Around the Peninsula

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 10:30-11 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 Sundays they are closed. For more information, call 262-4227.

Evening of Classics returns with local musicians
The 10th annual Evening of Classics returns on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Soldotna Christ Lutheran Church. Local musicians such as Tammy Vollom-Matturro, Audra Faris, Emily Grossman, Natasha Vaissenberg, Crista Cady, Maria Allison, Steve Hileman, Robert Thompson, Jeanne Duhan, Garrett Mayer and many others will perform great works of music in solos and ensembles in a fundraising concert for the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth at the door. Marc Berezin is Master of Ceremonies for the event.

Kenai Peninsula Historical Association meets
The Kenai Peninsula Historical Association will hold its semi-annual meeting this coming Saturday, October 6, 2012 at the Donald E. Gilman River Center located at 514 Funny River Road (mile 1.6), in Soldotna. The business meeting will begin at 10:30 AM with a social hour beginning around 9:30 AM.  Representatives and members from Hope, Seward, Cooper Landing, Kenai, Kasilof and Soldotna Historical Societies are expected to be in attendance. A light lunch will be served by the Soldotna Historical Society who is hosting the event. After the business meeting, Robert Ruffner, Executive Director of the Kenai Watershed Forum will give a presentation. The public is invited.  Contact Bill at 283-5194 for more information.

October caregiver support training schedule announced
The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will host the following trainings and meetings for the month of October:
* Oct. 2 - Caregiver Peer Support Meeting, 1-2 p.m., Sterling Senior Center. Soldotna Safeway will have a flu shot clinic from 11a.m.-1 p.m. Jared Rawlins from Soldotna Safeway, will speak about medications. The flu shots will be free to Medicare recipients.
* Oct. 9 - Caregiver Peer Support Meeting, 1-3 p.m., Soldotna Senior Center
* Oct. 9 - Caregiver Training, 1-3 p.m., Nikiski Senior Center. “Stress: Portrait of a Killer.” Soldotna Safeway will have a flu shot clinic for all who attend. The flu shots will be free to Medicare recipients.
* Oct. 13 - Caregiver Appreciation Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Soldotna Senior Center (Dining Room).
* Oct. 15- Caregiver Training, 1-3 p.m., Kenai Senior Center. “14 Days With Alzheimer's,” a film by Lisa Cerasoli. Based on the memoir, “As Nora Jo Fades Away.”
* Oct. 30 - Caregiver Peer Support Meeting, 1-3 p.m., Soldotna Senior Center.
Trainings offer Continuing Education Units for people with CNAs. There is no charge for services and everyone is invited to attend. For more information call Diane at 262-1280.

LeeShore hosts community awareness workshop
The LeeShore Center will host a bi-annual Community Awareness Workshop on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Oct. 1-5 from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The LeeShore Center. Topics to be covered include domestic violence, sexual assault, the effects of domestic violence on children, the agency's Batterer's Intervention Program and other related topics. The public is invited and may attend a portion or the entire workshop. Continuing education credit may be attained after completion of the workshop and 30 hours of volunteer work with The LeeShore Center. Call 283-9479 for further information.

Nikiski pool posts winter hours
Nikiski Pool winter hours beginning Sept. 25 are Tuesday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m., with the water slide all day; Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. with the water slide open both days. For more information, call 776-8800.

Masters Swimming Program makes a splash
The Masters Swimming Program is under way at the Skyview High School Pool  on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings from 5:30-7 p.m. throughout the school year.  U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS) is a national organization that provides organized workouts, competitions, clinics and workshops for adults aged 18 and over.  Programs are open to all adult swimmers - fitness, triathlete, competitive, non-competitive - who are dedicated to improving their fitness through swimming. For more information, call Joanne Wainwright at 262-5308.

Family History Center sets winter hours
The Family History Center, a place to research your personal genealogy, 159 Marydale, Soldotna, is now on its winter schedule.  They are open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m. The Center has high-speed internet, plenty of computers, free research sites, free friendly one-on-one assistance and free classes. Call 262-3581 for more information.

Hockey referee seminar on tap
The USA Hockey Referee Seminar for Levels 1, 2 and 3 hockey referees will take place on Oct. 6 at the Peninsula Community Health Services (PCHS), 230 East Marydale Ave., Soldotna.  
The Oct. 7 session will be at the Soldotna Sports Center. Be sure to bring your skates, helmet and a whistle for the Sunday on-ice portion.  
The seminar for officials at Level 3 will be Sept. 24-25 from 6 p.m. -10 p.m. each evening at Peninsula Community Health Services, 230 East Marydale Ave., Soldotna.  
There will be no charge for the seminars as USA Hockey will collect a $10 fee when you register online at USAHOCKEY.COM.
USA Hockey seminars are open to anyone interested in refereeing youth hockey for the upcoming season.  We recommend the seminar for anyone age 13 and up. You must attend both sessions for your level.
If you know of anyone interested in refereeinging this year, please pass this information on to them, or have them call Dick Waisanen at 262-6298 or Joe Cannava at 262-2339.

GED instruction available at KPC
GED instruction now available at the Kenai Peninsula College Kenai River Campus Learning Center. Call 907-262-0327 for more information.

Foster care, adoption information available
A meeting to learn more about foster care and adoption on the Kenai Peninsula will be held Oct. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at 145 Main St. Loop in Kenai. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Office of Children's Services, offers monthly Resource Family Orientations to give interested individuals a brief overview of the state's foster care and adoption programs and process. For more info, call Tonja Whitney or Michelle Partridge at 907-283-3136.

