Around the Peninsula

Posted: Monday, January 17, 2011

Kenai Peninsula College closed today

In observance of Alaska Civil Rights Day, Kenai Peninsula College will be closed on Monday. Campuses and extension sites will re-open with normal hours on Tuesday.

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 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. If you need immediate assistance, call the Juneau LIO at 1-800-478-4648.

Wildlife refuge visitor's center closure

The visitor's center at the Kenai National Wildlife Center is closed today in observance of the holiday. It will reopen tomorrow.

CPH service area board meets

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

Learn about Alaska Native civil rights

Terrence Cole, director of the Office of Public History at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will give a free public presentation titled "Alaska Native Civil Rights: Triumphs and Challenges," today at 7 p.m., at the Kachemak Bay Campus of the Kenai Peninsula College, East campus, in Homer. The program is offered by the Kachemak Bay Campus with support from the UAA Diversity Action Council in celebration of U.S. and Alaska Civil Rights Day. For information, contact Carol Swartz at 907-235-1656.

Skating rink open

The Jason Peterson Memorial Ice Rink next to Nikiski pool is open daily with natural ice, timed lighting and weather protection. For more information call 776-8800.

Peninsula F&G groups meet this week

The Central Peninsula committee will hold an election meeting Jan. 19, at the Ninilchik School at 7 p.m. Also on the agenda will be Board of Game proposal comments. For more information contact David Martin at 567-3306.

The Kenai/Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee meets Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m., at CIAA building on Kalifornsky Beach Road, to prepare comments for Upper Cook Inlet Board of Fish proposals. The Kenai/Soldotna advisory committee holds an election meeting Jan. 20, at 6:30 p.m., at the Soldotna Sports Center. Also on the agenda will be Board of Fish/Board of Game proposals. For more information contact Mike Crawford at 252-2919.

The Homer Fish and Game Advisory Committee holds an election meeting Jan. 18, at 6 p.m., at the NERRS building on Kachemak Drive. Also on the agenda will be discussion of Board of Fish and/or Board of Game proposals. For more information contact Marv Peters at 235-2468 or at her work number, 235-8612.

The Seward Fish and Game Advisory Committee meets Jan. 20, at 7 p.m., at Seward City Council chambers. Agenda will be election of officers, Board of Game comment preparation and any other business that may come before the committee. For more information contact Jim McCracken at 362-3701.

Winter fun in the Refuge

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge hosts snowshoe walks and ski treks this week. All activities are free, but please pre-register with Michelle Ostrowski at 260-2839.

A day-time snowshoe walk will be Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m., and a moonlight snowshoe walk will be Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Snowshoes will be provided.

A ski trek will be held Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. Participants should bring their own cross country ski equipment.

Youth self defense workshop

A workshop for students in grades 7 to 12 who are interested in hand-to-hand self-defense will be held at the Peninsula Grace Youth Center on Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m. This workshop will be facilitated by Ray Purugganan. For more information, contact 394-6449 or

Learn about foster care and adoption

A meeting to learn more about foster care and adoption will be held Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. at 145 Main St. Loop in Kenai. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Office of Children's Services, offers monthly Resource Family Orientations to give interested individuals a brief overview of the state's foster care and adoption programs and process. For more information call Mare Chambers or Tonja Whitney at 907-283-3136.

Set sail to Neverland

The Kenai Performers will produce "Peter Pan the Musical" this winter at the Rene C. Henderson Auditorium. The show will run for three weekends: Feb. 18-20 and 25-27, and March 4-6. The musical is directed by Phil Morin, and Rosemary Bird is the vocal director. Chris Morin is the choreographer, Maria Allison is the rehearsal pianist, Tammy Vollom-Matturo is the musical director, and the youth director is Laura Forbes. Tickets are available in Kenai at Curtain Call Consignment Boutique, Charlotte's, and King's Treasures and in Soldotna at River City Books.

Ticket prices are $15 for students and seniors and $20 for general admission. For more information call 252-7929.

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.

Relay for life party

A kick-off party for the 2011 relay for life will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 20. The party is an opportunity for teams and individuals to sign up and learn about fundraising for the 2011 relay, which will be June 3 and 4. The event will be at the Kenai Merit Inn, 260 S. Willow Street in Kenai.

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