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Posted: Friday, February 04, 2011

Kenai park planning meeting coming

Proposed upgrades to the Kenai Municipal Park children's playground area will be discussed on Monday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. The community is invited to attend to review the proposed expansion options and discuss playground equipment ideas. Meeting is at Kenai City Hall, for more information contact the Kenai Park and Recreation Department at 283-3692.

Canned food drive next week

Kenai Central High School has a canned food drive running next week. The community can drop food off in the commons.

The Kenai Triathlon registration open

Registration is now under way for the 2011 Tri The Kenai Triathlon, scheduled for June 12. The event takes place at Skyview High School and includes a 500-yard pool swim, a 10-mile road bike and a 5-kilometer trail run. Registration is $75 for adults, $150 for teams and $10 for the youth event (ages 5 to 14). This year's event will include a charity focus on women's cancer awareness. Featured racers will include Jenn Sommermann, who is competing in triathlons in 50 states to raise awareness, and DeeDee Jonrowe, a cancer survivor.

For more information or to register, visit

Youth book clubs meet

The Kenai Community Library's Tween Book Club is reading "Camille McPhee Fell Under the Bus," by Kristen Tracy. The club meets Wednesday, Feb. 16 from 4 -- 5 p.m. to discuss the book. The Junior High Book Club meets Wednesday, Feb. 23 from 4 -- 5 p.m. to talk about "Tunnels," by Roderick Gordon. If the library is closed for moving this day, the group will be meeting off-site. New members are always welcome to join in these lively discussions. Children's programs will not be held during the library's upcoming closure. Watch for further details on Facebook and at

Kenai Parks and Rec playground meeting

The city of Kenai's Parks and Recreation committee will meet about a new community playground on Monday night. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in City Hall. This is an informational meeting, and no action will be taken until future meetings.

Library closes for Presidents' Day

In observation of Presidents' Day, the Kenai Community Library will be closed Saturday, Feb, 19, through Monday, Feb. 21. No checked-out items will be due on those days.

Upcoming activities for Sterling seniors

February activities at the Sterling Senior Center include: Exercise on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m.; card players at 6 p.m. on Thursday, the Crafty Ladies meet Thursday at 10 a.m.; and Spanish lessons are offered Monday and Thursday at 1 p.m.

It's not too late to join the Sterling Choir and participate in the February musical production. The choir meets each Friday at 1 p.m. And don't forget the carving club, which meets the first and third Saturday each month. For information on any of these activities, please call the Sterling Senior Center at 262-6808.

Singin' seniors in Sterling

The Sterling Senior Center Choir presents "It's Feudin', Fussin' and Fightin'" (aka The Hatfields and McCoys make music), a musical production, on Feb. 12 and 13. Cost for the Saturday dinner/show performance is $20 per person. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the show starts at 5:45 p.m. Sunday's dessert/matinee performance is $10 per person, with doors open at 2 p.m. and the show starting at 2:45 p.m. Seating is limited, so please call 262-6808 for advance tickets.

New reasons to get fit in Nikiski

The Nikiski Pool Exercise Room has three new pieces of exercise equipment including a new treadmill, elliptical and spin bicycle each equipped with Cardio Theaters. . Call to reserve a court, and walk-ins are welcome. For more information call 776-8800.

Beyond 'Outdoor Woman . . .'

Alaska Department of Fish and Game has opened registration for the Beyond Becoming an Outdoors Woman Backcountry Ski and Ice Fishing Trip to Trout Lake Cabin on the Resurrection Trail Feb. 26 -- 27. Gain winter camping experience and enjoy backcountry skiing with a pulk sled. he workshop is open to adults 18 and older. Registration fee is $75. Visit the website for prerequisites, recommendations, and to download the registration form. For more information contact Patti Berkhahn, in Soldotna, at 394-0008 or Tracy Smith, the registrar, at 907-267-2896.

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