Around the Peninsula

Posted: Monday, January 31, 2011

Nutrition classes beginning

"An Ounce of Prevention" classes will be held at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, 33955 Community College Dr., Soldotna, beginning Monday, Jan. 24, and running for eight weeks. These free classes meet in the Fireweed Diner from 10:30 -- 11:30 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.

Bereavement group starting

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.

Nonprofits to meet

The Nonprofit Organization executive director group will meet on the first Friday of each month at noon at Charlottes in Kenai. For more information, call Linda Swarner at 262-3111.

Set sail to Neverland

The Kenai Performers will produce "Peter Pan the Musical" this winter at the Rene C. Henderson Auditorium. The show will run for three weekends: Feb. 18-20 and 25-27, and March 4-6. The musical is directed by Phil Morin, and Rosemary Bird is the vocal director. Chris Morin is the choreographer, Maria Allison is the rehearsal pianist, Tammy Vollom-Matturo is the musical director, and the youth director is Laura Forbes. Tickets are available in Kenai at Curtain Call Consignment Boutique, Charlotte's, and King's Treasures and in Soldotna at River City Books. Ticket prices are $15 for students and seniors and $20 for general admission. For more information call 252-7929.

BP Teachers of Excellence nomination deadline approaching

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, or, for additional information call Dawn at: 1-888-530-8962 or 907-564-4001.

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 this year 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 aged writers from the Central Peninsula- Cooper Landing to Ninilchik and Nikiski- are eligible to enter. Entries are due Feb. 12, and must be accompanied by an entry form and three copies of their work.

Complete guidelines and entry forms are available at the Kenai Community Library, the Kenai Visitors Center and online at, click on the Writer Group link at the left.

Refuge hosts Fun Day

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.

Ice fishing tourney supports wrestlers

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.

Legisltors hold constituent call

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.

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