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Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011

Community Heart Health Program for Women offered

An Informational Meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 28, at 5 p.m at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center to share information about the upcoming Strong Women-Healthy Hearts Program. This 12-week nutrition and exercise program for women age 40 and over is being offered by the Cooperative Extension Service. The classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center March 7 through May 25. Attend this meeting to decide if this program is right for you.

For more information contact the Cooperative Extension Service 262-5824.

Scouts hold annual food drive

The Tustumena District of the Great Alaska Council, Boy Scouts of America is conducting its yearly Scouting for Food drive Feb. 16 through March 5. Area units will be collecting food by going door to door and by setting up booths at local grocery stores. All food and monies donated will benefit the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. On March 3 from 4:30 -- 5:30 p.m., Cub Packs 151 and 562 will be in front of Soldotna Safeway to collect items. Items may also be dropped off at the Scout Service Center at 805 Frontage Road, Suite 109, in Kenai or at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. If donating directly to KPFB, please notify them that it is for Scouting for Food. For more information call District Executive, Jodi Stuart, at 283-1699.

Calling all Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers members

The General Meeting of the Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers will be held on Thursday, March 3, at 7 p.m., at The Albatross, on K-Beach Road. The Board of Directors will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, March 1, at 7 p.m., at the Clam Shell Lodge in Ninilchik. For more information call 283-4299.

Soldotna Historical Board meets

The Soldotna Historical Society Board of Directors hold their monthly meeting Saturday, March 5, at 9 a.m. at the Fine Thyme Cafe in River City Books, Soldotna. The public is invited to attend. For information call Barbara Jewell, 262-4157.

Local woodturners lathe away

The Kenai Peninsula Woodturners Chapter will hold its March meeting at 1 p.m. on March 5 at the Workforce Development Center at Kenai Central High School. Following our business meeting, a live demonstration will follow at the lathe showing how to turn a natural edge cottonwood bowl. Members and anyone interested are invited to attend the free demonstration and learn more about the new Kenai Peninsula's woodturning group. For information contact Al Janonis at 776-8887.

Time to prep for Safety Day

All parties interested in participating in the 2011 Safety Day event contact State Farm agent Nancy Mitchell, (907) 262-4440. The event is coordinated with the City of Soldotna and Chamber of Commerce, the Walk MS, Safe Kids Coalition, 4-H, CES, Alaska State Troopers and Soldotna Police Department. Many non-profit and safety organizations have made commitments to attend and set up demonstrations. It will a great, super, fun and safe time. May 21, 2011, at a new location.

Women's cancer support group meets

A Women's Cancer Support Group meets on the last Monday of each month at Soldotna Bible Chapel, 300 W. Marydale, in Soldotna, at 11:30 a.m. For information call 953-9343 or 262-6332.

Week-long aviation camp in 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.

Cribbage tournament now on

The 17th annual Kenai Peninsula cribbage tournament runs on Saturdays at 3 p.m. until April 30 at the American Legion in Kenai, which is at 902 Cook Street. Members of the public are welcome to participate. For more information call Raymond at 776-5688 or Bob at 776-5339.

It's fiesta time

Sterling Head Start, in cooperation with the Sterling Community Club, is hosting a Fiesta. It will include a Mexican dinner, variety show and auction on Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Sterling Senior Center. Chef Michael Even is preparing the meal and the Skyview volleyball team will be serving. Tickets are $25 at Sterling Head Start, CBC Rentals, Alaska Wedding Brokers and Sedona Florist. If you would like to make a donation for the auction, inquire about tickets, or have any questions please call Sterling Head Start at 260-7446.

Habitat for Humanity opens 2011 applications

Central Peninsula Habitat for Humanity has opened the application period for the 2011 summer build. Applications will be accepted throughout February. Please contact Sharon, at 262-7534, for more information about qualifications and an application.

Kasilof special use area discussion slated

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.

Kasilof special use area forum planned

"The Kasilof River Special Use Area: Finding the balance between public access and habitat protection," will be the topic of Friday Dialogues on Feb. 25 at Kenai Peninsula College. Robert Ruffner, Executive Director of the Kenai Watershed Forum, will give a brief overview of what has been a complex and contentious process. For background reading, see the draft decision issued by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources at

The meeting begins with a potluck at 6:30 p.m., followed by a presentation and discussion at 7:30 p.m. For more information contact Heidi Chay at 283-9227.

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