Community News

Posted: Sunday, January 31, 2010

Have you had or are about to have visitors? Has a new addition to your family just arrived? Where in the world is your military person and what are they up to? Got a new graduate, dean's list student or an award-receiving youth? Do you have a news event, activity or fundraiser you need to let the community know about? Send it to us!

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Hayley Jade Hanson

E-mail your community events to, fax it to 283-3299, drop it off at the Clarion office in Kenai at 150 Trading Bay Drive (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or mail your information to us at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai AK 99611.

Events, wedding, engagements and birth submissions may not be older than six months. Wedding anniversary announcements are printed in five-year increments beginning with the 20th.

For more information, call at 335-1241.

Hazardous waste disposal dates set

The Central Peninsula Landfill Hazardous waste disposal collection times are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the following dates: March 13, May 8, June 12, July 17, Aug. 14, Sept. 18 and Nov. 20.

Businesses must pre-register by calling Burlington Environmental at 1-800-478-9008.

Food bank seek items

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is seeking the following items: letter sized copy paper, silverware, re-sealable plastic bags (all sizes), sealing tape, Corelle soup bowls, scotch tape, plastic gloves (medium and large), plastic grocery bags, garbage bags (33 and 45-50 gallon).

Birthday bag items needed for youth ages 12 years old and under are: cake mixes, frosting, candles, plates, napkins, balloons and small stuffed toys. Items for youth over 12 years old needed are re-gifted gifts, seasonal items and large baskets.

For more information, call 262-3111.

Pool schedules announced

Area pools hours are:

* Kenai Central High School -- 6:30 to 8 a.m. morning lap swim -- Monday through Friday; 9 to 11 a.m. physical therapy -- Mondays; 3 to 5 p.m. Piranaha Swim Team -- Monday through Thursday; 5 to 6 p.m. swim lessons -- Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. water aerobics -- Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 6 to 7 p.m. evening lap swim -- Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The cost is $4 Lap swim or Open swim, $35 for a punch card/ 10 punches on the card.

For more information, call 283-7476.

* Skyview High School -- Lap swim/water aerobics, Monday through Friday from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.; and open/lap swim Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.; Water Aerobics/Independent physical therapy Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; lap swim Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; and organized lap swim workout from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Swim lessons begin Feb. 9. Pre-registration is recommended.

For more information, call 262-3905 or 260-2365.

* Nikiski pool has space available in its set two beginners, intermediate and tiny tots swim classes beginning Tuesday. It also has ongoing registration is for semi-private and competitive swim classes. For more information or to register, call 776-8800.

Quilters sought

Jane Avery in conjunction with the Veterans of Foreign Wars is seeking quilters willing to help make quilts for area returning service men and women.

The quilts should be 50 inches by 60 inches wide, and 60 inches to 70 inches long, mostly patriotic fabrics, but quilters may choose, Alaska themes or others. Quilts should be completely finished.

At least 12 completed quilts are needed by May.

This will be an ongoing project as soldiers return to the area. For more information, call Jane Avery at 907-252-2794.

Community School schedule

Here is a list of the Community School classes that are ongoing or starting this week. For more information, call Carmen Triana at 262-3151, Ext. 24.

* WATERCOLOR FOR EVERYONE -- Ann Hendry. This class is designed for everyone from the absolute beginner to the intermediate artist. If you have always wanted to dabble in watercolors, but were afraid to try, now is your opportunity. If you took the "Beginning Watercolor" class last year, now is your chance to build upon what you learned. Come join us in a fun, supportive atmosphere. For beginners, we will begin with an overview of supplies: what's needed, what's available, where to buy, etc. We will also discuss and learn how to sketch.

If you think you can't draw, think again! Everyone can sketch! For intermediate level participants, this class will provide the space and guidance to continue your watercolor adventures! Participants should bring a couple of photos (still life or simple landscape--no portraits) with them to the third class. We will progress to painting and critiquing our own artwork, working towards an opening at the end of the session. Mondays AND Wednesdays, Beginning February 1, Ending February 17 / 6 Nights / 6:30pm-8:30pm / Teens and Adults / 5 Min / Soldotna Middle School, Art Room / $125 (students will spend additional $ on supplies)

* LITTLE MOVERS -- Tiffany Grimm. Here is a fun way for toddlers and preschools to get moving! This class incorporates gymnastics, tai chi and yoga techniques. All the moves taught are designed to develop coordination and balance. Parents are welcome to participate! Mondays, Beginning February 1, Ending February 22 / 4 Nights / 6:30pm-7pm / Ages 2-4 / 6 Min and 12 Max / Soldotna Middle School, Multi Purpose Room / $25

