Around the Peninsula

Posted: Monday, January 24, 2011

Masters swim team hits the pool

The Kenai masters swim team swims from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Kenai Central High School pool. The group is open to swimmers over the age of 18. There is a $69 annual registration fee, and $50 montly fee. For more information, contact Will Hubler or Jenn Ticknor at 283-7476.

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.

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.

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.

Ski for women

Tsalteshi Trails 7th Annual She Can Ski event will be Feb. 6 at the Tsalteshi trailhead at Skyview High school. The 5k classic event starts at 11:30 a.m. and skate at 12:30 p.m. This is a partner event, so bring your friends and relatives, all ages and abilities welcome. Festive attire is always encouraged. All proceeds to benefit The Leeshore Center and Tsalteshi Trails. For more information call Brenda at 398-4938 or Sue at 398 0487.

Mount Marathon Race accepting applications

The Seward Chamber of Commerce, Conference and Visitors Bureau announces that applications for the 84th Annual Mount Marathon Race are being accepted. Runners hoping to race in 2011 must submit their completed application by midnight on March 31. Applications can be completed online at Application fees are $45 for adults and $25 for junior runners. Veterans and 2010 finishers have priority, with the remaining slots filled through a lottery system. Lottery results will be announced in mid-April. For more information go to or contact the Seward Chamber of Commerce at 907-224-8051.

Winter fun in the refuge

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

Snowshoeing will be at noon on Monday and Wednesday, and snowshoes are provided. This week's ski treks will also be on Monday and Wednesday at noon. Bring your own equipment.

See a nature film at the refuge

The movie for this Saturday at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is "Hot Times in Alaska" (55 min.) Follow the warming trend in Alaska and see the results of permafrost thawing, glaciers melting and drying trends as they change the face of Alaska and its wildlife and people.

Showtimes are noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

River benefit concert

A benefit concert for the Kenai Watershed Forum Summer Camp will be held Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Peninsula Grace Brethern Church Auditorium, 44175 Kalifornsky Beach Road, (mile 19.5 K-Beach Road). Tickets at door $10. For more information call performer Tekoa (Koey) Dixon at 776-8481.

Teens Against Tobacco Use starting

Monthly meetings of Teens Again Tobacco Use (TATU) begin Thursday at 3 p.m. to discuss various topics and ways to help our community take a stand against tobacco. The meetings are open to all student in grades 7 through 12 and will be held at the Peninsula Grace Youth Center. For more information contact262-6442 or

Habitat for Humanity opens 2011 applications

Central Peninsula Habitat for Humanity has opened the application period for the 2011 summer build. Applications will be accepted throughout February. Please contact Sharon at 262-7534 for more information and an application.

Birding workshop on tap

The Kenai Birding Festival Winter Workshop is scheduled for Feb. 4 and 5. This two-day event is suitable for new and experienced birders, and will provide information about bird and wildlife watching on the Kenai peninsula. The event is free and open to the public. Please visit for more information and a complete schedule of events or contact Natasha Ala, KWF board of directors at (907) 283-3127 or

Heart and Soul sculpture submissions solicited

The Kenai River Council on the Arts is accepting entries from metal and wood artists to exhibit in the February sculpture exhibit, "Heart and Soul," at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Cook Avenue in Old Town Kenai. Artists may submit up to three pieces. Entries are due by 5 p.m. Jan. 28. Call 283-7040 or visit for more information.

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."

Kachemak Ski for Women

This annual event will be held Feb. 6 in Homer at the Lookout Mountain Trails on Ohlson Mountain Road. Registration begins at noon, and the event start at 1 pm.

This is a short women's cross-country ski race to benefit Haven House. Participants are asked for a $15 donation. There will be prizes for costumes! Call Kris at 399-4413 for more information.

Stormwater pollution training offered

Alaska Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (AK-CESCL) storm water training program will be held at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on Feb. 14 and 15. The training provides certification for commercial and residential builders, project engineers, natural resource managers and/or anyone responsible for creating, maintaining or evaluating a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan. The $350 registration covers all course materials & fees, food, and certification of completion. Class size limited to 40, advance registration required. Sponsored by the Kenai Watershed Forum. Contact Rhonda at (907) 260-5427 or to enroll.

Writer mini-grants available

The Central Peninsula Writers Group is now calling for submissions for the 14th annual writers presentation in March at the Kenai Visitors Center in Kenai. The Central Peninsula Writers Group has been awarded a mini-grant from the Alaska Humanities Forum enabling them to give those who read their entries an honorarium of up to $100. The amount will be determined by the number of readers selected from the submissions received. Adult and high school writers from the Central Peninsula- Cooper Landing to Ninilchik and Nikiski- are eligible to enter. Entries are due Feb. 12, and must include an entry form and three copies of the work.

Complete guidelines and entry forms are available at the Kenai Community Library, the Kenai Visitors Center and online at

Nutrition classes beginning

"An Ounce of Prevention" classes will be held at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, 33955 Community College Dr., in Soldotna, beginning today and running for eight weeks. These free classes meet in the Fireweed Diner from 10:30 to11:30 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.

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