Community Events

Posted: Monday, November 18, 2002

Soldotna chamber sponsors light contest

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its annual Christmas lights competitions. Homer Electric Association will provide the following prizes to first- through third-place winners in the commercial and residential categories: first place commercial, $100 energy credit; second and third place commercial, $50 energy credit; first place residential, $50 energy credit; and second and third place residential, $25 energy credit.

To nominate a lights display for the competition, call the chamber at 262-9814 or fax 262-3566. All nominations should include a name and address. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Dec. 9. Winners will be announced in the Clarion in mid-December. For more information, call Shanon at 262-9814.

Junior Miss contest applications available

Applications are available for the 2003 Alaska Junior Miss Scholarship Program. The annual competition is part of a nationwide endeavor to reward high school senior girls for their accomplishments. Contestants are evaluated on judges' interview, scholastic achievement, creative and performing arts, fitness and poise.

In addition to cash rewards, the state winner will receive a four-year tuition-only scholarship to the University of Alaska, and the first runner-up will receive a two-year scholarship. The grand prize winner also will represent the state in the national finals, schedule for June in Mobile, Ala.

Contestant packets are available from counselors at area schools or by contacting Mary Green at (907) 262-5495. For more information, visit the Web site at

Camp planned for families dealing with FAS

Volunteers of America Alaska will sponsor a four-day camp for families raising children with Fetal Alcohol Effect and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome from Dec. 27 to 30 at Solid Rock Camp in Soldotna.

The program, "FAScinating Families Winter Camp," is designed to provide traditional winter camp activities, such as sledding, skating, crafts and games, with specialized programs for children and adults including resources, support groups and respite for caregivers.

Families also get the opportunity to connect with other families around the state dealing with similar parenting challenges.

Registration is $25 per family and includes food, lodging, bus transportation from Anchorage and a variety of camp activities. Space is limited. To register, e-mail or call Pat Cochran at (907) 279-9646 or Dena Wiggins at (907) 279-9624.

AMCC sells collection of Alaska recipes

The Alaska Marine Conservation Council is selling "Marine Cuisine," a unique cookbook featuring recipes from fishing families along Alaska's coastline.

The cookbook features more than 65 recipes for a variety of seafood and includes sauces, side dishes and desserts. Inter-mingled with the recipes are profiles of coastal communities and AMCC members, photographs and original artwork, as well as interesting facts about Alaska marine life.

The AMCC is a community-based organization whose members include fishers, subsistence harvesters, conservationists and small business owners whose ways of life depend on a healthy marine ecosystem.

The cookbook costs $12.95, and all proceeds will be used to advance the AMCC's mission to protect the health and diversity of the Alaska marine ecosystem. For more information, call the council at (907) 227-5357 or visit

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