Around the Peninsula

Posted: Friday, January 22, 2010

Winter ball canceled

The Peninsula Artists in Motion Annual Winter Ball, scheduled for Jan. 30 has been canceled.

Call Katrina Carpenter at 776-8049 for more information.

Climate on tap

The Friday Community Dialogue will be held today 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

GPS event on the horizon

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, along with 4-H and the Boy Scouts of America will host a family GPS event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Refuge Environmental Education Center in Soldotna.

Participants will learn how to use a Global Positioning System (GPS) unit, and use the skills learned to find five hidden virtual geocaches on the trails at the Refuge Headquarters.

Two introductory workshops will be led by Stephen Brown from the Cooperative Extension Service at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. A limited number of GPS units and snowshoes are available for workshop participants, but families are encouraged to bring their own if they have them. Most of the activities will take place outside.

For more information, call Michelle Ostrowski at 260-2839.

Gardens to be discussed

Amy Dimmick owner of Winter Greens Organic Gardens will give a free presentation from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday 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 Saturday through Monday. 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. Awards banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the Soldotna Sports Center. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, call Tami Murray at 260-6761, e-mail or visit .

Coffee with the mayor offered

Kenai residents are invited to join Mayor Pat Porter for a casual cup of coffee from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Attendees will hear answers to their questions, talk about issues, discuss concerns and offer comments or suggestions.

For more information, call 283-8245.

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

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