Story last updated at 1:51 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2002

Entertainment season kicks off with dance fest
THE 2002 ARTS SEASON jump-starts Saturday when the Anchorage-based jazz and swing dance band St. John's In visits Seldovia, courtesy of the Seldovia Arts Council. The quartet includes Dirk Westphal on bass, Andy Mullen on guitar, John Damberg on drums and Dan McElrath on keyboards. Tickets are available for the concert and dance only, but those who want to make a fuller night of it can have dinner as well. Lynn Corwin and the senior class are cooking barbecue pork ribs, salad, cooked vegetables and dessert. The combination package is $25.

The arts calendar continues May 20 with a return visit by Hawaiian slack-key guitar master George Kahamuku. He recently played on "A Prairie Home Companion," but in Seldovia will be accompanied by hula dancer Nancy Sweeney. On June 21 and 22, the arts council presents the second annual Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival, which will feature a number of celebrity guests. A Canadian "newgrass" group, the Bill Hilly Band, will be in Seldovia on July 16 for a night of bluegrass and world beat music, and in August the Australian girl band Fruit, which delighted audiences in Seldovia and Homer last year, returns for a show. Season tickets are available through Saturday. Call Susan Mumma at 234-7614

for information.

SELDOVIA VILLAGE TRIBE will receive nearly $38,000 in reimbursement for telecommunications services, Sen. Ted Stevens' office announced this week. Stevens was a cosponsor of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, which required that all public and nonprofit health care providers have access to telecommunications services necessary to their service at rates comparable with urban areas. The reimbursement will allow the tribe and 16 other clinics and hospitals to direct more of their funding toward improving the health of rural Alaskans, Stevens said.