Around the Peninsula

Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Prostate cancer meet set

There will be a meeting for men affected by prostate cancer at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, in the Redoubt room at Central Peninsula Hospital. Family and friends are welcome. For information call Jim at 260-4904.

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. Door prizes are being given away. For more information visit

Kenai Resilience monthly gathering

"Farming on the Central Kenai Peninsula" is the topic at the Kenai Resilience monthly community potluck scheduled for Jan. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, in Soldotna. Jeff Babbitt of Alaskan HomeGrown is the guest speaker. For more info contact Kate Veh at 260-4669 or

Soapy Smith in Hope presentation

Jane Haigh, Professor of History at Kenai Peninsula College and author of "King Con: the Story of Soapy Smith," tells the story of the infamous Alaska character Jan. 20, at 7p.m., in the Commons at KPC. Haigh recently presented her research on Soapy Smith's life and exploits at the historic Hope Social Hall and then verified that Smith looked over the gold rush town of Hope before settling in Skagway. Smith is famous taking over that town at the height of the Klondike Gold Rush with his gang of confidence men. For more information call Dave Atcheson at 262-0346.

Teen night on tap

Teen Night is Jan. 21 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center. There will be open gym, basketball, teen center, movies, popcorn and more. Teen 13-18 are welcome. For more information call 776-8800.

KDLL radio open house and annual meeting

KDLL's annual meeting and open house is Jan, 21 at 6 p.m. at the KDLL studio, 14896 Kenai Sur Highway, Return Board of Director's ballots to the studio beforehand or bring them to the meeting. All ballots must be received by KDLL prior to 6 p.m. on Jan. 21. The open house is open to all and will include refreshments and conversations. For more information call 283-8433.

Craft extravaganza on tap

Ladies Take-A-Break, Stonecroft Ministries Vital Network of Women, is hosting a Cabin Fever Craft Extravaganza on Jan. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. There will be demonstrations of 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 demonstrate, call Becca at 260-3379.

Youth indoor soccer starting

The Boys and Girls Club is accepting registrations for Indoor Soccer for youth ranging from 4-years-old to 5th grade. The child must be 4 by Feb. 4. The season runs from March 21 to May 7. Cost is $60, and the child must be a 2011 member. Membership cost is $10 for kindergarten and under, $75 for 1st to 5th grades. The registration deadline is Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. Registrations are taken at the Kenai Recreation Center, or fax to 283-4675. For more information call 283-3318.

Swim lesson openings in Nikiski

Nikiski Pool has space available in semi-private lessons starting Feb. 1, a competitive swim class starting March 22 and an American Red Cross Lifeguard Class starting Feb. 22. For more information call 776-8800.

Donate a formal for the prom

Soldotna Student Council is collecting gently used formal dresses, shoes and accessories for the second annual Cinderella's Closet, a program for local high school girls to receive a free prom dress. Last year, more than 75 women used this program. Items can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Soldotna High School's main office.

Candle-making for Valentine's Day

Learn the art and science behind candlemaking at workshop on Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska. This four-hour workshop will teach students 12 and older how to make three different types of candles from start to finish. All materials are provided. Attendees will take home several finished products as well as a comprehensive information packet. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $75. For registration or more information contact Spring E. Larrow at 907-283-2000.

Week long aviation camp in March

The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska is hosting a spring-break aviation camp, Challengers ACE Academy, for students in grades 8-11. The camp will have an orientation flight for all attendees, and include hands-on experience with Medallion flight simulator, wing design, forces of flight, weather and other aviation topics. CLCA is an approved vendor for Connections and IDEA. This camp will also satisfy many of the requirements for aviation related badges for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. ACE runs Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and costs $275. Participants should bring their own lunch each day. Additional off-site field trips will be announced. For more information or registration, contact Spring E. Larrow at For questions about the program, contact Kathy East at kathy.east@akchallenger.

Peninsula builders host wine tasting

The Kenai Peninsula Builders Association's fifth annual Wine Tasting will be held March 26 at 7 p.m. at the Kenai Merit Inn. The evening's theme is "Escape to South America," and will celebrate the wines of South America and feature appetizers and entertainment as well. An auction will be held to benefit our scholarship fund. Complimentary cab rides will be provided by Alaska Cab.

Tickets will be on sale soon and are $70 per person. A limited amount of $275 wine tasting sponsorships are also available. Sponsorships include two event tickets, a fine bottle of wine with glasses, signage at the event and recognition in event promotion. For more information calll 283-8071.

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