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Out & About - Feb. 13, 2014


Wolfgang Kurtz | The Seward Phoenix LOG

Last Sunday, late afternoon shadows fall around Manitoba Mountain near Mile 48 of the Seward Highway.

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Schools host policy meetings

Seward Schools Site Council will be meeting at 6:30 p.m. today, Feb. 13, at Seward Middle School. The middle school reconfiguration work session that was scheduled for 5:30 p.m. has been postponed. A school district budget hearing that will include discussion of upcoming budget cuts is set for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at Seward High School.

Providence Clinic closes tomorrow

Providence Seward Medical & Care Center clinic will close its doors Feb. 14 while the new Seward Community Health Center moves into that space at First and Jefferson in downtown Seward. Providence Seward hospital service is not affected and will continue and the emergency room will remain available 24 hours a day. Glacier Family Medicine Clinic at 11424 Seward Highway will be open during the changeover and is accepting new patients at 224-8733. For information call SCHC at 224-2273 or Providence Seward at 224-5205.

AARP offers tax help at Senior Center

The AARP Foundation is offering free electronic tax filing to taxpayers in Seward. Tax aide volunteers, trained by the IRS, will be available from 8 to 10 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, as well as 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Seward Senior Center, 336 Third. Appointments are available at 224-5604 and walk-ins are welcome on a first come, first served basis. There is no age or income limit and taxpayers do not need to be AARP members although preference may be given to seniors and the disabled.

ASLC holds annual gala

The Alaska Marine Gala is the Alaska SeaLife Center's largest fundraiser and helps raise funds toward research, education, wildlife rescue and stewardship of Alaska's marine ecosystems. The "blue tie" event will be hosted at the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage, 6 p.m., Feb. 15. and will include a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, and a silent and live auction with live music and dancing to follow. To purchase tickets, contact Shannon Wolf at 224-6355 or

Legion sets Valentine's Day table

Seward's American Legion Post No. 5 is hosting a Valentine's Day dinner starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 for members and non-members. The menu is Surf and Turf with a hearty potato dish, salad, veggies and dessert for $25 per person. Call 224-5440 for reservations or information.

Breeze hosts Rotary event

The Seward Rotary Club's annual wine tasting is set for 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Breeze Inn's Fireside Lobby. Featuring appetizers, wines by Specialty Imports, a dessert aucion and silent auction, the two-hour event benefits local food assistance programs, the Coats for Kids program and other local Rotarian projects. For tickets contact any local Rotary member including Lori Draper, 224-5495, or Kristi Larson, 224-5272.

Dinner starts off Moose Pass rendezvous

The First Annual Moose Pass Winter Rendezvous is set for Valentine's weekend, Feb. 14-16. The events start with romantic dining for couples at Trail Lake Lodge including a four-course champagne dinner complete with sleigh rides and live music by Kat from the Super Saturated Sugar Strings. Call the Trail Lake Lodge at 288-3101 for times and reservations. Visit the Moose Pass Winter Rendezvous page on Facebook for complete carnival details.

Nonprofit development class offered

The Seward Community Foundation will be hosting a Foraker Video Class on Making the "Ask" and Stewardship for local nonprofits. The two-hour class will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20 in the Seward Community Library & Museum Conference Room. To sign up and learn about the class visit Foraker's website or call 907-743-1200.

Holland America accepting grant apps

Applications are being accepted by the Holland America Line Inc. Seward Community Advisory Board for grants to local service and nonprofit groups in Seward. Submissions are due by the close of business March 3. For information and applications, contact Kathy Newman at 907-264-8028 or

Areas closed to machines

Seward Ranger District sled trails and areas that typically allow winter motorized vehicles including Primrose Trail and the Turnagain Pass motorized area are closed. Lost Lake Trail has not opened this winter. The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is closed to snow machine use as of Feb. 2 until further notice. Local trail information is at

Seed swap set

The Resurrection Bay Garden Club welcomes UAF Cooperative Extension Agent Lydia Clayton, will speak at 2 p.m., Feb. 16, at the Seward Community Library Museum on soil testing including how to do it, understanding the results and how to fortify soil accordingly. There will also be a seed swap for leftover or new seeds. Catalogs will be available for group orders to save on shipping costs. For information call 224-8065 or 422-0630.

SCF accepting grant apps

The Seward Community Foundation is accepting grant applications from local non-profits in the vicinity of Seward and Moose Pass. The deadline for applying is March 1 and all applications should be submitted through the SCF website at

Library screens films

Award winning independent and foreign films are shown at 7 p.m. every Friday night through February at the Seward Community Library Museum. Many of the movies are not rated. Must be 18 years old, or accompanied by a parent to attend. Call 224-4082 for information.

City seeks Obihiro exchange students

The City of Seward and the Seward International Friendship Association are looking for up to four high school age students to participate in the ongoing student exchange program with Seward sister-city Obihiro, Japan. Applications are available at Seward High School, the City Clerk's office in City Hall or at Applications must be turned in at SHS or City Hall by the deadline of 5 p.m., Feb. 14.


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