Community Events

Posted: Monday, October 23, 2000

Electric Light Parade planned

The Greater Kenai Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2000 Electric Light Parade Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. The chamber is currently accepting applications from entrants. For more information about entries, call 283-7989.

Women's applications sought

Soroptimist International of Twin Cities, part of the Soroptimist International of the Americas, a volunteer service organization for women in business, management and the professions, has applications available to head-of-household women seeking financial assistance to return to school.

The Women's Opportunity Award is one of the Soroptimists International of Twin Cities major service projects. The Twin Cities club will provide a $500 cash grant to the winner, who will then advance to the Soroptomist Northwestern Region level, where two $3,000 winners and one $5,000 winner will be selected. The program culminates with three $10,000 finalist awards.

Applications are available at New Frontier Vocational Technical Center, Kenai Peninsula College, Kenai Community Library, Soldotna Public Library, Kenai Job Service, Women's Resource and Crisis Center and Bridges, or by calling Brenda Northup at 262-6000.

Program honoring young women launched

The Soroptimists International of Twin Cities recently launched a new program targeted to young women who make the community and world a better place. The Violet Richardson Award honors young women between the ages of 14 and 17 for volunteer actions.

The Soroptimists will present a $200 cash award as well as contribute $200 in honor of the winner to her volunteer organization. Club-level winners then become eligible for one of 29 $1,000 awards. In addition, at this level, $1,000 will be contributed in honor of the winners to their organizations. One finalist will be chosen from among 29 winners for an additional award, including contribution of $2,500 to the finalist's volunteer organization.

Applications for the award program are available at the Kenai and Soldotna libraries, Boys and Girls Club, local high schools, Bridges or by calling Brenda Northup at 260-6000.

Junior Miss deadline approaches

The Alaska Junior Miss organization announced that the deadline for applying to take part in the annual competition is Nov. 30. The event will be held Jan. 27, 2001, at the Soldotna High School auditorium.

The Alaska Junior Miss program is a nationwide endeavor to honor and reward the country's outstanding high school girls for their achievements. The contestants are evaluated on their interviews, scholastic achievement, creative and performing areas, fitness and poise. There is no fee for entry.

In addition to cash and tuition scholarships in 11 categories, the young women selected will represent Alaska in the 44th annual America's Junior Miss National Finals in Mobile, Ala., in June.

Interested female high school seniors graduating in spring 2001 should contact their high school counselor for an application packet or contact Reean Pitts at 262-5919 for more information.

North Pole postmarks for the holidays

The United States Post Office offers customers options for North Pole postmarks for letters and cards.

To receive a North Pole postmark on holiday cards, customers should affix a first class stamp on the addressed cards. Send the cards in a larger envelope to North Pole Christmas Cancellation Postmaster, 5400 Mail Trail, Fairbanks, AK 99709-9999.

Customers are urged not to send empty envelopes, because after receiving the postmark, the cards and letters will be entered into the mail stream to the address. Postmarked envelopes will not be returned to the sender, as they also will have to be entered into the mail stream the date of postmark.

For children wishing to receive a letter from Santa Claus postmarked from the North Pole, the postal service suggests that parents write a letter to the child from Santa Claus, place the letter in an envelope and affix a 33-cent stamp to it. Then place the envelope in a larger envelope and affix the proper first-class postage and send to the North Pole Christmas Cancellation Postmaster, 5400 Mail Trail, Fairbanks, AK 99709-9999.

The Postal Service recommends that requests for postmarks on both holiday cards and on letters to Santa Claus be received in Fairbanks between Nov. 30 and Dec. 15.

Delivery confirmation is recommended to customers who wish to know when their postmark requests arrive in Fairbanks for the North Pole postmark.

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