Around the Peninsula

Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011

Winter birding workshop

The Kenai Birding Festival Winter Workshop is next week, Feb. 4 and 5. Participants will learn all about winter birding and wildlife watching on the Kenai. New and experienced birders are welcome. The event is free and open to the public. Please visit for more information and a complete schedule of events.

Get your Central Peninsula Counseling records

Central Peninsula Counseling Services patients, whose charts were closed in the year 2003 or earlier are being purged. Anyone interested in a copy of their records need to contact Tracie at 260-5030 by March 1.

More high tunnel tech

The Central Peninsula Garden Club hosts a seminar on high tunnels and the USDA cost-share program on Tuesday at 7 p.m., at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on K-Beach Road, near the Bridge Access intersection. This will be a panel discussion with some high tunnel users. For more information contact Marion Nelson, 283 4632 or, or

Central Peninsula Hospital board meets

The Central Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board of Directors meeting will be held on Feb. 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the Redoubt/Spurr conference room at Central Peninsula General Hospital.

Public offices commission explains regs

The Alaska Public Offices Commission is having a series of workshops on their regulations. Each will begin with an explanation of the changes in the proposed regulations followed by time for questions from attendees. The workshops will be held by teleconference in Juneau, but people can participate from other locations. There will be a video conference Anchorage and participants in other locations can call 1-800-315-6338, code 4176 followed by the pound sign # and then the number 1.

The workshops are as follows:

February 2, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon

Regulation of lobbying, 2 AAC 50.550 -.590, and procedures, 2 AAC 50.801-.899, and general provisions, 2 AAC 50.920.

February 2, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Legislative and public official financial disclosure, 2 AAC 50.680 -.799, and procedures, 2 AAC 50.801-.899 and general provisions, 2 AAC 50.920.

February 3, 2011 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Campaign disclosure, 2 AAC 50.250 -.405, procedures, 2 AAC 50.801-.899, and general provisions, 2 AAC 50.920.

Candle-making for Valentine's Day

Learn the art and science behind candlemaking at workshop on Feb. 5 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 as there is limited space. The cost is $75. The workshop runs from 1 to 5 p.m. 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. The Challenger center is located at 9711 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. 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.

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.

Cribbage tournament now on

The 17th annual Kenai Peninsula cribbage tournament runs on Saturdays at 3 p.m. until April 30 at the American Legion in Kenai, which is at 902 Cook Street. Members of the public are welcome to participate. For more information call Raymond at 776-5688 or Bob at 776-5339.

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 all local high school girls to receive a free prom dress. Items can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Soldotna High School's main office.

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