Community News

Posted: Monday, December 01, 2003

Soroptimists holding candy fund-raiser

The Soroptimists of the Twin Cities is taking orders for Sees Candy. The deadline for candy orders is today. Proceeds will benefit the Central Peninsula General Hospital cancer fund, Young Women's Conference and local scholarship programs. For more information or to place an order, call Lyn at 262-9253 or any other Soroptimist member.

Project Video Connect to begin

The American Red Cross of Alaska will begin Project Video Connect for military families who want to record and send a video directly to their active military member from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 12 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 13 at the American Red Cross office in the Bridges building.

There is no charge. For more information or to make an appointment call, Annette Hakkinen at 262-4541.

Assistance available for commercial fishers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking applications from commercial Pacific salmon fishers and crew members to receive cash benefits under the Trade Adjustment Assistance program.

Due to competition of farmed salmon, a payment of up to three cents per pound of salmon sold in 2002 and entitlement to technical services will be available to qualifying fishers. The application deadline is Jan. 20. Applications are available at the NRCS office at 110 Trading Bay, Suite 160, Kenai. For more information, call 283-6287 or (866) 872-3320.

Budget review committee seeking members

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is accepting applications from persons interested in sitting on the budget review committee. The committee will review development of the fiscal year 2005 budget. The application deadline is Dec. 15. For more information, call Lassie Nelson at 262-5846, ext. 229, or visit www.kpbsd for an application.

Art exhibit planned

The Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula will hold its annual fine arts exhibit in mid-December. All members from Kenai, Nikiski or Soldotna clubs who paid their dues prior to Sept. 15 are eligible to display their artwork at the exhibit. Artwork must have been completed within the last calender year and cannot exceed 30 inches by 40 inches, except sculpture pieces. Artwork must be received by club directors by Dec. 10. For more information, call Kim Lee at 283-2682.

Exchange student representatives needed

The Pacific Intercultural Exchange is looking for volunteers to become area representatives.

By making informal in-home visits, helping to match common interests and lifestyles, representatives would help match students with families who are interested in hosting an exchange student. Students can be placed in a variety of family settings, including single parents, childless couples, retired couples and large families.

For more information about becoming an area representative or hosting a student, call Teresa Knapp at (800) 894-7633.

Firefighters plan basketball fund-raiser

The Kenai Firefighters Association will play in a basketball game against a team of NFL and Hollywood celebrities at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Kenai Central High School gymnasium. The game is a fund-raiser for the association. Tickets are $12.50 for one adult or two children. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information or tickets, call Terry Bookey at 283-7666.

Outstanding business nominations sought

The Homer Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations from the community for the Outstanding Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year.

The Citizen of the Year award is presented to an individual for continuing service to the community. The Outstanding Business of the Year award is presented to a commercial business that supported community activities and organizations above and beyond.

Nominations forms and drop boxes are available at the chamber of commerce, city hall, FNBA, Fritz Creek General Store, Safeway, Spenard Builders Supply, Wells Fargo and Ulmer's Drug and Hardware.

A committee will review all nominations, establish a ballot, then open it to voting by the public in January. Winners will be announced at the chamber mixer in January. For more information, call 235-7740.

Community remembrance celebration planned

The Hospice of the Central Peninsula will hold a Celebration of Remembrance beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at the Christ Lutheran Church across from Mykel's in Soldotna. The celebration is for community members to gather, celebrate friendships and remember those who have died. Finger foods and desserts will be served. Mike Morgan and Friends will provide the evening's music. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call Sue at 262-0453.

Kenai Potters Guild sponsoring art show, sale

The Clay Works Art Show will continue through Saturday. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Visitors are asked to vote on their favorite piece. Awards will be given to the winners. There is no admission fee.

The Kenai Potters Guild also will sponsor a pottery Christmas sale from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Peninsula Fine Arts Center across from the Peninsula Oilers Bingo Hall. Items also may be purchased in the fine arts gallery. For more information, call Sue at 776-8433 or Carol at 283-4337.

T-200 poster contest beings

The annual Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race poster design contest has begun. The winner of the contest will be invited to ride in the ceremonial start of the race, and the wining picture will be reproduced on the poster for the 2004 Tustumena 200.

Entrants must be in grades one through six. One entry per student is allowed, and pictures must be a original, with no computers, copies or tracing used. Crayon, ink, markers or colored pencils are allowed. Pictures should show friendly competition, humane care of sled dogs or a musher-dog team involvement in the T-200.

All entries must be on 8 1/2- by 11-inch paper. Artist name, address, city, phone, teacher name, school and grade should be on the back written in pencil. Entrants are asked to not fold entries.

Entries can be dropped off at Jersey Subs at 44224 Sterling Highway or mailed to Tustumena 200, Box 220, Kasilof, AK 99610. All entries become property of the Tustumena 200.

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