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Out & About


Marine mammal meeting set

Marine researchers will present their latest findings, review marine mammal viewing guidelines, and discuss the NMFS proposed rulemaking for harbor seals at a public meeting at 7 p.m., June 1. Boat operators and the general public are invited to the event at the K.M. Rae Building, 125 Third Ave. (Seward Marine Center). For information contact Ron Wille at Kenai Fjords Tours, 224-8068.

Bear Bell kids run coming up

Bear’s Den Bed and Breakfast’s Bear Bell Run takes place Friday, June 7 and is just for kids ages three to 12 years old. The one-mile course runs along the waterfront bike path in Seward and begins at 11 a.m. with check-in by 10:30 a.m. at Wellington Picnic Area. Entry fee is $13 by May 31, $15 after May 31. For information contact Seward Parks and Rec at 224-4054.

Railroad art contest highlights safety

The Alaska Railroad and Operation Lifesaver Alaska chapter is sponsoring a children’s art contest aimed at building awareness of important rail safety tips. Children from pre-school to senior high are invited to create drawings or paintings that illustrate ways to be safe around railroad tracks and crossings, and to submit their artwork by July 5 for a chance to win free rail travel. For information visit

KJNP introduces new Junior Ranger programs

The Fjord Junior Ranger program will run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. each Saturday from June 8 through Aug. 10. Another program allows Junior Rangers to earn their Glacier Junior Ranger patch. These free programs are best suited for eight to 12 year olds and six to 12 year olds respectively, but all ages are welcome. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18 for the entirety of the programs. For information contact or call 422-0531.

Register for Moose Pass festival

Vendor registration is taking place for the Moose Pass Solstice Festival which is scheduled for June 22 and 23. The registration form and related information is available at

Kids win by reading

Registration for the Dig into Reading summer reading program is at noon, June 1, at the Seward Community Library Museum along with a kick-off party featuring free hot dogs and drinks. All preschoolers and students entering kindergarten through grade 6 this fall are welcome to the sign up for the program which offers the opportunity to win prizes for reading. The summer reading program runs from June 1 to July 27. Contact the Library Museum at 224-4082 with any questions.

Future laid out at Railplan open house

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is hosting a public open house on the Alaska State Rail Plan from 5 to 8 p.m. with a brief presentation at 6:30 p.m., today at the Seward Community Library Museum, 239 Sixth. Rail plans develop a state’s long-term vision for rail freight and passenger transportation. To learn about the planning process, sign up for e-mail notifications, or send in comments, visit

Nurse practitioner visits Seward

Deb Baley, ANP, concludes her three day visit to the the Seward Public Health Center today. Services include pap smears and contraceptives for women in the childbearing years. Visits are by appointment only. The SPHC is at 201 Third Ave., Suite 202 and the phone number is 224-5457.

Jesse Lee Home plans to be unveiled

The Friends of the Jesse Lee Home and Kumin & Associates Inc. are holding a community reception from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, May 31 in the Seward Community Library Community Room. Everyone is welcome for a short presentation to unveil the Jesse Lee Home 35 percent design and schematic drawings.

RBGC sets plant exchange

Bring your extra flower or veggie starts, perennials that need dividing, houseplants or bulbs to Resurrection Bay Garden Club’s Plant Exchange at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 1 at Seward Elementary. This is a free event and a way to get some fun plant diversity at your house. For information call 224-8065 or 422-0630.

SeaLife Center celebrates oceans

Alaska SeaLife Center’s World Oceans Day celebration starts with the opening of the center at 10 a.m., June 8 which will include a new exhibit highlighting the occasion. Later that day a Resurrection Bay cruise and dinner on Fox Island along with a short presentation by ASLC researcher Jo-Ann Mellish, PhD on “Connecting the Poles” is featured. The dinner and evening program will be from 5 to 9 p.m.. For information or to purchase tickets visit or call 224-6355.

Senior Center offers writing class

Sean Ulman, MFA, will lead a non fiction writing class through writing exercises and book lessons, helping attendees learn the craft of writing personal memoirs and family stories. The 10-week class is offered at 10 a.m. every Wednesday through July 31, with meetings at the senior center. Classroom fee is $15 to cover the cost of the book.

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