Posted: Monday, November 12, 2001

Food Bank receives grant

Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger has approved a one-year grant of $9,000 to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. The purpose of the grant is to help pay the salary of a full-time staff person to assist with food and service requests.

Big brothers sought

The Kenai Peninsula United Way is looking for adult males to serve in the capacity of "big brothers" for area boys. Interested men must be over 21, agree to a background check and be willing to dedicate to a long-term arrangement. For more information, call 283-9500.

Hospice to hold open house

Hospice of the central peninsula is holding an open house at their new office, 312 Tyee St. in Soldotna, Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m. The open house is in honor of National Hospice Month and gives the community an opportunity to visit the hospice office, meet the staff, enjoy refreshments and obtain information on hospice programs and services. Other hospice activities for November include volunteer training for people interested in becoming a community bereavement volunteer for hospice on Saturday.

Contest looking for young artists

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sportfish is sponsoring its annual art contest to find cover artwork for the three 2002 regulation booklets produced for the Southcentral Alaska region. The winning artwork will appear on the covers of several hundred thousand copies of the Southcentral (Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound), Kodiak (Kodiak, Aleutian Islands and Alaska Peninsula) and Bristol Bay area booklets. Artwork will be accepted from elementary-age children in the three areas. The artists should focus on a memorable sport-fishing event. Additional contest information may be found on the ADF&G website at coverart/schart01/html/coverart01.stm. Entries can be submitted to Fritz Kraus at ADF&G Sport Fish Division, 333 Raspberry Road, Anchorage, AK 99518. For more information, call Fritz at 267-2265.

Red Cross to offer first aid/CPR class

The American Red Cross offers monthly community classes for first aid with adult child and infant CPR. The next available class is Saturday. The cost is $58. Call Debbie at 262-4541 to preregister and for time and location details.

Avalanche warning workshop offered

An avalanche hazard recognition workshop is scheduled for Dec. 1 at Soldotna High School Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Preregistration and workshop information is available by calling the Office of Emergency Management at 262-4910 or (800) 478-4441, ext. 281 or 247.

There is no fee for the class. People who will benefit from the class are snowboarders, snowmachiners, telemark skiers, cross-country skiers and backcountry enthusiasts.

Homer Community Schools announcements

The Landscapes acrylic painting class date has been changed to Nov. 27 and 28 and the snowmobile safety and maintenance class has been rescheduled for Dec. 6.

The CPR/first aid class still has space available.

The winter schedule of classes and activities is currently being planned. To request a class or to offer a class or activity call the community schools office.

People interested in being a tutor or in need of a tutor can call the community schools office.

For more information, call 235-6090.

Kenai Community Library announcements

The library is closed today for Veterans Day. Toddler story time is Wednesday at 11 a.m. and preschool story time is Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

The Writers Group will meet Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the library conference room. The group is always looking for new members who enjoy writing for pleasure or profit.

The Kenai Library Film Club will meet Friday at 6:30 p.m. Friends of the Library will meet Nov. 19 at 5:45 p.m.

Alaska SeaLife Center news

A new oystercatcher joins the ASLC bird exhibit

Cyrano, a 9-year-old male black oystercatcher has joined the SeaLife Center avian collection. The oystercatcher arrived from Seattle Aquarium last month and has been in quarantine until his introduction into the habitat Tuesday.

The black oystercatcher easily is recognized by his long, bright orange bill, orange eye ring, black, stocky body and long pink legs. He's vocal and can be seen as he explores the rocks and his saltwater wading pool in the aviary. In the wild, black oystercatchers feed on little crustaceans and mollusks in the shallow waters of the intertidal zone.

Before coming to his new home at the ASLC, this oystercatcher lived in a small shorebird exhibit at the Seattle Aquarium. During the last year, he had become more feisty and territorial with the other shorebirds which necessitated either he or the other birds being taken out of that exhibit. When the avian department at the Seattle Aquarium asked if the SeaLife Center would consider taking him, the answer was yes.

Black oystercatchers are found feeding and nesting along Alaska's rocky shores. Since one of the goals of the ALSC seabird exhibit is to accurately depict and Alaska seabird colony, adding this striking shorebird was desirable. Also, in conjunction with the National Parks Service, which conducts annual surveys of these birds throughout Resurrection Bay, the center's avian staff is interested in discovering more information about the biology and natural history of these birds -- something that's easier to accomplish in a carefully controlled environment.

Post office deadlines coming up

The U.S. Postal Service reminds senders that deadlines for sending Christmas packages are approaching. Air mail and air parcel post items shipped to Africa, Europe, Canada, Australia, Central and South America, the Middle East, Asia and the Caribbean need to be shipped by the end of November to arrive by Christmas. For rates and other sending deadlines, contact your local post office.

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