Around the Peninsula

Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Recycling groups meets again

Re-Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. today in the Kenai Peninsula College commons. Anyone interested in learning about or sharing information on recycling is invited. For more information, call Jan 262-5098.

Women voters to meet

The Central Peninsula League of Women Voters will meet at noon Friday at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. The guest speaker will be Dave Atcheson of the Renewable Resources Coalition and the petition coordinator for clean water. For more information, call Lois at 260-3111.

Boy Scouts to winter camp

Area Boy Scouts will hold the annual Freezeree campout Friday through Sunday at Hidden Lake. Registered scouts will ice fish, have a fish fry cooking competition and be judged for the best ice fishing shack.

Scouts also will be vying for scout spirit points and camporee patrol staff. For more information, call Adam Bauer at (907) 235-6994 or e-mail him at

College financial information available

The "College Goal Sunday" ( event for the central peninsula will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

The event will be held in Homer at the same time.

Traditionally offered after Super Bowl Sunday and prior to tax season College Goal Sunday provides on-site assistance with the Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information about the Soldotna event, call Carrie Burford at 262-0331 or e-mail For more information about the Homer event, call Kim Frost at 235-1658 or

Gebhardt Iditarod send off set

A send off event for local Iditarod musher Paul Gebhardt will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday at The Crossing Restaurant in Soldotna. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable item for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

The afternoon will include an auction, and tales from the trail by Gebhardt. For information or to donate an auction item, call Evy Gebhardt at 398-1481.

Counseling association reschedules meeting

The Kenai Peninsula Counseling Association meeting has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Peninsula Community Health Center, 230 E. Marydale Ave. Suite 2 in Soldotna. It is open to the public. For more information, e-mail Beth at

Teen dance slated

The Teen Center in Kenai will hold a Valentine's Day dance for high school students from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 15. The cost will be $5 for those students who are not members of the Boys and Girls Club, $4 for members and $3 for students that bring in a filled out registration form and $20 membership fee. The dance will be chaperoned. For more information, call 283-3855.

Martial advice offered

Grace Lutheran Church will host a marriage workshop weekend called "Strengthen the Friendship at the Heart of your Marriage" beginning at 8 p.m. Feb. 15 and continuing through Feb. 17 at the Aspen Hotel in Soldotna. The topic will be practical learning activities to do with your spouse.

Pastor Randy Hunter, professional marriage counselor from Middleton, Wisc., will be the featured speaker.

The cost including a New York steak or chicken cordon bleu dinner Saturday night is $60. Hotel rooms are extra.

Rooms have been blocked for participants at the hotel (reservations must be made with the hotel for $83 a night). To register call Chad Parent at 262-5335, Laura Ganshow at 398-9548 or e-mail

Scholarship offered

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post 10046 in Soldotna is offering the Vickie Webb Nelson Memorial Scholarship.

The recipient must be an Alaska high school graduating senior or an Alaskan enrolled in a home-study program, with a desire to further their education. Citizenship, leadership and financial need will be considered.

Monetary awards will be given to local winners and a chance to compete for the $1,000 scholarship awarded to the statewide winner. Application deadline is Feb. 15.

For more information and to obtain an application, call 262-9220, 262-1262 or inquire at area high schools.

Cancer fundraiser begins

Registration for the annual Way Out Women snowmachine ride benefiting cancer patients on the Kenai Peninsula has begun.

The cost is $100 and includes: a continental breakfast before the ride; lunch; a WOW goody bag; limited edition T-shirt; and entry for door prizes, costume contest and silent auction.

Riders may sign up individually or as a team and are encouraged to gather pledges.

For more information, call Kathy Lopeman or Glenna MacDermaid at 714-4490.

Registration packets are available from and priority will be given to registration received by Feb. 15.

SEA hosts dinner, dance

The Soldotna Equestrian Association will hold its annual awards, dinner and dance at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Kenai Merit Inn. A no-host bar, catered dinner, silent auctions, split-the-pot, raffle tickets are some of the planned events.

The cost is $20 per person and must be prepaid by Monday. Payments may be mailed to Tina Williamson, P.O. Box 2530, Kenai, AK 99611. For more information, call Tina at 283-4767. Make checks payable to SEA. Upon receipt of monies, Williamson will mail tickets or attendees may request them to be a "will call" at the door. Tickets also may be prepaid to Rhonda Harvey at A Point of View Realty at the "Y" in Soldotna. For more information, call 262-7006. It is open to the public.

Those wishing to attend but not eat dinner may pay $5 per person at the door at 8 p.m.

Babies born in '07 sought

A "babies of 2007" lunch and present exchange will be held at noon Feb. 16 at Froso's Restaurant in Soldotna. A picture of babies born in 2007 on the peninsula will be taken. Parents who wish to participate in the gift exchange are asked to bring a gift. Attendees will be required to pay for their own lunches.

For more information, call Jessica Otis at 953-7341.

Star party planned

The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska will host a star party at 7 p.m. Feb. 29. Community members are invited to see the night sky through a telescope.

For more information, call Kathy at 283-2000.

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