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Posted: Sunday, January 09, 2011

Kenaitze Tribe discusses health facility

The Kenaitze Indian Tribe announces the following meetings to discuss the proposed Dena'ina Health and Wellness Facility to be located in Old Town Kenai. Our design and architectural team will meet with youth from 3 -- 5 p.m. on Jan. 11 at Fort Kenay, and with adults from 6 -- 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 11 at Tyotkas Elder Center. We are actively seeking comments and suggestions from tribal members, customers and all other interested persons. Contact For more information call Sasha Lindgren at 283-3633, ex. 300, or 398-3181, cell.

Bereavement group starting

Hospice of the Central Peninsula is hosting a 9-week, free of charge, bereavement support group for parents who have lost a child. Healing Hearts will meet on Thursdays from 4 -- 5:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 17. Contact Hospice at 262-0453 to register.

Youth self defense workshop

Students, grades 7 through 12, interested in hand-to-hand self-defense, join us in the Peninsula Grace Youth Center on Tuesday, Jan. 18 from 3 -- 5 p.m., for a Youth Self-defense Workshop. This workshop will be facilitated by Ray Purugganan. Ray has over 18 years of continuous Martial Arts training. He currently holds a 2nd-degree blackbelt in Shorin-Ryu and Gosoko-Ryu karate, a brownbelt in judo and has five years' experience in Brazilian Juijutsu. For more information, contact 394-6449 or

Teens Against Tobacco Use starting

Monthly meetings of Teens Again Tobacco Use -- T.A.T.U. -- begin Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. to discuss various topics and ways to help our community take a stand against tobacco. The meetings are open to all student in grades 7 through 12 and will be held at the Peninsula Grace Youth Center. For more information contact262-6442 or

Coats For Community giveaway

Peninsula Grace Youth Center holds a winter coat giveaway Feb. 6 1 --4 p.m. for families and individuals in need of warm winter jackets. There is still plenty of winter left so don't miss this opportunity to get your free coats, For more information contact 262-6442 or

Chili feed fundraiser

Peninsula Grace Brethren Church hosts a chili feed fundraiser Jan. 15, 5 -- 8 p.m. to support local Kenai Central High School student Whitni Stockton. Whitni is raising funds for a People to People trip in which she will become a student ambassador in Europe. At the church, 44175 K-beach Road, Cost is $10 for individuals, $15 for couples, and $25 for families. Food, raffles, auctions, face painting and more!

BP Teachers of Excellence nomination deadline approaching

Nominate a great teacher for the BP Teacher of the Year. The BP Teacher of Excellence program is seeking nominations by Feb. 14. Go to, or, for additional information call Dawn at: 1-888-530-8962 or 907-564-4001.

'Way Out Women' ready to ride

Time to register for the 2011 "Way Out Women" (WOW) snow machine ride benefiting cancer patients throughout the Kenai Peninsula. The group raises money with this annual ride to benefit local oncology patients and the funds are administered by the Central Peninsula Health Foundation.

Riders can sign up individually or as a team and are asked to gather pledges of $100 or more per person. Corporate sponsorship teams of five riders are also available for a contribution of $1,000 which includes recognition in advertising and at the event.

WOW festivities begin Friday, Feb. 25, at 5:30 p.m. at a "Meet and Greet" at the Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch. Riders gather at the Clam Shell again for continental breakfast Saturday, Feb. 26, at 9 a.m. The first team will start out of the lodge at 11 a.m. Costumes are encouraged and will be rewarded. There will be door prizes, the Wild and Wooly Bra contest, silent auction items and other fun events.

For more information, contact Kathy Lopeman at 283-7602 or the Central Peninsula Health Foundation at 714-4626. You can print a registration packet from Priority is given to registration received by Feb. 11.

Host families needed

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service is seeking host families in the Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula and Mat-Su areas for the summer 2011 LABO Japan-Alaska 4-H Youth Exchange.

Each family must have a 10- to 16-year-old child who is willing to host a Japanese youth from July 21 to Aug. 19. The host brother or sister will be matched with a Japanese youth of the same gender and similar age and interests.

The deadline for applying is April 1. Applications are available through 4-H offices at Cooperative Extension Service district offices in Anchorage, Soldotna or Palmer. Applications and additional information are also available by e-mailing Tony Nakazawa at or Marianne Kerr at, or by calling Nakazawa at 907-786-6300 or 907-460-0825. The exchange is part of the States' 4-H International Exchange Program.

For more information, visit

Totem Tracers Genealogical meets

Kenai Totem Tracers Genealogical Society meets Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 6 p.m., at United Methodist Church of the New Covent, Kenai. Tom Shugak will discuss his life experiences, from growing up in Old Harbor to his retirement in Kenai, including the search for his mother.

For more information, contact Loretta Mattson, 283-9591, or email:

Craft extravaganza on tap

Ladies Take-A-Break, Stonecroft Ministries Vital Network of Women, is hosting a Cabin Fever Craft Extravaganza on Saturday, Jan. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. You'll have a chance to learn new craft projects with hands-on demonstrations, which include: photo album construction, finger knitting, party hats, Christmas ornaments, greeting cards, paper snowflakes. No charge. There will be door prizes and refreshments.

If you have a craft you want to share and demonstrate, call Becca at 260-3379.

School district teleconference scheduled

The Kenai Peninsuula Borough School District Parent Advisory Committee will hold a general update teleconference on Jan. 25, at 10 a.m. No public comments will be allowed.

For teleconferencing information, call Shelley Stockdale at 714-8868.

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