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Posted: Sunday, January 16, 2011

Relay for Life kick-off party coming

Teams and individuals interested in joining the 2011 Central Peninsula Relay for Life are invited to attend a fun-filled Kick Off Party on Thursday, Jan. 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Kenai Merit Inn, 260 S. Willow Street, in Kenai. The event will feature door prizes, opportunities to sign up your team and also learn how to effectively raise money and have fun at the same time.

The Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, is an overnight community celebration where individuals and teams camp out, barbecue, dance and take turns walking around a track to raise funds to fight cancer. At nightfall, participants light hundreds of luminaria around the track to honor cancer survivors, as well as friends and family members lost to the disease.

The 2011 Central Peninsula Relay for Life is scheduled for June 3 -- 4 at the Skyview High School. This year's theme is: "Seasons of Hope."

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Nutrition classes beginning

"An Ounce of Prevention" classes will be held at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, 33955 Community College Dr., Soldotna, beginning Monday, Jan. 24, and running for eight weeks. These free classes meet in the Fireweed Diner from 10:30 -- 11:30 a.m. Nutrition Educator Colleen Sonnevil of the Cooperative Extension Service will teach proper eating and strength training. Come for one or more weeks and take part in the Biggest Loser Couples' Pound for Pound Challenge. Every pound lost provides a pound of groceries for local food banks. Attendees may also stay for a free lunch at the Fireweed Diner beginning at 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact AmeriCorps Member Holly at 262-3111.

Coffee with the mayor

Enjoy a cup of coffee with Kenai Mayor Porter on Saturday, Jan. 22 from 9 -- 11 a.m. Plan to stop by Kenai City Hall, meet the Mayor and exchange your ideas or concerns about Kenai. Taking this opportunity to engage in casual conversation with the mayor and others is very informative.

Become an 'Outdoor Woman'

Alaska Department of Fish and Game has opened registration for the Becoming an Outdoors Woman Alaska Winter Workshop to be held March 11-13 near Chickaloon at Victory Bible Camp. Learn hunting and fishing skills along with activities to get you out hunting and fishing in the winter on the Kenai Peninsula and all over Alaska. Classes include fire arm safety, shotgun, archery, field dressing, bear safety, ice fishing, fly tying, fly fishing, pike palooza, dog mushing, cross country skiing, snow machining and GPS, as well as numerous other classes. The workshop is open to adults 18 and older. Registration fee is $250 until Feb. 15, and $300 after that. Visit the website to view the entire class list and to download the registration form. For more information contact Patti Berkhahn, in Soldotna, at 394-0008 or Tracy Smith, the registrar, at 907-267-2896.

Young mens' leadership group meets

The Tikahtnu Chapter of DeMolay and Squires, young mens' leadership organizations, invite you to join us at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25, for an informational and orientation meeting for parents and young men between the ages of 9 -- 21. Games, light dinner and dessert will be served. Please RSVP to 335-0086 by Jan 22. The group meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the Kenai Masonic Lodge, 36081 Kenai Spur Highway, Soldotna.

Public health center to close for holiday

The Kenai Public Health Center will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Day. The center will reopen Tuesday at 8 a.m. Call 335-3400 for more information.

Kenai LIO holiday closure

The Kenai Legislative Information Office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Normal office hours of 8 a.m. -- 4:30 p.m. (closed for lunch between noon and 1 p.m.) will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 18. If you need immediate assistance, please call the Juneau LIO at 1-800-478-4648.

CPH service area board meets

The regular Central Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board of Directors meeting will be held Jan. 17, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. in the Redoubt/Spurr conference room at Central Peninsula General Hospital.

Cook Inlet planning group meets

The Cook Inlet Regional Planning Team (CIRPT) will hold a regular meeting on Jan. 28, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. in the conference room of the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association Building at 40610 Kalifornsky Beach Road, in Kenai. The topic to be discussed will be the Sockeye Program Stock Selection and the Tutka Hatchery Pink Salmon Program. The meeting is open to public attendance and participation. Information about location is available by calling 907-283-5761 and the agenda is posted on-line at under "CIAA News."

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

Brain injury group invites call-ins

Alaska Brain Injury Network holds its winter board meeting in Ketchikan on Jan. 19 -- 20, at the Cape Fox Lodge. We will be hosting a community social event and public testimony on Jan. 19. The social event will begin at 5 p.m., with public testimony beginning at 5:30 p.m. Call in and share your Traumatic Brain Injury experience with us; tell us what works and what doesn't work in Alaska's care system. For more information call Sarah Doyle at (907) 274-2824.

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