News and Notes

All veterans family picnic


The Wanda Taylor Memorial is hosting a free all veteran’s family picnic Sept. 1 at the Kenai Park Strip on Main Street in Kenai. The picnic will feature blood preasure and blood sugar checks, Flu shots and represenatives from the VA Clinic. There will also be music from the PG Band, games for kids and door prizes.


Art Guild seeks donations

The Peninsula Art Guild requests donation of original artwork from local artists for September Harvest Exhibit and Auction. Artwork should be delivered by 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31 to the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook Ave. in Old Town Kenai across from Oilers Bingo Hall. Call 283-7040 for more information.


Soldotna library sets temporary hours, services

The Soldotna Public Library has moved to the Peninsula Center Mall next to Ginger’s Restaurant, 44332 Sterling Hwy., during the construction of the library’s expansion project. Internet and wireless service is available, along with the weekly preschool story time on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Best sellers and new released titles, DVDs, and a smaller collection of materials are available for check-out. Hours are Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday Noon to 6 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and closed on Sundays. For more information, call 262-4227.


CASA Seeks new quilt donations 

The Kenai Peninsula CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program is seeking donations of new quilts of all sizes for an upcoming CASA Quilt Auction. Quilts will be displayed in several locations before the auction is held. Quilt submissions are requested no later than Sept. 25. For more information, call Kymberley Miller, Kenaitze/Kenai Peninsula CASA Program Coordinator, at 907-335-7219.

Commission on Aging hosts Homer meetings

The Alaska Commission on Aging will host its quarterly meeting in  Homer on Aug. 21 to 23. 

On August 21 and 23, the ACoA business meeting will be held at the Homer Senior Center. A draft agenda will be posted in the near future which will include a time for public comment. Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia & Caregiver community forums will be held Aug. 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Homer Senior Citizens Center and Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Soldotna Area Senior Citizens Center. Seniors, elders, family members, caregivers, providers, and all others with an interest in ADRD issues are invited to attend. For questions, call Lesley Thompson at 465-4793.


Teen writers sought to contribute to Verbatim

The Clarion is seeking students in grades nine through 12 from central Peninsula high schools interested in writing for its Verbatim column. 

The column is designed to let teens voice their opinions on topics that affect their daily life — home, family, school, peers, social pressures, etc. The column length is 350 words minimum and 500 words maximum.

The deadline to submit a sample column for consideration is 5 p.m. Aug. 31. Submissions must include first and last name, school, grade, mailing address and contact phone number. Entries must be submitted by e-mail to

For more information, call Will Morrow at 335-1251.


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