Soldotna Public Library opens Youth Drama Club registration
Registration is now open for the Soldotna Public Library's 2012-2013 Youth Drama Club. The club is open to students in grades 3-6, and it meets twice a month starting Oct. 9. Don't miss your chance for this fun, free, hour-long program filled with games, reader's theater, puppetry, story-telling, poetry, stage craft, movement and improvisation. There is limited enrollment. The library is temporarily located at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. For more information, call 262-4227.

Dog Agility class planned
The Kenai Kennel Club will host a beginning dog agility class at its facility in Kenai starting Oct. 2. Dog agility is where a handler directs their dog through a series of obstacles, such as a teeter, jumps and tunnels. The class is taught in six-week continuous sessions through May. For more information or to sign up for the class, e-mail, call 335-2552 or visit the club's Web site at

Community Revenue Sharing Program funds discussed at October meeting
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, Tsalteshi Trails Association and Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association will host a community meeting at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture building Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. regarding the appropriation of funds from the Community Revenue Sharing Program on behalf of the Kalifornsky Beach Area. All residents of this area are welcome to share their thoughts regarding these funds that are appropriated for the good of the community. Contact Brenda Ahlberg at 907-714-2153 for more information.

Kenai Central High School hosts ski swap
Kenai Central High School ski team is hosting its annual ski and sports swap Oct. 5 and 6 at the Renee Henderson Auditorium Commons. Consignments and donations of ski and sports equipment will occur Friday from 4:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturday 9-10 a.m. Public sale will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. Vendors from local business will be on hand with closeout items. Kenai Skiers past and present will be on hand to assist in gear selection and sizing. All proceeds and commissions from the sale will benefit the KCHS Cross Country Ski team during their 2012-3013 season. For more information call Mitch at 907-252-5350.

Opportunities are upcoming for Alaska livestock producers
Two presentations are coming up in October for Alaska livestock producers:
* Oct. 18 and 19 - “Feeding and Grazing Practices for Multiple Species in Alaska: Problems and Prospects” at the Grand View Inn and Suites in Wasilla and the Palmer Center for Sustainable Living.
* Oct. 19 and 20 -- “Alaska Fiber Production: From Agriculture to Art” at the Palmer Center for Sustainable Living, Matanuska Experiment Farm.
For details visit

Nikiski Pool sets swim lessons schedule
The Nikiski pool will host set one of its fall/winter swim lessons from Oct. 10-26. Swim classes will run Oct. 30 through Nov. 16 and will include Tiny Tots at 2 p.m., Beginners at 3 p.m. and Beginners and Advanced Beginners at 4 p.m. Registration for lessons and classes begins Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. at the pool.
For more information call Nigel at 907-776-8800.

Occupy Kenai and Soldotna to draft mission statement
Occupy Kenai and Soldotna will meet Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to form a mission statement. Attendees are advised to bring a pen and paper, negotiation skills, and plenty of ideas. To find out the meeting's location call 907-252-4530.

Kenai Peninsula Basketball Officials Association plans first meeting of the year
The Kenai Peninsula Basketball Officials Association will have their first meeting of the 2012/2013 season. The meeting will be hosted at the Kenai Middle School on Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. The association suggests those interested in refereeing basketball, having fun and exercising should sign up.
They serve all the Middle Schools and High Schools from Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, Seward, Nikiski and Cook Inlet Academy.
For more information call Ron Henderson at 907-301-0672.

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge announces trapping and snaring orientation classes
Trapping and snaring orientation classes have been scheduled and will be held at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Trapping orientation is mandatory for anyone wishing to trap on the Refuge. If anyone has attended the orientation at any time in the past, they do not need to attend again.
In order to extend the trap check requirement dates from every four days to seven days, trappers must have the snaring portion of the orientation, as well. All classes will be hosted at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Center on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna.
Starting Oct. 22, trapping permits will be available at the Refuge Headquarters Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for those who have already attended orientation.
The trapping orientation is scheduled for Oct. 26 from 6-9:30 p.m., and the snaring seminar is scheduled for the following day from 9 a.m. to noon.
For more information call the wildlife refuge at 262-7021.

Popular demand bounces ping pong back
The Soldotna Middle School is hosting a series of ping pong matches starting Oct. 3 from 7-9 p.m. Beginning, intermediate and advanced classes are offered, and everything is supplied. This Soldotna Community Schools sponsored event is $4 per night. For more information call Ron Levy at 262-7899, or go online:

Kenai Little League to elect officers
The Kenai Little League is hosting a public meeting to elect officers for the 2013 season at the Kenai Public Library on Oct. 4 at 5:30 p.m. They encourage public participation.

Avalanche awareness and snowmobile safety training planned for October
The North American Outdoor Institute, with support from Bombardier Recreational Products and Soldotna River and Sea Marine, will host a free avalanche awareness and snowmobile safety training Oct. 13 from 2-4 p.m. at the Soldotna River and Sea Marine Open House. The event is a free interactive training program for anyone that travels, plays or works in mountainous terrain. Door prizes will be awarded. Space is limited. To sign up online visit, or call 907-376-2898 for more information.

Boating safety class hosted for October
The Kenai Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be hosting a boating safety class Oct, 8,11, 15 and 18. The class will be conducted at the Emergency Response Center in Soldotna from 7-10 p.m. Contact the Public Education Officer for registration and more information at 776-8457.