Around the Peninsula

Posted: Monday, February 07, 2011

Bingo coming to Nikiski Senior Center

Bingo is back at the Nikiski Senior Center on Feb. 12. Doors open at 4 p.m.; play starts at 5 p.m. Limited snacks and drinks may be purchased. One door prize winner will win 25,000 air miles. Call 776-7654 for more information.

Learn heritage scrapbooking

Kenai Totem Tracers Genealogical Society meets Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kenai United Methodist Church. This month, Elaine Howell will talk about making a heritage scrapbook. Bring a photo or clipping you want to preserve. The society meets the second Wednesday of each month.

Third Annual Alaska Walk for Autism slated

The walk is scheduled for April 16th from 12-3. It will be at Skyview High School. Organizers are looking for volunteers and donations of items or money for the door prizes and raffles. There is also space for agencies and vendors to have information to show what there is offered in the area. The walk is sponsored by the Autism Society of Alaska. It is a non-profit organization that is run by volunteers. Money raised is used to provide support and information for families, caregivers and professionals who work with persons with autism. All money stays in the state of Alaska. Please contact Tonja Updike at 260-6933 or for more information.

American Legion sponsoring youth experiences

The American Legion Boys and Auxiliary Girls State applications are at the high schools. The American Legion Alaska Boys and Girls State is a mock government program at the city and state levels for students who have completed their junior year of high school.

The American Legion Alaska Boys State session is June 5th-11th and Auxiliary Alaska Girls State session is June 12th-18th. Both sessions are held at the Meier Lake Conference Center in Wasilla. The registration fee is paid by your local American Legion Post or Auxiliary Unit. Contact information is as follows: Legion Boys State Director, Bill Jacobi (907) 723-8028 and Auxiliary Girls State Director, Debra Henderson (907) 252-3544.

Discuss proposed upgrades at Kenai Park

The children's playground area will be discussed on Monday 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.

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.

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.

Community services meeting scheduled

Frontier Community Services will hold its annual Board of Director's Meeting on Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska.

Election of officers will be held, agency directors will report on the status of individual programs and employees will be recognized for their years of service. Dinner will be provided courtesy of the FCS Day Habilitation and Vocational program.

For more information, call Ann Shirnberg at 262-6331.

Get your Central Peninsula Counseling records

Central Peninsula Counseling Services patients, whose charts were closed in the year 2003 or earlier are being purged. Anyone interested in a copy of their records need to contact Tracie at 260-5030 by March 1.

Valentine walleyball rescheduled

The date for the Valentine Wallyball Tournament has changed. The Kenai Recreation Center is hosting its annual 3 vs. 3 tournament on Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fee is $15 per player or $45 per team. Entry forms need to be turned in by Jan. 27 to guarantee a T-shirt. Late entries no later than Feb. 8. Pick up your entry form at the Recreation Center, and join in on some friendly competition!

Central Peninsula Hospital board meets

The Central Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board of Directors meeting will be held on Feb. 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the Redoubt/Spurr conference room at Central Peninsula General Hospital.

Weeklong aviation camp set for March

The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska is hosting a spring-break aviation camp, Challengers ACE Academy, for students in grades 8-11. The camp will have an orientation flight for all attendees, and include hands-on experience with Medallion flight simulator, wing design, forces of flight, weather and other aviation topics. CLCA is an approved vendor for Connections and IDEA. This camp will also satisfy many of the requirements for aviation related badges for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. ACE runs Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and costs $275. Participants should bring their own lunch each day. The Challenger center is located at 9711 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. Additional off-site field trips will be announced. For more information or registration, contact Spring E. Larrow at For questions about the program, contact Kathy East at kathy.east@akchallenger.

Mount Marathon Race accepting applications

The Seward Chamber of Commerce, Conference and Visitors Bureau announces that applications for the 84th Annual Mount Marathon Race are being accepted. Runners hoping to race in 2011 must submit their completed application by midnight on March 31. Applications can be completed online at Application fees are $45 for adults and $25 for junior runners. Veterans and 2010 finishers have priority, with the remaining slots filled through a lottery system. Lottery results will be announced in mid-April. For more information go to or contact the Seward Chamber of Commerce at 907-224-8051; P.O. Box 749, Seward, Alaska, 99664.

'Way Out Women' ready to ride

It is time to register for the 2011 "Way Out Women" (WOW) snow machine ride that benefits cancer patients throughout the Kenai Peninsula.

Riders can sign up individually or as a team and are asked to gather pledges of $100 or more per person. Corporate sponsorship teams of five riders are also available for a contribution of $1,000.

Festivities begin Feb. 25, at 5:30 p.m. at a "Meet and Greet" at the Clam Shell Lodge in Clam Gulch. Riders gather at the Clam Shell again for continental breakfast on Feb. 26 at 9 a.m. The first team will start out of the lodge at 11 a.m. Costumes are encouraged and will be rewarded. There will be door prizes, the Wild and Wooly Bra contest, silent auction items and other events.

For more information, contact Kathy Lopeman at 283-7602 or the Central Peninsula Health Foundation at 714-4626. You can print a registration packet from

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