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■ The Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce will meet at noon Sept. 21 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. A forum for candidates for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is planned. Lunch is $15. RSVP required. RSVP to 907-283-1991 or 907-262-9814.

■ On Sept. 23, the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce and Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council will host a special breakfast presentation, “Expand Your Business and Find New Partners,” with the U.S. Commercial Service (U.S. Department of Commerce). If you are in travel and tourism with international guests, or ship goods to Canada, you’re exporting! The presentation is from 8:30-10 a.m. at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. RSVP required by Sept. 21 to the Soldotna Chamber at 907-262-9814.

The Central Peninsula Landfill and Kasilof, Kenai, Nikiski, and Sterling Transfer Sites will be closed on Sundays for the winter beginning Oct. 2 through April 30, 2017. Sundays will re-open for the summer starting May 1, 2017. Questions? Call the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department 907-262-9667.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be holding a public scoping period for revisions to the Kachemak Bay and Fox River Flats Critical Habitat Areas Management Plan. It will begin Sept. 26 and run through Nov. 4. Three public meetings will be held, and written comments will be accepted. There is more information available at: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=habitatoversight.kbfr_planrevision

Public scoping meetings will be held at 6 p.m. at the following locations:

— September 26: Islands and Oceans Visitor Center, Homer

— September 27: Seldovia Public Library, Seldovia

— October 3: Willian Jack Hernandez Hatchery Conference Room, Anchorage

Junior Achievement and Nikiski North Star Elementary are excited to put together another JA in a Day event for fall semester. This event will take place on Nov. 18. Junior Achievement programs align with state standards and teach students the value of workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. The hands-on, age appropriate curriculum equips students with the knowledge needed to be successful in today’s ever changing global economy. Volunteers are needed for this event. A light breakfast, lunch, training and program materials will be provided. Visit alaska.ja.org to learn about the JA programs that will be offered to all K-5 students.

For more information, contact Amarin Ellis, Program Manager, at 907-344-0101 or aellis@ja-alaska.org, or Janet Johnson, Committee Chair, at 907-598-5489 or janet.johnson@denalifcu.com.

The Double O has moved to a new location in the Kenai Airport, in the location that was Odie’s Deli. October will be the “Month of Giving.” The restaurant will be working with the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank to collect canned foods. Bring in three cans and receive 10 percent off your meal. For more information, call 398-9273 or 395-0995.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service has launched a series of short videos to help Alaskans manage their finances.

Topics in the Mastering Money Management series include improving your credit score, reading your credit report, children’s allowances, living on a seasonal income, automating your bill payments and what to do before choosing bankruptcy.

Roxie Dinstel, who has been teaching family finance classes for Extension for nearly 40 years, coordinated the series of five- to eight-minute YouTube videos. Ideas for topics came from agents and their clients, including farmers and fishermen, she said. Dinstel hopes the videos will be a quick resource that people can use.

Personal finance is important, she said. “But we’re not teaching it in school.”

Dinstel said Alaskans face special challenges for money management because of seasonal incomes, an uncertain state economy and budget cuts.

The videos are available at www.uaf.edu/ces/money. Eight have been posted, and more will be added this month. The videos were developed by Dinstel, agents Sarah Lewis and Linda Tannehill in Juneau and Soldotna, respectively, and media technician Jeff Fay. Former University of Alaska President Pat Gamble provided funding for the series.

Anyone with ideas for additional video topics may contact Dinstel at 907-474-7201 or at rrdinstel@alaska.edu.

The Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District has a DEC-approved mobile kitchen for rent by the day, week or season. The 6.5-by-12-foot trailer with ball hitch contains propane stove, griddle, refrigerator and small freezer, suitable for preparing and/or serving food at events (Kenai Peninsula only). Call Larry Marsh at 262-9671 for additional specifications and rental requirements.

Have you opened a new business, moved to a new location, hired a new person or promoted an employee? 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. Items should be submitted by 5 p.m. on the Friday prior to publication.

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