The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a Family Winter Fun Day Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, 10 a.m. -- 2 p.m. at the Refuge Environmental Education Center in Soldotna. Activities will include indoor family games, crafts and snacks. All activities are provided free. Guided snowshoe walks will be offered for ages 7 years and older beginning at 1 p.m. The Refuge will provide snowshoes. Pre-registration is required for the snowshoe walks and space is limited. To register for snowshoe walks or if you need alternative formats or services because of a disability, please contact Michelle Ostrowski at 260-2839.
The 2nd annual Island Lake Ice Fishing Tournament at Island Lake in North Kenai takes place Saturday, Feb. 5. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Island Lake Public Access. Derby entry fees are $15 for ages 15 and under and $20 for ages 16 and over. Prizes will be awarded in two age categories for Largest Dolly Varden, Largest Rainbow, and smallest fish. All proceeds go to support the Nikiski High School Wrestling Team.
Central Peninsula legislators Sen. Tom Wagoner, Rep. Mike Chenault and Rep. Kurt Olson will hold their regular constituent meeting via teleconference on Thursday, Feb. 3, at 6 p.m. at the Kenai Legislative Information Office, 145 Main S.t Loop #217, Kenai. For information call 283-2030.
The Kenai Peninsula League of Women Voters will meet Feb. 11, 2011, at noon, at Christ Lutheran Church, on the Spur Highway in Soldotna. Guest speaker will be Linda Swarner, director of The Food Bank, who will discuss recent developments. The public is invited. Coffee will be available. For more information call 260-3111.
The Kenai Community Library is looking for donations to complete its collection of Kenai Central High School Yearbooks, the Kaknu. Yearbooks from 1972, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 are needed. All the yearbooks are placed in the library's reference collection so they are available for use only in the building.
Hospice of the Central Peninsula is hosting a 9-week, free of charge, bereavement support group for parents who have lost a child. Healing Hearts will meet on Thursdays from 4 -- 5:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 17. Contact Hospice at 262-0453 to register.
Nominate a great teacher for the BP Teacher of the Year. The BP Teacher of Excellence program is seeking nominations by Feb. 14. Go to www.bpteachers.com, or, for additional information call Dawn at: 1-888-530-8962 or 907-564-4001.
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 http://kenaibirdfest.com/ for more information and a complete schedule of events or contact Natasha Ala, KWF board of directors at (907) 283-3127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time to register for the 2011 "Way Out Women" (WOW) snow machine ride benefiting cancer patients throughout the Kenai Peninsula. The group raises money with this annual ride to benefit local oncology patients and the funds are administered by the Central Peninsula Health Foundation.
Riders can sign up individually or as a team and are asked to gather pledges of $100 or more per person. Corporate sponsorship teams of five riders are also available for a contribution of $1,000 which includes recognition in advertising and at the event.
WOW festivities begin Friday, Feb. 25, at 5:30 p.m. at a "Meet and Greet" at the Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch. Riders gather at the Clam Shell again for continental breakfast Saturday, Feb. 26, at 9 a.m. The first team will start out of the lodge at 11 a.m. Costumes are encouraged and will be rewarded. There will be door prizes, the Wild and Wooly Bra contest, silent auction items and other fun events.
For more information, contact Kathy Lopeman at 283-7602 or the Central Peninsula Health Foundation at 714-4626. You can print a registration packet from www.cpgh.org. Priority is given to registration received by Feb. 11.
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