* HULA HOOP FOR FITNESS! -- Kim Jordan. Hula hooping is an incredibly fun way to burn calories and tone your entire body. We'll laugh, we'll hoop, we'll whittle our waists! In this class hoopers of all ages are welcome to come and learn the basics of hula hooping. We will use these basic hula hoop moves to create a fun and playful workout. Bring your own hula hoop, if you have one. They are available at Sugar Magnolias for around $40. That might seem pricey, but the most important thing for adult hula hoopers is to have an appropriately sized hoop and the hoops there are very nice. I will also have a few extra hoops available on a first come first serve basis. Mondays, Beginning February 1, Ending February 22 / 4 Nights / 7pm-8pm / Ages 14 and older (under 14 with adult) / 3 Min and 20 Max / Soldotna Middle School, Multi Purpose Room / $40

* HIP HOP HUSTLE--Month of Motion Series -- Peninsula Artists in Motion. Beginning and intermediate dancers are welcome as we learn some hip hop moves, create a dance and burn some calories. Tuesday, February 2 / 1 Night / 6pm-7pm / Adults / 5 Min / Soldotna Middle School, Multi Purpose Room / $10 (or the entire Month of Motion series for $35)

* FLY TYING FOR ALASKAN FISHERS -- Mark Conway, Alaskan Flyfishing Adventures. Have you always wanted to try tying your own flies, but aren't sure if you're ready to invest in the necessary equipment? Bring your own vice and tools, if you have them, or use the instructor's to get started. Come check out this fun (and useful) hobby in a class environment where everyone will learn at their own pace.

Participants will learn the basic fly tying patterns that catch Alaskan fish. Discover popular patterns that will catch everything from Northern Pike to King Salmon and learn smaller fly patterns for trout and grayling. Beginning to advanced fly tiers are welcome. E-mail the instructor at if you have questions. Tuesdays AND Thursdays, Beginning February 2, Ending February 23 (No class on February 4) / 6 nights / 7pm - 9 pm / Teens and Adults / 6 Min and 10 Max / Soldotna Middle School, Classroom TBA / $50

* RAW FOODS LIFESTYLE -- Annette Pankoski. Whether you're ill or healthy, this class will give you good information to achieve better health. Do you have weight problems, allergies, ADHD, high blood pressure, diabetes, fibromyalgia, hormone imbalances, or more serious illnesses? Are you already feeling good, but want to know more about proteins, calcium, enzymes, etc? Raw foods is a diet consisting of 85 percent uncooked fruits, vegetables, fresh juices, nuts, and seeds that bring ultimate health. Class information will include videos and basic resource directed information.

Tuesdays, Beginning February 2, Ending February 9 / 2 Nights / 7pm-9pm / Teens and Adults / 25 Maximum / Soldotna Middle School, Classroom / $10.

* WINTER DRIVING TECHNIQUES -- Daryl Mannuasau, Manny's Driver Education. Whether you have been driving for years or are new to the road, winter conditions can make anyone feel wary. This class begins in the classroom, with an overview of winter driving techniques. Participants will also receive 30 minutes of driving range instruction.

Additionally, each student will receive 1 hour of individual, behind the wheel instruction that is scheduled on an individual basis. Thursday, February 4 / 1 Day / 9am-11am classroom, 11am-1pm driving range instruction / 6 Minimum / Soldotna Sports Center, Conference Room / $95.


Winter carnival slated

Tustumena Elementary School will host its second annual Winterfest Carnival and Chinese auction from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 19. There will be food, games. A Dino Jump also is planned. For more information, call 260-1345.


H1N1 vaccine available

The Kenai Public Health Center has H1N1 vaccine available walk-ins clinics are Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the center and Thursdays in Soldotna at Cottonwood Clinic from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Attendees are asked to bring their immunization records. Call 335-3400 for more information.

Howell, Hanson have a girl

Mandy Howell and Andrew Hanson of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Hayley Jade Hanson, at 2:05 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces and measured 20.75 inches.

Her grandparents are Evelyn Howell, of Kasilof, John Ahrens, of Soldotna and Glenn and Loraine Hanson, of Kenai.

Adamses have a new baby

Ashleigh and Taylor Adams of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Mileigh Lynne Adams, at 6:49 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 7 pounds, 7.9 ounces and measured 20 inches.

Her grandparents are Don and Jeanne Adams of Soldotna, Ray Marquis of Kenai, and Sue Chervenock of Bellingham, Wash. Her great-grandparents are Larry and Frankie Maxwell, of Mesa, Ariz.

Youth court seeks members

The Kenai Peninsula Youth Court announces that the 2010 Classes for new student volunteers begin Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Old Kenai Courthouse. Classes are free, and available to any student from seventh to 12th grade. Classes run weekly through April 6. Preregistration is not required. Call Ginny at 398-4027 or e-mail for more info.

Cribbage tourney continues

The 16th annual Cook Inlet Lions Cribbage tournament continues at 3 p.m. Saturdays through April, at the American Legion Kenai Post No. 20 at 902 Cook Street, Kenai. It is open to the public. For more information, call Raymond at 776-5688 or Bob at 776-5339.

