Blood Bank in need of blood
The Blood Bank of Alaska is experiencing a critical shortage of type O positive blood. The blood center is in the Blazy Mall and open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Alaska Anvil Inc. and the Cook Inlet Lions Club will sponsor a blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. today in the Alaska Anvil office in Nikiski.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough will host a Halloween blood drive in the Borough Building from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. The center will be open on the first Saturday of each month from noon to 5 p.m. starting Saturday.
Refuge to hold trapper class
The trapper orientation class for those wishing to trap on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the Kenai River Center on Funny River Road in Soldotna. The class is mandatory for anyone wishing to trap on the refuge.
Those who already have attended the class in the past do not need to attend again. The trapper orientation class is sponsored jointly by the refuge and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
For additional information, call the refuge at 262-7021 or Larry Lewis at Fish and Game at 262-9368.
Chamber pushes Christmas spirit
The city of Kenai and the Kenai Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the Village of Lights at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Leif Hansen Memorial Park. Festivities will include the official lighting and proclamation by Kenai Mayor John Williams, caroling by The Kenai Performers, cookies provided by the Kenai Senior Citizens Center and a cup of cheer (hot chocolate) provided by McDonald's.
People can vote in the Kenai Christmas lights competition through Dec. 9 at www.kenaichamber.org. Winners will be announced in mid-December. First- through third-place prizes will be given in commercial and residential categories. The Homer Electric Association will provide energy credit to winners.
Hospice celebrates November
Hospice of the Central Peninsula celebrates November as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, "Comfort and Compassion When it's Needed Most." Several events are planned, including the annual community memorial, "Celebration of Remembrance," from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna, and hospice volunteer training on Nov. 7, 9, 14 and 16 at Soldotna Middle School. There is no fee. Register is through the Community Schools or call Liz at 262-0453. An open house will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at the new hospice offices at 312 Tyee St. No. 3 in Soldotna. Additional November activities include the annual hospice membership drive and the Living and Caring volunteer-made quilt raffle.
Community council plans meeting
The North Peninsula Community Council will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center. Topics include the Nikiski traffic study, Christmas light contest and 2003 projects. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 776-3257.
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