Around the Community

Posted: Sunday, February 07, 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!

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 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.

* BELLY DANCING--Month of Motion Series: Peninsula Artists in Motion. This class will introduce basic movements of belly dance. You will definitely feel the workout as you shimmy and circle your way to fitness in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Tuesday, February 9 / 1 Night / 6pm-7pm / Adults / 5 Min / Soldotna Middle School, Multi Purpose Room / $10 (or the entire Month of Motion series for $35)

* TEA TASTING -- Marge Arnold. Just in time for the holidays! What better way to end a holiday meal than with a nice cup of tea! Explore the exotic world of tea in this fun, interactive class. Learn the history of tea and taste different teas from around the world. Use all of your senses as we examine different types of tea--from the look of their leaves, to their scent, to their flavor. If you enjoy tea or just like trying new things, this is the class for you! Tuesday, February 9 / 1 Night / 6:30pm-8pm / All ages (children should be accompanied by an adult) / 12 Max / Soldotna Middle School, Home Ec Room / $5

* CHILDREN'S SILK PAINTING --Joyce Cox. Children will create beautiful hand-painted silk hangings. Creating amazing designs is simple--NO ARTISTIC ABILITY IS NEEDED. Every participant will have the opportunity to create one silk painting (included in the class fee.) Please bring a hair dryer (any hair dryer will do) to class if you have one. Wear art/painting clothes. Snack will be provided. Saturday, February 13 / 1 Day / 10am-12pm / First grade and up / 6 Min and 12 Max / Soldotna Middle School, Home Ec Room / $30 (includes all painting materials.)

* SILK PAINTING -- Joyce Cox. Create beautiful hand-painted scarves, for yourself or as a gift! Creating amazing designs is simple--NO ARTISTIC ABILITY IS NEEDED. Every participant will have the opportunity to create two large silk scarves (included in the class fee.) Additional scarves may be purchased for those who wish to paint more. Please bring a hair dryer (any hair dryer will do) to class if you have one. Saturday, February 13 / 1 Day / 1pm-5pm / Teens and Adults / 6 Min and 10 Max / Soldotna Middle School, Home Ec Room / $45.

Senior Olympics planned

The seventh annual Senior Olympic games will be held Feb. 16-20. There are 15 games planned and winners will receive gold, silver or bronze medals. A no-host dinner will be held at Ginger's Restaurant after the Awards Ceremony. You must be 55 years or older to participate. Sign up or call your local senior center for more information.


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.

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 Friends of the Library meeting at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday; Wee read at 11 a.m. and Totem Tracers at 6 p.m. Wednesday; After School read at 4 p.m. Thursday; and Ancestor research from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Special events at the library -- Civics Bee on Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. Students, teachers and adults are invited to participate in a friendly competition. Teams will compete to answer fundamental questions on civics, including the U.S. Constitution, the federal government and American history. The team with the most correct answers wins. Team registration forms are available at the library. For more information call 283-4378.

An Introduction to Photoshop CS3 on Feb. 19 from 9 to 10 a.m. This is a hands-on presentation for participants who have no prior experience with Photoshop but would like to explore its basics. The class size is limited so registration is necessary. Contact Cindy at 283-4378, by e-mail at or in person at the library.

Starting your Garden from Plants and Seeds. Amy Dimmick, owner of Winter Greens Organic Gardens, will give a free presentation Feb. 20 from 2 to 3 p.m. For more information call 283-4378.

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.

Pet Ownership. Kenai Animal Control Officer, Christi Matti, will make a presentation at the library Feb. 22 from 4 to 5 p.m. She will discuss the following: Picking the right pet, Basic pet care, and Winterizing your pet. Contact the library at 283-4378 for more information.

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.


Fishing derby fundraiser set

The Nikiski High School Wrestling team will have an ice fishing tournament at Island Lake, on Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The cost is $15 for ages 15 and under and $20 for youth ages 16 and over.

There will be prizes awarded for first, second and third places in both groups, including a Power Ice Auger, Quick Flip three Ice Shacks, Hi Tech Bucket Fishing Package and Ice Fishing Rod Combos.

Meet at the Island Lake public boat launch at 9:30 a.m. fishing begins at 10 a.m. All proceeds will support the 2010-11 wrestling season. Call Dave Brown at 776-3456 or e-mail for more information.

NPRSA activities announced

The North Peninsula Recreation Service Area offers the following activities:

* 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: Toddler time - Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 to 12:30 p.m.; home-school open gym - Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m.; middle school gym Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; family gym Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m.; Adult Open Gym Volleyball Thursdays from 8 to 9:30 p.m.; and Adult Open Gym Basketball Saturdays from 3 to 5 p.m.

* Arts and Crafts Class for first through sixth grade youth Fridays from 4 to 5:15 p.m., $3 a class or a 10-punch card for $25.

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


Haiti fundraiser makes a splash

Skyview High School will host a community open house to raise funds for the Haiti relief efforts from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the school. Dancing, music, silent auction and games are some of the planned activities. A 'dive in" showing of the movie "Finding Nemo" also is planned from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Participants will be able to swim while watching the movie. Limited space is available and is on first-come first-served basis.

Suggested donations are $6 for adults, $4 for youth ages 5-15 years old and children ages 4 years old and younger are admitted in for free. Money will go to the Haiti relief efforts through the American Red Cross. Call 260-2300, for more information.

WOW ride planned

It is time to register for the 2010 "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.

$100 entry fee includes: Continental breakfast before the ride, lunch, goody bag, limited edition T-shirt and entry for door prizes, costume contest and silent auction

Festivities will begin Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. at a "Meet and Greet" at the Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch. Riders will gather at the Clam Shell again for continental breakfast Feb. 27 at 9 a.m. The first team will start out of the lodge at 11 a.m. Costumes are encouraged and will be rewarded. The course is set up so that all levels of riders can join in the fun. There will be door prizes, the Wild and Wooly contest, silent auction items and other events.

For more information, call Kathy Lopeman in the Oncology Department at 714- 4490 or at 283-7602 in the evenings. You can print a registration packet from Priority is given to registration received by Friday.

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.


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.

Also -- On April 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. the center will hold a catfish fry. Served up with the Catfish will be coleslaw, hush puppies, baked beans, and bread pudding. The Cost is $12.50 for adults and $6.25 for children under 10. Sign up at the front desk or call 262-6808 for more details.

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