Kenai library events announced

The Kenai Community Library at 163 Main St. Loop, will host the following activities in January: Russian story time at 3:15 p.m. Monday; pre-school story time at 11:15 a.m. and library commission at 7 p.m. Tuesday; Wee read at 11 a.m. Wednesday; and after school read at 4 p.m. and Writers' group from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

The libraries hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 283-4378.

Historical society seeks contributions

The Kenai Historical Society will participate in the Permanent Fund Dividend's Charitable Contributions Program.

Interested community members who sign up for their dividends online in January, should look for an option called "the gift of giving." Search for the Kenai Historical Society, click and follow the instructions to make the donation.

The group asks that participants consider leaving their contact information so that they may acknowledge and recognize the givers support. For more information on the program, visit or call June at 283-1946.

School programs continue

Tot Time and Home-school programs begin at the Kenai Recreation Center.

Tot Time will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. The cost will be $1 for youth ages 1 to 5 years old.

Home-school will be held from 12:30 from 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. The cost will be $1 per child.


NPRSA activities announced

The North Peninsula Recreation Service Area offers the following activities:

* The North Peninsula Recreation Service Area Board will hold a public hearing and FY11 budget workshop Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Nikiski pool.

It is open to the public. For more information call, 776-8800.

* Full swing golf simulator -- Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The simulator offers a driving range or more than 20 world-class 18-hole courses to play. Golf gift certificates are available.

* Open gym times for the following groups: Adult Open Gym - Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 3 to 5 p.m.; toddler time - Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 to 12:30 p.m.; and home-school open gym - Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

* Women's basketball leagues are held Mondays.

Unless other wise noted all programs are held at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center. For more information, call 776-8800.


Dinner fundraiser slated

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be held Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Soldotna High School. Funds will benefit Marisol Tapia who is fighting breast cancer. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for youth ages 12 years old and under.

There is also an account set up at Wells Fargo to make donations. For more information, call Stephanie Bohrnsen at 260-7000.

Youth ski program offered

The Tsalteshi Trails Association ski program for youth ages 6 through 12 years old will be held Saturdays, Feb. 20 and March 6 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Also on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Mar 11 from 6 to 7 p.m. The cost is $90 per child plus TTA membership (discount for second child.)

The group meets at Skyview High School/Tsalteshi Trails. For more information, call Laura Pillifant at 398-0774 or Sara Hepner at 398-4719.

Kenai Watershed Forum seeks contributions

Kenai Watershed Forum will participate in the Permanent Fund Dividend's Charitable Contributions Program.

Interested community members who sign up for their dividends online in January, should look for an option called "the gift of giving." Search for the Kenai Watershed Forum, click and follow the instructions to make the donation.

The group asks that participants consider leaving their contact information so that they may acknowledge and recognize the givers support. For more information on the program, visit or call Josselyn O'Connor at 260-5449.

Love INC fundraiser slated

The annual dinner auction fundraiser for Love In the Name of Christ will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Soldotna Bible Chapel. Chef Bill Ferguson will prepare a gourmet dinner. Silent and out cry auctions also are planned.

For more information, call 283-5252.

Cinderella seeks fairy god-mothers

The Soldotna High School Student Council is collecting gently used homecoming, prom, and bridesmaid dresses/shoes/accessories for Cinderella's Closet 2010.

This is a program to help all area high school students in need with items for prom. Items can be dropped off to room 9 at the school. For more information, e-mail Meggean L. Bos at .

Safety Day seeks entries

Organizations interested in the annual Soldotna Safety Day are asked to call Nancy Mitchell at 262-4440, fax 262-4449, mail her at 35202 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite 1, Soldotna, AK 99669, or e-mail her at . The event will be held May 15.

La Leche group to meet

The La Leche League of Soldotna and Kenai will meet from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the Frontier Community Services Playroom in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road. The league is a breastfeeding resource group that offers free monthly meetings, mother-to-mother breastfeeding support, telephone assistance and a lending library. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are invited to attend. Babies are welcome.

For more information, call Amorette Payment at 260-6141 or visit


Senior center activities announced

Mondays -- Exercise group at 10 a.m. and Spanish class at 1 p.m.; Tuesdays -- Crafty Quilters at 10 a.m., and bingo at 7 p.m.; Wednesdays -- exercise group at 10 a.m.; Thursdays -- Crafty Quilters at 10 a.m., Spanish class and 1 p.m., and card players at 6 p.m.; Friday -- exercise group at 10 a.m. and choir practice at 1 p.m.

On going events -- First and third Fridays -- movies with snacks at 6 p.m., movie at 7 p.m.; First and third Saturdays -- Carving Club at 10 a.m.; Sundays -- breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Call 262-6808 for more information.

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