Around the Peninsula

Posted: Friday, February 20, 2004

Blood bank to extend its hours

The Blood Bank of Alaska-Kenai Peninsula Center has extended it hours and days of operation. Its new schedule is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call Amy Jackman at 260-5672.

KPC Showcase to present Irish music

The Kenai Peninsula College Showcase will present Irish folk music with "Setanta" at 7 p.m. today in the commons. There is a suggested donation of $8 at the door. For more information, call Suzie Kendrick at 262-0320.

Historical society to meet

The Soldotna Historical Society will hold its board meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday at River City Books. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Barbara Jewell at 262-4157.

Snowmobile fun run planned

NAPA Auto Parts, Gamas Design, Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers, Carlile Transportation Systems and the Kenai Peninsula NAPA Autocare Centers will sponsor a snowmobile fun run raffle from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Caribou Hills. There will be 11 checkpoints with a raffle ticket issued at each. Participants can begin at any point but must finish at the Straight Inn Lodge. Prizes will be awarded. The cost is $20 for adults, $35 for couples or $15 for children 15 and under. Proceeds to go to the Safe Kids Program and the Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers. Participants can register at a NAPA store.

Basic skills program offered to families

The Boys and Girls Club is accepting applications for its Start Smart program. The program begins Saturday and runs through March 27. The program is designed for parents to participate with their child in helping to teach basic skills, including throwing, catching, kicking and batting in a noncompetitive, nonthreatening environment. Children ages 3 to 5 and their parents are eligible. The cost is $35.

Participants must be current Boys and Girls Club members. Junior memberships are $10. Registration forms can be obtained on the Internet at and can be dropped off at the Kenai Boys and Girls Club office or faxed to 283-8190 with a credit card number. For more information, call 283-2682.

PFD town hall meeting slated

Alaskans, Just Say No! will sponsor a town meeting regarding the permanent fund dividend at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call Eddie Burke at (907) 229-2287 or Jerry Ward at 398-4572.

Sterling to hold winter fun day

The Sterling Winter Fun Day will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Sterling community property at the corner of Swanson River Road and the Sterling Highway. Free outdoor games, a bonfire, a potluck with free hot dogs and pie and an outcry auction are some of the planned activities. For more information, call Bob Oakes at 262-5409.

Dinner, auction to benefit After the Bell program

The Soldotna After the Bell program will host its second annual Cajun Dinner and "Stretching the Arts" Auction fund-raiser Saturday at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road. The auction item preview will be at 5 p.m., dinner will be at 6 p.m. and the call auction start at 6:30 p.m. There also will be bucket, silent and call-out auctions. Dinner tickets are $15 per person. The evening benefits the After the Bell after-school program. For more information or tickets, call the Community Schools office at 262-6768.

10-Dog Classic Sprint Race set for this weekend

The Peninsula Sled Dog and Racing Association will hold its 10-Dog Classic Sprint Classic Saturday and Sunday at the new trailhead at the west end of the Soldotna Airport. The event will include a four-dog, 4.5-mile race; a six-dog, 6.5-mile race and a 10-dog, 10-mile race. The entry fee is $4 per dog, plus PSDRA membership. The purse will be determined. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the race starting at noon. For more information, call Mitch Michaud, club president, at 252-5350, or Connie Grudzinski, secretary and race organizer, at 260-4859, or by e-mail at

Winter Family Fun Day set for Sunday

There will be a Winter Family Fun Day from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday on the Tsalteshi Trails at Skyview High School. The event is free. There will be cross country skiing, sledding, ice skating, hot cocoa and a bonfire for the whole family. The event is sponsored by the Tsalteshi Trails Association, Skyview High School and Soldotna Community Schools.

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