail to 99669 zip code box holders, general delivery and city routes the first few days of October. Brochures also will be available at the Soldotna and Kenai public libraries. Classes will begin today.

Mail-in registration will be ongoing and must be received by Friday. In-person registration is scheduled for Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Soldotna Middle School, 426 W. Redoubt Ave., in Soldotna.

The registration form included in the brochure is not the correct form. Correct forms can be picked up at the Soldotna and Kenai libraries, or send the required registration information -- name, home and work phone, class title, date, etc. -- attach the class fee and mail it to Soldotna Community Schools, 426 W. Redoubt Ave., Soldotna, AK 99669 or call 262-6768.

SeaLife Center starts Senior Sundays

The Alaska SeaLife Center announced the start of a new program -- Senior Sundays. Every Sunday, from October through March, seniors age 60 and older will pay half-price admission ($6.25, plus tax) at the center. In addition to having an opportunity to enjoy all the center's great marine life exhibits at a reduced cost, a special 20-minute education program will take place at 2 p.m. each Sunday. Free coffee and newspapers will be available.

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