Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2003

Area chambers set schedule

Chambers of commerce speakers for the upcoming week include:

Kenai Peninsual Borough Mayor Dale Bagley will be the featured speaker at the North Peninsula Chamber meeting at noon today at North Kenai Baptist Church. For more information, call Fred Miller at 776-8555.

Kenai Borough Mayor Dale Bagley, Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey, Soldotna City Manager Tom Boedecker, and Central Peninsula General Hospital CEO David Gilbreath will be the featured speakers noon Tuesday at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce. The topic of discussion will be "Soldotna Year in Review." For more information, call Shanon Hamrick at 262-9814.

A high-speed ferry system in Cook Inlet will be the topic of discussion at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting at noon Wednesday at Paradisos. Mat-Su Borough Manager Jim Duffy will speak. Lunch is $10.50. For more information, call 283-7989.

The North Peninsula Chamber meeting at noon Dec. 18 at North Kenai Baptist Church will feature Morgan Evans of Alaska Video Productions. For more information, call Fred Miller at 776-8555.

Play Zone opens in Peninsula Center Mall

Kids 1-12 years old now have a place to play in Soldotna's Peninsula Center Mall instead of having to shop with their parents.

Play Zone provides kids with toys, video games, movies, reading and coloring materials and staff supervision, for a maximum of two hours (minimum one hour charge), while their parents shop or take care of other business, according to owner Melodie Symington.

For more information, call Play Zone at 262-7222.

Era Aviation teams up with Food Banks

Era Aviation, in conjunction with food banks in the communities it serves, will offer special rates for travel this Friday through Saturday and Dec. 19-21 with the donation of a turkey or ham. Travelers can fly roundtrip between Anchorage and Kenai, Anchorage and Homer, Anchorage and Valdez or Cordova, and between Anchorage and Kodiak for reduced fares.

"We're happy to be able to assist our local food banks," said Paul Landis, Era's senior vice president. "This is a great opportunity for our customers to take advantage of reduced fares while helping those in need in the communities we serve."

Special rates apply only to the flights listed under "Web Specials" at Reservations must be made online to qualify for the reduced fares.

Arby's to celebrate 20 years in Kenai

The Kenai Arby's will host a grand re-opening and anniversary Saturday at its newly remodeled store in Kenai. The celebration will feature drawings for door prizes throughout the day, and regular roast beef sandwiches will be on sale for 99 cents.

The Kenai Arby's is owned by Zan Inc., a family-owned business with headquarters in Kenai. The company owns and operates restaurants in Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, Anchorage, Eagle River and Wasilla.

Zan Inc. has been operating Arby's restaurants in Alaska since 1978, with the Kenai Arby's opening in 1983. The company was founded by Kenai businessman George Navarre, and is operated by Navarre, along with his sons Mike, Tim, Pat, Ted and son-in-law Larry Tunseth.

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