Around the Peninsula

Posted: Monday, February 21, 2011

Kids' car seat checks offered

Safety experts host a child car seat check on Feb. 25, at Central Emergency Services/Soldotna Fire Department, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death and injury to children ages 0-15. Stop in and have a child passenger safety technician check your child's seat. For more information contact Jane B. Fellman at 714-4539, or or

Job Center holds training academy

The Peninsula Job Center hosts a One-Stop Training Academy on March 9 and 10 at the Challenger Learning Center in Kenai. The focus of the Academy is to educate social service organizations, schools and government, and private businesses about the services and programs available on the Kenai Peninsula. Key speakers will include Alaska Department of Labor Deputy Commissioner, Tom Nelson; Alaska Department of Labor Wage and Hour Investigator, Joe Dunham; Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey; and Central Peninsula Hospital Marketing Manager, Bonnie Nichols.

Key speakers and panel members will discuss educational opportunities, community resources, career progress resources, and employer resources. Deadline for registration is Feb. 28. For more information contact the Peninsula Job Center at 283-2995.

Learn to swim in Nikiski

There is still space available in the Nikiski Pool's next set of swim lessons, which run Feb. 22 to March 10. Beginners will be at 1, 3 and 4 p.m., Tiny Tots at 2 p.m., and Intermediates at 4 p.m. There is also space available also in Competitive Swim Class starting March 22 and American Red Cross Lifeguard Class starting Feb. 22.

The pool is also offering its 3rd annual Idita-Swim Competition starting March 1. Every 50-yard lap swum or walked counts as one mile toward your trip to Nome. Prizes will be awarded along the way. Registration of $20 includes a t-shirt. The competition runs March 1 through April 29.

For more information about lessons or the competition please contact Nigel at 776-8800.

Little League registration coming soon

Kenai Little League baseball clinics and registration begin Feb. 21 and 23 at the Kenai Middle School gym. Clinic will be held every Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. for players ages 4 to 10. Older players, ages 11 to 18, will have gym time on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Clinics and gym times run through spring break. Call Gary Oliver at 283-7487 or Oliver Amend at 283-0895 for more information.

MOMS meets today

The local chapter of the MOMS Club, an international non-profit support organization for at-home mothers, will have their February meeting today at 10:30 a.m. in Soldotna. For meeting location or to learn more about the MOMS Club, contact Connie at 262-6712 or Michelle at 394-7527. Some general information about the club can be obtained at

Fundraiser to help local fight breast cancer

Supporters of breast cancer patient Anna Grant of Ninilchik, daughter of Alvin Steik host a spaghetti dinner, silent auction and dessert auction to raise money for her on March 5 at 5 p.m., at the Ninilchik Fair Grounds in the community room. For information, to help or to donate, contact Debra Henderson at (907)252-3544.

Kasilof special use area discussion coming

State Sen. Tom Wagoner hosts a meeting for the public to discuss the proposed Kasilof River Special Use Area with Rick Thompson, a Regional Land Manager from the state's Division of Mining, Land and Water on Feb. 26 at Tustumena Elementary School from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call the senator's Kenai office at 283-7996.

Nominations open for conservation award

Nominations are being accepted for this year's Alaska Conservation Foundation Conservation Achievement Award. Each year the foundation selects and honors individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond the call of duty in helping to preserve Alaska. Awards are made in a range of categories: Outstanding Professional Contributions, Outstanding Volunteer Contributions, Young Environmental Activists, Outstanding Achievements by a Conservation Organization, Excellence in Environmental Education, Excellence in Still Photography, Film or Video and Outstanding Achievements by an Alaska Native Organization or Individual. Download nominations forms from Nominations are due by March 31.

Purple Heart vets scheduled to meet

Chapter 830 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) holds monthly meetings the third Thursday of every month for combat wounded veterans. Meetings are held at 1 p.n. at the VFW in Soldotna.

Public health center to close for holiday

The Kenai Public Health Center will be closed today in observance of Presidents' Day. The center will reopen Tuesday at 8 a.m. Call 335-3400 for more information.

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