Story last updated at 3:41 p.m. Thursday, November 21, 2002

Community News

Refuge Chapel is collecting items for Operation Christmas Child (also known as "Operation Shoe Box"). Boxes will be sent overseas to needy children. A list of items needed and a drop-off box is at the Refuge Chapel on the Spit Road. Drop off items by Dec. 1.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Road Service Area reminds residents that according to 13 AAC 02.530(B) "no person may push or otherwise deposit snow or ice onto a roadway in a manner or in quantities which may constitute a hazard to snow removal equipment or other traffic." The borough also warns parents and children of the danger of playing in snowpiles and berms near roadways. Heavy equipment operators doing snow removal may have difficulty seeing children.

The Pratt Museum has extended its cash raffle drawing through Dec. 6. Tickets are $100 and offer a chance to win a grand prize of $10,000 for the last ticket drawn of 350 tickets. There are also prizes for $250 and $500. The drawing is at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, on the opening evening of the Festival of Gingerbread. All proceeds support the museum. Call 235-8635.

Community School

Upcoming courses include "Cross Country Ski Waxing clinic," 7-8:30 p.m. today; "Weed Basket," from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; "Healing Touch," from 6:30-8:30 p.m. today, Nov. 21; "Latin American Literature," a bilingual course, starting Dec. 4; and "Snowmobile Safety and Owner Maintenance," a course on pre-ride preparation, safety gear, the sport and the environment and winter survival, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Call 235-6090.

Kachemak Bay Branch, Kenai Peninsula College

"Year-end Tax Planning for Individuals" is 6:45-9 p.m. Dec 5; $15 fee. For more information, call 235-7743.

Ferry Schedule

Saturday Nov. 23

AR Homer 1:30 p.m. LV 3:30 p.m.

AR Seldovia 5 p.m. LV 6:30 p.m.

AR Homer 8 p.m. LV 10 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 26

AR Homer 3 a.m. LV 5 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 27

AR Homer 7 a.m. LV 9 a.m.

AR Seldovia 10:30 a.m. LV 11:55 a.m.

AR Homer 1:30 p.m. LV 3:30 p.m.

After leaving Homer, the M/V Kennicott visits Kodiak, Seward, Chenega Bay, Valdez, Juneau, Haines, Skagway, Ketchikan and Prince Rupert, Can., before returning to Homer on Dec. 7. The Tustumena is in drydock for repairs and returns to Homer Tuesday, April 15, 2003. For last-minute changes, more detailed schedules and information about fares, visit or call 235-8449 or (800) 382-9229 outside of Homer.