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■ The Kenai Chamber of Commerce annual community awards luncheon is from noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kenai Visitor Center. RSVP to 283-1991.

■ The Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce will host a joint luncheon at noon on July 8 at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. Gov. Sean Parnell will give a presentation. RSVP to 262-9814 or 283-1991.

Vendor and parade entry forms now available for Kenai Independence Day parade and festivities. The parade starts at Parade starts at 11 a.m. at Fidalgo Avenue. Festivities take place at the Green Park Strip from noon-4 p.m. For more information, visit kenaichamber.org or call 907-283-1991.

The Central Peninsula Alaska Peony Growers Association Farm Tour is June 28. It will begin at 10 a.m., and will be completed at 2 p.m. It is open to anyone who is interested in what is happening with the new Alaskan peony industry.

The tour will encompass three farms. The first farm will be at Cook Inlet Gardens. This is a new farm that planted 200 roots last fall, and is currently preparing for further planting this year. The second farm is Cool Cache Farms. It is in its second season of growing roots and plans to begin harvesting next year. The third farm is Echo Lake Peonies, which is currently in its sixth year of production.

Topics that will be discussed include: Finding, Prepping and Planting a Field; Second Year Growth and Maintenance Requirements of Peonies; Use of Geese in Weed Control; and The Harvesting and Shipping Procedures for Peonies. The directions for each farms are as follows:

Cook Inlet Farms, 10 a.m., 51540 Eagle Ave., Nikiski — Go north on the Kenai Spur Highway, past Nikiski about a quarter mile, and turn right on Sunset Street. Go to the “T” on Eagle. Turn right and go to first driveway on the right. Phone: 776-3336.

Cool Cache Farms, 47110 Autumn Road, Nikiski — From Nikiski, take the Kenai Spur Highway to North Miller Loop (across from Agrium). Take North

Miller Loop 1 mile, turn right on Cabin Lake Road and go to the “T” on Autumn Road. Turn right, go to fourth drive on left (at open field with 6-foot fence and a cache at the drive). Phone: 776-8143.

Echo Lake Peonies, 47937 Price Ave. — Take Kaliforsnky Beach Road to Gas Well, turn left at Echo Lake Road. Stay on Echo Lake for 1/2 mile until you reach Price (first left). The peony field is on that corner. Come down Price to the gate. Phone: 394-7180.

The following job skills workshops will be offered at the Peninsula Job Center the week of June 23:

Monday, June 23 — 9:30 a.m., ALEXsys Job Leads; 10:30 a.m., Introduction to ALEXsys and the Job Center; 2:30 p.m., Interviewing skills workshop.

Tuesday, June 24 — 10:30 a.m., Job Prep Workshop.

Wednesday, June 25 — 10:30 a.m., CareerReady 101 Lab; 1:30 p.m., WorkKeys® Testing; 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 26 — 10:30 a.m., Interviewing Skills; 3:30 p.m., Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation.

Friday, June 27 — No workshops offered.

All workshop are free of charge to the public.

Those interested in attending any workshops offered at the Peninsula Job Center can call 335-3010 or visit the job center located in Kenai at 11312 Kenai Spur Hwy., Suite No. 2. Business hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. excluding state and federal holidays.

You can also reserve space by clicking on the “Schedule Workshops” option located on the main screen in your ALEXsys account www.jobs.alaska.gov.

Have you opened a new business, moved to a new location, hired a new person or promoted an employee?

The community wants to know, and so do we.

Send us your information at news@peninsulaclarion.com, fax it to 907-283-3299, or drop it by the Clarion at 150 Trading Bay in Kenai. Questions? Call 907-335-1251.

Business announcements may be submitted to news@peninsulaclarion.com.

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