Around the Peninsula

Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Kasilof Historical cancels meeting

The Kasilof Historical Society will not meet this month. Its next meeting will be Jan. 8. For more information, call 262-2439.

Final day for HIV testing

Planned Parenthood will offer free and confidential HIV tests between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. today at 130 E. Redoubt in Soldotna. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 262-2622.

PIRA schedules meeting

The Peninsula Ice Racing Association will hold an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Decanter Inn. The public is invited to attend.

For more information, call Roxy Sanford at 262-5917.

Homeless shelter to be discussed

A meeting to share and discuss ideas for an interfaith homeless shelter will begin at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Bridges. For more information, call 260-3800.

Coaching certification offered

A cheerleading coaches certification course will be held Friday and Saturday at the Soldotna High School library. Fridays schedule is coaching principles and ethics from 3 to 7 p.m. and coaching fundamentals from 7:30 to 10 p.m. On Saturday, stunts and tumbling I will be from 9 a.m. to noon followed by stunts and tumbling II from 1 to 3 p.m. Lavonne Norman, ASAA spirit coordination and NCSSE state director will instruct.

Cost is $45 per course if registered by today or $55 per course at the door. For more information, call Lavonne Norman at (907) 563-3723.

Project Video Connect scheduled

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. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday 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.

Hunter education class planned

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will hold a basic hunter education certification class Saturday. The one-day course will require home completion of a self-study workbook, four hours of classroom instruction, written test and an additional four hours of instruction and shooting proficiency test at the rifle range. A $10 fee includes all class and range materials.

A hunter born after Jan. 1, 1986, must possess a hunter education certificate to legally hunt in units 7, 13, 14, 15 and 20. If a hunter is under the age of 16 and does not have certification, they must be under the direct and immediate supervision of a licensed hunter who has successfully completed a state certified hunter education course. For more information or to register for this class, call 262-9368.

T-200 poster contest deadline near

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. The deadline for entries is Monday.

Entrants must be in grades one through six. One entry per student is allowed, and pictures must be 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 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.

Free holiday concert planned

The Greatlanders, the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific, will hold a free holiday concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. The concert is sponsored in part by the Soldotna and Kenai chambers of commerce.

Victorian tea scheduled

Peninsula Take-A-Break will hold a Victorian Christmas tea from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 17 at the Solid Rock Conference Center. Julia Heasley of Anchorage will speak about how to find balance and joy during stressful times. Music will be provided by Kate Jefferson. Gift wrapping ideas also will be presented. The cost is $7, and free child care will be available. For more information or to make a reservation, call Carolyn at 262-4214 or Linda at 283-3228.

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 3 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.

Christmas trees available on refuge

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has been opened for Christmas tree cutting through Christmas Day. There is no fee. Limit one tree per household. Trim the stump as close to the ground as possible.

Trees may be taken from anywhere on the refuge except the refuge headquarters and visitors center, along Ski Hill Road or near any road, lake, stream, trail, campground or picnic area. For more information, call 262-7021.

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