Around the Peninsula

Posted: Friday, March 01, 2002

Bear-viewing applications due

Applications for bear-viewing permits at McNeil River State Game Sanctuary must be postmarked by today. Approximately 250 permits will be issued for people to view bears from early June through late August. An application fee of $25 must be included. For more information, call Bruce at 267-2269.

Blood bank celebrating birthday

The Blood Bank of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula Center is celebrating its third year of service. The blood bank will be celebrating today with birthday cake and invites everyone to stop in and join the party. The blood bank will be celebrating all of March, and a special drawing will be held at the end of the month. For more information, call the blood bank at 260-5672.

Talent show set for Saturday

The annual Nikiski Talent Show will be Saturday in the Nikiski Middle-Senior High School Auditorium. Show time is 7 p.m. Admission prices are $6 adults, $4 students or $18 family package. Acts include dancing, barbershop quartet, singing and more. For more information, call Darlene Gehrke at 776-3456.

Health Fair to be held Saturday

The seventh annual Village Fair-Health Fair will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Soldotna High School. This year's events include basic health screenings, blood panel, prostate specific antigen panel, a blood drive, Safe Kids water safety event, prescription drug interactions booth, Alaska landscape architecture booth, water test kits and more. For more information, call Bridges at 260-3800.

Young women's conference planned

Soroptimist International of Twin Cities will present its seventh annual Young Women's Conference Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Solid Rock Bible Camp in Sterling. The conference is open to girls in grades six through eight, and will feature programs on choices and self-esteem. Katie Lockwood, Alaska's 2002 Junior Miss, will be the special guest. Lunch, attendance prizes and a grand prize are also included. Cost for the program is $10. Scholarships are available. For more information or to preregister, call 262-7921.

Library events coming up

The Kenai Community Library will hold a birthday party for Dr. Seuss 2 p.m. Saturday as part of National Read Across America Day. The event will feature prizes, guest readers and birthday cake.

On March 4, the library hosts "Creating a Family Storytelling Tradition," with Carol Ford. Ford will lead participants through the process of developing their own family tradition of storytelling. Both events are free. For more information, call Corey Hall at 283-4378.

Dinner to support foreign exchange students

The central peninsula AFS committee will hold its 22nd annual foreign exchange student dinner and fund-raiser at 6 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady of the Angels church on Spruce Street in Kenai. The event features a multi-course meal with cuisine from around the world. Proceeds go to paying scholarships for central peninsula teens abroad and foreign students attending area schools. Tickets are $15 each and available at the Kenai Vision Center, Kenai Community Library, River City Books or from exchange students and committee members. For more information, call Eileen Bryson at 283-4428.

North peninsula council meets Monday

The North Peninsula Community Council will hold its next regular meeting today at 7 p.m. at the Nikiski Senior Center. All residents of the north peninsula are invited. Deric Marcorelle will discuss the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation's peninsula programs. For more information, call 776-3257.

Winter lectures continue

The Central Peninsula Master Gardeners Winter Lecture Series continues at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building. Horticulturist Wayne Vandre will share ideas and techniques for basic home landscape design. A $2 donation is requested. For more information, call Janice at 262-5824.

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