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Posted: Monday, January 03, 2011

La Leche League meets

The La Leche League of Soldotna and Kenai meets the third Monday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Woman's Way Midwifery, 154 West Marydale Ave.; and again the first Tuesday of the month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Mindful Therapies Yoga (by Curves at the Soldotna "Y"). 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

Nikiski pool winter hours

The Nikiski pools winter hours will be Tuesdays through Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and to 8 p,m,; Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. with the waterslide all day Fridays,

Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. with the waterslide open both days. For more information, call 776-8800.

1970s KCHS grads, get in touch

Organizers are planning a combined class reunion for all Kenai Central High School classes from 1970 to 1979. The reunion is scheduled for July 23, 2011. Organizers are currently attempting to verify email addresses or any other contact information. If you a re a 1970s graduate, contact Sherrie (Stiers) Dahlen at, call 907-283-4485 or visit her Facebook page under Sherrie Stiers- Dahlen.

Writer mini-grants available

The Central Peninsula Writers Group is now calling for submissions for the 14th Annual Writers presentation in March, 2011, at the Kenai Visitors Center in Kenai. The Central Peninsula Writers Group is very pleased to announce they have been awarded a mini-grant from the Alaska Humanities Forum to enable them to give those who read their entries this year an honorarium of up to $100. The amount will be determined by the number of readers selected from the submissions received.

Adult and high school aged writers from the Central Peninsula: Cooper Landing to Ninilchik and Nikiski; are eligible to enter. Entries are due Feb. 12, 2011, and must be accompanied by an entry form and three copies of their work.

Complete guidelines and entry forms are available at the Kenai Community Library, the Kenai Visitors Center and online at, click on the Writer Group link at the left.

Winter Wine Taste around the corner

Tickets go on sale Monday, Jan. 3, for Hospice of the Central Peninsula's 15th Annual Winter Wine Taste and Auction do be held Feb. 12, 2011, 6 to 10 p.m. at the Kenai Senior Center. Gourmet appetizers and specialty wines will be served. There will be raffles, live and silent auctions, all complemented by donations from our community. Tickets are on sale at 10 a.m. Please call or stop by the hospice office at 262-0453.

Boys and Girls Club to stage a performance

The Kenai Boys and Girls Club will hold auditions for "On the Radio," a musical looking back at five decades of music starting with "Ain't We Got Fun?" from the 1920s to "Footloose" from the 1980s. The production is being directed by volunteer Jill Tyler and is great for club members ages 6 to 18.

First practice/auditions will be held Wednesday, Jan. 5 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Boys and Girls Club gym in Kenai. Prospective performers should be prepared to read from a script at the audition. Practices will take place Wednesdays and Fridays through the performance at the Benefit Dinner and Show on March 10. All cast members must be 2011 club members. Adult volunteers also needed. For more information, contact Kimberli Dent at 283-2682.

Heart and Soul sculpture submissions solicited

The Kenai River Council on the Arts is accepting entries from metal and wood artists to exhibit in the February 2011 sculpture exhibit, "Heart and Soul," at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Cook Avenue in Old Town Kenai. Artists may submit up to three pieces. Entries are due by 5 p.m. Jan. 28. Call 283-7040 or visit for more information.

Get ready for spring planting

The Central Peninsula Garden Club meets Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Bldg. on K-Beach Road near the Bridge Access intersection. Program topic is "Seeds and More Seeds!" Get ready for spring with a panel presentation by local experts who will speak about "How, When and Where to Start Seeds" for the best results and maximum germination. The program will include discussion of favorite seed catalogs and companies, seed starting tricks and things to avoid. Bring seed catalogs to share if possible. The meeting will include a brief annual meeting to elect the CPGC Board of Directors for 2011. Programs are open to the public, refreshments will be served and there might be door prizes. For more information contact Marion Nelson at 283 4632, or

New class sessions starting at Challenger

The Challenger Learning Center is offering new sessions of its S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Aviation, Math) Ahead continuous curriculum for K-8th grade. Some of the new topics are: "Forces in Motion," "Moving with Magnets," "Water Cycle," "Alaskan Land Features," "Earthquakes and Volcanoes" and more! Parents can learn with their children or let them work independently with Challenger center teachers. The next session starts Jan. 4, 2011, so get signed up now! Cost is $149 for three classes. For more information or to register contact Kathy East at, or visit the website:

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