Community News

Posted: Sunday, January 03, 2010

Have you had or are about to have visitors? Has a new addition to your family just arrived? Where in the world is your military person and what are they up to? Got a new graduate, dean's list student or an award-receiving youth? Do you have a news event, activity or fundraiser you need to let the community know about? Send it to us!

E-mail your community events to, fax it to 283-3299, drop it off at the Clarion office in Kenai at 150 Trading Bay Drive (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or mail your information to us at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai AK 99611.

Events, wedding, engagements and birth submissions may not be older than six months. Wedding anniversary announcements are printed in five-year increments beginning with the 20th.

For more information, call at 335-1241.

Host families needed

Youth for Understanding at Kenai Peninsula College is recruiting two host families. Each family will be hosting a KPC college student for the spring 2010 semester. (First part of January to the middle of May) One student is a female from the Netherlands and the other student is a male from South Korea.

For more information, call Marilyn Albright at 262-0327 or or Diane Taylor at 262-0328 or

Food bank seek items

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is seeking the following items: letter sized copy paper, silverware, Ziploc plastic bags (all sizes), sealing tape, Corelle soup bowls, scotch tape, plastic gloves (medium and large), plastic grocery bags, garbage bags (33 and 45-50 gallon). For more information, call 262-3111.


Preschool available

Tustumena Elementary School will begin a pre-school program this month.

The program will be for children who turned 4 years old prior to Sept. 1. Applications may be picked up at the school or by calling 260-1345 for more information.


H1N1 vaccine available

The Kenai Public Health Center has H1N1 vaccine available walk-ins clinics are Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the center and Thursdays in Soldotna at Cottonwood Clinic from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Attendees are asked to bring their immunization records.

Call 335-3400 for more information.

Cribbage tourney begins

The 16th annual Cook Inlet Lions Cribbage tournament begins at 3 p.m. Saturdays through April, at the American Legion Kenai Post No. 20 at 902 Cook Street, Kenai. It is open to the public. For more information, call Raymond at 776-5688 or Bob at 776-5339.

Kenai library events announced

The Kenai Community Library at 163 Main St. Loop, will host the following activities in January:

Closed today; Russian story time at 3:25 p.m. Monday; pre-school story time at 11:15 a.m. and library commission at 7 p.m. Tuesday; Wee read at 11 a.m. Wednesday; after school read at 4 p.m. and Writers' group from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday; and ancestor research from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The libraries hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 283-4378.

School programs continue

Tot Time and Home-school programs begin at the Kenai Recreation Center.

Tot Time will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. The cost will be $1 for youth ages 1 to 5 years old. Home-school will be held from 12:30 from 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. The cost will be $1 per child.


Rotary club meeting change venue

The Kenai River Rotary Club has temporarily relocated its Tuesday evening meetings from Nikko Gardens to Central Peninsula Hospital Borealis Room from Tuesdays, through Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. as Nikko Gardens is closing for the holidays.

Meetings will resume at Nikko Gardens on Jan. 19. For more information, call Bonnie Nichols at 262-9630.

Youth ski program offered

The Tsalteshi Trails Association ski program for youth ages 6 through 12 years old will be held Saturdays on Jan. 16 and 20, Feb. 20 and March 6 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Also on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 19 through Mar 11 from 6 to 7 p.m. The cost is $90 per child plus TTA membership (discount for second child.) The group meets at Skyview High School/Tsalteshi Trails. For more information, call Laura Pillifant at 398-0774 or Sara Hepner at 398-4719.

Cinderella seeks fairy god-mothers

The Soldotna High School Student Council is collecting gently used homecoming, prom, and bridesmaid dresses/shoes/accessories for Cinderella's Closet 2010.

This is a program to help area high school students in need with items for Prom. Items can be dropped off to room 9 at the school. For more information, e-mail Meggean L. Bos at .

La Leche group to meet

The La Leche League of Soldotna and Kenai will meet from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the Frontier Community Services Playroom in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road. The league is a breastfeeding resource group that offers free monthly meetings, mother-to-mother breastfeeding support, telephone assistance and a lending library.

Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are invited to attend. Babies are welcome. For more information, call Amorette Payment at 260-6141 or visit


Senior center activities announced

Activities: Mondays-- Exercise group at 10 a.m. and Spanish class at 1 p.m.; Tuesdays -- Crafty Quilters at 10 and bingo at 7 p.m.; Wednesday -- Exercise group at 10 a.m.; Thursdays -- Crafty Quilters at 10 a.m., Spanish class at 1 p.m. and card players at 6 p.m.; Fridays -- Exercise group at 10 a.m. and choir practice at 1 p.m. and first and third Fridays -- movies with snacks at 6 p.m., movie at 7 p.m.; first and third Saturday -- carving club at 10 a.m.; and Sundays -- breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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