Around the Peninsula

Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2010

Dog obedience offered

PenDOG will hold a beginning rally obedience class at 6 p.m. starting Jan. 21. Prerequisites are the dog know how to sit, down and walk on leash. For more information, call 262-6846 or e-mail .

Climate on tap

The Friday Community Dialogue will be held Jan. 22 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. A potluck dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and dialogue follows from 7 to 9 p.m. The topic will be "Climate Change on the Kenai." The question posed will be "How can we build a resilient community that can cope with changing climate, rising energy costs, and economic instability?" This event is being held in conjunction with the Art and Science of Climate Change exhibit opening Friday at 7 p.m, at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

The Roundtable Center for Mediation and Community Dialogue sponsors Friday Dialogues to bring people in the community together in safe forums for conversation and learning.

For more information, call Krista Timlin at 262-0337, e-mail or Laura Forbes at 283-1991 or

Gardens to be discussed

Amy Dimmick owner of Winter Greens Organic Gardens will give a free presentation from 2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Kenai Community Library, 163 Main Street Loop. Her topic will be "Planning Your Garden." The presentation will include types of gardens, styles of gardening, and size, location and orientation of your garden. Dimmick will also cover developing a garden budget, deciding what plants to grow, where to grow them in the garden and how far apart to space them. For more information, call Julie Niederhauser at 283-4378, e-mail or visit .

T-200 sled dog race looms

The 26th running of the Tustumena 200, Jr. T, and T100 will be held Jan. 23 through 25. The JrT starts at 9 a.m. T200 at 11 a.m. followed by the T100, at Mile 112 of the Sterling Highway in Kasilof.

T200 mushers layover at the Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch Saturday night. Race finish is at Mile 112 of the Sterling Highway. T200 mushers should arrive late afternoon on Sunday the 24th. Awards banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Monday Jan. 25 at the Soldotna Sports Center. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, call Tami Murray at 260-6761, e-mail or visit .

Poetry reading slated

The Kenai Community Library at 163 Main Street Loop will celebrate poetry and its place in American culture with a winter evening of poetry reading from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 28 at the library. Twelve readers are scheduled to read original or favorite poems. A 20-minute intermission with refreshments will be scheduled during the poetry reading. For more information, call Julie Niederhauser at 283-4378, e-mail, or visit .

Car seat check up offered

A car seat check up event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 28 at CES/Soldotna Fire Department across from Safeway. For more information, call Jane B. Fellman at 714-4539.

Gardeners to gather

The Central Peninsula Garden Club February program will be "Tomatoes and More Tomatoes" at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on Kalifornsky Beach Road, near the Bridge Access Road junction. The meeting is open to the Public. Refreshments and sometimes door prizes are provided.

A panel of local tomato growing experts who will share their successes, blunders, pest issues, greenhouse set ups and favorite or not so favorite tomato varieties. For more information, call Marion Nelson at 283-4632, cell 398-8669 or e-mail

Celebration of remembrance planned

Hospice of the Central Peninsula will host a Celebration of Remembrance as an opportunity from community members whom are processing grief after the death of a loved one to join together to remember those family members.

The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 6 at Christ Lutheran Church Soldotna. Attendees may bring a photo of their family member to share. Music, fellowship, and remembering are planned and resources will be available.

For more information, call 262-0453.

Wine tasting fundraiser slated

The Hospice of the Central Peninsula's 14th annual winter wine tasting and auction fundraiser will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Tickets are available at the Hospice office in Bridges in Soldotna.

The organization is accepting and seeking donations for its planned auction. Gourmet appetizers and specialty wines will be provided along with a silent auction, live auction, and a variety of instant purchases and raffle chances.

For more information, call Marquitta M. Andrus at 262-0453 or e-mail her at .

Playgroup events set

The Soldotna Community Playground Committee is seeking donations for a silent auction as part of a fundraising event. The proceeds raised will go toward the building of the playground at Soldotna Creek Park.

The group also has available for purchase pickets that can be scribed with names and wooden salmon that can be decorated by families. These items will be placed as part of the playground.

For more information, on either event call Cindy Hurst at 252-4470 or visit

Club registration deadlines announced

The Boys & Girls Club registration deadlines are:

* Indoor Soccer League, youth ages 4 years old (by March 22) through the fifth grade. Deadline to register is Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. Cost is $60 and the player must be a current 2010 member. Practices begin the week of March 22.

* Karate is on going and cost $50 per month. Karate is open to youth ages 8 through 18 years old.

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