Around the Peninsula

Posted: Monday, February 14, 2011

Garden club loves compost

The Central Peninsula Garden Club meeting March 1, at 7 p.m., features "Men Who Compost ... (and the worms who love them)!" A panel of experienced gardeners and composter guys will share their methods of successful composting. The meeting is at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on K-Beach Road, between KSRM and the Bridge Access Road intersection. Refreshments will be served and there might be door prizes. The meeting is open to the public. Membership costs $20 for a single and $30 for a couple or family. For more information call Marion Nelson at 283-4632.

Idita-Swim competition coming up

The Nikiski Pool will be offering its 3rd annual Idita-Swim Competition starting March 1. Every 50-yard lap swum or walked counts as one mile on the trip to Nome. Prizes will be awarded along the way. Registration of $20 includes an Idita-Swim T-shirt. The competition runs March 1 through April 29. For more information please contact Nigel at 776-8800.

Come contra dance

Kenai River Folk Dancers hosts a contra dance on Feb. 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. at K-Beach Elementary School. Beginners are welcome! All dances are taught and called. Bring clean, dry, non-marking shoes. Cost is $5 for adults and no charge for children under age 16 when accompanied by an adult. Potluck snacks are optional. For more information call Raymond at 283-5403.

Wilderness first responder training coming

Registration is open for Wilderness First Responder and Recertification courses in April. The course is April 16 to 24; and the recertification course is April 26 to 28 at Windsong Lodge, in Seward. The course is $625/person, with a class size of 18 maximum. The recertification course is $275/person, also with a limit of 18. For more information, contact Wendy Doughty,, or (406) 980-0762. To register, go to the website, and enter "wfr" (for the wfr class) or "wfr challenge" (for the recert) in the lower right corner of the page. Please contact them directly before sending your paperwork in to confirm availability.

Final day for teacher nominations

The deadline to nominate Kenai area school teachers for the BP Teacher of Excellence award is today. The program recognizes Alaskan educators for their dedication to teaching and inspiring students. Each Teacher of Excellence will receive a $500 gift card and one teacher will be chosen as the Kenai BP Teacher of the Year. That teacher will receive a $1,500 scholarship for continuing education. This year, each of the recognized teachers' school or PTA will also be awarded $500. To nominate a teacher go to For more information, call Dawn Patience at 907-564-5143.

Sign unveiling for Navarre, Gilman facilities

The Kenai Peninsula Borough will hold a public dedication on Tuesday to unveil the new signs for the George A. Navarre Administration Building and the Donald E. Gilman River Center. The first unveiling will begin at 4:30 p.m., in the front parking lot of the George A. Navarre Administration Building. The second unveiling will begin at 5 p.m., at the Donald E. Gilman River Center. The new signs were approved by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly by resolution 2010-077, on Sept. 7, 2010. The public is invited.

Grange meeting coming up

The local Slikok Grange meets at Mugz coffee house in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna on Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. for a potluck with simple dishes and a meeting at 7 p.m. The topic will be planning for the upcoming Alaska State Grange convention in May, which will be held in the central Peninsula area. Please call 394-8321 or 398-8321 for more information.

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.

Central Peninsula Hospital board meets

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

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.

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