The Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) has shotgun clay target practices every Saturday at noon at Snowshoe Gun Club. The program is for middle- and high-school-aged youth. Call Coach Dave Kerkvliet at 394-2579 or Alice at 398-3693 for more information or find more information on Facebook at “Peninsula Shooting Stars, AK SCTP.”

The annual auction and dinner for the Sterling Community Club and the Sterling Head Start begins 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Sterling Community Center. The event is the annual fundraiser to benefit both organizations. It is a fun-filled evening with excellent food, a no host bar and local entertainment. It benefits local causes. Tickets for the event are $25.00 each and can be picked up at the Sterling Community Center or Sterling Head Start.

Soldotna Public Library will be holding its 9th Annual Pumpkin Carving and Painting Contest, which is open to pre-school and elementary aged children, teens and families. Entries must represent a fictional book character. The library will accept pumpkins Oct. 21-23. Judging and awards will be given out Oct. 24. For more information, stop by the library, temporarily located at the Peninsula Mall, or call 907-262-4227.

The Cooperative Extension Service offers free pressure canner dial gauge testing during the weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Extension office located on Kalifornski Beach Road in the Alaska Department of Fish and Game building. To assure food is safely canned, it is essential to check dial gauges annually for accuracy. Weighted gauges do not need checking. For more information, call the Extension Office at 907-262-5824.

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will hold a 2013 trapping orientation class and snaring seminar from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the Refuge Environmental Education Center on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna. Attending the trapping orientation class is mandatory for anyone wishing to trap on the Refuge. Attending the seminar allows trappers exclusively using snares an extended trap check requirement in areas of the Refuge within Alaska Game Management Units 15A and 15B –West. Trappers who have previously attended the seminar do not need to re-attend, however, all Refuge trappers are welcome. For more information, call the Refuge office at 907-262-7021.

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