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Out & About - May 1, 2014


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City parking lots now on the take

Many city parking lots begin charging today. The seasonal switch means that not paying could mean a ticket. City pay lots are all in the Seward Small Boat Harbor area.

Choir concert coming up

The Seward Community Choir will hold their spring concert at 7 p.m. today in the Rae Building auditorium. The free event will feature a variety of choral pieces sung by the 26-member choir and directed by Sue McClure. There will be cookies following the concert. Call McClure with questions at 224-6784.

Wilderness training registration open

With sponsorship by the Alaska Department of Public Safety, the North America Outdoor Institute will conduct a free wilderness safety training seminar at 6 p.m. tomorrow, May 2, at Seward High School. Get prepared for future adventures at this 2-hour wilderness safety session. Space is limited and registration is available by visiting or calling 907-376-2898.

Providence hosts blood drive

People can donate blood at Providence Seward Mountain Haven from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., tomorrow, May 2. The LIFEmobile will accept donations by appointment. Call Brittany at 224-2988 for scheduling, and eat well, drink plenty of fluids before hand. Bring photo ID.

Library extends hours next week

The Seward Community Library Museum will extend its hours on May 5. The library will open one hour earlier every day at 10 a.m. The library will remain closed on Sundays but the museum will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum will also be open weekdays from 1 to 5 p.m. except for Monday when it will be closed.

Tune up and ride out for bike rodeo

The annual Super Saturday community cleanup and Terry’s Tires Bike Rodeo is set for May 10. Local experts will provide safety checks for pedal-powered vehicles and there will equipment to swap including an array of safety gear like helmets. Youngsters can amble over Mechanic’s Alley and have their ride tuned up. The obstacle course will test riding skills and refreshments may aid digestion.

Routine meeting of flood board set

The Seward/Bear Creek Flood Service Area board will hold a regular meeting 7 p.m. Monday, May 5, at the KPB Annex office in Seaview Plaza, 302 Railway, Suite 122. Meeting agendas are available at the SBCFSA Office between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Call 224-3340 for information.

Job Center hours limited

The Seward Job Center will on a limited schedule next week. The center will be closed for four days with an opening from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday only. The office will return to regular operation the following week. For immediate assistance contact Peninsula Job Center 907-335-3000.

Senior center offers cheap tours

In celebration of Older American’s Month, join the Seward Senior Center for the annual Gray Whale Watch with Major Marine Tours on May 9. Individuals, 60 and older, can purchase discount tickets at at the Seward Senior Center for $39. Boarding is at 11:30 a.m.

Spring triathlon set for weekend

The annual Pink Cheeks Triathlon is set for May 3 and consists of three legs including a 5-kilometer run, 10-kilometer bike and 600-yard swim. It’s too late to register. The theme this year is Pacific island style Luau and costumes are encouraged. The first leg starts outside the Seward High School gym at 11:00 a.m.

Prevention coalition conducts survey

Those who complete a survey for the Seward Prevention Coalition will be entered to win a dinner for two at Chinooks. Copies are available at the Seward Community Library Museum and Resurrect Art Coffee House or an online survey can be completed at The deadline for entry is May 16. For information email

Exit Glacier Run entry opens

Online registration is available for the 32nd Terry Pollard Memorial Exit Glacier Run on May 17. Choose between 5-kilometer or 10-kilometer runs for the race, which begins at 10 a.m. and is held in conjunction with the torch run. Register at

NatGeo puts map in Seward

National Geographic’s Pacific Ocean Giant Map will be displayed at the Seward Community Library Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, on May 10, courtesy of the Anchorage Museum. The giant map is the size of a racquetball court and introduces the marvels and features of the Pacific Ocean. The free family event is open to the public.

Bluegrass Camp open for application

Seward’s Bluegrass Camp For Kids is enrolling students ages 5-16 and adults. SBC features a special division for ages 5-7, a camp for ages 8-16, and four evenings of adult workshops. Camp is July 7-11 at the Resurrection Lutheran and Seward Methodist churches, with related events at other venues. Sign up at or call 224-6473.

Spring triathlon seeks volunteers

Seward Parks and Recreation Department is seeking adult volunteers to host the Polar Bear Pink Cheeks Triathlon May 2 and 3. Volunteer jobs include lap counters and timers in the swimming pool on Saturday morning to afternoon, traffic control/flaggers, finish line crew, bike queue helpers and monitors, check-in helpers on Saturday morning, chip check-in following the race, clean-up crew throughout the day and other great jobs. To volunteer call 224-4057 or 224-5472 or email

Local beaders organize group

The Resurrection Bay Bead Society is a community group dedicated to everything related to jewelry making and beading. The society’s inaugural meeting is from noon to 2 p.m., May 3, at the Seward Community Library Museum. Refreshments will be served. For information, email, call organizer Brenda Ballou at 907-362-0628 or visit

District requires pre-K screening

Children who will be four years old by Sept. 1 have an opportunity to attend pre-kindergarten classes at Seward Elementary in the fall. To qualify for the classes, parents or guardians must contact the school to schedule a Pre-K assessment and complete an application prior to the school screening appointment date. The deadline for Seward Elementary is May 6. Call 224-3356 for information.


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